Monthly Archives: January 2021

Week at a Glance – February 1-5

Hello Panther Families,

It is hard to believe but the month of January is behind us – time sure flies!! As we begin the second month of 2021, let us celebrate all of the accomplishments that we achieved in the past 4 weeks!! A BIG thanks and virtual “pats on the backs” are extended to all of our families who have been working through the remote learning experience, while also navigating the usual day-to-day home activities. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for helping your child(ren) connect to their classroom google meets each day – your support and assistance is truly appreciated by the St. Paul staff.

Thank you also to the amazing St. Paul staff who have been working very hard to plan and instruct all of their students “on the other side of the screen”.  There is certainly A LOT of fantastic learning happening in all of our virtual classrooms!

As we continue into our 5th week of remote learning, here are a few reminders about how parents can assist their child(ren) to be digitally responsible.

1.) School devices and school accounts are only to be used for schoolwork and educational activities that have been assigned by the teacher

2.) Students should only be “connected to” google meets that have been organized and are being supervised by their teacher

3.) Students should NOT be using their school account to create google hangouts

4.) Students and families need to remember that when cameras and microphones are on, the other people in the google meet can hear/see what is happening in the home

**Remember School Devices and School Accounts are monitored closely by board staff and school principals are notified if students are engaging in unacceptable activities or using inappropriate language

Thank you in advance for your support in helping your child(ren) make responsible choices when they are connected to technology. Any questions or concerns about the use of technology may be communicated with your child(ren)’s teacher or by contacting the school.

School Events for the Week:

February is Black Heritage Month – stay tuned for more information…

February Umbrella Skill Focus: Purpose

Feb. 1-5  WCDSB Pet Week

Tues. Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day

Wed. Feb. 3 – St. Paul Spiritwear and/or Red and Black Day

Fri. Feb. 5- (Super) Hero Day

Please access the link below for this week’s St. Francis’ Parish Bulletin:

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin


February Umbrella Project Focus: Purpose


Welcome to February at the Umbrella Project!  Last month we focused our attention on showing Authenticity and this month we are adding the skill of Purpose! We will celebrate our Student of the Month recipients for the months of December and January when we return to school.

This month we are going to be working with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them.

How will a sense of Purpose help my child?

Purpose is the feeling that the things we do and the choices we make have meaning and make a difference. This makes us feel happier and more confident and gives us a set of guiding principles that help us make decisions. When kids have a sense of purpose it is easier for them to keep going when things get difficult because they can see a bigger picture. This can make them less likely to get stuck in the small trivial details that don’t matter in the long run. The journey of life isn’t linear so it’s important to live each day with a bigger set goals and values that can make even the toughest of days feel worthwhile. Having a sense of purpose is so important that it can actually help your children live longer, healthier lives!

WCDSB Pet Week – Feb 1 to 5







February 1 to 5 is #WCDSBPetWeek!!

February 1 to 5 2021 is #WCDSBPetWeek in Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools.
Throughout the week, we invite all students and staff to share on social media their pets, and how their pets are helping them cope with COVID-19.
If your family doesn’t have a real pet, please feel free to create a “virtual” pet and share that …. or share a favorite stuffy.
We are all #InThisTogether – and everyone can play!!
Remember to use the hashtag #WCDSBPetWeek when you share.
And then check out frequently as all the posts are gathered!!

Nutrition for Learning

Hello Panther Families,
Nutrition for Learning continues to support our community during this extended school closure time with their Pop-Up Snack Truck deliveries to local school and community locations. Families are welcome to come to any location at any time. Please access the website link below for their weekly updated location schedules.


Week at a Glance: January 25-29

Hello St. Paul Families,

Hope you were able to enjoy some family time over the weekend! Here is some important information for the coming week.

Virtual learning extended:

With the Minister’s announcement on January 20th, face-to-face learning will not be resuming at this point until February 11th. With that being said, we’ve had 3 weeks of Virtual Learning and we’ve witnessed some great learning over that time. We know that a lot of this learning is supported by parents. Thank you for being there and making the best of this during this unprecedented time.

Want to switch mode of learning?
The survey to transition from face-to-face learning to virtual or from virtual to face-to-face on January 27th has been delayed. The survey is going to open and be updated when face to face learning resumes.
Students are expected to attend remote learning regularly and be punctual for the start times of our school day (8:20 am and 12:05 pm).  Parents are required to phone the school, 519-743-4401 if a student will be absent or late. Messages may be left on the attendance line at any time.
If a child has not arrived at their virtual classroom and a phone call or note has not been received, the administrative assistant will attempt to alert parents by telephone at home or at your place of employment if necessary.
If your child is going to be absent, please:
  • Send an email to your child’s teacher in advance when possible
  • Phone the school and leave a message on the attendance line which operates at any time during the day or night (519-743-4401)
  • State the date of the absence, your child’s name, spell your child’s last name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence. Unless you notify us otherwise, we will assume your child will be back the following day. At no time is the student to report themselves absent for the school day or is the student to have someone less than 18 years of age report them absent

School Events for the Week:

Jan. 24-30 – Family Literacy Week

Family Literacy Week Flyer

Mon. Jan. 25 – Feast Day of St. Paul

St. Paul began his life as an unkind man of Jewish faith who believed that those who followed Jesus were hurtful of the faith. However, during his journey on the road to Damascus, Jesus came to Paul in a flash of light which blinded Paul and in Paul’s blindness he took the time to really think about Jesus and what Jesus had asked of him. Jesus asked Paul to believe in Him. And so St. Paul chose to take the path with God at his side and travel to many places to spread the message about Christian love and that Jesus was indeed the Son of God.

We too are all called to be followers of Jesus and messengers of the “good news”. Let us be filled with confidence to go forth and praise God and show LOVE to others in our everyday lives.

Wed. Jan. 27 – St. Paul Spiritwear and/or Red and Black Day

Thurs. Jan. 28 – Bell Let’s Talk Day  

Fri. Jan. 29 – Wear Flannel/Plaid Day


St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

Remote Learning Update and PA Day Reminder

Dear St. Paul Families,
By now you have probably heard the government announcement that our school building will remain closed and remote learning will continue next week. We have not been given a date of return yet but will share it with you once known.  As a result of the postponement of face-to-face learning, the WCDSB Survey for parents to complete (should you want your child to switch to online learning with St. Isidore Virtual School or return back to face-to-face learning at St. Paul School) will be postponed to a later date.  Again, that information will be sent out once known.
A reminder that tomorrow, Friday, January 22, 2021 is a PD day for teachers.  There is NO SCHOOL for all students.  All teaching and support staff will be involved in Professional Development and will not be available online.  Virtual instruction will continue on Monday, January 25th, 2021.
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