Week at a Glance – March 1 to 5

Hello St. Paul Families,

This week begin a new month, March!! And with the arrival of March, we are able to enjoy longer days of light and look forward to the return of spring in the next few weeks. Here is some information for the week, as well as, an overview of the Umbrella Project focus for March.


Welcome to March at the Umbrella Project!  Last month we focused our attention on showing Purpose and this month we are adding the skill of Kindness!
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It is the action of showing someone you care by performing acts of a good and thoughtful nature.

Why Does Kindness Matter? How Does It Help Us?

Doing good is not only beneficial for the person on the receiving end and those who witness the kind action, but also for the givers of kindness. When we are kind and intentionally perform acts of kindness, we get a boost in our own well-being and happiness. It feels good to help others and it helps us to focus on the positive things in our lives. It’s a win-win!!

Are you keen to see your child performing more acts of kindness? Research says that ‘attribution’ plays a role in encouraging this.

Kindness Quote of the week: Be the reason someone smiles today.


School Events/Activities:

Wed. March 3 – St. Paul Spirit Day (wear your Panther gear and/or Red/Black) & Gum Day (bring your own gum to chew under your mask during the day and help support our Lenten Tiny Home Project)

Fri. March 5  Career Spirit Day (dress for the job you’d like to have eg. doctor, firefighter, vet, business person, retail etc.)

St. Francis Parish Bulletin

St. Francis Parish Calendar for March

St. Paul Covid-19 Probable Case Letter to Parent/Guardians

St. Paul CES COVID-19 Probable Case 

Information for Parents/Guardians 


probable case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Paul CES.  St. Paul CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community. 


What does this mean for students at the school? 

  • Public Health will work with the school to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.   
  • Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case will be sent a high-risk contact letter by the school with information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.   
  • Public Health/Ministry of Ontario will contact the student via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested  
  • Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate. The school will provide general information for these students and families.  
  • Students and families who have been identified as low risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms  
  • Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre 
  • In the event a cohort must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school. 
  • The term cohort includes students and staff in the same class, students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.  
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. 


What Happens if You or Your Child Have a Covid-19 Symptom?

If your child has symptoms that are found on the COVID-19 School Screening Assessment found here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ they should stay home.
Furthermore, if ANYONE in your household is staying home because of any symptoms (even just one), then EVERYONE in your household should isolate.
This isolation period for the symptomatic individual can end when ANY of the following happens:
  • There is a negative COVID-19 test
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 10 days have passed since the symptom started, and it has not gotten worse, however, the remainder of the household must isolate for 14 days after the last contact with the symptomatic individual
This isolation period for the asymptomatic family members can end when ANY of the following happens:
  • The negative test results are received and confirmed
  • There is an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional
  • 14 days have passed since the last contact with the symptomatic family member (if there is no test result or alternate medical diagnosis)
This is a big change!  Please know that this applies to our students and their families, and our staff and their families.  This could present significant challenges over the course of the next few months and we thank you for your patience and support in advance.  Public Health is trying to keep everyone as healthy as possible.
In the meantime, please continue to practice proper handwashing, sanitizing, masking, and social distancing so that we can work together to keep everyone safe, healthy and in school.
When calling your child in ILL from school, please describe the symptom and let the office know which of the following you will seek:
  • A COVID-19 test
  • Going to the doctor, or
  • Self-isolating your family (siblings included)
A reminder that if one of your children has a COVID symptom ALL siblings from the school must stay at home as well.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know that the next few months might be very challenging for your family as we follow these new protocols.

St. Isidore Term 1 Report Card Pick Up Info

This message is specifically for Parents of students who are currently attending St. Isidore.
St Isidore student Term 1 report cards can be picked up this Wednesday or Thursday (February 24 & 25),  at St Paul School. Please go to the Special Education window, facing the parking lot, between 10 am and 2 pm, on either of these days.
On Friday, the reports will be mailed out to homes, and will no longer be available for pick-up at the school.

Covid Self Screening

All WCDSB staff and students continue to be required to Self Screen before arriving at school (or immediately upon arrival).  Confirmation of screening continues to be required for all staff and our secondary students. The change is that  the new provincial direction requires that staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and child care screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:
  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.
The student self-screener is found here:  COVID-19 school and child care screening.
If your child is at school and becomes ill, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child along with all siblings. Please be sure to have plans in place (Plan A and Plan B) for student pick up during school hours.
Thank you in advance for your assistance, as we continue to work together in support of our St. Paul school community.

WCDSB 2021-2022 Budget Survey

The WCDSB is invites input re: Budget Survey 2021-2022. Please visit the links below to provide your responses:

1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?

2. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?

Thank you in advance for your consideration and input.

WCDSB – Weather Impacted Learning Day: All Schools Closed

Learning) Day – WCDSB Schools Closed

Monday February 22, 2021

Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Board are cancelled. All schools are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day. Students should visit their virtual classrooms for resources.

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