Dear St. Paul Families,
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Susan Sawyer, Acting Principal replacing Cheryl Casselman as of last Monday. Mrs. Casselman and I are both retired Principals that have worked closely together for years. We enjoy helping schools out when needed, and we are both happy to have been given the opportunity to support the St. Paul Community in the absence of your Principal Mr. Krauss. I will be here for the next while leading the school in the same manner as Mrs. Casselman. I must share that it is easy to see that you have a really nice community here and I am enjoying and most happy to be helping out. Getting to know and support your children and the staff is my main priority. Thank you to YOU the parents for entrusting St. Paul to provide the best for your children.
We start this Holy Week together with an impending sense of hope and a new beginning. We are entering our Easter Season for a second year in a row during unprecedented times. It’s been a very difficult journey for all. As Jesus would reveal, Easter brings renewed promise, and we have to hope that we are in a much better place than a year ago, even though we are still in a holding pattern. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I want to take this time to wish you and your families a Blessed Easter. Let Easter be your light. With restrictions in place, I hope that you can find a way to join with family members, whichever way that might look like. Happy Easter to you and your families; may the Risen Christ bring you light and joy and new hope.
St. Paul Families! Save your empties for the start of Spring Break. The school will be doing a bottle drive and we want your cans and bottles. Our bottle drive will be Friday, April 9th, 3:10 until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Money collected will go towards our Panther Family Fund and continue to support many of our St. Paul families.
Please bring all of your empties to the school parking lot April 9th and 10th. All COVID procedures will be followed so please remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing.
A friendly reminder
Parents/Guardians are asked to wear masks when dropping off/picking up their children. As well, we ask that parents do not congregate with each other at the beginning or end of the day, in order to help us continue to be safe by following Public Health guidelines.
Students are permitted to have the following items/equipment outside during recess breaks, provided that the following public health guidelines are followed:
- Masks are worn and physical distancing (2m/6 feet) is being maintained
- Students bring their own basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope from home
- Equipment is sanitized before and after each recess, and kept in the student’s backpack during the times outside of recess
- Soccer balls may be kicked between students – no hand contact and students cannot play a soccer game
- Basketballs – one per student and only 2 students at each net
- Skipping ropes – one per student
- Other balls/equipment such as football, tennis balls, frisbees etc are not permitted
Thank you in advance for your continued support and assistance in helping to keep our St. Paul students and staff safe!
|Water Bottles – Please check your child(rens) backpack daily to ensure that they have their refillable water bottle. Our water fountains have the water bottle filling station feature ONLY, not a drinking feature. Water is very important to children to have throughout the day!|
APRIL UMBRELLA PROJECT FOCUS: SELF-EFFICACY
Welcome to April at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on showing Kindness and this month we are adding the skill of Self-efficacy!
What is Self-efficacy?
Self-efficacy is a skill and takes practice! Self-efficacy is:
- the belief that you can succeed at something
- the feeling that we have control over the events that affect our lives
- trust in our ability to manage different situations
- an individuals’ confidence in their motivation, skills and the course of action needed to complete a goal
Why Does Self-efficacy Matter? How Does it Help Us?
Our self-efficacy determines which goals we strive for, how much energy we put towards our goals and the likelihood that we achieve them. If we don’t think we can do something, we are unlikely to give the task a lot of our time and energy and we are therefore unlikely to succeed at that task. Self-efficacy is a big part of our motivation to try something, and this skill gets stronger the more we overcome difficulties and challenges related to our goals. As our self-efficacy increases, we feel a greater sense of control over our lives, and we are more likely to achieve our dreams.
School Activities/Events this Week
This is HOLY week. Due to COVID protocols we are able to provide only an on-line Penitential Liturgy to our students on Wed, not the traditional Holy Thursday Stations of the Cross. We hope you are able to share talking about the traditions of Holy Week and the Easter Season with your child(ren) in the days leading up to Easter.
Wed- Spirit Wednesday (wear St. Paul clothing/red/black) ; Penitential Liturgy in p.m.
Thurs- Holy Thursday
Friday- Good Friday; students are not at school today and classes resume Tuesday April 6. Enjoy the Easter Weekend.