Monthly Archives: March 2021

Week At A Glance-March 29 – April 1, 2021

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.

Mrs. Sawyer


BOTTLE DRIVE

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.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

 

 

 

Week at a Glance – Week of March 22-26

HELLO Spring!!!!! We certainly hope that all of our St. Paul families were able to spend sometime outside this weekend enjoying the bright sunshine and warmer temperatures!! This coming week is the 5th week of Lent and also our final week of our School Tiny Home Lenten Project. Please know that the generosity of everyone has continued to “help us help others” and the tally of donations continues to grow! Stay tuned for a final tally to be announced later this week.

With the nicer weather, here are some reminders for all students and parents:

Please remember that dogs are not permitted on school property/the schoolyard.

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!

School Activities/Events this Week:

Wed. Mar. 24 – “Dress Like OR Dress Up” Your Teacher, Extra Recess (Tiny Home Lenten Project Activities)

Fri. Mar. 26 – Beach Spirit Day

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

Week at a Glance – March 15 to 19

 

Happy Sunny Friday to all of our St. Paul Panther Families!! Here are a few reminders and some information for the coming week:

March Break shift to April

Just a friendly reminder that March Break which was to be held next week has been postponed to the week of April 12 – April 16, 2021

Daylight Saving Time

This weekend, we “spring forward” and turn our clocks ahead by 1 hour for some daylight saving time.

NEW MASKS for ALL STUDENTS!

Please know that all St. Paul students will be provided with a new 3-layer fabric face mask from the Ministry of Education. These were distributed to classroom teachers for their students today, as an additional mask for students to use when changing masks during the day. These new masks are adjustable, and come with handling and washing instructions (no dryer please). We recommend that parents label their child(ren)’s mask(s) when they are brought home.

Tiny Homes Lenten Project Update

A BIG thank you to the entire St. Paul school community. The generosity of those who have donated has helped us reach our initial GOAL of $3000!!! AMAZING!!

Still a few more weeks to go… we are still accepting donations for those who are able to “help us help others”. We truly appreciate your support!

WCDSB Virtual School Survey

There will be a Virtual School Survey on the Board Website – March 15 through to March 19 for families who wish to have their child(ren) attend Virtual School next school year. Please visit the board website to access the survey link.

 

School Events for the Week:

Wed. March 17th – St. Patrick Spirit Day (Wear Green and/or LUCKY items)

Wed. March 17th – Tiny Home Lenten Activity (Movie Day)

 

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Bulletin

 

 

Time for Spring Cleaning???

Hello Panther Families,

The season of spring is on the way, and many of you may be starting to do a little spring cleaning and sorting through some clothing items that your children have outgrown and no longer need.

If you are looking for a place to donate, please know that at St. Paul, we always have a need for items such as jogging/track pants, socks and mittens. Mrs. KG’s Boutique often assists students who temporarily need a dry pair of pants, socks or mittens.

Items can be placed in a bag and sent to school with your child. Please know that COVID protocols will be followed and all items will be washed.

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Message from Director Notten

Dear St. Paul Families,

Today is the one year anniversary that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. We invite you to please take a few moments to access the link below and read Director Notten’s letter, as she reflects on the past year, as well as, provides information for the coming months and next school year. The letter also contains information regarding virtual school for 2021-2022. There will be a survey on the Board Website – March 15 through to March 19 for families to express their interest – the Board is seeking input from families who may be seriously considering this option for their child(ren) for next school year.

COVID Updates to WCDSB Parents March 11th 21

 

WCDSB 2021-2022 Budget Survey

WCDSB would like your input for the 2021-2022 budget.

The purpose of this brief budget survey is to gain feedback from stakeholders with respect to Board priorities. While we cannot accommodate all requests, we do want to know what is important to stakeholders which will help guide our decisions. The Thought Exchange will be open until March 26th. Please click on the link below to access the survey. Your input is valued and appreciated!

The questions and links are here:

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?

 

Outdoor Recesses and EXTRA Clothes

Today’s temperatures and sunshine certainly made it feel like Spring is “around the corner”!  With the warmer temperatures and sunshine, the snow and ice on our schoolyard is starting to melt and these areas are only going to continue to get wetter and muddier. Our hope is that students will stay away from/out of the wet and muddy areas, however, we also expect that there may be times where students may require a change of clothes. As a proactive measure, we ask that you please make sure that your child(ren) come to school with boots and an extra change of clothing (including socks/undergarments) just in case they get splashed with mud or should slip on mud while running around. This will hopefully, limit phone calls home asking parents to bring clothes to the school should an accident happen. Thank you in advance.  

CORRECTION: Updated Probable COVID Case Cohort Return Date – Wed. March 10th

Dear St. Paul Parent/Guardians:
Updated Information re: Cohort Dismissed last Tues. March 2 based on a Probable Covid-19 Case
An individual in the cohort that was dismissed from school last week had received an indeterminate COVID-19 test result. An indeterminate result means that the lab cannot tell for sure if the person has COVID-19 or not. In cases such as this, the Ministry of Health recommends treating symptomatic individuals with an indeterminate lab result, as a probable case of COVID-19 until further investigation and re-testing can be completed. As a result, Public Health recommended the dismissal of the affected cohort(s), which occurred last Tues. March 2, to allow time for the individual to get re-tested. Fortunately the re-test for this particular student was negative, and as a result, this particular cohort of students and staff have been directed by Public Health that they are able to return to school as of Wed. March 10/21.
As a school community, we will continue to follow the Public Health and WCDSB COVID-19 Guidelines/Protocols in order to keep our students and staff safe. We thank you for your ongoing and continued support.
Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

School COVID Probable Case Update

Dear St. Paul Parent/Guardians:

Updated Information re: Cohort Dismissed last Tues. March 2 based on a Probable Covid-19 Case

An individual in the cohort that was dismissed from school last week had received an indeterminate COVID-19 test result. An indeterminate result means that the lab cannot tell for sure if the person has COVID-19 or not. In cases such as this, the Ministry of Health recommends treating symptomatic individuals with an indeterminate lab result, as a probable case of COVID-19 until further investigation and re-testing can be completed. As a result, Public Health recommended the dismissal of the affected cohort(s), which occurred last Tues. March 2, to allow time for the individual to get re-tested. Fortunately the re-test for this particular student was negative, and as a result, this particular cohort of students and staff have been directed by Public Health that they are able to return to school as of Wed. March 3/21.   

As a school community, we will continue to follow the Public Health and WCDSB COVID-19 Guidelines/Protocols in order to keep our students and staff safe. We thank you for your ongoing and continued support. 

Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions. 

Mask and Drop-off/Pick-up Reminders

Dear St. Paul Families,

Thank you for your ongoing support and assistance as we continue to work together during a very unique time – COVID. As you know locally, Public Health continues to report cases and variants continue to develop.

Keeping studentsstaff, and our school community safe is our top priority.                                                      We are doing our best to have preventative measures in place so to prevent the virus or its spread at St. Paul. However, we require everyone’s assistance for our school community to remain healthyWe want our school to remain open and welcoming for all and appreciate everyone’s support:

  • Parents/guardians are to wear a mask when picking up/dropping off their child(ren) 
  • Parents/guardians are not to congregate/remain on school property; please remain on the sidewalk -remembering to physical distance from one another 
  • Masks are worn outside at recess as physical distancing can’t be maintained especially when students are engaged in play and excited to be with peers 
  • When picking up/dropping off children during school hours, please buzz at the front and someone will greet you at the door 
  • Parents/guardians, visitors, volunteers are not permitted inside the school 
  • Students are to complete the COVID self-assessment prior to coming to school each day; if 1 symptom is observed during school, a phone call will be made for the child and his/her siblings to be picked up. Your support of the phone calls are appreciated as the school is following Board & Public Health protocols 

Thank you for helping to keep our school community healthy . Together we CAN make a difference. 

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