Children’s Remains found at Kamloops Residential School

Good Morning Panther’s

On May 27, 2021, the buried remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, were found at the site of the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The school operated as a residential school from 1890 to 1969, which was then turned into a day school until finally closing in 1978. The building still stands and is located on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

 

So many lives have been negatively impacted by the residential school system which was systematically introduced as a way to destroy Indigenous cultures, languages, families, and ways of being.  The lasting impact of these schools and findings like this most recent one is real, sad and for many, very disturbing.

 

June is “Indigenous History Month”.  Residential schools are a part of the history of this country we now call Canada, and they continue to impact Indigenous people today. It is essential that we acknowledge what happened, remember it, and speak about it.  Truth must come before reconciliation. Those looking to learn more about the impact of Residential Schools might want to begin by reading the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

Please remember that as we continue to serve many Indigenous students, staff, and community members who will be deeply affected by these recent findings.  Please continue to be there for one another, your friends and classmates, and as always, please know that we are here for you at the school.  If you need to reach out today, please do so.

 

Thank you for your continued support of our school and the community members associated with it.

Transition Survey for 2021-22 School Year Last Chance

Transition Survey for 2021-22 School Year:
As mentioned in March and even more so now, our planning for the 2021-2022 school year is now underway.  We are working on staffing and budget, and we must make decisions for next year at this time.  For this reason, we are now asking ALL families to confirm if they have a desire for online learning for their child(ren).   Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice.   If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning.  Next week – May 31st through June 3rd – we will have a survey on our Board website for any parent/family that wishes to choose virtual learning again for next year.  That said – it will be a one-time choice.  That is, there will not be transition periods during the year.  A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June.  If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year).  You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023).
A few things to note about your choice for online learning:
  • This is a single choice for the full year (September through June)
  • Vaccinations are expected for students 12 – 17; pediatric vaccine for those 5-11 are in development but cannot be confirmed at this time
  • All staff that wish to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by September
  • If you were a French Immersion student and you were online this year, if you choose a second year of online learning you will forfeit your spot in French Immersion
  • In secondary we expect to begin the year in a quadmester model with students attending two classes per day. If things progress well, we hope to see a semester model (carrying 4 courses over the course of half the year) by the second half of the year.  There is also the hope that extra-curricular may return at some point next year.
  • There will not be the opportunity for inter-scholastic or varsity sports if you attend school virtually.
  • If there are not sufficient numbers for a dedicated online secondary school, a hybrid model will be considered.  This involves students connecting remotely to the face-to-face class using video conferencing, (as opposed to a dedicated virtual class).
  • Certain secondary subjects may not be possible or may be significantly compromised in their delivery through our online offering – for example, technology courses, some SHSM red seal specialities, senior level sciences and some performing arts.
We know that some students have found virtual to be a good way to learn.  We do, in the main, feel that for a variety of reasons not only connected to academics, but to a young person’s social emotional well-being, that attending school in person is likely the preferred option for most students when all things are equal.  Please give this decision careful consideration.  The transition survey will be available directly from our Board homepage or can be accessed directly here: Transition Survey 2021-22

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JUNE UMBRELLA PROJECT FOCUS: HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Welcome to June at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on demonstrating Optimism and this month we are adding the skill of Healthy Lifestyle!! We will celebrate our April and May Students of the Month when we return to school. We all remain hopeful for that!!

What is Healthy Lifestyle?

Healthy Lifestyle is taking responsibility to provide your body with the resources it needs to function best. This means establishing daily habits that prioritize the care of your physical body. It keeps your brains energetic and working well. Some ways to do this are:

  • getting regular exercise
  • sleeping well
  • choosing more healthy, whole foods
  • getting fresh air
  • taking time to relax

Why Does Having a Healthy Lifestyle Matter?

When our bodies have what they need to function at their best, it is much easier to hold up our Umbrellas! When we’re hungry, tired, or haven’t had enough exercise, our brains don’t work as well. We can become grouchy, short-tempered, and less capable of coping with the day-to-day challenges of life. Even people with the strongest coping skills can’t use them as well. Making the choice to establish healthy lifestyle behaviours has been shown to reduce stress, elevate mood, improve immune system functions, and make learning easier. Even when we don’t have full control over the options available to us, being able to choose the healthiest from among those available is a skill that can promote health and well-being overall.

 

Having a healthy lifestyle is a skill and takes practice!

Jump Rope For Heart

We had a great day on Friday “Jumping” to keep our heart and our bodies healthy!! We can’t thank you enough Panther Families, for your generous and incredible donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation! Our school raised an amazing $3250.00, ranking us the 4th top school in Ontario! Wow!! We are hoping that we get to return to school in June so that we can celebrate this wonderful accomplishment!!

 

Peace Garden Project

We are hoping to involve the community in our Peace Garden Project. We want to reconnect with families and what a fun way to do it! We will be opening the courtyard to families interested in helping us revive our garden space. It is a wonderful place for students to learn, explore, pray and calm their spirits. We will be following strict covid protocols and will ensure that only one family is in the courtyard at any given time and that ample time is provided between visits to ensure there is no congregation.

 

Each week I will post a new schedule of tasks that need to be completed. Based on the progression of the work and the availability of materials such as mulch! 

 

Thank you in advance for your support. A call out for plants will go in a week or two so if you are planning to split any of your existing plants keep us in mind!   

 

Peace Garden Schedule

Vaccinations Available for Students 12 to 17

Vaccination:
All students ages 12 to 17 years of age are now eligible for vaccination.  This is excellent and welcome news as we know that it will bring our students, their families and our schools an added measure of protection and safety.  Students who are 12 to 17 years of age (and any family member who is not vaccinated as yet) may register for and attend the vaccination clinics that will be available the weeks of June 14th and June 21st.  Some clinics will also be available the week of June 7th.  During those weeks – 12 to 17 years olds (and their families) will be the highest priority for vaccination.  Second booster shot vaccines will be available in August so that students can return to school fully vaccinated.   Further details will be shared in the coming days as they become available, but all 12-17-year-olds are now eligible for vaccine pre-registration.
WR Vaccination Pre-Registration  Please stay tuned for further details on this important initiative.

 

Important Letter from Loretta Notten, Director of Education for WCDSB

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

Attached is an important letter from the Director of Education of WCDSB, it contains updates regarding your learning choice for next year (face to face or virtual) and about vaccination of students from 12-17 years old.

 

Please note – ALL parents who want online learning for next year MUST complete the survey – even if you have already completed it in March.  The survey will be open for four days – May 31st through June 3rd.

COVID Updates to WCDSB Parents May 26th 21

All In For Equity

Good afternoon Panthers,

 

As you may know, today is the “anniversary” of the death of George Floyd.  In the words of the video’s introduction: “One year from the day George Floyd was murdered, Rogers Sports & Media presents Remember 9:29 – a powerful celebration of Floyd’s legacy, featuring an ensemble of Black Canadians coming together to share real-life perspectives on the Black experience.  The feature is exactly 9 minutes and 29 seconds in duration – a crucial reminder of the same time George Floyd suffered on the ground.”
It is well worth 9 minutes and 29 seconds of our time today and the message is so powerful.  “The greatest of all is love.”  It is a terrible tragedy that it takes incidents like this to build the movement towards equity.  Let’s all work for equity and understanding each day so that this type of tragedy does not need to happen again.

Watch here All In For Equity

Take care of each other.  Stay safe.  Stay healthy.

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Jump Rope For Heart

We had a great day on Friday “Jumping” to keep our hearts and our bodies healthy!! We can’t thank you enough Panther Families, for your generous and incredible donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

Our school raised an amazing $3250.00, ranking us the 4th top school in Ontario! Wow!! We are hoping that we get to return to school in June so that we can celebrate this wonderful accomplishment.

 

St. Francis Bulletin 

Parent Advisory Council Meeting ~ May 27th at 7:30 pm

June 4th is a Professional Development Day!

Making you decision: Face-to-Face Learning or St. Isadore Virtual School

 

Good Morning Panther Community,

We wanted to provide you with a “heads up” so that you can begin thinking about your preferences for September 2021.  In early June, a survey will be made available that will ask you to choose between attending St. Paul Catholic Elementary School face-to-face or attending St. Isidore Catholic Elementary School virtually.

 

Please know that the option that you choose now will be your decision for the entire school year.  There will be no transition period between delivery platforms.

 

It is our hope that all students will feel comfortable in attending St. Paul face-to-face, but understand any hesitation you may be feeling.  It is our hope that with increased numbers of staff and students being vaccinated and the necessary and appropriate safety protocols in place, we can continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment at St. Paul for all students.

 

We are in very challenging and uncertain times.  Have confidence that whatever your decision is, you will make the right one for your family and for your children.

 

Please stay tuned to Newswire, the St. Paul CES Website and the WCDSB Board website for updates and release dates of the survey.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at any time.

 

Have a lovely day!

Welcome to Kindergarten Tonight at 6:30 pm

Dear Parents / Guardians,


We are excited to have you join us this evening for our Welcome to Kindergarten virtual evening.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. We will introduce you to our staff and give you a glimpse into life in a kindergarten classroom. We are also available to answer any questions you may have.


See you soon, Ms. Sharon Adie, Principal, and the Early Years Team

Google Meet Wednesday, May 19th 6:30 pm

The link was sent to your email earlier today.

Presentation link can be found below.

 

 

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