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Children’s Mental Health & Wellness

December 2

Are you looking for information on how to support your child’s mental health and wellness during Covid?  We’ve created 2 short (1 min) videos to help Parents and Students learn about how to access help.  

See the videos below:

Parent version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nybgiTQV638&feature=youtu.be

Youth version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDgqx35g9q8&feature=youtu.be 

Parents, you are invited to consider sharing the youth version with your child(ren).

For a direct link to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Site on our Webpage click here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/)

We hope this helps your family during this challenging time.

All Buses Cancelled, All Schools Closed

December 1

Hello Panthers,

The Board has declared that today is a Weather Impacted Learning Day therefore all busses are cancelled and all schools are closed.

  • Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Waterloo Region District School Board are cancelled.
  • All WCDSB and WRDSB schools and sites are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.
  • Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms or WCDSB and WRDSB Learning @ Home for resources.
  • All Extended Day Childcare Programs are CLOSED.
  • All programs and services offered by St. Louis Continuing Education and Adult and Learning Centre are cancelled.

Students will be provided with asynchronous student work by 10 am, as each classroom teacher has a Google Classroom or D2L site. Normal bell times will be followed to allow students to contact their teacher through the LMS or email.

 

Inclement Weather

November 30, 2020

While the first official day of winter is still a few weeks away, the early snowfall has given us pause to plan early for inclement weather and potential bus cancellations. As student safety and well-being is always our priority and given the unique and additional challenges that Covid19 presents (such as cohorting) there are important changes to our process when student transportation has been cancelled. For the 2020/2021 school year in the circumstance when transportation is cancelled due to weather and road conditions, all schools will be closed to both students and staff.

As each classroom teacher has established a Google Classroom site, teachers will utilize their LMS (Learning Management System) to post work by 10am on the closure day. Students will be provided with asynchronous student work. The normal bell times will be followed to allow students to contact their teacher on the closure day either through the LMS or through other appropriate means, such as email.

Thank you for everyone’s understanding and support as we continue to provide learning for our students

Panthers’ Week At A Glance, Nov 30-Dec 4

November 29

Hello Panthers,

Weekly Reflection – Preparing Ourselves for Jesus

As we begin the season of Advent, we are challenged to look inside to prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ, even as all around us we witness the commercialism of our society’s celebration of Christmas. Advent is it time for stillness and quiet, a time to remind ourselves that we are readying ourselves for Jesus to come to us. 

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low.” Isaiah 40:3-4
(Source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

 

School Activities

We will have a virtual advent litury on Tuesday (led by Ms. Walker’s grade 4 class) to celebrate the first week of advent.

Looks like snow is in the forecast again this week, so staff will be reviewing our winter safety guidelines with our students. To play with the snow in the fields, students require winter boots and snow pants (and a winter jacket and gloves/mitts of course).

Inclement Weather: The following temperatures (including wind chill) and actions are followed during the winter months: When the temperature is between -15°C and -19°C: students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. When temperatures are colder than -19°C: students must remain inside. The office will monitor the temperature and announce the inclement weather procedures. Please make sure students are dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor learning/activities.

St. Paul picture day is December 11. After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form. Here are the safety protocols that have been approved by the Board and will be observed on picture day. Only individual photos and a class composite will be taken (i.e. no class photos). All students will be photographed, not just those who may be purchasing photo packages (unless the parent/guardian does not provide media consent or has COVID related concerns). We need to have recent photos of all of our students on record (as per our safe schools protocols).

Our Angel Tree Donations and  Food Drive Collection continues to December 11. Thanks to Mrs. KG for organizing these events.

DECEMBER UMBRELLA SKILL – Cognitive Flexibility

This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child? Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing. With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty.

Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships. This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.

To enhance cognitive flexibility and in an effort to help manage stress, staff at St. Paul are participating in a team pedometer challenge. We are tracking our progress as we venture out West to stay healthy and have a positive focus. Based on our data collected so far, Team Sole Survivors has accumlated 788, 454 steps = 600 kms and Team Scrambled Legs is not far behind with 673, 996 steps = 513 kms. Fantastic work Panthers!

St. Francis Parish

Parish Calendar December 2020

St. Francis Bulletin November 29, 2020

Picture Day – December 11

November 24

Hello Panthers,

St. Paul picture day is December 11. After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form. Below is the video with the safety protocols that have been approved by the Board and will be observed on picture day. Only individual photos will be taken (i.e. no class photos).

 

 

 

 

Panthers’ Week At A Glance, November 23-27

November 22

Hello Panthers

The snow has returned – what a beautiful Winter Wonderland! Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Spiritual Development PD Day so students do not come to school.

Weekly Reflection – A prayer for the Feast of Christ the King.

Lord Jesus, as we prepare to celebrate your feast as King of the Universe, we want to open our hearts and say, “Thy Kingdom come!” Grant us the grace to imitate you so completely that we transmit your words with our very lives. May you be the one who loves, prays, and works in us, in such a way that you make the Kingdom present in our hearts, the hearts of all people, and in society.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David.” Mark 11: 9-10

Mask Protocols

Please verify that your child has a clean mask at school each day and follows the guidelines from Public Health below. Your cooperation towards enhancing the safety of students and staff is greatly appreciated.

School Activities

Teachers will be phoning/meeting virtually with parents/guardians to discuss progress reports from November 24-26.

With the return of the snow, staff will be reviewing our winter safety guidelines with our students. To play with the snow in the fields, students require winter boots and snow pants (and a winter jacket and gloves/mitts of course).

If the buses are cancelled, the school will be closed to staff and students and we will have a remote learning day (mandated by the Board). Teachers will post work for students in their online learning platform by 10am on the remote learning day.

Our Angel Tree Donations and  Food Drive Collection will run from November 24 – December 11.

Some examples below of our students engaging in friendship week and innovative activities.

 

School Travel Planning Survey

We are working with Student Transportation services to increase the safety of students travelling to/from school through programs like the “Drive to Five” and “Walking School Bus” campaigns.

These programs help to disperse vehicle traffic from the school site and promote healthy, active living for our students.

We would appreciate it if you could complete this 5-minute Family Survey with your eldest child who attends this school. Your input is important to the success of this project. Knowing what travel choices families are making and why they are making them will help the school create a travel plan that considers everyone’s needs.

St. Francis Parish

Parish Calendar November 2020

St. Francis Bulletin November 22, 2020

School Travel Planning — Family Survey

November 16

Hello Panthers,

We are working with Student Transportation services to increase the safety of students travelling to/from school through programs like the “Drive to Five” and “Walking School Bus” campaigns.

These programs help to disperse vehicle traffic from the school site and promote healthy, active living for our students.

We would appreciate it if you could complete this 5-minute Family Survey with your eldest child who attends this school. Your input is important to the success of this project. Knowing what travel choices families are making and why they are making them will help the school create a travel plan that considers everyone’s needs.

Panthers’ Week At A Glance, November 16-20

November 15,

Weekly Reflection – May We Stay Positive

A positive attitude is contagious, but so is a negative one. Our attitude is a choice we make day after day, hour after hour, minute by minute. Are we able to think before we speak so that the words we choose serve to lift others up and not bring them down? Do we recognize what a powerful influence our outlook has on our emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being? As Christians, we are called to be joyful witnesses to the world, since we know that by Jesus’ resurrection, there is no room in our lives for gloom and despair. 

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to our name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1 to 2
(Source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

School Activities

Thanks to Ms. Aicken’s grade 2/3 class for leading our virtual Rembrance Day Liturgy with all classes, this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress Reports are being completed for our students and will be sent home on November 20. Teachers will be in touch with parents/guardian to arrange phone/virutal interviews between November 24-26.

Gathered to Become: Transforming Communities During Anti-Bullying Week

Students: November 16-20 is known as Anti-Bullying week. Each day of the week we will issue you a challenge question or instruction. You can respond by social media and using the hashtag #becomingWCDSB or you can email becoming@wcdsb.ca. We will list the challenge question at this site and our social media channels.

For more information about the daily challenges, visit https://www.wcdsb.ca/becomingwcdsb/.

By the way here are some cool resources on anti-bullying:

Mental Health Support for Students

Your child/teen’s mental health is important to us, just like it is to you.  There are proactive things we can do to promote wellness in spite of the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. We hope you can use this document as a starting point to talk to your child/teen(s) about where to go for help if they are struggling.  You can learn more how to promote wellbeing and a wide range of supports and resources at the WCDSB Mental Health and Wellness webpage.

St. Francis Parish

Parish Calendar November 2020

St. Francis Bulletin November 15, 2020

The Pope’s message for World Day of the Poor (November 15), which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.

Panthers’ Week At A Glance, November 9-13

November 8

Hello Panthers,

It was a wonderful week where students had an opportunity to enjoy the first snowfall of the season and then the beautiful summer-like weather.

Weekly Reflection – All Saints Day

My apologies, we forgot to celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1.

How fortunate that we are part of a communion of saints! God’s holy people who have gone before us show us how to live. By their example we learn more about how to love and how to pray. We are all called to holiness, to use the gifts with which God has equipped us to build up the body of Christ, and as we do, we discover what it means to experience true joy.

The gifts God gave where that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the Saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4: 11-13. (Source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

St. Paul Spirit Wear

Please see the link to order your St. Paul spirit wear by November 15.

Upcoming Events/Activities

On Friday, we celebrated our students of the month for the virtue of belonging.

We ask students to wear red on Wednesday, November 11 and we will be having a virtual Rembrance Day Liturgy with all classes.

Progress Reports are being completed for our students and will be sent home on November 20. Teachers will be in touch with parents/guardian to arrange interviews between November 24-26.

UMBRELLA PROJECT – NOVEMBER – GROWTH MINDSET

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. See the amazing work that our students are doing to develop this essential skill.

Mental Health Support for Students

Your child/teen’s mental health is important to us, just like it is to you.  There are proactive things we can do to promote wellness in spite of the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. We hope you can use this document as a starting point to talk to your child/teen(s) about where to go for help if they are struggling.  You can learn more how to promote wellbeing and a wide range of supports and resources at the WCDSB Mental Health and Wellness webpage.

St. Francis Parish

Parish Calendar November 2020

St. Francis Bulletin November 8, 2020

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