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Panther Post #39

Good Evening Panther Community,

We are down to the final stretch of the school year and we want to take a moment to THANK all of you for sticking with us until the end.

We recognize that it has been difficult for some to stay self-motivated and engaged, but we are so blessed to be a part of this community.  We are still experiencing good attendance in most of our grades each and every day.  It is such a testament to the excellent work that your teachers and our students are doing!  Keep it up, Panthers!  Finish Strong!

We also want to take a moment to thank all of you for your collaboration, support & kindness as we navigated a year filled with unusual announcements, COVID protocols,  and numerous pivots. We were informed later Friday that our pick-up protocol may look different than we already coordinated. Stay tuned for updates. Thank you for your patience.

 

Church Bulletin

End of Year Pick-Up

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Monday, June 28th, 2021, and Tuesday, June 29th,  your child will have an opportunity to come to St. Paul to gather any personal items, drop off any school materials (including library books and borrowed chrome books/chargers, SEA equipment),  and pick up their June report card.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to greet the students. If your child is not able to come to school or you feel it is not necessary your report card will be mailed. If you have a change in address please let the school know ASAP.

Please make sure that you read this letter carefully so that you are well prepared for these days. People will be allowed into the building from 8:20 am to 1:55 pm, based on the first letter of their last name:

Monday, June 28th, 2021, is the best time for all families to come to the school. Tuesday, June 29th am is only for families who absolutely can’t make the Monday date. 

THE SCHEDULE IS HERE

Your time slot is determined by the beginning alphabet letter of your last name.

We are trying to control the number of people each day to make the process quicker. Be patient. If we get a lot of people at one time we will have to limit how many people are allowed in the building, as we must abide by Public Health guidelines.

Please read the following information carefully:

Please take some time before June 28th or 29th, 2021 to complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool found at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
  • If you exhibit any signs or symptoms, please do NOT come to school. We will make alternate arrangements for pick-up. 
  • You are required to wear a face-covering  for this event and sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the school. 
  • ONE parent/guardian will be allowed to enter the school with the children in grades JK and SK (pick up through classroom door/window). Students in grades 1-8 will enter the school independently. 
  • There will be no outdoor supervision and the playground remains closed. Washrooms and other areas of the school will be closed. 
  • Please bring your own bags or backpacks to carry all your belongings home in but avoid putting them down on any surfaces when in the school.
  • Any medication stored in the main office will also be available for pick-up.
  • This is NOT an opportunity to visit. Please pick up personal belongings as quickly as possible so that all students can get in and out in a timely manner.
  • Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick-up day unless arrangements have been made.
*If your health leaves you/your family member vulnerable to COVID-19, or if you are a front-line worker and cannot make the pick-up date and time, please contact your child’s teacher.

  • As always, SAFETY is our number one priority. PHYSICAL DISTANCING is top priority. Abide by physical distancing rules, keeping a two-meter distance from non-family members. Please Hand Sanitize your hands before going into the school.  Hand sanitizers will be available in many locations in the building.

Location of Pick up of belongings:

  • Will be in the child’s classroom/portables
  • JK/SK parents please go to the area designated by your child’s teacher: door or window

Library Learning Commons: 

  • Please bring all library books, textbooks, and other school resource materials with you on your pick up day to be dropped off
  • Textbooks will be dropped off in their classrooms and library books will be placed in a bin in the foyer labeled LIBRARY

Chromebooks and other Lent Devices: 

  • All Chromebooks, power cords and cases loaned to you must be returned to St. Paul by June 29th, 2021. All other devices and resources loaned to you need to be returned as well by June 29th
  • If you have registered for a summer course you can keep your device – we have the list of people to whom this applies

Lost and Found Items:

  • A lost and found table will be located outside of the school near the front door. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity after the final pick-up dayI

Red Pencil cases of school supplies:

  • These are yours to keep – please do not return them 

Thank you for your continued support and as always, if you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Bottle Drive Update

Unfortunately, due to the continued COVID restrictions, we will be postponing our St. Paul Bottle Drive. We will plan for a future drive in the fall! This gives us the opportunity to save our bottles over the summer months.

More information will follow in the next school year.

Thank you Panther community for your continued support.

Good Morning Panthers!

Please read carefully below for information on how to get your children vaccinated!  This is great news!

 

The Waterloo Region Vaccine Task Force is hosting school vaccine clinics across Waterloo Region between June 22 – 26, 2021 for youth and their families.

 

School Vaccine Clinics:

Youth, aged 12-17, and family members they live with can book appointments at these vaccine clinics to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available between June 22 – 26, 2021. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.
Clinic #1:
Grand River Collegiate
175 Indian Rd, Kitchener, ON N2B 2S7
Clinic #2:
Southwood Secondary School
30 Southwood Dr, Cambridge, ON N1S 4K3
Clinic #3:
Huron Heights Secondary School
1825 Strasburg Rd, Kitchener, ON N2R 1S3
 

How Do I Book an Appointment?

To book an appointment please email youthclinics@regionofwaterloo.ca with your name, contact information, and preferred clinic location. Someone will call you back to complete the booking process (within 48 hours).
You can also book an appointment by calling the YMCA settlement services at 226-339-4964.
These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

 

Who Can Get the Vaccine Now?
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Youth must be 12 years old at the time of their appointment.
Youth will be able to get their second dose quicker than other people so they will have both their shots before the 2021/2022 school year.

 

What vaccine will be given?
Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 12 years of age and older. See the resources below for more information.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our community safe.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.
Stay safe and healthy Panthers!

In Our Backyard

8 WEEK SUMMER SEASON – ENROLL NOW!

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. 

We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class  

coaching, communication, and curriculum. 

Find a park near you and click the Enrollment Information link below for a full list of class times. 

Enrollment Information:

 

Panther Post #38

We hope and pray that your families are doing well during this time.  As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, we want you all to know that we are making plans to have all students come back to the school to end our school year with a face-to-face conversation with their teachers.  Our hope is that this will get your summer started on a very positive note!  We know it will be an exciting day for us!

 

This will be an opportunity to return any learning devices that you may have borrowed, along with any textbooks or library books.  It will also be an opportunity to pick up any remaining personal belongings and your Term 2 Report Card!  More information as to the specifics of this day will be coming early next week.  It will come via Newswire and via your child’s Google/D2L Classroom.  We need to finalize our plans so that they all meet the safety protocols set out by Waterloo Region Public Health.

 

The last day of virtual school for all students is Thursday, June 24th.  June 25, 28 & 29 will be offline, asynchronous days.  We realize that some students will not have access to a device these days and therefore any tasks or assignments will be limited to paper/pencil or choice board-type activities.

 

You are likely hearing a lot in the media right now, and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.  The bottom line is that, as we endeavor to create a positive experience at the end of a very challenging year, we remain extremely proud of all of our students and the work that we have done over the past several weeks.  We are so thankful for all of the support from our parent community in these very challenging times.  We are genuinely glad to be a part of the St. Paul community, filled with educators, parents, and other community members that care about our students.

Church Bulletin

Peace Garden Project

Thank you to all of the families who have come out to work on our Peace Garden project.

There is still lots of work to be done so if you are able to help that would be fantastic. Please sign up on the link provided.

 

Remember “Finish Strong Panthers!”

Volunteer Opportunity Grade 7 and 8

SVP Teens is a youth volunteer philanthropy program in the Waterloo Region. Every year, we fundraise toward the SVP Teens Community Grant, which is awarded in June to a local charity chosen by the members. We are reaching out in hopes of recruiting new members and connecting with students. For the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, we are looking for members between grade 7 and 12 for any executive positions as well as general member positions. No experience required! Attached, you’ll see our website, video, and application for the upcoming year. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via DM to our instagram @svpteens.”

Panther Post #37

Dear Panther Community,

We heard on Wednesday, June 2nd the Ministry announced that face-to-face learning will not resume until September. Remote learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. There is nothing we can really say that will ever fully capture all that needs to be said about this past year.  We have been challenged in many ways. Every day our families and our staff continue to work tirelessly alongside children with the greatest of care and compassion. We celebrate nearly full class participation every day as our school community continues to show up online and look forward to connecting and learning with their teachers and their peers. We understand the barriers and stress learning from home adds to families so please do not hesitate to reach out to the office if you need to touch base or check-in with any needed support.

Catholic School Advisory Council 

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of many individuals who volunteered their time and talents to contribute to the success of the Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC). Especially this year with COVID-19 restrictions, we had many challenges but we were able to rise above them and still create some new opportunities for our school. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this came through loud and clear with the commitment demonstrated by our whole school community.  Special thanks to all our members of the 2021 – 2022 school advisory council.

Proud to Raise the Pride Flag

On June 1st, St. Paul school and all schools in the WCDSB raised our Pride Flag. The flag-raising is part of our commitment to creating a nurturing, safe and inclusive learning environment where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected. You will have also noticed that our flags were at half mast for 215 hours to signify that we do stand in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We stand with ALL in our community and we commit to doing better – each and every day.

June is National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Teachers will be incorporating lessons, activities, discussions throughout the month to bring awareness to our students that all children belong, all children are supported and all children should feel safe at St. Paul! History has not always demonstrated this, but we can make a positive difference today and tomorrow for everyone! We are all unique, but we are all children of God.

Church Bulletin

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