Monthly Theme: Self Compassion

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“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela



This Sunday marks the second week of Advent.  Please enjoy the following video to help you continue the spirit of Advent!   Advent in 2 Minutes


December’s Umbrella Skill is Self Compassion

Following  November’s Umbrella’s Skill of developing Grit, during December we will be focusing on the skills of Self Compassion. Students will be encouraged to treat themselves with the same love and kindness that they treat their friends and family with, and to remember that we all make mistakes! The following video was shared with all students at our Umbrella Skill assembly this past week, you may wish to review it and discuss this important skill with your children! The Power of Self Compassion



This is the last weekend  to purchase Panthers Spirit Wear! All orders will be completed online. Please see the link below to shop for your Panther Spirit Wear. All orders are due by December 9th.

St. Paul Spirit Wear Orders


Christmas Angel Tree – a message from our Social Justice Club

Thank you for your generosity so far! We have collected many toys and gifts as well as cash donations!. We will be accepting cash donations through Cash Online until Wednesday, December 12th. Toys and gifts will be accepted until Friday, Dec 14th.


Christmas Concert

This year, our students from JK to Grade 6 will be presenting a Christmas Concert for our parents on December 19th from 9 – 11 am. We will be sending out more specific times for each division so you can better plan your morning.



Electronics Day

This Friday, December 14th will the final reward day for our dance-a-thon. we will be having a games and/or electronics day. In each classroom teachers will identify the time and duration for the use of electronics. If you would like to have your child bring an electronic device for this event, the Board permission and acknowledgement form must be completed and sent into the classroom teacher. You can download a copy of this form here if you have not already completed and sent it in: Responsible Use of Outside Technology


Medication at School

As a reminder, if your child needs to take any medication (over the counter and prescription) at school, the medication must be stored at the main office. Please confirm with your family physician that the medication must be taken at school (can the times be adjusted so it is given before and after school?) There is also a mandatory form that must be completed prior to any medications being administered at school. A copy of the required form can be downloaded here: Oral Medication Consent – please complete this form and send in with the medication.


Cold Winter Days

With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.

During periods of severe weather your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation is the School Board Website or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school.


St Francis Parish

We are very proud of our partnership with St Francis Parish. In order to continue to build on this relationship, each week we will be providing our community with a link to access the Church Bulletin so you may keep yourself apprised of the many events at the Parish.

Bulletin Dec. 9 2018


Math Matters:

Try your hand at each of these Math Challenges!













Communicating with Children Using Math Language – Talking About Math:

Talking about mathematics with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathematical reasoning and understanding.  Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:

  1. Revoice – Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarification (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).
  2. Repeat/Restate  – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).
  3. Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.”).
  4. Adding On – Prompt your child to participate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”).
  5. Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child time to think (e.g., “Take some time to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that time!


Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:


  • Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
  • Candy Jar Guessing begins today in Mrs. Elash’s room- all week!



  • Pizza Day



  • 9:45 – Bible Celebration for Grade 4 students
  • Electronics Day

Have a great week Panthers!