Monthly Theme: BEING FAITHFUL RISK TAKERS
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FAITHFUL RISK TAKERS?
This past Friday we introduced the virtue for December. Students were challenged to be risk takers in their relationships with God, and with each other. They were reminded that we need to take risks when we learn and that they have the support of parents, staff, the Church and each other when taking these risks to help the community be better and stronger. During the assembly, all students and staff recited the following ‘Risk Taker’s Pledge’:
I will be a risk taker by:
– getting out of my comfort zone
– trying a new math strategy
– trying out for a team
– asking for help
– standing up to bullies
– trying something new
– reading a challenging novel
– and be willing to make mistakes
Right now, we are beginning the season of Advent. At the end of Advent is Christmas. The word “advent” means “coming.” It is the season when we remember the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s only son, into the world. Have you ever waited for something for a long time? God’s people had been waiting for a very long time for God to send a Savior to them and keep all of his promises. That Savior was Jesus–who was born long ago in a stable in Bethlehem. The baby Jesus would grow up to save all of God’s people. Yet that is not all of the good news. It was God’s plan to send Jesus to the world twice. He came long ago and he is coming back again. Like the people of Israel, we are waiting for him to come.
Each Monday during Advent we will have a special prayer over the PA as we light the candles on the Advent Wreath. This week, the light the first purple candle and are reminded to prepare and be ready, because Jesus is coming.
Do you have an hour each day between 11 and 12? We are looking for adults to be on our supply list for the Lunch Hour Supervisor position. There is also the possibility of this becoming a permanent position in the future. This is a CUPE position with the School Board. Training is provided. If you are interested, please bring a Resume (including the names and numbers of two references) to the Office. A police check is also required.
If you are planning a family vacation this winter, please be sure to come to the office to complete the Intent to be Absent form for you children.
We continue to collect new, unwrapped toys and warm clothes to help families in need this Christmas. When a student brings in an item they will be able to write their name on an angel and hang it on our Angel Christmas Tree. We are looking for gifts for a variety of age ranges (infant – 16 yrs.), so if you donate something suitable for a child the same age as your own child, it will enable us to end up with a good assortment of items. Each day at morning recess, volunteers will receive donations from students and give them an angel to hang on our tree.
At the same time, November 27th to December 11th, we will also be doing a food drive to help those less fortunate. Any non-perishable food items (no peanut products please) can be brought to the school and placed in the colour house bins in the Sacred Space.
Your donations for both the Angel Tree and the Christmas Food Hamper Drive will be distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society to needy families in the St. Francis Church community. We thank you in advance for your support of these St. Paul traditions.
MATH AT HOME
Advent and Christmas bring many opportunities to practice Math at home. This can include:
- budgeting for buying gifts,
- Measuring ingredients or adjusting recipes for your family favourite cookies,
- thinking spatially when wrapping presents,
- counting lights and ornaments on the tree
- comparing the number of houses with lights versus the number without on your street
- or completing fun colouring and arts and crafts ideas.
No matter what you are doing with your kids, take some time to explain your thinking and asking them to help with the math will help to develop their mathematical thinking skills.
Try these fun colouring activity with your kids to help them understand grids and coordinates:
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza online
- Angel Tree
- John Howard Society Bullying Prevention Workshops in grade JK – 4/5 classes
- Roots of Empathy Program in Mrs. Esmaili’s class
- Kindergarten Classes going to Benjamin Tree Farm
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza Wednesday!
- Colour House Spirit Day
- Reconciliation Service for students in grades 6 – 8
- Mad Science Brixology at Lunch for students who signed up
- PD Day
- NO EXTENDED DAY AVAILABLE
Have a great week Panthers