Monthly Theme: Reasoning
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“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier” Roy E. Disney
Our yearly fundraiser will be a Valentine’s themed Dance-a-thon, held on February 9, 2018. This year all funds being raised will go directly to support and enhance classroom learning opportunities.
Early Bird Draws –
Congratulations to our Early Bird Draw Winners:
William P (SK)
Caden W (Gr1)
Grace L (Gr 1)
Payton B (Gr 4)
Paige H. (Gr 5)
Prize Donations: If you can donate a prize for the student fundraising raffles please drop it off at the office. This could include gift cards, Rangers tickets, new toys or games, etc. Anything you can donate will be appreciated and will help make the fundraiser a success!
Cakes and Cupcakes: If you can donate a Valentine’s themed cake or some cupcakes, please let Marianne Pierson know (email@example.com) so we can ensure we have enough space to display the items. Cakes/ cupcakes should be dropped off at the school on the morning of February 9th.
Finally – if you have a couple of hours you can donate during the day on February 9th to help out with glo bracelet sales, or raffles or helping the students with the dance please contact Kathleen Parker (Kathleen00@hotmail.com) so we can coordinate the day.
Glo Bracelets: Once again, glo bracelets will be available on Friday for students to purchase – 3 for $1.00
ST PAUL WINTER CARNIVAL
Our annual Winter Carnival is this week and will coincide with the start of the Olympics and our Dance-a-thon. There will be many activities for students to participate in throughout the week including French Vocabulary Bingo, making snow sculptures, a school ‘Olympics’, and candy guessing using proportional reasoning activities. It is going to be an exciting week at St Paul!
SHROVE TUESDAY/ ASH WEDNESDAY/ VALENTINE’S DAY:
This year Valentine’s day happens to be the same day as Ash Wednesday. We will be having our Ash Wednesday Mass here at the school this year.
While Ash Wednesday is not a day of Obligation in the Catholic Church, all Catholics over the age of 14 are expected to fast on this day. It is also the first day of Lent and many students and families do practice various forms of abstinence from sweets, junk food etc., during this time.
As a result, we will be ‘celebrating’ Valentine’s day on Feb 13th to respect the solemnity of Ash Wednesday. Individual teachers will communicate with students and families regarding how they may be celebrating the day. In connection with this – we will not be having a school wide Pancake breakfast on Shrove Tuesday this year. We look forward to returning to this tradition next year.
WINTER WEATHER REMINDERS
When we experience wintry weather throughout the year families often have many questions. Considering this we are informing the community of the policy that is followed when deciding to keep students indoors during winter. Students will remain inside when temperatures, including wind chill, are at or below -20°C. Otherwise, all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break. Please consider sending a change of clothes for your son or daughter in case their clothes get wet during recesses.
Remember – Children who are too ill to go outside for recesses should be resting at home
JK/SK REGISTRATION – FEBRUARY 20 – 23, 2018
Attention All Parents of New JK & SK Students! Registration for junior kindergarten (children born in 2014) and new senior kindergarten students (children who have NOT attended JK but were born in 2013) for September 2018 will take place during the week of February 20 – 23, 2018. Please make sure that you have the following documents with you:
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Proof of Address (ie. Utility Bill or Driver’s License)
Registration and all other required forms are available on our Board Website (www.wcdsb.ca) under “Register For School”. If you’d like to get a head start, you can print them off and complete them prior to your visit to the school or we will also have the forms available at our office. We look forward to seeing you in February! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at 519-743-4401
If you already have a child at St Paul, please call the Office and we will send home a Registration package for you.
SCHOOL FOCUS – MATH: FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Consider spicing up your family game night with a focus on math. By Jennifer Hogan on January 28, 2014
“Game night is a family tradition in our home. I’ve always tried to have a theme or focus to help our children practice different skills. Many of the family favorites are Pictionary, charades, or Trivial Pursuit, all of which incorporate a healthy level of competition. However, one night I realized that we never really played any math games besides the typical card games that incorporate simple counting and sequencing skills. I always have a stack of games in my classroom and encourage my students to play them all the time, but I wasn’t necessarily focusing on this at home with my own children.
Every year when I taught 5th grade, we would have a math game day challenge where the students worked for weeks on creating their own math games. They would pick a skill or concept to focus on which they had learned throughout the year. From scratch, they created the rules, game board, game pieces, etc. And then they would present their games in the auditorium where we would invite all of the students and their families to participate in the games and give feedback to the students. The students were so empowered and were extremely creative! I decided to try this at home with my own children, and they loved it!!! They spent a week creating their games and then presented them on family game night. We all took turns playing the games and even had a comment form to fill out so each child could receive feedback, both positive and negative. They could then go back and make any changes they felt necessary. We had so much fun doing this, we invited family friends to join in with us the following week and we’ve now started a new tradition! Consider spicing up your family game night with a focus on math!!!
And, for those whose kids aren’t up for creating their own games just yet, here are some great math games to add to your collection:
Sequence (the dice version is great)
Zingo (number bingo)
Can’t Stop (old game but fun)
Math Dice Jr.
What’s your favourite math game to play with your kids?”
Feb 6- 8 – St Paul Winter Carnival
Feb 8 – School Council Meeting/ Set up for the Dance-a-thon
Feb 9 – Dance a thon
Feb 13 – Shrove Tuesday/ Valentine’s Day celebrations in classes
Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday – Mass in the School Gym
Feb 15 – Term 1 Reports Go home
Feb 19 – Family Day – no school
Feb 20 – JK Registration begins
Feb 26 – Siblings, SK and Gr 8 grad photos
Feb 26 – March 2 – FITGO Week (more details to follow)
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza (only through Cash online)
- Roots of Empathy Program in Mrs. Esmaili’s class
- Dance-a-thon Pledge forms and money due to Classroom Teachers
- Winter Carnival Activities
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza Wednesday!
- Winter Carnival Activities
- Winter Carnival Activities
- Spirit Day – Be My Double or Wear your Colour House Colours