Monthly Theme: Integrity
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Happy Mother’s Day
We hope this weekend provides you with the opportunity to spend time with and remember the mothers and children in your lives who have inspired you.
Catholic Education Week
What an amazing week! We began this week with a Liturgy lead by our incredible Kindergarten classes, followed up with a school-wide Living Rosary lead by our grade 1 class, and ended with our Easter Mass, lead by our grade 7/8 class. We also kicked off our Mission Fundraising efforts with our Prayers for Change and Freezie sales. In between, we celebrated student achievements with our Coding Arcade, the Folk Dance festival and our grade 7/8 and JK/SK drive-in movie! What an incredible demonstration of the learning and engagement for all our students, as well as the ongoing dedication of our staff to celebrate all students.
Students from Colombia
Each year the WCDSB hosts International students in our schools. This year, St Paul was selected to be one of the schools to welcome students from COlombia. The students (in grades 5 and 6) will arrive on May 13th and will be with us until June 6. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about other countries and cultures and to create new friendships.
The Umbrella Project: Integrity
Watch for our upcoming contest – How are you using the Umbrella Skills at home?
We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are starting to build their own personal umbrellas – being able to use various strategies to help them deal with struggles they may face in their lives. Throughout the month of May, we will be exploring the theme of Integrity. Take a minute to read the attached article that can be found at the link below. It has some great activities for your children around Integrity.
Big Ideas for Integrity
Use integrity-based quotes to spark conversations about integrity. You can approach this by reviewing integrity-related dilemmas that are seen in your kids’ favourite shows or books. Like autonomy, integrity is a skill with many associated dilemmas. Very often, small acts of integrity are not recognized or rewarded, as Oprah identifies for us:
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey
It’s in our little day-to-day choices that we act within our integrity. It’s often much easier for us to ‘fudge’ the truth a little bit, perhaps to make ourselves look better or gain extrinsic rewards.
You are reminded that when your child is absent from school we require that a parent/ legal guardian contact the office to let us know prior to the start of the school day. We cannot accept messages sent in through siblings or friends.
Biking to school?
Please ensure that your children are wearing helmets if they are riding their bikes to school – it is the law for anyone under the age of 18!
Students are also reminded that they are not to ride bikes, scooters or skateboards on school property. Once they arrive at school students are to get off and walk to ensure all remain safe.
Jump Rope for Heart
Our school believes in kids helping kids. That’s why we’re participating in Jump Rope for Heart! We’re practicing healthy habits every day to protect our heart and brain health, and fundraising for Heart & Stroke to make a difference in the lives of other kids too. Your support will fund research and education that gives kids across Canada the best start to a healthy life.
Your child will come home with a parent letter (also see attached Jump rope for heart.jpg) and pledge envelope last week. Follow the steps to start online fundraising right away.
Our Jump Rope for Heart Day is May 17th.
Every year students in grades 3, 4 6 and 7 participate in standardized assessments. These assessments provide students and their teachers with valuable information regarding their academic progress, and learning strengths and areas for improvement as compared to other students in the same grade. Below are the dates for each assessment. Please try to ensure that students are present during their assessment times.
Grade 3 – EQAO – May 21 – May 24
Grade 6 – EQAO – May 28 – June 3
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.
Try some fun balancing activities with your kids (this is a lead in to understanding algebra!)
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Lunch time – Mad Science for student who signed up
- Pizza Day
- Intermediate Soccer Tournament in the afternoon at RIM Park
- Jump Rope for Heart – wear Red
- Ms Dejaegher and Mrs Aicken’s Field Trip
- Freezie sales at lunch