Phone: 519-743-4401

Panthers’ WAG – May 21 – 25, 2018

Monthly Theme: Being Resilient

Twitter: follow us @wcdsbStPaul to get the latest news and celebrate our #PantherPride!



We wish all our Panther families and wonderful Victoria Day Weekend. It is our hope that you can spend time with family and friends in ways that build strong healthy families.


Over the next couple of weeks, our Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the EQAO Provincial Test. The information we receive from the results of this standardized test aids educators as they work to improve classroom instruction and differentiate for individual needs. It helps to inform policy and helps us as a school identify priorities for our school improvement plans. The St Paul staff have been working very hard to prepare students for this test. In addition, the students have been working very hard to practice their skills and work through problem-solving to support their learning. Parents – to support your son/ daughter with the completion of the test, please ensure your child is on time and well nourished


for the writing days.

We appreciate your support!


Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. McCrae and Mr. Cangiano and the Intermediate students – we are reviving our Panthers’ Gardening Club. Our first task is the rejuvenate the Courtyard outside our Sacred Space. The Club spent much of last week raking, weeding and cleaning the area in order to prepare it for new planting.

Can you help us?? We are looking for any perennial plant donations you may have – if you are splitting plants this weekend, or in the next few weeks – please consider donating some to the school to assist the students with this project.

Please bring any donations to the Office.




Friday was a beautiful day to be outside enjoying the sun while participating in various activities to get our hearts pumping, all while raising money for Jump Rope for Heart! The students enjoyed the skipping and other rope games! A special thanks to Mrs. Ferguson for organizing this event.



Scientists in Schools provides young scientists with classroom workshops that are curriculum aligned and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused. This year, thanks to School Council and your generous donations to our school fundraiser – students in the Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior classes have had the opportunity to participate in these hands-on, engaging workshops! Thanks to our School Council for all your support!









This coming Thursday, May 24 our grade 8 students will be traveling to Toronto to explore the Ripley’s Aquarium, and then go to the Toronto Blue Jays School Day Game against the Anaheim Angels. This trip is a result of the generosity of an anonymous benefactor to St Paul. We are extremely grateful to a St Jerome’s Boy and his commitment to ensuring students have fun while learning.

Have fun Grade 8s! Let’s Go Jays!




With spring weather finally on our doorsteps and summer (yes summer!) not far off, many of us are ditching our cars, choosing more physically active ways to get where we’re going. Soon, sidewalks will be flooded with our friends, neighbours, and kids who are walking, running, rollerblading and cycling on their way from point A to point B.
It’s important both as a driver and as a pedestrian to stay safe and keep others safe while on or near roadways. So, we wanted to share with you some road safety tips to keep in mind as our communities wake up and we stretch our legs after a long winter hibernation:

As a driver:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Watch your speed
  • Remember that distracted driving like texting and talking on your phone is unsafe and illegal
  • Note that young children under the age of five have not yet developed cognitive skills like depth perception, speed and distance needed to safely judge dangers of the road
  • Use extra caution where children and pedestrians are likely to be nearby:
      • School zones
      • Bus stops
      • Parks & playgrounds
      • Crosswalks
      • Residential areas
      • Parking lots


As a cyclist:

  • Remember – your rules for the road are the same as drivers
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Watch your speed
  • Cross roads following the rules of the road
  • Ride single file


As a pedestrian:

  • Where possible, use designated crossing areas, intersections or a cross walk (never jaywalk)
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street
  • Avoid using mobile devices when walking
  • Remove your headphones and listen for approaching traffic
  • Make eye contact with drivers before stepping out onto the road
  • When walking, running or cycling at night, ensure you are visible by wearing reflective clothing or carrying a flashlight.


As a parent, it’s important to be a role model for your children when teaching them road safety. Provide your child with simple tips to be a safe pedestrian that are easy to remember for when they are ready to walk on their own.




We are extremely blessed this year with the arrival of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter “Renewing the Promise“.  The letter is the culmination of all the feedback received from Catholic Education stakeholders – via the ThoughtExchange Surveys of last spring, as well as the symposium in November.  It will provide us with inspiration and food for thought for much time to come. Please see the PDF version attached for your reference.





Now that spring has finally arrived we ask that you take a moment to review the school Dress code with your child(ren).

At St. Paul Catholic School we believe that students should be able to learn in a safe and caring space that is free of bias and discrimination.  We expect that all students will use good judgement and respect for self and others when choosing what to wear.  When making choices about what to wear to school, we respect a student’s individuality and have agreed on some basic criteria when it comes to our dress code.

  • Students must always wear footwear inside and outside the school. It is preferred that students have both a set of shoes for indoor use AND a separate pair of shoes for outdoor use.  In addition, students must wear running shoes to participate in physical education classes.
  • Students must refrain from dressing in sexually explicit or revealing clothing.  This would include clothing that exposes the midriff, spaghetti straps, strapless tops and low-cut necklines.  No undergarments including bra straps and boxers should be showing and skirts and shorts must be mid-thigh length.
  • Students are not permitted to wear clothing with wording or graphics which are racist, sexist, advocate violence or are profane or demeaning to another person or towards the school.  In addition, clothing with wording or graphics which promote alcohol or illicit drugs and/or is recognized to be associated with gang membership will not be allowed.
  • Students will be asked to remove hats when entering the school building. This signals it is time to change from outside behaviour to inside behaviour.
  • The Dress Code is in effect for class trips, unless instructed differently.

While the selection of clothing worn at school is the responsibility of parents and student, the school reserves the right of final decision concerning dress and appearance.  If a student comes to school wearing clothing which fits into one of the categories listed above, the school may:

  • Exclude the student from regular school activities until the situation can be rectified (e.g. T-shirt turned inside out for the remainder of the school day, wearing a school shirt, etc.);
  • Contact parents and request replacement clothing if the problem cannot be rectified in the above manner;
  • Take further action as appropriate if there is consistent violation by a student regarding inappropriate student dress.

Due to the constantly changing variety of apparel style, the Principal and staff have the authority to determine if a clothing item not specifically covered in this dress code is, in fact appropriate for school attire.

We are asking for your cooperation and support in efforts to maintain a positive school environment which is centered around student achievement and growth.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the main office.





Can you make 45 using the numbers (use as many different mathematical operations as you can)  …

4          5          6          7          8          9  






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


  • Victoria Day – No School
  • Last day to order Pizza (only through Cash online)


  • Roots of Empathy in Mrs. Harris’ Class
  • Grade 3 EQAO Testing


  • Pizza Wednesday
  • Grade 3 EQAO Testing
  • Welcome to Kindergarten Evening


  • Grade 3 EQAO Testing
  • Grade 8 Toronto Field trip


  • Formal Wear Friday Spirit Day
  • Grade 3 EQAO Testing

Have a great week Panthers!