Monthly Theme: Being Resilient
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Our Grade 3 and 6 students will be writing the EQAO Provincial Test this week. 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 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.
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 a 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.
I would like to thank our school community for your incredible generosity. As walk the classrooms and yard at St Paul I see the evidence of our fundraising everywhere. In the classes, teachers and students have access to resources such as tablets for documenting student learning; individual whiteboards for working on problem-solving; alternative seating options such as stand up desks and hokki stools; headphone for computer use and robotic activities. On the yard, we have new games for students to play in the yards, and Wooden Kitchens for the Kindergarten students play. Students have also benefitted from a variety of learning opportunities including the school-wide trip to see The Star and Scientists in Schools. Thank you again for your generosity and commitment to working with the staff at St Paul to improve student learning.
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Below are two examples of the Grade 3 and 6 Math questions asked on the EQAO Assessment. For more information go to www.eqao.com/en/assessments/primary-division/parents/Pages/parents.aspx
May 28 – 31 – EQAO Assessment for students in Gr 3and 6
May 30 – Cross Country
June 1 – PD DAY – No School
June 7 – Grade 7s at Resurrection
June 22 – Year End Mass at St Francis Parish
June 22 – Mission Day in the afternoon
June 26 – Grade 8 Graduation
June 29 – Last Day of this school year
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing
- Roots of Empathy in Mrs. Harris’ Class
- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing
- 6:30 – 8:00 – School Council Meeting
- Pizza Wednesday
- Cross Country at Bechtel Park
- Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing
- Grade 7/8 classes at Peace Day
- PD Day – No school for students; Staff will be working on Assessment and Evaluation Priorities
Have a great week Panthers!