Monthly Theme: Integrity
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Catholic Education Week
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples.”
The 2019 theme was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, the theme is very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”
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 continuing 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.
All About Integrity
Share the importance of integrity with children.
Integrity is regarded as the number one character strength in a leader. For children who want to rise to a leadership role, integrity and bravery are essential skills. Both allow people to trust that your actions match your words.
Quote: “The two may go hand in hand. Integrity is needed when deciding what action should be taken. Bravery is needed to take actions that might be unpopular […] But the most vital of the two character strengths at the top was integrity.”
It’s easy to see celebrities, politicians, and other public figures demonstrate breaches of integrity. It is important to identify that you do not have to compromise your integrity to rise to positions of power, however.
Congratulations to our grade 2 students who celebrated their First Holy Communion this weekend and last! We are so proud of all of you!
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.
Now that the warmer weather has arrived (we hope!) please take some time this weekend to review our school dress code with your children to ensure they are arriving each day with school appropriate clothing, ready to learn.
As we approach the end of another successful school year, preparations have slowly begun to ensure that our class structures are in place for September. Preparing class lists is a process that involves hours of work, on behalf of all staff, to ensure that the needs of all our students are met. Lists are fluid documents that may be changed and revised several times from now until the beginning of school in September.
Each new school year is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet new friends and expand their circle of acquaintances. Our goal is to place a child where they will achieve the most success academically while trying to balance their social development. A balanced class reflects the diversity and needs of our school community and all our students.
A great deal of thought and reflection goes into the placement of each child. Many factors are considered in student placement including academic abilities, social groupings, and gender ratio. In addition, we consult Board and Ministry of Education guidelines.
The teachers and administration take great care to ensure, to the best of our ability, that all students’ needs are met. Since it is very difficult to honour requests from parents as well as make the most prudent decisions for all students in our care, we will not be accepting classroom requests for the 2019-2020 school year.
We ask that you trust that the staff will continue to make professional decisions on placements that are in the best interests of all the students at St. Paul.
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.
Every year students in grades 3 and 6 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 27
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.
It’s May the 4th! And that means it is time for some Star Wars Themed math activities
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Catholic Education Week Liturgy in the afternoon
- Pizza Day
- Mr. Litschgy’s class – Old Growth Forest Project Field Trip
- Coding Arcade in the Library
- The Living Rosary
- School Mass at St Francis
- Wear Your Colour House Colour Day
Have a great week Panthers!