Monthly Theme: GROWTH MINDSET
A PRAYER FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
We remember those whom you have
gathered from the storm of war
into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations.
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Congratulations Panthers on an amazing Dance a thon and Fundraising Campaign! We are just over $200 away from reaching our goal and earning the final school wide prize – an electronics day! We will continue to collect any final donations until Wednesday, Nov 13th to try to reach our goal.
Congratulations to our Division Prize winners – each of these classes has won a pizza party (classroom teachers will communicate the date of the party)
Kindergarten – Mrs Ambeau and Ms MacLellan’s class
Primary – Mrs Haynes’ grade 2 class
Junior – Ms Knopinska’s grade 5 class
Intermediate – Mr Cangiano’s Gr 7/8 class
Individual Winners – the following students have each won $25 Gift cards as the top fundraisers in each division:
Kindergarten Classes- Yandel T
Primary Classes – Jackson M
Junior classes – Nora F
Intermediate Classes – Olivia M
Grand Prize Winner – Francisco R in Gr 6
NOVEMBER AND INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES
It’s hard to believe that we are already in November and have had our first (although minimal) snowfall! At this time we would like to remind our families about the Inclement weather procedures:
If weather conditions or other emergencies warrant the closing of school, notice will be available by checking on the following sites:
1) Check our school website stpaul.wcdsb.ca and click on the Delays & Cancellations button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed.
2) Check the WCDSB web site www.wcdsb.ca and the RED cancellation button. One click will tell you if your bus is cancelled and/or if your school is closed. The GREEN light means everything is open and buses are running.
3) Listen to your local Waterloo Region radio station for cancellations
4) The Before and After School Program(s) will also be closed if the school is closed.
Please note that if school buses are cancelled in the morning they will not be sent out later in the day regardless of changes or improvements in the weather. Families who choose to drive their children to school will be responsible for picking them up at the end of the day.
DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER
As a reminder – students are outside for two 15 minute recesses, plus 40 minutes at lunch, and we go outside in light rain and cold weather (as cold as -19 including wind chill). Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – including splash pants, rain jackets, hats, and water-resistant mitts or gloves so they can enjoy their time outside.
Please also consider in sending a change of clothes (especially pants, underwear and socks) in case your child falls during recess so we do not have to contact you at work to bring in a change of clothes.
There are 194 school days in a given year. Missing a “few” might not seem like a big deal, but “a day here and a day there” can add up to a substantial amount of opportunity lost.
This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges. In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows.
GROWTH MINDSET TIP #2 Be Honest With Your Children
It can be hard for our children to come in second place, lose a big game or fail to meet their own expectations on a test but protecting your child from disappointments by being dishonest, while making them feel better in the short term, doesn’t help them learn how to be honest with themselves and benefit from the feedback. Tell your child the truth gently. Give them honest constructive feedback about their performance and avoid externalizing the loss or sugar coating. Help them think about what tools will help them succeed where they are struggling.
Keep these principles in mind when talking to your child about failures:
- Be empathetic but tell them the truth
- Don’t externalize the loss
- Don’t let them rely on ability alone, hard work is needed for mastery
- Help them recognize what can and cannot control ie. Their attitude vs the referee’s decision
- Focus on improving something and areas of potential growth
- Don’t judge, we are all learning
PINK SHIRT CONTEST
Do you have leftover Halloween Candy that you would like to get out of the house? Please consider donating the candy to the school our December fundraising Candy Raffles.
Spiritwear is now available again! All orders are completed through the following website:
CONGRATULATIONS Gabriela G!
Gabriela Grigoriu, a grade 8 student at St. Paul Catholic School and her sister Crina Grigoriu who attends Resurrection Secondary School, recently participated at The World Championships of Martial Arts (WMO) that took place in Blackpool, England. Gabriela won three medals: two golds in Team Form and Creative Form and one bronze in Traditional form. She placed fourth in combat at point sparring. Her sister Crina won 5 medals: one gold in Team Form, and 4 silver medals in Traditional, Creative, Weapon and Extreme forms. They both were representing Canada along with other 13 members of Team Canada. In all, the Team Canada brought back 64 medals.
Gabriela and Crina started karate 4 years ago with the legendary Danny Griffith, 15 times world champion in Martial Arts, in Montreal. They moved to Kitchener in August, and continue practicing Kung Fu and Karate Shotokan stile at “Kitchener Kicks”, as well as extreme at “Hotshot Athletics” in Cambridge.
They are strongly motivated to train hard and be part of the team Canada again next year at the championships in Greece.
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.
MATH AT HOME
Try to solve this Math Riddle:
Leon works at the aquarium. When he tries to put each turtle in its own tank, he has one turtle too many. But if he puts two turtles per tank, he has on tank too many. How many turtles and how many tanks does Leon have?
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Remembrance Day Assembly in the morning
- Wear Red Spirit Day
- Emergency Bus Evacuation Training for all students in the morning
- Pizza Wednesday
- Mad Science for students who registered through Mad Science
- Pink Shirt Spirit Day
- PD Day – no school for students
Have a great week Panthers!