Monthly Theme: RESPONSIBILITY
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BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK
This is Bullying Awareness Week in Ontario. Throughout the week we will be focusing on what it means to be responsible for each other to create a safe and inclusive community for all. We will have special prayers each morning, a special assembly on Tuesday and School Mass on Friday. Throughout the week classes will be examining themes related to inclusion and being peacekeepers in our community.
ST. PAUL MATH CHALLENGE
Throughout this past week, all our students have been challenged to solve the school-wide Math Challenge -there was a Giant in the school who left her hands prints on the wall. Be sure to ask your child how he or she tried to solve the question: How Tall Was She?
With the colder weather and the coming snow, we are reminded to be cautious in the parking lot. The speed limit is 5 km/hr. Please drive slowly and follow all directional and parking signs. We are moving closer and closer to having the parking lot closed to all parents due to safety concerns. For the safety of all – slow down and drive respectfully
Please note – the ‘No Parking’ signs have been posted by the portables and soccer fields. We will be bringing in the Bylaw officers to help regulate this area and keep our students safe. Please refer to the letter sent home this week for parking and flow of traffic information Parking Lot Letter Parking Lot
MATH AT HOME
Math Tips for Parents/Guardians
“The key to understanding math is making sense of it. Many students believe that math is a set of formulas that have to be remembered – this belief is associated with low achievement. Math is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.” http://www.youcubed.org/category/teaching-ideas/number-sense/
Tips for Supporting Your Child
- Talk to your child’s teacher when you have questions.
- Be Positive – every child can learn mathematics with perseverance.
- Be Less Helpful – always try to have the math come from your child and not the other way around.
- Try not to tell your child how to do the math. They may not understand your thinking. Instead, ask questions that encourage understanding (“Why did you do that?”, “Why does that work?”, “How do you know you are right?”, “Is there another way you could do it?”).
- Encourage your children to question and wonder with them.
- Set High Expectations – children need to learn to persevere, to adjust thinking and strategies if their first attempt at a solution is unsuccessful. Encourage them to keep trying, if your child gets frustrated, take a break and come back to it.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza online
- Bullying Prevention week Begins
- John Howard Society Bullying Prevention Workshops in grade JK – 4/5 classes
- Roots of Empathy Program in Mrs. Esmaili’s class
- Find Your Magic with Brent and Sarah Assemblies
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza Wednesday!
- Mad Science Brixology at Lunch for students who signed up
- Crazy Hair/ Colour House Day
- 9:30 – School Mass at St Francis Parish – Students in grades 1-8 walking to the Church
Have a great week Panthers!