Monthly Theme: Grit

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“Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint” Angela Duckworth


Umbrella Project – November’s Skill is developing GRIT

Welcome to November at the Umbrella Project!! Last month we dove into building a sense of Gratitude and this month we are shifting our focus to a skill that helps us persevere in the face of challenges, Grit!

Does your child give up easily when things get tough? Do they fear failure or take it very personally?

Grit is the skill that helps us persevere towards the long-term goals we are passionate about.

Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and lots of bumps in the road. To be successful and happy we need to learn to take failures in stride and not give up when we get to the hard parts. Grit helps us take on a practice mindset, knowing that our perseverance will pay off in time. It can help us set important goals and the overcome obstacles in our way, even on the toughest days.

In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence and is an important piece of a complete umbrella of wellbeing.



Diagnostic Assessments

Throughout the month of November students in grades 1 – 8 will be completing the CAT5 assessments in Language and Mathematics. The completion of these assessments will provide teachers with valuable information regarding student strengths and challenges. This will assist teachers in better programming for students.


Progress Reports

Progress Report will be coming home on Tuesday, November 6th. The Elementary Progress Report Card provides students, teachers and parents/guardians with an opportunity to reflect upon progress early in the fall of the school year, and to discuss plans to promote future success.

The Elementary Progress Report Card is designed to show:  a student’s development of six learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as  a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects. The check marks under “Progressing Very Well,” “Progressing Well,” and “Progressing With Difficulty” are used to indicate a student’s general academic progress during the first part of the fall term. The Elementary Progress Report Card does not contain letter grades or numeric marks. At the end of the first term (in February) parents/guardians will receive a Provincial Report Card, which will report on achievement of the curriculum expectations and which will contain letter grades or numeric marks.


Boomerang Lunches

Beginning on Monday, November 5th St Paul will officially be implementing Boomerang Lunches. This means that all items you send in your child’s lunch will be returned (or boomeranged) home. This included any packaging and food waste of lunches and snacks. Please see the attached article for more information as to why this is a positive initiative for the school, the environment and for you at home.


Halloween Candy

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. All donations can be brought to the Main Office.


Book Fair

The Book Fair is returning to St Paul. This is an opportunity to purchase reading materials for home while supporting the school Library.


Christmas Market at Haller

Looking for unique Christmas gifts?  Consider attending the Monsignor Haller Annual Craft and Market Show


Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region

The Foundation has supported St Paul in many ways over the years, providing sports equipment, Library resources and Prayer Table supplies. Please consider purchasing a ticket.


Daylight savings

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour tonight!




Rez Pathways Night

Please see the information regarding the Resurrection Pathways evening

Resurrection Pathways_2018

New Math Curriculum

The new government released a new curriculum in math titled “The Fundamentals in Math.”  They have released a teachers and parent fact sheet to introduce the new curriculum. The link is below:


Outdoor Recesses/ Clothes

As we have moved into cooler weather please ensure your children are dressed for the weather, our recesses are anywhere from 15 – 40 minutes in length in which children are outside playing. The children will be going outside if it is lightly raining or misty – please ensure they have appropriate clothes (warm waterproof jackets, coats with hoods, hats, mitts and boots) for these days. It is a great idea to ensure your kids have an extra pair of socks, pants, etc in their backpacks in case they get wet and need to change.


Dance a thon

Thank you to our amazing School Council and the many volunteers who helped to ensure the Dance a Thon was a success. Thank you as well to the many, many members of our community who donated raffle prizes – we had over 100 prizes for students!

Class and Individual winners will be announced early this week

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.

Bulletin Nov. 4 2018


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


  • Last day to order Pizza
  • Book Fair open for Purchases
  • Boomerang Lunches begin today


  • Book Fair Continues
  • Report Cards come home today


  • Book Fair Continues
  • Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online


  • Interviews from 3:30 to 9:00
  • Book Fair Continues with Family Event in the evening


  • Last day for the Book Fair
  • Bus Evacuation training


Have a Great Week Panthers!