Monthly Theme: Gratitude
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“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart Tolle)
Dropping off Lunches
If you are dropping off lunches for your children, please ensure you do so by 11:00. Students eat lunch from 11:05 – 11:25, and then go outside. There is no supervision available after 11:25 for students to eat lunches.
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 (rain jackets, coats with hoods, 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.
You can follow the Umbrella Project on social media for additional tips, resources, and information. Find all the details here: http://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/
This month we will be focusing on adding to our Umbrella Skills by focusing on Gratitude.
October Food Drive
Our WE/ Social Justice Team has been working hard to prepare a variety of awareness projects over the year. Our first major initiative is the October Food Drive.
The annual food drive is here Panthers. By bringing in non-perishable food items you could help a family in need! All of the school’s donations will go towards the food bank. Our goal is to have each family provide two non-perishable food items, but if you can provide more that would be fantastic! Students will bring their items into their class, WE Team members will come to collect the items and put them in your child ’s colour house bin. The colour house with the most food items will be the winners, which will be announced by the end of October. Thank you for supporting families in need! (by Bailey M)
Our annual Fundraiser has begun! We will be having a Halloween Dance-a-Thon on October 31st. Each year School Council sponsors one major fundraiser to support school initiatives. The funds raised go directly to school and classrooms to support student learning. Last year’s funds purchased tablets, math resources, flexible seating in classrooms and sports equipment. Our goal for the school is to raise $8000. With these funds, we plan to purchase more flexible workspaces for students in class, as well as added technology and classroom resources, all to improve the learning environment for all students.
Information about the Dance-a-Thon and Pledge sheets were sent home with students last Friday. Please assist your children in safely collecting funds for the fundraiser – please note – children are not to go door to door asking strangers for support. We encourage students to ask family and friends only for support. Let’s keep our children safe!
Key dates for the Fundraiser:
Oct 5 – Pledge Sheets were sent home
Oct 16th – Early Bird forms due (indicating $10 raised so far)
Oct 25th – all Pledge forms due to be eligible for Certain Prizes (Chromebook, Most raised, Divisional class winners)
Oct 31st – Halloween Fundraiser and Raffle draws.
As in the past, a great deal of our success is a result of the generosity of our community. One of the motivations for students is the Raffle prizes available on the day of the dance. If you have any items you can donate (small toys, gift certificates, etc) we would truly appreciate it. All donations can be brought to the Office.
Cake and cupcake prizes: Each year we also include a Cake/ cupcake section for our raffle prizes. If you are able to donate a cake or cupcakes for the day – please let Maryann Pierson know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This year we will be attempting to become a certified ECO school. Our goal in doing this is to put an emphasis on being environmentally aware, to conserve our natural resources and to develop student leadership. Some of the initiatives we are hoping to implement include expanding our gardening club, adding composting to our daily practices, and reducing waste by having Boomerang and litterless lunches. You could begin practicing with your children by packing all lunch items in reusable containers that can be brought home.
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.
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Last day to order Pizza
- Picture Day!
- Dance-a-thon Early Bird ballots are due – money does not have to be submitted at this time
- Gr 1 classes are skating at RIM
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
Have a great week Panthers!