Monthly Theme: EMPATHY
LUNCH HOUR SUPERVISOR
We are looking for a new Lunch Hour Supervisor – this is a paid position with the Board, and involves 1 hour per day (from 11:05 – 12:05). If you are interested, please call the main office (519-743-4401).
HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON – October 31
Our major school fundraiser is back! This year, our Halloween Dance-a-thon will be on Thursday, October 31st. Each student had a letter and pledge form that went home at the end of the week. We are hoping to raise money to help support some of the programs and initiatives that are offered to students here at St. Paul, such as recess bins, field trips, Scientists in Schools much much more. Our Catholic School Council is working feverishly putting this event together and is always looking for help in organizing this wonderful event. Please call the office if you are able to volunteer on the 31st
Prizes: Pizza parties will be awarded to classes who raise the most per capita in each division. As well, top fundraisers in each Division win a prize.
Grand Prize: For every $20 raised students will receive a ballot for our grand prize draw – a $250 Gift Certificate to either Best Buy or Toy R Us!
Prize Raffle – as always students receive a raffle ticket for every $5 raised. If you have any items that could be donated for the Raffle, please drop them off at the Office. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
Cake Raffle! – One of the biggest hits at the Dance-a-thon is our Cake Raffle! – Please contact Maryann Pierson if you can donate an item to the cake raffle (email@example.com)
DECORATIONS – Do you have any leftover Halloween Decorations that could be used to decorate the Gym or other areas in the school for our Dance-a-thon? Please drop off at the Main Office if you can help!
STRONG START VOLUNTEERS
Do you have an extra hour or two each week? Do you like working with and reading to young children? St Paul CES is looking for volunteers to help with our Strong Start Reading Program. Strong Start helps young readers develop their literacy skills which then helps students be more successful throughout their education. Training is provided. If you are interested, please contact the school (519-743-4401).
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 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.
This month our focus is on building Empathy. All the Umbrella Skills can be built with practice and this month we are working to build the empathy piece of your child’s umbrella of wellbeing skills.
EMPATHY TIP #4
Help kids see what they have in common with others.
Having high empathy is linked with increased happiness and scholastic achievement. To build this important skill help kids see what they have in common with others. One of the biggest predictors of prejudice and a failure to empathize with members of other groups, is having little or no contact with people who aren’t like you. Research shows that schools can boost empathy by fostering an inclusive, warm attitude towards cultural diversity and you can do this at home too. Take stock of how often your kids play with others who are different than them. Do your girls play with boys and vice versa? What about other cultures? What about the adults around them? How wide is your child’s perspective? Encourage diversity to learn about and empathize with others. See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building empathy: https://umbrellaproject.co/category/empathy/
NUTRITION FOR LEARNING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
Come for breakfast and leave knowing you made a difference in the lives of local students.
Join us on Friday, November 8th as Nutrition for Learning and local well-known restaurants present a special Chef’s community breakfast at the Stanley Park Community centre. Each ticket sold will provide enough funds to feed one classroom in one of our local schools.
Your support will help us ensure our students continue to have access to healthy food at school. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/65427891585
St Paul is once again a polling station for the upcoming Federal Election on October 21st. While this does not overly impact our students, it does mean our school will be a busier place as voters come and go. This also means our parking lot will be busier than usual, so please plan accordingly and please continue to follow the parking bylaws. Where possible, particularly at the end of the day, please consider parking on a side street and walking to the school to pick up your children.
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
Can you solve this? Using your math strategies, try to solve this puzzle – get a little math talk going around the dinner table!
Here’s what is happening at St Paul CES this Week:
- Federal Election! – We are a Polling Station
- Pizza orders due through Cash Online by Midnight
- Gr 7 Immunizations
- Pizza Wednesday
- Mad Science begins at Lunch for students who have signed up
- PD Day – No school for students, staff will be focusing on Professional Development in the areas of Special Education and Health and Safety
Have a great week Panthers!