Monthly Theme: Gratitude
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“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” Brother David Steindl-Rast
The staff at St Paul wish you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving.
On October 4th we hosted a parent workshop with Dr. Jen Forristal, founder of The Umbrella Project. Dr. Jen provided an overview of the Umbrella Project as well as many useful tips for helping our children develop the skills needed to better cope when we have rainy days. Thank you to the many parents who were able to join us.
You can also 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 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)
Dance a Thon
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 on 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 go home
Oct 16th – Early Bird forms due ($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 draw.
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 (email@example.com).
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. More details will follow.
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
- Happy Thanksgiving!
- Gr 7/8 classes are at Paradise Lake
- Gr 1 classes are skating at RIM
- Spirit Wear Day – Wear your School Spirit Wear!
- Pizza lunch for those who ordered through Cash Online
- Immunizations for Gr 7 students
- 6:30 – Meeting regarding Sacraments with St Francis Parish staff for any families interested (this is intended for any families whose children who have not received the sacraments of baptism, first communion (and in gr 3 or older) or confirmation (gr 8s) – it is not to replace the meetings already scheduled for students in grades 2 or 7)
- Gr 7/8 classes are at WLU Football Game