Monthly Theme: We Are Called to Belong


It’s hard to believe that this is my 49th back-to-school September (and my fourth at St Paul!) and I get excited each time! We have a number of new staff to St Paul and though we will miss old friends, I am very excited for you to meet the new staff and to learn and grow with them! On behalf of the staff, I  would like to extend my warmest welcome to the new families who have joined the St. Paul’s family and, welcome back all returning families to the 2019 – 2020 school year.  We are all excited to see you and to continue our learning together. I hope that you have had a restful and wonderful summer with time spent with family and friends. This new school year will continue to build on the many positive aspects at St. Paul School in order to provide the best Catholic education for our students.

September brings another school year filled with engaging learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, and community building activities for our students.  We are excited to work with you and your children this year, and our wish is to work cooperatively together so that we ensure the best interests of our children always remain first and foremost.  If you have a concern, please do not hesitate to let us know. Early and ongoing communication can help us deal with problems before they become serious.

Please visit our website regularly for information concerning the school, and sign up for our electronic newsletters at Also, follow us on the St Paul Twitter account, @wcdsbStPaul.

We are very fortunate to work with the staff of St. Francis Parish. This relationship allows our students to connect directly with the Church and our faith. We are looking forward to working under the guidance and direction of Father Tim Uniac, Father Raphael  Ma as our pastors, and Ruthann Fischer as our parish minister. Our students at St. Paul School will have many opportunities to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.

In order to “nurture hope in every learner” and ensure “success for each and place for all”, we strive to be a safe and inclusive school where we protect the dignity of all individuals.  We look forward to supporting our staff, students, and families this new school year. Our wishes and prayers are with everyone this year, as we continue to live our motto “Together We Can Make a Difference”.

2019 – 20 STAFF

JK/SK  – Mrs. Ambeau, Mrs. Elash, and Ms. Tavares

ECEs – Mrs. Grygorashyk, Ms. MacLelland, Mrs. Robinson, Ms. Toader

Gr 1 – Ms. Delooze, Ms. McDonald

Gr 2 – Mrs. Haynes, Ms Tassone (Mrs. Mealing)

Gr. 3 – Mrs. Aicken, Ms. Ciesarek

Gr 3/4 – Mrs. Rodgers

Gr 4/5 – Mrs. Walker

Gr. 5 – Ms. Knopinska

Gr 6 – Mrs. Stott 

Gr 6/7 – Mrs Kowalski

Gr 7/8  – Mr. Cangiano,

Gr 8 – Mr. Litschgy

Special Education – Mrs. Kuenzler-Gutknecht

FSL – Mme Laciok, M. Breton

ESL – Ms. Schroeder

Planning Time – Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Kim, Mrs Kennedy

CYCW – Ms. Cobb

Education Assistants – Ms. Bulyaki, Mrs Harris, Mrs. Little, Mrs. Macedo, Mrs. Sutherland,

Health – Mrs. Borho-Harris

Music – Mr. Maley, Mr. Huybens

Librarian – Mrs. McCrea

Lunch Hour Supervisors – Mrs. Qaqish, Mr. Bernard

Custodians – Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Kytka

Administrative Assistant – Mrs. Pieczewski

Principal – Ms. Santomero



You will have received your return to school registration forms through Cash online. Please complete them prior to September 6/19 and submit through School Cash – these forms are not to be printed and returned to school – teachers will review online. 

There are some forms that will come home in paper form on Tuesday – please review, complete as needed and return prior to Friday, Sept 6th



Please join us on September 19, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 for our Pizza and Meet the Staff Open House. We will be selling pizza and water on the blacktop for $1 each. More details will follow



When ordering Pizza for your child, please ensure that you are ordering for the proper day/ week. 

The week that you are ordering for is in the title of the item. You must order each pizza day separately according to the date in the title of the item. For those who have ordered in advance, please check your receipts to ensure you have ordered for each week separately. Our first week for Pizza will be next week – September 11, 2019.



This school year, your child will be participating in The Umbrella Project. The Umbrella Project is a curriculum designed to help your child learn the skills of emotional wellbeing.  This year we will be focusing on Empathy, Growth Mindset, Cognitive Flexibility, Authenticity, Purpose, Kindness, Self-Efficacy, Optimism and Lifestyle. Developing these skills will help your child lead a happier, more successful life. Learn more on the umbrella of emotional wellbeing on their website here: 



Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your child’s school? School Council works with the St Paul staff to improve student learning. Please join us on September 26th at 6:30 for our first School Council meeting of the year. Elections for Executive positions will be held at this time



There has been a printing issue with Premier Agendas affecting over 800 schools. We happen to be one of these schools. Agendas will be sent home with students in grades 1 – 8 as soon as they arrive. 



What do you need to send with your child? 

  • lunch bag and reusable bottle for water
  • indoor running shoes that remain at St Paul 
  • all students should have weather appropriate clothing for outside play – this includes a rain jacket/ splash pants as we will be going outside for recess when there is light rain. 

All necessary learning supplies are provided by the school. In some cases, teachers may suggest supplementary items for purchase that may enhance learning, but they are not required. 



Please see the attachment for a volunteer opportunity for our Intermediate students. 

Octoberfest Volunteer Letter


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


  • Labour Day – enjoy the long weekend!


  • First Day back – all students and families are invited to join us for O Canada and opening Liturgy on the Blacktop at the back of the school at 8:20




  • All online and paper (sent home) forms are to be completed and returned to class teachers


Have a great week Panthers!