Happy Easter St. Paul Families! I hope that everyone was able to ‘safely’ celebrate Easter this past weekend. I have heard a few stories of how creatively people celebrated their Easter. Our family was a Zoom Call that brought great joy in seeing and sharing ‘remember when’ stories. We will all eventually get back to a more normal way of interacting with each other. I can’t help but think that the Pandemic has taught us a lot about patience, waiting, and having a concise routine to keep safe with sanitizing, distancing, and using PPE. We are all feeling a little deflated in our energies and motivation, but I am proud of what I see at St. Paul School; students wearing their masks, keeping their hands sanitized and playing at a safe distance with their friends. Thank you parents for instilling in your children the importance of following protocol. We WILL eventually be in a better place.
Wishing all of you a Blessed Easter Season. May the joy of the Risen Christ be your light to better days.
When a COVID case is identified in someone from the school:
When a COVID case, confirmed or probable has been detected in a staff member or student from the school, a letter prepared by Public Health gets sent to the St. Paul Community via Messenger or Newswire. These letters are sent as a courtesy to the wider St. Paul community, and to help remind you of the importance of following strict Safety Protocol and use of PPE. I want to assure you, as parents, that the steps a school takes to handle a case is very precisely followed. The classrooms and all common areas in which a student or staff member had been present are thoroughly sanitized and sterilized. The vacant rooms remain empty until the isolation period is over. Letters go home to the classes and staff members affected as well as the staff at school. We as a school continue to follow safe practices and disinfect all areas in the school regularly. Staff ensure they eat their lunch and take their breaks so that they are spacing apart safely with no more than 3 in an area at a time. Every room has sanitizer so that staff wipe all contact points which they have touched. There are hand sanitizer stations throughout the school for students to use when they enter a room or the building. There are arrows throughout the school guiding people to walk safely apart in the halls. And as you know, parents and visitors are not allowed in the school; they must buzz and wait at the front door to collect their child or deliver their message. You also know that students are required to complete the Self-Screening BEFORE school, and, all staff members must complete their Self-Screening EACH DAY before they come to work. These are a few highlights to show you how we make St. Paul’s safe. If you have any questions about our protocol you can can either talk to your child’s teacher or call the school. As of this weekend, I am pleased to inform you that the 2 most recent Probable Cases, March 22 and 24th were negative, which means there was not a risk of exposure for any of our staff and students. Thank you for your patience and understanding in helping each other to process all of this information.
Dressing for Spring Weather
Kermit the Frog wrote: “I’m ready for the rest of this week! I have my umbrella, my flip flops, my mittens, my sunscreen, my winter coat, my sunglasses, my thermals, my iced tea and my hot chocolate” 🙂
It is that time of year when Mother Nature gives us warm days, then she turns down the heat and the next day it is cold, sometimes with flurries and often with rain! Make sure your child (ren) check the weather each day before heading out the door to ensure they are dressed and equipped properly for the changing temperatures and weather conditions.
APRIL UMBRELLA PROJECT FOCUS: SELF-EFFICACY
Welcome to April at the Umbrella Project! Last month we focused our attention on showing Kindness and this month we are adding the skill of Self-efficacy!
What is Self-Efficacy?
Self-efficacy is a skill and takes practice! Self-efficacy is:
- the belief that you can succeed at something
- the feeling that we have control over the events that affect our lives
- trust in our ability to manage different situations
- an individuals’ confidence in their motivation, skills and the course of action needed to complete a goal
Why Does Self-Efficacy Matter? How Does it Help Us?
Our self-efficacy determines which goals we strive for, how much energy we put towards our goals and the likelihood that we achieve them. If we don’t think we can do something, we are unlikely to give the task a lot of our time and energy and we are therefore unlikely to succeed at that task. Self-efficacy is a big part of our motivation to try something, and this skill gets stronger the more we overcome difficulties and challenges related to our goals. As our self-efficacy increases, we feel a greater sense of control over our lives, and we are more likely to achieve our dreams.
April Break is April 12-16. Please enjoy safely. Remember to practice all Safe COVID protocols when the kids are home.
A reminder to the St. Paul Families to save your empties for a good cause. The school will be doing a bottle drive and we will take your cans and bottles. Our bottle drive will be Friday, April 9th, 3:10 until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 10th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Money collected will go towards our Panther Family Fund and continue to support many of our St. Paul families.
Please bring all of your empties to the school parking lot April 9th and 10th.
All COVID procedures will be followed so please remember to wear your masks and practice social distancing.
A friendly reminder
Parents/Guardians are asked to wear masks when dropping off/picking up their children. As well, we ask that parents do not congregate with each other at the beginning or end of the day, in order to help us continue to be safe by following Public Health guidelines.
Students are permitted to have the following items/equipment outside during recess breaks, provided that the following public health guidelines are followed:
- Masks are worn and physical distancing (2m/6 feet) is being maintained
- Students bring their own basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope from home
- Equipment is sanitized before and after each recess, and kept in the student’s backpack during the times outside of recess
- Soccer balls may be kicked between students – no hand contact and students cannot play a soccer game
- Basketballs – one per student and only 2 students at each net
- Skipping ropes – one per student
- Other balls/equipment such as football, tennis balls, frisbees etc are not permitted.
School Activities/Events this week
Wed– Spirit Wear (wear Spirit wear or red/black) to school today.
Fri-Character/Cartoon Spirit Day (dress as your favourite book/comic/tv/movie character)
-Bottle Drive, bring empty bottles and cans to the parking lot 3:10-6:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday.