Hello St. Paul Families,
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Wishing you all a very Blessed and Joyous Easter Sunday with your loved ones. See below for some important information items and upcoming dates…
- 50th Anniversary Update – We still need your help! Staff and students are preparing for our 50th Anniversary Mass and celebration on Friday, May 10th. We are creating a visual decade display (Walk Down Memory Lane) of the last 50 years of Excellence in Catholic Education in our school gymnasium. We asking to borrow any photos/memorabilia from the past 50 years. If you or any of your loved ones have some photographs/memorabilia that you would be willing to share with the school – please drop it off at the main office or email Mr. Costa at email@example.com. Make sure to have your name and contact information clearly printed on the back of the photo/item so that it can be returned after our decade display. Please feel free to share this information with any St. Paul staff/student alumni as the event is open to everyone. Click here –> SAVE THE DATE – 50th Anniversary at St. Paul School
- 50TH ANNIVERSARY MASS AT 10:30 – ST. RAPHAEL CHURCH
- WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE RECEPTION 11:50 – ST. PAUL SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
- Volunteers Needed for Our Salad Bar – We are looking for a few volunteers to help with our Salad Bar launch. If you have a valid Police Check on file and are able to help out on Wednesday’s from May 15th June 19th, please contact the office.
- SAVE THE DATE Grade 3 and 6 Parents:
- Grade 3 EQAO Assessment – May 21, 22, 23
- Grade 6 EQAO Assessment – May 27, 28, 29
Please refrain from booking any vacations and/or appointments etc. during this time. Thank you!
- Student Class Placement – September 2019 – Preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2019-2020 school year. As such, in the coming months, teachers will be organizing student class placements. As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students. When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria;
- Balance of ability – academic skills
- Balance according to gender
- Learning style – how the learner learns
- Teaching style – how the teacher teaches
- Social blending – who gets along with whom
- Parental input – re: learning style of the student
Please note, that parental input is important to us and is weighed with other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered. Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of a letter to the Principal, Mr. Costa, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment the student best learns in. Letters should be submitted to the office by Friday, May 3rd. Please remember that many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process. We will have approximately 350 students in September, and we do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful! Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated.
- Catholic Education Week May 5-10th: This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10. A summary of scheduled events will be coming home soon.
The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples are:
- Rooted in Prayer
- Living in Community
- Doing Justice & Creating Hope
- Journeying Together in Faith
- Sharing the Good News
- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast: We will be hosting our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Monday, May 6th from 9:30-10:30 am. Please join us in the gym for our Catholic Education Week Opening Liturgy at 9:00am prior to the Breakfast being served.
- Promoting Well-Being – Walking to School is a great way for children to be active. As a parent you can help your child learn about walking to school safely:
- Be a good role model. Demonstrate road safety rules with your child (e.g. looking both ways when crossing the street).
- Plan a walking route.Assess potential hazards with your child. Encourage your child to stick to the route.
- Remind your child about personal safety. Point out the houses of people you know where they can go for help if needed.
- Adopt a buddy system. Walk with a “walking buddy” – a sibling or a friend.
- Hold the phone. Pedestrian safety is compromised by texting, earphones and cellphone conversation. Electronics like iPods and cellphones should stay in their bag while walking to school.
- Talk about the rules of the road and pedestrian safety.
- Check out Active and Safe Routes to School.A provincial initiative that strives to create an environment that is conducive to, and supportive of, safe, walkable communities.
Yours in Catholic Education,
Parents who have a JK or New SK child starting Kindergarten at St. Paul School in September 2019 are invited to attend our Kindergarten Orientation Evening in the school library on April 23rd at 7:00pm.