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St. Paul Weekly Update May 13-17

Hello St. Paul Families,

Thank you to all the families who joined us this week for Catholic Education Week. Students and staff showcased activities and reflections that celebrated our Catholic education in action. This week began with celebrating our amazing volunteers and ended in prayer with our 50th Anniversary Mass and Walk Down Memory Lane Open House.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made our 50th one to remember! From Staff, to Students, to Parents and Community partners – this special day could not have been possible if it weren’t for everyone working collectively to make this day special. Many Gifts, One Spirit!  

  • Parish News: Click here for the weekly Bulletin >May 12, 2019
  • The Grade 7 Confirmation Class that was scheduled for Monday, May 13th is cancelled. Father Francis will visit the students at school sometime in the next couple of weeks.


SAVE THE DATE Grade 3 and 6 Parents: 

  • Grade 3 EQAO Assessment – May 21, 22, 23
  • Grade 6 EQAO Assessment – May 27, 28, 29


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 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.  


Promoting Well-Being – Mental Health for All Children and Youth

What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?

  • The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
  • Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
  • Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
  • For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
  • For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.

What can parents do?

  • The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
  • Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
  • Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.
  • “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.”


Yours in Catholic Education,

N. Costa

Lunchbox – Lunch Lady Day
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
Notre Dame Girls Soccer Tournament
May 15 all day
Ice Dawg Day
May 15 @ 2:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Notre Dame Boys Soccer Tournament
May 16 all day
Little Jammers Guitar – Grades 1-6 Students who registered in the Library
May 16 @ 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Pizza Day – Term 3
May 16 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
Chef a l’ecole presentation – Grades 6, 7 and 8
May 17 all day
Girls Soccer Tournament – Shell Park
May 21 all day
Grade 3 EQAO Assessment
May 21 – May 23 all day
Lunchbox – Mr. Sub Day
May 21 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
Boys Soccer Tournament – Shell Park
May 22 all day
Kindergarten Trip to Bronte Creek – Hrycaj and Bilinski Room 4
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am
Ice Dawg Day
May 22 @ 2:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Kindergarten Trip to Bronte Creek – Eves/Dutra Room 3 and Cooke/Matesic Room 7
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:45 am
Pizza Day – Term 3
May 23 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
Elementary PrincipalSt. Paul Weekly Update May 13-17