Hello St. Paul Families,
Please see below for important info items and dates.
- Parish News: Click here for the weekly Bulletin —>May 19, 2019
- Salad Bar: Please go to Schoolcash Online for your chance to order our Salad Bar Lunch on Wednesday. Ordering closes this Friday!
EQAO Assessment: Grade 3 and 6 Dates:
- 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 – Kids Have Stress too!
Stress may be a part of normal everyday life, but how children cope and bounce back when stressed matters. When we can help young children learn positive ways to cope with every day stress it becomes ‘hardwired’ in their brains, influencing their health, behaviour and happiness as they grow into adults. Five main levels of stress in young children:
1. Physical: e.g. stressors in their environment (e.g., visual, noise) or hunger, fatigue
2. Emotional: e.g. strong positive or negative emotions (e.g. extremely excited, mad, separating from parents)
3. Cognitive: learning new skills, distractions
4. Social: learning to get along with others, taking turns
5. Prosocial: learning to be empathetic, dealing with others’ stress ~ Dr. Stuart Shanker, 2013 How can parents help?
• Read the signs that your child may be over stressed
• Identify and reduce stressors where possible
• Acknowledge feelings – ‘name it to tame it’
• Teach what it feels like to be calm and what it feels like to be stressed
• Provide coaching on how to be ‘mindful’ when stressed and how to return to feeling calm
• Check in with your own stress!
Yours in Catholic Education,