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St. Paul Weekly Update January 20-24

Dear St. Paul CES Families,

A reminder that all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide one-day full withdrawal of services. Please do not send any students to school on Tuesday.

The school office will remain open for those families looking to register NEW JK/SK children for September 2020. The office will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm

Please see below for important information items for this week.




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  • Please notify the office if your child is going to absent or late for any reason. If they are not at school when the 8:40 a.m. bell rings they are considered late.

The Safe Arrival system is available 24/7, allowing parents to report their child’s absence in one of three ways:

1.       Using the School Messenger mobile app

2.       By logging into the SchoolMessenger web site

3.       By calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

Check out the link on our website

https://elem.hcdsb .org/stpaul/report-student-absence/

Below are the steps we take to ensure Safety when we do not get notice of a student absence…

1.       Call home.

2.       Call one or both of your parents/guardians at work.

3.       Call the emergency contact number.

4.       Call Halton Region Police.

Also, when dropping off items to the office that your child has forgotten, or if you are bringing in a lunch, please take the extra time to put the child’s name and teacher name on the item.  This will ensure it goes to the right student.

NEW LUNCHBOX “WEDNESDAY” (this week only):

  • With anticipation of a school closure on Tuesday, Jan 21, Lunchbox Orders has rescheduled the Tuesday lunch to Wednesday, January 22.bIf you have an order placed for the January 21 delivery, the lunch has been moved to the new delivery date on Wednesday, January 22.
  • If you have not placed your order for next week, you may do so until Sunday, January 19 at NOON.
  • Questions?  Please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at


  • Parents are reminded that the back parking lot is dedicated for staff only. Please park in the main parking lot or use our kiss n’ ride. Parking By-law officers will be making their way to the back and front parking lots during our heavy traffic times to ensure everyone is parking in dedicated parking spots.


  • See the attached information about Trivia Night at Notre Dame Secondary School –> TRIVIA NIGHT PDF 2020


  • It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget those indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!
  • Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.


  • Please be aware that we have several children in our school who have food sensitivities and others who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis).  Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts.  (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge.  Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.)
  • As another reminder, outside food should not be brought into the school by families to share with the class. Any food brought in to be distributed will be sent back home. Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our medically fragile students.

PROMOTING WELL BEING: What is Family Literacy?

  • Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.

Family Literacy Statistics

  • Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning (The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, 2006).
  • Children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests(The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children’s Acquisition of Reading: From Kindergarten to Grade 3, Conducted by Monique Sénéchal for the National Center for Family Literacy, 2006).
  • One year of parental education has a bigger positive impact on whether a son or daughter will attend a postsecondary institution than an extra $50,000 in parental income (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2011)
  • A mother’s reading skill is the greatest factor to affect her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, like neighborhood and family income (National Institute of Health, 2010).
  • Parents’ reading habits play a large role in determining how often kids read: 57% of kids who are frequent readers have parents who read books 5–7 days per week, compared to only 15% of kids who are infrequent readers (Kids and Family Reading Report – Scholastic, 2017).
  • Almost 40% of Canadian youth do not have suitable literacy skills(TD Canada Trust, Literacy Matters: A Call to Action).

Yours In Catholic Education,



Elementary PrincipalSt. Paul Weekly Update January 20-24