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St. Paul Weekly Update January 27-31

Dear St. Paul CES Families,

It is hard to believe that this week marks the mid-point for the 2019-2020 school year. Looking forward to another great 2nd half!

Last week we welcomed many new families at Kindergarten Registration. If you know anyone that has a little one at home turning 4 before December 31, 2020 please be sure to have them contact Mrs. Quinn at the office about registering them for the next school year starting in September 2020.


Please see below for important information items for this week.




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  • Friday, January 31st is a scheduled PA Day. The school will be closed for students.


  • LATES/ABSENCES: 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.


  • In School Wear will be having their annual February sale from the 1st to the 8th, 2020. Please click here for more info – ISW Uniforms WINTER SALE BUR




  • 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


We had a successful Jump Rope For Heart kick off assembly. Students were handed pledge forms last week. Our Jump Rope for Heart fundraising goal is $2000. You can fund raise online or using your collection envelope. Every donation helps us raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A portion of the monies raised will also be donated to Cardiac Kids. When you receive your first donation you can put your sticker on our Grow the Rope poster. Let’s see how far we can wrap around our hallway!

Register and fundraise online at Your pledge envelope explains how to do this. It’s an
easy way to raise money and earn great bonus prizes! You can also pick your favourite EASY healthy habit
online and start counting your streak. How many days can you practice your healthy habit? Ask your parents to
help you register online today!

  • Register online by Monday, January 27th to enter our early bird prize draw.

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 27-31