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St. Paul Weekly Update November 23-27

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE:

It’s that time of the year again for the St. Paul community to come together to support families in need. Please consider donating non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent dePaul Society. We will continue to follow public Health guidelines as items come in. Students will be directed by their teacher to drop off items in our gym. All food items will be stored in our gym until the pick up date. Please see below for exciting details about this year’s food drive.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2020:

We are pleased to announce that we will be having a Christmas Concert this year!  Each class will learn a Christmas song and the performances will be recorded within the classroom.  All the performances will be combined to create a video that parents, students, families and teachers will be able to view through a direct, private link to YouTube.

Our concert will include body percussion, sign language, cup routines, desk drumming, boomwackers and more!

The recordings will take place the week of December 7 – 11th.  If your child is absent from the day of their music class that week, they will unfortunately not be in the concert.  A schedule for the week is as follows:

Dec. 7 – Mrs. Volpini, Mr. Petrucelli, Mrs. Desrochers

Dec. 8 – Mr. Jefferies, Mrs. Tilley, Mrs. Coughlan

Dec. 9 – Mrs. Murray, Mr. Cataldo, Mrs. Densmore

Dec. 10 – Mr. Stoneburgh, Mrs. Ferrraro, Mrs. Byrnes

Dec. 11 – All FDK Classes

On the day of their performance, students are asked to wear red and green.  A reminder will be sent to parents the week prior.

We cannot wait to spread Christmas Cheer this year!! 

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS:

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be able to schedule an interview with your child’s teachers during the evening of Thursday, November 26, 2020 and during the day on Friday, November 27, 2020 which is a designated Professional Development Day. Interviews will last approximately 10 minutes but will be scheduled in a 15 minute block. The extra 5 minutes will account for technical issues and/or transition times between interviews. Please keep to the 10 minute time frame for the interview. If additional time is needed, please set up another date and time with the classroom teacher to continue the conversation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be offered virtually or through a phone call. A reminder email will be sent out on Monday with instructions and the school code. The opportunity to book an interview will close at 11:00pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

PA DAY – Friday, November 27th:

Due to the parent-teacher interviews taking place on Friday, there will be no school for students on this day.

Elementary Progress Report Cards:
Progress Report Cards for your children in Grades 1 to 8, and the Initial Communication of Learning for children in Kindergarten, will be sent home via email on November 24. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the report card.

The OEN can be found on a previous report card or obtained by contacting the school office.

The Elementary Progress Report Card for students in Grades 1 − 8 is designed to “show a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits during the fall of the school year, as well as a student’s general progress in working towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations in all subjects.” (Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, First Edition, Covering Grades 1–12, 2010, p. 50)

The progress report cards are intended to become a central part of rich discussions with students and their parents in the context of proactive interviews or conferences that will help to establish a positive tone for the remainder of the school year. In this way, students and parents can gain a better understanding of students’ learning skills and work habits, and students’ learning goals can be clarified and understood by all. Such communication will help establish a culture of learning and improve students’ opportunities for achieving success. (Growing Success, p. 66)

The Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations report encourages early and ongoing communication between the parents and the educator(s) about the child’s learning. The Initial Observations report is designed to identify and describe the child’s learning during the fall of the school year and to provide parents with clear, detailed, and straightforward information about their child’s learning, growth in learning, and next steps in learning in relation to the overall expectations in The Kindergarten Program (2016).

GRADE 8 GRADUATION HOODIES:

The St. Paul graduating class of 2021 will have the opportunity to order their graduation hoodies this week. We would like to include ALL “autographs” on the back of the grade 8 Grad sweaters for the 2020/2021 school year.  Virtual students and their families can arrange to come to the school on Wednesday, November 25, Thursday November 26, or Friday November 27, between the hours of 9am – 3pm, to sign the autograph page. Please buzz the main office of the school and we will provide you the poster to sign. If possible, please bring your own black sharpie marker to sign the poster.

MOVED/MOVING?

Have you moved or changed your address recently? Please contact the school office to update this information.

BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION:

The Ministry of Education has created a Cyberbullying Parent Resource to highlight instances of cyberbullying and provide information to caregivers to support their children’s success. View the Cyberbullying Parent Resource here.​ We thank you for your ongoing efforts to reduce and prevent bullying and cyberbullying.

Thank you again to Ms. Giordani and our Peer Mentors for their virtual announcements throughout the week. As a school, we are continuing to promote kindness in our everyday actions.

BOOK FAIR:

Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair continues to run this week. Shop from the safety of your own home while earning rewards for our school library! Free shipping on Family Nights occurring on Wednesday Nov 25 from 6-8 PM; also get free shipping anytime during our fair if you order $35+. Link for our school will be available here: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5150716

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE:

  • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020 – JUST BE YOU DAY! Non-uniform day
  • EPICURE and HALTON FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

This is your last week! Don’t miss out.

Looking for a great Christmas gift for family members? Look no further. Try Epicure! See below for details on how you can help support our goal in raising funds for Halton Food For Thought!

COVID-19 Screening:

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support in completing the daily self-assessment with your child every morning and following any recommendations. Please continue…

  • monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping them home from school when they do not feel well
  • completing the daily screening tool each day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
  • wearing a mask and ensuring physical distancing is in place when picking up or dropping off your children
  • maintaining distancing/masking with others who are not part of your family – this continues even after school!

Please review the flow chart – Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms.

Have a great day!

N. Costa

Costa, NelsonSt. Paul Weekly Update November 23-27