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St. Paul Weekly Update: June 21-25

Congratulations to all our Grade 8 Graduates as they prepare for their virtual graduation ceremony on Monday, June 21st at 6:30pm. An email with the link has been sent to all graduating families. Wishing you all the best as you prepare to move to Assumption High School in September. God Bless.

Please see below for some important messages as we head into our last full week of the 2021 school year.


If you were assigned a device during this last remote learning session or if you have a device as a virtual learning this year the device can be returned to school at the following times:

  1. Friday, June 25 – 12:00pm – 3:00pm
  2. Monday, June 28 – During the pick-up/drop off time assigned to your child. See schedule attached:
  3. Tuesday, June 29 – 8:00am-12:00pm – LAST DAY

We ask that the device, charger (and box in some cases) you received be returned to the office. 

Drop off and pick-up of Personal Belongings:
• Drop-off tech/library books/textbook – Please drive around to the outside of the gym doors – door #5 (Kiss N’ Ride lane) and drop off items first.
• Proceed to the front of the school at your designated block of time to pick up personal belonging. Any unlabeled student items will be in a lost and found area. If not picked up, they will be donated/discarded.
• Please come in a mask and maintain social distancing and follow all safety protocols.
• A link for the COVID-19 screening is shared below. Please complete prior to coming to the school for the pick-up of belongings.

The required COVID-19 School Screening Tool:

Report Cards:
Report Cards will be available to parents on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. You will be
receiving an email version and you will need your child(ren) OEN to access the Report
Card. Instructions on how to access student report cards will be sent out in a separate

National Indigenous Peoples Day:

On Monday, June 21st we recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Staff Farewells:

As the school year comes to a close, we would like to communicate to the community the staff who will be leaving us at the end of June. We thank them for their dedication to our school and community. We wish God’s Blessings to: Mr. D’Souza (Library Technician), Ms. Silva (CYC), Ms. Morrallee (virtual grade 2), Mrs. Crawford (virtual Kindergarten), Mrs. Kubiak (virtual DECE), Mr. VanSickle (virtual PTM) and Mr. Belluz (SERT). Good luck at your new school!

Special Education Summer Learning Program:

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.  The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program? The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education TRANSITION Summer Learning Program:

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September. The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program? The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

Burlington Public Library Summer Reading Club:
Hello from Burlington Public Library! As summer arrives, the Burlington Public Library is
happy to announce that we are once again offering our free annual Summer Reading
Club (SRC) this June, July, and August. Of course, there will be a few changes to
accommodate the current pandemic environment.
SRC 2021 will look like…
• 10 Weeks: Mon June 28 to Sun September 5
• Registration starts June 28, 2021
• All ages: This year, we’re including everyone, from birth to adults.
• Online: We’re keeping it simple—all reading club activities are on our website.
• Flexible: Set your own goals and we’ll help you stay motivated.
• Weekly lists: Do one, do them all, do something else. You’ll find weekly lists of
books, resources, and activity suggestions for every age group.
• Virtual Programs: Participate in our virtual programs for all ages.
• Learn more at:

Promoting Well-Being: How to have a summer filled with independent play:

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside and make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 


Wishing you wonderful Father’s Day weekend ~ the Staff of St. Paul CES


Looking Ahead:

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 all day
Grade 8 Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Grade 8 Virtual After-Grad Social Hour
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Grade 8 Graduation Pick Up of Diplomas – Times to be communicated
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Textbook, Technology, Library Book Drop-Off Day
Jun 28 all day
End of Year Liturgy – During Morning Announcements
Jun 29 @ 8:40 am – 9:00 am
Early Dismissal – School’s Out For Summer!
Jun 29 @ 1:40 pm – 1:41 pm
School Office Open
Aug 30 all day
Class Placements Now Open
Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm – 11:45 pm
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  3. Click on “School Listing”
  4. Click on “Elementary Class Placement”
  5. Scroll down to St. Paul School
  6. Enter OEN, click search
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1st Day of School: Grades 1-8 Students
Sep 7 all day
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