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St. Paul Weekly Update: November 1-5

Hello St. Paul CES Families,

We broke a record – The most money raised at a St. Paul School fundraiser during Mr. Costa’s time as Principal.

Our generous community amounted over $17,000 in donations during our Halloween Danceathon. WOW! We will have an exact total by the end of the week. Stay tuned.

DANCEATHON – Gratitude….

Thank you to our staff and students for showing their school “Spirit” during the Halloween Danceathon.

Thank you to our parent volunteers and Catholic School Council for planning, organizing, docorating, wrapping prizes, counting tickets, etc. The Danceathon was a HUGE success because of all their hard work and dedication to the event.

Thank you to all our parents/guardians for sending in prize donations for our fundraiser (themed baskets, top prizes).

Finally, Thank you to our St. Paul CES community. You helped raise over $17,000. The monies raised will help support our children (K-Grade 8) during this school year. We are planning to purchase learning materials, equipment, and technology and to further enhance the Board’s philosophy of Achieving, Believing, and Belonging.  Our School SGF plan will be posted on our school website by the end of November detailing some of these planned expenditures.

Please have a look below for some important info items as we head into this last week of October.

St. Raphael Parish News:

Congratulations to the grade 8 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. God Bless.

Parish Bulletin: Click HERE for the Parish Bulletin.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Coming to School Prepared:

Students are reminded to share in the responsibility to come to school prepared with all their belongings, including
their lunch, snack and water bottle each day. Cups will NOT be provided to students who forget their waterbottles. Please consider leaving an empty water bottle in your child’s school bag as a back up.

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks:

We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those 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.) We cannot permit our students to share any food or candy with their classmates. Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting:

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line (844) 445-4505

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting Well-Being: How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assets to help build self-esteem in your child.


Have a great week.

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Assumption AP Virtual Info Night – Grade 8 Families
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Remembrance Day – Liturgy led by Mrs. Byrnes Grade 5/6
Nov 11 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 21 – Nov 26 all day
Jersey Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Nov 24 all day
Mr. Costa’s Day Off – Principal of the Day Winner to take over
Nov 24 all day
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