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St. Paul Weekly Update: October 18-22

Hello St. Paul CES Families,

Please see below for some important information items. Looking forward to another great week!

St. Raphael Parish News:

Congratulations to the grade 3 and grade 8 students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this weekend. God Bless.

Parish Bulletin: Click HERE for the Parish Bulletin.

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

SafeArrival 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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE – Halloween Dance-A-Thon – Friday October 29th

When: Friday, October 29th, 2021

Where: St. Paul Playground

Classroom Themed Baskets:

Thank you to those families who have sent in their donations to your child’s classroom basket for our raffle draws. All classroom basket donations are due this Friday!

All students are welcome to wear costumes on the 29th. Students that do not wear a costume can wear orange and black as an alternative.

This is our major fundraiser for the school year! Please consider donating via our school website (MAKE A DONATATION BUTTON) or using school cashonline. Make sure to fill in the necessary info – destination school, student’s name and initiative. More info on how to donate will follow in a separate email this week. Thank you for your continued support.

Costume considerations to be safe at school:

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

Costumes must not:

– Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;

– Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;

– Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;

– Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;

– Be revealing or suggestive;

– Include weapons or replica weapons;

– Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must:

– Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.

– Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

Promoting Well-Being:

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful.  

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

See a selection of Read Aloud books at – https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/student-mental-health-ontario-read-aloud/

Daily Screening – Keeping Our Community Safe:

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents/guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Also, if your children are unwell, (even if they do not exhibit specific Covid-related symptoms) they should not come to school.


• Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
• Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
• Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Have a great week.

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

Oct
23
Sat
Confirmation – Rescheduled – Grade 8’s
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oct
24
Sun
First Communion – Rescheduled Grade 3’s
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oct
28
Thu
Picture Retake Day
Oct 28 all day
Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Danceathon
Oct 29 all day
Oct
30
Sat
Confirmation – Rescheduled – Grade 8’s
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nov
1
Mon
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Nov
2
Tue
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Nov
10
Wed
Assumption AP Virtual Info Night – Grade 8 Families
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
11
Thu
Remembrance Day – Liturgy led by Mrs. Byrnes Grade 5/6
Nov 11 all day
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