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St. Paul Weekly Update: October 25-29

Hello St. Paul CES Families,

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 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.

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.

Halloween Dance-A-Thon – Friday October 29th

When: Friday, October 29th, 2021

Where: St. Paul Playground

Please Note – Parents are not permitted to attend this school event. We will be taking photos and post them on Twitter to share with the community.

This is our major fundraiser for the school year! Please consider donating via our school website (MAKE A DONATATION BUTTON). Make sure to fill in the necessary info – destination school, student’s name and initiative. All Donations must be in by Monday, October 25th at midnight for your chance to win prizes at our danceathon. 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.

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.) 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


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.

Promoting Well-Being:

Resources to support youth and parents during COVID-19…

By Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 13.Aug.2021

Created for youth, by youth in collaboration with clinical experts to support mental health

As we enter the back-to-school season, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

·        Helping Children with Anxiety – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-children-anxiety-pdf.pdf  

·        Tips for parents’ wellbeing – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-parents-wellbeing-pdf.pdf

·        Talking to children about covid-19 – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-talking_to_kids-pdf.pdf

Have a great week.

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

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
Nov
15
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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