Farewell Father Francis

Father Francis has been appointed Administrator of the parish Holy Name of Mary in Marysville,  the parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Read and the mission of St. Vincent de Paul in Deseronto.  We will miss you Father Francis - you have brought much joy to our school community.  We were blessed to have known you.

The virtue for September is faith!

Hot Lunches starting on Tuesday!

For hot lunch program this week we have hot dogs on Tuesday, pizza on Wednesday and gilled cheese on Thursday.  We are always looking for volunteers from 11-12 Tuesday to Friday to help prepare and serve.

Picture Day is September 23rd - put a smile on!

Mr. Cox and Ms. Shulist's kinders are very hungry catepillars!

Mrs. Casselman and Mrs. Haker's kinders are learning about butterflies and writing!

Welcome Sunny the Butterfly and goodbye - be safe on your travels to Mexico!

Ms. Millard's grade 1s have a love of learning!

Mrs. Allcorn's LEGO Club is a huge hit!

Mrs. Allcorn started our first Lego Club on Monday at lunch - what an amazing turnout and what incredible creations!

International Day of Peace

We  observed the International Day of Peace with a liturgy Friday, September 20th in the Peace Garden. The Peace Day Theme for 2019 is Climate Action for Peace. This year's #peaceday theme draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Thank you Mrs. Lightfoot and Mrs. McLeod for organizing such a beautiful liturgy.

ThoughtExchange Survey

We want to hear from you! ALCDSB is creating a Multi-Year Strategic Plan and wants to know what you think is important for our Catholic school communities. Complete this quick survey: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#821842860/hub

The Thoughexchange Survey will be live on Monday, September 16, 2019 to mid-November.

Catholic School Council Meeting

Join us Wednesday, September 25th at 6 pm for our first parent council meeting. We will be holding elections for the chair, treasurer, and secretary. Please join us as we embark on another year creating wonderful opportunities for our children and community.

Terry Fox Walk and Orange Shirt Day

Our annual Terry Fox Walk willl take place Monday, September 30th from 1:10-1:50. Our Terry Fox fundraiser goal is $1,000 for cancer research.

We will also observe Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt was designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada.

The Umbrella Project will be launched October 1st!

The Umbrella Project is a program that is used to help improve student, staff and family well being. It has been in existence for several years and data collected has shown significant improvement in mental health parameters such as emotional intelligence, adaptability, stress management and interpersonal skills. Our overriding message to students and families is that challenges are normal and an expected part of life and when our children face challenges, we allow them to develop lifelong coping strategies. The umbrella represents the skills we will learn and the rain represents the challenges. The power lies in building the umbrella skills to face challenges and our goal is to move away from "fix it for me" mindset to a felling of empowerment and a sense of control over our lives. When students believe stress is healthy they become stronger. What is so great about the program is that it provides a wraparound service that provides strategies, resources and support (on-line and in-person) for our entire community to incorporate well being strategies. 

We will launch the umbrella skill for October which is empathy - the same as our virtue of the month - coincidence? I am adding the Welcome Video below:

Welcome Video: https://umbrellaproject.co/2019/05/01/umbrella-welcome-video/

Save the Date - Family BBQ Thursday, September 26th from 4 - 6 pm

School Mass

Our first school mass of the year will be held on Thursday September 26th at 9 AM at St. Peter in Chains church. Family members are always welcomed and encouraged to join us as we celebrate mass together.

PA Day is Friday, September 27th

Our staff will be busy at school for mandatory health and safety training as well as our school improvement planning. 

Relay for Life

St. Paul Catholic Secondary School is holding a "Relay for Life" campaign October 3rd from 10 am to 10 pm.  Our Junior Falcons will walk the track with our Senior Falcons from 12:30-1:30.  #togetherisbetter