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We are only $45.00 away from being able to slime our principals!!!
Every Toonie and Loonie helps – so bring them in and help put money towards the slime!
All proceeds go to our school and help with the $7500.00 goal the principals put forward!
Deadline is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.  We can do it Dragons!

Dance-A-Thon Pizza Party – Friday, March 2nd

Congratulations goes to Ms. Detzler’s class, Mrs. Cimermancic’s class, Ms. Kohler’s class and Ms. Shermeto’s class!
They were the class winners from the dance-a-thon, and won a free pizza party!
Just a reminder that these classes will enjoy their pizza party this Friday, March 2nd!


Weekly Dragon Update – Feb 26 – March 2


Dance-a-thon Update!

A big congratulations goes to you Dragons, for raising $7375.00 at this year’s dance-a-thon! Thank you once again for your generous donations! Congratulations goes to the following Individual and Class Winners:

Grand Prize Winner – Liam P.

  • JK-Gr 3 – Arthur L., Hailey S., Tyson Z.
  • Gr 4-8 – Kara D., John C., William C.

The class winners of the free pizza parties, which will be held on Friday, March 2nd, are as follows:

  • Ms. Detzler,
  • Mrs. Cimermancic,
  • Ms. Kohler 
  • Ms. Shermeto

As a school community we were able to raise enough money to enjoy a School Wide Board Games Afternoon and Treat! We will keep you posted on the date that will happen! We also came very close to our goal of $7500.00, where Mr. Runstedler and Mrs. Papp would be slimed in front of the school! The challenge continues until Friday, March 2nd to reach our goal, we only need an extra $125! Please bring in a loonie or toonie so we can reach our goal of $7500.00 and watch Mr. R and Mrs. P get slimed!!

FITGO Challenge!

FITGO is back at St. Dominic!  As part of Healthy Schools Week February 26- March 2, 2018 all elementary schools in the St. Benedict Family of Schools and the Resurrection Family of Schools will participate in FITGO.  Each school will be part of a friendly competition where students will have a chance to take part in two ways:

  1. Classroom Challenge:  Classes will work to complete a FITGO card in 5 topic areas for a chance to be named the overall 2018 FITGO Challenge winner in both the St. Benedict and Resurrection Families.  The 5 categories include daily physical activity, healthy bodies, healthy eating, healthy minds, and a healthy environment.
  2. School Wide:  Classes will be able to add to a PHOTO FITGO card and tweet out pictures under each of the 5 categories.

For additional fun, individual student FITGO cards are available for schools and families to use at any time on the WCDSB’s EcoZone website at

So let’s join in having some fun, friendly competition within our family of schools and celebrate being a HEALTHY SCHOOL!!

$7375.00 Raised through Dance-A-Thon – The Challenge continues….

Congratulations Dragon!!! As a school community $7375.00 was raised through the Dance-A-Thon.
Mr. Runstedler and Mrs. Papp are so proud of the school in almost achieving the $7500.00 goal!
One of the rewards for achieving this goal was that Mr. R and Mrs. P would be slimed in front of the entire school!
Dragons, you were only $125.00 short.
Because of this Mr. Runstedler & Mrs. Papp have agreed to extend the challenge, until next Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
They now are challenging the school community to bring forward the $125.00 and they will hold true to their promise of being slimed.
Any student that would like to bring in loonies, toonies or bills please place them in a baggie or envelope and hand deliver them to homeroom teachers before Friday, March 2nd, 2018.
If $125.00 more dollars are raised the principals will be getting slimed!!
Mr. Runstedler and Mrs. Papp are so proud of each and every dragon.  This is $2,000.00 more then any other fundraising year!!
Thank you Dragons for all your hard work and dedication!

Weekly Dragon Update Feb 19 – 23

Dragon Update for February  19-23

Happy Family Day from St. Dominic Savio!









“The family is a big training ground, dedicated to teaching devotion and forgiveness”. The Pope challenges families to never end the day on a bad note, but to “ask forgiveness”. “If we learn to ask forgiveness straight away and to forgive one another immediately, wounds will heal, marriages will be strengthened, families will grow stronger”.  Our wish is that you were able to spend some time with your family this weekend and to remember that the love of a family is one of life’s greatest blessings.  


Way to Go Dragons!! Together we raised $7375.00 from our dance-a-thon fundraiser!!! Thank you once again to all the families who generously donated pledges and their time – without you none of this is possible. Thank you also to the staff and student leaders who helped make this day a success! All classroom and individual winners will be announced Tuesday morning!

Shrove Tuesday

We are so blessed to have such great parent support at St. Dominic’s!  Our school council along with parent volunteers and Intermediate leaders were instrumental in ensuring that all 460+ students had a wonderful pancake breakfast to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.  Student bellies were full and the importance of Shrove Tuesday was presented loud and clear!  What a great day!

Ash Wednesday

We start our Lenten season with Deacon Basil as a large school community to honour Ash Wednesday.  Students reflected on their Lenten promises and received their ashes to remember the sacrifices made for us.  Thank you to Deacon Basil for explaining and encouraging our Dragons to pray more, sacrifice more and give more over this Lenten season.

Math Riddle of the Week!

5 Flags to a Side

A building is being prepared for opening. People are decorating the building with 12 flags. At first they arrange the flags 4 to a side, as shown, but then they see that the flags can be arranged 5 to a side using only 12 flags. How?

Dates to Remember!

  1. Mon. Feb 19 – Family Day Holiday!
  2. Tues. Feb 20 – Olympic/Multicultural Week
  3. Thurs. Feb 22 – Junior Division at ComDev
  4. Thurs. Feb 22 – Pita Pit Lunch
  5. Thurs. Feb 22 – Girl Power Group after school
  6. Fri. Feb 23 – Grade 6 Retreat to Resurrection

Shrove Tuesday – February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13th, the staff, parent volunteers and students will be serving pancakes to the entire school for Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.

We wish to commence the Lenten season by demonstrating community, responsible leadership and service on Shrove Tuesday by preparing this special treat. Pancakes will be served with syrup. Each class will be invited into the gym, where students will be served at different times of the day. The pancakes are a “treat” not a lunch replacement. Students who bring a lunch to school need to bring a lunch on this day as well. If your child has an allergy to pancake mix and syrup, please be sure to inform their classroom teacher to make alternate arrangements.

We are asking all students to please bring in a PLATE and UTENSILS for their pancakes. By reducing the amount of garbage, we can continue to be stewards of the environment. Please put your plate and utensils in a Ziploc!

We look forward to preparing this special treat and sharing it with your child, but we need your help in order to make this a successful day! If you are available to help prepare pancakes, please join us Tuesday morning in the staffroom. Pancake preparations begin at 8:00am for any volunteers who can make it early. Or, join us to begin cooking after dropping your child(ren) off at school that morning! We’re looking forward to another delicious pancake morning for the students to enjoy!

Weekly Dragon Update Feb 12 – 16

Dragon Update for February  12 – 16

Dance A Thon was a huge success!

A huge thank you to all the parents and families who supported the school’s Dance-a-thon fundraiser by volunteering their time and by pledging students for the dance! We had an amazing day with lots of fun! Please remember to submit all pledge forms and money, as the overall prize winners will be determined this week! All winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 20th, right after Family Day! Thank you to our school council for their financial contributions toward our new  speakers and mixer. The new sound system is awesome.

Officer Andre visits

At St. Dominic we have a very special relationship with our community resources officer from Waterloo Regional Police.  Officer Andre was out to speak to all of our Grade 7 and 8 students on the importance of Internet safety and the criminal code.  Students were engaged in conversations about how to keep safe in a world of technology.  We appreciate our partnerships and thank the Officer for coming out to support our school.

Funny Math Jokes!

Numeracy is a big part of our day and we try to incorporate fun into our learning always!  Take a look at the jokes below using math as the punchline!

  • What did the zero say to the 8? Nice belt!
  • Why is the number six so scared? Because seven eight nine!
  • If you had 4 apples and 5 oranges in one hand and 6 apples and 7 oranges in the other, what would you have? Very large hands.
  • Why do golfers carry a spare pair of socks? In case they get a hole in one.
  • Why didn’t the two 4’s feel like dinner? Because they already 8.
  • Natural numbers are better for your health.
  • What has 6 wheels and flies? A garbage truck.
  • 6 out of 5 people have difficulty with fractions.
  • 63.7% of statistics are wrong.
  • Math is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs and 50 percent imagination.
  • There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can’t.

Using your math strategies, try to solve the following puzzles below – get a little math talk going around your kitchen table!

  • Using only addition, how do you add eight 8’s and get the number 1000?
  • Sally is 54 years old and her mother is 80, how many years ago was Sally’s mother three times her age?
  • Which 3 numbers have the same answer whether they’re added or multiplied together?

Dates to Remember!

  1. Tues. Feb 13 – Shrove Tuesday!
  2. Tues. Feb 13 – Coding Workshops – Junior students
  3. Wed. Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday
  4. Wed. Feb 14 – Intermediate Girls Volleyball – St. Luke’s at St. Dominic’s
  5. Wed. Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day
  6. Thurs. Feb 15 – Report Cards Distributed
  7. Thurs. Feb 15 – Grade 5 / 6 trip to Safety Village
  8. Thurs. Feb 15 -Dance A Thon Lunch Winners
  9. Thurs. Feb 15 – Subway Lunch
  10. Thurs. Feb 15 – Girl Power Group after school


DANCE-A-THON, Tomorrow, FRIDAY, Feb. 9th, 2018

Our Dance-A-Thon is finally here and we are so excited!! 

Just a reminder that our dance-a-thon takes place tomorrow – Friday, February 9th!
Dragons – put your dancing shoes on! All students will be dancing in the gym during their respective times! Glow bracelets will be for sale $0.50 for one or three for $1.00. Thank you for collecting those pledges Dragons …… and families, we appreciate your support! Please bring all pledge forms and money to school on Friday. All winners will be announced Tuesday, February 20th. We are looking forward to dancing the day away!