Monthly Archives: September 2018

Weekly Dragon Update Oct 1 – 5

October 1-5
Our Hero!  Terry Fox Run at St. Dominic’s!
Beautiful weather and great Dragon spirit was alive and well to commemorate our Canadian Hero, Terry Fox!  Each year we ask families to donate $2.00 to support the Marathon of Hope fundraiser. To Date over $750 million dollars have been raised to support cancer research would wide.  Thank you Dragons for making our first fundraiser such a huge success!

School BBQ and Open House
We are so pleased to announce that our Open House/BBQ was a huge success!  Many families came to meet their child’s teacher and partake in sharing a meal with the community.  We hope that all families feel welcome in our school community and participate in the many events that we hold throughout the year!

Food Drive – Oct 1 – 12th

Nutrition for Learning
Nutrition for Learning is back at St. Dominic’s and begins this Monday, October 1st! Once again, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, students will have the opportunity to choose healthy snacks from 3 different food groups! Nutrition for Learning is an organization that is committed to improving the health and well-being of children in the Waterloo Region. Soon you will see a small postcard coming home, asking you to donate a toonie towards the program. Please consider doing so as it helps to keep this program up and running at our school. Thank you for your support and generosity!

ESNS Lunch Program
The lunch program is back at St. Dominic School! If you’re tired of making lunches and are looking for some healthy options for your child, this is for you! Once again, Elementary School Nutrition Services (ESNS) will be offering lunch options to the students at St. Dominic’s every Thursday! This year they are partnering with Subway, Pita Pit, Boston Pizza and Holy Guacamole. Once a month on a Friday, they will also offer frozen yogurt and sorbet from Menchies! Simply go to www.esns.ca to register your child. Go to “Schools” and select “St. Dominic Savio School”, then register your child(ren). A note was sent home earlier this week with all of the details. Lunches will begin Thursday, October 11th!

Spirit Wear is Back!
Dragon Spirit Wear is back!  Please visit the online store to see the many options available.  We have sample sizes in the front hallway by the office to try on if you like.  The online store closes on Sunday October 14th at midnight.  We can’t wait to see the spirit wear roaming the hallways of our school!  Check out the link to the store below:   https://st-dominicsw18.itemorder.com

Donations needed!
Continue to check your garages and basements to see if you have any gently used sports equipment that we can use on our yard during recess times.  We are looking for volleyballs, basketballs and/or soccer balls.  If you would like to donate, please bring your items to the main office.  Thanks in advance for your support!

ECO News
Big news is coming in November – In our efforts to be a more environmentally conscience school, we will be going “plastic cutlery free!”  We are requesting that students bring their own

cutlery from home if needed.  Cutlery will not be supplied at the school for lunches.  This one time use waste product is damaging to our environment and our St. Dominic ECO Team has made it a priority to stop its use.  This will take effect as of November 1st.  Thanks for your continued support to offer an environment that is sustainable for many years to come!

Wellness Tip of the Week
Be aware of your child’s overall actions and behaviour.
Children often show us they are having a problem through their behaviour rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be problem-solved or that they need emotional support to cope and move forward. This is a reason why the language of feelings is so important. It isn’t healthy if your child can’t tell you what is going on. When kids are acting out, there are reasons and many things can be done to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even if the difficulty doesn’t seem extremely serious. All children need guidance about emotions and relationships. If you ask for help or learn more about emotions and relationships yourself, you and your children will benefit. (www.carizon.ca)

Math Matters!

 

Dates to Remember

  • Tues. Oct 2 – Safety Village – Montes, Herzog and Batiste
  • Tues. Oct 2 – Umbrella Project Kick Off – Be A Welcoming Friend Assembly
  • Wed. Oct 3 – Safety Village – Schnarr and Parisi
  • Thurs. Oct 4 – Constable Andre visits – Grade 6-8
  • Fri. Oct 5 – School Mass at 10:50am
  • Mon. Oct 8 – Thanksgiving Holiday!
  • Tues. Oct 9 – Welcome to our Teacher Candidates!
  • Fri. Oct 12 – JK/SK Trip to Shantz Family Farm
  • Fri. Oct 12 – Laurier Football Game – Grades 5-8

Terry Fox Walk/Run Today!

Good morning Dragon Family!

Today St. Dominic School  will be raising money for cancer research inspired by one of our great Canadian hero’s Terry Fox.  Students are asked to bring in a Toonie to support the cause. St. Dominic Savio School…an ordinary school doing extraordinary things. Just like Terry we dream big and challenge ourselves do to the impossible.

Friendly Reminder Re: Family BBQ

We look forward to seeing all the St. Dominic Savio families out tonight to celebrate the start of another exciting school year.
If any families have any previously enjoyed sports equipment, please feel free to bring them to the BBQ tonight to donate to our school community for sport initiatives.

Please keep in mind:
Dogs are an important part of life for many families, and as such, are often included in day-to-day activities such as walking children to and from school. The school appreciates this inclusion and values pet ownership as an educational experience, it also acknowledges other families (and individuals) can find contact with dogs stressful and even frightening.  This procedure takes into consideration the needs and expectations of all members of the St. Dominic community and also minimizes the risk of accident or injury to people or animals within the school grounds.

  • No dogs are to be on the school site between 8:45am and 4pm unless permission has been sought by administration.
  • Dogs that are walked to school should be on a leash. When around other St. Dominic School students, all Dog leashes need to be held by adults only.
  • The owner will be asked to remove the dog from the premises if they are on the school site unless special permission has been granted by administration.

We thank you for understanding.

Annual Family BBQ – Tonight 5:30pm

We look forward to seeing all the St. Dominic Savio families out tonight to celebrate the start of another exciting school year.
If any families have any previously enjoyed sports equipment, please feel free to bring them to the BBQ tonight to donate to our school community for sport initiatives.

Intermediate Boys and Girls 3 Pitch Tournament Postponed


Due to a fair bit of rain that has fallen over night and a fair bit of rain expected today, the Red Division Boys & Girls 3-Pitch and Blue Division Boys 3-Pitch will be postponed.
Both Tournaments will be played on Friday, September 28th at the same locations.

PICTURE DAY TOMORROW – Tuesday, September 25th

Parents/Guardians,
Remember, Picture Day is coming on Tuesday, September 25

Make it simple by ordering your portraits online, using your Picture Day ID and child’s first name to get started.
If you prefer to order on paper, we have sent order forms home for you to fill out and return by tomorrow.
Remember to smile and have fun!

Simply click on the link provided and use the St. Dominic information below to order prints online:
www.lifetouch.ca
St Dominic Savio Elem School
Picture Day ID: QX108256Q0
Picture Day is: Tuesday, September 25

Weekly Dragon Update Sept 24-28, 2018

September 24 – 28
Learning is always fun at St. Dominic!

As administrators our favourite part of our day in when we get to visit classes and see the learning in action.  This week were able to visit Mme. Tank in her portable and see students creating stable structures using only a few materials.  As we enter the classrooms, the excitement is overwhelming as students are asking us to come and check out their creations.  Learning in fun and engaging ways is always taking place in our school community and we couldn’t be more prouder!

School BBQ and Open House
Everyone is welcome to come to our BBQ on Thursday, September 27th. Classrooms will be open for visits and teachers will be in their classrooms starting at 5:30 to 6:15 to meet parents and informally discuss curriculum expectations. From 6:15 – 7:00, classrooms will be closed and everyone will be invited to participate in the festivities outside. Remember Me Catering will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 27th!

Spirit Wear is Back!
We will be setting up our online store ready for you to purchase some amazing St. Dominic Spirit Wear!  Stay tuned for a flyer home with the link of the website for purchases.  The store will be open until Sunday, October 14th!

Donations needed!
We are looking for any gently used sports equipment that we can use on our yard during recess times.  We are looking for volleyballs, basketballs and/or soccer balls.  If you would like to donate, please bring your items to the main office.  Thanks in advance for your support!

ECO News
We have some great news here at St. Dominic!  We have a star on our hands!  We are so proud of our Custodian, Tony Ward and his commitment to sustainability.  Check him out in the newest edition of Ontario School Plant Manager Summer 2018.  The link is below!

https://issuu.com/delcomminc/docs/ospm_spring2018_web

Wellness Tip of the Week

Learn to put yourself in your child’s shoes.
Pause and really listen to your child before offering advice or getting angry. This helps your child trust you and listen more openly to the advice you decide to give. When children are upset, be careful to understand their point of view and validate that they feel that way whether or not you agree. Children, along with adults, can better accept a different view of a situation once their emotions have been accepted and understood. Hearing the child’s viewpoint can reduce their defensive reaction. This doesn’t mean there is no consequence for breaking rules, but it means they can express what happened, or what their thought process was, so they can grow. Children who grow up with their feelings not accepted will struggle in the future.(www.carizon.ca)

Numeracy Tip of the Week
As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Some tips include:
Be positive about math.
 Express confidence in your child’s ability to do math.  Don’t stress either your own fear of math or how difficult math is or how much you admire anyone who can do math.  Remember, everyone can and does use math all the time.

Show your kids math at work in their world.  Get your kids used to math by thinking out loud when making calculations.  Then, let your children work out some real-life puzzles themselves.  For example:

  • Let them measure when you bake.
  • Ask them to figure out how long of a hose you need to reach from the faucet on the side of the house to the garden.
  • Let your child figure out how many miles you’ll be driving on your next trip by using the information on a map.
  • Sort silverware by knives, forks, and spoons.  Sort cards by suit or numbers.

Make math a game.  Math games are fun and inexpensive.  They are a wonderful way to get your kids to enjoy working with numbers, as well as improve their number skills.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Many games that we take for granted are excellent math lessons.  “Go Fish” teaches counting and grouping in sets.  Games that use play money teach how to make change.  Board games that use dice teach addition and counting.  Backgammon teaches addition, subtraction, and strategy.
  • Beans, stones, or marbles can be used to play number games.  Let your child develop his or her own games by sorting beans into different sizes or types, setting up the rules for a counting game, or using different types of pasta to make a picture.
  • Give your children a geometry lesson by letting them create a collage of circles, squares, and triangles.  Challenge them to come up with as many different shapes as they can using only triangles.
  • Play store with the items in your cupboard.
  • A pan of water and some jars or cups of different sizes will amuse a child for hours while teaching capacity and volume.

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Sept 24 – Junior Co-ed Soccer Tourney at RIM Park
  • Tues. Sept 25 – Intermediate Boys/Girls 3 Pitch at RIM Park
  • Tues. Sept 25 – PHOTO DAY
  • Wed. Sept 26 – French Fun Night
  • Thurs. Sept 27 – Opening School BBQ
  • Thurs. Sept 27 – Constable Andre visits Primary classes
  • Fri. Sept 28 – Terry Fox Run
  • Tues. Oct 2 – Safety Village – Montes, Herzog and Batiste
  • Tues. Oct 2 – Umbrella Project Kick Off – Be A Welcoming Friend Assembly
  • Wed. Oct 3 – Safety Village – Schnarr and Parisi
  • Thurs. Oct 4 – Constable Andre visits – Grade 6-8
  • Fri. Oct 5 – School Mass at 10:50am