Monthly Archives: October 2018

Scholastic Book Fair Coming Next Week to St. Dominic Savio

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The scholastic Book Fair is arriving soon!
It will be open the following times:
Friday 1st
November Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair, with their class to preview the selection of books being offered.
Monday 5th9th November 9:00 am to 4:00 pm sales day
November 8th 9:00 am to 9:00 pm sales day (Student – Parents -Teachers Conference)

 

Weekly Dragon Update: Oct 29 – Nov 2

October 22-26

Thanksgiving Food Drive: Thank you to all who donated and encouraged donations to our food drive. When St. Vincent de Paul came to pick up they were overwhelmed with the amount of food donated. Seven Hundred and Seventy (717) pounds is a personal best for St. Dominic! It also reminds us that as a community we are always giving and encouraging others to give to our students to not only meet the curriculum expectations, but to be good people. Since the students met the 700 pound threshold our Dragons have earned a school-wide Ice Cream party and additional recess.  Great work Dragons!

Halloween Dress-Up and Dance: On Wednesday, October 31st all (Early Years/P/J/I) students will be invited to wear their costumes to school. Please be mindful of the costumes your child is wearing.  Costumes cannot promote violence or have accessories or props that could be used as a weapon. As well, masks or suggestive costumes are not permitted including clown costumes.  All classes will be invited down to the gym for a 40 minute dance session. Students are invited to donate a loonie or canned good. All proceeds will go to the Food Bank.

Time Grades
1:00 – 1:40 Early Years and Primary
1:40 – 2:20 Junior
2:40 – 3:20 Intermediate

Camp Brebeuf: The smiles on our Gr. 6s tell all. A wonderful day of high ropes, adventure trails and so much more. Thanks to Mr. Kropf, Ms. Shermeto and parent volunteers for making learning come alive outside of the walls of St. Dominic.

New Math Curriculum

The new government released a new curriculum in math titled “The Fundamentals in Math.”  They have released a teachers and parent fact sheet to introduce the new curriculum. The link is below:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/parent_guide_math_en.pdf

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). If you are in need of another note, please send your child to the office to pick one up!

Wellness Tip of the Week (https://www.umbrellaproject.co/parent-resources/)

Believing in free will is our sense that people do things for us not because they have to, but because they want to
Today’s tip with Dr. Jen outlines how this helps to build our children’s feelings of . Check out the video to learn more! https://www.umbrellaproject.co/2018/10/22/todays-tip-with-dr-jen-gratitude-and-our-belief-in-free-will/ 

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Math Matters!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Oct 29 – Boys’ Volleyball – Holy Rosary at Dominic’s
  • Mon. Oct 29 – Girls’ Basketball at Holy Rosary
  • Wed. Oct 31 – Halloween Dance
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – Grade 6 Trip to Camp Brebeuf
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – Holy Guacamole Lunch
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – MADD presentation for Grades 7 and 8
  • Fri. Nov 2 – Photo Retake Day – 1:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Mon. Nov 5 – Book Fair Begins
  • Mon Nov 5 – Boys’ Volleyball at St. Agnes, Girls’ Basketball @ St. Dominic
  • Tues. Nov 6 – Progress Reports go Home
  • Wed. Nov 7 – Girls’ Basketball at St. Luke, Boys’ Volleyball at St. Dominic
  • Wed. Nov 7 – School Council Chair Commissioning @ 6:00 pm
  • Thurs. Nov 8 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 9 – Remembrance Day Observation at 10:30

 

 

 

 

Dragon Initiatives

It is with great enthusiasm that St. Dominic Savio is putting forth another effort to reduce our carbon footprint and create another initiative that we, as a community can be proud of. As of November 1st, St. Dominic Savio Elementary School will be going PLASTIC CUTLERY FREE!”  As part of our ECO Team Initiatives and to support sustainable environments, we will not be offering any plastic cutlery including plastic spoons and forks from the office.  Please ensure that your child has reusable cutlery in their lunch to use if need be.  This is a small change that can have a big impact.  We thank you in advance for your support!
As well, we have a new member to our school – Dominic The Recycling Dragon. Please bring your used and/or broken school tools including pencils, pencil crayons and rulers to fill Doienic’s belly! These items will be re-used in new ways!  Dominic will be with us all year long! The ECO Team thanks you in advance for helping to save the Earth and help create sustainability!

These initiatives along with so many others are something, as a community that we should all be proud of. Other charities and organizations we have contributed to over the past year are:
Raising $1,000 for each of the following organizations through Mission Day:
**St. Vincent de Paul
**Red Cross
**David Suzuki Foundation
**Free the Children
As well as raising $4,000 for the above charities in June 2018, the Thanksgiving Food Drive raised 717 pounds of food; which is a record for St. Dominic Savio!
Thank you again for your continued support and contributions we are so greatly appreciative.

Picture Retake

Picture retake day for St. Dominic Savio is Friday, November 2nd, 2018. 
If you would like your child to have their picture retaken, please send them to the office to pick up a form.

Weekly Dragon Update Oct 22 – 26

October 22-26

School Wide Daily Physical Activity

Our school community has started a new initiative with implementing whole school wide Daily Physical Activity.  Every Tuesday morning we are participating in physical activity in the forms of stretching, exercise and dance within all classrooms.  Our Intermediate mentors are visiting the younger grade classes and modelling the activity. It has been a great initiative thus far and the student are having a blast getting in some activity with their friends with movement and fun!

Polling Station

Monday Oct 22 is Election Day and St. Dominic’s is a Polling Station.  Please be aware that we will have many visitors in the school exercising their right to vote on Monday.  There will be more traffic in the parking lots and around the school. Use caution when dropping your children off and picking up on Monday.

New Math Curriculum

The new government released a new curriculum in math titled “The Fundamentals in Math.”  They have released a teachers and parent fact sheet to introduce the new curriculum. The link is below:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/parent_guide_math_en.pdf

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). If you are in need of another note, please send your child to the office to pick one up!

Wellness Tip of the Week

The way kids think is very important.  Negative thinking about the self is a huge problem for many people of all ages. This thinking often starts in childhood. Children are getting constant messages that they may not be good enough. Many children get “stuck” in thinking this way from hearing negative messages about themselves and then repeating them over and over in their thoughts. Repetitive negative thinking about the self, others and the world can lead to future mental health struggles.

Notice your child’s language and comments about him or herself and others. If your child says negative things repeatedly, it is a problem. It usually means they aren’t feeling good about themselves and need support to problem-solve and change that type of thinking. When kids practice negative self-talk, it leads to lower self esteem and can contribute to low mood and worry. It can leave them more vulnerable to being bullied as well. Bullying is dangerous to self esteem especially if children already believe they are not good enough. Look out for your child’s inner bully. Negative thinking is dangerous to mental health because it builds on itself. It becomes automatic to think painful and self damaging thoughts, much like learning an instrument or a sport, but with a negative result rather than a positive one.

Our brains are designed to change when we repeat thoughts and actions over and over. For example, picture yourself and your child skiing or tobogganing. If you go over the same path again and again it will soon get very slippery and grooved in. It becomes faster and faster for the two of you to slide down that path. Our brains work in a similar way. If you and your child are rehearsing painful or mean thoughts, you may have become very good at something that hurts you. To change negative thinking patterns, the person must start a different and positive path and practice that instead. Once people get used to a new positive path, they follow it automatically and they start to feel happier.  (www.carizon.ca)

Math Matters!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Oct 22 – Grade 7 Boys and Girls HEP B and HPV Immunizations
  • Mon. Oct 22 – Election Day – St. Dom’s is a polling station
  • Mon. Oct 22 – Little Jammers Overview to SK-Grade 5 Classes
  • Wed. Oct 24 – Intermediate Girls Basketball – SEB at St. Dom’s
  • Thurs. Oct 25 – Subway Lunch
  • Thurs. Oct 25 – Grade 6 Trip to Camp Brebeuf
  • Fri. Oct 26 – PA DAY – no school
  • Mon. Oct 29 – Boys Volleyball – Holy Rosary at Dominic’s
  • Mon. Oct 29 – Girls Basketball – Dominic’s at Holy Rosary
  • Wed. Oct 31 – Halloween Dance for Grade 4-8
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – Grade 6 Trip to Camp Brebeuf
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – Holy Guacamole Lunch
  • Thurs. Nov 1 – MADD presentation for Grades 7 and 8
  • Fri. Nov 2 – Photo Retake Day

 

 

 

 

What is my child(ren) House Colour this year?

Once again St. Dominic will be dividing classes into house colours as a way to generate excitement and engagement around activities/events throughout the year.  If you are wishing to purchase Dragon Spirit wear that reflects your child’s house colour  the class assignment information will be helpful.

Blue House

  • Batiste
  • Detzler/Rodriguez/Bernad
  • Jolly
  • Kohler
  • Ross

Pink House

  • Bauer
  • Coelho
  • Herzog
  • McCutchen/Fielder
  • Tank

Red House

  • Cimermancic
  • Kuntz/Rowe
  • Montes
  • Pasqualino
  • Shermeto

Green House

  • Parisi
  • Johnston
  • Kropf
  • Schnarr
  • VanLooyen

Weekly Dragon Update Oct 15 – 19

October 15-19

This week saw our students participating in many experiential opportunities outside of the regular classroom.  We had our school show their team spirit as they cheered on the athletes at the Laurier Football Game in addition to our Early Years students exploring what it was like to be on the farm as they travelled to Shantz Family Farms.  Our students had a great time and loved seeing the sights outside of the regular classroom walls!

New Math Curriculum

The new government released a new curriculum in math titled “The Fundamentals in Math.”  They have released a teachers and parent fact sheet to introduce the new curriculum. The link is below:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/parent_guide_math_en.pdf

Thank you to our Bus Patrollers!

Our Bus Patrollers work hard to ensure that your students arrive home safely.  They help the Early Years students to their classroom doors and are ready in case of an emergency.  They are a dedicated and caring group of students!

Spirit Wear store closes Sunday at midnight!

Don’t forget to order your spirit wear!  The online store will be open until Sunday October 14th at midnight.  Just check out the link to the store below:

https://st-dominicsw18.itemorder.com

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 with all of the details.

Nutrition for Learning

Nutrition for Learning is back at St. Dominic’s and students are enjoying the opportunity to eat some nutritious snacks over the course of the day.  It takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Nutrition for Learning is an organization that is committed to improving the health and well-being of children in the Waterloo Region. We recently sent home a postcard for student donations to support this great program.  We are still collecting twoonies and are asking for your support in sending a twoonie to school with your child. Please consider doing so as it helps to keep this program up and running at our school. Thank you for your support and generosity.

Wellness Tip of the Week

Show kids that having a mix of struggle and strength is normal for everyone.

Teach your child that every person will experience times of strength and times of struggle. There is no shame in struggling. Often children are taught to focus way too much on the struggles they are having and get “stuck”, thinking they aren’t good enough. We need to help children balance the amount of time they focus on what is hard for them to learn and what their natural skills and passions are. Helping them build on what they naturally love is the secret to helping them grow self-esteem.

Counselling, social skill groups, life coaching and leisure activities are great ways of helping kids build skills they will need to be the best they can be. Taking your children to counselling, for example, to learn new coping skills in an area difficult for them, can be a big help to their growth and development. It does not mean that something is wrong with them. In fact, it makes them healthier, stronger and more confident people.

(www.carizon.ca)

Math Matters!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Oct 15 – Intermediate Girls Basketball – St. Matt’s at St. Dom’s
  • Mon. Oct 15 – Intermediate Boys Volleyball – St. Dom’s at St. Matt’s
  • Wed. Oct 17 – Scientists in Schools – Grades 2 / 3 Herzog
  • Wed. Oct 17 – Intermediate Girls Basketball – St. Dom’s at St. Nick’s
  • Wed. Oct 17 – Intermediate Boys’  Volleyball – St. Nick’s at St. Dom’s
  • Thurs. Oct 18 – Boston Pizza Lunch
  • Fri. Oct 19 – Menchies Treat Day
  • Fri. Oct 19 – Cimermancic, Coehlo and Schnarr Class Trip To Shantz Farm
  • Mon. Oct 22 – Grade 7 Boys and Girls HEP B and HPV Immunizations
  • Mon. Oct 22 – Election Day – St. Dom’s is a polling station
  • Mon. Oct 22 – Little Jammers Overview to SK-Grade 5 Classes
  • Wed. Oct 24 – Intermediate Girls Basketball – SEB at St. Dom’s
  • Thurs. Oct 25 – Subway Lunch
  • Thurs. Oct 25 – Grade 6 Trip to Camp Brebeuf
  • Fri. Oct 26 – PA DAY – no school