Monthly Archives: January 2019

Weekly Dragon Update Jan 21 – 24

January 21 – 25

Dance A Thon is coming!!

It is time to dust off those dancing shoes!  We are in the midst of planning our Valentine Dance-a-thon. This is a major fundraiser for the year and with a concerted community effort, it is sure to be a success!   Monies raised this year will continue go towards clubs, maker space, sports equipment, home reading program, technology and other activities and resources that will be a direct benefit to students.

The Dance-a-thon will take place on Thursday, February 14th, 2019.  Pledge forms will be sent home on Wednesday January 23rd, 2019!  We thank you in advance for your participation.

Lifetouch Photos

Lifetouch will be at St. Dominic on Tuesday January 22nd to take pictures for the Grade 8 graduating class as well as our SK graduates.  This is a special time to be captured!

PD Day

Just a reminder that this Friday January 25th is a PD Day.  There is no school on this day. Enjoy!

Wellness Tip of the Week!

Please take a look at the poster for some great tips on talking with young people!

Math Matters!

Take a look at the link below to see if you can solve this bridge problem!  Answer is included in the video – but try it for yourself first!!

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Jan 21 – Intermediate Boys BBall at St. Nick’s
  • Mon. Jan 21 – Intermediate Girls VBall at St. Dom’s
  • Tues. Jan 22 – Lifetouch Photos for Grade 8 Grads and SK
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Colour House Day!
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Drama Club to Mary Poppins (9:30am)
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Boston Pizza lunch
  • Fri. Jan 25 – PD Day
  • Mon. Jan 28 – Intermediate Boys BBall at St. Dom’s
  • Wed. Jan 30 – Bell Let’s Talk Day
  • Wed. Jan 30 – Intermediate Girls VBall at St. John’s
  • Thurs. Jan 31 – Scientists in Schools – Early Years
  • Thurs. Jan 31 – Grade 1 Skate Canada Program
    Thurs. Jan 31 – Subway lunch
  • Fri. Feb 1 – School Liturgy







Weekly Dragon Update Jan 14 – 18

January 14 – 18

What a great first week back!  Students are starting to get back into the routine of things and many are enjoying the structure of the school day again!  We love seeing the smiling faces and the boundless energy of our Dragons!

Welcome to Mr. Settler!

The Dominic Dragons are excited to welcome Mr. Settler into the role of Vice-Principal of St. Dominic starting on Monday February 4th, 2019.  Mr. Settler is currently the Vice-Principal of St. Kateri. Please ensure you introduce yourself when visiting the school!

Kindergarten Registration – No experience needed!

Popcorn Day

Popcorn Day is cancelled for January 18th.  We will send notification of the next one once the date is confirmed.

Wellness Tip of the Week!

Our children will experience bumps and bruises along the way and that can be a good thing. It’s where they get the practice they will need in order to bounce back from really tough setbacks and pains as they get older.

Instead of sheltering our children from all unhappiness our goal as parents should be to help them build resilience. Resilience is the capacity to move forward in the face of setbacks with hope and confidence in your ability to thrive in both good and challenging times.

Here are three key ways to help your child build resilience.

Give your children unconditional love

It takes confidence to deal with challenges, and the root of that confidence in children and teens comes from the knowledge that they are loved, and that someone values them for who they are. “Unconditional love gives children the deeply felt security that allows them to take chances when faced with new situations,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “It gives them strength to know that you, their parent, are not going anywhere, that you love them no matter what. That security is the base from which they will launch into adulthood.”

Unconditional love doesn’t mean unconditional approval, explains Dr. Ginsburg. We may dislike or disapprove of a child’s behavior at times, but we can still love the child completely. We need to show that love and express it regularly, even as our children grow older and begin to push away from us, and even if we are disappointed by a particular behavior. The behavior does not change who the child is, and our knowing who our children really are is deeply protective.

The wider the circle of unconditional love a child receives — from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other adults in a child’s life — the deeper the child’s sense of security and confidence will be, and the stronger the child’s foundation for resilience.

Expect resilience in your children

Children live up to the expectations adults set for them. When parents and teachers expect children to do well, they do better than when expectations are low. That’s important for building resilience, and it’s also true of expectations to be a good human being. Expect your children to be considerate, respectful, honest, fair, generous and responsible, and you’ll help them hold to and strengthen those qualities.

The same goes for expectations of resilience. It’s a fine and loving thing to empathize with a child or teenager who has been hurt or disappointed, but we should also maintain confidence that they have within them the ability to get through this. We give them strength with that expectation. If, on the other hand, we expect them to be fragile, we set a harmful expectation that they are unable to find strength within themselves. “It’s crucially important for children to know that we all fail sometimes,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “That we can recover. That the people who are successful are the ones who try again.”

Keep in mind that parents aren’t the only people setting expectations in your child’s life. Children pick up cues from outside the family — from teachers, coaches and other family members. Sometimes these messages support the positive self-image you are working to foster in your child. Sometimes people expect our children, especially our teens, to be problems. We must confront these low expectations that undermine our children and celebrate within each of them their unique potential and essential goodness.

Set an example of resilience

Children pay more attention to what we do than to what we say. As your children are growing up, you will face challenges and disappointments yourself. By your actions, you will model how to deal with stress, failure and unhappy surprises. If you get angry at frustrations, give up in the face of obstacles, or deal with stress in unhealthy ways, your children will absorb those lessons. If you keep your cool in the face of adversity, bounce back, try again, use your creativity to find alternatives, and cope with stress in healthy ways, your children will learn a lesson from your example that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Math Matters!

Which one doesn’t belong?

Dates to Remember

  • Mon. Jan 14 – Intermediate Boys B-Ball St. Matt’s @ St. Dom’s
  • Mon. Jan 14 – Intermediate Girls-V-Ball St. Dom’s  @ St. Matt’s @ 
  • Tues. Jan 15 – School Council 6:15pm
  • Wed. Jan 16 – Resurrection Guidance Visits – Grade 8’s
  • Wed. Jan 16 – Intermediate Boys B-Ball St. Dom’s @ Holy Rosary, Girls V-Ball Holy Rosary @ St. Dom’s
  • Thurs. Jan 17 – Pita Pit lunch
    Fri. Jan 18 – Menchies Treat Day
  • Tues. Jan 22 – Lifetouch Photos for Grade 8 Grads and SK
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Boston Pizza lunch
    Thurs. Jan 31 – Subway lunch









Dragon Basketball Starts Tomorrow!

Attention St. Dominic Families!

Dragon Basketball begins tomorrow night for those families that have registered your children

The Girls’ session  will run  from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and the Boys’ session  will run  from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Parents are reminded to check email for health forms and other information

See you on the court!

Weekly Dragon Update Jan 7 – 11

January 7 – 11

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!! Students will be buzzing tomorrow as they have been away from classes for a little bit. We will be working on re-establishing routines as we get back on track with learning. We hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with family, friends and loved ones over the break. All the best in 2019!

Christmas Activities

Our school concerts and ELF play in December were a huge success. We had a packed gym for all performances. We are proud of all of the hard work that students and staff put in to make these events successful.  We appreciate your excitement and attendance as it validates all of the work that goes into the show.

Wellness Tip of the Week!

Welcome to the new year and a new skill at the Umbrella Project!  We are excited to be kicking off the year by building the Resilience skill. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from challenges that we face and come out stronger on the other side.

To start building resilience, focus more on self-care. The actor Will Smith once commented: “I don’t get ready, I stay ready”. This is how we like to think about preparing for challenges at the Umbrella Project. Ongoing self-care helps us to prepare to address challenges in our lives with the necessary energy and resources we need to survive and thrive.

Listen in with Dr. Jen to learn more below!

Math Matters!

Math is No Mystery

Is that 16oz. can of tomatoes a better bargain than the 12oz. can?  You make dozens of calculations in your daily life, from balancing a checkbook to figuring how long it will take to drive to a cross-town soccer game.  That’s math at work.

As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject.  Here are Tips for Parents on how:

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. Jan 7 – Welcome Back to School!
  • Tues. Jan 8 – School Council Mtg – 6:15pm
  • Wed. Jan 9 – Catechism for First Communion – St. Mark’s Church – 6:30pm
  • Wed. Jan 9 – First Aid Training – Grade 8’s
  • Fri. Jan 11 – Crazy Sock Day
  • Wed. Jan 16 – Resurrection Guidance Visits – Grade 8’s
  • Thurs. Jan 17 – Pita Pit lunch
  • Fri. Jan 18 – Menchies Treat Day
  • Thurs. Jan 24 – Boston Pizza lunch
  • Thurs. Jan 31 – Subway lunch