Monthly Archives: September 2019

Dragon Update: September 30- October 4

Dragon Update for September 30th-Oct 4th 

Spirit Wear is Back! (rebroadcast)

Yes, it is true! Spirit wear is returning to St. Dominic Savio CES. We have opened an online store with all of the items available at the following link:

 

https://stdominicsw19.itemorder.com/

 

School online spirit wear store is now open. Order deadline date is October 13th. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to purchase your gear!

Nutrition for Learning

Nutrition For Learning is back!!! We are very excited that our school program begins this week! Nutrition for Learning is a charitable organization that provides healthy snacks to students in our school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! Thank you to all of the families who donated toonies on the Toonie Postcards! We really appreciate your donations, as that money will go directly to supporting our school program. If you still wish to make a donation, simply put your money into an envelope marked “Nutrition for Learning”. Every little bit helps!!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Once again we will be holding our Thanksgiving Food Drive. It will begin on October 1 and run through to Thanksgiving. It is important as a Catholic School Community to support our neighbours who are in need. Please consider giving generously to support this worthwhile initiative and remember to have a conversation with your child(ren) about all of the blessings in their lives. We are truly blessed.

Junior Coed Soccer

Congratulations goes out to our Junior Coed Soccer Team who competed in their tournament this past week. Everyone played hard, worked together and enjoyed a spectacular sunny day at the football pitch! Thanks goes out to Ms. Shermeto and Ms. Kohler for coaching the team. Great job all the way around!

The Umbrella Project Theme for October: Empathy

The new theme for the Umbrella Project for October is Empathy. This is defined as the ability to share and understand the feelings of another. This is an important skill for students to develop. Please see the attached article on how to help your child(ren) develop empathy.

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_empathy_in_kids

Welcome to the Dragon’s Den

We would like to officially welcome Ms. Lindsay Lee as the new Grade 3/4 teacher replacing Mr. Kraemer. Ms. Lee started on Wednesday and has hit the ground running with her new class. Please make sure to stop by to say hi! Also, Ms. Carere’s stay with us has been extended to November to continue working with Ms. Parisi’s Grade 3 class and Mr. Gallagher will be at St. Dominic for an additional 2 classes in the not too distant future. Exciting news at St. Dominic!

Major School Fundraiser

This is a quick note to let you know that the St. Dominic Danceathon has moved from February to October to coincide with Halloween! Our Catholic School Council is working very hard to make sure this even goes off without a hitch. Please contact the office if you would like to help out during this awesome event. More information to come!


Parent Drop Off and Pick Up (Rebroadcast)

Thank you to our parent community for keeping our Kiss and Drop area a safe place for student pick-up and drop off.  Please have your child(ren) arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning. In addition, when picking up your child(ren) in the back schoolyard, we are asking for all parents to remain on the path.  The safety of your child(ren) is our main concern. Furthermore, just an additional reminder that the school parking lot is now closed to parents and is marked closed with pylons and a school safety sign. This was necessitated by the need for more parking spots for our additional staff. Please use the visitor spots at the front of the lot or park on the street. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

 

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!

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 September 30- Orange Shirt Day (Every Child Matters Campaign)

Mon September 30- Nutrition for Learning begins!

Mon September 30- Pizza Day

Tues October 1- Thanksgiving Food Drive starts

Tues October 1- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s

Wed October 2- Student of the Month Assembly 1PM

Thurs October 3- Mrs. Kuntz’s Class to Monarch Woods AM

Mon October 7- Pizza Day

Tues October 8- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s

Wed October 9- Kindergarten Trip to Shantz Farm AM

Thurs October 10- Grade 6 Trip to Univ of Waterloo Observatory PM

Thurs October 10- Opening School Mass with Father Steve in the gym 1PM

 

 

 

Ongoing Labour Negotiations with CUPE

Important Message:

Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

Kindergarten Kiss N Drop Helpers

Parents of Kindergarten students that utilize the Kiss and Drop area off of Victoria Street will notice some new helpers there that started this morning. St. Dominic has once again solicited the help of some grade 3 students to act as Kindergarten Kiss N Drop helpers. These students will be available in the morning starting at 9 AM to greet your child(ren) at the Kiss and Drop area and walk them to the Kindergarten play area. This will allow you to not have to get out of your vehicle and hopefully allow for the whole Kiss and Drop area to function in a smoother fashion. These students will be wearing vests to denote who they are and they are very eager to help! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the main office. Thank You!

Staffing Update

Good Afternoon Dragon Nation! We would like to pass on the latest staffing information to our community. We are pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Lindsay Lee as our new Grade 3/4 teacher. Her first day will be tomorrow, Wednesday September 25th. She replaces Mr. Kyle Kraemer in that role. We would like to take the opportunity to say Thank You to Mr. Kraemer for his time here at St. Dominic and his dedication to his students. Ms. Lee is excited to take on this new challenge and to start working with her students tomorrow. Please make sure to say hi to Ms. Lee to welcome her to St. Dominic if you see her in the school.

Dragon Update: Sept 23-27

Dragon Update for September 23rd-27th  


Catholic School Council

There is a fantastic opportunity for St. Dominic Savio parents to get actively involved in our school and to help shape the direction of our school life. Volunteer to be part of our Catholic School Council! We are still looking for individuals to join our advisory council. Meetings are held once a month on Mondays, the first being September 23rd at 6:15. We meet in the Library Learning Commons until approximately 8. We would love to have you come out to join us. IF you are interested in joining, please email Mr. Runstedler at pat.runstedler@wcdsb.ca. Hope to see you there!

Spirit Wear is Back!

Yes, it is true! Spirit wear is returning to St. Dominic Savio CES. We have opened an online store with all of the items available at the following link:

https://stdominicsw19.itemorder.com/

 

School online spirit wear store is now open. Order deadline date is October 13th. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to purchase your gear!

Coming Soon: Stay Tuned

Once again we will be holding our Thanksgiving Food Drive. It will begin on October 1 and run through to Thanksgiving. It is important as a Catholic School Community to support our neighbours who are in need. Please consider giving generously to support this worthwhile initiative and remember to have a conversation with your child(ren) about all of the blessings in their lives. We are truly blessed.

We Day

Some of our Junior and Intermediate students had the fantastic opportunity this past week to travel to Toronto for the We Day Celebration. Ms. Herzog and Mrs. Montes accompanied the students and all had a great day listening to messages of courage, determination and grit. Way to go Dragons!

Intermediate Softball Teams

Our Intermediate Boys’ and Girls’ Softball Teams participated in their tournaments this past week. Both teams did a great job representing St. Dominic with sportsmanship, competitiveness and determination. The boys were very competitive in all of their games and should be proud of their efforts. The girls won their tournament displaying tenacity, resilience and fire! Great job ladies. Thanks goes out to Mr. Jolly, Ms. Buck, and Mlle Tank for coaching the teams. Well Done Dragons!

The Umbrella Project

We are once again an Umbrella Project school this year. We are very excited to jump into the second year of this fantastic program and we will continue to include tidbits in our Dragon Updates. This week, we are focusing on how parents can build curiosity in their children. The info can be found at:

https://umbrellaproject.co/2018/09/14/intro-tip-2-with-dr-jen-top-three-ways-to-use-curiosity-as-a-parent/ 

Parent Drop Off and Pick Up (Rebroadcast)

Thank you to our parent community for keeping our Kiss and Drop area a safe place for student pick-up and drop off.  Please have your child(ren) arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning. In addition, when picking up your child(ren) in the back schoolyard, we are asking for all parents to remain on the path.  The safety of your child(ren) is our main concern. Furthermore, just an additional reminder that the school parking lot is now closed to parents and is marked closed with pylons and a school safety sign. This was necessitated by the need for more parking spots for our additional staff. Please use the visitor spots at the front of the lot or park on the street. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

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!

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

Mon September 23- Pizza Day

Mon September 23- Junior Coed Soccer Tournament at RIM Park PM

Tues September 24 – School Photos

Wed September 25- Little Jammers Guitar Presentation Gr 1 to 6

Wed September 25- Rowan’s Day (Concussion Awareness Day)

Thurs September 26- Terry Fox Run AM

Mon September 30- Orange Shirt Day (Every Child Matters Campaign)

Mon September 30- Pizza Day

Tues October 1- Thanksgiving Food Drive starts

Thurs October 3- Mrs. Kuntz’s Class to Monarch Woods AM

 

 

 

 

Help Support St. Dominic Savio’s Green Initiative

Help St. Dominic Savio with our Green Imitative. With the purchase of reusable water bottles we believe we are helping the earth by eliminating the amount of plastic deposited into the environment. These water bottles are $2.00 each.

The features of these water bottles include:
* Save the Earth one bottle at time with our St. Dominic Savio Refresh® water bottles and hydrate at the same time
* Unique finger grips provide a secure hold for one-handed use.
* Screw-on cap features a flip-top drink-through opening for a tight, leak-proof seal.
* Wide mouth offers easy access for cleaning, adding ice or stirring powdered drinks.
* This BPA-free PolySure sport bottle is made from #1 PETE plastic, which can be recycled in most areas; check locally for more information.
* Size: 828 mL (28-oz)
* White or black imprint (unable to be specified upon ordering).

These Water Bottles are great for students to use at school and also make great gifts for family and friends.  Visit the link to purchase your reusable water bottles today:  https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

The water bottles will be distributed the week of October 14 – 18.

Orange Shirt Day – Monday, September 30

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. 

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/what-is-orange-shirt-day

http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/national-orange-shirt-day-promotes-healing-and-reconciliation-1.2782559

http://www.etfo.ca/BuildingAJustSociety/FNMI/Pages/OrangeShirtDay.aspx

   

Dragon Update: September 16-20

Dragon Update for September 16th-20th  

School BBQ and Open House

Our School BBQ and Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see so many of our families enjoying themselves and taking the opportunity to meet their child(ren)’s new teacher. Even though there was a little rain near the end of the evening, this did not dampen the spirit of our Dragon Community. What a great night!

Excitement is  Building!

Dragon Nation is growing. One of our two new portables has arrived on the scene last week. There was a beehive of activity  as it is being prepared for our Grade 6 class to move in. Move in day is still upcoming but we are very close! Stay tuned!

Newswire & School Cashonline

For those families not aware, Newswire is an electronic communication tool that we use daily at St. Dominic to keep the community up-to-date on various events. To register, enter your email address beside the prompt found near the bottom of the school web site homepage. Cash Online is the new Payment system we will be using this year to pay for everything including pizza and class trips. https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com. If you need any clarification, please contact the school for assistance.

Catholic School Council

We are looking for parent volunteers for our Catholic School Council. The purpose of this council is through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement, well-being and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. Our council meets once per month (on Mondays) with our first meeting occurring on Monday, September 23rd at 6:15 pm. All interested parents are invited to come out to this meeting where we will set our executive for this coming school year. Thanks for your interest!

Twitter

If you were not already aware, St. Dominic Savio is on Twitter! We are very active on this social media platform and share up to the minute details and news via Twitter. Please consider signing up and following us. Our Twitter address is @wcdsbStDominic. We would love to have you follow us. Come see what we are all about!

 

Safety Drills

We completed our first two Safety Drills for the school year. Both went well, but a little more practice is still needed. We will be holding a few more safety drills in the coming days to make sure our Dragons are able to get out of the school safely and quickly. 

Parent Drop Off and Pick Up (Rebroadcast)

Thank you to our parent community for keeping our Kiss and Drop area a safe place for student pick-up and drop off.  Please have your child(ren) arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning. In addition, when picking up your child(ren) in the back schoolyard, we are asking for all parents to remain on the path.  The safety of your child(ren) is our main concern. Furthermore, just an additional reminder that the school parking lot is now closed to parents and is marked closed with pylons and a school safety sign. This was necessitated by the need for more parking spots for our additional staff. Please use the visitor spots at the front of the lot or park on the street. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Spirit Wear is Back!

We will be setting up our online store again 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.

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!

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 September 16- Pizza Day

Tues September 17- Intermediate 3 Pitch Tournaments at RIM Park PM

Tues September 17- John Howard Society Presentation to Gr 1 & 2

Thurs September 19 – WE Day!

Fri September 20 – PA Day

Mon September 23- Pizza Day

Mon September 23- Junior Coed Soccer Tournament at RIM Park PM

Mon September 23- Catholic School Council Meeting 6:15 PM in the Learning Commons

Tues September 24 – School Photos

Wed September 25- Little Jammers Guitar Presentation Gr 1 to 6

Thurs September 26- Terry Fox Run AM