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:
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.
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.
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 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