Monthly Archives: October 2019

Spook A Thon Fundraiser October 31st

Halloween Spook-a-Thon

Our Spook-a-Thon is almost here and we are soooo excited!!! The Spook-a-thon takes place on Halloween – this Thursday, October 31st. Please remember that Glow Sticks will be on sale that day for some added fun! Glow Sticks will cost $1.00 for 3 sticks. Please also remember to send in all Pledge Forms and money tomorrow – Wednesday, October 30th! All of the Grand Prize Draws will be made and announced the following week! We can’t wait to have some Spooky Fun!!! Student Council members will serve as our D.J.s and teachers will supervise the students. The students will be divided into 4 separate divisions and will dance during the following periods in the gym:

 

Times & Grades

 

9:30 – 10:20am (JK/K classes)

 

10:45 – 12:00pm (Primary Grades 1-3)

 

1:00  – 2:15pm (Junior Grades 4-6)

 

2:40 – 3:40pm (Intermediate Grades 7 & 8)

Halloween Dress-Up

On Thursday, 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.

Dragon Update October 28- November 1

Dragon Update for October 28-November 1

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 watch the video located at the link below on how to help your child(ren) develop empathy.

Teaching Empathy to Children

Major School Fundraiser

The excitement is continuing to build at St. Dominic for our Spook-A-Thon Fundraiser. A reminder that our Early Bird Draws began this week. Please continue to send in your Early Bird Ballots, as draws will continue to be made right up until Halloween!! Every $5 raised earns them a ballot into these draws. The Spook-a-thon will take place on Halloween – this Thursday October 31st, 2019. Student Council members will serve as our D.J.s and teachers will supervise the students. The students will be divided into 4 separate divisions and will dance during the following periods in the gym:

Time Grades
9:30 – 10:20am JK/K classes
10:45 – 12:00pm Primary (grades 1-3)
1:00  – 2:15pm Junior (grades 4-6)
2:40 – 3:40pm Intermediate (grades 7 & 8)

 

Please remember that Glow Sticks will be on sale that day for some added fun! Glow Sticks will cost $1.00 for 3 sticks. Please also remember to send in all Pledge Forms and money this Wednesday, October 30th! All of the Grand Prize Draws will be made and announced the following week! We can’t wait to have some Spooky Fun!!!

Halloween Dress-Up

On Thursday, 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.  


Progress Reports and Student-Parent-Teacher Interviews

Progress reports will be coming home on Tuesday, November 5th.  Please review with your child all of the wonderful attributes they are showcasing this year.  Embedded into the progress report are next steps for each student to help them improve. Take a look – lots of suggestions to help move your child forward in their learning!

As well, there will be a letter going home tomorrow for parents to choose their preferred Interview time for Thursday, November 7th. The attached Parent Letter that will be going home on Monday to the eldest and only. Parents are to indicate their preferred interview time  (4:00 – 6:30 or 6:30 – 9:00) and return the information on the bottom of the form with the eldest or only by Friday, Nov 1st. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the office.

Student-Parent Teacher Interview Letter

21st Century Learning

St. Dominic is happy to welcome back a past graduate, Dominic, who is coming to the school to offer support and guidance to our current Dragons in 21st Century Learning. He helps our students with their projects and provides them support with using the school robots, 3D printers and Spheros! All students, including Dominic, are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to immerse themselves in this technology!

Math Matters

Dates to Remember

Mon Oct 28- Pizza Day

Mon Oct 28- Girls’ Basketball- St. John at St. Dominic

Mon Oct 28- Boys’ Volleyball at St. John

Wed Oct 30- Junior Coding Workshop

Wed Oct 30- Girls’ Basketball- St. Luke at St. Dominic

Wed Oct 30- Boys’ Volleyball at St. Luke

Thurs Oct 31- Dance A Thon Fundraiser!! All Day!!

Fri Nov 1- Grade 2 Trip to Schneider Haus All Day

Mon Nov 4- Pizza Day

Mon Nov 4- Photo Retake day PM

Mon Nov 4- Boys’ Volleyball St. Nicolas at St. Dominic

Mon Nov 4- Girls’ Basketball at St. Nicolas

Tues Nov 5- Progress Reports Go Home

Wed Nov 6- Boys’ Volleyball at St. Matthew

Wed Nov 6- Girls’ Basketball- St. Matthew at St. Dominic

Thurs Nov 7- Student-Parent-Teacher Interviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build A Dream: Nov. 14 – Young Women’s Career Exploration Event

Career possibilities for female students!  Consider attending this amazing FREE Career Discovery Expo event for Young Women on Thursday, November 14th with local employers and post-secondary schools in attendance. 

Free food, keynote speaker, student testimonials along with local employers looking to hire.  Students in Grades 7-12 and Parents!  This is your time to have your questions answered.  Hope to see you at Bingemans on November 14th!  Register now at:

https://www.webuildadream.com/events/build-a-dream-kitchener-waterloo/

NEW Children’s Liturgy program coming to St. Mark’s Church!

Want to know more?

 

Please join us for a 
“MEET & GREET” THIS SUNDAY
October 27 
after the 9:30 Mass 
(approx. 10:30) 
in the Parish Hall

 For parents and guardians interested in having their children (aged 5 to grade 3) partake in the NEW Children’s Liturgy program, starting Nov. 3rd at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.  

This is a chance for you to meet the leaders involved in the children’s liturgy program, and to ask any questions you might be pondering.  

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

 

Dragon Update Oct 21-25

Dragon Update for October 21-25 

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://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/raise-a-compassionate-child/

Kiss and Drop Parking Lot(rebroadcast)

There has been some concern around the proper process to follow when dropping your students off at the Kiss and Drop parking lot off of Victoria Street. Please remember to listen to the directions given by the staff who are supervising this area. We realize that this is a very busy spot on most days so your patience is appreciated. In the morning, there are student helpers wearing vests to help walk kindergarten students to their area. Please allow them to help rather than leaving your car and walking them yourself as this will allow for a better traffic flow through this area. Also, there are areas to park on Westforest Trail where you can park your car and walk your child(ren) to school if you so choose. Thanks for your help and understanding as we all work towards a safer school experience for all.

Major School Fundraiser

The excitement is continuing to build at St. Dominic for our Spook-A-Thon Fundraiser. Reminder that our Early Bird Draws begin this week. Please make sure that your son or daughter has returned their sheet indicating how much money they have raised so far. Each $5 raised earns them a ballot into these draws. A huge Thank You goes out to Ms. Shermeto, Mlle Tank and our Student Leaders who provided a dance lesson to all of their fellow Dragons this week. All students learned a cool dance routine to the song “Git Up” which all Dragons will have the opportunity to perform at the Dance A Thon. Way to go Dragons!

Laurier Football Game

A great time was had by all of our Grade 4 to 8 students as they had the opportunity to attend the Wilfrid Laurier Varsity Football Game on Friday. It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for taking in the Golden Hawks’ game vs Carleton. Unfortunately, the home team did not have as much fun at the game as our Dragons did as Laurier lost the game. Even with the home team loss, our Dragons thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and did a great job representing our school.

Polling Station

Monday Oct 21 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. Please make sure to vote as well!

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)

Dates to Remember

Mon October 21- Shantz Family Farm Trip for Grade 1s AM

Mon October 21- Federal Election (St. Dominic is Polling Station)

Mon October 21- Pizza Day

Mon October 21- World of Designs for Grade 1s  Lunch

Tues October 22- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s

Tues October 22- Cyberbullying Presentation with Cst Nick, our School SRO

Tues October 22- Dance A Thon Launch Presentation PM

Wed October 23- Kitchener Rangers Visit Mrs. Montes’ Grade 3 Class AM

Wed October 23- Dental Screening for JK, K and Grade 2s

Wed October 23- Girls Basketball vs Sir Edgar Bauer at Sir Edgar Bauer PM

Fri October 25- PA Day with No School for Students

Mon October 28- World of Designs for Grade 1s  Lunch

Mon October 28- Girls Basketball- St. John at St. Dominic

Wed October 30- Girls Basketball- St. Luke at St. Dominic

Thurs October 31- Dance A Thon Fundraiser!! All Day!!

Fri Nov 1- Grade 2 Trip to Schneider Haus All Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon Update: October 14-18

Dragon Update for October 14-18 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year puts us all in the mindset of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, and expressing appreciation for each other.  It allows us to view our world through a lens of gratitude. As families in Canada gather around dinner tables to celebrate this holiday, we will be giving thanks for our family, friends, good health and the wonderful St. Dominic community.  May you and your loved ones enjoy all of the warm blessings that this holiday has to offer.

Major School Fundraiser

Our major school fundraiser has moved! This year, our Spook A Thon will be on Thursday October 31st. The students and staff are excited about this move and looking forward to an spook-tacular day of dancing and spookiness! Please see the attached letter for information. Each student had a letter and pledge form that went home at the end of the week. We are hoping to raise money to help support some of the programs and initiatives that are offered to students here at St. Dominic, such as recess bins, field trips, our Gaga Ball Pit, and much much more. Our Catholic School Council is working feverishly putting this event together and are always looking for help in organizing this wonderful event. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping out in any way! The excitement is building as students are striving to reach our fundraising goal of $7000. If we reach and exceed our goal, the students will have the opportunity to duct tape Mr. Runstedler and Mr. Setler to the wall! Each student would need to bring in approximately $20 to achieve this goal. Can you do it Dragon Nation??? ONly time will tell! Good Luck and Happy Fundraising!

Letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mLPB_jQVdSPREicVEydm1YLfK3skebn5yfl8rni7yUo/edit

Pledge Form: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/18QqijmoNrrs1juR7EyQZBPeucccgT5Lg

Kiss and Drop Parking Lot

There has been some concern around the proper process to follow when dropping your students off at the Kiss and Drop parking lot off of Victoria Street. Please remember to listen to the directions given by the staff who are supervising this area. We realize that this is a very busy spot on most days so your patience is appreciated. In the morning, there are student helpers wearing vests to help walk kindergarten students to their area. Please allow them to help rather than leaving your car and walking them yourself as this will allow for a better traffic flow through this area. Also, there are areas to park on Westforest Trail where you can park your car and walk your child(ren) to school if you so choose. Thanks for your help and understanding as we all work towards a safer school experience for all.

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!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thank you for your awesome generosity in supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are a truly blessed community and the support of this initiative has shown this once again. All of the food that was brought in during this campaign will go to the less fortunate in our community that are not as lucky as we are. But … we need to remember that these families are struggling all year round, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your continued support to St. Vincent de Paul or through St. Mark’s parish will help support these families all year round.


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://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-families/5-tips-cultivating-empathy

Flag Football

Congratulations goes out to the St. Dominic Flag Football Team who competed in their tournament on Friday. They showed grit, determination and tenacity in all of their games, and represented St. Dominic in true Dragon form. Thank Yous go out to Mr. Jolly, Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Buck for coaching the team. Way to go Dragons!

 

Opening School Mass

We were blessed to have Father Steve join us at school on Thursday to celebrate our Opening School Mass of the Year. Father shared some important messages with the students about giving thanks for our blessings and reminding the students of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. He also reminded us about why it is important to pray to Jesus: to give thanks, to ask for help, to glorify Him and to help build our relationship with Him.

Math Matters Question of the Week

Can You Solve Me?

Using your math strategies, try to solve the following puzzles below – get a little math talk going around your kitchen table!

Dates to Remember

Mon October 14- Happy Thanksgiving! No School!

Tues October 15- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s

Tues October 15- Bus Evacuation Training AM

Wed October 16- Student of the Month Lunch for September Winners

Wed October 16- Boys’ Volleyball game vs St. Agnes @ St. Dominic

Fri October 18- Laurier Football Game trip for Grades 4-8 PM

Mon October 21- Shantz Family Farm Trip for Grade 1s AM

Mon October 21- Federal Election (St. Dominic is Polling Station)

Mon October 21- Pizza Day

Mon October 21- World of Designs for Grade 1s  Lunch

Tues October 22- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s

Tues October 22- Cyberbullying Presentation with Cst Nick, our School SRO

Wed October 23- Dental Screening for JK, K and Grade 2s

Fri October 25- PA Day with No School for Students

 

 

 

 

 

Great News! Schools open Monday

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools are OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019

As a result of the agreement reached between the government of Ontario, the Trustees’ Associations and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), all Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 7, 2019 – and all programs and services will continue running on their regular schedules.