Monthly Archives: December 2019

Dragon Update: December 9-13

Dragon Update for December 9-13

Family Christmas Night

We are hoping that everyone can join us on Thursday Night for our Annual Family Christmas Night from 5:30 to 7pm. The school will be abuzz with activity. We hope you can join us. Thank You goes out to the Catholic School Council for planning this wonderful event! See the attached link for more information.

Christmas Family Night

The Umbrella Project Theme for December: Cognitive Flexibility

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of December is Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to: change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment; solve problems in new situations; make sense of the unexpected; switch tasks easily; shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation; and being able to think flexibly. This is a very important skill to master in order to be innovative. Cognitive Thinking is further explained in the video attached in the link below. Watch for further tips all month in future Dragon Updates.

Cognitive Flexibility 

Intermediate Girls’ Basketball Development Team

Congratulations goes out to Intermediate Girls’ Basketball Development Team as they competed in their tournament last week. All girls played great, represented St. Dominic very well, and gave a glimpse into a bright future for girls’ basketball at St. Dominic. Thanks goes out to Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Buck for coaching. Way to go Dragons!

The Christmas Food, NEW TOY and NEW Winter Accessory Tree 

St Dominic will once again be holding The Christmas Food, NEW TOY and NEW Winter Accessory Tree as our Social Justice Peace Tree Team Initiative for December. This campaign will run from November 28th to December 18th. Please see the link below for all of the details:

Christmas Toy Drive

Grade 6 Science Olympic Teams

Congratulations goes out to the Grade 6 Science Olympic Teams that represented St. Dominic at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School this past week. All did a great job representing Dragon Nation there and one team even came home with a 2nd place finish! Way to go Dragons!

Save the Date: St. Dominic Primary Christmas Concert Thursday Dec 12th 9:45 AM

It is the time of year again at St. Dominic CES to spread Christmas Cheer. You are cordially invited to the Primary Christmas Concert on Thursday December 12th. The show begins at 9:45 AM. All parents are welcome. The Kindergarten to Grade 3 students have been working very hard on their numbers and our Dragons cannot wait to perform for you. What a great way to bring in the Christmas Season!

Advent Resources for Families

Have you been looking for ways to engage in meaningful family oriented Advent themed activities? Well look no further! We have a great resource for you to use at home.

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APH 008: Inclement Weather Procedures

Below is a summary of important points regarding our school board policies related to Inclement Weather. Please reference this policy for detailed information regarding cancellations and early dismissals.

  • We will reference www.weather.ca for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N2N 3A6) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.

It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.

  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snow pants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child we are happy to help out.

Click the following link for the AP Policy Memo:

Inclement Weather Procedures

School Bus Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

All arrangements and decisions regarding student transportation are coordinated by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. For detailed information regarding the procedures for Inclement Weather and Student Transportation decisions please refer to the following link:

 STSWR Inclement Weather 2019-20 .

It is extremely important for parents/ guardians to subscribe to the STSWR email notification service to be informed of any delays to your child’s transportation. Please do not call the school when your child’s bus is running late as we have no control over transportation delays. We subscribe to the STSWR Twitter feed and email notifications and therefore, receive the same updates as families through this subscription service. Please add this subscription to your personal email service to receive up to date information.

Math Matters

Can you solve this puzzle?

 

  • The combined age of Jack and John is 49. Jack is twice as old, as John was when Jack was as old as John is now. How old are the brothers?
  • Joe has ten coins totaling $1.19. From these coins, he cannot make exact change for a dollar, half-dollar, quarter, dime, or nickel.  What are the coins?

Dates to Remember

Mon Dec 9- Pizza Day

Mon Dec 9- Gr 1-6 Excursion to Frozen 2

Mon-Fri Peace Tree Rafiki Bracelet & Fair Trade Chocolate Christmas Sales all week

Thurs Dec 12- Primary Christmas Concert 9:45

Thurs Dec 12- Family Christmas Night 5:30-7 PM

Fri Dec 13- Christmas Craft Sale for Free the Children in Front Foyer

Mon Dec 16- Grade 2 Field Trip to Doon Museum

Mon Dec 16- Pizza Day

Mon Dec 16- Christmas Socks Day

Tues Dec 17- Christmas Sweater Day

Wed Dec 18- Christmas Colours Day

Thurs Dec 19- Wear Your Favourite Christmas Decoration Day

Fri Dec 20- Say Merry Christmas Day

Fri Dec 20- Last Day of School before Christmas Break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missed the Enrollment Mass? (for Gr. 2’s and Gr. 7’s)

If you and your child were unable to attend the Enrollment Mass for First Communion and Confirmation (on Nov. 30 or Dec. 1), please be sure to have your child submit their enrollment form (along with a photocopy of their baptism certificate) personally to Fr. Steve after any Mass during the month of December.  All forms must be submitted to Fr. Steve no later than January 1st.

WCDSB schools OPEN December 4th, 2019

WCDSB schools OPEN December 4th, 2019

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

 

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

 

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

 

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.
PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

 

Student of the Month Lunch – Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS DRAGONS!!!!

We congratulate the November Students of the Month, on a job well done!   The Theme for November was “Growth Mindset”.
To celebrate, St. Dominic Savio will be holding a pizza & ice cream lunch on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.  

Thank you to all Students for setting an amazing example for all Dragons!  Please see a list below of the Students who were rewarded in November:

Huston JK/K3

Donovan G & Declan S.

Koppers JK/K4

Olivia G. & Cameron T.

Koenig JK/K5

Logan C. & Adam W.

McCutcheon JK/K6

Keira T. & Duke M.

Kuntz 1A

Brie L. & Mary H.

Cimermancic 1B

Dakota M. & Ellis R.

Schnarr 2B

Elisabeth C.

Batiste 1/2

Braelynn S.

Herzog 2A

David F. & Nathan Z.

Montes 3A

Silas M.

Carere 3B 

Cali M. & Naresh S.

Lee 3/4

Leo H. & Logan B.

Kohler 4B

Jack K. & Evelyn W.

Hutter 4A

Lena S.

Tank 5F

Mekhai J.

Jolly 5A

Austin D. & Paige H.

Kropf 6A

Ava C., Ewin A. & Maria L.

Shermeto 6B

Brooklyn C. & John C.

Bauer-Pusztahegyi 7A

Max R.

Pasqualino 7B

Max R.

VanLooyen 8A

Andrea O. & Gabriela M.

Ross 8B

James W. & Erika L.

Campbell – Planning Time

Satori M., Ana Maria C., CJ F.

McKenzie – Planning Time

Avery B., Finley A., Jaxson D., Amia H., Bella W.

Setler – Planning Time

Emmett J., Elias C., Lucas B.

Gallagher – FSL

Lado K. & Sophia P.

Chaves – FSL

Evelina M., Gabriella C.

 

Dragon Update: December 2-6

Dragon Update for December 2-6

The Umbrella Project Theme for December: Cognitive Flexibility

The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of December is Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to: change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment; solve problems in new situations; make sense of the unexpected; switch tasks easily; shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation; and being able to think flexibly. This is a very important skill to master in order to be innovative. Cognitive Thinking is further explained in the video attached in the link below. Watch for further tips all month in future Dragon Updates.

Cognitive Flexibility 

The Christmas Food, NEW TOY and NEW Winter Accessory Tree 

St Dominic will once again be holding The Christmas Food, NEW TOY and NEW Winter Accessory Tree as our Social Justice Peace Tree Team Initiative for December. This campaign will run from November 28th to December 18th. Please see the link below for all of the details:

Christmas Toy Drive

Advent Liturgy

On Thursday, the staff and students at St.Dominic celebrated the first week of Advent with an Advent Liturgy. Thanks goes out to the School Pastoral Team who planned the liturgy, to the student readers and to all Dragons for their reverent participation in the liturgy that helps prepare us for Jesus’ birth. As we help prepare for Jesus’ coming, there are things that can be done at home to help your child(ren) prepare. Watch the video in the attached link for more info on Advent

Advent

 

Students of the Month for November: Growth Mindset

On Thursday, after the Advent Liturgy, the winners of the Student of the Month for November were recognized by their peers for exhibiting a Growth Mindset all month. Congratulations Dragons! 

Save the Date: St. Dominic Primary Christmas Concert Thursday Dec 12th 9:45 AM

It is the time of year again at St. Dominic CES to spread Christmas Cheer. You are cordially invited to the Primary Christmas Concert on Thursday December 12th. The show begins at 9:45 AM. All parents are welcome. The Kindergarten to Grade 3 students have been working very hard on their numbers and our Dragons cannot wait to perform for you. What a great way to bring in the Christmas Season!

Little Jammerz

Just a reminder that this is the last week for Little Jammerz guitar lessons. If your child is going to be away on Tuesday and not attending this session, please make sure to have their borrowed guitar at the school for Tuesday as the instructors will be collecting them on this last day. If needed, the guitars can be dropped off in the office on Monday if you are not able to bring them on Tuesday.

Math Matters

Can you solve this puzzle?

  • In a bicycle race, the man who came two places in front of the last man finished one ahead of the man who came fifth. How many contestants were there?
  • You have 14 brown socks, 14 blue socks and 14 black socks in your sock drawer. How many socks must you remove (without looking to be sure) to have a matched pair?

Dates to Remember

  • Mon Dec 2- Pizza Day
  • Tues Dec 3- Girls Empowerment Group AM
  • Tues Dec 3- Little Jammerz Lunch
  • Wed Dec 4- Santa Hat Day
  • Wed Dec 4- Gr 6 Science Olympics
  • Wed Dec 4- Constable Nick (SRO) Student Presentation AM
  • Thurs Dec 5- Gr 8s at Resurrection for the Live Art Presentation 10 AM
  • Thurs Dec 5- Kindergarten Crock a Doodle Craft Session AM
  • Fri Dec 6- PD Faith Day. No school for students!
  • Mon Dec 9- Pizza Day
  • Mon Dec 9- Gr 1-6 Excursion to Frozen 2
  • Mon-Fri Peace Tree Rafiki Bracelet & Fair Trade Chocolate Christmas Sales all week
  • Thurs Dec 12- Primary Christmas Concert 9:45
  • Thurs Dec 12- Family Christmas Night 5:30-7 PM
  • Fri Dec 13- Christmas Craft Sale for Free the Children in Front Foyer