Monthly Archives: November 2020

Schools Closed on Inclement weather days when buses are cancelled

Excerpt from Special Message from the Director of Education

“As you know – there are sometimes days in the winter when we have to cancel bussing due to the weather and unsafe driving conditions for our buses.  In the past, if roads were still passable, we would leave schools open.  On those days however, we often pooled classes based on the number of staff who fully attended and the number of students.  This year that is not possible due to our COVID-19 cohort- related restrictions.  In consultation with the public board, with whom we share bussing, when we cancel buses, we will close schools and have a remote learning day.  Your teacher will communicate with you in advance so you know where to look for school work for the day and protocols on such days, but in broad terms, the teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 10 a.m. and students will work on their own timing in their home.  It will allow all students to access some learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.  We realize it may not be a perfect solution and learning day, but bus snow days rarely were.”

Excerpts from Inclement Weather APH008:

STSWR (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region):  Inclement Weather 2020-2021

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Additional Note:  Extended Day will be closed on those days as well.

Bon ApaTreat this Christmas!

This Christmas St. Dominic Savio is supporting local businesses by partnering with Bon ApaTreat bakery to bring you some delicious Christmas treats!

With gluten free options available, Bon ApaTreat has designed a menu for us that will please everyone. Whether you are looking for a family baking activity or a Christmas gift for someone with a sweet tooth, we can help. For more information on this locally owned and operated sweet shop, please visit:   https://bonapatreat.shop

The details:
Orders can be made between November 30 – December 10, 2020 via School Cash Online ONLY!

Orders will be sent home with your child(ren) on December 16, 2020 (orders have to sit for three days in the building before distribution, as per Covid-19 regulations)

Bon ApaTreat is NOT a nut free facility.

 

Dragon Update Nov 30 – Dec 4

Thank you for making yourselves available for our first remote parent/teacher/student conferences. It was a great opportunity to celebrate your child(ren)’s growth and we look forward to strengthening that partnership between school, parish and guardian to challenge students to be the best version of themselves that they can be.

 

Fall Fundraiser: Rebroadcast

Thank you! Let’s keep the momentum going as we work together to create amazing learning opportunities for your children. Donations can be made on School Cash-Online and Grandparents or other family members can donate directly by clicking here.

Student Masks

Please ensure that you have provided several backup masks for your child(ren).  

Since students have received a few cloth masks from the Board, the intention is that disposable masks will not be distributed to students who forget their masks. We will not be receiving replenishment of disposable masks for students.

 

Water Bottles

Please check your child(rens) backpack daily to ensure that they have their water bottle.  The drinking feature on our fountains are closed because of COVID, but the bottle filler feature is operational.  Your children cannot go a whole day without drinking water.

 

Umbrella Project

Welcome to December at the Umbrella Project!  Last month we focused our attention on building Grit and this month we are adding the skill that will help your child to be kinder to themselves in the face of failure and difficulties, Self-compassion

What will self-compassion do for my child?

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of people treat others more kindly than they treat themselves. 

Self-compassion means offering ourselves compassion when we fail, make mistakes or are at fault. Self-compassion is the opposite of self-criticism and will help your child treat themselves like they would a good friend instead of continuously judging themselves harshly.  Like a bully that is with your child all the time, self-criticism actually reduces  self-confidence (just like an external bully would), making it hard for them to succeed.  

Self-compassion helps to reduce children’s feelings of isolation and instead recognize that struggle is a normal part of being human that everyone experiences. There is a  100% chance of rain at some point in every life so it’s important that we learn to weather these storms with compassion.

Do you often catch your child saying harsh things about themselves and their abilities ?

It’s vital that we help our children avoid getting caught up in the dramatic storyline of their struggle and instead recognize this normal part of life. Imperfections, rough days, mistakes, being at fault and failures are a part of being human and the better we are at accepting this, the easier it is to preserve our wellbeing through these challenges.

Listen as Dr. Jen’s introduces this important Umbrella Skill of Self-compassion 

Chat soon, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Food Bank Donation:

A big thank you to all you Dragon’s out there who supported our Community Food Drive. Mr. Ward dropped off all 495 lbs of food to the Food Bank this week. This translates into 398 meals for needy families right here in our own community. This is SIMPLY AMAZING 🙂

Dates to Remember

Dec 4 – Fall Picture Day!!

 

Grade 7 to 8 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Hortons gift card in our weekly draw. Congratulations to Deshawn who won last week’s POW.

Mabel’s Labels Black Friday Sale!

From November 25th to November 30th, six of our best-selling products will be on sale! Parents will be able to shop Tag MatesIron-On LabelsPreschool Shoe LabelsSmall Rectangle Labels, the Clothing Label Pack and the Middle School Label Pack at a whopping 40% OFF!

On Monday, November 30th, we’ll also be discounting select styles of our Face Masks at 20% OFF! Our reusable triple-layer masks come in both an adult and child version and never go on sale, so this really is the best time for families to shop for them.

Hurry, you don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to earn a big commission! It’s easy to promote: Just make sure EVERYONE in your organization knows about the sale ahead of time!

By purchasing our products, families will be raising money for St. Dominic Savio completely virtually.  Check out Mabel’s Labels!

Campaigns.mabelslabels.com Select St Dominic Savio Fundraiser (Kitchener) from the  list

Dragon Update Nov 23 – 27

Fall Fundraiser: Rebroadcast

Thank you! Let’s keep the momentum going as we work together to create amazing learning opportunities for your children. Donations can be made on School Cash-Online and Grandparents or other family members can donate directly by clicking here.

Interviews

Today you should have received your childs progress report and a scheduled time for a virtual or phone parent/student/teacher conference taking place between November 24th and 26th. We look forward to speaking with you about your child’s progress.

 

PA DAY – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd

Please be reminded that there is no school for students on Monday, November 23rd, as this is a Spiritual Development PA Day for WCDSB staff.

 

Dressing for the Weather

Please remember that students need to come to school dressed appropriately for all kinds of weather, including light rain. It is important for our students to take mask breaks throughout the day and they will be outside for lots of learning activities, not just for recesses.

 

Students discoverying Claymation

Check out just a small clip of Mia’s claymation from Mrs. Harris’s class. Amazing work!

Umbrella Project

Think of small and meaningful ways you can connect day to day work with a higher sense of purpose.  

Some very interesting research on grit showed that when students reflect on purpose, they worked harder on tedious math problems when given the option to watch entertaining videos instead. This doubled the amount of time they spent studying for exams. 

It seems that living a life that reflects a bigger purpose also cultivates our ability to persevere towards our goals – our grit!  Help your children continue to think of small ways they can make school align with their core values and how the work they are doing is building towards something bigger.  

So start with the “Why”. Many students work hard but report having no idea “why”, no bigger vision for their education. We can do a lot to build grit just by helping our children understand why they are learning what they are learning. Without this, school can feel boring or meaningless and won’t help our children sustain effort throughout their education.

Health & Happiness, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Fight Against COVID 19 – Lets stay the course!

We have all heard about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our region and the reports of cases in Waterloo region schools. We are really hoping this does not happen in our school, so we are simply reaching out to you to thank you for all you are doing to protect our school community and to ask for your help with the following…

  • Please follow the advice of Waterloo Region Public Health. They are asking us all to do our part by limiting all social interactions to only those we live with. We need to avoid socializing with friends and family outside of our household. We need to stay home and only go out for essential trips (grocery store, medical appointments).
  • Please ensure that you have provided several backup masks for your child(ren). Since students have received a few cloth masks from the Board, the intention is that disposable masks will not be distributed to students who forget their masks. We will not be receiving replenishment of disposable masks for students.

Following health and safety protocols can be frustrating and exhausting, but we must stay the course. This is a tough battle, but we all know what we need to do to triumph. We’ve got this, Dragons!

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 23 – PD Day

Nov 24-26 – Interviews (phone or virtual)

Dec 4 – Fall Picture Day!!

 

Grade 3 to 4 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a Tim Horton’s gift card just like Yogesh in our weekly draw.

Dragon Update Nov 16 – 20

St. Dominic’s Remembers:

Some of our grade 6 students went outside in the morning prior to the beginning of school and again at the 11th hour and the 11th minute on November 11th. What a beautiful display of rememberance.

Fall Fundraiser:

Thank you! Let’s keep the momentum going as we work together to create amazing learning opportunities for your children. Donations can be made on School Cash-Online and Grandparents or other

family members can donate directly by clicking here.

Interviews

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our traditional in-person Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences this year. Forms went home on November 13th. Please complete them and send them back by November 16th. Scheduled times for virtual and phone conferences will be sent home in your child’s progress reports on November 20th. These interviews will take place between November 24th and 26th. 

 

Umbrella Project

Don’t just ponder on what you are passionate about… get out there and try as many things as you can!

Grit isn’t just about perseverance. Passion for your goals goes a long way in helping you stick with something long term. The guru of grit, Angela Duckworth, has found that introspection isn’t going to give your kids the passion they need for developing grit.  They can’t just sit around thinking about what they care about. To truly follow the path of passion and purpose they need to get out there and try lots of different stuff. This will allow them to really understand what motivates them, what gets them out of bed in the morning and down the road, this is one of the most important bits of sustained grit.  We’ve all had the experience of thinking we would love a sport, subject or job much to our dismay when we actually get a chance to try it and find it’s not what we thought it would be. 

When you see an opportunity for your child to try something new, jump on it.  Let action be their guide in finding that longer term goal, job or pursuit they can really get behind.  Take time to debrief with them after new experiences so you can support them in doing more of what they are passionate about.

You can watch this week’s short video here. (And hear me sing!)

Can’t wait to see what your child tries, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Pastoral Launch

Last year the WCDSB launched our Pastoral Theme: Called to Belong. We could not have foreseen what the future held, yet the Spirit was with us, guiding our theme and moving us to create a deep sense of BELONGING and connection during such a difficult journey. We feel the same about the second year of our three-year Pastoral Plan, entitled Gathered to Become. In John 6:35, Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life.”

Let this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation.  As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter.  May we experience transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms and learning environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar.

Please enjoy our new Gathered to Become Pastoral Launch video 

https://youtu.be/PBQFPsoeE9Q

 

Student Safety:

To ensure the safety of our students, please do not bring your dog(s) onto the school property.

Grade 7 to 8 Math Problem of the Week – Submit your response by clicking this link for a chance to win a prize in our weekly draw.

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

Nov 20 – Progress Report Distribution

Nov 20 – Pajama Day at St. Dominic’s

Nov 23 – PD Day

Nov 24-27 – Interviews (phone or virtual)

Dec 4 – Fall Picture Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

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