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Weekly Dragon Update – Oct 23 – 27

Dragon Update for Oct 23 – 27

What a glorious week filled with sun-filled days outside.  We continue to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives.







Dear God,

We thank you…
For the laughter of the children,
For my own life breath,
For the abundance of food on this table,
For the ones who prepared this sumptuous feast,
For the roof over our heads,
The clothes on our backs,
For our health,
And our wealth of blessings,
For this opportunity to celebrate with family and friends,
For the freedom to pray these words
Without fear,
In any language,
In any faith,
In this great country,
Whose landscape is as vast and beautiful as her inhabitants.
Thank You, God, for giving us all these. Amen.

Quotes of the Week…

  • Grade 1 – Look at the leaves- they have so many colours!
  • Grade 3 – I can’t wait for the games club to start.  I am really good at games.
  • Grade 5 – Come and see my car I am building.  I like doing this “stuff” in the library.
  • Grade 7 – I need your help solving a problem.  
  • Grade 8 – Let me help you carry that Mrs. Papp.  
  • Parent – I know that the staff here really love my kids.  I couldn’t ask for anything more in a school.
  • Teacher – We took our learning outside today.  So much beauty to take in!

School Mass of Gratitude – Father Steve and Deacon Basil led us in a whole school mass with the focus on gratitude.  They left us feeling a sense of beauty in knowing that we have many things to be thankful for in our world.  Thank you to our Pastoral team for transforming the gym into a sacred space and for setting our table for God.

Thanksgiving Food Drive – We are so pleased to announce that we have raised over 766 lbs of food for St. Vincent de Paul.  Our colour house groups did a wonderful job in ensuring that the people in need in our community are supported.  Thank you to all of the families that donated!  

Congratulations are in order for our Dragon Football Team!  Our Flag football team consisting of students in Grades 6-8 played spirited ball with 4 wins and 3 ties in our tournament.  Many thanks to Coach Jolly and Coach Kropf!  

Dates to Remember!

  1. Mon. Oct 23 – PD Day
  2. Tues. Oct 24 – Fred Penner concert
  3. Wed. Oct 25 – Girls Basketball game vs. St. Matthew
  4. Wed. Oct 25 – Boys Volleyball game at St. Matthew
  5. Wed. Oct 25 – Coding day for Junior Students
  6. Thurs. Oct 26 – Scientists in Schools (Grade 2 / 3)
  7. Fri. Oct 27 – School wide Christian Meditation at 1:05pm

Weekly Dragon Update Oct 16 – 20

Dragon Update for Oct 16 – 20

We continue to have busy weeks filled with student learning and fun!  This week saw us participate in a Flag Football tournament, attend a Choose your Future Day at Conestoga College, playing our first basketball and volleyball games, create elastic cars in our new Maker Space and measuring length using our school hallway space!  We also were able to acknowledge the leaders in our school community by hosting our first Student of the Month lunch!  Our wish is to continue to fill our days with lots of opportunity to learn in new ways and to make this the best year yet!

Quotes of the Week…

  • Grade 1 – Look at how many cubes it takes to make a ruler length!
  • Grade 3 – I gave so much to the food drive.  People really need help and I have lots of food to share.
  • Grade 4 – Welcome to our school.  I am new this year too.  Let me show you around.
  • Grade 6 – I really like working with the robotics.  I want a sphero for Christmas!
  • Grade 8 – That team is tough, but we never give up!
  • Parent – The way St. Dominic’s is supporting my son is amazing.  This school is helping us so much.  
  • Teacher – Come and take a look at how my students are solving this math problem.  I have some real problem solvers here!

Thanksgiving Food Drive – What an amazing act of generosity from the St. Dominic Community!  We had a very successful food drive with all of the colour houses participating. We are proud that we helped to support our community by offering food items to those in need.  Way to go Dragons!

Spirit Wear – Our online spirit wear shop is still available until Monday October 15th!  You can order and pay online!  Take a look at the link below to connect you directly to the shop! Can’t wait to see that Dragon wear around the hallways of the school!

Online store link:


Maker Space is here!

The Learning Commons is buzzing with excitement as the Maker Space is in full use.  Classes are coming down to create a build during the course of their regular school day.  Teachers are incorporating technology and building projects to complement the curriculum and engage students to learn and build their capacity in new ways!  This week saw students from Mr. Kropf’s class start to make elastic powered cars.  Students were engaged and learning with smiles on their faces!

Dates to Remember!

  1. Tues. Oct 17 – Peas and Love Activity – Grade 2 (PM)
  2. Wed. Oct 18 – School Mass with Father Steve @ 1:00pm
  3. Mon. Oct 23 – PD Day
  4. Tues. Oct 24 – Fred Penner concert
  5. Wed. Oct 25 – Girls Basketball game vs. St. Matthew
  6. Wed. Oct 25 – Boys Volleyball game at St. Matthew
  7. Thurs. Oct 26 – Scientists in Schools (Grade 2 / 3)
  8. Wed. Nov 1 – Grade 8 visit to Resurrection
  9. Wed. Nov 1 – Dental Screening (Grades JK/SK, 2, 8)

Weekly Dragon Update

Dragon Update for Oct 9 – 13

As we enter this holiday weekend, we want to wish all of our St. Dominic families a blessed and faith-filled Thanksgiving.  The theme of gratitude has been introduced to our students as our new monthly theme.  Questions such as “What can you give?” and “What are you thankful for?” are being asked of our students to allow opportunities for them to be reflective on the blessings in their own lives. As you journey through this weekend please remember, “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” (William Arthur Ward)

Quotes of the Week… “What are you thankful for?”

SK – Mashed potatoes and gravy!

Grade 4 – God and my family

Grade 2 – My new puppy at home and my mom and dad

Grade 6 – I am thankful that I can run and play outside when I know that others can’t

Grade 8 – My friends and family

Parent – Seeing my daughter happy everyday and loving school

Teacher – Getting the chance to inspire students to be the best they can be

Principal – Opportunity to serve the wonderful St. Dominic community

Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

Farewell – We would like to wish Mrs. VanShaik a fond farewell as she starts a new journey at St. Mary’s high school.  We will miss her energetic spirit and kind laughter through our hallways of St. Dominic.  All the best working with the “big” kids in high school!

Thanksgiving Food Drive – the food drive is continuing until Monday, October 15th.  Please be generous as you consider donating non-perishable food items for those in need.  Thank you to our students who will be leading this initiative!

Spirit Wear – Our online spirit wear shop is now available until Monday October 15th!  You can order and pay online!  Take a look at the link below to connect you directly to the shop!

Online store link:

Homework Club: Begins Monday, October 2 for our Grade 7 and 8 and will run from 8:15 – 9:15 Monday – Friday.

Dates to Remember!

  • Mon. Oct 9 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Tues. Oct 10 – School Council @ 6:15pm
  • Thurs. Oct 12 – Grade 8 Explore your Future at Conestoga – AM only
  • Thurs. Oct 12 – Grade 7 Needles
  • Wed. Oct 18 – School Mass with Father Steve @ 1:00pm
  • Mon. Oct 23 – PD Day
  • Tues. Oct 24 – Fred Penner concert
  • Thurs. Oct 26 – Scientists in Schools (Grade 2 / 3)


May the blessings of this Thanksgiving fill your heart and home.



St. Dominic Savio’s yearly Thanksgiving Food drive is under way.

As a school, we will be collecting non-perishable food items (i.e. soup, jam, pasta, rice, etc.) for needy families in our community. All of the food we collect during the food drive will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul unit (at St. Mark’s Church) where it will be distributed to those in need.

St. Dominic’s community has always been very generous and thoughtful during our “Thanksgiving Food Drive” and we ask this of  you again. So, please send in non-perishable food items from October 5th through to October 16th.

We thank you once again for your generosity and your help in making the “Thanksgiving Food Drive” a success.


Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is here!  We have hoodies, t-shirts, track pants and hats!
We also have colour house t-shirts!
Our online shop is open until October 15th.
You can check out the school website or just use the link below.
Show your school spirit and order your spirit wear today!
Online store link:

Weekly Dragon Update Oct 2 – 6

Dragon Update for Oct 2 – 6

Another busy and eventful week at St. Dominic’s!  Thank you for joining us for our Opening BBQ and Meet the Teacher Night.  The hallways were busy with excitement as students toured their parents throughout the school.  Student work was celebrated and parents could engage in learning conversations with their teachers.  St. Dominic’s values the home-school connection and we thank you for fostering this as well!

Welcome to Ms. Detzler and Mr. Ford!  Ms. Detzler will be joining us in the Kindergarten room replacing Mrs. McCutcheon while she is on maternity leave.  Mr. Ford will be replacing Mr. Jackson as head custodian.  Welcome to St. Dominic’s!

The Terry Fox Run/Walk was an enormous success for our school.  The students were gathered in the gym for a mini-pep rally before they went out to show their support for Terry.  Mr. Runstedler engaged the students in a Dragon chant before our walk.  The excitement could not be contained as students walked, skipped and ran to the music all to support Terry Fox’s Mission to provide funds for cancer research.  Many thanks to Mrs. Herzog for her tireless commitment in raising funds and organizing this school wide event!

Quotes of the Week!

Grade 8 student“I can help you with that bulletin board.  I love helping around the school.”

Grade 3 student“Hey Mrs. Papp.  It is really hot outside.  You better wear a hat so your head doesn’t burn!”

Grade 4 student “I am running in the Terry Fox run for my uncle and my dog.  They should be remembered every day.”

Grade 6 student“I love wearing a sports uniform and playing for the school team.”

Teacher“I love how everyone is working together for the Terry Fox run.  Look at all of the smiles on the faces.”

Teacher“Look at the art work my students did.  I am so impressed with their effort.  They make me proud!”

Parent“I just want to say thanks for the coaches who put together the teams for the tournament.  It is such a busy time for everyone but they are still committed.”

Thanksgiving Food Drive – the food drive will take place from Thursday Oct 5th – 15th.  Please be generous as you consider donating non-perishable food items for those in need.  Thank you to our students who will be leading this initiative!

Take a look at the video of our very own Food Bank of Waterloo Region!

Dates to Remember!

  • Wed. Oct 4th – School Liturgy at 9:45am
  • Thurs. Oct 5 – Thanksgiving Food Drive begins!
  • Friday. Oct 6th –WLU Soccer Game – Grade 7 and 8 classes
  • Mon. Oct 9th – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Tues. Oct 10th – School Council @ 6:15pm
  • Thurs. Oct 12th – Grade 8 Explore your Future at Conestoga – AM only
  • Thurs. Oct 12 – Grade 7 Needles


Spirit Wear is here!!  St. Dominic’s is boosting up their spirit by offering a wide array of clothing choices with our Dragon logo for you to purchase.  Wearing your school spirit helps students generate even more school pride and builds a sense of community.  All purchasing and payment is done completely online.  The link to our online store, including pricing is below.  There are also sample sizes in the main office if you would like to try on sizes before you order.  The online store will be available until Monday October 15th.  Orders will be delivered the week of October 23rd, 2017.  Don’t delay, order your spirit wear today!

Online store link: