Dragon Update for September 16th-20th
School BBQ and Open House
Our School BBQ and Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see so many of our families enjoying themselves and taking the opportunity to meet their child(ren)’s new teacher. Even though there was a little rain near the end of the evening, this did not dampen the spirit of our Dragon Community. What a great night!
Excitement is Building!
Dragon Nation is growing. One of our two new portables has arrived on the scene last week. There was a beehive of activity as it is being prepared for our Grade 6 class to move in. Move in day is still upcoming but we are very close! Stay tuned!
Newswire & School Cashonline
For those families not aware, Newswire is an electronic communication tool that we use daily at St. Dominic to keep the community up-to-date on various events. To register, enter your email address beside the prompt found near the bottom of the school web site homepage. Cash Online is the new Payment system we will be using this year to pay for everything including pizza and class trips. https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com. If you need any clarification, please contact the school for assistance.
Catholic School Council
We are looking for parent volunteers for our Catholic School Council. The purpose of this council is through the active participation of parents, to improve pupil achievement, well-being and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. Our council meets once per month (on Mondays) with our first meeting occurring on Monday, September 23rd at 6:15 pm. All interested parents are invited to come out to this meeting where we will set our executive for this coming school year. Thanks for your interest!
If you were not already aware, St. Dominic Savio is on Twitter! We are very active on this social media platform and share up to the minute details and news via Twitter. Please consider signing up and following us. Our Twitter address is @wcdsbStDominic. We would love to have you follow us. Come see what we are all about!
We completed our first two Safety Drills for the school year. Both went well, but a little more practice is still needed. We will be holding a few more safety drills in the coming days to make sure our Dragons are able to get out of the school safely and quickly.
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.
Spirit Wear is Back!
We will be setting up our online store again ready for you to purchase some amazing St. Dominic Spirit Wear! Stay tuned for a flyer home with the link of the website for purchases.
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!
Numeracy Tip of the Week
As a parent, you can help your child be a whiz at math, even if it wasn’t your best subject. Some tips include:
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 16- Pizza Day
Tues September 17- Intermediate 3 Pitch Tournaments at RIM Park PM
Tues September 17- John Howard Society Presentation to Gr 1 & 2
Thurs September 19 – WE Day!
Fri September 20 – PA Day
Mon September 23- Pizza Day
Mon September 23- Junior Coed Soccer Tournament at RIM Park PM
Mon September 23- Catholic School Council Meeting 6:15 PM in the Learning Commons
Tues September 24 – School Photos
Wed September 25- Little Jammers Guitar Presentation Gr 1 to 6
Thurs September 26- Terry Fox Run AM