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