Dragon Update for October 14-18
This time of year puts us all in the mindset of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, and expressing appreciation for each other. It allows us to view our world through a lens of gratitude. As families in Canada gather around dinner tables to celebrate this holiday, we will be giving thanks for our family, friends, good health and the wonderful St. Dominic community. May you and your loved ones enjoy all of the warm blessings that this holiday has to offer.
Major School Fundraiser
Our major school fundraiser has moved! This year, our Spook A Thon will be on Thursday October 31st. The students and staff are excited about this move and looking forward to an spook-tacular day of dancing and spookiness! Please see the attached letter for information. Each student had a letter and pledge form that went home at the end of the week. We are hoping to raise money to help support some of the programs and initiatives that are offered to students here at St. Dominic, such as recess bins, field trips, our Gaga Ball Pit, and much much more. Our Catholic School Council is working feverishly putting this event together and are always looking for help in organizing this wonderful event. Please contact the office if you are interested in helping out in any way! The excitement is building as students are striving to reach our fundraising goal of $7000. If we reach and exceed our goal, the students will have the opportunity to duct tape Mr. Runstedler and Mr. Setler to the wall! Each student would need to bring in approximately $20 to achieve this goal. Can you do it Dragon Nation??? ONly time will tell! Good Luck and Happy Fundraising!
Kiss and Drop Parking Lot
There has been some concern around the proper process to follow when dropping your students off at the Kiss and Drop parking lot off of Victoria Street. Please remember to listen to the directions given by the staff who are supervising this area. We realize that this is a very busy spot on most days so your patience is appreciated. In the morning, there are student helpers wearing vests to help walk kindergarten students to their area. Please allow them to help rather than leaving your car and walking them yourself as this will allow for a better traffic flow through this area. Also, there are areas to park on Westforest Trail where you can park your car and walk your child(ren) to school if you so choose. Thanks for your help and understanding as we all work towards a safer school experience for all.
Spirit Wear is Back! (rebroadcast)
Yes, it is true! Spirit wear is returning to St. Dominic Savio CES. We have opened an online store with all of the items available at the following link:
School online spirit wear store is now open. Order deadline date is October 13th. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to purchase your gear!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Thank you for your awesome generosity in supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are a truly blessed community and the support of this initiative has shown this once again. All of the food that was brought in during this campaign will go to the less fortunate in our community that are not as lucky as we are. But … we need to remember that these families are struggling all year round, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your continued support to St. Vincent de Paul or through St. Mark’s parish will help support these families all year round.
The Umbrella Project Theme for October: Empathy
The new theme for the Umbrella Project for October is Empathy. This is defined as the ability to share and understand the feelings of another. This is an important skill for students to develop. Please see the attached article on how to help your child(ren) develop empathy.
Congratulations goes out to the St. Dominic Flag Football Team who competed in their tournament on Friday. They showed grit, determination and tenacity in all of their games, and represented St. Dominic in true Dragon form. Thank Yous go out to Mr. Jolly, Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Buck for coaching the team. Way to go Dragons!
Opening School Mass
We were blessed to have Father Steve join us at school on Thursday to celebrate our Opening School Mass of the Year. Father shared some important messages with the students about giving thanks for our blessings and reminding the students of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. He also reminded us about why it is important to pray to Jesus: to give thanks, to ask for help, to glorify Him and to help build our relationship with Him.
Math Matters Question of the Week
Can You Solve Me?
Using your math strategies, try to solve the following puzzles below – get a little math talk going around your kitchen table!
Dates to Remember
Mon October 14- Happy Thanksgiving! No School!
Tues October 15- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s
Tues October 15- Bus Evacuation Training AM
Wed October 16- Student of the Month Lunch for September Winners
Wed October 16- Boys’ Volleyball game vs St. Agnes @ St. Dominic
Fri October 18- Laurier Football Game trip for Grades 4-8 PM
Mon October 21- Shantz Family Farm Trip for Grade 1s AM
Mon October 21- Federal Election (St. Dominic is Polling Station)
Mon October 21- Pizza Day
Mon October 21- World of Designs for Grade 1s Lunch
Tues October 22- John Howard Society working with the Grade 1s and 2s
Tues October 22- Cyberbullying Presentation with Cst Nick, our School SRO
Wed October 23- Dental Screening for JK, K and Grade 2s
Fri October 25- PA Day with No School for Students