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St. Paul Catholic High School Newsletter
October 2012 - Vol 1, Issue 1
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Hi and welcome to the St. Paul Newsletter. We hope that this new means of communication will help keep you informed about what is going on at St. Paul. We also invite you to check our school website,, for up-to-date information. St. Paul is up to a great start. We had a very good turn out for our Meet the Teacher Night and the BBQ was well attended. Following that was the Academic Awards Night and it was a pleasure to see so many students recognized for their academic achievement. It says a lot about the commitment, support and dedication of students, staff and parents. Students have already taken part in several major activities such as the Quebec trip, the canoe trip on the Madawaska, the whole school Beach Volleyball tournament, and the Run for the Cure fundraiser to name but a few. October will also be a busy month. Thanksgiving liturgies will be celebrated on the 3rd, Letters of Concern for high school students will go out on October 11th followed by Parent/Teacher Interviews on the 18th. That day will be an early dismissal for the whole school. A reminder as well that on Friday, October 5th, all staff will be attending Christian Community Day and therefore, there is no school for students. This will give them an extended long weekend. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

"If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about this physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith with our deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do." This rich quote from the letter of James reminded the early Christian community that it was through their works and actions that their faith was best lived. And so it is for us at St. Paul H.S. The works that St. James was specifically addressing was the care of those who were disadvantaged in some way: the sick, the widowed, the poor, the lonely, those who suffer and are vulnerable. The invitation is for us to respond out of the deep and abiding love that we know as children of a Loving God. The invitation in September was in support of the Run for the Cure with $1270 raised and 110 participants.
This month will be for staff and students and their families to participate in our annual Canned Food Drive in support of our local food cupboard, FAMSAC. Students are encouraged to bring in recent non perishable food items. Items such as peanut butter, canned meat and fish, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, baby food, etc. While there is some friendly competition between classes our goal is to reach out to the families in our community who struggle to provide regular meals for their children. A little bit from each of us can go a long way to meeting the needs in our community. When you offer food for this drive or any other charity remember to take a moment and bless it and send that blessing along with your offering. It is through our actions that we help our brothers and sisters in need. And so, with this new board theme we will continue to devote ourselves evermore to good works. We will "preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." St. Francis of Assisi.
Each month the school will be recognizing a particular student that has demonstrated at least one of the Catholic Graduate Expectations. This month, we are pleased to recognize: In 7/8 : Ross Lapen for being a collaborative contributor through his work with the Run for the Cure. In 9/12: Emily Lapen for being a collaborative contributor through her work with the Run for the Cure. Ross and Emily have fundraised over $2000.00 between the two of them! At the Algonquin Achievement Center: Adam MacFayden for being a self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner and for being a collaborative contributor through his wrestling presentation to other high school students in the region.
Congratulations to Mrs. Sue Botti for being awarded the Staff of the Month award. Mrs Botti has done exceptional work with the Run for the Cure campaign on top of her work as a teacher. Her contribution to the community deserves to be recognized.
A reminder of the School Council meeting on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 PM in the school library.
This applies only to students in homerooms 8-3, 8-4, and 8-5. Annie Sauvé, registered dental hygienist from Ottawa Public Health, will provide a dental screening using a tongue depressor and non-latex gloves on October 25, 2012. Only children identified as having dental needs will bring home a form. Follow-up school visits by the dental hygienist for individual children may be done. THIS DOES NOT REPLACE REGULAR DENTAL VISITS WITH YOUR FAMILY DENTIST. This is offered in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport, Mandatory Health Programs under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Personal Health Information is collected under the authority of the Health Protection and Promotion Act and will be used for the purpose of dental assessment, treatment and oral hygiene instruction, and for statistical purposes. Questions concerning the collection and use of this information should be directed to the Supervisor of Dental Health Promotion, Ottawa Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580-6744 ext 26376.
A reminder that students are expected to wear clothes that are appropriate for a business-like atmosphere and in keeping with the Christian values of our school. Please refer to the agenda on page 28 for a more in-depth description of what is considered acceptable.
St. Paul will be running a fundraiser all year through Fundscrip, a Canadian company that allows you to purchase gift cards and the school gets a percentage of the money made. Please note that all gifts cards have NO expiry date. The money earned will be used to support different student initiatives in the school. Each month the school will place an order and will then distribute the cards. Please make your cheque payable to St. Paul High School. Order forms are available in the Main Office or can be dowloaded from the following site: Orders forms for October will have to be received by Friday October 12th, in order to be processed. You will receive your cards during the week of October 29th. So, combine your everyday spending with the Fundscrip program and help us support our students. Thank you for supporting this initiative.
A reminder to parents to call the school if your child is going to be absent or late. The number is 613-820-9705. Attendance is an important aspect of academic success, and studies consistently show that students who are frequently absent do not do as well in their courses. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's guidance counsellor or his/her Vice-Principal if you have concerns about your child in regards to this issue.
The organization called United Families of Eastern Ontario - UFEO is an umbrella group that represents families and family groups like Down Syndrome association, Autism Ontario, etc. Ian Brown, the author of the book The Boy in the Moon, is coming to St. Paul High School on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 7:30p.m. All are welcome!
On Sunday, September 30th, 118 team members from St. Paul participated in the Run for the Cure fundraiser. Together they have fundraised over $13,800.00! What a fantastic effort. Honorable mention to Nick Aubry for being a wonderful mascot, assisted by his brother Justin. The top fundraisers were Anna Hum, Ms. Karen Dickson, Ms. Jerrika Dukelow, Mr. Kevin Clarke and, Ross and Emily Lapen who fundraised $2000.00 between the two of them. Thank you to all participants and to all those who supported the team!
On Thursday, October 11th, letters of concern, as well as appointment sheets will be sent home for all high school students. Following this, on Thursday, October 18th, we will have Parent/Teacher interviews. Please ensure that you request an interview with your child's teachers by filling in the form they will bring home and returning it as soon as poosible. In order to accommodate the interviews, all students will have an early dismissal time of 1:30 PM.
October 2: Leadership Team meeting, 2:45pm

Oct 3: Thanksgiving Liturgies

Oct 4: School Council, 7pm

Oct 5: PD Day/Christian Community Day

Oct 8: Thanksgiving Holiday

Oct 9: Staff Meeting, 2:45pm

Oct 11: Letters of Concern

Oct 16: School Photo Retakes

Oct 18:Parent/Teacher Interviews (9-12)

Oct 18: Early Dismissal for all students (7-12)

Oct 22-30: Canned Food Drive

Oct 23: University Application Seminar

Oct 25: College Application Seminar

Oct 29-Nov 1: Grad Portraits


Mrs. Danielle Novak, Principal
St. Paul High School

phone: 613-820-9705