Thursday, 25 September 2014

Upcoming Events

Friday September 26th:  PA Day

Tuesday September 30th:  Fundraiser Kick-Off 12:30 p.m.

Monday October 6th - Friday September 10th:  Fire Prevention Week

Friday October 10th:  Thanksgiving Mass 9:00 a.m.

Monday October 13th:  Thanksgiving Monday

Wednesday October 22nd:  CSAC Meeting 6:30 p.m. in the library

Tuesday October 28th:  Fall Photo Retake

Friday October 31st:  Read/Fun Fundraiser!

Parent Consent for PALS

Dear Parents,
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, is offering our Grade 3 and 4 students an opportunity to refine and master their basic numeracy skills, while participating in an evidence-based numeracy program called Numeracy PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies in Math).
This tutoring initiative is being offered as a voluntary after school program at no cost to parents.  Your child will receive additional mathematics support, by a trained tutor, under the supervision of one of our staff members.  Tutors will be delivering the Numeracy PALS program, which focuses on the basic computational skills we know are essential to students' mathematical success.  This is not intended to be a "homework club".
The tutoring sessions will take place two afternoons a week for 45 minutes.  They will be offered Mon./Wed. OR Tues./Thurs., dependent upon preference, tutor availability and the number of interested participants.  The sessions will begin immediately after school in the library, and will be conducted by our post-secondary trained tutors and supervised by one of our own staff members.  
The Fall session is six weeks in length, with a total of 12 lessons.  The Fall session is scheduled from October 20 – November 28, 2014.  
Please take a moment to review the attached flyer for more information about the program.  Once again, we are very excited to offer this free enrichment opportunity for your child.  
Please express your interest by completing the bottom portion of this letter, and return it to school no later than Friday, October 10th, 2014.  You will be contacted with further information and details.

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Student's Name____________________________________
Student's Grade and Teacher __________________________________
Yes, I am interested in having my child participate in the FALL Numeracy PALS tutoring opportunity.  I understand that my child's attendance at the lessons is an integral part of the program.  I understand that I am responsible for my child's own transportation at the end of each lesson.

Parent Signature ______________________________________________
Days of Preference: (please circle)
Mon./Wed.                       Tues./Thurs.                    No preference

Numeracy PALS Coming Soon...

Numeracy PALS
Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies
What is Numeracy PALS?

Numeracy PALS is an evidence-based program that systematically provides students  additional structured practice opportunities on fundamental computational skills required for mathematical proficiency.

During Numeracy PALS sessions, students work together in pairs to practice mathematics skills.  Each session involves partner coaching as well as opportunities for individual practice.  Weekly quizzes provide ongoing tracking of progress.

PALS research meets the highest standard of research based evidence—15 years of research
PALS is internationally recognized as a best practice and has shown positive outcomes for students
Numeracy PALS 2:
Adding Basic Facts
Adding Without Regrouping
Adding With Regrouping
Numeracy PALS 3:
Subtracting With Regrouping
Subtracting With Regrouping Using 0

Your child's teacher can assist in determining the best program for your child.

Confirmation Reminder

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

IEP Presentation

 You're invited to a presentation and discussion on…
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and More
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 6:45 p.m., Registration - 7-8:45 p.m., Intros & Presentations

Windsor-Essex Family Network
7025 Enterprise Way, Windsor - Room 'A'
(Located across from "The 'Brick" furniture store)
Look for the Balloons!

Cathy Geml
Associate Director of Education,
Student Achievement K -12
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
Lynn McLaughlin
Superintendent of Education –
Special Education
Greater Essex County District School Board

 Windsor-Essex Family Network
& the
Topics to be covered include:
What is an IEP?

Reasons for developing an IEP?

Who is part of the IEP team?

Identifying needs and strengths

Setting goals: What are alternate goals vs. curriculum board goals?

Roles and Responsibilities

What is an IPRC?

Ministry Standards

Questions and answers throughout the evening

PRE-REGISTER by Sept. 25, 2014
The link for online registration can be found on our Facebook page!
Or, by phone:*
Windsor Essex Family Network
*Provide your name & phone number.
Cost for those who Pre-register is $5.00 payable at the door.
Registrations received after Sept. 25th will be $10.00 payable at the door.

 Why Come?
This presentation will provide an understanding of the importance of your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) . . . and more.
Information will be presented by experienced and knowledgeable educators. There will be time for questions and answers.
Participants will receive an information package specific to their school board to take home.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Parish News...

Parish News...

Parish picnic:   Sept 21st following 11 a.m. mass
Location:  Church back yard
Everyone invited to attend

Reconciliation & Confirmation:
Parent information night for reconciliation (grade 2) and confirmation grade 8

Reconciliation classes Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. church community centre

Celebration for reconciliation is Sat Nov 29th from 9-12p.m. and Sat Dec 6th 9-12

Catechetical classes for grade 8 students (confirmation) Dec 5, 12, 19 Jan 23, 30
Celebration Sunday Feb 8 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

First Eucharist parent information night Jan 11th after 11 a.m. mass at Sacred Heart church

Catechisis prep class Feb 10, 17, 24 March 3, 10, 24 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Parent and child night Feb 24, 26 from 6:30 to 7:45p.m.
Celebration of Eucharist at Weekend Masses on the following weekends
April 18, 19
April 25, 26
May 2, May 3
May 3 is the group Celebration at 2 pm
May 9 and 10

Deacon Dan being ordained into the Priesthood April 25th at 11 a.m. at St Peters Cathedral in London

Parish Bulletin is now on line. You have to email them to get the electronic version of the bulletin at

Parish pancake breakfast Feb 15th from 9 to 1 p.m. in the church community centre

Also there is a parish facebook page that you can access.


Pesticides Information

September 2014

RE: Application of Pesticides

Dear Parents/Guardians

We would like to share with you our Board's practice regarding pesticides and herbicides. In the unlikely event that a pesticide spray treatment is to be applied inside a building, the CSC as well as any parent that has expressed a desire to be informed shall be notified prior to the application of the pesticide.

The WECDSB shall, when possible, spray pesticides on weekends to allow for a more than ample flash off of the pesticide. Pesticides are not to be brought onto WECDSB property by anyone other than the approved Pest Control Contractor (as approved by the Facilities Services Dept.). Personal insect repellents are exempt, e.g. OFF, Skintastic, etc.

To help eliminate a favorable environment for pests, Board facilities are encouraged to:

  • Maintain good housekeeping to eliminate food sources
  • Clean out lockers and desks on a regular basis
  • Report cracks and crevices in floors and walls as well as damaged external doorways
Please note that the WECDSB does not partake in the spraying of herbicides. If you would like to be informed prior to the application of a pesticide please call the school by Thursday, September 19, 2013.

Mrs. Vivier & Ms. Dorion

Comprehensive School Health Presents…

September '14 - Planting Seeds for a Healthy School Year
  • Back to school means back to packing lunches.  Get your children involved by taking them grocery shopping. Teach them that a healthy lunch includes three out of the four food groups from Canada's Food Guide. To make mornings less hectic, have your children help make their lunches the night before.
  • Children need about 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night.  Avoid soft drinks, chocolate, TV, and video games at least one to two hours before bedtime. These activities can make it hard for children to fall asleep. Remember that a solid night's sleep helps children pay attention and learn well at school.
  • Did you know that cigarette smoke is estimated to be 27 times more concentrated in a car than in the home? Keep your child free from the negative effects of second hand smoke by keeping your car smoke free.  You'll avoid a ticket under the Ontario Smoke Free Legislation, and support a good health practice with your family.
  • Make back to school time easier by getting organized.  Review school information like:
  • Bus schedules.
  • Health and emergency forms.
  • School supply lists.
Keep a calendar and mark important dates like parent/teacher meetings and field trips.  As new events come up, add them to your calendar to stay organized.
  • Children need 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day.  This means movement that gets the heart beating faster.  Start the day by encouraging your children to walk to school.  Remember proper clothing for rainy and cold weather will encourage them to stay active even as the weather changes.
  • Children are at the greatest risk of injury near buses.  Teach them to:
  • Stay out of blind spots.  If they can touch the bus, they're too close.
  • Use the handrail and climb in one person at a time.
  • Face forward while riding.
  • Keep backpacks and feet out of the aisle to prevent tripping.
  • Remain seated until the bus has stopped completely.
  • 90% of all colds, flus, and sore throats are caused by viruses and cannot be cured with antibiotics. Protect yourself and your child by getting the flu vaccine this fall.  Remember to encourage frequent hand washing.

Apple Seeds – Fall 2014

October '14 - Freshly Picked Tips for a Safe and Spooky Halloween
  • At Halloween, help your children to balance healthy foods with unhealthy trick-or-treat items.  Provide snacks like high fibre, low sugar granola bars, vegetables, fruits, or whole grain crackers.
  • Halloween is trick-or-treat time.  Remind your children to follow these rules to keep them safe:
  • Travel in a group.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk on the sidewalks.
  • Never run.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Children can be injured if their Halloween costumes do not fit properly. Make sure that:
  • Masks or headgear don't block your children's ability to see all around them.
  • Costumes don't drag on the ground.
  • Reflective tape is fastened to their bags and costume so cars will see them easily.  
  • It's estimated that about 6% of Canadian children have food allergies (Health Canada).  Check Halloween treats carefully.  As well, it's important to be aware of allergies when making lunches.  By packing nut-free lunches you are helping to keep all children safe from allergic reactions. For more information about nut-free lunches visit:
  • Keep a healthy smile after Halloween by encouraging your children to:   
  • Reduce the number of sweet treats eaten.
  • Avoid soft, sticky candy that gets stuck in teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water to rinse sugar away.
              Finally, have children brush their teeth for TWO minutes, TWO times a day.

November '14 - Golden Delicious Tips
  • Pack your children's lunches with protein rich foods. Protein helps with healing, provides energy, and boosts the immune system.  Add foods such as fish, meat, eggs and beans to lunches.
  • School can be stressful. Teach your children that stress is a normal part of life.  If they are feeling overwhelmed, encourage them to be active, and do deep breathing or imagery exercises. Talk to them about what they find stressful and remember to really listen before giving advice.   

Apple Seeds – Fall 2014

  • At home, choose an area or desk space that is just for homework. Make sure that it's quiet with few distractions. Keep the TV off and noisy siblings out. This creates a place for learners to focus and concentrate.  And make sure that you have room to work with them too!
  • Encourage your children to get involved in school sports. They will:
  • Make new friends.
  • Get physically active.
  • Learn about being part of a team.
  • Build strong muscles and bones.
To show your support, volunteer at fundraisers or practices, and cheer for their team at games.
  • Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to remove germs and avoid getting sick. Encourage your children to wash their hands after playing outside, going to the bathroom, and before handling and eating food.

December '14- Ingredients for a Safe Holiday
  • Over the holidays there are lots of opportunities to eat unhealthy snacks and meals. Teach your children to:
  • Eat in moderation foods such as stuffing, gravy and desserts.  
  • Pick healthy options like steamed vegetables, salads, and turkey.
  • Take the opportunity to spend time with your children over the busy holiday season by:
  • Playing a family board game.
  • Going for a winter walk.
  • Attending free public skating.
  • Building a snowman or snow fort.
Just remember to dress for the cold weather to avoid injury.
  • Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of a head injury by 85%.  Helmets should be worn when using bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, sleds, snowboards, and skis.  It's also the law to wear a helmet while snowmobiling.  As well, don't forget that it's important to wear them when playing physical sports like hockey this winter.  
  • Hearing loss in children often goes undiagnosed.  Common signs may include:
  • Delayed speech.
  • Not reacting when someone is speaking to them.
  • Asking the speaker to repeat information.
  • Turning up the volume of the TV.
  • Talking very loudly.
Recognize the signs of hearing loss. Talk to your health care professional if you have concerns.

Apple Seeds – Fall 2014

January '15- Growing into a New Year of Healthy Choices
  • Set a healthy goal for the whole family this New Year. Decide to eat the recommended 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Include them in every meal and snack.  Try a new one at least once a week.
  • Make physical and mental health a priority by getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising. Check out programs in your community that are family based so that you can participate with your children.  
  • Start off the year with the right information about good decision making. Talk to your children about the negative effects of drugs, alcohol and smoking. If you talk, they will listen.
  • Set a resolution to limit screen time. Encourage children to spend less than 2 hours per day on computers, video games, and television and more time doing activities. Try sledding, skating, or playing in the snow instead.
  • Watch your step this New Year. Make sure you and your children have boots or shoes with good traction. Also, keep porches and sidewalks clean and ice-free to help prevent slips and falls.
© Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, 2014.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Mass Schedule

2014/2105 School Mass

September 11
New Beginnings
October 10
November 6
November 27
Blessing of Advent Wreath
January 15
New Year
February 4
Holy Hour Catechism
9-945 grade 7 and 8
945 to 1028 grade 4,5 and 6
1050 to 1123 grade 1,2 and 3
February 5  grade 1 to 8
Hoy Hour Catechism
February 18
Ash Wednesday/Lent
April 2
Stations of the Cross at Sacred Heart School in the gym
April 9
New Life
May 7
Catholic Education Week
June 16
End of School Year Mass
June 18
Graduation Mass

Friday, 5 September 2014

International Language

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board offers International Language classes for students in its elementary schools.  Classes will be established in any of the following languages for which there are 25 participants or more and an instructor is available. Parents/guardians may register students at the following times & locations.  Classes will begin the following week on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Catholic Central High School, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
St. Anthony Church, 280 Talbot St. E. Leamington
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
St. Francis Croatian School, 1701 Turner Rd., Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
Filipino Community Centre, 935 Northwood, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
Catholic Central High School, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
Ciociaro Club, 3745 North Talbot, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
(Registration) Holy Trinity Church,
1035 Ellis St. E., Windsor
Sept. 14
10:00 – 12:00
(Classes)  Catholic Central High School, Windsor
10:00 – 12:00
Catholic Central High School, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
Camoes Portuguese Club, 390 Sinasac, Harrow
Sept. 16
 3:30 – 5:30
Catholic Central High School, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00
Assumption College High School, Windsor
Sept. 13
10:00 – 12:00

*These classes are available to children attending any Ontario elementary school (JK-Grade 8) during the week-+
.  Parents are responsible for transporting students to class and for picking them up.  At the time of registration, please check with the teacher as to time of classes.  Times may vary.

Barbara Holland Paul A. Picard
Chairperson of the Board        Director of Education
"Learning together in faith and service"