January 2015 Newsletter Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School



January 2015 Newsletter Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School
180 Grandville Circle, Paris, ON
Principal: Ms. K. Mitchell
N3L 0A9
Secretary: Mrs. C. Devereux
Sacred Heart School’s purpose is to recognize that each student is unique.
We strive to motivate all students to achieve their academic, personal and spiritual potential.
January 2015
From the Principal’s Desk
Registration for Junior and Senior Kindergarten will take place dur ing
the month of January for children who are ages four or five by December 31,
2015. Parents are asked to contact the school and arrange an appointment to
register their children.
Please be prepared to provide the following:
 A birth certificate or other government document to show proof of age
 A Roman Catholic baptismal certificate for either the child or parent
High School Open House and
Online Course Registration!
Special points of interest
From the Principal’s Desk
Kindergarten registration
High School Open House
From the Pastor’s Desk
Winter Tips
January Calendar
Math Support
Transportation and Health
and Safety Tips
World Autism Awareness
High school registration is just around the
corner. All families welcome!
Visit a local Catholic secondary school
during an open house session in January
to see the amazing programs and opportunities that are waiting for you.
Advanced Placement Programs, CoOp/OYAP opportunities, Specialist High
Skills Major Programs, etc. are all supported by a team of incredible educators
who are waiting to join your journey and
help you succeed in doing what you love
to do for life! Our secondary schools now
offer online course selection. Visit
Career Cruising to select your courses
online for next semester. If you require
assistance, please visit your Secondary
School Guidance Department.
St. John’s College VisitJanuary 14, 5:45 pm
From The Pastor’s Desk
Another Christmas is behind us and I hope you and your family had a joyful celebration. May this new year be a good one for all of us.
I look forward to our meeting with the parents of our grade 2 children who
will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on February 25th and
their First Holy Communion on May 3rd. Our parent’s meeting will be
Wednesday, January 28th at 7 p.m. in our Church. I hope each child will
be represented at this meeting.
Parish Information
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Pastor: Father Michael Bennett
17 Washington St.,
Paris, ON
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.
I encourage you to strengthen your connection with family, school and
parish and this will help your children truly benefit from a Catholic school
Blessing upon you in this new year.
Father Michael Bennett
Jan 28
7:00 p.m. Parents meeting for First Reconciliation and First Communion
Feb 25
7:00 p.m. First Reconciliation Service
April 1
7:00 p.m. Parents Meeting for Confirmation
May 3
First Communion Mass -2 p.m.
May 6
Confirmation with grade 7 students , 6:30-8:30 p.m.
June 22
Grad Mass, 2:00 p.m. at the Church
Epiphany is a Greek word that means ‘unveiling; where something is revealed. God revealed his love for all people by sending
us his son, Jesus, as a baby.
Gold, frankincense and myrrh wer e thr ee ver y expensive gifts;
gold is a precious metal; frankincense and myrrh are rare, sweetsmelling incenses, Myrrh is the main ingredient in holy anointing
A Note From Your School’s Public Health Nurse…
Winter Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe
The winter season is a great time to spend outdoors with family and friends. Being physically active during wintertime can
help keep the whole family healthy, but sometimes injuries can spoil the fun. Follow some of these safety tips to help keep you
and your little ones safe outdoors:
Dress appropriately for the winter weather – a coat, hat, scarf, mitts and winter boots will help keep everyone warm.
Take frequent breaks from the cold to let your body warm up.
Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses, even in the wintertime. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays are reflected from the snow.
Stay away from the banks of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. They may look safe at first glance, and if there is ice, it may
look like it is thick enough to skate or step on, but underneath the water is moving very quickly and can be very dangerous.
Protect your head when going tobogganing or sledding; wear a helmet. A ski helmet is recommended, as it is designed to
withstand the types of speeds and falls that could happen with this type of activity
Monday, January 5
Welcome back!
Wednesday, January 7
Mass at the school, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 12
P.A. Day, no school
Thursday, January 15
Pizza day
Tuesday, January 13
Keating Tour meeting for all grade 7 and 8 students and parents, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17
Free Throw Competition at Sacred Heart School gym-registration from 12:451:15, competition from 1:15-2:15
Wednesday, January 21
Subway day
Wednesday, January 28
7:00 p.m. Parents meeting for First Reconciliation and First Communion
AAA Basketball tournament at St. John’s College beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, January 30
Report cards go home
How Can I Support My Child In Math?
Carol Dweck is a researcher in the area of Growth Mind Set.
Listed below is a TED talk she gave: The power of believing that you can improve
Free Math tutoring:
Ministry of Education Website
The link below was developed by the Ministry of education
as a resource for parents to assist their children in math.
Free online math tutoring is available for students in grade
7,8,9,10. This online site is open from Sunday to Thursday.
You will need your child’s OEN number that is located
on the top of the report card
One great way to reinforce math learning is through games. Listed below are some recommended resources, game and
apps to support math learning. Remember to support a growth mind set and praise stamina,
discuss various ways to solve math challenges and encourage talk!
Conceptua Math http://www.conceptuamath.com/
Buzzmath https://www.buzzmath.com/
ST Math http://web.stmath.com/
Additional Games:
Set http://www.setgame.com/set
Muggins! http://www.mugginsmath.com/store.asp
Games & Apps:
Motion Math http://motionmathgames.com/
Dragon Box http://www.dragonboxapp.com/
Refraction http://play.centerforgamescience.org/refraction/site/
Wuzzit Trouble http://innertubegames.net
Mancala http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-mancala/
Circles and Stars
You Need
• two players
• one die
• paper and pencil for each player
How to Play
Player A rolls the die, then draws that number of fairly large circles.
Player B rolls the die and does the same.
Player A rolls the die and draws that number of stars in each of his circles.
Player B rolls the die and does the same.
Each player writes the number sentence that tells how many stars he or she has (for
example, four circles with three stars in each circle would be 4x3 = 12 stars).
Play six rounds, then determine the total number of stars that each player has.
For each round, after Player A draws stars in his circle, determine the probability that
Player B will end up with more stars than Player A.
The Big Bad Wolf
You Need
• two players
• paper and pencil
How to Play
Write the numbers 1 to 6 in a horizontal row. You (Player A) will play the Big Bad Wolf
(Player B). Every time it is your turn, you can take any number in the list, as long as at
least one factor of that number is also in the list. You get your number and the Big Bad
Wolf gets all of the factors of that number that are on the list. For example, if you take a
4, the Big Bad Wolf would get 1 and 2 since those are the factors of 4 left in the list.
The Taxman must get something every time, which means you cannot choose a number if
no factors of the number remain in the list. When no number in the list has any factors
left in the list, the game is over and the Taxman gets all the numbers that are left in the
Try Big Bad Wolf with the numbers 1–10 or the numbers 1–12.
Can you find a winning strategy for any string of number?
Transportation and Health and Safety Tips
1. Please ensure you check the transportation website for daily transportation updates for
school bussing at http://www.stsbhn.ca/ and also on the following media sources listed
below. We are a Zone 3 school with the Brant County and Paris schools. If bus transportation is cancelled in
Zone 3 as announced by your local radio and television stations, Sacred Heart Schoolwill be closed for
students and staff.
2. Parents please drop off your children at the front of the school and reserve the bus loading zone for buses only.
3. Since the cold weather is here you may want to have your child/children from grade 1 to 8 meet you in the
school parking lot where Ms. Mitchell stands at the end of the school day.
The following media sources are also available with bussing updates;
 1150 CKOC
 820 CHAM
 102.9 KLite FM
 900 CHML
 107.9 Y108
 Moose FM
 Easy 101.3 CKOT FM (Tillsonburg)
 Country 107.3 CJDL FM (Tillsonburg)
 CD 98.9
 CHOW –Spirit of Niagara
 92.1 - Jewel 92
Our school community is committed to helping others understand what Autism is all about. In doing this, we are
bringing our school community together to celebrate Autism Awareness Day. Autism Ontario has invited schools
across Ontario to raise funds for the “Raise the Flag” campaign, which is a powerful way to help students, parents,
school staff, and the entire community learn more about Autism. Our Sacred Heart Student Council has donated a
portion of their Spirit Day money to the “Raise the Flag” campaign. With this money, Sacred Heart School
becomes a registered school participant. We will receive a flag to fly on April 2nd and a toolkit full of ideas and
resources designed to bring our school community together in raising awareness about Autism. A VERY BIG
THANK YOU goes out to our Sacred Heart Student Council for generously donating proceeds from their Spirit
Days to this very worthy cause.