Homecoming: TONIGHT – Friday, 29 September
Join the thousands of St. Paul's alumni and friends as they cheer on the Crusaders on Connolly Field!
Crusader Raffle Launch: Tuesday, 3 October
Students will attend an assembly on the afternoon of Tuesday, 3 October to launch our annual Crusader Raffle. All students will receive a raffle ticket package and are expected to participate in this fundraising initiative which directly supports the extracurricular program and bursary fund at St. Paul's High School. Please ensure your son brings his raffle tickets home next week and support him in fulfilling his role in this process. Further information from the Advancement Office is forthcoming. On a practical note, we will follow Schedule 2 on this day to facilitate the assembly at 2:30pm. Students will be dismissed at the usual time of 3:15pm.
Note: This event was re-scheduled from Thursday, 5 October 2017.
University Information Meeting for Parents: Tuesday, 3 October, 7PM
The Counseling Department is hosting an evening to discuss university applications, key dates in the year ahead, and scholarships.
No School: Friday, 6 October
There are no classes on this day in order to accommodate a faculty inservice.
Calendar Changes / Additions
Please make note of the following changes/additions which have been updated on the school's Online Calendar.
University Information Meeting for Parents
Crusader Raffle Launch
Junior Debate Tournament
Crusader 'A' Hockey Tournament in Denver, CO
Schedule 3: Grade 12 Advent Liturgy/Grade Ring Ceremony
Varsity Basketball Tournament in Sacramento, CA
Grade 9 Camp Day: Monday, 25 September
Grade 10 Retreat: Monday, 25 September
Late Start: Wednesday, 27 September
Period 1 begins at 9:20 AM to accommodate academic department meetings. Schedule 3 is in effect.
Last Day for Course Changes: Friday, 29 September
The procedure for requesting course changes is as follows:
Note: Deadlines for changing mathematics courses are later in the school year.
Homecoming: Friday, 29 September
Winnipeg Transit Information for Students
The Map for Winnipeg Transit Route 66 is included below. The bus is scheduled to arrive at St. Paul's High School on school days at 3:21PM and will depart at 3:24PM. The bus is scheduled to arrive at Main and Broadway at 3:43PM and then it continues into downtown. The bus will honour regular bus stops along the route for alighting. Only the portion from St. Paul's High School to downtown applies to the charter.
For assistance with planning travel by transit, check out Winnipeg Transit's Navigo trip planning tool available on their website. Navigo allows users to enter a starting and ending location, desired departure/arrival times, and will indicate specific times, bus routes, and transfers required to complete trips.
Tribute Dinner: Tuesday, 7 November
The Tribute Dinner is an annual fundraiser for the St. Paul’s High School Bursary Program which provides need-based tuition assistance to qualified students. Bursaries are an essential aspect of a Jesuit education and provide opportunities to families who would not otherwise be able to attend St. Paul’s High School because of financial constraints. Please join the St. Paul's High School community as we honour Mr. Stephen '68 and Mrs. Ruth Chipman.
40th Annual Walk for Cancer: Thursday, 21 September
Students from St. Paul’s, St. Mary’s Academy and Balmoral Hall School will participate in the 40th Annual Walk to raise funds for The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation.
All students are required to submit to an $8.00 fee to their MGM teachers by Monday, 18 September.
The flat fee will cover the cost of refreshments along the walk route (candy, ice cream, etc.) as well as entertainment and activities throughout the day. The flat fee can be paid by cash or a cheque made payable to ‘St. Paul’s High School.’ Food will be available to be purchased on site from food trucks and/or the cafeteria for an additional fee. The Student Council will also be selling commemorative sweatshirts at The Walk for $30. For those interested in purchasing a sweatshirt, they will be available on the day of the Walk for purchase or they may be pre-ordered using the order form that accompanied the letter your son brought home. Those students who have raised $100 or more in pledges for The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation will receive a complimentary sweatshirt.
Yours in Spirit,
The 2017–18 St. Paul’s Student Council
Grade 9 Camp Day - Additional Waiver Form Required
Grade 9 students will be going to Camp Manitou on Monday, 25 September. The Camp requires their own waiver form in addition to the waiver form for St. Paul's. An email message from Mrs. Jennifer Kolton from our Counseling Department was sent to parents of grade nine students earlier this week with the required form. The waiver form is also included here in the event the message did not reach some families. Please print and complete the Camp Manitou Waiver Form and have your son return the form to his mentor teacher no later than Thursday, 21 September.
Kairos Retreat Registration
St. Paul’s High School offers an intensive, overnight retreat program for students in the second half of their Grade 11 year and students in the first half of Grade 12. The Kairos retreat aims to create an environment away, a moment in “God’s time,” during which students may be awakened to the presence of God and called know themselves more fully. Participation is entirely voluntary, though the number of students on each retreat is capped. The experience occurs over three and a half days at St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre under the guidance of faculty and student peers. Applications for Kairos are available at the school’s front desk with Ms. Caron. Any questions about this program can be directed to the Kairos Coordinator, Dr. Rob Puchniak, or (204) 831-2300, ext. 356.
From the Parent Guild: Upcoming Parent Party
Tickets for the Parent Party on Saturday, 21 October are now available online. Hope to see you there!
Homecoming: Friday, 29 September
On Thursday, 7 September, we celebrated the beginning of the school year with an opening assembly. This was an opportunity to bring together our school community after summer break, to welcome new students and staff, to introduce the St. Paul's Student Council, and to set a positive tone for the 2017–2018 school year.
During the President and Principal addresses to the assembly, the themes of celebrating and honouring the diversity of all members of our school community and the importance of continuous reflection on values and striving to meet them with integrity, were presented. Summaries of those addresses are included below. Parents are encouraged to discuss these matters with their sons so that we can cooperate in forming them to become men of competence, conscience, and compassion– to become "men for others."
This year we are focusing more of our attention on celebrating the diversity of our community in a desire to counteract the recent social trends that promote divisiveness and disregard for human dignity. We encourage all students and parents to read the President's Message at the beginning of the Student Handbook. Among our efforts this year we will continue the practice of having a prayer from a tradition other than Roman Catholic one day a month. In addition we will be working on a cultural fair that will celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures and ethnicities that form our community. We will be inviting families in our school community to share their cultures/ethnicities by preparing food and sharing other traditions during an extended lunch on Tuesday, 19 December. More details will follow in the coming months. Another initiative includes our establishing a regular, open conversation which will give students the opportunity to talk about how we can grow more welcoming and respectful as a community, given the increasing diversity of our population.
At St. Paul's High School, all community members are expected to find ways to contribute to our school mission and vision, and ultimately, towards building a safe, welcoming, and nurturing community of faith and learning. In this context, all community members are encouraged to reflect on their personal values, their connection with our school mission and vision, and to strive to be persons of integrity.
This school year, community members are asked to focus on speaking and acting with integrity at school and in their personal lives. The following questions were provided for reflection.
We will continue to explore this topic throughout the school year and provide students with opportunities to reflect on their personal development. Parents are encouraged to discuss these questions with their sons and share with them their lists of persons with integrity. When each one of us strives to be a person of integrity–when we work to ensure our actions and words match our values; look out for and take care of one another; try to live our values consistently; live up to our failures and strive to do better–we become better persons, build a better community, and glorify God.
Warm Weather Dress Code
Warm Weather Dress Code is in effect until further notice, except for school photos on Wednesday, 13 September.
Option 1: Regular Dress Code without Jacket: A jacket need not be worn. (Dress shirt, dress pants, dress shoes, a belt, socks). Sweater vests and long-sleeved sweaters are not permitted.
Option 2: Shorts/St. Paul’s Golf Shirt: Dress slacks may be replaced with acceptable dress shorts. These dress shorts must be a beige walking short, cut just above the knee and having belt loops, a zipper and pockets. The shorts should have a maximum of four pockets located in the traditional location on the short (two in the front; two in the back). The dress shirt may be replaced with a SPHS golf shirt. The shirts must be purchased from the Crusader Shoppe. When shorts are worn, socks must cover the ankle. Athletic shoes in good condition must be worn. Skateboarding-style and other casual shoes are not allowed. If a student chooses to wear high-cut athletic shoes, socks must be visible above the shoe.
Option 3: Dress Pants/St. Paul’s Golf Shirt: A jacket need not be worn and the dress shirt and tie can be replaced by a St. Paul’s golf shirt as described in Option 2.
Note: All options are self contained and students are not permitted to mix and match elements from separate options.
Wednesday, 13: School Photos
All students and staff are expected to wear Regular Dress Code for school photos. Photo packages will be available to order online within a few days of school photo day. rd PhotoCorp is providing our school photo services once again this year.
Regular Dress Code
Friday, 15 September: Mass of the Holy Spirit
We will follow Schedule 5 to accommodate an all school Mass. Parents are welcome to join our school community to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Mass will begin at 12:45pm in the MultiPlex.
From the Parent Guild
The SPHS Parent Guild extends a warm welcome to both returning and new members. Anybody with a son attending St. Paul’s High School is a part of our team. We want to help each and every parent/guardian get involved so that he/she can start to "Make Tomorrow’s Memories Today!"
The Guild has three main objectives:
Giving a little bit of your time goes a long way towards building the strong community that is vital for our sons’ tenure at St. Paul’s. With your help, we can make a difference for them, while simultaneously enhancing our own experience. All roles are explained in the Parent Guild’s 2017-18 Information Package. Additionally, even though we received a great response to our online sign-up in the spring, we realize that some parents may have been unable to commit at that time. If you now have a better idea of your availability, volunteers are still needed. Please complete our survey today.
The Guild’s monthly gatherings are open to all members. They offer a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents, to become aware of Guild events, and to add your voice to our decision-making process. We meet at 7pm in the Aulneau Room every second Wednesday of the month (school activities permitting). We always do our best to limit our time to one hour. Please note that if you are unable to attend, the Parent Guild posts its minutes on the St. Paul’s Online Community. Simply follow the links to Groups > Parent Guild.
We welcome and thank the following new Executive Members, Chairs & Coordinators for our school year: Vice President & Volunteer Liaison Shannon Cisneros, Treasurer Rhonda Chorney, Hospitality Chair & Entrance Exams Coordinator Tara Alexander, Crusader Shoppe Co-Managers Patti Martens & Daryla Christie, Christmas Decorating Coordinator Patty Bielik, Grad Ring Ordering & Distribution Coordinator Kerri Harms, Grade Bakes Sales Coordinator Julie Paterson, New Parent Orientation Coordinator Sheila Stark-Perreault, Parent Guild AGM & Wind-up Co-Coordinators Cheryl Juras & Shannon Cisneros, Parent Social Evening Coordinator Jennifer Polet, Career Day Coordinator Mary Baranyk, Band Concert Receptions Coordinator Karri Langdon, and New Parent Meet & Greet Coordinator Linda Hutter.
We are very much looking forward to talking and working with new parents. It is always exciting to see fresh faces and to be able to harness our community’s skills, creativity, and generosity. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Cheryl Juras, Guild President. Here’s to a great year of memory making!
NOW LIVE: Online School Calendar
As part of our efforts to continuously improve our website and communication with parents and students, St. Paul's has implemented dynamic school calendars in the Events section of the Online Community. Our school calendars now sync in real-time with our Community website and will reflect the most current information. Click on the September calendar below to view this new feature. There is also a "Subscribe" feature which allows users to view calendar events in Microsoft Outlook and Apple Calendar.
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St. Paul's Crusaders: Melton Leather Jackets
The Crusader Shoppe will host fitting sessions for Crusader Melton Jackets on:
Jackets will arrive in time for Christmas!
Grade 12 Students: Grad Ring and Grad Apparel fittings will take place during the same time.
Celebrating Student Accomplishments
From time to time, St. Paul's students achieve significant accomplishments in their activities outside of St. Paul's. We like to highlight these accomplishments and celebrate them in our school community by including announcements in this News Blog. Parents and students can send such announcements to the Principal and efforts will be made to include them in the weekly news posted at the end of each week. Pictures of students receiving recognition/honours are welcome and will be included when possible.
Congratulations to Ethan McClymont '20!
Last May, Ethan competed at the National Taekwondo Championships and won Gold which earned him a spot on Team Canada. This August, Ethan traveled to Costa Rica where he represented Canada in the 73kg Junior Pan American Taekwondo Championships. Ethan won Gold in his category and his seen below receiving his medal!
Retirement Celebration in honour of Sr. Anne Pidskalny, SSMI
After many years of devoted instruction at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Sr. Anne is retiring from her teaching career. IHMS is inviting everyone who has had the pleasure of having their life touched by Sr. Anne to come celebrate her retirement at a come and go reception this Saturday, 10 September.
Next Week - Thursday, 21 September: The 40th Annual Walk
On September 21st, students from St. Paul’s, St. Mary’s Academy and Balmoral Hall School will participate in the 40th Annual Walk to raise funds for The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. The St. Paul’s Student Council has been hard at work over the summer preparing for a fun filled day. By now, your son should have brought home a letter that gives a brief overview of the day and includes a pledge form for those who wish to raise funds for The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. All students are required to submit to an $8.00 fee to their MGM teachers by September 18. The flat fee will cover the cost of refreshments along the walk route (candy, ice cream, etc.) as well as entertainment and activities throughout the day. The flat fee can be paid by cash or a cheque made payable to ‘St. Paul’s High School’. Food will be available to be purchased on site from food trucks and/or the cafeteria for an additional fee. The Student Council will also be selling commemorative sweatshirts at The Walk for $30. For those interested in purchasing a sweatshirt, they will be available on the day of the Walk for purchase or they may be pre-ordered using the order form that accompanied the letter your son brought home. Those students who have raised $100 or more in pledges for The Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation will receive a complimentary sweatshirt.
Yours in Spirit,
The 2017-18 St. Paul’s Student Council