Tribute Dinner: Tuesday, 3 November
Our annual Tribute Dinner takes place on the evening of Tuesday, 3 November. It is not too late to purchase tickets. For those unable to attend, please consider purchasing Tribute Dinner Raffle Tickets for a chance to win some excellent prizes.
Tribute Dinner Raffle
Tribute Dinner Tickets
Career Day: Wednesday, 4 November
Grade 9 Students are participating in the Take Our Kids to Work Program on Wednesday, 4 November. Students in Grades 10–12 will have an opportunity to take in presentations on careers in engineering, medicine, dentistry, business, education, and many more. Over thirty St. Paul's alumni and several other professionals will be presenting at our annual Career Day. There are five career presentation slots in the morning and the afternoon will consist of regular classes in periods 4, 5 and 6. On behalf of St. Paul's, I would like to give thanks to Mrs Kolton for organizing Take Our Kids to Work, to Mr Smith for arranging speakers for Career Day, to Mr Watson for his assistance with the online registration process for Career Day presentations, and to our many presenters for generously giving their time to interact with our students while sharing their vocations.
First Term Progress Reports: Friday, 6 November
Progress Reports are scheduled to be mailed on Friday, 6 November. Parents should receive their mailing no later than the following Wednesday. If a mailing is not received as expected, please contact Catherine Smither to request a report (204-831-2316). Progress Reports are interim reports which typically include a few smaller assessments such as quizzes and short written assignments and one larger assessment such as a test or longer written piece. Progress Reports are a "snapshot" of your sons' progress so far this term. Final reports for the term will be produced after exams in January. Please consult individual course outlines for details on how term marks are calculated for each course.
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled on the following dates:
Crusader Raffle Deadline
Crusader Raffle tickets are due Friday, 13 November. All sold and unsold tickets must be returned to the Advancement Office. A lost ticket form needs to be completed if your son has lost tickets. This form can be requested through the Advancement Office.
The final seller incentive draw for an AppleWatch is also on 13 November. Students who have returned all of their sold raffle tickets by the deadline will qualify for the “no jacket” dress code during the week of November 16–19.
Mentor Groups that reach 100% of their sold ticket quota will be entitled to a pizza party.
Please encourage your sons to sell their raffle tickets. Ticket sales support the St. Paul's Bursary Fund and our Extracurricular Program.
Relaxed Dress Code: Friday, 6 November
Students are encouraged to participate in the relaxed dress code for $2.00. Proceeds are in support of the Crusader Basketball Program.
Addictions Awareness Presentation
Gray Academy will be hosting a free event raise to awareness about drug and alcohol addictions on Tuesday, 3 November. Parents with children at independent schools are welcome to participate.
Post-Secondary Planning and Upcoming Dates
Some important events next week include:
Student Council Spirit Week
Our Student Council has organized a variety of activities to promote school spirit during the week of October 26–30. One aspect of the Spirit Week includes relaxed dress code days with various themes as indicated below.
Monday: Jersey Day - Students can be in relaxed dress code as long as they wear a sports jersey (Note: If the jersey is a “t-shirt style,” it must have number on the back to qualify.) The jersey may be from a professional sports team, or from an amateur team students have played on.
Tuesday: Colour Day - Students can be in relaxed dress code as long as a major (shirt, pants, etc.) component of their attire is their grade’s colour.
Wednesday: Crusader Day - Students can be in relaxed dress code as long as a major (shirt, pants, etc.) component of their attire is Crusader-wear.
Thursday: “Men For Others” Relaxed Dress Code - with the donation of any two of the following items to Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen, students can wear Relaxed Dress Code: Socks, Dental Floss, Travel Sized Toothpaste, Shampoo or Toothbrushes. If a student donates four items, they can wear a hat for the day.
Friday: Halloween Costumes - students are allowed to wear appropriate Halloween costumes, provided they contribute $2 to support the United Way Relaxed Dress Code initiative.
There are several fun activities planned throughout the week including dodgeball tournaments, school-wide pizza lunch, and a movie night on Wednesday, 28 October.
President's Pizza Lunch for Grade 12 Class: Monday, 26 October
Grade 12 students will be treated to a pizza lunch courtesy of Fr. Alitila's Office. Pizza and refreshments will be served in Murray Hall during the regular lunch period.
Schedule 3 Late Start: Wednesday, 28 October
Students may come to school at the usual time as the library and other public spaces will be available. The warning bell sounds at 9:15 am and period 1 begins at 9:20 am. Schedule 3
Grade 11 Bake Sale: Wednesday, 28 October
Our second bake sale is scheduled on Wednesday, 28 October. Parents of Grade 11 students are asked to bring baked goods to the Reception Desk on the Friday morning. Thank-you in advance for contributing baked goods.
Congratulations to Crusader Cross Country!
Our Cross Country teams participated in the MHSAA Provincial Tournament this week. The JV Team won the Provincial title while the Varsity team placed 4th overall. Congratulations to all student-athletes and their coaches, Mr McMillan and Mr Kuzenko, for their participation this season and for representing St. Paul's in the Provincial Tournament.
Saturday Evening Parent Party
This event is a great opportunity to meet the parents of your son’s classmates in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while enjoying appetizers and refreshments. Pool tables will be available for and a "fun" tournament is planned. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available at the door.
Pilgrimage to Philadelphia
In late September, six students and two teachers took a pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis during the World Meeting of the Family. Hosted by St Joe’s Prep – the local Jesuit school – we enjoyed a weekend of prayer and companionship, meeting and sharing with students from 42 other Jesuits schools from throughout Canada and the United States. All agree that the trip was joyous and engaged students spiritually; strangers became friends, and strangers to God became his friend as well. Many thanks to the six grade 11 students (Paul Chorney, Orest Fylyma, Zach Maclaren, Will Moncrieff, Connor D. Stewart, and Benedict Wightman) for their prayerfulness and positive during the pilgrimage. – Mr Kelsch and Mr Whitfield
To Philly For Francis
By: Will Moncrieff
From Wednesday, September 23rd to Monday, September 28th Connor Stewart, Paul Chorney, Zach McLaren, Orest Flyma, Benedict Wightman, and myself, led by Mr. Kelsch and Mr. Whitfield, took the invitation from St. Joseph’s Prep to go on a pilgrimage to Philadelphia. Our purpose was to see Pope Francis and meet other Jesuit students from across North America. After a morning of tourism, we went to our home for the next few days, St. Joseph’s Prep, where we would sleep on the floor of a classroom next to students from Rochester, New York and Kansas City, Missouri. On both Saturday and Sunday, we were fortunate enough to be able to see the Pope at a very close range, and on both occasions we were able to hear him speak about current affairs, family values, etc. On Sunday our group waited a marathon eight hours to be able to see the Pope closely, but our group is in agreement that it was well worth it. That day we and one million other people had the pleasure of having Mass with Pope Francis, and we even received communion from one of the hundreds of deacons and priests. When we weren’t Pope watching, we were at the school conversing with some of the students from America, and we all seemed to have a lot in common with each other (turns out that we aren’t the only ones assigned mammoth amounts of homework each day). Overall, it was a once in a lifetime experience that our group will always remember. Thank you to Mr. Kelsch and Mr. Whitfield for taking us on this great pilgrimage.
Mission Drive Deadline: Monday, 19 October
Thank-you to all students and families who have contributed to our first mission drive in support of the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Monday, 19 October is the deadline for submitting donations. View Letter
Transfers from Pre-Calculus to Applied Math: Monday, 19 October
Monday, 19 October is also the deadline for transfers from Pre-Calculus to Applied Math.
Course Change Request Form
Schedule 3 Late Start: Tuesday, October 20
This schedule change is a new addition to our school calendar. Students may come to school at the usual time as the library and other public spaces will be available. The warning bell sounds at 9:15 am and period 1 begins at 9:20 am. Schedule 3
Relaxed Dress Code: Thursday, 22 October
Students and staff may participate in our relaxed dress code day for $2.00. All proceeds will be added to funds raised at our Annual Walk and donated to the Terry Fox Foundation. Relaxed Dress Code
Photo Retakes: Afternoon on Thursday, 22 October
Photo Retakes are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 22 October. Students and staff who missed school picture day will be automatically added to the retake list. All other staff/students who would like a retake must order the "Request a Retake" package ($0) in advance using their online PROOFCODE. For those who may have misplaced their PROOFCODE, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be issued a new PROOFCODE. Please be sure to indicate the school name, student's name and grade with your request.
Inservice Day, No School: Friday, 23 October
During our morning session, faculty will continue learning about and working with The Art & Science of Teaching Instructional Model. In the afternoon, faculty and staff will go to various agencies throughout Winnipeg to complete volunteer service.
Reminder to Grade 9 Parents: Take Our Kids to Work Forms Due
Please complete the permission slip and have your son return his form to his mentor teacher on or before October 28. Permission Form
Monday, 12 October: Thanksgiving Day (No Classes)
On behalf of the St. Paul's High School community, I wish all students, parents and families a happy Thanksgiving. I encourage families to pray together during the holiday and offer the following prayer for use at family gatherings as we come together to celebrate this day of Thanksgiving.
O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.
From Celebrating Faith: Year-round Activities For Catholic Families, by Mary Cronk Farrell
Tuesday, 13 October: Regular Dress Code
Regular Dress Code is in effect until further notice. We typically move back to Warm Weather Dress Code in the Spring. Students will be invited to participate in several Relaxed Dress Code days by contributing $2 to various causes throughout the school year.
Friday, 16 October: Martyrs' Liturgy
We will follow Schedule 5 to accommodate the Martyrs' Liturgy. Parents are welcome to join our school community to celebrate the North American Martyrs. Mass will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the MultiPlex.
Please share your voice to help St. Paul's prepare for our 2016–2017 Admissions Campaign. The survey takes 3 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.
Saturday, 17 October: 6th Annual Parent Party!
On Friday, 9 October, your son will come home with two tickets for this event. Please ask him to see the letter and tickets from the Parent Guild and consider attending.
This event is a great opportunity to meet the parents of your son’s classmates in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while enjoying appetizers and refreshments. Pool tables will be available for use and there will also be an organized "fun" tournament planned. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be paid for when you arrive at the event.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP before Tuesday, 13 October so that appropriate amounts of food may be prepared. Hope to see you there!
From the Parent Guild
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~ George Cooper
The Parent Guild is gearing up for a fun fall! This month’s events include:
We’d like to remind all parents that the Guild has reopened its Online Volunteer Survey. You can use the Parent Guild List of Events & Activities to guide your choices. Our ability to serve you, your sons, and the entire SPHS Community is greatly affected by the number of families that contribute. As our friendly Volunteer Liaison Lori Nieman Penner likes to say “Many hands make light work.” We look forward to hearing from you.
Sister Leslie Sacouman and the House of Peace
On Friday, 2 October, our faculty and staff visited the House of Peace. Sister Leslie Sacouman spoke to us about her work at the House of Peace and challenged us to apply principles of service and humility as we encounter our students at St. Paul's. Sister Leslie is a very inspiring person and the annual Tribute Dinner is a significant event for the St. Paul's community. Please help support our school mission, the St. Paul's Bursary, and Sister Leslie Sacouman by attending the Tribute Dinner on Tuesday, 3 November.
A reminder to parents that they should have received a Crusader Raffle package. All students are expected to sell their raffle tickets: 40 tickets/student or 60 tickets for football players.
October 16: Draw date for seller's prize (iPad)
Mentor Group Incentive: Groups that have achieved 50% of group sales quota will receive doughnuts.
Individual Incentive: Students that have achieved 50% of individual sales quota will not have to wear a tie October 19–22.
November 13: Raffle Deadline
All sold and unsold tickets must be returned. Payment for lost tickets in the responsibility of each family.
Mission Week in support of Syrian Refugees
From Tuesday, 13 October through Monday, 19 October, we will be engaged in our first of four Mission Drives this school year. St. Paul's families are asked to contribute funds to support the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Please read the attached letter with further details and information about making a donation to this very worthy initiative
Student Reflection: El Salvador Service Trip
Sean Jackson '16 has written a reflection about his experience on the El Salvador Service Trip last summer. Click on the following link to read the article published on the Canadian Jesuits Website.
Grade 9 Parents: Take Our Kids to Work
Click on the following link to view information about Take Our Kids to Work day scheduled Wednesday, 4 November. Please complete the attached permission slip and have your son return his form to his mentor teacher on or before October 28.
Next Week: Regular Classes / No Schedule Changes
We have regular classes everyday next week with no schedule changes. Please be advised that we will move to Regular Dress Code beginning Tuesday, 13 October.
Grade 9 Parents
Please remember to get your TFR permission forms and related items in as soon as possible. If you cannot remember what is needed, please email Mr Kelsch for a copy of the first freshman retreat letter. Thanks!
Mr Kelsch and Br de Asis, SJ
Reflection from Mr Costa
Denis Costa has written a reflection about his experience teaching at St. Paul's. Mr Costa joined our faculty last school year and is currently teaching Science, Math, and Religion. Click on the following link to read the article published on the Canadian Jesuits Website.
Reflecting on My First Year