Steve '68 and Ruth Chipman Recognized in the Manitoba Legislature
The Honourable Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo, Deputy Premier, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, recognized Steve '68 and Ruth Chipman yesterday in the Manitoba Legislature in advance of the Tribute Dinner.
November Progress Reports Mailed
All November Progress Reports were mailed as of Friday, 3 November. Each mailing includes a November Progress Report, a letter explaining the process for booking appointments for parent-teacher conferences, a letter explaining lockdown procedures at St. Paul's, and an insert promoting our Fall Drama Production. Please contact Catherine Smither if you do not receive a report card mailing by mid-week next week. Parents are encouraged to access the Powerschool Parent Portal to view grades on specific assignments.
Crusader Football Playoffs: AAA and AA Semifinals – Friday, 3 November
AA Football Team: Good luck to Coaches Peter Pura, Mike Watson, Justin Daman, the rest of the staff, and all the student-athletes as they head into semi-final action against Vincent Massey (Brandon).
AAA Football Team: Good luck to Coach Dainard, Coach Higham, the rest of the AAA Coaching Staff, and all the student-athletes as they play for a spot in the ANAVETS Bowl Championship game against the Vincent Massey Trojans.
Junior Varsity Football Team: Congratulations to Coach Jarrod Stadnyk, our many alumni assistant coaches, and all the student-athletes on the Junior Varsity Football team, on a great semifinal victory over Vincent Massey on Wednesday, 1 November. The JV will team play against the Oak Park Raiders in the Homerun Sports Bowl next week.
Come out and stay warm in our FAN GEAR as you cheer on the Crusaders! Go Crusaders Go!
REMINDER: Regular Dress Code in Effect, Monday, 6 November
NEW – Early Dismissal: Tuesday, 7 November
This is a new addition to the calendar as Fr. Erik Oland, S.J., the incoming Provincial Superior for the new Jesuit Province of Canada, will be in Winnipeg to attend the Tribute Dinner and will address St. Paul's staff during his visit. Students will be dismissed at 2:25 pm to accommodate this meeting. Schedule 2 is in effect. An early charter has been ordered to accommodate students who rely on Winnipeg Transit for transportation home. Pick-up time is 2:35 pm.
Thursday, 9 November: Canadian Jesuits International Guest Speaker
As part of St. Paul’s High School’s ongoing commitment to social justice and global awareness/connectedness, we have arranged for a guest speaker to address our community on Thursday, 9 November. The following is a short bio for Fr. Lalit and a synopsis of the topic he will talk about at the assembly.
Fr. Lalit Tirkey is the Director of the Human Life Development and Research Centre (HLDRC) in Darjeeling, India. Tea garden workers are often subject to labour exploitation, as well as deprived of their rights to government pensions and HLDRC accompanies these workers, most of whom are from indigenous and minority groups. Fr. Lalit will share an overview of the social realities for tea garden workers in India as well as how the Jesuits in India work to accompany and advocate for the marginalized.
St. Paul’s will participate in the giving campaign through offering a relaxed dress code day on Thursday, 9 November. For the usual $2.00 contribution, students and staff may choose to participate in the relaxed dress code day. All proceeds will go this worthwhile initiative.
Schedule for MGM/Assembly
Schedule 6: Activity/Longer MGM (45 minute periods)
Remembrance Day Service: Friday, 10 November
Lest We Forget
Our school's annual Remembrance Day Service is scheduled for 12:40pm on Friday, 10 November. We will follow Schedule 5 to accommodate our service. Parents are welcome to join us in the MultiPlex.
Last Call - Retake and School Picture Day Orders: Friday, 10 November
The Order Due Date for all retake and picture day orders is Friday, 10 November. Orders received by this date will be sent back to the school with the final shipment of orders. Orders received after this time will incur postage charges and may be subject to late order fees. All student proofs will remain available for purchase online until the end of the current school year.
Retake Proofs - Now available for viewing
All students and staff who had retakes done, these proofs are available for viewing online. You may use the same PROOFCODE issued after school picture day to view both sets of photo proofs (if applicable).
Note: For those who may have misplaced, lost or not received a postcard, 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.
Addiction Awareness Month: Dealing with Legalization
As a member of the Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools (MFIS), St. Paul's High School community members are invited to attend a presentation titled “Dealing with Legalization: A Blunt Discussion.” A panel discussion will feature local experts who will discuss new laws, myths and facts about marijuana, and explore how we can educate our kids in our roles as parents, educators, and mentors. Event details are shown below. Please click the following button to register for this event.
Halloween: Tuesday, 31 October
Appropriate Halloween costumes may be worn in lieu of school dress code. Students who choose not to wear a costume may wear relaxed dress code for $2.00 with proceeds going to supplement the Christmas Hamper Drive.
Take Our Kids to Work / Career Day: Wednesday, 1 November
Grade 9 Students are participating in the Take Our Kids to Work Program on Wednesday, 1 November. Students in Grades 10–12 will have an opportunity to attend presentations on careers in engineering, medicine, dentistry, business, education, entrepreneurship, law enforcement 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 our school community, I would like to give thanks to Mrs Kolton for organizing Take Our Kids to Work, to Mr Hurton for arranging speakers and the schedule for Career Day, and to our many presenters for generously giving their time to interact with our students while sharing their vocations.
Relaxed Dress Code: Thursday, 2 November
Students are encouraged to participate in the relaxed dress code for $2.00. Proceeds will go to support the Varsity Basketball team.
No School: Friday, 3 November
No classes due to faculty inservice day.
Progress Reports Mailed: Friday, 3 November
Progress Reports are scheduled to be mailed on Friday, 3 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. In addition, parents are encouraged to access the Powerschool Parent Portal for more detail regarding assignment results.
Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Regular Dress Code in Effect: Monday, 6 November
We will move to Regular Dress Code on Monday, 6 November.
Admissions: 2018–2019 School Year
St. Paul's High School is accepting applications for the school year beginning September, 2018. If you have an eligible son or know someone who is interested in becoming a Crusader, please click below to request an application package. In addition, we hope you will encourage friends and family of prospective students to attend our Information Evening. Spaces are available at all grade levels.
Health Advisory for Mumps
Please see the following letter and fact sheet from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) regarding an outbreak of mumps in Manitoba. This letter is being sent as information to encourage prevention and help identify symptoms. There were no cases of the mumps reported at St. Paul’s High School last school-year, nor have there been any reported cases during the current school year.
Mumps Disease Prevention
Maroon and White Mission Week 1: El Salvador Scholarship Fund
The 2017–2018 Maroon and White have the following initiatives to encourage you and your sons to give generously in support of the El Salvador Scholarship Fund during the week October 23–27.
If you choose to donate $20.00 or more and donate by cheque you can receive a tax receipt. Cheques must be made out to St. Paul’s High School. You may memo the cheque as El Salvador Mission Drive. Donations may also be made online by clicking on the following button. Please read the attached letter with further details and information about making a donation to this very worthy initiative.
Thank-you in advance for encouraging your sons to be men for others during Mission Week and always. Thank-you for your generosity and support!
Maroon and White
Mission Week Letter
*If donating online, please select ‘Mission Fund’ from the dropdown menu under the ‘Your Gift’ section of the online donation form. After clicking the ‘Complete Your Donation’ button at the bottom of the form, please wait to be redirected to the St Paul’s website for the donation process to complete.
Student Council Spirit Week: 23–27 October
The St. Paul’s High School Student Council will be hosting the first Spirit Week of the year from Monday, 23 October through Friday, 27 October. The Council is looking forward to enthusiastic participation from students during the lunch-time activities and dress code theme days. Please see below for a list of dress code themed days and lunch hour activities:
Yours in Spirit,
2017–2018 St. Paul’s Student Council
President's Pizza Lunch for Grade 12 Class: Monday, 23 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.
Grade 11 Bake Sale: Wednesday, 25 October
Parents of Grade 11 students are asked to bring baked goods to the Reception Desk before school on Wednesday. Baked items will be sold to students at lunch. Thank-you in advance for your contributions!
Attention Grade 9 Parents: The Freshman Retreat
If any families have Freshman Retreat (TFR) forms that they have not yet returned, or if these forms have been misplaced, please contact Mr Kelsch as soon as possible.
November Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Conferences
This year's first progress reports will be mailed on Friday, 3 November. In addition, our first round of parent-teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, 16 November, 3:30–8:00 pm and Friday, 17 November 9:30 am–3:30 pm. The online appointment booking system is accessible via the Powerschool Parent Portal. Parents should ensure they access to the Powerschool Parent Portal in advance. If necessary, please contact Mike Watson, Vice Principal Academics, to request information to set-up Powerschool access. Instructions for booking appointments will be included in the progress report mailing.
Note: Online appointment booking opens on Monday, 6 November at 8:30 am.
Manitoba Food Handler's Course: Friday, 17 November (UPDATE)
The Manitoba Food Handler's Course is intended for those who want to work in the food industry or any establishment that prepares/serves food. The course is open to all St. Paul's students and parents. We have a tentative date of Friday, 17 November from 9:00 am–4:00 pm (no school due to parent-teacher conferences). The cost of the course is a standard fee of $86 per participant which includes all costs associated with Manitoba Health (admin fees and mailed-out Certificate which is valid for 5 years). Payment will be accepted on the date of the course.
Currently, there are not enough participants registered to allow the course to go forward. Please review the following details and click the Registration button below to register for the course. Email confirmation will be sent to those registered to indicate whether the course will be offered as planned along with other pertinent details.
Calling All Singers and Dancers: Ages 12–30
As part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Church in Western Canada in 2018, the musical production ‘Eastar’ by Shawn Coughlin will be staged on Good Friday, 30 March at 7:00 pm and Saturday, 31 March at 2:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae Hall, by the youth of both St. Boniface and Winnipeg dioceses.
Auditions for singers and/or dancers ages 12 to 30 will be held on two Saturdays in November, 18th and 25th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Click the following button for more information on on auditions, volunteering, tickets etc.
The deadline for audition submissions is Friday, 3 November.
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance
For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program, underwritten by Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents, and is especially valuable for families who:
• do not have medical or dental plans,
• have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits, or
• have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.
Click the "Apply Now" button to be directed to the different methods for purchasing accident insurance. Alternatively, the front office has a limited number of printed application forms available upon request.
Provincial Titles: JV and Varsity Cross Country Teams!
St. Paul's High School claimed both Junior Varsity and Varsity Boys Provincial titles in the Mantioba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) Provincial Cross Country Championship Tournament!
The Junior Varisty Team started the day off with a blast. The team was led by grade ten speedster Scott Mann (5th) and followed by four grade 9s: Maheep Rehsia (10th) , Alex MacMillan (11th), and Nic and Matteo DeStafano (14th and 16th, respectively). The team defeated the heavily favoured Garden City Gophers who were the defending provincial champions. Also counting for the Cru was JP Garcia and Avery Stubbings. Paulo Cornejo also ran a great race. There were close to 200 runners in this race from over 40 schools.
Not to be out done, the Varsity Crusaders ran the race of their lives to pull off the Provincial title. Led by grade twelve star Jack Taylor (1st), the rest of the team stepped up big with Cory Frederickson (12th), hockey star Eric Fawkes (23rd), Ryan William (25th), and Bryce Kristjansson (27th). Other members of the team were Kyle Chorney, Andrew Kaul and Chance Sabados. There were over 215 runners in this race from over 40 schools. Jack Taylor's excellent performance earned him the first ever Varsity Individual Cross Country title for a St. Paul's High School student-athlete.
Congratulations to all student-athletes who trained hard over the season and raced at the tournament, and to Cross Country Team Head Coach, Mr Jeff McMillan, and assistants, Ms Christine Janzen, and Mr Dennis Kuzenko.
Transfers from Pre-Calculus to Applied Math: Monday, 16 October
The deadline for transfers from Pre-Calculus to Applied Math (grades 11 and 12) is Monday, 16 October. Students should speak with their Counsellors to discuss this option, if applicable. Opportunity to transfer to Essential Math will be available until Monday, 12 February 2018.
Junior Debate Tournament: Wednesday, 18 October
St. Paul's is hosting the first Junior Debate tournament of the season next Wednesday, 18 October. The resolution students will be arguing is "This House believes that Canadian culture is independent of American culture." Both private and public schools from across the city are expected to participate. The debate begins at 5:30 pm and will take place in just about every classroom in the school–spectators welcome!
Relaxed Dress Code Day: Friday, 20 October
Relaxed Dress Code in support of our upcoming Mission Drive for the El Salvador Scholarship Fund.
Cost to participate: $2.00
Upcoming Mission Week
On Friday, 20 October, the Maroon and White will kick of our first Mission Week to raise funds in support of the El Salvador Scholarship Fund. This year, the Maroon and White have a new initiative: "Fridays are for the Mission." This will include the sale of hot chocolate on Friday, 20 October and Friday, 27 October to bookend our first mission week. From 7:30–8:45 am, members of Maroon and White will sell hot chocolate for $1.00 in the main Student Link. One hundred percent of the profits will go directly to the El Salvador Scholarship Fund. We hope you will encourage your sons to support this worthy cause. Stay tuned for more exciting Mission events to be communicated next week.
It's not too late to get your tickets to the Parent Social Evening.
The evening will be a come-and-go event with no formal program except for a few introductory remarks around 8 pm. Light appetizers catered by Rudy’s Eat & Drink and a complementary bar will be available. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, listed below, we are able to offer tickets for this event for only $10 per person. This event is exclusive to parents and their partners of current St. Paul's students.
There are three ways to reserve your attendance:
Note: No physical tickets will be issued. Those who reserve their attendance by any of the above means will be on the guest list upon arrival.
Thank you to our event sponsors!
Manitoba Food Handler's Course Being Offered
The Manitoba Food Handler's Course is intended for those who want to work in the food industry or any establishment that prepares/serves food. The course is open to all St. Paul's students and parents. We have a tentative date of Friday, 17 November from 9:00 am–4:00 pm (no school due to parent-teacher conferences). A minimum of 10 participants is required to offer the course. The cost of the course is a standard fee of $86 per participant which includes all costs associated with Manitoba Health (admin fees and mailed-out Certificate which is valid for 5 years). Payment will be accepted on the date of the course.
St. Paul's alumnus, Rob Mancini '95, is the course instructor. Mr. Mancini completed a Masters Degree in Food Science with focus on food-safety training. He was the host of a food safety television series entitled Kitchen Crimes which aired major television networks and is a food blog writer with experience teaching food safety courses for major corporations.
Please complete the following form to register for the course. Email confirmation will be sent to those registered to indicate whether the course will be offered as planned along with other pertinent details.
Career Readiness Resources
The following document provides information and suggestions to help parents support their sons explore options for post-secondary studies and careers. The document was prepared by Mrs Jennifer Kolton of the St. Paul's High School Counseling Department. This information may be particularly helpful to grade 11 and 12 students as they will be asked to choose from various presentations during the school's upcoming Career Day on Wednesday, 1 November.
Some other online resources that may be helpful include:
Coming in December: Cultural Celebration
As previously announced, the school will host its first Cultural Celebration event on Tuesday, 19 December, during an extended lunch period. This event is for our students to help them appreciate the great diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds represented in our student population. We are asking for parental support for this event in the form of artifacts, clothing, music, art, etc., that represent your cultural heritage. As an option, we also invite you to consider preparing some light food items (preferably cold) that give a quick taste of the tradition – not a meal or a major item, but something bite-size and quick. A fuller description of the event will be sent to you via email, along with a link to a survey. If you wish to participate, please fill out the survey no later than Monday, 23 October.
Class of 2018 - Graduation Events Information
The following document contains dates, times, and details for graduation events for member of the Class of 2018.
Thanksgiving: Monday, 9 October
The school is closed on Monday, 9 October for Thanksgiving. Classes resume on Tuesday, 10 October. School Day: 3
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.
Today we give thanks For our many blessings as we pray for those in need.
We give thanks For our family and friends as we pray for those who are lonely.
We give thanks for our freedoms as we pray for those who are oppressed.
We give thanks for our good health as we pray for those who are ill.
We give thanks for our comfort and prosperity as we share our blessings with others.
On this day of Thanksgiving, May the love of God enfold us,
the peace of God dwell within us,and the joy of God uplift us.
(Thanksgiving Prayer by St. Vincent Meals On Wheels)
Early Dismissal: Tuesday, 10 October
Students will be dismissed at 2:25 pm to accommodate a staff meeting. Schedule 2 is in effect.
Photo Retakes: Wednesday, 11 October
Photo Retakes are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 11 October. Students and staff who missed school picture day will be automatically added to the retake list. Regular Dress Code is required to sit for a retake. 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 email@example.com to be issued a new PROOFCODE. Please be sure to indicate the school name, student's name and grade with your request.
North American Martyrs' Liturgy: Friday, 13 October
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.
On Tuesday, 3 October, St. Paul's High School launched the 2018 Crusader Raffle. This is our school's most important fundraiser facilitated by students. Funds raised from the sale of Crusader Raffle Tickets go directly to the St. Paul's Bursary Fund and Extracurricular Programs. This year, approximately 1 in 7 students receive tuition support with an average amount of about $6,000 per student. Without these funds, many students would be unable to attend St. Paul's for their high school education.
Parents are asked to make sure their sons bring home their raffle ticket packages and to read the enclosed letter with details to help parents support their sons in meeting their obligation of selling 10 sheets or 40 tickets.
Top Seller Prizes
Prize Draw for Sellers
Help Wanted: Costumes for Drama Productions
The St. Paul’s Drama Department would like to extend an invitation to parents interested in volunteering on a casual basis with costumes for the 2017–18 Drama Productions. An interest in design, a creative eye and ability to sew/perform alterations would be an asset. Any interested parents are asked to contact Diane Samyn.