Schedule 4: Monday, 28 November
This December, we join with many other people and agencies throughout Winnipeg to provide hampers for families whose names are provided to us by the Christmas Cheer Board. This has been a long tradition at the school in support of those who do not have the resources to celebrate Christmas in the way many of us take for granted. Please support this very worthwhile project as a sign of our common “commitment to justice” – one of the five characteristics of the Grad-at-Grad. In addition, for the last several years the school has selected several families from our own school community who are in great need which several Mentor Groups, the Front Office staff, teachers, and other members of the school community are asked to support. Through these efforts, and through the efforts of mentor groups, the school will deliver hampers to many Christmas Cheer Board families and several St. Paul’s community families who otherwise may have to do without.
Extended Mentor Group Meeting
On Monday, 28 November, the length of mentor group meetings will be extended to 30 minutes to help with hamper preparation. Each mentor group will organize a hamper and students will be asked to bring in items and/or money towards the preparation of Christmas Hampers. We will follow Schedule 4 this day. The following information was sent to all parents in a recent email message and is copied here as reference.
Christmas Hamper Program Information
Early Dismissal: Wednesday, 30 November
We will have an early dismissal and follow Schedule 2 on Wednesday, 30 November to accommodate a faculty meeting. Winnipeg Transit has been notified of our early dismissal and will provide bus service shortly after students are dismissed for the day.
Relaxed Dress Code: Thursday, 1 December
Students are encouraged to participate in a relaxed dress code in support of our annual Christmas Hamper Program. The cost to participate is $2 AND a nonperishable food item OR $5.00 cash.
School Day Change: Friday, 2 December
Friday, 2 December will be changed to school Day 4 to accommodate band rehearsals in preparation for the Advent Band Concert. A subsequent change will occur the following week on Tuesday, 6 December in which the school day will be changed to Day 2.
Advent Liturgy: Friday, 2 December
On Friday, 2 December, we will have a whole-school Liturgy to celebrate the beginning of Advent. All St. Paul's community members are welcome to attend on Friday, 12:40 pm, in the Albrechtsen MultiPlex. We will follow Schedule 5 on this day.
Fall Drama Production: Fools by Neil Simon
The annual Fall Drama Production occurs December 2–4. Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase from Joan Trimble. Curtain times are 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 pm on Sunday. Come out, be entertained, and support the St. Paul's Dramatic Society!
Advent Band Concert
Our annual Advent Concert is coming up on Tuesday, 6 December at 7:00 pm in the Paul Albrechtsen MultiPlex. This is a wonderful evening filled with musical and vocal performances by our Concert Bands, Junior and Senior Jazz Bands, and Choir. All are welcome to attend. A silver collection to support the St. Paul's Music Program will be at the door. All band students received an information letter to bring home to parents for further details.
Raffle Ticket Reminder
We are at the half-way point of our annual Crusader Raffle. Please encourage your sons to sell their raffle tickets and to return any sold tickets to the Advancement Office in order to qualify for prize draws for sellers. Ticket sales support the St. Paul's Bursary Fund and our Extracurricular Program.
St. Paul's Christmas Trees
An anonymous benefactor has generously donated lights on the trees at the front of St. Paul's High School. The lights are provided in memory of a deceased member of the benefactor's family and symbolize hope as we enter the Advent season in anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. The following prayer is offered as a blessing for our families during Advent.
we journey with you,
to Bethlehem’s stable
and a new-born King,
to the song of angels,
for Bethlehem’s star.
if on our journey
if we are distracted
by the tempting offers
of this world.
Keep our hearts aflame
with the hope
and the promise
of a Saviour. Amen
From Faith and Worship
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Congratulations to the following Varsity Volleyball players on being selected to the 2016 Graduating All-Stars:
Darian Picklyk '17, Gerard Murray '17, and Mathieu Lavoie '17.
Several of our student-athletes were recognized at the recent Winnipeg High School Football League Banquet. For the AA Crusader Football team, congratulations goes out today to Stephen Adamopolous '18, Vince De Rosa '19 and Nic Peters '18, who were all selected to the Home Run Sports All-Division team. For the AAA Crusaders, congratulations goes out today to Wyatt Edmonds '17, Remis Tshiovo '17, Kris Uschold '17, Shae Weeks '17, and Brody Williams '17, who were also selected to their respective Home Run Sports All-Division team. Additionally, congratulations to Shae Weeks '17 who selected as the inaugural winner of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Alumni ‘Most Outstanding Player’ in all of the WHSFL’s Varsity divisions. Congratulations again to all of these players and all of our award nominees!
Congratulations to St. Paul's alumni who received awards at the All-Canadian Awards Banquet which recognizes accomplishments of university student-athletes. DJ Lalama '11 won the Presidents Trophy for the defensive player of the year; Cam Teschuk '11 won the Russ Jackson Award given for excellence in academics, athletics, and community service; and DJ Lalama '11 & Alex Taylor '14 (Western) were selected as 1st Team All-Canadians.
The Grade 12 Provincial English Language Arts Standards Test will run January 10–13. This is a compulsory exam for all Grade 12 students. Mid-year exams will take place from January 24 – February 3. Grade 11 Canadian History and English exams are scheduled outside of the exam schedule to reduce the number of exams written by grade 11 students during the exam period and to minimize the possibility that a student has to write more than one exam on a given day. Please contact Mike Watson with any questions about the exam/tutorial schedule linked below.
2017 January Tutorial/Exam Schedule
Policy: Missed Exams
If a student misses an exam in any course, for any reason, his First Term result in that course will be worth only 30% of the final mark, the Second Term will be worth 70% (split evenly between term work and the June exam), and he will be required to write the June exam for the course. In addition, a student who misses an exam will not be eligible for the Honour-Roll in Term 1. A medical note may be required for absences during the exam period.
Admissions: 2017–2018 School Year
St. Paul's High School is accepting applications for the school year beginning September, 2017. 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.
2016 ANAVETS Bowl Champions!
Congratulations to the AAA Crusaders on their ANAVETS Bowl Championship win against the Vincent Massey Trojans on Thursday, 10 November.
JV & Varsity Volleyball Winnipeg West Athletic Conference Champions!
Congratulations to both the Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball teams on earning their conference championship titles. Both teams will be competing in the Manitoba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) Provincial Championship Tournament next weekend.
Congratulations to both Grade 9 Volleyball teams on winning their quarterfinal matches in the Assiniboine South Athletic Conference. The St. Paul's Maroon and White squads will face off against each other in a semifinal match scheduled Tuesday, 22 November, 5:00pm, at Acadia Junior High.
Good luck to all Crusader Volleyball teams!
TSN Plays of the Week
Congratulations to Shae Weekes '17 on earning recognition on TSN's Plays of the Week for an exceptional defensive play in the ANAVETS Bowl game last week. Shae's play was featured as the #5 play of the week on TSN's November 15th evening broadcast. The play will also be featured in a later TSN broadcast highlighting the top plays for November. The following clip was captured by Crusader Football Film Coordinator, Calvin Polet '93.
No School: Monday, 21 November
No classes due to faculty inservice day.
Relaxed Dress Code: Friday, 25 November
Students are encouraged to participate in the relaxed dress code for $2.00. Proceeds are in support of the St. Paul's Volleyball Program.
Lest we Forget
The above video of remembrance was prepared by Sidney Cairo '17 with the help of Ms Claire Lussier. The video highlights the life and contribution of George Joseph De Denus, who attended St. Paul's College and served in the Canadian Armed Forces. The video was presented at our school's Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, 10 November. Sidney Cairo '17 and Ms Lussier are representing St. Paul's High School at a Remembrance Day Service in Ottawa on November 11 where they will be presenting the video as part of the service.
Prayer of Remembrance
The following prayer of remembrance was read at our school's Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, 10 November. The adapted version below appears with permission from our Chaplain, Fr Michel Boutilier.
O Lord our God,
Today we remember times of war, times when men and women served our nation, and fought and died so that we might live in freedom.
We are thankful for the sacrifices that our soldiers, sailors, and aircrew made so that their brothers and sisters and the generations that followed them could live in peace.
We recall those who served far away, and those who served at home, and we thank them for what they have done to hold high the torch and take up the struggle against evil.
We thank you, Lord, for those who serve today in the armed forces, and we humbly pray that you keep them safe and make their labours a force for peace in the world.
May all nations and peoples on earth live together as one family–to care so that no one will be oppressed or afflicted by violence–to love and respect one another despite our differences, so that freedom might be a reality and that your Kingdom may be realized in our world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
ANAVETS Bowl: Tonight (Thursday, 10 November)
This evening, our AAA team faces Vincent Massey in the ANVETS Bowl Championship game at Investor's Group Field for a 7:30pm kickoff. Good luck to Coach Dainard, Coach Higham, the rest of the AAA Coaching Staff, and all the student-athletes!
Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday, 17 November
Parents of Grade 10 students are asked to bring baked goods to the Reception Desk on the Thursday morning. Thank-you in advance for contributing baked goods.
Relaxed Dress Code
Students are encouraged to participate in the relaxed dress code for $2.00. Proceeds are in support of the St. Paul's Christmas Hamper Drive.
Schedule 2 is in effect on Thursday, 17 November to allow teachers to prepare for parent-teacher conferences that evening. The last period of the day ends at 2:25 pm.
No School: Friday, 18 November
No school due to parent-teacher conferences.
Congratulations to Mr. Mitch Bourbonniere '81 on being selected as this year's Ignatian Challenge Award recipient! Thank-you to all families who supported our annual Tribute Dinner by your presence, participation in the Crusader Raffle, and generous contributions in support of the St. Paul's High School Bursary. The following video was created last year through the efforts of the Advancement Office and a local video production company as a way of recognizing the many generous contributions to the Bursary. The video is shared one again as an expression of gratitude for your ongoing support of our mission at St. Paul's High School.
Progress Reports Mailed
Grade 9–10 Progress reports were mailed on Thursday, 3 November while Grade 11–12 reports were mailed on Friday, 4 November. Each mailing includes a November Progress Report, a letter explaining the process for booking appointments for parent-teacher conferences, and an insert promoting our Fall Drama Production. Please contact Ms 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.
Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conference Sessions
Career Day Follow-up
On Wednesday, 2 November, our grade nine students participated in “Take Your Kids to Work Day” while the rest of the school spent the morning focusing on their future professional lives. Over forty working professionals gave generously of their time in order to talk to our students about their respective careers and other related topics.
Among these speakers were a number of parents: Ms Onalee Ames (Braden '19 and Parker '20) spoke on film acting; Dr Shelly Anderson (Chris '18) spoke on Psychiatry; Mr Frank Indome (Matt '18) spoke on software development; Mr Peter Kobar (Carter '19) spoke on portfolio management; Mr Gord Moore (Nicholas '19) spoke on computer programming; Mr Calvin Polet '93 (Charlie '20) spoke on entrepreneurship; and Mr Peter Smith '87 (Joe '17 and Luke '20) spoke on chartered accountancy.
Our students certainly gained from hearing about life experiences of our parents, alumni, teachers, and community members who were with us on Career Day. Many thanks to the parents who arranged for their sons to experience a work-day through the "Take Your Kids to Work" program. In addition, special thanks go to Mr Jason Hurton for coordinating all of the Career Day speakers and schedule, Mr Mike Watson for facilitating the online registration process for Career Day presentations, and to Mrs Jennifer Kolton for the logistics for "Take Your Kids to Work Day."
Visit from Dr Phil Fontaine
On Thursday, 3 November, Dr Phil Fontaine visited St. Paul's and addressed our Grade 11 class along with members of the Grade 11/12 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies class. Dr Fontaine shared his personal story and talked about his lifelong work committed to the promotion of justice for indigenous peoples and all citizens of Canada. We are grateful Dr Fontaine was able to be with us and provide our students with his perspectives on how to make Canada a better country for all. In addition, thanks go to Mr Stacy Dainard for arranging Dr Fontaine's visit.
Crusader Football Playoffs
Junior Varsity: Congratulations to Coach Jarrod Stadnyk, the many alumni who served as assistant coaches, and all the student-athletes on the Junior Varsity Football team, on a very fine season. Our JV team played an extremely hard-fought and exciting game against Oak Park in this week's semi-final game and came up just short of a shot at the finals. While their post-season ended sooner than the team hoped, we are grateful for an excellent year of growth, learning, and great sportsmanship.
AA: 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 Steinbach this evening.
AAA: This evening, our AAA team faces Sturgeon Heights in semi-final action at Investor's Group Field for a 7:30pm kickoff. 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.
School Trip to Paris, Vimy & Normandy: Limited Spots Available
The Government of Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017. There are spots available for up to two students in grades 10, 11, or 12 to join our school trip to visit the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. The trip runs March 23–April 1, 2017. Please contact Naomi Bilan or Stacy Dainard for more information.
Coming Next Week
Grade 9 Immunizations: Monday, 7 November
Grade 9 students with parental consent forms on file will receive their immunizations during morning classes on Monday, 7 November. Students being immunized will be permitted to wear St. Paul's polo shirts in place of the requisite shirt, tie, and sport jacket. Information from Public Health Immunization Clerk
Early Dismissal: Tuesday, 8 November
We will follow Schedule 2 to facilitate a staff meeting. Period 6 ends at 2:25 pm. Winnipeg Transit has been notified of the early dismissal and a charter will be provided after dismissal time.
Remembrance Day Service: Thursday, 10 November
Lest We Forget
Our school's annual Remembrance Day Service is scheduled for 12:40pm on Thursday, 10 November. We will follow Schedule 5 to accommodate our service. Parents are welcome to join us in the MultiPlex.
Remembrance Day: Friday, 11 November
Schedule Change: Wednesday, 30 November
We will have an early dismissal and follow Schedule 2 on Wednesday, 30 November in order to accommodate a faculty meeting. This event is a new addition to our school calendar and is reflected on the revised calendar for November posted in the School Calendar links on this page.