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School News ~ February 6

Although a School News email was sent out very recently, there is more news to share. In particular, please see the important information about Shrove Tuesday (we’re serving pancakes), and Winter Play Day (we still need volunteers).

Have a blessed day,

Paul Gautreau

SHROVE TUESDAY: Tuesday, February 13th is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardis Gras, or Pancake Tuesday.  It is a day of festivity and feasting before the 40 solemn days of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.  To mark Shrove Tuesday, St. Dominic Catholic School Council volunteers will be serving students pancakes and syrup.  This will be more of a snack than a meal, so children should eat breakfast and bring their lunch and snacks as usual.  If you would prefer that your child not be served a pancake, please let your child’s teacher know. Many thanks to our School Council for supporting the continuation of this tradition.

WINTER PLAY DAY:   Volunteers are still needed. If you are available on Friday, February 16th to help out with our Winter Play Day, please fill out this Google Form.  You can volunteer for the morning when Kindergarten, Grade 3, and Grade 6 are outside, or for the afternoon when Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 4, and Grade 5 are outside.

BADMINTON:  In the previous School News email, I missed 7 athletes who also participated in the badminton tournament last week.  Congratulations to Faith, Sophie, Hannah, Gabriella, Annabelle, Veronica, Maysoon who did a great job representing our school at the tournament.

PUSH UP CHALLENGE:  Mr. Paialunga is participating in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Push-Up Challenge, and he is inviting students in all classes to join him in doing as many push-ups as they can during the month of February. Students can do whatever type of push up they want - straight leg, bent leg, wall pushups, etc.  The goal is simply to have some fun, stay physically active, build an awareness of the importance of mental health, and to see how many push-ups our school can collectively do over the month.  


School News ~ January 31

St. Dominic continues to be a very busy place.  Below are a few highlights and other pieces of information for the month ahead, and beyond. May God continue to bless our wonderful school community!  

PIZZA DAYS:  The last day to order pizza for the February to June session is tomorrow (February 1st). Please go to to place your order.

THURSDAY IS ANOTHER POPCORN DAY.  Grade 6 students will be selling popcorn tomorrow for $2 per bag. Proceeds from the sales will go towards supporting Grade 6 year end activities. Please send change with your child if you wish to participate.

FRIDAY IS A PD DAY.  Staff will be working on Term 1 Report Cards or will be taking part in training.  As such, there is no school for students.

BAKE SALE:  On Friday, February 9th, our Grade 6 students will be hosting a bake sale.  Treats can be purchased for 25¢, 50¢, or $1.  Cake Raffle Tickets will also be available for $1 per ticket, $2 for 3 tickets, or $5 for 10 tickets.  Students were asked to bake with nut/peanut free ingredients.  Pre-packaged (store bought) nut/peanut free items are also available.

BADMINTON: Last week, St. Dominic hosted teams from 3 other schools for a badminton tournament.  Our students played well and were great sports!  Congratulations to all the players, including Leah, Emma, Rory, Suri, Evelyn, Mikaela, Mila, Jemima, Charlotte, Thanish, Elisée, Jacob, Sami, Mateo, Greysen, Josef, Austin, Elliott, Josh, Jason, Lucas, Connor, Aadhi, Aayu, and Owen.  Many thanks to Ethan, Joel, Elliot, Joshua, Evelyn and Milana for helping out, to the coaches, Mrs. Baine, Mrs. Fernandez, Mme Luchtenberg, and Mrs. Rayner, and to Mr. Paialunga who was the tournament convenor. 

REPORT CARDS:  On February 14th, you will be able to download your child’s Term 1 Report Card from the Parent Portal.  If you are not quite sure how to access the Parent Portal or your child’s Report Card, please contact the school.

COMING SOON FOR GRADE 3 AND 6 PARENTS:  We will soon be sending forms home to the parents of Grade 3 and 6 students regarding choosing the French program that they would like their children to take as they move forward in school. To help with this decision, the school board is offering a FSL Pathway Information Session on February 5th at 6:30 pm at St Paul's HS. Click  Click here to register for the “café français”

LENT:  Our preparations have begun for Lent. To celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 13, our School Council will be serving pancakes and syrup to students during the first block of the day.   On Wednesday, February 14th at 9:45 a.m., we will be gathering in the Gym for an Ash Wednesday liturgy.  Finally, on February 21st, we will be having an assembly to kick off our Lenten Fundraiser.  Stay tuned for more details about all of these events.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW MATH IS TAUGHT IN ONTARIO?  Join Dr. Christine Suurtamm, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics Education at the University of Ottawa, on February 22nd for a session entitled, “Understanding Mathematics for the Elementary Learner”.  Click this link to register.  

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION IS NOW ON! Children who will be four by December 31, 2024 may be registered to begin Junior Kindergarten at St. Dominic in September. Simply click this link to REGISTER ONLINE NOW.  


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