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February 2016

In this issue
Principal’s Message

Important Dates 

Legally Blonde The Musical

Easter Preparations

7/8 Athletics

St. Paul Athletics

Students of Distinction

Wildcat 3D Printing Winner

STP Tweets

Math 4 Parents

Plato’s Closet

Fashion FUNraiser

The Give Gala

My Blueprint

Helping Youth Build A Successful Future

Quick Links

St. Paul Website and Calendar 

IEP Fact Sheet




Fatdog - Your Local High School Sports Authority!!

Parish Links

St. Martin de Porres

St. John the Apostle

PAH on Social Media

Parents and students are encouraged to keep up to date about upcoming graduation information/events/deadlines:

Remind: To receive messages via text, text @stpgr to 613-702-7747. Or to receive messages via email, send an email to

Grad Website:

Grad Twitter Feed: @stpaulgrad

Please note: There are also links to the Grad Website and Twitter Feed on the STP Website (


STP Athletics: STPaulCHSsports


Hello from St. Paul High School.

     It is now March Break and likely, everyone is in need of a rest! The last four to six weeks have been wild. Multiple inclement weather days compressed a pile of activities making it seem like we were on an incredible roller coaster. An amazing spirit week coupled with a theme of mental health awareness, online option sheets,intermediate  dance, 3D Makerspace, activity days etc., etc., etc. Smiles and energy were everywhere.

      I want to give particular attention to our play. I wish to share with you what I shared with staff in our Monday morning week at a glance.

A couple of years from now, my memories will fade about the specifics of Legally Blonde replaced with a vague recollection that I remember that my kids and I thought it was excellent. For the actors, sound and light  techs, make-up supports, set designers, directors and parents, they will remember the event with vivid detail. And not just the event. They'll remember the practices, run throughs and cast party too. They'll remember  the emotions, the fears the inevitable conflicts and obstacles, the hurried timelines and the laughter. What they'll also remember is a group of teachers volunteering countless hours to make them better actors ...and better people.

I won't forget that either.

We talk about building resilience and character all the time. What I love about the theatre is that it puts a group into a crucible and they have a couple of opportunities to demonstrate their grit. Led by an amazing group of teachers and a little sprite named Parker, they rocked the house.

Thank you for allowing us to be witness to this accomplishment.

    I meant every word. The play and all of our activities inside and outside of the classroom are about developing skills and character. I want to thank Lesley Thomas and her team (Christine Gosbee, Charlotte Harvey, Meaghan Bennett, Corey Thomas, and Chad Legault) for providing this wonderful activity for our students.

All the best for a wonderful March Break.

Geoff Edwards



March 14-18- March Break

March 25- Good Friday- No School

March 28- Easter Monday- No School

April 14- School Council

April 15- PD Day- No School



How do we prepare for Easter? During Lent we make a special effort to reflect on our lives and look at ways we could follow in Jesus’ footsteps more closely.  With this in mind we began Lent with Ash Wednesday Services in our homerooms with the following the theme of the Year of Mercy.  As we continue on our Lenten journey we had Fr. Lindsay Harrison, pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish here for chapel masses for many of our classes.  We see participating in the sacraments as a way for students to reflect on the church’s mission to spread the Gospel, making life better for the people in this world, especially those suffering and those on the margins.  Along these themes we have our Lenten project focused on our sister school, San Pablo, in the Dominican Republic. We will have two Lenten collections and announcements that will raise the awareness of the conditions our brothers and sisters live in down south.  We also have the Stations of the Cross on display in the main corridor with prayers and reflections connecting Jesus’ suffering to the suffering some in our community may be experiencing.  When we can understand another person’s suffering it increases our compassion for them. It is our hope here at St. Paul that we may prepare well this lent for Easter, bringing the light and hope of Christ to those around us.


February saw a continued effort in Intramurals with the kicking off of Futsal.  St. Paul also hosted the OCSB 7/8 West Badminton Tournament and saw some Top 3 finishes for a number of Golden Bear team members.

The Winter months have taken our Physical Education classes outside to experience snowshoeing and broomball in class.

The Spring sport lineup is approaching quickly as Basketball teams are set to begin their seasons and Hockey about to drop the puck on tryouts.

Go Bears Go!


Be sure to listen to the daily announcements! Tryouts for the following teams will be starting soon:

Varsity Baseball - for more information see Mr. Podgorski.

Badminton - Mr. Helman is coaching this year.

Track and Field - Mr. Nehme will be coaching again this year.

Girls Touch Football - Mr. Power is excited for the upcoming season.

Sr. Girls Volleyball

The Senior Girls Volleyball ended their season this month.  Although they did not have a winning record the girls enjoyed their time together.  A big thank you goes out to Mme. Lacroix for coaching.  All the best to the seniors who will be graduating this year.

Sr. Boys Basketball

The Senior Boys Basketball team enjoyed a lot of success in the regular season.  They finished in a tie for first place with Franco Ouest.  Tie breaking procedures placed them in second place for the playoffs.  The team put forth a great effort in their quarter final game against Immaculata.  Unfortunately, they came up short in the end losing 71-48.  Another great season!! Great job boys!

Jr. Girls Volleyball

The Junior Girls Volleyball team played their first two league games this week.  They have demonstrated a lot of improvement from last year.  They have lost 2 hard played matches and show a lot of promise for their upcoming tournament at De La Salle.  Their season will continue into April.


The Varsity Curling team had another successful season.  The team worked hard and played into the quarterfinals.  They played a close game against Longfields Davidson High School but lost 5-8 in the end.  Our team is made up of a lot of gr. 9 and 10 students.  There is a lot of promise for the years to come.


Aline Niyongabo

Aline took the initiative to contact Mr. Edwards to request a school wide cleanup.


The winner of a Door Prize (Julie Ricard) wanted to give back to the community and asked that the certificate go to a worthy student to further his or her interest in the sciences.

The certificate itself is valued at $300 and is to go towards the purchase of Wildcat Engineering Solutions services in the development of a 3D model and printing for the lucky recipient. In talking with Andrew he was thinking of going into Aerospace Engineering and thought the gift card would go well with helping him with an upcoming project that he has to build a model spaceship.


St. Paul CHS ‏@StPaulCHS  Mar 4

Our school musical, Legally Blonde, is SO MUCH FUN!!  Come out tomorrow night for the final show. 7pm.

St. Paul CHS ‏@StPaulCHS  Mar 4

... and the Intermediate winners are ... another drum roll ... GRADE 8!! #STPReviveWeek

St. Paul CHS ‏@StPaulCHS  Mar 4

... and the HS winners are ... drum roll please ... GRADE 12!! #STPReviveWeek

St. Paul CHS ‏@StPaulCHS  Mar 3

Fear Factor lunch today - Bon Apetit!  ;) #STPReviveWeek

St. Paul CHS ‏@StPaulCHS  Mar 2

3D printed objects from today's workshop


Let’s talk about Math!  Learn more about how math is taught today in classrooms and how you can support your child's learning. Two workshops will be offered on this evening at the same time. Please choose only one:

  1. Inquiry-based Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (JK-Gr. 6)
  2. So Much Homework, So Little Time. Why is High School Math So Difficult? (Gr. 7-12)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

All Saints Catholic High School

5115 Kanata Ave, Kanata

Register Now:


Thank you to Stacey McClellan from Plato's Closet consignment store  in Barrhaven for donating several bags of clothing to support families in need. We value these partnerships very much as they demonstrate the values we hope to instill in our students.



The Give Gala, will donate all proceeds to the Transplant Patient and Family Support Fund at the University Health Network (UHN). This year, The Give Gala will take place on April 16, 2016 at Sala San Marco Banquet Hall.

The evening will include a fabulous dinner, wine (all night), raffles, entertainment and dancing!

Tables can be reserved in advance for groups of 10. For tickets, you can email me at or at


My Blueprint ( provides students with an opportunity to explore various educational and careers pathways. Students at St. Paul High School have been introduced to My Blueprint over the years. However, this school year we’ve made it a priority to ensure students access and explore this program. Since September, most classes have had an in-service on the many uses of My Blueprint. My Blueprint has a user-friendly student dashboard that allows students to complete interest inventories, build a portfolio and plan their courses. Students are also able to track their progress to graduation as well as explore post secondary destinations and career pathways. This year, Option Sheet Contracts will be completed using My Blueprint. Student Services will be working with classes, as well as hosting a Parent Information night to help with the completion of the Option Sheet Contracts in February.


Children with special needs and youth need to have an environment where they can reach their milestones while being protected and loved.

The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS) wants to ensure that youth coming into care have such an environment in a family based setting. A special need child or teenager is dependent on his/her caregiver and therefore need to know that he/she really belongs to a home with identifiable surroundings. Far too often there are not enough families and they end up in a group home.  Group Homes can help provide temporary stability but researchers have proven that they do not provide a sense of belonging, a sense of family. Furthermore, there is also a greater possibility for teenagers and special needs children to age out of the system alone, without a family.

Fostering is a commitment to provide safety, security and predictability in the lives of children and youth who require a temporary, short-term out-of-home placement. Foster parents open their hearts and homes to children and youth in need.

Did you know that there are youth in group care who are waiting for a foster family?

We are reaching out to you in the hopes that you would partner with us, and help us search for new foster families. You can help by fostering a youth in care or spreading the news through your own personal and professional networks. For more information call Janique Cyr at 613-747-7800 ext. 2415 or


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Phone: 613-820-9705

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