Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bags2school Collection extended!!

“Due to the extreme weather we have faced this week our collection date has been changed, you now have until Monday February 4th to bring in any of your unwanted cloths, shoes, linens and have a chance to win your class a pizza party.”

Our pick from the company is on Tuesday at 10:30am.


Bell Let’s Talk Wednesday January 30th

On Bell Let’s Talk Day Wednesday January 30th, St Margaret will be joining the conversation around mental health.

Students and staff are encouraged to wear bright colours to show their support! Special activities are planned in the school during the week.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, for every text, mobile and long-distance calls by Bell customers, tweet using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view, or use of the Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will contribute 5 cents more to Canadian Mental Health Programs.

5 main areas of focus are:

  1. Language Matters
  2. Educate Yourself
  3. Be Kind
  4. Listen and Ask
  5. Talk About It!

Together, the students and staff at St, Margaret can help end the stigma around mental illness.

Every day we will be drawing from our ballot box. Each student will be entered into the draw if they write or draw a picture of “what mental health means to them”. Winners will receive a Bell Let’s Talk blue toque!!


Thanks for your support!

Sports games cancelled today!

Due to the snowfall warning issued for this afternoon, into this evening, all today’s Elementary Basketball and Volleyball games will be postponed.

Convenors will be in touch with coaches and officials to establish when these games/matches will be rescheduled.



Junglesport is coming to St. Margaret

Junglesport is coming to St. Margaret!!!

 Just a reminder that there are two permission forms (one is online and can be signed online when you go to school cash online and the 2nd is the Consent form from Junglesport that was sent home). BOTH of these completed forms are needed for each student. The $15.00 is to be paid with School Cash Online only. 

Family Night is Wed. Feb. 13th! Three sessions are available but filling up quickly! Please send back the Family night form that was sent home last week if you are interested in coming, with your preference for which session you would like to attend! PLEASE NOTE: Ages 4 and up are able to participate. Also, students MUST be accompanied by an adult (parent/guardian) if they wish to attend this evening. You will be asked to sign the Permission Forms if you have not yet done so (e.g., if you are not a student at St. Margaret) if you are participating. Bring your running shoes for some climbing fun! At this time parents attending will be able to participate so bring your running shoes too!

We look forward to having Junglesport here in our school gym from Monday, February 11-Friday, February 15th!  Please visit their website at if you have any additional questions or to see videos and photos! Junglesport aligns with our Catholic Curriculum. Please read below for more information.

 If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Schnarr or Mrs. Leamen at the school!


Junglesport Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum connections:
Strand A – Active Living
Connections – some examples
A1. Active participation
Variety of new and challenging activities; promotes life-time interest
Fun, enjoyable activities. Students motivated to participate
A2. Physical fitness
Program encourages physical activity; use of body in alternative ways and of different
muscle groups
A3. Safety
High priority on program – self-awareness of personal safety
Students responsible for peer safety; e.g. when holding rope for climber
Strand B – Movement Competence
B1. Movement skills
Climbing; balancing; swinging; stretching; weight transfer; leaping; gripping; take-off &
B1. Movement concepts
Using body & muscles in different way; effort to complete challenges; hand-eye
coordination; awareness of others; how to land safely; centre of gravity key to successful
climbing by staying balanced
B2. Movement strategies
Rules & skills required for climbing & ropes courses; applying skills and improving
(e.g. climbing higher) through practice
Strand C – Healthy Living
C1. Understanding health concepts
Alternative sport & activities encourage healthy lifestyle
C2. Making healthy choices
Safe introduction to climbing & ropes courses; positive reinforcement through success
C3. Making connections for healthy living
Responsible for peer & personal safety; making safe choice for injury prevention

Boy’s Basketball location change today

Today’s Boy’s basketball game location has been changed from at St. Margaret to St. Benedict SS gym #3. The start time remains 4:00 p.m. St. Margaret is hosting St. Gabriel.

Thanks for your understanding. Go Scotties!

Catholic School Council meeting cancelled tonight

Our apology for the late notice but due to the weather, the Catholic School Council meeting scheduled for today at 6:15 p.m. is rescheduled to Tuesday February 5th at 6:15 p.m.

Our apology for any inconvenience!

Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather:

If weather conditions warrant the cancellation of busses or closing of schools, notice will be given over the local radio stations. Inclement weather information is provided early in the morning (7 a.m.) if not earlier.

Notices will also be posted on the WCDSB website –

Information is also communicated on the Transportation website:

Just a reminder that if buses are cancelled (and the school remains open) they are cancelled ALL day. If a parent chooses to drive their child/children, they are responsible for getting them home as well.


Inclement Weather before the school day:

Supervision by staff on the school yard begins at 8:35 a.m.

When students arrive and there is Inclement Weather (i.e., rain, icy conditions, colder than -20) grades 1-8 enter the school gym at the entrance at the side of the school by the parking lot and are supervised by school staff. Early Years (Kindergarten) students have their normal drop off procedure.

Students enter the gym and line up in their classroom assigned line.

When the bell rings to begin the school day at 8:50 a.m. classroom teachers meet their class in the gym and return to the classroom.

Bag2School Program at St. Margaret

The St. Margaret School Social Justice Club invites all families and friends to bring in used clothing items including clothes, footwear, purses, hats, towels, and linens from Monday, January 21, 2019 until pick-up day on January 31, 2019.

The Bag2School Program is a fundraiser with all money raised being donated by the Social Justice Club to a local charity. Please take some time to look through your closets and dressers this weekend and send in as much as possible. The classroom with the highest weight of reusable textile donations will win a pizza party!

Thank you in advance for your contributions.