Monthly Archives: April 2019

May 2019 News

May 2019 News

St. Margaret of Scotland School Community:

May brings nice weather and lots to celebrate and enjoy in Catholic Elementary Schools.

Here are a few reminders for this month:

-Friday May 3rd is our School Track and Field meet at St. Benedict Track

-Catholic Education Week is May 5th to 10th: watch for more information about the week’s events!

-Saturday May 11th at 2:00 p.m. is our grade 2 First Holy Communion at St. Patrick Church

-Our ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ Parent Information Evening is Thursday May 23rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (correction: an early message said Wednesday)

-PD Day on Friday May 31st: No School for students

-We will be practicing our Fire Drill and Lockdown routines

Please continue to read the regular Newswire items and keep checking the calendar!

 

Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal

 

FAITH

A Mothers’ Day Prayer

I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.
I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.

Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion, and peace. Bless her this day with your love.

 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE

Please remember our Safe Arrival Program. It is the Parent’s/ Guardian’s obligation to call the school if students are absent (519-622-6100). If students are late, they must check in at the office, sign in and take a late pass to be welcomed into the class.

Student Lunches: When special lunches are brought to the school, they are left at the office with the child’s name and classroom labelled on them. Students are expected to come to the office to pick them up at lunch time.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

During the month of April, we focused on the skill of INTRINSIC MOTIVATION!

The May Umbrella Skill is INTEGRITY.

What is integrity?

Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match those values.

If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’. When we say one thing and do another, it can make us feel like we always have something to cover up or hide. Integrity allows us to feel whole and take responsibility for our actions.

Integrity and our wellbeing

Research shows that more students are cheating because of rising pressure to achieve academically. We live in an age where integrity often takes a back seat to power and material success.  “The end justifies the means” is a common philosophy that too many people live by.

Students who cheat feel justified in their behaviour and unfairly disadvantaged if they approach their studies with integrity.

Integrity is an important skill for building healthy relationships as it increases the release of oxytocin in our brain. Oxytocin is our bonding hormone. It makes us more trustworthy to others and allows us to feel like we’ve succeeded on our own merit. All of these benefit our sense of well-being!

Integrity is also the number one quality people look for in a leader and will help our children feel proud of who they are.

 

ECO / GREEN TEAM

Thank you to all students and families that participated or support the St. Margaret and Clemens Mill ECO Fair. It was amazing!!

 

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

Popcorn sales will continue every Friday for only $1.00!!

 

PARKING

We continue to monitor SAFETY during pick up and drop off times before school and at the end of the day. We are working with Cambridge By-Law to help identify safe areas for pick up and drop off. Please do not park in front of the entrance or use the designated parking spots. Staff, Taxi’s, Board personnel need to access the parking lot

Thank you for respecting our ‘Student Safety Zone’ sign at the entrance to our parking lot. I thank the staff that volunteer to be at the gates in the morning and after school. Also, please be extra safe while picking up on the road. Please do not block driveways, and do not let students cross the road unattended to be picked up. Please respect our friends at the YMCA.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Remember to sign up for our Wednesday Pizza lunches at lunchboxorders.com.

Our next meeting is Monday May 27th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.

 

SPECIAL MESSAGE

 

Kitchener Minor Baseball Association is proud to host a Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Honda Instructional Clinic powered by Honda throughout Ontario for beginner baseball players aged 8 to 12.

This one-day, four-hour clinic will take place on, Saturday June 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Breithaupt Park in Kitchener during Baseball Day.  This event is open to players in Waterloo Region.

Players will rotate through drills that cover skills including, hitting, infield, outfield, base running and new for 2019, a baseball-oriented agility training station. To conclude the Instructional Clinic, players will put their skills to the test in a game of whiffle ball.

 

Participants will receive a Blue Jays hat, T-shirt and baseball manual with information to take home and continue to develop their baseball skills.

Cost: $55 (plus HST) per participant.

Register on-line by clicking on the following link:

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/community/baseball-academy/instructional-clinics-registration-form

 

 

 

Plastic Bag Grab Challenge

Did you know that more than 1 billion plastic bags are handed out in Canada each year? They can all be reused or recycled so let’s make sure they are! 

St. Margaret Green Team has entered our school in the Canada-wide Plastic Bag Grab Challenge in honour of Earth Week.

Please check your cupboards and closets and bring all your plastic shopping bags into school so that we can ensure they are recycled appropriately – the challenge runs until Thursday, May 2, 2019!

WWF Grant for the St. Margaret Forest

St. Margaret students and staff are ‘Bringing Back the Forest’ with our #WWFGoWild School Grant!

Stay tuned for updates on how our students are making a difference for wildlife and helping nature thrive with @wwfcanada #WCDSBAwesome @WCDSBNewswire

ECO Fair is here!!

TODAY is our ECO Fair 2019! Set-up time for participants will be 4-5:30 PM.

The ECO Fair will run from 6-8 PM. Come on out to see some wonderful student learning about the environment.

Questions can be directed to Kimberly Namespetra-Sullivan kimberly.namespetrasullivan@wcdsb.ca

 Thank you…

ECO Fair Reminder

Only 5 days until ECOFair!

All students that have been working hard to prepare a project, please see the attached handbook to ensure that you have the correct times and procedures for Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

Eco Fair Participant Package

ECO Fair Reminder April 16

One week to go until

ECO Fair 2019!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM

St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School

and

Clemens Mill Public School

are excited to be joining together

for an evening showcase of student learning

about the environment.

For more information please contact:

kimberly.namespetrasullivan@wcdsb.ca

April 2019 News

St. Margaret of Scotland School Community,

National Volunteer Week is April 7th to the 13th. The theme is ‘The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities’ We appreciate and thank ALL Volunteers!!

St. Margaret Volunteer Appreciation

In appreciation of volunteer support at St. Margaret,

we extend this invitation for all volunteers to attend a

Volunteer Social

What: Light Lunch

When: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Drop in from 11:35 a.m. -12:35 p.m.

Where: St. Margaret School Library

Please RSVP asap

to (519) 622-6100 or Email to Adrienne.Idzik@wcdsb.ca

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.        ~ Mark Nolan

 

Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal

 

FAITH

Lord God,

You loved this world so much,

That you gave your one and only Son,

That we might be called your children too.

Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace

Of Easter, every day.

Let us have hearts of thankfulness

For your sacrifice.

Let us have eyes that look upon

Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.

Help us to walk in that mighty grace

And tell your good news to the world.

All for your glory do we pray, Lord,

Amen.

 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE

Please remember our Safe Arrival Program. It is the Parent’s/ Guardian’s obligation to call the school if students are absent (519-622-6100). If students are late, they must check in at the office, sign in and take a late pass to be welcomed into the class.

Student Lunches: When special lunches are brought to the school, they are left at the office with the child’s name and classroom labelled on them. Students are expected to come to the office to pick them up at lunch time.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

During the month of March, we focused on the skill of AUTONOMY!

The April Umbrella Skill is Intrinsic Motivation.

 

 

WHAT IS INTRINSIC MOTIVATION?

 

Intrinsic motivation is:

·         Motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades

·         The pleasure a person gets from the task itself

·         The drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing

·         The motivation to adopt or change a behavior for your own happiness

WHY DOES INTRINSIC MOTIVATION MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?

 

When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment, and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or achievements we are hoping for it can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our success at the end of the day.

 

RESEARCH BASED OUTCOMES OF INTRINSIC MOTIVATION

1.     Increases time spent in a positive mood

2.     Improves engagement at school

3.     Higher levels of academic success

4.     Improves creativity

5.     Improves our coping strategies

6.     Helps us stick with tasks longer

 

ECO / GREEN TEAM

We are excited about the upcoming ECO Fair. It is a collaboration between St. Margaret and Clemens Mill students on Tuesday April 16th in the St. Margaret school gym. Thanks to Mrs. Sullivan for her leadership to make this event happen.

 

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

Popcorn sales will continue every Friday for only $1.00!!

 

PARKING

We continue to monitor SAFETY during pick up and drop off times before school and at the end of the day. We are working with Cambridge By-Law to help identify safe areas for pick up and drop off. Please do not park in front of the entrance or use the designated parking spots. Staff, Taxi’s, Board personnel need to access the parking lot

Thank you for respecting our ‘Student Safety Zone’ sign at the entrance to our parking lot. I thank the staff that volunteer to be at the gates in the morning and afterschool. Also, please be extra safe while picking up on the road. Please do not block driveways, and do not let students cross the road unattended to be picked up. Please respect our friends at the YMCA.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Remember to sign up for our Wednesday Pizza lunches at lunchboxorders.com.

Our next meeting is Monday May 27th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.

 

April 2019 Fitbit – Family Meal Time

Make meal time family time. Families that eat together tend to have better eating habits and eat more vegetables and fruits. Turn off the TV, put away electronic devices like smartphones and tablets and sit down at the table together.

Sitting down together for a meal is a great opportunity to check in with each other and share stories about your day. Eating together also provides an opportunity for positive role modeling, while encouraging healthy habits. Make meal time family time; you’ll be glad you did!

Try making this easy and delicious dish with your family. Talk about where each food item came from and how the meal was made.

Vegetarian Chili

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tbsp (15 mL)   olive oil

1 cup (250 mL) onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1  green or red bell pepper, chopped

2 tsp (10 mL)  chili powder

1 tsp (5 mL)  ground cumin

½ tsp (2.5 mL)   salt

1 can (540 mL)  black beans, drained and rinsed

3 cups (750 mL) sweet potatoes, diced

1 cup (250 mL)  canned crushed tomatoes

1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable stock, or water

Optional toppings:        cheese, shredded , plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Sauté onions, garlic and bell pepper for about 3 minutes.
  3. While stirring, add chili powder, cumin, salt and black beans until fragrant.
  4. Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked.
  5. If chili is too thick, add ½ cup of water.
  6. Optional: top individual servings with yogurt or shredded cheese.

Adapted from Unlockfood.ca

More tips for healthy eating habits with your family, visit Health Canada

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

Possible Student Walk Out Today

Dear St. Margaret Parents/ Guardians,

It has come to our attention that some students at St. Margaret are planning a student walkout on Thursday, April 4, 2019 protesting the provincial government’s recent changes to education.  This walkout is occurring at some schools across the region, and indeed across many boards.   Information and messages are being circulated on social media, email and web sites. These planned student walkouts are not Board/School sanctioned events.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board values the students’ voice, and a vision of the learner that includes what it means to be a responsible citizen, a reflective thinker, and a discerning believer. Our school administration and office staff will follow regular attendance/ safe arrival procedures and report the missed class(es) to the parent/ guardian as soon as possible. Our school staff will not be supervising students who participate in the protest as it remains a regular school day.

We sincerely appreciate your partnership in the education of your children. Our priority is to support the learning and well-being of students while maintaining a safe environment.

Please direct any questions/ concerns to the main office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Jodie Schnarr

Principal