June 2019 News

St. Margaret of Scotland School Community:

Well, June is finally upon us, and hopefully the nice weather decides to stay!

We continue to finish work and projects while celebrating our many successes. It was a pleasure to meet our new families at ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ parent information evening. The future of St. Margaret is very promising!

Check out the NEW lines on our Blacktop and Kindergarten areas. The students will have some games and creative ways to stay active during gym class, recess and lunch!

I am very pleased to share that our Fire Drill practices have been amazing. We will practice our Lockdown procedures over the next few weeks. I am confident that in an emergency our students are prepared!

We are excited about the NEW ‘Sneak Peek’ in August. Please complete and return the packages of information asap. Please contact the office if you will not be returning September 2019.

Congratulations to all our sports teams. The athletes have all shown great pride in being a ‘Scottie’. A special thanks to our staff coaches, and volunteer parents!

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


Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal



Special Prayers for Dad
God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless those fathers, who have taken upon themselves
the responsibility of parenting.
Bless those who face the many challenges of parenting.
Strengthen them by your love that they may become
the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Blessings before the Summer Holidays

Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.

Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.

Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.

Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.

Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.

Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.

Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.




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.



During the month of May, we focused on the skill of INTEGRITY.

The June Umbrella Skill is Mastery.



We were very proud to have Deacon Terry come to bless our Rosary Garden. It looks beautiful and is a great place to pray and reflect!



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



NEW: Please continue to help to remind students to use the sidewalks while on the school property. Being a good role model for the students is essential! Please do not run through the parking lot for any reason. Please do not drop off or pull into the gate areas when the gates are closed. Also, please do not make a 3-point turn near the school. Please take your time and make good choices while dropping off or picking up as safety is always the most important!

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.



Our final meeting is Thursday June 6th at 8:30 a.m. in the school Literacy Room.

On behalf of the St. Margaret Community, I would like to thank our Catholic School Council members for a job well done! Volunteers are essential to support programs and activities and we are so appreciative of the support parents and guardians provide. Please consider joining Council or volunteering during the 2019-2020 school year!

Thanks again for your support of our hot lunch program!


Fit Bit June 2019 – Eating well during the summer season

It’s that time of year again. Time for vacations, neighbourhood barbeques, road trips, pool parties, and the list goes on. With these fun celebrations come “special occasion foods.” It is important to remember that healthy eating is not only from September to June and should be encouraged all year round! Keeping children on track with their healthy eating habits is important to establish long standing healthy behaviours.

During the summer season, you can find an abundance of fresh and delicious vegetables and fruits that are packed with nutrients and water which can help the body overcome the summer heat. Set a goal for you and your children to try a new vegetable or fruit this summer. Stop by your local farmers’ market for locally grown foods and try them in a recipe or on their own!

Here are some additional tips to help you and your family practice healthy eating during the summer:

  • Road trip: Save money by planning and bringing your own healthy food. Pack healthy snacks such as precut veggies, dip, fruit, whole grain crackers, hummus and water.
  • Barbeque: Family and friends having a get together? Offer to bring a salad or vegetable platter. That way you know there will be a healthier option available.
  • Beach: Bring a healthy snack like yogurt and fruit with you in a cooler. Don’t forget about water and sunscreen! Drinking water in the heat can help prevent dehydration and heatstroke.

Try Icy Yogurt Pops for a refreshing treat!

1 cup                     non-fat plain yogurt

3/4 cup                 puréed fruit

3/4 cup                non-fat milk

Combine yogurt, puréed fruit and milk. Pour into seven small paper cups. Freeze until partially frozen. Insert a wooden stick into center of each; freeze until firm. To serve, peel off paper cup.

Adapted from Cookspiration by Dietitians of Canada 

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