Showing Support – Thank you Scottie Families!

This year St. Margaret School was proud to once again participate in the Terry Fox School Walk for cancer research. 

Due to your generosity and support St. Margaret School was able to exceed our goal of $1500.00 and raise $2105.00, our largest amount ever, for the Terry Fox Foundation! 

Thank you for continuing to honour Terry Fox‘s Marathon of Hope! 

Way to go Scotties!  

 

Today we show our SPIRIT by wearing Orange for Truth and Reconciliation !!

Kindergarten (EY) Pick Up and Drop Off Reminders

Early Years Parents and Guardians:

This is just a reminder that when dropping off in the morning or picking up in the afternoon, MASKS ARE MANDATORY. (If parent has a ‘mask exemption’ e.g., use of a shield etc.) please let the staff know. This includes older siblings! We share the fenced-in area with the Y Daycare so please be patient, keeping a safe distance!

For Mrs. Denis’ class, parents picking up students at the end of the day are on the school blacktop area where other students and staff may be present, so a mask is required and safe distancing.

Thank you for helping us to follow safe protocols to keep students, parents, and staff safe!

Mr. J. Schnarr

Principal

St. Margaret Thanksgiving Food Drive

St. Margaret Thanksgiving Food Drive will run from Monday September 27th to Thursday October 7th

Donations go to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

Students may bring donations of non-perishable food items to their classroom.

Mrs. Carson’s Grade 7 students will pick up items each day from classrooms.

Items could be cans, boxes, or packaged items.

 

Let’s help people in our community!

Catholic School Council meeting Monday September 27th, 2021

St. Margaret Parents and Guardians:

Welcome back to another school year! We are happy our students are back to learning face-to-face in a safe environment. We will be having our first Catholic School Council meeting Monday September 27th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This meeting will be a virtual meeting.

Parents that completed the start-up form indicating they are interested, and past Council members will receive a google invite Monday morning. If you are still interested in being part of our Catholic School Council please contact the school office, and you will receive an invite.

This will be a brief start up meeting to establishing formal roles (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Bingo Co-ordinator) and welcome new parent members. A brief Principal Update will be shared and goals for future meetings will be established.

Mr. J. Schnarr

Principal

Grade 3 First Holy Communion

Families of St. Margaret Grade 3 students:

Father Joe our new pastor at St. Patrick Parish has asked the school to reach out to share the following information.

We are pleased to share that our Grade 3 students will receive the sacrament of Holy First Communion which was missed due to Covid restrictions last year. Families did register already through the parish. New families will receive the registration form from the school.

First Holy Communion for our grade 3 students will take place on Saturday October 16th. We have 38 students receiving the sacrament. There will be 2 masses at 10:00 and 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Church:

                 -10:00 a.m. will include students with last name beginning with A – N

                -1:00 p.m. will include students with last name beginning with P – Z

Each family will have one pew. Each pew holds 8 family members (7 + the student).

Masks are required by everyone to enter the church.

Father Joe will visit the students to say hi the week before on Wednesday October 13th.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at the school or send me a message!

 

Mr. J. Schnarr

Principal

Jodie.Schnarr@wcdsb.ca

Terry Fox Walk September 29th

Dear Families,

On Wednesday September 29, 2021 students in Kindergarten to Grade Eight will be taking part in the Terry Fox National School Walk Day (rain date Thurs. Sept. 30).

St. Margaret School is proud to play an important role in keeping the legacy of Terry Fox going.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the heroic efforts of Terry as well as donate much-needed funds for cancer research.  Through our participation in the Terry Fox School Walk, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.

Donations will be solely online. Simply go to:

 http://www.terryfox.ca/StMargaretCSCambridge

The site is secure and receipts are sent to your email address. 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research!

On our walk day all students are encouraged to wear red and white to show support for our Canadian hero.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

The Staff at St. Margaret

BOOMERANG LUNCH PROGRAM at St. Margaret

St. Margaret School has a Boomerang Lunch program to help make a difference in our environment. We hope to reduce waste and encourage students and their families to review and rethink the way they prepare and package lunch and snack foods.

How does it work?

All waste from your child’s lunches and snacks will be returned home in their lunch bags. This includes any packaging, plastic bags, food waste and wrapping. It is our hope that food waste that comes home (e.g. apple cores, sandwich crusts, etc.) will be disposed of in your green bin or compost. Students will be encouraged to put food waste in their sealed reusable containers to help control bringing home a messy lunch bag.

What about recycling?

The Green Team has been working hard over the years to make sure that all classes are properly recycling items in their blue and white bins and that food waste goes into a green bin. This initiative has been successful, however in light of the current pandemic, Green Team is not able to meet for washing bins and taking care that recycling and green bins are maintained properly in the school.

Why are we doing it?

It’s the right thing to do for our environment! Much of the waste in our school come from disposable packagings, such as plastic bags and food wrappers. It is estimated that the average school-age child using a disposable lunch produces 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year! Although some of this waste is made of recyclable materials, it is still a huge cost to transport and process these items. Encouraging the use of reusable containers will reinforce that children can be part of the solution to our waste problems.

Boomerang lunches enable parents to see what their children are actually eating!

A boomerang lunch also provides parents with firsthand knowledge of the eating habits and preferences of the child. By bringing home the leftovers you will see what’s been eaten or not. Teachers see a huge amount of uneaten food go into the garbage day after day. This is not only wasteful but expensive.

Boomerang lunches work!

St. Margaret School prides itself in being a leader in the way we treat the Earth. We currently hold a Gold Level Eco-School designation. The boomerang lunch program is another area where we can show our respect for our environment. Many schools throughout Waterloo Region and other school boards have implemented boomerang lunches with tremendous success.

Thanks for your support with this very important initiative!

We know this program will require families to re-think food preparation and student actions. Our hope is that discussions will take place at home and school and habits will change. Packing a waste-free lunch not only helps the environment, but it can also result in healthier, more nutritious snacks/lunches as many prepackaged foods contain significant amounts of salt, preservatives, sugar and fat. There is also a cost saving as lunches made of prepackaged items cost significantly more than buying larger quantities and serving them in reusable containers.

We live in a global village, sharing the precious earth God has given us.

We are all called to be good stewards of the environment.

 

Thank you, The Green Team at St. Margaret School

 

District 8 Announcement Regarding Return of Athletics in 2021-22

Hi Scottie Families, see below for the announcement about Intramurals for our Junior Students and Athletics for our Grades 7 and 8 students. We are talking to the students today. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming activities.

Mr. Schnarr

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and District 8 Athletic Association are happy to announce the return of its interschool athletic programming effective September 20, 2021.

Active participation in athletics has known health benefits, including physical fitness and mental wellness.

Athletics provides social interaction which is necessary in a time of uncertainty for our students. It is with this in mind that we have prioritized getting our youth back to play and competition with health and safety as our primary focus.

As the pandemic continues, it is all our responsibilities to take reasonable steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect all individuals who participate in our athletic activities. The WCDSB and District 8 will be implementing every strategy within our ability and as recommended to keep our student-athletes, teacher-coaches, officials and public safe.

In order to offer the safest possible option for a return to sport, all student-athletes (born 2009 and earlier) and teacher-coaches who wish to participate in interschool athletics must show proof of full immunization against COVID-19 (two doses plus 14-day waiting period) OR provide negative rapid antigen test results to their school twice per week.

This protocol will take affect Monday September 20th when practices and tryouts are able to resume. Competition schedules will be released as soon as they become available. The WCDSB is encouraging schools to organize safe intramural activities at their school, especially for those students born in 2010 or later, so that all ages can enjoy the benefits that physical activity offers.

All officials and volunteer coaches (non-school staff) must be fully immunized against COVID-19 (two doses plus 14-day waiting period). In addition to these very necessary measures, there are additional general protocols to ensure public safety.

These initiatives include but are not limited to; attendance tracking to conduct contact tracing, daily screening prior to participation, sanitization of high touch surfaces, mandatory masking for all individuals not actively involved in play, physical distancing where possible, spectator restrictions and more. Students who wish to learn more about the interschool athletic opportunities at their school should contact their school’s main office and/or athletic director for more information.

 

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