Monthly Archives: January 2023

February 2023 News at-a-glance

Please continue to watch for Newswire reminders. Important dates are also our school calendar. Classroom teachers continue to communicate through their google classrooms.


Athletics are back:

-Boy’s Intermediate Basketball Tournament February 28th

-Girl’s Intermediate Volleyball Tournament March 7th


Bell Let’s talk Day was Wednesday January 25th.

Black History Month is in February!

Bus Evacuation training was completed a second time in class for all JK-8 students.


Catholic School Council meeting will be February 6th at 6:15 p.m. in the school’s Conference Room.

Community Resource Officer from WRPS visited our students on January 18th.


Dog Safety has improved. Thanks for keeping pets a safe distance from the students during drop off and pick up.


Early Years / Kindergarten Registration for September 2023 is Monday February 27th from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and Tuesday February 28th from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Forest on our school yard is off-limits and ‘out of bounds’ for staff and students for safety reasons.


-Ash Wednesday is February 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret


Grade 8 students have the voluntary opportunity to ‘catch up’ on the Meningococcal vaccine on March 3rd at the school. A parent information letter will be sent to all grade 8 families.

Grade 8 Mount Mary Parent meeting is Wednesday February 1st from 6 – 7:00 p.m. The students stay at Mount Mary in Ancaster from March 8th – 10th.


Hot lunches are organized by our Catholic School Council. Gino’s pizza is every Tuesday. Fridays there is a rotation of East Side / Pita Pit / Harvey’s / Subway


Inclement Weather protocols are being reviewed. At this time a bell will ring at 8:35 p.m. when our supervision starts. Students will enter at the gym ramp and stay in the gym, supervised until the bell rings at 8:50 a.m. Bus students receive a message when busses are late or cancelled through STWR.

When busses are cancelled and school is open, parents of walkers MUST call the Office if the children will not be attending. Bus parents DO NOT need to call in.


Little Mermaid School Play is Wednesday April 26th at 7:30 p.m. / Thursday April 27th

Students from grades 4 to 8 are participating under the Direction of Mrs. Cater and practice regularly. A newswire asking for volunteers was posted. More information will be shared soon.


Mental Health / Anti-Stigma Week was January 23rd to 27th

MADD presented to our grade 7 and 8 students was January 27th.

March Break is from March 13th to 17th.


No Peanut butter or other substitutes like soya etc. If it looks and smells like Peanut butter it will be treated as peanut butter.

Nutrition for Learning is available to ALL students every day in classrooms.


Parking Lot Safety! Our parking lot is ONLY for staff, approved transportation vehicles and parents contacting the Office for a specific need. We now have 2 busses, so there is a longer time for approved vehicles to remain parked before leaving the lot. PLEASE find drop off and parking areas safely in the community!

Professional Development Day is November 18th – No School for students!


Report Cards for Term one will be sent home on Friday February 17th.


Staffing Updates:

-Mrs. Matic returned to Special Education January 24th. All the best to Miss Weltman.

-Mrs. Fulton returns February 6th to Kindergarten. All the best to Mrs. O’Dacre.

-Miss Rossiter returns to CYW (Child and Youth Worker) All the best to Miss Rubenstein.

-Mrs. Stamp our Educational Assistant has returned.

-Mrs. Deneau is or ML (Multilingual Learner) on Tuesdays. All the best to Mrs. Mendes.


Trips with families are common. Please contact the school Office if the student (s) will be away for any period. Please continue to contact the classroom teacher for absences and copy the office to ensure safety.


UMBRELLA SKILL for January was ‘GRIT’ and ‘RESILIENCE’ for February.

Ukulele Club is on Tuesdays during the lunch hour. We have 14 students participating.


Volunteers will be welcomed back into the school this year. Stay tuned for the opportunities we offer!


Winter is here. Thank you for sending your children prepared to play outside at recess, lunch, and class activities. If you need any support, please contact the school Office.


Zones for students during Recess and Lunch breaks continue. There are 3 zones on the school yard: Primary (grade 1-3), Junior (grades 4-6), Intermediate (grades 7-8). Students in combined grade classes have a choice of either area. In addition, there are weekly scheduled times for the soccer fields, baseball field and basketball areas.


Mr. J. Schnarr


Walk to School Day – February 1st

Wednesday February 1st is Winter Walk to School Day.

There will be lot’s of activities throughout the school day.

Students can register with their parents to win!

Check out the poster:

WWD23 Poster

VOLUNTEERS needed for School Play

St. Margaret School is proud to be putting on a performance of “The Little Mermaid” this spring, and we need YOUR help!!

The directors are looking for volunteers to assist with various aspects of the production.  If you have any questions or are willing to help with any of the following items, please contact or or


Prior to the performance:

*Bringing in giant cardboard boxes for props

*Help with set construction

*Seamstress to help with costumes


During the performances:

*Ticket Sales/Collection at the door

*Concession/Intermission sales

*Set up and take down of stage/Sets

Grade 8 Mount Mary meeting cancelled today

Grade 8 Families:

Due to the weather that is moving in today, we are cancelling the Mount Mary parent meeting tonight and we will reschedule to next week. This message is also posted in the students’ google classroom. Students are also trying to message their parents to ensure everyone is aware in a timely manner.

Stay tuned for the rescheduled date and time!

Mr. Schnarr



PD Day Friday January 20 Reminder

St. Margaret Families:

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday January 20th is a Professional Development Day and NO SCHOOL for students!

Nutrition for Learning at St. Margaret

St. Margaret Families:

As you may be aware of, we have been offering our Nutrition for Learning (N4L) program in all classes for all students.

Each week a bulk order of food is delivered to the school. N4L has also provided the school with a new refrigerator. Each classroom has a plastic container for non-perishables and a cooler bag with an ice pack for perishables. Nutrition for Learning offers food items from all 3 food groups (veg/fruit and dairy/protein and grain).

Daily, each class is provided enough items for all students in the class to access.

This program is no cost to the school. Once a year we are asked to reach out to our community for any donations to support the program. This Wednesday each student will bring home a Nutrition for Learning ‘Toonie Donation’ card. Please consider returning a toonie attached to the card or donating on-line at

Regardless of a donation, all children will continue to have this opportunity.

Mr. Schnarr

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