Monthly Archives: May 2024

Food Drive for St. Vincent DePaul

This week there was an ’emergency’ pick up at the school for the food items brought in already due to the ‘shelves being empty’.

The following items are in need the most:

Canned Meats

Kraft Dinner

Canned Beans

Spaghetti Sauce

Chef Boyardee Canned Foods

Breakfast Items

Children’s Snacks for the Summer

Thank you for your ongoing generosity supporting those in need in our community!

CORRECTION for Hot Dog Lunch next week

Blue Jay Day and Hot Dog Lunch Correction

The Grade 8 students are hosting another HOT DOG LUNCH fundraiser on Thursday June 6th.  You can purchase on SchoolCashOnline up until Tuesday June 4th.

Unfortunately, there was a mistake on SchoolCashOnline when posted last night; a correction will be made and it will be sent out again this evening.  If you have already purchased and need a refund, we will make sure you receive it.

Thanks in advance for your support of our graduates!

St. Margaret Reminder for the Week of May 27th-31st

Happy Monday St. Margaret Scotties!

Student Leadership has a few reminders for the week…

  1. Thursday is “ER” day for colour house points.  Dress up as any person/occupation that ends in “ER” such as singer, hockey player, etc.
  2. We are hosting a Spring Food Drive to help stock the pantry at St. Vincent De Paul.  Some items they are in need of are: cereal, canned meat, canned vegetables, etc.

The Grade 8 students are hosting another HOT DOG LUNCH fundraiser on Thursday June 6th.  You will be able to purchase beginning tomorrow up until Tuesday June 4th.  Thanks in advance for your support of our graduates!

Don’t forget Friday May 31st is a PD Day for students!

Mabel’s Labels Summer Camp Promotion

Mabel’s Labels summer camp promotion, valid until the end of May.

Parents, please ensure that you are shopping the correct St. Margaret fundraiser  and we will get credit towards our school fundraiser. This is also a great sale to take advantage of to prepare for September.

Cambridge Host Families for International Students


We are looking for Cambridge Host Families!! 

Currently we are looking for host families for our 1 month summer program (June 28-July 25), but we also have full school year opportunities and short term programs throughout the school year. All types of families make good hosts. The families should be welcoming of their student and open to spending time together.

For our summer program, the students are from Spain and are 13-17 years old. They will go to St. Benedict Monday to Friday for English classes and participate in afternoon activities (swimming, bowling, canoeing etc). The students receive a GRT bus pass so families will have minimal driving expectations (arrival and departure at Cambridge Mall and evenings of our day trips to Toronto and Niagara Falls).

Host families provide a bedroom and meals (packed lunch for school days). The student can share a bedroom with a teen of the same gender, but must have their own beds. Bedrooms upstairs are preferred. If the bedroom is in the basement, the window must meet Ontario egress guidelines (at least 15″ in width and height). Suggested activities to do with the student include: seeing the fireworks on Canada Day, visiting a local market, going for a walk through a park, or watching a free movie in the Gaslight District.

Host families are provided with $1,050 for the program to help cover the cost of food and utilities.

It’s a super fun program and the students are lovely.

Please call or email us by May 24th and include your name and phone number!

Thank you,


Stefanie Hunt

Program Manager

Canada Linc English


Track and Field Tomorrow

Dear St. Margaret Parents/Guardians of Grade 4-8 students:

Our Track and Field Day is TOMORROW at St. Benedict’s on Wednesday May 15th.

Here are some important notes and reminders:

  • All students need to come prepared with the following: a trash free lunch, reusable water bottles, appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather, sunscreen, hat, rain jacket, etc. (our track meet will run rain or shine!)
  • Students will start the day at school with regular bell time and attendance procedures, and walk to St. Benedict’s with their classes.  At the end of the track meet, all students will walk back together for regular dismissal (please see the attached schedule for the events)
  • If a parent/guardian is picking up a student at the end of the track meet, you MUST communicate with the classroom teacher in advance. Under NO circumstances should students be leaving St. Benedict’s property for lunch and all students will return to St. Margaret’s at the end of the day unless their parent/guardian is there to pick them up (a note/text/phone call is NOT sufficient)
  • Students will only be permitted to enter St. Benedict’s School for washroom breaks and must ask permission from the designated supervisor
  • All students will set up inside the track oval on the grass.  They can NOT bring any other sports equipment to play with (they can read or play quiet activities).  They can watch events from inside the oval; however, they should not interfere with any events and also can not leave the sitting area unless they have permission.
  • Students will remain inside the track unless they are at an event. Students are responsible for listening for their events to be announced and for arriving at the event immediately after it is called.
  • See the following tentative schedule for events.  There is a start time of 9:30 for the 1500m race.  All the other races will follow.  This is a general outline of the day’s events since we are sharing the track with another elementary school and we can not guarantee start/finish times.  Schedule of Events – Track & field 2024

Track & Field Volunteers

Track Note Home 2024

Track and Field Schedule of Events

May and June News At A Glance

May / June 2024 News at-a-glance

Please continue to watch for Newswire Reminders from the Office or D2L messages in classrooms!



*Folk Dancers presented to the school May 7th and the Cambridge community at 7 p.m. at Galt Arena Gardens

*Grades 4 – 8 have been training for Track and Field. Our event will be held at St. Benedict           Wednesday May 15th.

*Intermediate Soccer May 23rd at Riverside Park

*Grades 4 – 8 have been training for Cross Country. The meet is June 4th at Shades Mill

*June 11th Regional Track Meet at Resurrection

*June 17th Coed Intermediate Ultimate Frisbee

*June 18th Junior Boys’ and Girls’ 3-Pitch


St. Benedict SS hosts our Grade 7’s May 28th.

‘Blue Jay’ Hotdog day lunch fundraiser June 6th


Catholic Education and Mental Health Week was May 6th – 10th.

Catholic School Council’s next meeting is Wednesday May 15th, at 6:15 p.m.

Thank you for attending our STEAM night. We appreciate all the volunteers that helped make it          happen!

BINGO dates needing volunteers are Sunday May 26th, and Tuesday June 4th. Contact the School Office if you can volunteer 2 hours!


Dental Screening for our JK and Grade 2 students is Wednesday June 5th.



*May Crowning of Mary was May 9th

*Year End Mass is Monday June 17th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.

*Food Drive for St. Vincent DePaul May 21st to June 10th.


Grade 7 and 8 to Tree Top Trekking May 21st.

Grade 8 Graduation will be Tuesday June 25th at the school.


Hot lunches are organized by our Catholic School Council. New vendors are being added, so keep watching for changes. Orders are found on School Cash Online. Orders need to be in the previous Sunday by 12:00 p.m. Please check weekly to confirm your order. Remember pizza vendors alternate!


Kindergarten ‘meet the teacher’ welcome evening is Thursday May 30th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Last day of this school year is Thursday June 27th – Regular dismissal at 3:20 p.m.


April Deep Learning Theme was Global Citizenship and Sustainability

May Deep Learning Theme is Inclusion and Belonging

June Deep Learning Theme is Self-Directed Learning



Nutrition for Learning is available to all our students every day!


Our Superintendent Mrs. Varano visits the school May 16th.


PD Day is Friday May 31st – No School for students.

Parking Lot Safety! Our parking lot is ONLY for staff, approved transportation vehicles and parents contacting the Office for a specific need. PLEASE find drop off and parking areas safely in the community!


Term 2 Report Cards will be sent home Tuesday June 25th.


SPIRIT Days are:

*May 30th ‘ER’ Day. Dress up as anything ending in ‘ER’!

*Friday June 7th Students vs Staff Day.

*Thursday June 27th Canada Day: wear red and white

Supervision begins at 8:35 p.m. when our Parking Lot Gates close. No Students should be on the school property until 8:35 a.m. when staff supervision begins!


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.


Victoria Day is Monday May 20th – NO SCHOOL

All volunteers (classroom, drivers, trips etc.) will need a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check.

Once completed the application and have received the vulnerable sector check please forward to


Wednesdays are our SPIRIT days. Wear ‘Scottie’ gear or our school colours of Green and Black! Also watch for themed days and activities from our Student Leadership Team.


Mr. J. Schnarr


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