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

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


Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal



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,




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 March, we focused on the skill of AUTONOMY!

The April Umbrella Skill 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



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.



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



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.



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



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.



Remember to sign up for our Wednesday Pizza lunches at

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


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


  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

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

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