DECEMBER NEWS

December is a time to stay warm and celebrate the many things we are be thankful for! Join us in celebrating our awesome students. Have a peace-filled, relaxing and fun Christmas Break!

-Catholic School Council meeting will be Monday January 27th at 6:15 p.m.

-Dogs are part of our drop off and pick up routine but please remember to keep them at a safe distance from students.

-ECO Team reminders: Tuesdays are ‘trash less’ so use re-usable containers. Thursdays are ‘thirsty’ so use a re-usable water container. Our goal is that both happen EVERY day!!

-Fitbit for December will be at the end of this post!

-Inclement weather is upon us. Please dress your child to be outside as much as possible. Remember supervision begins at 8:35 a.m.  Students should not be on the yard prior to this time.

-Just a reminder that our Hot Lunches (Pizza / Friday restaurants) are also fundraisers. Profits from the lunches support student activities and resources! Thank you for supporting the school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school!

-Lockdown procedures will be practiced regularly at the school. Staff will regularly practice the drills and as a school we work together to practice in case of an emergency!

-Mass for Advent is on Wednesday December 11th at 10:30 in the school gym. All are welcome.

-Notes sent from parents to allow their child(ren) to leave at lunch are given to the classroom teacher. Students are expected to sign out at the office, and back in when returning. This is a parent decision!

-PD/ FAITH Day is on Friday December 6th. NO SCHOOL for students!

-Safety is always the most important. PLEASE remember we DO NOT have a student drop off area at the front of the school. The gates close at 8:35-8:50 a.m. / 3:20-3:35 p.m. EVERY DAY. Unless the vehicle is authorized (e.g., Taxi, bus etc.), or there is an EMERGENCY, NO Vehicle should be moving until the gates are opened. Drop off and 3-point turns in the entrance and exit are very dangerous. There are several parking spots along Saginaw Parkway to drop students off, as well as side streets. If you have questions or concerns, please call the office. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE!!

-The Shed was moved from the side parking lot to the back of the school. This was built by St. Benedict students and will be for our ECO initiatives!

-Sock Drive is happening now! Please keep sending in socks (especially work socks) in support of The Bridges Cambridge Shelter.

-Umbrella skill from November was Growth Mindset. December Umbrella skill is Cognitive Flexibility.

Cognitive flexibility is a skill and takes practice! Cognitive flexibility is:
  • The ability to change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment
  • Solving problems in new situations
  • Our ability to make sense of the unexpected
  • Switching tasks easily
  • The ability to shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation
  • Being able to think flexibly

-Volunteers are always welcome at the school. If you are interested, please contact the office.

Mr. J. Schnarr, Your Principal

December Fitbit – Making our Holiday Meals Healthier using Canada’s food guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, and food and beverages are often central to many of our holiday celebrations and festivities. The new Canada’s food guide is a great tool to help you and your family make healthier food choices throughout this holiday season.

1.      Keep Proportions in Mind

2.      Encourage your family to use Canada’s food guide as a model at holiday meals. Aim to fill half the plate with vegetables and fruit and choose protein foods and whole grain foods for the other two quarters of the plate.

·         Be Mindful

1.      The new food guide encourages us to think beyond what we eat, and to also think about how we eat. During celebrations there is often an abundance of food and festivities. Use these tips to help your kids be more mindful eaters in the busyness of the holiday season:

·         Take time to eat: find the time and space to sit down as a family and focus on eating without any distractions.

·         Notice your feelings of hunger and fullness: encourage kids to make food choices based on their hunger level, rather than boredom or availability.

·         Think about your drink

·         There are lots of sweets and treats during the holiday season. Replacing sugary drinks with water is a simple way to reduce the amount of sugar your kids are having. Let your kids try adding fresh fruit to water if they want a special drink for a special occasion. Here are some ideas to try:

1.      Chopped apples + cinnamon stick

2.      Cranberry + lemon

3.      Raspberries + cucumber

4.      Blackberries + mint

*To avoid risk of choking, make flavoured water in a pitcher and serve in glasses without fruit or flavours.

·         Think Beyond Food to Celebrate

1.      Finally, instead of celebrating with food, try celebrating with a family activity like playing a favourite game, making a holiday craft, going skating or playing outside.

 

Adapted from food-guide.canada.ca. Visit food-guide.canada.ca for more information.

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