December 2018 News

St. Margaret of Scotland School Community,

December is a time to really appreciate what we have and celebrate this special time in the Liturgical Calendar.      We look forward to Jesus’ Birthday!

There is a WCDSB Faith Formation Professional Development Day for staff  Friday December 7th – NO SCHOOL for students!

Mr. Jodie Schnarr, your Principal


Please remember our Safe Arrival Program. If students are absent, please call the office asap (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.

The public calendar is constantly updated with important dates. Please review it regularly! Please ensure you completed all the start-up paperwork found on Cash online. Families that have not will receive a letter from the office.


Thank you for taking the time to come to the school for Progress Reports for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences to celebrate successes and set some goals! Ongoing communication contributes to student success!


On Thursday December 6th students in grades 3 to 8 will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 1:00 p.m. at the school.

Our Advent Marion Celebration is Wednesday December 12th at St. Margaret. All are welcome.

Admission to our Christmas Concert on Thursday December 20th (PM) will be non-perishable food donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Patrick Parish.

Gracious, loving and merciful God, on this Christmas Eve, as the light of your Word penetrates our hearts, as we are reminded of the gift of life and faith, as the glories of the heavenly hosts are echoed in our church, we open ourselves up to your Spirit and give you thanks.   We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth to take to heart the wonder of your love, that we may walk in your ways and delight in your will. Help us, Lord God, to be the faithful, gracious, loving, giving and forgiving people you would have us be.

A Christmas Blessing

May love come alive within your heart

As Christmas time draws near.

May hope fill each room you decorate

And bring joy to those you hold dear.

May peace be before you at every meal

And faith ring through every song.

For Christ is alive, the light of the world

May he bless you all season long.


The December the Umbrella Skill is SELF-COMPASSION!

During the month of November, we focused on the skill of GRIT.


Thank you for supporting the Book Fair. Proceeds will be used to purchase resources to fill our shelves!


Trash Less Tuesdays are encouraging students and staff to bring their lunches in reusable containers.

Thirsty Thursdays encouraging everyone to drink water from a reusable water bottle that can be filled at our water bottle filling stations throughout the school.

We would also like to invite families to send in used batteries for our battery recycling program that is linked with Free the Children’s ME of WE campaign as each AA battery has enough zinc for 6 children in developing nations! Thank you to everyone for your support and look for new eco-friendly initiatives happening in our school each month.



Popcorn sales continue every Friday for only $1!!

We really appreciate the support of ‘MOVEMBER’. We thank everyone for helping spread awareness for all Men’s Health issues.

Here are some Christmas Spirit Week events:

Monday December 17th Wear Red/Green/White Day
Tuesday December 18th Wear Plaid and Christmas Socks
Wednesday December 19th Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater
Thursday December 20th Wear a Christmas Santa/Reindeer/Elf hat
Friday December 21st Wear Pajamas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!



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 after school. 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. Please do not park in front of the entrance or use the designated parking spots.


We begin to review ‘Snow Safety Rules’ as the winter weather is upon us! Please continue to send students dressed to be active outside during recess and lunch!


Our next meeting is Monday December 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.

Thanks to all the volunteers that make special events and activities happen (e.g., Bingo, Pizza Lunches)

Marshal has had a bath thanks to VIP Textile Restoration (Lee). Watch for him at special events smelling ‘fresher’ than ever!!