An Advent Blessing
“In this Advent of expectation, draw us together in unity,
that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives.
In this Advent of expectation, draw us together in mission,
that the hope within might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives.
In this Advent of expectation, draw us together in service,
that the path we follow might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity. Amen”
May the joy of Christmas, the magic of the season and our celebration of the birth of Jesus be yours. Continued blessings as we celebrate a Happy New Year 2018. On behalf of the entire staff at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very reflective and rejuvenating Holy Christmas. We hope that you have plenty of time to connect as a family and to truly enjoy this very special season.
P.D. Day: December 8, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017 is a Professional Development Day. There will be NO SCHOOL that day!
Christmas Concert: December 21, 2017
You are invited to attend a Christmas Concert presented to you by the students of St. Margaret! The concert will take place in the gymnasium at St. Margaret School on Thursday, December 21st, 2017. The concert will start at approximately 1:00 pm and continue until all of the acts are finished performing.
A donation of non-perishable food for the Food Bank in lieu of an admission fee is greatly appreciated!
First Level School Wide Reward
Congratulations Scotties! We reached our First Level Reward on our B.U.C.K.E.T. Palooza and had a dance on Friday, Dec 1. Thank you to Fiddlesticks who lent us some light machines and thanks to our Student Parliament members who were our DJ’s!
For up to date information about the various events occurring within the school, visit our School Website at https://stmargaret.wcdsb.ca/ Go to Calendar Highlights or View Calendar Details. You can also add our calendar to your own personal device.
Dressing for the Weather
Just a reminder that students must wear proper footwear in the school at all times. Students should bring extra clothes, especially socks in the colder or wet days. All outdoor wear such as gloves, mitts, hats, jackets, snowpants, etc. should all be labelled. Help practice with your child at home so they can independently get dressed for winter.
Cold Weather and Outside Recess
While the colder weather has not hit yet, it is on the way! The safety of students will always be the first consideration when deciding if the students go out or stay indoors for recess. When the temperature including wind chill is -20 or lower, students will be kept inside for recess. When the temperature including wind chill is -15 to -19, lunch recess will be 20 minutes outside and 20 minutes inside. We refer to the Environment Canada website when making the decision regarding outdoor play.
Bus Delays and Cancellations
Under certain conditions, such as inclement weather, it may be necessary to close the school, send the students home early and/or cancel school board buses and taxi services. For up to date information on school bus delays, cancellations and school closures, please visit www.stswr.ca or phone 519-650-4934. You may also check out our board website www.wcdsb.ca and look for “Cancellations and Delays” at the top of the home page. It is also available on the following radio stations:
– FM 99.5 – FM 98.5
– AM 570 – FM 106.7
– FM 96.7 – FM 91.5
– FM 107.5 – FM 106.1
– CTV-Southwestern Ontario
Planning to Take a Vacation?
Please call the office to note your child’s absence if you are going on a holiday. For a prolonged absence, please request an “Intent to be Absent” form.
When your child is not feeling well…
Please do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well. If does not take long for a virus or bacteria to spread throughout a classroom. Keeping them home helps prevent other children from getting sick and spreading the illness to others. If you child has a fever, has been sick throughout the night, or if they have a bad cold and/or cough, please keep them home. Please ensure your child(ren) are well enough to return to school, as all children benefit from going outside for recess.