Please continue to follow us on Newswire (our school website), and regularly check the school on-line calendar.

After a great start to 2020, here are some ‘happenings’ at St. Margaret:

Band begins for our Intermediate students Wednesday February 4th with Mr. Figueiredo!

Bell ‘Let’s Talk Day!’ was January 29th. We appreciate al ‘The Little Things’ that the students and shared and will continue to do for each other and themselves!

Black History month is here. Check out http://vlcguides.wcdsb.ca/home/blackhistory

Catholic School Council meeting will be Monday March 30th at 6:15 p.m. If you have anything to share or discuss, please contact the school.

Donations and support went to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. We received a very special thank you for your kindness and support!!

Early Years registration for NEW students entering Junior Kindergarten born in 2016 (or new to Senior Kindergarten) for September 2020 will be February 10th. Please register on-line and contact Mrs. Goldrick at the office to book an appointment.

Faith:

*Thursday January 30th Grade 7 traveled to St. Patrick for their Confirmation Retreat.

*Friday January 31st at 7:00 p.m. Grade 7 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Patrick Church. We proudly support them on their Faith Journey.

-We are entering our Lenten season: Shrove Tuesday February 25th / Ash Wednesday February 26th at the school 10:30 a.m.

Fitbit for February will be at the end of this post!

Inclement weather is upon us. Please dress your child to be outside as much as possible. (hats, mitts/gloves, snow pants, boots, extra socks etc.) Remember supervision begins at 8:35 a.m.  Students should not be on the yard prior to this time. The ‘Y’ also uses the yard in the morning for their programming!

*When the temperature is between -15 and -19 students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minutes

*When temperatures are colder than -19: students must remain inside. Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region

*www.weather.ca helps access local conditions

Report Cards will go home February 13th. Please review the letter included in the Reports. Please take the time to review the Report Card with your child, celebrating successes and creating goals for improvement. Only grades are provided, so you may wits to contact the classroom teacher to discuss the results.

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!!

Umbrella skill from January was AUTHENTICITY. February UMBRELLA skill is PURPOSE!

Valentine’s Day is Friday February 14th. Students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white, pink. Consider buying some cookie grams!!

Winter Walk Day is February 5th. Help us celebrate our culture and educate students on the importance of active, sustainable transportation. Consider leaving the car at home and walking together. If you are out of bounds consider dropping the kids to a friends place or park a few blocks from school and walk together!

Mr. J. Schnarr

Your Principal

 

 

February 2020 Fitbit

Enjoying Vegetables All Year Long

 

 It can be challenging to find creative ways to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits throughout our long Canadian winters. Our markets and grocery stores may not be filled with as many local options as they are during warmer seasons. However, you may be surprised by how much local produce is available throughout the winter months in Ontario. Locally produced vegetables such as beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, squash, mushrooms, leeks and sweet potatoes are all available this time of year. Frozen vegetables are another healthy and affordable choice. If you are looking for some inspiration on ways to incorporate vegetables into your family mealtimes this winter, here are a few fun ideas.

 

Add frozen or winter vegetables to dishes

·         Add sweet potato or squash to homemade chili and soups.

·         Add shredded cabbage to salads – purple cabbage adds a splash of colour.

·         Add leeks or mushrooms to a frittata or omelette.

·         Add rutabaga, turnip or celery root to mashed potatoes.

·         Blend cooked beets or sweet potatoes into a hummus recipe.

·         Add frozen vegetables to stir-fries, soups, casseroles, pasta dishes or serve them as a side dish at meals.

Make winter vegetables fun for kids

·         Make roasted parsnip sticks; they are a fun finger food.

·         Cut and roast acorn squash in slices that look like smiles.

·         Try spiralized sweet potatoes or carrots as a fun new way to serve these vegetables.

·         Roast sweet potato or butternut squash medallions and let kids use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

Find some winter vegetable inspiration in the recipes below

·         Cabbage and Peanut Butter Chicken Stir-Fry

·         Butternut Squash Soup

·         Pork, Apple and Cabbage Barley Casserole

·         Crunchy Turkey Fingers with Oven Fries

·         Bean-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Visit Foodland Ontario’s availability guide to find out when Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season: https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide.