February 2019 News
St. Margaret of Scotland School Community,
We are pleased to offer ‘Junglesport’ to all of our students and their families the week of February 11 to 15th. There is still room to sign up for the February 13th family night.
Happy Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Please consider purchasing ‘Caring Cookie Grams’ offered by our Student Parliament. Term 1 Report Cards go home on February 14th. What a Valentine’s gift to celebrate successes and plan for next steps!
February 18th is Family Day, so no school! Take the opportunity to do something as a family!
All students will participate in a Bus Safety presentation on February 22nd.
Watch for more information about our FitGo challenge beginning February 25th until March 1st.
Stay warm and continue to play and pray together!
Mr. Jodie Schnarr,
COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE
Registration for September 2019 can be done on-line at any time.
Children born in 2015 (Junior Kindergarten Year 1 registration) and Children born in 2014 (Kindergarten Year 2 registration for children who have not attended year 1).
Our registration days at the school are Monday February 11 (9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), Tuesday February 12th (9:45 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.). Please call the school 519-622-6100 to book an appointment!
See the attached flyer for the WCDSB Extended Day Programs
Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, the Board may cancel school for the day. This decision will be announced on local radio stations, and notices affecting bus cancellations will be given between 6:45 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. Please listen to CHYM FM 96.7, Dave FM 107.5 or Oldies 1090 AM, KOOL FM 105.3, CKCO TV CHANNEL 12 for a decision about bus cancellation or school closure from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Also visit the board website: www.wcdsb.ca or check out our board Twitter account: @WCDSBNewswire. Information is also communicated on the Transportation website: www.stswr.ca.
Note: When schools are open parents are required to call the office if they choose to keep their child (ren) at home. This does NOT apply to bus students when buses are cancelled. Parents may choose to drive bus students to school when buses are cancelled and pick them up at the end of the school day.
MATH FOR GRADES 3 TO 8
Knowledgehook, is now a Board approved “Green Tool” which ensures student information is stored in a secure manner. This online, interactive math resource will support student learning in grades 3-8. Knowledgehook will provide additional math support and instruction for learning both in the classroom and for differentiated home-practice. If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.
The February Umbrella Skill is MINDFULLNESS
During the month of January, we focused on the skill of RESILIENCE!
ECO / GREEN TEAM
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.
February 2019 Fitbit – Cooking with Children
Involving children in menu planning, grocery shopping and food preparation with age-appropriate tasks has huge rewards for the entire family, including spending quality time together, building important life skills and boosting self-confidence. Children are more likely to taste and eat foods they help prepare and will become better at choosing and eating healthy foods for themselves. Each child is different in their growth, development, and readiness – gradually build on their skills in the kitchen as they are ready and able to do so safely. To help get you started, age appropriate tasks can be found at Unlock Food; some include:
- Two to three year olds may wash vegetables and fruit and help find ingredients in the kitchen
- Four to six-year olds may stir, slice soft items with a plastic knife (e.g. a banana) and may assemble foods (e.g. yogurt parfaits)
- Six to eight-year olds may use simple kitchen equipment, such as a grater or can opener, after shown how to do so safely and may assemble more complicated recipes (e.g. fresh spring rolls)
- Eight to eleven-year olds may make their own lunches and may use a stove with supervision to make basic recipes (e.g. omelets, quesadillas)
Try making quesadillas as a family; giving your child(ren) age appropriate tasks and letting them provide input on specific ingredients to include.
- Small amount of vegetable oil
- Vegetables (e.g. bell peppers, onions, zucchini, corn)
- Whole grain tortillas
- Meat or alternative, cooked (e.g. chicken, tofu, black beans, scrambled eggs)
- Cheese grated
- Lightly coat a skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat, add vegetables and cook until soft, then remove from heat.
- Lay tortilla on work surface and sprinkle half the tortilla with chosen meat or alternative, vegetables and cheese, then fold the tortilla to cover.
- Heat non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and toast quesadilla, turning once for about two minutes or until golden on both sides.
- Cut in triangle slices. Serve with salsa, if desired.
Adapted from Unlockfood.ca
Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
-Popcorn sales will continue every Friday for only $1.00!!
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.
Please continue to send students dressed to be active outside during recess and lunch!
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
Remember to sign up for our Wednesday Pizza lunches at lunchboxorders.com.
Our next meeting is Tuesday February 5th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.