God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.

After a peaceful, restful holiday break there is a lot happening at St. Margaret:

-Bell ‘Let’s Talk Day!’ is January 29th. We will be celebrating the small gestures we can do to build each other up, show kindness and express gratitude. More information will be shared.

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

-Early Years registration for NEW students entering Junior Kindergarten born in 2016 (or new to Senior Kindergarten) for September 2020 will be in February. Stay tuned for our School Registration dates.

-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!!


*Wednesday January 8th Grades 5 and 6 travel to St. Patrick for a ‘teaching mass’ at 10:00 a.m.

*Thursday January 30th Grade 7 travels to St. Patrick for their Confirmation Retreat in the AM

*Friday January 30th at 7:00 p.m. Grade 7 students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Patrick Church

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

-Grade 8 Parent Night at St. Benedict is on Thursday January 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

-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!

-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!

-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!

-Staff PD Day is on Friday January 24th. 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!!

-Thank You for your support of our Sock Drive! More than 1200 pairs of socks were delivered to The Bridges Cambridge Shelter.

-Umbrella skill from December was Cognitive flexibility. January Umbrella skill is AUTHENTICITY.




Authenticity is our ability to be our genuine selves, staying true to our values and beliefs, while still adapting to the world around us. Authenticity comes from having actions that match the words we say and not trying to be someone else to impress others. Authenticity helps us to feel confident in ourselves and it improves others ability to trust us, a characteristic highly valued in leaders. It also helps us create strong friendships and is a very important part of well-being.



1.      Improves self-respect and self esteem

2.      Increases your comfort in sharing your true thoughts and beliefs

3.      Improves emotional stability

4.      Genuine smiles (over polite smiles) improve our social interactions

5.      Improves our trustworthiness

6.      Improves overall well-being

7.      Helps us stand up for what we think is right, which reduces bullying

-Winter Walk Day is February 5th. We will send more information!

Mr. Schnarr

Your Principal


January FITBIT – Role-Modeling Healthy Habits

Parents and caregivers… are you sending your children mixed messages about healthy living?

  • Do you talk about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school, then rush out the door with only a coffee in hand?
  • Do you talk about your weight and skip meals because you are on a diet?
  • Do you encourage your children to choose water when thirsty but drink pop when you want a beverage?

Though you may not realize it, children watch the adults in their lives very closely. Being a positive role model and modeling healthy behaviours for your children will help them to develop healthy habits for life. Here are a few things you can do to lead by example:

  • Follow Canada’s food guide and eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal and snack, while limiting highly processed foods (like cookies, chips, processed meats and fruit drinks).
  • Avoid saying you don’t like a food. Children are constantly exploring the flavours of new foods. Talking positively about foods allows them to develop their own food preferences.
  • Embrace that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Practice healthy behaviors (like eating well) to help you feel good, not for weight control.
  • Accomplish a goal lately? Reward yourself with non-food items, like spending time with a friend, attending an art class or reading a new book.
  • Participate in physical activity for the lifelong health benefits, the pleasure of moving your body, or because you enjoy the sport, rather than to justify a food treat afterwards.
  • Focus on fun! Plan celebrations around activities you enjoy, instead of the foods you want to eat.
  • Turn off your phone and be present during meals.
  • Be open to trying new foods. Try making a new recipe together, like this lentil salad:

Zesty Rice and Lentil Salad

Makes six servings


1 cup                     uncooked brown rice

2 cups                   water

2 whole                lemons, all zest and juice

1 Tbsp                   fresh ginger, grated

1 tsp                      Dijon mustard

½ tsp                     black pepper

1 can (19 oz.)     green or brown lentils, drained and rinsed

1 whole                bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), diced

2 cups                   kale, chopped

1 whole                apple or pear, cored and diced


  1. Cook brown rice according to package directions (usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups water).
  2. In small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger, Dijon mustard and pepper to make a dressing.
  3. Add lentils, cooked rice, bell pepper, kale and apple or pear to a large mixing bowl and gently stir to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and gently stir to combine. Chill before serving, if desired.

Adapted from the Niagara Region You’re the Chef program and available in the Region of Waterloo Healthy Eating Recipe Book.

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