St. Margaret of Scotland School Community,

*We continue to monitor SAFETY during pick up and drop off times before school and at the end of the day. We are working with Cambridge By-Law to help identify safe areas for pick up and drop off.

*March 1st was the end of our Healthy Schools FITGO Challenge.

*March Break is March 11th to 15th. Students return to school on Monday March 18th.

Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal

 

FAITH

Jesus, dear Savior,

during these days of Lent,

I want to fast,

to repent and to pray.

Above all else I want to stay in the circle of Your love.

Walk with me and surround me with Your light;

lead me and guide me in Your footsteps.

During this season of Lent, help me to follow You and imitate Your love.

May this cross remind me today and throughout Lent of Your great love for me.

Amen

 

*Tuesday March 5th is Shrove Tuesday. Volunteers will be making pancakes for us.

*Ash Wednesday is March 6th. Our celebration is at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. This marks the beginning of our Lenten journey!

 

COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE

Please remember our Safe Arrival Program. It is the Parent’s/ Guardian’s obligation to call the school if students are absent (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.

Student Lunches: When special lunches are brought to the school, they are left at the office with the child’s name and classroom labelled on them. Students are expected to come to the office to pick them up at lunch time.

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 busses are cancelled. Parents may choose to drive bus students to school when busses are cancelled and pick them up at the end of the school day.

School Climate Survey

 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) is committed to providing safe, caring and inclusive places for everyone in our schools.  One way that we can find out how we are doing is to ask students in grades 4 to 12 about their health and well-being. We are inviting students to share their feedback via a survey during the weeks of March 18th – April 5th, 2019 using the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI).  

 

Please refer to the attachment for further details:

 

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UMBRELLA PROJECT

During the month of February, we focused on the skill of MINDFULLNESS!

The March Umbrella Skill is Autonomy.

WHAT IS AUTOMONY?

Autonomy is a skill and takes practice! Autonomy is:
  • Our ability to make decisions and have a say in the direction of our lives
  • Thinking for ourselves and confidently making choices when faced with uncertain situations
  • The feeling that our life and its activities are self-chosen and self-controlled
  • Our independence
  • Our ability to gather relevant information and make decisions

WHY DOES AUTONOMY MATTER? HOW DOES IT HELP US?

Having a choice in what we do helps us to feel more engaged with our school or work and this increases happiness and well-being. When we have autonomy, we feel empowered to make decisions that can improve our lives instead of feeling that our lives are outside of our control. Autonomy increases our motivation to do something and that makes our tasks feel less like work and more enjoyable. Making good choices and building autonomy takes time and practice. We will make lots of mistakes along the way, but mistakes are a good thing! We learn a lot from our mistakes, including how to make decisions that will help us find more joy and passion in our school, work and activities.

 

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.

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

Popcorn sales will continue every Friday for only $1.00!!

PARKING

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.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Remember to sign up for our Wednesday Pizza lunches at lunchboxorders.com.

Our next meeting is Monday March 25th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.

Shrove Tuesday March 5th: Staff and students at St. Margaret School will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and syrup as a special treat before the beginning of Lent. Volunteers will cook pancakes and serve them to classrooms beginning after morning announcements. We kindly remind parents to be ENVIRONMENTALLY conscious and ask that students bring a PLATE, KNIFE AND FORK to enjoy their pancakes.  They will be rinsed off and sent back home to be cleaned.

WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER GLUTEN FREE PANCAKES THIS YEAR. Please send a note to your classroom teacher or call the office by Monday March 4th to request gluten free pancakes or share any other dietary concerns.

We appreciate the work of our volunteers!! Thanks to Mrs. Antelmi for coordinating this!!

 

March 2019 Fitbit – Canada’s New Food Guide

In January, Health Canada released the new Canada’s Food Guide. The new Food Guide provides evidence-based dietary guidance for healthy Canadians, two years of age and older. The recommendations in the new Food Guide include consideration of traditional foods, cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and the need to limit highly processed foods. The old rainbow has been replaced with a photo of a plate featuring healthy food choices and eating habits. The “all in one” paper tool has been replaced with several online resources.

The Food Guide encourages Canadians to:

The recommendations also go beyond food. The new guide provides advice on how to eat, such as cooking more often, enjoying your food and eating meals with others. There is also a section on healthy eating at school that provides tips on planning, preparing and choosing healthy school meals and snacks.

Take a look at the new Food Guide at Canada.ca/FoodGuide and enjoy planning and preparing one of the delicious recipes and eating a meal together.

Photo is a copy of a version from Health Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guide/resources/resources-download.html).

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