May 2019 News

St. Margaret of Scotland School Community:

May brings nice weather and lots to celebrate and enjoy in Catholic Elementary Schools.

Here are a few reminders for this month:

-Friday May 3rd is our School Track and Field meet at St. Benedict Track

-Catholic Education Week is May 5th to 10th: watch for more information about the week’s events!

-Saturday May 11th at 2:00 p.m. is our grade 2 First Holy Communion at St. Patrick Church

-Our ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ Parent Information Evening is Thursday May 23rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (correction: an early message said Wednesday)

-PD Day on Friday May 31st: No School for students

-We will be practicing our Fire Drill and Lockdown routines

Please continue to read the regular Newswire items and keep checking the calendar!

 

Mr. Jodie Schnarr,

your Principal

 

FAITH

A Mothers’ Day Prayer

I thank you, Creator of us all, for my mother.
I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth.

Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion, and peace. Bless her this day with your love.

 

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.

 

UMBRELLA PROJECT

During the month of April, we focused on the skill of INTRINSIC MOTIVATION!

The May Umbrella Skill is INTEGRITY.

What is integrity?

Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match those values.

If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’. When we say one thing and do another, it can make us feel like we always have something to cover up or hide. Integrity allows us to feel whole and take responsibility for our actions.

Integrity and our wellbeing

Research shows that more students are cheating because of rising pressure to achieve academically. We live in an age where integrity often takes a back seat to power and material success.  “The end justifies the means” is a common philosophy that too many people live by.

Students who cheat feel justified in their behaviour and unfairly disadvantaged if they approach their studies with integrity.

Integrity is an important skill for building healthy relationships as it increases the release of oxytocin in our brain. Oxytocin is our bonding hormone. It makes us more trustworthy to others and allows us to feel like we’ve succeeded on our own merit. All of these benefit our sense of well-being!

Integrity is also the number one quality people look for in a leader and will help our children feel proud of who they are.

 

ECO / GREEN TEAM

Thank you to all students and families that participated or support the St. Margaret and Clemens Mill ECO Fair. It was amazing!!

 

STUDENT PARLIAMENT

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

 

PARKING

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. Please do not park in front of the entrance or use the designated parking spots. Staff, Taxi’s, Board personnel need to access the parking lot

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.

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

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

Our next meeting is Monday May 27th at 6:15 p.m. in the school Literacy Room.

 

SPECIAL MESSAGE

 

Kitchener Minor Baseball Association is proud to host a Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Honda Instructional Clinic powered by Honda throughout Ontario for beginner baseball players aged 8 to 12.

This one-day, four-hour clinic will take place on, Saturday June 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Breithaupt Park in Kitchener during Baseball Day.  This event is open to players in Waterloo Region.

Players will rotate through drills that cover skills including, hitting, infield, outfield, base running and new for 2019, a baseball-oriented agility training station. To conclude the Instructional Clinic, players will put their skills to the test in a game of whiffle ball.

 

Participants will receive a Blue Jays hat, T-shirt and baseball manual with information to take home and continue to develop their baseball skills.

Cost: $55 (plus HST) per participant.

Register on-line by clicking on the following link:

https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/community/baseball-academy/instructional-clinics-registration-form