November 2018 News
St. Margaret of Scotland School Community,
November has come quickly. It is a time to ‘remember’ and appreciate the things we have and the people we have in our lives.
‘MOVEMBER’ is happening at the school with staff. More information will be shared.
Lifetouch Picture Retakes will take place at the school Thursday November 15th.
There is a Professional Development Day for staff on Friday November 16th – NO SCHOOL for students!
Mr. Jodie Schnarr, your Principal
St. Margaret Staff update 2018-2019:
Welcome Mrs. Goldrick our new Administrative Assistant. We thank Mrs. Ciupa for helping start our new school year.
Progress Reports for ALL students went home November 6th. Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences take place on Thursday November 8th from 3:30 to 8:40 p.m. Each conference is 10 minutes.
Our next Mass is Thursday November 8th at St. Patrick’s Church. Students will be travelling by bus to the church. Thanks for signing the permission forms.
The October Umbrella skill was GRATITUDE. The November Umbrella skill we will focus on is: GRIT.
We started Veteran’s Week with our Remembrance Day celebration on Monday November 5th. We will stop to ‘REMEMBER’ on Sunday November 11th.
Remembrance Day Prayer:
Almighty and eternal God,
Hear our prayers and protect our brave troops who sacrifice themselves to protect us.
Bless our fallen soldiers and those that are still working towards peace and justice in this world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
All staff and students were given a poppy to wear from the Galt Royal Canadian Legion RCL#121. A donation will be made by the school as a thank you!
The November the Umbrella Skill is GRIT!
During the month of October, we focused on the skill of GRATITUDE;
LIBRARY / LEARNING COMMONS
BOOK FAIR: for parents who wish to visit the Fair with their child(ren), it will be open during Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 8 from 3:20-8:20. Last minute purchases are welcome on Friday until 12:30.
SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM
Thank you to the school and local community for your generous support of our “We Scare Hunger” food drive. This was part of the Free the Children Me to We Campaign. The non-perishable food items will stock the shelves at St. Vincent de Paul Society!
ECO / GREEN TEAM
The 2018-2019 Green Team is working hard to ensure St. Margaret School continues its legacy of Ontario Eco-Schools Certification! We have added a Green Bin composting program to the school classrooms to alleviate the food waste going to landfill. Trash less Tuesdays encouraging students and staff to bring their lunches in reusable containers and 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.
Popcorn sales will be every Friday!!
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 afterschool. 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.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE:
The public calendar is constantly updated with important dates. Please review it regularly! Please ensure you completed all the start-up paperwork found on Cash online. Families that have not will receive a letter from the office.
Be safe when dropping off or picking up students!
All Students were trained in Bus Evacuation procedures on October 29th. We are happy to have added a second bus to our pick up and drop off route. We will have an assembly to review safety. Each Bus student will receive a letter to bring home!
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
Thanks to our Council parents we offer Pizza Wednesdays!! Make sure you go to Lunch Box Orders (www.lunchboxorders.com) and click ‘order lunch’.
Our next meeting is Monday November 26th at 6:15 p.m.
Congratulations to you Catholic School Council Chair Tracy Pendergast. She participated in the WCDSB Commissioning Ceremony on Tuesday November 6th.