Monthly Archives: September 2019


Our Terry Fox School Run is just around the corner!  We will be participating on Tuesday September 24th!  We are honoured that our school will be joining the efforts of over 3 million students across Canada in carrying on Terry’s legacy by raising funds for cancer research. Support our schools effort in the Toonies for Terry goal of raising $2500! Every single Toonie donated will go into the draw for four one of a kind and very unique T-shirts!  Please start to bring your toonies in!



Thank you to our Angel families who came out to meet our Teachers tonight.  It was great to see the classrooms filled with our students showcasing their student work and parents engaging with the teacher.  We are so blessed to be in a community in which our parents are so supportive of the school!  We appreciate you!

A special thank you to members of our School Council Advisory Committee who helped during tonight’s event.  We appreciate you time and your willingness to always lend a hand!

Meet the Teacher Night TONIGHT!!!

Just a reminder that we have Meet the Teacher Night TONIGHT starting at 5:30!

Classrooms will be open from 5:30-6:15 for you to check in and meet your child’s teacher.  Pizza will be available close to 6:00pm for you to enjoy.  We are selling slices for $2.00 a slice or $15.00 per family size pizza.  Pepperoni only.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



Students are starting to really get comfortable in their learning spaces and the excitement is over flowing in the classrooms.  Students have been engaged in lots of learning activities that have them expanding their thinking in new and exciting ways!  We are so proud of our Angels who have transitioned so well back into the regular routine of school life.  Keep smiling Angels!

MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT                                                                      

Please join us on Tuesday from 5:30-7 for a chance to meet your child’s teacher and to enjoy dinner together as a family!  We are excited to show you some of the changes that have taken place at St. Michael over the summer as well!  The evening will have the teachers available from 5:30-6:15pm in their classrooms.  Drop by to see the classroom and the great student work that is already taking place.  Starting at 6pm – pizza will be sold for your family to enjoy dinner together.  Pizza will be selling for $2.00 per slice or $15.00 for a full family sized pizza.  Juice boxes and water will also be available for 50 cents each.  Smiles are always free!  In addition to pizza there will be an ice cream truck on-site for those of you that have a sweet tooth and maybe a special visit from our fire department as well!  We hope to see you there!


Just a reminder that there is a PD Day on Friday, September 20th.  There will be no school.  Extended day programming is also cancelled for this day.  If you use the Extended Day Programming, please make other arrangements for child care.


Picture Day will take place on Wednesday September 18th in our gymnasium.  Students will be taking individual pictures as well as class pictures.  Order forms will be sent home via Lifetouch.


If your child/ren has a Critical Medical Alert that we need to be made aware of, please contact the office immediately.  We will want to set up a time to discuss the concerns and ensure that we have a plan in place to care for your child.


Please ensure that all forms that were sent home at the beginning of the year are handed in to your classroom teacher as soon as possible.  These forms are of the utmost importance for the security and safety of all of our student.  Thank you in advance for your support.

SCENTS IN SCHOOLS                                                               

Exposure to perfumes and other scented products can trigger very serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines or multiple chemical sensitivities. The health effects of fragrances – ranging in severity from mild to debilitating – can include: headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath and wheezing. For some people, especially those with asthma and other respiratory disorders, exposure to fragrances can trigger the need for emergency medical treatment.

Perfumes and colognes are considered the most concentrated form of fragrance, however fragrances can be found in a wide range of products including soaps, shampoos, deodorants, hairsprays and cosmetics.  To protect our students and staff with chemical sensitivities, I am asking for your cooperation in helping to create a ‘fragrance sensitive environment.  Please avoid wearing scented personal care products such as perfume, cologne, aftershave, scented lotions or creams for the body, face or hands. Most brands have fragrance-free products available.  Thank you for helping to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.




The St. Michael School Community has a number of students with peanut / nut allergies. For some of these students, their allergic reaction to peanuts and nuts is produced by mere smell and/or peanut/nut residue on the desk, door knob or water fountain by a student who has eaten food with nuts and/or peanuts. An allergic reaction for a student  anaphylaxis can be life threatening and in many cases the reaction is very swift in onset.

Our school community needs to ensure the safety of all of its students and provide those children with this severe allergy a safe learning environment. As such, parents are to ensure that their children do not bring any food item containing peanuts / nuts to school for lunches or snacks (or special treats for class parties etc..). This includes products such as almond butter and “Wow Butter”, as it can be difficult to decipher such products from real peanut butter. Students are asked to wash their faces and hands and brush their teeth prior to coming to school if they have been exposed to peanuts / nuts or their
byproducts as part of their breakfast meal.

As our school community embarks on a new school year, we are endeavouring to make the school a safe environment for all our students and we greatly appreciate your co-operation and support.

Thank you,

Mrs. Papp



WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served.

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)



Our Angel Community had an AWESOME first week of school. A huge Thank You goes out to our fantastic staff and students for making it so memorable! Based on what we saw during our first week, we cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us! Way to go Angels!



Everyone is welcome to come to our Open House on Tuesday September 17th. Classrooms will be open for visits and teachers will be in their classrooms starting at 5:30 to 6:15 to meet parents and informally discuss curriculum expectations. From 6:15 – 7:00, classrooms will be closed and everyone will be invited to participate in the festivities outside.  Pizza/Ice Cream will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th!


Just a reminder that all Kindergarten students will be in class on Monday as our regular schedule begins. It was great seeing all of our new Year 1 students come in last week with their parents and joining their Year 2 friends. What an exciting time for our newest Angels!


St. Michael School is very fortunate to be able to offer the Nutrition for Learning program again this year. Nutrition for Learning provides our school with healthy snacks each day. The program will begin the first week of October, so please be sure to pack your child enough snacks until we start receiving our food. Soon you will see the Nutrition for Learning Toonie Postcards coming home with your child. Please consider taping a toonie to the postcard to help fund our schools program. We appreciate all of your support!


If your child has an allergic reaction to any food or insect, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Medication: Epipen form. We ask that all children who require Epipens carry them on their persons (not in their backpacks) at all times. In addition, we ask that all children bring a spare Epipen to school in the event of an anaphylactic reaction and a second dose is required.

If your child has an illness, a medical condition or a physical disability that may require monitoring/awareness/a special response in an emergency, you are asked to contact the main office. We will send a Medical Alert form home. We will also request a meeting to develop a protocol for your child while at school or at a school related event.

According to Board policy, school staff or volunteers should not be involved with the administration of medication. However, the Board recognizes that on occasions, schools will need to be responsible for students who are receiving medication, or who under certain circumstances may require an emergency response to a severe allergic reaction. If your child requires such medication, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Oral Medication form. This from MUST be completed before any medication may be administered!


September 11 – Student Leadership Team Sign up at lunch

September 17 – Open House /Meet the Teacher Night 5:30-7pm

September 19 – Bus Patrol Training AM

September 19 – WE Day

September 20 – PD Day


Parents please be reminded that the school yard is closed during the school day from 9:00am until 3:30pm.  We ask that you refrain from being on the yard until 3:25pm.  In addition, the climber is not to be used after school as we have an Extended Day Program that will need access to the climber.  Many teachers use the yard at the end of the day for physical education classes and we need to ensure safety for all of our students.  If you need to pick your child up early, please go to the main office to sign them out and our Administrative Assistant will be glad to help.  Thank you for understanding and ensuring that we keep our kids safe and secure!


We need your help!  St. Michael School would not be the great place it is without parent support!  We are looking for various volunteers in the following areas:

  • Catholic School Advisory Council (Parent Council) – meetings once per month and helps to support fundraising and other events for the school community.
  • Strong Start – (Once or twice per week – 30 mins) Intervention Program for early learners supporting with their literacy development and growth.
  • Kiss and Drop Parking – Mornings between 8:45 and 9:00am to help our JK/SK students into the playground area.  You can volunteer one morning per week or more if interested!
  • Gardening Committee – We need help with maintaining our front gardens with weeding and pulling seasonally.

If you can share any of your time with us, we would love to hear from you!  Please contact the main office and we would be happy to discuss how we can work together to continue to make St. Michael a great place to learn and grow for all!