Monthly Archives: October 2019

HALLOWEEN AT ST. MICHAEL’S

Saint Michael Halloween Day Reminders:

In order to ensure that all of our students have a fun and safe day, there are a few guidelines that we would like all parents/students to follow with respect to costumes:
  • Costumes should not be such that they interfere with classroom activities
  • Students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see and hear. No masks that cover the face.
  • No fake weapons of any kind are allowed.
  • Costumes that are provocative, revealing, sexual in nature, or employ questionable props are not allowed.
  • Costumes that depict violence, alcohol or drugs are not allowed.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, ethnicity or religion are not allowed.
  • All students are asked to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the Christian values of Saint Michael CES and the WCDSB.
  • Appropriate and safe footwear must be worn.

Halloween Facts and Safety Tips

Take a look at some of the safety tips below to ensure that you have a safe and fun evening while enjoying Halloween!

  • Costumes should be light-coloured and flame resistant with reflective strips so that children are more easily seen at night. (Remember to put reflective tape on bikes and brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
  • Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles, as costumes can be extremely flammable.
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover the eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks – not in the street.
  • Explain to children that calls should be made along one side of the street first and then the other, and that it’s best to cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
  • Visit homes that have a porch light on
  • Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen.
  • Have children plan their route and share it with you and the family.
  • Children should travel in groups of four or five. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks and low-flying brooms.
  • Make sure children know they should accept treats at the door and must not get into cars or enter the homes or apartments of strangers.
  • Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home. Candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your children. Explain the importance of staying with them and arriving home on time.

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

 

DANCE A THON REMINDER!

We are ready for our Dance A Thon this Thursday – HALLOWEEN!  Please be reminded that all fundraising envelopes are due back to the office as soon as possible.  During the Dance A Thon there will be frozen yogurt for sale as well for $2.00 each.  Bring your toonies!  All money raised will go directly back into our school community – we thank you in advance for your support.

Looking forward to a wonderful day of dancing and fun!

Bus Incident

Dear Parent(s) of the St. Michael School Community, 

I am sending this Newswire to inform you of an incident that occurred in the afternoon hours on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.  The school was informed of a concern regarding an incident at a railroad crossing that involved a charter bus that had transported some of our students on a field trip.  

Upon hearing of the incident, the school contacted Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region and they have followed up with a response:

“STSWR was made aware of the incident at the railroad crossing yesterday. We are investigating what circumstances caused the driver to stop this close to the railroad resulting in the crossing gate coming down on the bus. STSWR is also reviewing railroad crossing with all school bus companies to ensure safe practices are followed and students are safe.”

The safety of our students is always our top concern. We will continue to keep you informed of any new information should it be made available to us concerning this incident.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Papp

DANCE A THON ENVELOPES DUE ON WEDNESDAY!

Please continue with your fundraising efforts for our Monster Mash DanceAThon.  All envelopes should be returned to your classroom teacher by Wednesday.Thank you for your participation. We can’t wait for Thursday!

 

ANGEL UPDATE – OCT 28 – NOV 1

GREAT WEEK OF LEARNING AND GROWTH!

What another great week of learning at St. Michael School – even for our teachers!  We participated in a lunch and learn in which all of our teachers agreed to come and eat lunch together and learn about new technology in the hopes that we can pass that learning on to your children!  We learned how to run and operate spheros – a robotic device that you can code.  Our students now have access to these devices and we are excited that they are starting to be exposed to even more 21st century technology!

IT’S HALLOWEEN WEEK!

There will be pumpkins and fun this week as we get closer to our big Halloween event – the Monster Mash Dance-A-Thon that will take place this Thursday October 31st!  We are so excited to share in a day of dancing all for a great cause – our students!  Please continue to get pledges and maybe win a chance to see Mrs. Papp and some teachers get “pie’d” in the face at an upcoming assembly!  It’s almost time!

HALLOWEEN DRESS UP

On Thursday, October 31st all (Early Years/P/J/I) students will be invited to wear their costumes to school. Please be mindful of the costumes your child is wearing.  Costumes cannot promote violence or have accessories or props that could be used as a weapon. As well, masks or suggestive costumes are not permitted.  We want this to be a fun day for everyone!

SURPRISE – SURPRISE!!

Our Catholic School Advisory Council has prepared a surprise for the entire school on Monday!  Don’t forget to ask your child/ren what the surprise was – we are so excited to share – but we have to wait for one more day!!

CLOTHING – OUTSIDE AND INSIDE

Please be reminded to pack lots of extra clothes for your child as needed.  The outside is feeling a little cooler and many students are not prepared with hats and mitts and warmer jackets to wear.  Please ensure that your child also has both indoor and outdoor shoes.  For our early learners, we would also like to see a full extra change of clothing included in their backpack.  Thank you for helping to prepare your child.

LEARNING BUDDIES

Every class at St. Michael’s is connected to another class 2-4 times each month to participate in Learning Buddies.  These times are dedicated to peer to peer learning.  Some activities are technology based, literacy, art, drama and math.  They work with a partner or in a group with their peers in the school.  It is a great way to learn and grow!

                                                           

DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • Mon Oct 28 – Spirit Assembly
  • Tues Oct 29 – Primary Trip to Brantwood Farms
  • Wed. Oct 30 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Thurs. Oct 31 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Thurs. Oct 31 – Monster Mash Dance-A-Thon!
  • Tues. Nov 5 – School Council
  • Tues. Nov 5 – Progress Reports go home
  • Wed. Nov 6 – Weasner to Safety Village
  • Thurs. Nov 7 – Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews
  • Fri. Nov 8 – Grade 3 and 4 Safety Village Trip
  • Fri. Nov 8 – Bus Evacuation Training
  • Mon. Nov 11 – Remembrance Day Ceremony (AM)
  • Wed. Nov 13 – Photo Retake Day
  • Fri. Nov 15 – PD Day

STRIKE ACTION TOMORROW

Hello Angel Families,

Please see the message below from Central Office:

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

ANGEL UPDATE OCT 21-25

MONSTER MASH IS COMING TO ST. MIKES!

The excitement is continuing to build at St. Michael for our Monster Mash Fundraiser. Our Early Bird Draws have been taking place each day with lots of winners! Each student has received fundraising envelopes and they are encouraged to ask family and friends for pledges! The Dance-A-Thon takes place on Halloween and each student will be participating in the dancing fun! The money raised goes directly back into our school community!  Thank you in advance for your support!

STUDENT OF THE MONTH!

We are so blessed that many of our students exhibit fantastic Umbrella skills each day at school.  This past month we honoured some special students who went above and beyond showcasing how they are being a Welcoming Friend!  We celebrated by having a pizza lunch with the Principal!  What a great way to end the week.  Keep being awesome Angels.  This next month we are looking for students who are exhibiting the theme of Empathy.

LANDSCAPING CLUB!

St. Michael is excited to have our first Landscaping Club led by the teacher champion Mr. Syme!  They are working on beautifying our yard!  We are excited to see this team’s work throughout the year!

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

We are still in need of Strong Start Volunteers!  If you could spare 1/2 hour each week to help a struggling reader – we have students for you!  Each half hour supports 1 child and increases their growth significantly in terms of literacy.  Please contact the school if you are able to help out!  The kids need you!

OCTOBER FIT BIT INFO

Pumpkin Power

The arrival of fall means pumpkins are in season in Ontario! Not only are pumpkins fun to carve, they are also delicious and nutritious. Pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin A, iron and protein. The seeds and the inside flesh of a pumpkin can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Grab a pumpkin and try a recipe this fall!

Buying and storing pumpkins

  • Check out a local pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. Many farms offer more than just picking pumpkins, making it a fun family adventure outdoors!
  • Buying local foods helps support farmers so they can continue to grow fresh and affordable produce.
  • Look for small pumpkins with firm and smooth orange skin as they will have a good flavour for cooking. Large pumpkins with thin walls are less flavourful for cooking, but are perfect for carving! You can scoop out the seeds from a carved pumpkin and roast them for a tasty and healthy snack!
  • A whole pumpkin can keep for several months in a cool and dry location. Once you cut your fresh pumpkin, it can stay wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Cooking with pumpkin

  • Cut a pumpkin open and scoop out the seeds and the fibre strands from the centre.
  • Pumpkins can be baked, boiled, steamed or cooked in the microwave. When the pumpkin is cooked, the flesh is easily scooped out from the hard peel and can be mashed or puréed.

Try this pumpkin recipe:

Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

12                           jumbo whole grain pasta shells

1 1/4 cups           non-fat ricotta cheese*

3/4 cup                 pumpkin purée

1/2 cup                 parmesan cheese, grated*

1/2 tsp                  garlic powder

2 Tbsp.                 dried basil

1/4 tsp                  ground sage

1/2 tsp                  salt

1/2 tsp                  pepper

1 cup                     pasta sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions. Drain and separate onto baking sheet to let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together ricotta, pumpkin, parmesan, and spices. Save 1 Tbsp. parmesan for topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a baking dish that holds all of the pasta shells in a single layer.
  4. Spread pasta sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Fill each shell with about 3 Tbsp. of pumpkin mixture, and place shells close together on the sauce in baking dish.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 15 more minutes.
  6. Serve with a side salad or your favorite side vegetables!

Recipe adapted from www.foodhero.org. Adapted from unlockfood.ca. Visit unlockfood.ca for more information on pumpkins and healthy eating. Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Tues Oct 22 – Student Leadership Team Mtg
  • Wed Oct 23 – JK/SK Steckle Heritage Farm Trip
  • Wed Oct 23 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Thurs Oct 24 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Fri Oct 25 – PD Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Mon Oct 28 – Spirit Assembly
  • Tues Oct 29 – Primary Trip to Brantwood Farms
  • Wed. Oct 30 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Thurs. Oct 31 – Intermediate Homework Club
  • Thurs. Oct 31 – Monster Mash Dance-A-Thon!
  • Wed. Nov 6 – Weasner to Safety Village
  • Thurs. Nov 7 – Parent/Teacher Interviews
  • Fri. Nov 8 – Grade 3 and 4 Safety Village Trip

Mike’s MONSTER MASH is underway!!

The envelopes have went out and the students are excited to earn some school wide rewards!  Please consider pledging our students for our upcoming Dance-A-Thon to be held on Halloween!!  Take a look at the link below to see the great prizes that students can win!  This is our major fundraiser and we hope that you will join in on the fun and fund raise for St. Mike’s!!

school council monster mash flyer

ANGEL UPDATE OCT 15-18

Wishing all of our Angel families a blessed Thanksgiving!  This time of year puts us all in the mindset of giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, and expressing appreciation for each other.  It allows us to view our world through a lens of gratitude. As families in Canada gather around dinner tables to celebrate this holiday, we will be giving thanks for our family, friends, good health and the wonderful St. Michael community.  May you and your loved ones enjoy all of the warm blessings that this holiday has to offer.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you for your amazing generous spirit in supporting our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are a blessed community with so much to give – and our Angel’s did not let us down!  All of the food that was brought in during this campaign will go to the less fortunate in our community.  Our school goal was to bring in 600 items but we surpassed this goal reaching a total of 720 items!  Way to go everyone and a special thank you goes out to the Make a Change Committee for their work in supporting this great cause!

KISS AND DROP JK/SK PARKING AREA

Just a reminder that you must have a parking pass to enter into the Kiss and Drop Parking that is designated for our JK/SK families.  In addition, when using this service you must pull up to the parking area and place the car in park.  There are parent and student volunteers that are there to help your child arrive safely in the Kindergarten outside play area.  All staff and volunteers will be wearing vests that will identify that they are there to help.   Parking is not allowed in the front of the school.  If you would like to park your car and walk your child to the JK/SK area, then please ensure that you park on Winterhalt Drive at the back of the school or on the street parking.  The front of the school is for bus traffic and Kiss and Drop only.  Thanks for your help and understanding as we all work towards a safer school experience for all.

HALLOWEEN DANCE A THON!                                 

Our major fundraiser is just around the corner and we need your support.  We are holding our Dance a Thon on Halloween.  Pledge forms have already gone home and we are excited at the opportunity to raise funds for the many school initiatives such as as new technology, pride of place initiatives and experiential opportunities for our students!  We hope to raise over 8000 as a school community!  Please consider pledging your child/ren for this great cause!

 

Monday October 14th – Thanksgiving Day (no school)

Tuesday, October 15 – Catholic School Advisory Council Mtg 6pm

Wednesday October 16 – Intermediate Homework Club

Thursday October 17 – Intermediate Homework Club

Friday October 18 – Laurier Football Field Trip

Wednesday October 23 – JK/SK Steckle Farm Trip

Friday October 25 – PD Day

 

FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEK!

Starting Monday October 7th the St. Michael’s Make a Change Team will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for our local St. Vincent du Paul Society.
The Make a Change Team (formerly our Social Justice Team) will be collecting food items for one week. Last day to send in food items is Friday October 11th.
Our goal this year is to collect 600 items. With over 300 students in our school, that means if each student brings in 2 items, we will be well over our goal.

All items are welcome, especially the following:

  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines,
  • Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken and luncheon meat)
  • Pasta (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and sidekicks)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Minute rice
  • Tins of beans
  • Jam, honey and peanut butter
  • Pancake mix & pancake syrup
  • Apple & tomato juice
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Hamburger helper
  • Baby food
  • Cereal-especially Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes
  • Shampoo, hand soap & toothpaste.

Thank you – St. Michael’s Make a Change Team