Monthly Archives: November 2019



We are close to the end of November but the Umbrella theme of Growth Mindset is a strong as ever! Having a growth mindset (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve) is the key to success. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny. The attached link is to an article that will help to help teach Growth Mindset to your child(ren).  Stay tuned for next months theme – Cognitive Flexibility!

Growth Mindset


What great participation for crazy hair day!  We certainly have some creative Angel families!  Take a look below at the amazing creations!


We have been fortunate to have our facilities department continue the paved walkway at the side of the school near the parking lot.  Starting Monday, we are asking all parents and students to use this walkway to get to the blacktop in the school yard.  It is a couple of extra steps but well worth the safety that it brings to our students.  We will be monitoring the parking lot starting Monday and encouraging the use of the walkway to promote student safety.  Thank you to our facilities and our community who are always looking out for the best interest of our students!


Please remember to send your child/ren to school with proper outdoor attire including hats, mitts (waterproof) and boots.  The weather can change throughout the course of the day and we want to ensure that they are dressed to go outside and have fun with their peers!


We have many parents that drop off a hot lunch for their children and we gladly distribute the lunches to students as quickly as possible.  Please be reminded that lunch starts at 11:45 and students have until 12:05 to eat.  At 12:05 they are expected to be outside as there is no supervision inside for students to continue eating their lunches.  Please ensure that all outside food is dropped off at 11:45 or a little earlier so students have time to enjoy it before they go outside.  Lunches dropped off after 12:05 will not be able to be eaten until after the lunch hour has ended as there is not food allowed outside in our yard.  Thank you for understanding.


We are in desperate need of Strong Start volunteers!  As a Strong Start volunteer, you can expect to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the life of a child.

  • Work one-on-one with a child in our Letters, Sounds and Words program. …
  • Work with preschool children in our Get Ready for School program. …
  • Assemble Program Games and Activities.

If you can offer 1 hour each week, we would love to have you!  Please contact the office for more details!


On Friday, there were many excited students as we announced the winners of our Dance A Thon prizes!  Students won chromebooks, spheros, gift cards and many more prizes for their fundraising efforts.  As a whole school community we achieved our targets and we will be rewarded with a Gum Day, Hat Day and Extra Recess time!  A special thank you to our parent volunteers who were able to give out our prizes to the lucky students!  Congratulations Angel families – a great fundraiser!


  • Wed. Nov 27 – Grade 4 Bible Celebration
  • Thurs. Nov 28 – Butterfly Conservatory visits the Primary Classes
  • Fri. Nov 29 – Norman and Syme – Shade’s Mill Trip
  • Fri. Nov 29 – Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Mon. Dec 2-4 – Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thurs. Dec 5 – Whole School Confessions
  • Fri. Dec 6 – PD Day – Spiritual Development
  • Tues. Dec 10 – Eugenio – Shade’s Mill Trip
  • Tues. Dec 10 – Catholic School Advisory Committee 6:00pm
  • Thurs. Dec 12 – High School Guidance visit for Grade 8 students
  • Thurs. Dec 12 – Advent Mass with Father (9:30am)
  • Wed. Dec 18 – Christmas Luncheon for whole school
  • Wed. Dec 18 – Dress in your Sunday Best Day!
  • Thurs. Dec 19 – Primary Christmas Concert (PM) (more details to follow)
  • Thurs. Dec 19 – Student of the Month Assembly
  • Thurs. Dec 19 – Mrs. Huddleston Retirement Celebration
  • Thurs. Dec 19 – Wear Red and Green or anything Christmas Day!
  • Fri. Dec 20 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!




Just a reminder to Grade 2 Angel families that there is a First Sacrament Mtg at St. Clements Church this Wednesday at 7:00pm.  You will be able to receive all of the information about the sacraments at this meeting.  Looking forward to seeing you there!


Just a reminder that today is a PD Day and there is no school for students.

Have a great weekend Angels!

Entrance Door Replacement – TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

Hello Angel families,

Our Primary and Kindergarten Entrance doors will be replaced this week as part of our renovation project.  This means that our regular procedures for entering and exiting the school will change.  Please note the changes below:

  1. Primary Doors – The replacement will take place on TUESDAY only – this means that the primary students will be entering through the Kindergarten doorway instead.  Teachers will be outside to meet them when the bell rings and will walk them to class.  They will use this door all day for in/out procedures.
  2. Kindergarten Pen Entrance Doors – these will be replaced on WEDNESDAY only.  Drop off of JK/SK students in the morning will be directed to the alternate gate into the pen by the Lang’s parking lot.  There is a gate to the pen area that we will be using instead.  There will be staff to guide you if need be.
  3. The Kiss and Drop will still run as scheduled and the volunteers will escort students to the pen area personally.  There will also be extra staff on the help support in the morning.  The pick up of JK/SK students will still take place at the back of the school.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility.  If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Thank you,

Mrs. Papp – Principal


Another great week at St. Michael’s!  Thank you for your participation in our Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews.  Our teachers were excited to share the wonderful strengths that each of your children have.  If you were unable to make your interview, please feel free to reach out to the classroom teacher and another time will be set up for you.

REMEMBRANCE DAY – Please wear red on Monday

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,
and ask that God may give us peace:
for the service men and women
who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;
may God give peace.
God give peace.

Mr. Syme’s class will be taking the lead in honouring our veterans in our Remembrance Day Assembly.  This will take place on Monday November 11th from 10:45 to 11:05.  Thank you to all students and staff that are making it a priority to REMEMBER!  Please wear red on Monday in Remembrance.



Our Angels have been showing great spirit this year!  They are wearing their new shirts with pride, encouraging each other on the field and practicing their Umbrella Skills every day.  We were rewarded by reaching our first milestone with our Spirit Meter with a whole school Ice Cream Party!  Students enjoyed the tasty treat and smiles were everywhere!


Our Learning Commons is a booming place!  In collaboration with Classroom Teachers, Mrs. Starr, our amazing Library Tech is supporting our technology initiatives in the school by helping students become more aware of what is available.  Our FDK students are learning about spheros, our Primary students are learning about Microbits and everyone is enjoying the new flexible seating options!  We love our new space!  Thank you Mrs. Starr for all you do!!



Just a reminder that there is a PD Day on Friday November 15th.  Staff are participating in professional development focused on numeracy and STEM Innovation.


  • Mon. Nov 11 – Remembrance Day Ceremony (AM)
  • Wed. Nov 13 – Photo Retake Day
  • Wed. Nov 13 – Boys Volleyball Tournament (PM)
  • Fri. Nov 15 – PD Day
  • Wed. Nov 20 – Laurier Hockey Game Trip
  • Fri. Nov 22 – Crazy Hair Day!
  • Wed. Nov 27 – Grade 4 Bible Celebration
  • Thurs. Nov 28 – Butterfly Conservatory visits the Primary Classes
  • Fri. Nov 29 – Norman and Syme – Shade’s Mill Trip
  • Fri. Nov 29 – Girls Basketball Tournament

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Parking

Hello Families,

We are excited to have you join us for our Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences tonight.  There will be additional parking available in the side parking lot by the Kindergarten Pen area to accommodate.

Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education!




The new Umbrella Project Theme for the month of November is Growth Mindset. Having a growth mindset (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve) is the key to success. Yes, hard work, effort, and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny. The attached link shows a video to help explain Growth Mindset to your child(ren).

Growth Mindset Video



What a wonderful Dance A Thon we had!  It was a ton of fun and the students danced the day away!  This event is our largest fundraiser and so much planning goes into an event like this.  Our Catholic School Advisory Council, made up of our parents were instrumental in ensuring that the dance a thon was a huge success!  Thank you to all of your commitment to ensuring that our Angels had a great day and that we continue to raise funds for our school community.  Our students who won prizes for top fundraising will be announced later in the month during a school assembly.  Our total fundraising amount will also be announced as soon as we have all fundraising envelopes returned.  Thank you to all who helped make this day a great success!



We are excited to announce that our side parking lot will be undergoing some renovations.  We will be continuing the sidewalk and fencing down the side of the lot to direct walkers away from the parking lot to the back of the parking lot.  This will mean that they will enter the school yard without having to be in the parking lot at all, thus increasing the safety overall.   Work will be done over the next couple of weeks and we will continue to keep you updated as we move along.


Please be reminded that there is NO PARKING at the front of the school, even on rainy days.  The front parking lot is reserved for buses and JK/SK Kiss and Drop parents only.  The Kiss and Drop is a service that allows JK/SK parents to drive and let their children out of the car where they are met with parent/student volunteers to escort their children to their Kindergarten area.  All other parents are able to drop students off on Winterhalt Avenue and walk their students to the appropriate door.  In addition, you can also park on Concession Road and walk to the school as well.  Our staff are supervising the parking lot to keep all students safe and we appreciate your support.  Please continue to respect the rules around parking to ensure the safety of all of the students at the school.


Progress reports will be coming home on Tuesday.  Please review with your child all of the wonderful attributes they are showcasing this year.  Embedded into the progress report are next steps for each student to help them improve. Take a look – lots of suggestions to help move your child forward in their learning! Your conference time will be given with your report card on Tuesday.  

NOVEMBER FIT BIT – Plant-Based Protein Foods

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you already make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.


2 tsp                      canola oil

1 whole                 red onion, chopped

4 whole                 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp                   ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)

2 Tbsp                   curry paste or curry powder

1 tsp                      garam masala*

¼ cup                    cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp                   whole wheat flour

2 ½ cups               low sodium vegetable broth

2 whole                 potatoes, diced

1 whole                bell pepper, chopped

6 oz                        green beans, chopped

1 (540 mL) can   low sodium lentils


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Adapted from Visit and  for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants.

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


  • Tues. Nov 5 – School Council
  • Tues. Nov 5 – Progress Reports go home
  • Wed. Nov 6 – Grade 8 Arts and Tech day at Bennies
  • 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
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