Monthly Archives: January 2020

GRADE 8 PARENTS – PATHWAYS NIGHT CANCELLED

Hello Grade 8 Parents,

Please be advised that with the announcement of a 1 day strike on Tuesday February 4th, the Grade 8 Pathways Night that was scheduled to take place at St. Benedict has now been cancelled.  They will look at rescheduling for another date.

Thank you.

BELL LET’S TALK DAY – WEAR BLUE!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day.  Please encourage your children to wear blue tomorrow as we look at creating awareness about mental health as a school community.  Thank you in advance for your support!

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday February 4th, 2020

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

CORONAVIRUS

You may have read information regarding the Coronavirus that has reached Ontario. The health care team in the province is well-prepared and has highly effective protocols in place.

To learn more about the virus and the containment plan, you can visit the link below and read the letter released by the Ministry of Health to our school communities.

Letter to School Communities From Ministry of Health

https://www.ontario.ca/page/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

It is also wise that we continue to be diligent with our own efforts to limit the spread of any type of illness in our schools by continuing the regular practice of:

  • good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly and with soap or sanitizer;
  • covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
  • staff and students stay home when ill.
  • It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.

Thanks for your continued support in maintaining the health and wellness of our school!

Grade 2 First Communion Workshop – This SUNDAY!

Just a reminder that the First Communion Workshop takes place this Sunday for Grade 2 Parents and Children.

For all students and families that registered for First Holy Communion, our first workshop is on Sunday February 2nd  8:45-10:45 AM in the St. Clement’s Church Hall.  Looking forward to continuing our journey to prepare for the sacrament of First Communion.

ANGEL UPDATE JANUARY 27-31

We are fully into the New Year and students have been working on all sorts of goals to better themselves academically and socially.  They have been engaged in lots of thoughtful activities and discussions to enhance their learning and success!  This is the last week of January and we will continue to work on the Umbrella theme of Authenticity!  We continue to look for students to showcase who they really are and to let their God-given gifts shine brightly for all to see!  We have so many amazing Angels among us and we are walking proud this month at St. Michael!

NUMERACY LEARNING EVERYWHERE!

Students have been working towards building their competency when it comes to their numeracy skills.  They are learning many strategies to support their thinking and are working on showcasing their learning.  We continue to be blessed to have Mrs. Mina, our Instructional Math Coach onsite this month to better support this learning with students in small groups.  Academics is a high priority at St. Michael and we are making progress!

SKILLS CANADA PREPARATION

Thank you to our amazing Library Tech Mrs. Starr who takes numerous hours of time to prepare her students for the annual Skills Canada Competition coming up soon.  We had two representative from St. Michael School that were able to get a morning of learning on how to create an App.  We are excited to see our Angels grow in the area of technology and to shine at the upcoming Skills Competition.

MOVIE AND POPCORN DAYS

They will continue to run on Fridays for the various divisions.  Tell your children to listen to the announcements.  Thank you to Mrs. Eugenio and Miss Comeau for supporting this great initiative.  It is a definite hit with our students!

SCHOOL COUNCIL THANK YOU – GREENHOUSE AND SCIENTIST FUN!

Our Catholic School Advisory Council made up of parents and staff have made some purchases recently to help support the learning goals of our students.  Our Primary Division are utilizing greenhouses to showcase the stages of growing plants and vegetables.  Students are excited to see the various things they will be able to grow and to experiment along the way!  One student was caught saying “I wonder if I take a pumpkin seed and try to grow it inside – will a pumpkin actually grow!”  Great inquiry happening!

In addition, we were able to offer the Scientists in Schools Program to many classes at St. Michael.  This program brings real live science right to the classrooms with students exploring various themes such as structures, heat, air, water.  Parent volunteers help for the day and students get to try on the various hands on activities offered.  What a great way to engage in the learning!

LEARNING BUDDIES

At St. Michael we rely on our older students to be role models for our younger grades.  They are doing a remarkable job as they take on the role of learning buddies very seriously!  We have paired up each class to ensure that everyone has a chance to engage in learning with another class and to provide some leadership opportunities for our older students.  Activities include reading together, technology, creating and building and art!  Take a look at the pictures of our buddies exploring google slides!

BELL LET’S TALK DAY – WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29TH

On Wednesday we will be creating awareness of mental health issues at St. Mike’s!  Our Student Leadership Team has been preparing students for Bell Let’s Talk Day – a day designated to end the stigma around mental illness.  We have been sharing trivia questions and announcements about the importance of mental health all week.  We have completed classroom presentations and created bulletin boards for the whole school to learn and participate in the day.  Please encourage your son/daughter to wear BLUE that day to commemorate the importance.  It is a Spirit Day so the St. Michael t-shirt will be perfect!!  We will continue to talk about mental health and its importance throughout the year!

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Mon. Jan 27 – Skills Team Mtg at lunch
  • Mon. Jan 27 – ECO Team mtg at lunch
  • Wed. Jan 29 – Bell Let’s Talk Day! Wear BLUE!
  • Wed. Jan 29 – Safety Village AM – Comiskey’s class
  • Thurs. Jan 30 – Intermediate Science Fair
  • Thurs. Jan 30 – Constable Fearon visiting the Intermediates
  • Fri. Jan 31 – Hat Day!
  • Fri. Jan 31 – Movie and Popcorn Lunch (Primary)
  • Fri. Jan 31 – Scientists in Schools – Primary
  • Fri. Jan 31 – Jiggly Jump Presentation for Primary Students
  • Fri. Jan 31 – Skills Team Mtg at Lunch
  • Sun. Feb 2 – First Communion Parent Child Workshop (8:45am)
  • Tues. Feb 4 – Spirit Assembly – AM
  • Tues. Feb 4 – Kindergarten Registration – (9:30-11:30)
  • Tues. Feb 4 – Grade 8 Scientists in Schools
  • Wed. Feb 5 – World Read Aloud Day
  • Wed. Feb 5 – Kindergarten Registration – (4:00-7:00)
  • Thurs. Feb 6 – Kindergarten Registration – (1:00-3:00)
  • Thurs. Feb 6 – Grade 7 Scientists in Schools
  • Fri. Feb 7 – Movie and Popcorn Lunch (Junior)

PD DAY TOMORROW

Just a reminder that tomorrow – Friday January 24th, 2020 is a PD Day.

There will no school for students.  Extended Day is still running as per schedule.

School Closure – TOMORROW TUESDAY JAN 21, 2020

Please be reminded that St. Michael School will be closed tomorrow TUESDAY JANUARY 21st, 2020 due to a one day strike.  Extended Day Programs are still running.

In addition, there is a PD Day on Friday January 24th, 2020.  The school will be closed for students on this day as well.