WONDERFUL WEEK OF CELEBRATION!
Our staff are continuously amazed at how our Angels are supporting each other, and growing academically each and every day. We see students using strategies in math to better support their learning, we see students encouraging a friend to continue to try when things get difficult and we always encounter students willing to offer a helping hand when needed. We have a wonderful community of learners that make up our Angel family!
Our Grade 4s will be completing the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test this month. This test is a valuable tool for educators and parents. It assists us toward further identifying your child(ren)’s learning strengths and needs. Our Grade 7s will be completing the Canadian Achievement Test this month. The CAT-4 provides a useful snapshot of each student’s basic skills in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics
Some children will want to start bringing their bicycles, scooters and skateboards to school now that the nice weather has arrived. Please review the traffic safety rules with your child and ensure that the bike is in good working condition. Please ensure that your child wears his/her bicycle helmet. Also, please note any student choosing to travel to and from school on one of these devices will be required to walk the bike onto school property. For safety, bike racks are at the back of the school behind the office door – please remind your child to lock his/her bike.
ARE YOU MOVING?
We have begun the preliminary planning of the school organization for this September and need to know enrollment estimates for the upcoming school year. Please advise the office as soon as possible if your child (ren) will not be returning to St. Michael Catholic School for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Whether you are moving or your child (ren) are changing schools, advance notification enables us to effectively plan for the upcoming school year.
Preliminary registration has already taken place for students entering St. Michael this September. If by chance you missed this registration and have a child starting Junior or Senior Kindergarten this September, then please contact the school as soon as possible. In addition, if you know of someone who may not be aware of this, please mention it to him or her.
WORLD AUTISM DAY – APRIL 2ND:
This day draws our attention to the challenges people with autism experience every day. People with autism have unique abilities and talents that are often not appreciated. We will be observing Autism Awareness Day by wearing blue to recognize students with autism and how important they are in our school community.
– Autism now affects 1 in 88 children; and 1 in 54 boys.
– People with autism are different from one another.
– There are dozens of treatments but no cure
– Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability.
– Autism is a neurological disorder.
– Autism disorders affect all religions, all creeds, all nationalities, all races and both sexes.
It doesn’t differentiate or affect any one group of people.
Follow the link with information on Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew.
SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY FOR PARENTS:
This is the last week to complete the School Climate Survey for parents. Parents are asked to follow the instructions included in the link below to complete their survey. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the school.
APRIL UMBRELLA THEME: INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
We continue to explore the Umbrella themes each month and students are starting to build their own personal umbrellas – being able to use various strategies to help them deal with struggles they may face in their lives. Throughout the month of April, we will be exploring the theme of Intrinsic Motivation. Take a minute to read the attached article that can be found at the link below. It has some great activities for your children around Intrinsic Motivation.
KISS AND DROP PARKING:
Parents please be reminded that our Kiss and Drop parking is scheduled to start at 8:45am and goes until the bell rings to go inside. Once the bell rings, parents are expected to bring their children in through the front door and receive a late slip before heading to class.
In addition, our volunteers will support the children getting out of the car if need be. There is no parking in the Kiss and Drop area at any time. Our Kiss and Drop is run by parent volunteers. They are there to support our JK/SK parents in dropping their children off at the front of the school versus having to park at the back of the school and walk children up the path into their classrooms. We are very blessed to be able to provide this service and we ask for your support in abiding by the Kiss and Drop rules.
- Mon. Apr 1 – Safety Village – Grade 1 and 4
- Tues. Apr 2 – School Council Mtg – 6pm
- Fri. Apr 5 – U of W Developmental Testing – Grades JK to 1
- Sun. Apr 7 – First Comminicant’s Family Mass – 9:00am
- Mon. Apr 8 – CCAT Grade 4 Testing starts
- Fri. Apr 12 – PD Day
- Mon. Apr 15 – 17 – Camp Brebeuf Trip – Grade 8