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