Monthly Archives: October 2019

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

In the Nest This Week:

FALL CRAFT & MARKET SHOW!!

We NEED YOU to come and visit the Fundraising Show on Saturday! 

We have over 50 different vendors coming to sell their handmade items and products.  

It will be at St. Mary’s High School from 9am-3pm!

Thank you for your support!

 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

A Communication of Learning – Initial Observations for JK/K students and Progress Reports for students will be distributed on Tuesday, November 5th. Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held at Monsignor Haller from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th.

Families were invited  to select their time preference on SchoolCash Online.  The interview time slip will be inside the report card envelope.  Looking forward to seeing everyone!

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday:  Grade 8’s will be visited by the Link Crew from St. Mary’s High School!

Every Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

Thursday:  HALLOWEEN!

Friday:  Memory Project Speaker visiting  grades 6, 7 & 8

 

School Focus:

Why math skills are important!

We all use mathematical concepts in everyday activities, without even thinking about it. Every day, we are making correct change when shopping, estimating how many cans of paint are needed to paint a room, measuring ingredients when cooking, or calculating the tip on a restaurant bill.

Fundamental math skills are also foundational to other aspects of the math curriculum, such as determining area, volume or rates. These are the skills we use when determining how much tile is needed for a new floor, or determining the more economical way to purchase music online – for instance, is it a better deal to buy 24 songs for $7.99, or 50 songs for $10.45?

By making math a priority and finding ways to help your child with math at home and in day-to-day life, you are helping to inspire a love of learning, and a better understanding of math.

Ontario is committed to working with parents, teachers and students to focus on the fundamental skills and concepts of math to help improve students’ performance in math.

For more information and resources on how to help your child with math at home, please visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/min_math_strategy.html

 

 

 

By |2019-10-25T10:38:11-04:00October 25th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Parent Teacher Interviews

Good morning Hawks!

A Schoolcash Online item went out this week for families to select a time frame on November 7th to come and meet your child’s teacher about their progress to date, their strengths and areas for next steps.  The Progress Report Card will be coming home on Nov. 5th.

At this time, we are asking all families to log into Schoolcash Online to select their time as the item closes today.  Otherwise, a time will still be selected for you, hoping the appointment works with your schedule.

Thank you for completing this today!

By |2019-10-24T09:23:56-04:00October 24th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Parent Teacher Interviews

Birthday Treats

Dear parents:

 

Please be reminded that we are not able to accept homemade or store-bought treats to celebrate children’s birthdays or other occasions. Our staff are obligated to adhere to WCDSB policies such as our Elementary School Food Nutrition, Medical Conditions and Anaphylaxis policies.

 

If you would like to send something with your child to celebrate special occasions, such as Halloween or Valentine’s Day, please consider sending non-food treats, such as pencils, erasers, cards, etc.

 

If there are exceptions to these expectations, e.g., a special class event or a whole-school event such as Shrove Tuesday, you will receive communication from the school.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
By |2019-10-22T10:47:22-04:00October 22nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Birthday Treats

Saturdays’ Fall & Craft Show!

Here is another plug for families to JOIN US on Saturday at St. Mary’s High School for our Fall & Craft Show Fundraiser! 

I have FOUR families who have offered to help out with chili and/or coffee.  THANK YOU!!

If you are helping out, kindly drop off the coffee (for the am) and chili (anytime between 8am-11am in a crockpot).  As we do not have access to the cafeteria’s kitchen, we will need crockpots (even chili from a can!!) dropped off and then picked up by 3pm.  Thank you for considering.

See the list of vendors secured for the show below, and please share with friends and family:

Full Vendor List to Date!

Sweet Legs

Arbonne

Wooden Birdhouses & Marble Games

Steeped Tea

Beads n More by Alma

Homemade Cookies

Norwex

Handmade Soaps

Soapbox Bath & Body

Candles & Room Spray

Designed Coasters

Thirty One bags

Zems Gems

Handcrafted Chocolates & Baked Goods

Nancy’s Creations & Seeds

Jewelled Inspiration Cards

YA Author Lori Wolf-Heffner

Pip’s Real Hot Chocolate

Scentsy

Crocheted Baby Booties, Rattles &Stuffed Toys

Christmas and Sporting Wreaths

Jar Grippers

Pampered Chef

Creative Women’s T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

Kindred Spirits Home Decor and Comfy Cozies

Nadur All Natural Soaps

Precious Pendants

Crocheted Baby Blankets and Adult Blankets

Natural soaps, scrubs & creams

Turtle Bead Creations

Quillows and Booboo Buddies

Chicks with Knits

Wooden Boxes of Tea and Decorated Handkerchiefs & Signs

Poppy & Peonies

Lava Love Diffusing Jewelry

American Girl Doll Clothes (handmade and crocheted!)

Wickedly Delicious Cake Pops, Pies, Tarts & Cookies

Code Ninjas

Ethnic Indian Home Accessories

“Heat Wraps”

Hot chili, Girl Guide Cookies and MORE!

By |2019-10-22T10:03:20-04:00October 22nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Saturdays’ Fall & Craft Show!

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

In the Nest This Week:

 Remember:  School Photos are on Thursday!

 School FUNdraiser!  

Come to our Fall Craft & Market Show on Saturday October 26th from 9am-3pm. 

It will be held at St. Mary’s High School in the cafeteria!

We are STILL looking for parent support!  Mrs. Hunter has organized the event along with Mrs. Neves and student support.  All we are asking for are SHOPPERS and WINDOW SHOPPERS to make the event a success.  We are not asking for you to buy anything, and all the money that we have collected from vendors goes back to your children!  I have had a couple generous families offer to bring a crockpot of chili for us to sell and Tim’s hot coffee to sell.  If you are willing to help out in this way, please call the office.  Thank you for considering!

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

A Communication of Learning – Initial Observations for JK/K students and Progress Reports for students in Grades 1 to 8 will be distributed on Tuesday, November 5th. Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held at Monsignor Haller from 3:30 to 8:30pm on Thursday, November 7th.

This year we are inviting parents to select a time preference on SchoolCash Online in the hopes that we reach all families and can schedule a time that works for everyone.  If you have a more flexible schedule and do not need to select a time, an interview will still be booked on your behalf.

Please look for the SchoolCash notification in the next few days.  Again this year, we will avoid booking consecutive interviews for families with multiple children. The reason for this is to allow for travel time between classrooms for families with more than one child to ensure you get the full 15 minutes. Families will be given times within a similar timeframe.

For JK to Grade 3 students, parents are welcome to book an interview with the classroom teacher and with the planning time teacher, if interested. For Grade 4 to 8 students, parents are welcome to book an interview with the classroom teacher and the French teacher, if interested. Interviews for planning time and French teachers will be granted on a first come, first served basis, or are available for a phone conference.

We look forward to seeing all families of our JK to Grade 8 students on Thursday, November 7th!

Birthday Celebrations:

While we LOVE kids and LOVE celebrating with them, we kindly remind some of our new families that cake, cupcakes, and other birthday treats are not aligned with the WCDSB’s nutrition policy.  If you wish to send something to mark your child’s birthday, we recommend a bookmark, a pencil, or other small item that can be passed out at the end of the day.  Thank you

Halloween:

Halloween is such an exciting time of year for children. There are thoughts of costumes, parties and of course, sugary treats! Your child’s classroom may be having a small celebration on Halloween, so please note the following:

Our school community welcomes kids in costumes on Halloween or kids wearing black and orange!!

If, however, your child chooses to dress up, please be conscious of the type of costume your child is planning on wearing to school.  A reminder that children will be trick or treating that evening, so students are encouraged to think hard about the costume they want to wear.  Costumes with lots of props, pieces & accessories can be lost, broken or ruined at school. Especially is if it a cold or wet day.  It’s best to save the good costumes for Trick or Treating.

Students wearing /bringing weapons, gang related items or other inappropriate costumes that violate our Catholic values will have to call home for a change of clothing.  Masks are not permitted—choose face paint if you need to create a certain look.

Stickers, pencils, crayons are great Halloween treats to send in.  If you were thinking of sending any food treats for your child’s class, it must be store bought, wrapped, peanut free snacks.  Teachers will limit the amount of sugary treats consumed during the school day, but will be sure to send treats home.  If your child has any dietary restrictions, please let the teacher know.

We do have multiple food allergies throughout the school, including nuts.  This is why we refrain from encouraging homemade treats/cupcakes/cookies etc. to be sent it.  Homemade treats will not be passed out and will be sent home with your child.  Thank you very much for your understanding!!

We look forward to marking this holiday with our annual Halloween Parade and a fun change to our normal school routines!

Upcoming Dates:

Monday:  Grades 3 & 4 to the Safety Village

Every Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

ThursdayCLASS PICTURE DAY!

Friday: PD Day.  No school for students. Teachers will be involved in assessment and evaluation professional development

 

 

By |2019-10-18T08:12:31-04:00October 18th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Friday Flash…a look ahead!

I’m late this morning!  I know many of you are waiting for this email first thing in the morning:)  Here you go!

In the Nest This Week:

 Pizza Ordering:

Order your pizza for the WHOLE YEAR if you want!  Ordering for the whole year is now available.  Or simply order for the month if you prefer.  November ordering is now open!  Be sure to order before November closes.

 Halloween:

Halloween is such an exciting time of year for children. There are thoughts of costumes, parties and of course, sugary treats! Your child’s classroom may be having a small celebration on Halloween, so please note the following:

Our school community welcomes kids in costumes on Halloween or kids wearing black and orange!!

If, however, your child chooses to dress up, please be conscious of the type of costume your child is planning on wearing to school.  A reminder that children will be trick or treating that evening, so students are encouraged to think hard about the costume they want to wear.  Costumes with lots of props, pieces & accessories can be lost, broken or ruined at school. Especially is if it a cold or wet day.  It’s best to save the good costumes for Trick or Treating.

Students wearing /bringing weapons, gang related items or other inappropriate costumes that violate our Catholic values will have to call home for a change of clothing.  Masks are not permitted—choose face paint if you need to create a certain look.

Stickers, pencils, crayons are great Halloween treats to send in.  If you were thinking of sending any food treats for your child’s class, it must be store bought, wrapped, peanut free snacks.  Teachers will limit the amount of sugary treats consumed during the school day, but will be sure to send treats home.  If your child has any dietary restrictions, please let the teacher know.

We do have multiple food allergies throughout the school, including nuts.  This is why we refrain from encouraging homemade treats/cupcakes/cookies etc. to be sent it.  Homemade treats will not be passed out and will be sent home with your child.  Thank you very much for your understanding!!

We look forward to marking this holiday with our annual Halloween Parade and a fun change to our normal school routines!

 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday:  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Every TuesdaySpirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

Bus Evacuation Assembly & Practice for all students

Wednesday:  Grade 1/2 Trip to Herles

Thursday:  Kindergarten Trip to Steckle Farm

 

By |2019-10-11T10:45:03-04:00October 11th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Friday Flash…a look ahead!

Grade Two Parish Meeting: Correction

Please see the correction in next week’s Upcoming Dates:

Every Tuesday:  Spirit Day!  Wear blue, grey and white for a chance to win a prize if your KINDNESS KOUPON is drawn!

Parent Meeting at the Church for Grade 7 Parents (Confirmation Prep and Information Session)

THURSDAY (not Wednesday):  Parent Meeting at the Church for Grade 2 Parents (Communion Prep and Information Session)

By |2019-10-04T15:13:36-04:00October 4th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Grade Two Parish Meeting: Correction