Message from the Principal
Congratulations to the members of the Girls’ Basketball team and the Boys’ Volleyball team who have completed their play in the St. Benedict/Monsignor Doyle Family of Schools Large Schools League. Both teams displayed sportsmanship, dedication, teamwork and commitment throughout their season. Way to go Storm student athletes!
I would like to thank all of the families who have been walking their children to and from school, as well as those that use alternative streets to drop off and pick up their children. As you know, the parking signs have been revised and there is no longer parking anywhere along Bismark on the same side of the school. With the snow soon coming everyone is reminded that use of the school parking lot is for school staff only. For drop offs and pick-ups it is expected that you use Leslie Avenue or the designated areas for parking on Bismark Drive on the opposite side of the street. Please remember that our student safety is a joint responsibility.
We hope that you are able to join us this year for our faith filled tradition at St. Augustine CES. Our Catholic School Council is hosting our Family Advent Mass at St. Gregory Church on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 pm. This year St. Gregory CES will also be joining our mass. It is a faith filled way that we can celebrate this holy season together. Our choir will be joining us in this student lead mass. In addition, the Knights of Columbus will be present for the tree lighting ceremony. Refreshments will follow the mass in the parish hall. Much thanks to Father Malcolm for contributing to our home, school and parish connection.
This year our School Christmas Concert will be held on the afternoon of Friday, December 15 at 12:45 p.m.. It will be held in the gym and include all students from JK to grade 8. We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebration of our student talents.
The staff and students at St. Augustine CES have already participated in our annual Angel Tree project to gather supplies and gifts for our Angel Tree. On behalf of the staff of St. Augustine CES, I would like to thank you for all of your efforts to assist us with this worthy cause. A total of $1,980 was generated. The staff is currently purchasing gifts to be delivered to St. Gregory Church.
May your Christmas be filled with happiness, joy and the love of Christ. Merry Christmas!
It’s getting colder outside…….
A few reminders now that the cold winter weather is going to be upon us:
Children go outside everyday unless the wind chill and /or temperatures are –19 or lower. Please send your children with warm clothing for outdoor play everyday.
Extra dry clothes are always a good idea no matter what age your child is. A spare pair of mittens is also recommended.
School rules in this weather include no throwing snow or snowballs. It would be appreciated if you could remind your children that safe play outside is always top of mind and listening to supervisors outside is important.
Should we be hit with more severe snow/winter weather, please check the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for information on school closures or bus cancellations. Notices of this nature will be on the home page, in large lettering. You can also listen to local radio stations like 570 News for listings of closures or bus cancellations. Decisions are usually made and posted by approx. 6 a.m. wherever/whenever possible. It is a good time to remind your child about what arrangements you have communicated to the school should there be a closure for any reason during the day. Information you provided on the emergency forms you completed will be used in those cases.
Christmas Masses at St. Gregory Church
Dec. 23rd -5:45 p.m.
Dec. 24th– 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and midnight
Dec. 25th– 10 a.m.
Dec. 30th-5:45 p.m.
Dec. 31st– 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Jan. 1st-10 a.m.
December Fit Bit
Make Healthy Eating a Priority in your Home!
Take time to make a weekly meal plan
Making a weekly meal and snack plan is an important first step for healthy eating. Having a plan can prevent extra trips to the store and can reduce the amount of food you eat from restaurants. Involve the whole family in planning meals and snacks. For helpful information on meal planning, visit My Meal Planner at: www.eatrightontario.ca
Healthy eating starts with what you put into your cart
Plan meals and snacks and make a list of the food you need to buy before you go shopping. For ideas on healthy meals and snacks, visit Eat Right Ontario at www.eatrightontario.ca
Make time to eat together
Have regular meal times together as often as possible. At each meal serve a food choice from each of the four food groups from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
Remember, it’s your role to provide the food to eat and to decide when and where to eat it. It’s your child’s role to decide if they are going to eat, and how much.
Offer healthy snacks
Eating small amounts of healthy food between meals helps keep your child energized throughout the day.
Did you know that children who eat supper with their families three or more times per week have eating habits that support good health?
Nutrition Policy at WCDSB Schools
This is just a quick reminder to families, that St. Augustine CES adheres to the Nutritional Guidelines and Policies put in place by the WCDSB. There are 10 pre-set ‘Nutrition Free Days” per school year where ‘treats’ are allowed at school. Those days are usually held for celebration s and occasions like Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day etc. In order to adhere to this policy, we ask that parents who would like to bring some form of ‘treat’ for their child’s class for some reason, please speak to the office before doing so. Baked goods, candy, ice cream etc that is brought in will have to be sent back home. Suggestions for healthy ‘treats’ include: cheese and crackers, hummus and pitas, fruit or veggie trays etc. Pencils, stickers, erasers and other non edible treats are also a great idea for classroom celebrations. The entire policy can be found on the WCDSB website– Administrative Procedure Memorandum # APH021, Elementary School Food and Nutrition Policy.
Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Thank you for modeling healthy eating for our students.
Just a reminder that our Christmas vacation begins after school on Friday December 22. That is a regular school day, dismissing at 3:15 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday January 8th at 8:45 a.m.