Message from the Principal
The recent mild and wet weather has reminded us that winter in Southwestern Ontario can be quite unpredictable. Consequently, it is important for all of our students to dress so that they will be prepared for whatever the weather may be. Please check to see that your child has a pair of mittens and a hat each day. This also means that students should have a pair of outdoor boots, as well as a pair of indoor shoes so that we can avoid tracking mud or water throughout the school.
Later this month on February 15, Term One report cards will be sent home for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight. Please remember to send back the cut off portion of the report signed by the parent and/or guardian, as well as the report card envelope. Student, Teacher and Parent conferences will not be scheduled for the entire school at this time. However, if you wish to speak to your child’s teacher about the Term One Report Card, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a conference at a mutually convenient time.
A reminder to all parents that our Catholic School Council and the school staff will be hosting a Parent Reaching Out evening centered on engaging families with Mathematics. Please join us on February 22 at 6:00 pm. We hope that you will be able to join us for a fun filled evening.
As many of you are aware we have procedures for dropping off and picking up students in front of St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School. The reason for these processes is that due to high volumes of traffic we need to ensure for the safety of our students at dismissal times. Parents are reminded not to use the school parking lot, allowing sufficient room for our buses to enter and exit safely. Thank your for your cooperation with this important safety porcedure.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many families who have been regularly committed to using one of the side streets or having their children walk to school. Your efforts are to be commended as we attempt to eliminate all student drop-off and pick up from our parking lot.
Valentine’s Day Celebrations at St. Augustine CES
Since Ash Wednesday falls on February 14th, our Catholic school community will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday February 13th (also Shrove Tuesday) so that we may keep Ash Wednesday as a Holy day of obligation. Thank you for your support on this as partners in the spiritual development of our children.
Absent and Late Students
Please remember to call the school if your child is going to be late or absent from school for any reason. The answering machine is on 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that all students are accounted for every single day. This often means that we have to call 2, 3 or more phone numbers for each student before we actually contact a parent. It also means that we have to contact parents at work which is not something all employers appreciate. A note in your child’s agenda prior to the absence is always appreciated if you know in advance, but a call to the office is always appreciated as well. Thank you in advance for your help with this and many thanks to the parents who remember to call every time their child is absent or late.
Family Day Holiday – February 19th
Just a reminder that Monday February 19th is Family Day. There will be no school that day. We hope that all of our St. Augustine CES families enjoy a wonderful, fun filled extra day together.
We would like to remind all of our St. Augustine CES families that every student should have a spare set of clothing stored here at the school. Accidents happen during the day where clothes get wet, muddy, snowy etc and many students do not have a change of clothes in their bag. Sometimes students have to spend the better part of the day wet and uncomfortable because we do not have spare clothes here at the school to provide to them. Please help us keep your student comfortable and able to learn each and every day that they are here.
Family Math Night – PRO Grant Evening
St. Augustine CES and Catholic School Council are pleased to present this family math night where families can discover the wonders of math together. Thursday Feb. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. We are so pleased at the huge response that we have had for this event. We look forward to a fun, educational evening of hands on math activities.
Kindergarten Registration for Sept. 2018
We are now registering new students for kindergarten for Sept. 2018. If you have a child who was born in 2014 and you would like to enroll them in junior kindergarten, now is the time to do it! Please go on line to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website and click ‘register for school’ to get started. Once you have completed the on line registration, please contact the office to set up an appointment to complete your registration. If you have any questions, please call the school. 519-740-3530. Students born in 2013 who have not yet attended school as also welcome to register for senior kindergarten at this time.
February FitBit – Five Great Ideas for Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Why are healthy celebrations important?
Special occasions often include less healthy food and beverages. Celebrating with nutritious food promotes the messages that children learn about healthy eating in the classroom. Healthy celebrations show kids how to have fun while celebrating special occasions and are an opportunity for children to learn new food skills.
Here are a few ideas to try this Valentines Day:
- Repurpose the heart-shaped cookie cutter
Create fun and festive heart-shaped sandwiches, fruit, cheese, or cucumbers. For an extra special treat, use different types of heart shaped fruit to make a cupid’s arrow or rainbow themed fruit kebab!
- Create pun-tastic fruit valentines
Get ready to peel the love this Valentines Day! Send a piece of fruit with a clever tag-line. Try these or make up your own: “You are the apple of my eye”; “Orange you glad we are friends?”; “I’m bananas for you!”; “You are ‘pear-fect’!”; “You’re berry special”; or “You are sweet.”
- Celebrate with red and pink vegetables and fruit!
Choose tomatoes, red peppers, apples, beets, radishes, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, cherries or pomegranate for a vibrant red and pink theme that is packed with nutrients.
- Choose non-food items to share with your valentines
Show your classmates your appreciation with hand written valentines, or fun themed pencils, stickers, lip balms, glow sticks, bouncy balls or small toys.
- Focus on fun instead of food
There are so many fun and healthy ways to celebrate. Check out brightbites.ca for great classroom celebration ideas. Your class or school can even earn a badge and a place in the brightbites Hall of Fame!
Valentine’s Banana Split
Preparation time: 5 minutes Makes: One banana split
- 1 small banana
- ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2-3 Strawberries
- ½ teaspoon cocoa
- Wash strawberries and pat dry. Cut a ‘V’ in the top of each strawberry to remove the hull, then slice strawberries to resemble hearts (with the ‘V’-shape at the top of each slice).
- Cut a banana in half lengthwise and place in a bowl or dish.
- Spoon Greek yogurt onto the banana, top with strawberry hearts and sprinkle with cocoa (or sliced almonds, if desired).
This recipe meets the criteria for Maximum Nutritional Value.
Recipe adapted from www.school-bites.com.