If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’, THAT WOULD SUFFICE ~ Meister Eckhart
They gave their tomorrow so we could have our today….Lest We Forget
Remembrance Day Service- Nov. 11
We will have a Remembrance Day service on Monday, November 11th at 10:45 a.m. in the gymnasium. Our Grade 6 FI students will be leading this service. All are welcome to join us.
French Immersion Online Registration Process
The online registration form will remain available until Friday, November 15, 2019.
The link to the online registration will be available on the home page of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
Please note that you will require your child’s OEN to complete the online registration form.
St. Mary’s Student Parliament is proud to announce that it will be holding a Candy Drive. The school welcomes any candy donations that our students may wish to provide to the Canadian Food for Children organization. This is a great opportunity to share Halloween candy with less fortunate children around the world.
Canadian Food for Children ships the candy directly to agencies who work with children who are malnourished and often dehydrated. The sugar in the candy stimulates their appetites and saliva which are necessary for these starving children to eat again.
Donations of candy, chocolate and chips will be collected from Wednesday, November 6 until Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
St. Mary Poinsettia Fundraiser
St. Mary Catholic School Council will be holding our first Poinsettia Fundraiser to assist with our fundraising initiatives. Beautiful poinsettias are a fantastic way to kick off this holiday decorating season. They make wonderful gifts. Multiple sizes and colours are available to choose from. Please complete this order form by no later than Monday, December 2nd. Poinsettias must be picked up at St. Mary School on Wednesday, December 11th between 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Preferred method of payment is through School Cash Online or by cheque.
Gr. 4-6 Intramurals
The grade 12 leadership students from Loyola HS will be in this coming week to lead the grade 4-6 students in weekly Intramural sports in the gym. They will run from Tuesday- Thursday and feature a different grade each day. Tuesday- Grade 4 Students, Wednesday- Grade 5 Students, Thursday-Grade 6 Students. Permission forms went home on Friday. All students must return the completed form in order to participate. We are thankful for this opportunity!
Gr. 8 Ottawa Trip Meeting- Nov. 12
There will be Gr. 8 Parent Information Meeting re the upcoming Gr.8 trip to Ottawa in May. The meeting will take place in our library on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7p.m.
With Flu and Cold Season upon us it is important to minimize the spread of germs. If your children are sick, we kindly ask that you keep them child home from school until they are feeling better in order to reduce the spread of these unwanted germs. Common sense can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. In addition to frequent hand-washing, encourage your child to:
- Use hand sanitizer. Give your child hand sanitizer to use when hand-washing isn’t possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then toss it. If it isn’t possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her arm.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Remind your child that germs spread this way.
- Steer clear of colds. When possible, help or encourage your child to avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold.
Oakville Speaker Series- Nov. 21, 28 & Dec. 5
Loyola, Holy Trinity and St. Thomas Aquinas are partnering together to run the Oakville Speakers Series for the parents of the community. Families from all schools (secondary and elementary) are invited to attend one, two or all three sessions.
- Thurs. Nov. 21 (7:00 – 8:30p) at Holy Trinity – Social Media
- Thurs. Nov. 28 (7:00 – 8:30p) at St. Thomas Aquinas – Vaping & Cannabis Use
- Thurs. Dec. 5 (7:00 – 8:30p) at Loyola – Transition to Post Secondary
Gr. 7 Vaccinations- Nov. 20
All Grade 7 students will be offered vaccines through school-based immunization clinics again this year. The Region of Halton Health Department administers this voluntary immunization program. The first scheduled date is Wednesday, November 20th and will be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating.
Thank you to all the individuals who signed up to Volunteer in September! Volunteers are an integral part of our school community and help make St. Mary a special place. We could not accomplish all that we do without our Volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form AND send an email to stmaryCESvolunteers@gmail.com indicating your full name and which activities you are interested in helping with. This will allow us to have your email on file, so that the Parent Engagement committee can communicate more effectively with you. All volunteers MUST have a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) on file before volunteering. If you do not have a VSC on file, please visit your local police station and complete the necessary form and provide the original copy to the office.
If you have volunteered in previous years, we need you to re-submit a new volunteer form annually.
Student Led Conferences & Kindergarten Interviews – Nov 21 & 22
Progress Reports will be sent home on November 19th. Student led Conferences with parents and teachers for Gr.1-8 classes and Parent & Kindergarten Team Interviews will take place the evening of November 21 and on the November 22 PA Day.
Parents received an email with detailed instructions as to how to book their student led conferences online at a time that is most convenient to your family. Please refer directly to this email for a link and password. You will be able to book your appointments from Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. until Nov. 20 at 11 p.m. If you do not have access to the internet at home or in the workplace, please call parentInterview toll-free at 1-866-810-0076, and someone will be happy to make your appointments with you.
Communication with regards to your confirmed scheduled time will be included in your child’s Progress Report.
Christmas Concert – Dec 17
Our Christmas Concert will take place on December 17th at 10 AM &1:15 PM. Please note that Mrs. Marlin & Mrs. Jones Kindergarten class and Mrs. Romaniw & Mrs. Soares Kindergarten class will only perform in the morning concert and Mrs. Stevens & Ms. Jaworska Kindergarten class and Ms. Marai & Ms. MacLellan Kindergarten class will only perform in the afternoon concert. Our Gr.1-5 classes and our Gr.6-8 cast will perform in both the morning and afternoon performances. Please mark it on your calendars!
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tips
The key to learning self-regulation skills…is not to avoid situations that are difficult for kids to handle, but to coach kids through them and provide a supportive framework — clinicians call it “scaffolding” the behavior you want to encourage — until they can handle these challenges on their own. Dry runs are another way to scaffold self-regulation. For instance, try paring down the activity so it is more doable, and slowly give your child more and more independence to handle it–Child Mind Institute
K. Dobbie & D. Comito