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Weekly Update: January 6

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our St. Mary families.  We hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed quality time with family and friends. We wish you all health, prosperity and peace in 2020!

New Year Liturgy- Jan 10

Mrs. Donatelli’s and Mrs. Pires’ Gr.6 classes will be leading our New Year Liturgy at 11 a.m. this Friday, January 10th. Parents and special guests are welcome to join us for this special liturgy.

Back to School Routines

A new year and new beginnings! As we enter a new year, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pickups or forgotten items. Writing a note in their agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!

We will also be having Code of Conduct assemblies with the students on Wednesday, January 8th to remind them of these important routines and expectations.

Appropriate Outdoor Wear

It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget those indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!

Supervision in the Morning

Please remember for the safety of our children that morning supervision in our playground begins at 8:40 a.m. Students should not be arriving on the yard before this time. To avoid being late, please ensure they are dropped off in time for our 8:55 a.m. bell.

Uniform Policy

This is a reminder that we are a uniform school. Please follow the policy by ensuring students are in full ISW uniform, including sweaters. We have a new Navy and Grey Sport Hoodie added to our uniform choices for students to wear for these colder months. Thank you for your co-operation.

Reminder Lunches and Snacks

Please be aware that we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis).  Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts.  (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge.  Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.)  Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

Gr.6, 7 & 8 Ignite Program- Jan. 28

We are thrilled to offer this lunch time program-K4K Ignite Leadership Program.  This program will take place starting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from Noon- 1 p.m. It will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The cost is $85 per child.

This program promotes mentorship and leadership development. Topics include:  How the characteristics of a leader will build an impenetrable personal brand, anti-bullying strategies, social media and how it can affect your reputation and so much more.  This program is recommended for all Gr.6- 8 children. Please see the registration form  for more details.

Family S.T.E.M Night- Jan. 30

Parent Council presents a new and energizing fun Family S.T.E.M. Night – Coming Thursday January 30th, 2020!!  Registration forms will go home in the coming week.  Some exciting STEM kits are available for purchase through our school cash online.    Please see this flyer  for the various kits available. All kits are $23 and must be purchased by January 9th through cash online. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Upcoming Events

Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/

St. Mary Tips

As we prepare to return from a holiday break, it is important to resume routines that will help make for successful mornings and smooth transitions to school. Some suggestions include: 1) Making sure everyone is getting enough sleep; 2) Prepare the night before (e.g. packing lunches and backpacks, preparing clothes); 3)  Making a morning routine chart (to include brushing teeth/hair, getting dressed, eating breakfast,…). For the most success, it is important to review the routines with your children ahead of time and to encourage them to take ownership of these tasks in order to build the greatest independence. (Source: www.afineparent.com)

 K. Dobbie & D. Comito

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