Phone: 519-621-0371

February News

“To move ahead with confidence is to know that there is a God who goes before you

as your captain and your guide.” (Roy Lessin)

Let us keep in our prayers the Grade 2 students as they prepare to receive their First Reconciliation at St. Ambrose Parish on February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.  This celebration emphasizes the positive aspects of “going to confession”. Thank you to Mrs. Correia for her work and dedication as she prepares our Grade 2 students for this very special sacrament. May the Grade 2 children continue to be assured of God’s forgiveness and unconditional love, and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a means to spiritual growth.

Each week throughout the Lenten Season at St. Francis, we will come together as a Catholic school community to celebrate in faith. You are most welcome to join us for our February Celebrations that will take place in our school gym: Ash Wednesday Celebration February 14th, 9:15 a.m and our First Week of Lent Celebration, February 21st, 10:30 am.

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, and on February 13th, students will have the opportunity to have pancakes and juice in the gym led by our St. Francis We Team and Student Council. Divisions will gather in the gym at a set time for the pancakes: Early Years/Primary at 9:00 a.m., Intermediate at 9:30 a.m. and Junior at 10:15. We look forward to enjoying pancakes together as we begin our Lenten journey.

May this Lenten Season be a sacred time for our Catholic school community; let us take time to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us.

Family Day Holiday:  Monday, February 19

A reminder to parents/guardians that Monday, February 19th is a Family Day Holiday. The school will be closed on this day.

Report Cards

Report Cards are distributed on Thursday, February 15th to all JK/SK to Grade 8 students. Kindly ensure that the tear-off section of the report card is signed, and returned to your child’s classroom teacher along with the envelope. Please note that interviews are welcome at any time throughout the school year to discuss progress, next steps and celebrate student achievement. If you wish to have an interview with your child’s teacher(s), please indicate your request on the report card on the parent/guardian signature page.

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Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting will be on March 7th in our school library.  We will meet in the library at 5:30 p.m., and all are most welcome to join us.

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the event of very inclement weather, the Board may cancel school for the day.  This decision will be announced on local radio stations, and notices affecting bus cancellations will be given between 6:45 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. Please listen to CHYM FM 96.7, Dave FM 107.5 or Oldies 1090 AM, KOOL FM 105.3, CKCO TV CHANNEL 12 for a decision about bus cancellation or school closure from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Also visit the board website:  If school buses are cancelled in the morning due to inclement weather, they are cancelled all day and will not pick up students who found other means of transportation to arrive at school.

Parents/guardians are the primary decision-makers regarding the safety of their child(ren). Although schools are open and buses are running, if parents/guardians feel that conditions are not appropriate for their child(ren) to attend school, they have the right to keep their child(ren) at home.

Outdoor Wear

Students are reminded to wear their coats when outside. If parents/guardians could kindly reiterate this message at home that would be appreciated.

 JK/SK Registration

Registration for Sept. 2018 will occur at our St. Francis School Office for Junior and Senior Kindergarten at the following dates/times:

Tues. Feb. 6th: 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 7th: 12:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 8th: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 Please contact the school (519-621-0371) to schedule your appointment with Mrs. Neves. At this appointment, the mother, father or legal guardian of the child being registered for Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten is required to bring the following at the time of registration: birth certificate or other legal proof of your child’s age, a Catholic Baptismal Certificate of either parent or child.

Online Registration is also available. Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on Register for School link on the WCDSB homepage ( then choosing Kindergarten Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found under the Registration Options button.

Following the completion of the paper work at St. Francis School, the information will be inputted for St. Vincent de Paul School, our new school at 30 Faial Road for Sept. 2018.

Check in at Office upon Entry

We respectfully ask that parents/guardians check-in at the office upon entry into the school regardless of the reason for the visit (drop off an item/lunch; speak to a staff member; escort child to class). We have a check in/sign in policy for the safety of all students and staff. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Photographs and Digital Memories

Parents/guardians are asked to be mindful when taking photos and/or videos of their children during school related events (ie. assemblies). As we are part of the digital age, we ask that photos and/or video clips not be posted on the internet (You Tube, Instagram) out of respect and privacy of other families within our school community.

Safe Schools Team ~ Virtue of the Month

For February, the focus of the month is “Cooperation in the Classroom and on the Schoolyard.”  When students display this quality, they demonstrate the ability to follow instructions the first time; share willingly and cooperatively in groups; accept the uniqueness of others; always include others by demonstrating what it means when we say, “there is always room for one more.” These are the look-fors the staff will be observing when recognizing the student of the month for February.


A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused from a fall or blow to the body. It is extremely important to seek medical attention if signs or symptoms of a concussion are present: ringing in ears, headache, fatigue, irritability, vision imbalance, difficult concentrating, dizziness. For more information on concussion and injury prevention, please visit, If a student happens to get a bump, blow or jolt to the head at school, a phone call will be made to parents/guardians to determine one of the response options:

  • Come to the school and assess student
  • Pick up student
  • Provide permission for student to remain at school

A copy of the Symptoms/Sign form and Parent Handout will be sent home to all students if there is a bump, blow or jolt to the head while at school.


Test booklets and examples of student answers from the past five years are available at There is also a parent resource section for your perusal on EQAO website.

Our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will complete the EQAO assessment, May 22nd to June 4th.

 An example of a Grade 3 Mathematics Question

Which list shows the lengths from shortest to longest?

  1. a) 2m; 50m; 300 cm
  2. b) 50 m; 300cm; 2m
  3. c) 300cm; 50m; 2m
  4. d) 2m; 300cm; 50m

 An example of a Grade 6 Mathematics Question

If n x 3=24 and n + 40 – s=36, what is the value of s?

  1. a) 8
  2. b) 10
  3. c) 12

Nutrition Bits

Healthy eating contributes to the physiological, mental and social wellbeing of individuals. Here are some healthy snack ideas:

  • fruit (fresh or canned)
  • granola bars (not chocolate coated)
  • pudding made with milk
  • white or chocolate milk
  • carrot and celery sticks

Canada’s Food Guide is an educational tool to help to establish healthy eating habits and meet nutritional needs. For more information, visit Canada’s Food Guide: