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March Newsletter

A heartfelt thank you is extended to Mr. Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Sliter who made pancakes for our school community in recognition of Shrove Tuesday. Thank you also to Mrs. Neves, our We Team and Student Council for their leadership with this school event.

As we begin our Lenten journey together as a faith filled community, we are reminded of the great sacrifice of Christ and his love for each one of us. Throughout this month, we have planned several Lenten Celebrations, and all families are most welcome to attend:

Third Week of Lent, March 9 at 10:15 a.m., Gym

Fifth Week of Lent, March 19, 2:30 p.m., Gym

Stations of the Cross, March 29 at 12:45 p.m., Gym

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

March Break

March Break Holidays begin on Monday, March 12. Students return to school on Monday, March 19, 2018. Classes will resume at 8:45 a.m.

Easter Holidays

There is no school on Good Friday, March 30th  and Easter Monday, April 2nd.

Attendance/Late Check Program

It is very important that if your child(ren) is ill, has a medical appointment, or will be late for any reason, that you contact the school with the necessary information: full name and grade, teacher’s name, and reason your child(ren) will be absent. Our school answering machine is in service 24 hours a day. Please note that we must receive a call from a parent or caregiver for each day that your child(ren) are away. If your child(ren) does not arrive at school, and you have not contacted us, we will attempt to contact you at home or at your place of work. Please keep us updated on current and active phone numbers.

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.

Visitors and Volunteers in the School

Parents/guardians are asked to help make our school a safe one by remembering the following guidelines. Throughout the day, schools often have many visitors and volunteers who enter the school. The Board policy is that all visitors and volunteers to a school must sign in at the main office. This policy is designed to protect children from coming into contact with a stranger.

If you plan to pick up your child(ren) prior to dismissal at 3:15 p.m., kindly come to the main office to sign him/her out. The office will notify the classroom teacher to have your child(ren) come to the office to meet you. This will inform the classroom teacher that your child(ren) is leaving, as per parental/guardian approval. Please do not go directly to the classroom.

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.

 Medication at School

If you will require your child(ren) to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you require an “Administration of Oral Medication Form” for your child(ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication. The medication is to be kept in the office cabinet, and must be administered by one of the staff.

 Safe Schools Team ~ Virtue of the Month  

For March, the focus of the month is “Caring Member of our School Community.” When students display this quality, they demonstrate the ability to look out for the rights of others; demonstrate kindness and are helpful to others; put others before themselves; take care of and respect personal and school property; help others in need. These are the look fors/expectations the staff will be observing when recognizing the student of the month for March.

Concussion Awareness

“A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRI’s. It affects the way a person may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.” (Think First Canada Concussion Resource). Please see below some of the signs and symptoms of a concussion as referenced/adapted from OPHEA (Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, 2012). For more information, visit and/or

Signs Observed: vomiting, slurred speech, slowed reaction time, poor coordination or balance, blank stare/glass-eyed, decreased play ability, loss of consciousness, difficulty concentrating, cannot remember things that happened before/after injury

Symptoms Reported: headache, neck pain, feeling off/not right, ringing in ears, seeing double or blurry/loss of vision, pain at physical site of injury, nausea/stomach ache/pain, balance problems or dizziness, sensitivity to light or noise, having difficulty concentrating or remembering, feeling slowed down, drowsiness.

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.

Nutrition Bits

When you’re rushed for time…

Buy pre-cut vegetables to add to your plate. They make stir-fry easier to put together too.

Pick up a BBQ chicken and pre-made salad at your local grocery store. Add a whole-grain roll or multi-grain tortilla with a salsa on the side and supper is on the table.

Keep a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. Add one to pre-mixed salad for a quick lunch.

Microwave some frozen veggies, and add to a frozen dinner or instant soup mix.

When you have the time…

Cook a roast and add vegetables to leftover meat for a stir-fry the next day.

Grill a couple of extra chicken breasts and cut up into bite-sized chunks for wraps, tortillas, burritos or a salad.

Boil vegetables. Keep the water they were cooked in and you have a ready-made stock for soup. Add some rice or pasta, pre-cut vegetables and herbs.

Cut up a large bowl of fresh fruit. Add some lemon juice to keep it fresh. Use it to top yogurt or cereal in the morning or to pack in lunch bags.

Math Bits

Why is a belief in our children’s ability to learn mathematics essential? An understanding of mathematics builds confidence and creates opportunities for jobs in the future. Learning mathematics is a foundation for solving problems and being able to make reasonable decisions. Understanding patterns and trends supports our ability to make predictions such as how much pasta to buy considering previous amounts eaten. Managing time and money are another benefit to having a firm math understanding (i.e. How much time is needed to get ready for school or how much money is required to purchase lunch?). “Doing Mathematics with Your Child by the Ontario Ministry of Education.”

Share your belief in your child(ren)’s ability to learn mathematics with them.

  • Engage your child(ren) in playing card games and games of chance.
  • Check out the following website: for some fun math games.


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 the EQAO website.

An example of a Grade 3 Mathematics Question

Noah practices soccer for a total of 2 hours each week. Which of the following shows the number of minutes Noah practices soccer each week?

a) 12 + 12

b) 24 + 24

c) 60 + 60

d) 100 + 100

An example of a Grade 6 Mathematics Question

Wasim’s hair grows 0.4cm each week. At this rate, which is closest to the increase in length of Wasim’s hair over 3 months if it is not cut?

a) 1 cm

b) 5 cm

c) 8 cm

d) 12 cm

Before/After School Learning

 The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is pleased to offer a fee based Extended Day Program for children from JK to grade 6 which provides the following:

  • Before and after-school learning for children in Grades JK to 6 with a Full/Part-time recurring schedule
  • Available from as early as 7:00 a.m. to as late as 6:00 p.m.
  • Incorporate the same play-based, inquiry and exploration approach taken in the regular school day
  • Offer parents/guardians a convenient school location and a safe, healthy environment for young children with no wait lists
  • Run by knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators (ECE)
  • Allow for consistency and security for parents/guardians and children
  • Available for an affordable fee offering a variety of payment methods
  • Eligible for Region of Waterloo child care subsidy

Register online for Extended Pay Programs at Extended Day Programs will operate only at sites with sufficient parent demand.