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May Newsletter

As we celebrate the month of May, may we give thanks to the mothers within our school community, and let us also remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who was totally receptive to the Word of God. She knew the great love of God, the one who watched over her and her son. May Mary continue to be an inspiration to us in our daily lives.

A sincere thank you is extended to our school community of staff, parents and students for their very generous contributions towards our Bake Sale. We raised $1168.00 to help build a school in Kenya.

Our Grade 8 students will take part in a Residential Retreat at Mount Mary. They will be in Ancaster from May 16th to May 18th with Mrs. Giosi, Mrs. Dear, Mademoiselle Sliter, Mrs. Beamer, Mrs. Woodman, Mr. Stere and our school chaplain Mr. Schneider. May this time be one of spiritual growth and prayerful celebration for our Grade 8 students of St. Francis.

Congratulations are extended to Mrs. Sousa, Mrs. Petch and Ms. Sliter who receive certificates of recognition of 5 to 10 Years of service with Waterloo Catholic. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to Catholic Education and St. Francis Catholic School.

This month we celebrate Catholic Education Week, and the theme is “Renewing the Promise.” During May 7th to May 11th, parents/guardians are invited to visit the classrooms: 9:15 A.M. to 11:15 A.M. and 12:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. We have a number of events/activities planned for this week:

Monday, May 7th:  AM, Folk Dance Rehearsal, Gym; PM, We Walk for Water

Tuesday, May 8th: PM, Scientists in Grade 5/6 Classroom; Folk Dance Recital at Preston Arena 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, May 10th:  AM, Coding Fair in Library; Marian Celebration in Gym 12:40 P.M., Family Math Night and School BBQ in Gym from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Friday, May 11th: AM, Scientists in Grade 7 Classroom; Student and Staff Volleyball Game in P.M.

It is truly evident that St. Francis Catholic School is a proud place to be. The students are actively engaged in their learning, model the example of Jesus through their generous acts of service and kindness towards all others, and many learning opportunities are available to them under the leadership of our dedicated staff. We have many reasons to thank our loving God…St. Francis Catholic School Community is one of those many reasons.

Victoria Day Holiday, May 21st

Students are not at school on the Victoria Day Monday, May 21st.

Catholic School Council

Our last Catholic School Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in our school library and all are most welcome to join us.

Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Testing

Please keep our grade 3 and 6 students in your thoughts as they participate in the EQAO testing at the end of this month and beginning of next month (May 22nd to June 4th). We are very proud of all of their work in preparation for this provincial assessment. This assessment provides the opportunity for our students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics. 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.

An Example of a Grade 3 EQAO Question

Look at the two pattern rules below.

Start at 1 and add 3 each time. Start at 1 and add 4 each time. Which of these numbers is in both patterns?

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 9
  4. 13

 An Example of a Grade 6 EQAO Question

Which of the following fractions has the smallest value?

  1. 4/5
  2. 4/4
  3. 4/3
  4. 4/2

Mathematicians in K-3:

  • Wherever possible, ask your child to help you count a variety of objects (e.g. toys, cutlery, clothing from the dryer). Sing counting songs together and have your child skip count (by twos, fives or tens) to count larger sets of objects faster.
  • Play number games. Have your child look for number symbols in games like “I spy”. For example, “I spy something that has a 5 on it.” Ask questions such as, “Each chair has 4 legs and we have 4 chairs, I wonder how many legs there are altogether.”

 Mathematicians in Gr. 4-8:

  • Play money games: banker vs. accountant can be made simple or increasingly difficult. For example, “I have $1.75 in my bank. 1) “What possible combinations of coins might I have?”
  • When eating food, ask questions about fractions. For example, “Did you eat more than half of your apple? How do you know?” or, “Would you like more or less than one-quarter of the carrots in the bowl?”

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.
    • .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.

Safe Schools Team ~ Virtue of the Month

For May, the focus of the month is “Perseverance.” When students display this quality, they put hard work into everything they do; they never give up even when something is challenging; they keep trying and are patient until they get the job done.” These are the look fors the staff will be noticing when recognizing the student of the month for May.


Electronics are not to be brought to school (mp3 players, gaming systems, etc.) other than for instructional use in the classroom under the direction of staff. Cellular phones are not permitted to be used at school during any school time, including recesses. If students require cellular phones specifically for safety reasons, to and from school, the students must be sure that the cellular phones are placed in a safe location and turned off.

There will be opportunity for students to bring personal devices such as laptops, Ipods and tablets to class for instructional purposes (i.e. research) under the direction of staff who have assigned the work. These devices are for classroom use only. Students will be required to complete the form, “Student Acceptable Use of Outside Technology

Equipment/Student Personal Electronic Device Consent Form” which is kept on file for the school year. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged personal devices.

Electronics that are found at school that are not being used for instructional purposes will be removed from the student, and forwarded to the office. The items will be returned to the student after a parent/guardian has been notified. A parent/guardian will be asked to come to the office to pick up the items, as these items will not be returned directly to the student. Please refer to the school agenda.


If your family is expecting to move prior to the Fall, we ask that you kindly notify the office as soon as possible. Families moving in and out of our community over the next few months can influence class organization. This information will be especially helpful as St. Vincent de Paul School plans for the next school year.