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Spirit Update #9

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”

 

St. Nicholas CES Speaker Series

Further to our mission to be a Healthy, Safe School and building on the parent feedback (received from April 2017 Parent survey) – the St. Nicholas School Council has received a PRO grant to support a 3-part speaker series.  This series of guest speakers is an effort to enhance parent involvement in our children’s lives through better comprehension of their children’s use of social media.  It will also address issues related to the mental health of their children as affected by their use of social media platforms.

Improved Student Achievement and Well-being:

Social Media is being used by kids and is here to stay. Technology and fashion may entice children to use different platforms from their parents (e.g., Snapchat instead of Facebook). It is important for parents to be aware of what their kids are exposed to through their use of social media, and how potential predators can contact their children online. Studies have also shown that some individuals display symptoms of an addiction to social media. We hope that through education, through these three speakers’ presentations, parents will become more aware of how social media use can affect their children’s wellbeing and learning outcomes.

Details:

School Council has extended an invitation to three speakers to address students and parents regarding the safe use of social media, and the potential effects of social media use on mental health and well-being:

  1. On November 30th, Dr. Daniel Smilek from the Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo to discuss how social media use is related to mental health of children. In addition, two of Dr. Smilek’s graduate students will be invited to talk to students in grades 5 to 8 about social media, multi-tasking and mental health.
  2. On January 16th, Detective Sandor Illess from the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Child Exploitation Unit to talk about how to keep children safe on the internet;
  3. On April 17th, Cat Coode from Binary Tatoo will talk about how kids should behave safely on social media and will inform their parents on how to foster safe use of social media in their children. Cat Coode will also cover how to safely behave on social media platforms with the children of the school.

More information will be available next week on the first presentation in this series.  A link to RSVP will also be provided at that time.  Stay tuned!

Photo Retakes

Please remember that photo retakes will occur on Monday, November 13th in the afternoon.

PA Day – November 17th

November 17th is a PA Day for staff, so students won’t be at school. Staff will be working on student achievement in numeracy.

Spirit Update #8

Remembrance Day Ceremony

This year Remembrance Day is on Saturday, November 11th. At St. Nicholas, we would still like to honour and remember those who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. We would like to invite you to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:45 am.

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Our annual parent/student/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9th from 4 to 8 pm. Again, this year parents will be able to sign up electronically via stnicholas.schoolappointments.com . If you’re unable to secure a conference for that evening please touch base with your child’s teacher to set up another time or a phone conversation.

 

Not certain how to register? Please see the attached instructions. Feel free to call Mrs. Strong if you need further assistance.

Condensed Parent Instructions

Mountain of Love

Our annual Mountain of Love campaign has begun. If you have any clean, gently-worn winter coats, mitts, hats, scarves and boots at home, please bring them to school to create our “Mountain of Love.”

mountain of love

Spirit Update #7

Remembrance Day Ceremony

This year Remembrance Day is on Saturday, November 11th. At St. Nicholas, we would still like to honour and remember those who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. We would like to invite you to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:45 am.

Dance-a-thon Update

  • Dance-a-thon and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Friday, October 27!
  • Students wear Black and Orange
  • Hoping every student can raise at least $25 in pledges to reach our $10,000 goal
  • Asking Grades 4 – 8 for Bake Sale donations (but anyone can bring in) –  Nut Free Please.
  • Make sure to send money for students to buy Bake Sale items!  We’re suggesting $5.
  • This year we have take home containers for students to bring home extra baked goods.

We’re off to a great start with our fundraising efforts. Thank you to everyone who has been able to support us!

Resurrection CSS Pathways Night

Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30 – 9 pm. See attached poster.

Pathways_Final_6

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Our annual parent/student/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9th from 4 to 8 pm. Again, this year parents will be able to sign up electronically via stnicholas.schoolappointments.com . If you’re unable to secure a conference for that evening please touch base with your child’s teacher to set up another time or a phone conversation.

 

Not certain how to register? Please see the attached instructions. Feel free to call Mrs. Strong if you need further assistance.

Condensed Parent Instructions

Photo Retakes

Photo retakes will take place on November 13th in the afternoon.

Signing Students In

Please remember come into the main office to sign your child in if they’re arriving/returning to school late or following an appointment.

Student Absence

Please remember to call the school attendance line for any student absence. Dial 519.884.9198, press 1 for attendance.

2017 Fundraising Update

Due to the great response to our fundraising campaign we need to announce two important updates for this week:

  • We surpassed the $3000 mark, so Wednesday, Oct. 25th will be Pajama Day;
  • We surpassed the $6000 marks, so Thursday, Oct. 26th will be Hat Day.

Thanks to our community for your continued generosity. Well done Spirit!

Spirit Update #6

Dance-a-thon Update

Dance-a-thon and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Friday, October 27!

  • Students wear Black and Orange
  • Hoping every student can raise at least $25 in pledges to reach our $10,000 goal
  • Asking Grades 4 – 8 for Bake Sale donations (but anyone can bring in) –  Nut Free Please.
  • Make sure to send money for students to buy Bake Sale items!  Last year $5 went far.
  • This year we have containers for kids to use, so stock up for snacks and lunches!
  • GREAT INCENTIVES to get the pledge forms in!  See below:

 

  1. When we reach $3,000, the school gets a PAJAMA DAY (we are at about $2800)!
  2. When we reach $6,000, the school gets a HAT DAY!!.
  3. When we reach $9,000, the school gets a GUM DAY!!!.
  4. Each student who raises $50 or more will have their name entered in a draw for a Parking Spot for a Month (8 in total).
  5. All pledge forms received from October 11 – 24th, will be entered in a draw for a free pizza lunch on October 31st: 1 winner from each grade
  6. Top fundraising class from each division will send their teacher for a Dance Off at an Assembly.
  7. Top 3 Fundraisers for each Division wins a Gift Card!
  8. If we reach $10,000, Mr. Dowling has volunteered to be SLIMED.

St. Michael’s Parish Annual Skating Party

Albert McCormick on Monday, February 19, 2018 (Family Day) from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Fitbit – October 2017

Water is the best choice for hydration!

Recently, the Canadian Pediatric Society made a statement about energy and sports drinks.

Sports Drinks

Water is the best choice to meet children’s hydration needs before, during and after physical activity.

People who are doing physical activity for a long period of time may need sports drinks, especially athletes who are not able to eat during physical activity. For example, athletes who participate in triathlons.

Children do not usually need sports drinks. Children typically get enough carbohydrates to support physical activity, especially if they follow the eating pattern recommended in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks contain more caffeine than children and adolescents can tolerate. They should avoid energy drinks.

Energy drinks are promoted as products that can improve performance and alertness. In Canada, one energy drink can contain up to 180 milligrams of caffeine.

How much caffeine can children safely consume? Health Canada recommends these limits on caffeine per day:

  • Children aged 4–6 years: 45 milligrams per day
  • Children aged 7–9 years: 62.5 milligrams per day
  • Children aged 10–12 years: 85 milligrams per day
  • Adolescents aged 13 years and older: 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day

Children are more likely to experience side effects from drinking caffeine, such as:

  • Jitteriness and nervousness
  • Poor mental health
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased heart rate and other heart problems.

 

Spirit Update #5

School Bus Driver Availability

Please see the attachment below from Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)

Driver Shortage OCT0517 V2

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

Our annual parent/student/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 9th from 4 to 8 pm. Again, this year parents will be able to sign up electronically via stnicholas.schoolappointments.com . If you’re unable to secure a conference for that evening please touch base with your child’s teacher to set up another time or a phone conversation.

Catholic School Council Volunteer Recruitment

Throughout the school year, our Catholic School Council organizes and runs many events for our students. Some of these events require volunteers to ensure success. If you’re able to assist us with any of the events we ask that you complete the Google Form (hyperlink below) here. Thank you in advance for the continued support you provide for all our students.

Volunteer Recruitment

Annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser

As you are all aware, our annual Halloween Dance-a-thon will be held on October 27th. As in years past we’ve set a target of $10, 000 to complete our upgrading of our physical education equipment and to acquire additional chromebooks. To encourage student participation our school council has also added the following incentive prizes:

  • When we reach $3,000, the school gets a PJ day.
  • When we reach $6,000, the school gets a Hat day.
  • When we reach $9,000, the school gets a Gum day.
  • Each student who raises $50 or more will have their name entered in a draw for a Parking Spot for a Month (8 in total).
  • All pledge forms received from October 11- 24th, will be entered in a draw for a free pizza lunch on October 31st: 1 winner from each grade.
  • Top fundraising class from each division will send their teacher for a Dance Off at an Assembly.
  • Top 3 Fundraisers for each Division wins a Gift Card!
  • If we reach $10,000, Mr. Dowling has volunteered to be slimed.

Additionally, please remember that we will asking for parents of students in Gr. 4 – 8 to send in items (e.g., Candy Kabobs, Cupcakes and Cookies) for the bake sale on October 27th. More information on the bake sale will be sent in home in the coming days.

 

PA Day – October 23rd

Remember that we have a PA Day on October 23rd. St. Nicholas staff will join with staff from the WCDSB for our annual Faith Day. There will be no school for students on this day.

 

Website Check-Ins

All parents are encouraged to check our website on a regular basis for school happenings and updates. Take note of the Twitter scroll on the right side to see up to the minute news from St. Nicholas.

Spirit Update #4

Keeping Our Kids Safe – Traffic Flow

Please see the attachment below from the City of Waterloo.

CityofWaterloo_SchoolParking_DOs&DONTs

Parents who have an OWL Daycare parking pass are reminded that the school lot is not to be accessed unless you are dropping off or picking up from the daycare. Thanks to all of you for the improved traffic flow that you’ve committed to in recent weeks. We appreciate you taking the time to communicate our traffic flow expectations to anyone else who may be dropping off or picking your child(ren).

Eco Schools Update – Student Lunches

Did you know that school lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario? In fact, the average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms of waste per school per year.

To engage students in small environmental initiatives that can make a significant impact, St. Nicholas is a waste free, boomerang lunch school.  What this means is that students are encouraged to pack lunches that have little to no waste in them.  It also means that anything that can’t be recycled will be returned home.  Here are some tips:

  • Use a reusable lunch bag/box for carrying a lunch;
  • Use a refillable bottle for drinks;
  • If you choose to use a single-serving container, please make sure it is recyclable;
  • Put sandwiches, muffins, etc. in reusable containers, instead of plastic bags. Label them with your child’s name so they have a better chance of coming home;
  • Avoid pre-packaged, single-serve portions of snacks;
  • Put re-usable napkins in your child’s lunch box;
  • Prepare extra food at dinnertime and use the leftovers for lunches;
  • Minimize the morning rush by packing lunches the night before and refrigerating overnight.

Other initiatives that St. Nicholas will participate in throughout the school year are: anti-idling campaigns, walk to school campaigns, and Earth Hour. Stay tuned for our next Eco-Schools update.

 

Halloween Dance-a-thon

Our annual Halloween Dance-a-thon will be taking place on October 27th. On that day, students are encouraged to dress in orange and black, while they can wear their costumes on October 31st. Please look for more information coming home with your child this week.

 

Literacy & Math Support for Gr. 7 & 8

2017 Skills Builder for School Newsletter

Picture Day

School photos will be taken on October 11th.

Spirit Athletics

Congratulations to our Ultimate Frisbee teams who competed at the WCDSB tournament at RIM Park on October 5th. Our athletes demonstrated skill, enthusiasm and Spirit pride as they represented us. Well done Spirit!

Our Girls Basketball and Boys Volleyball teams kick off their season with league play beginning on October 11th. We wish them luck over the course of their season. Go Spirit!

Spirit Update #3

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is now on. All items will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Michael’s Parish. Thanks, in advance for your continued generosity.

 

Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Learning Commons.

Hot Lunch

Hot lunches have begun. Pizza, milk, frozen yogurt, pitas and subs can be ordered via ESNS. Orders can be placed online at http://www.esns.ca/ or by calling 519-570-3767.

Spirit Update #1

Welcome to St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School for the 2017 – 2018 school year. We hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and that the students are excited about their return.

Whether your child is returning to St. Nicholas or attending for the first time, we are excited that you will be part of the St. Nicholas community. Our goal is to create a Christ-centred, positive, encouraging and stimulating learning environment for our students so that each child will have the opportunity to learn, experience and grow to his or her potential.

We believe that to achieve the most fulfilling and rewarding education for your child, we must work together as a team. Children’s attitudes, values, and self-concepts are molded at home and at school; therefore, a positive and mutually supportive home/school partnership is essential to encourage learning, skill development, self-discipline, responsibility, respect for self, others and the environment, appropriate values and a sense of self-worth. We look forward to your continued support throughout the year.

This year we are going to move away from a monthly school newsletter and send out Spirit Updates, that can also be referenced on our school website. Additionally, please visit our website to see our school calendar and to check on our Twitter feed. Note that although we try to tweet on a regular basis, we will also tweet any important occurrences to keep our community informed (e.g., late buses).

We look forward to working with you and your child(ren) this year!

#LetYourSpiritShine

 

Tyrone Dowling

Principal

Meet the Teacher Night

Our annual Meet the Teacher Night is happening on Thursday, September 14th from 6 – 7:30 pm. Please join us if you can.

Toonies for Tomorrow

As most of you already know our fellow Canadians in B.C. are dealing with forest fires, there has been recent flooding in Quebec and our southern neighbours in the US and in the Caribbean, are dealing with the aftermath of recent hurricanes. In response to these environmental disasters, the Social Justice Committee of St. Nicholas CES will be conducting a “Toonies for Tomorrow” campaign during the month of September. We are currently working with the Diocese of Hamilton and appropriate organizations so that our donations reach those in need.

Rather than just giving your child(ren) the money, we suggest that they earn the money by helping with chores at home. This will remind them how lucky they are to have a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and make, clothes to wear and put away.

Thanking you in advance for your support,

St. Nicholas CES Social Justice Committee

 

Start Up Forms

Please be sure to return all forms in the First Day Package to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

 

*Please notify the office and your child’s teacher of any changes in your child’s schedule, busing etc.   If you require 2 copies of report cards and mailings, please let us know as soon as possible.

 

Terry Fox Run

Our annual Terry Fox Run is scheduled for September 28th. Please look for more details coming home soon.

2016-17 Yearbook

Last year’s yearbooks have arrived! If you ordered a copy, please be patient for a few more days. We are in the process of organizing them for distribution. A special thanks to Ms. Kruse and Mrs. Murawsky for all of the time and effort they put into creating this special keepsake.

Traffic Flow Patterns at St. Nicholas CES

Traffic Flow Map

 

As you all know, traffic on Laurelwood Drive during the entry and dismissal times at St. Nicholas CES can be quite hectic. Our school community is working with the City of Waterloo, WRPS and the WCDSB Health and Safety department on a regular basis to try and alleviate some of the ongoing concerns for the safety our students. Unfortunately, this morning a cyclist was struck by a car at our entrance (closest to Laurelwood and Cedar Bend). Thankfully, all parties were able to walk away from the accident.

 

Attached to this message is an aerial photo of the school, our parking lot and the adjoining streets. We would ask that all families take a moment to review the drop off/pick up procedures we have in place as we attempt to reduce the chances of anyone being injured travelling to or from St. Nicholas. They are listed below for your reference:

  • The school parking lot is for staff and daycare use ONLY. All parents are asked to park on one of the side streets across from the school (visible on the map) and have their child(ren) walk to the crossing guard adjacent to Holly View Place to cross Laurelwood Drive.
  • The entrance (marked as A on the map) at the west end of Laurelwood Drive (closest to Cedar Bend Drive) is for school vehicles (buses, taxis, WCDSB fleet vehicles) and staff to access the parking lot on the west side of the school or directly in front of the school.
  • The entrance (marked as A on the map) directly across from Holly View Place is for school vehicles (buses, taxis, WCDSB fleet vehicles) and daycare staff/clients. Upon entry, all vehicles MUST turn left, as traffic in front of the school is only one way (west to east).
  • The exit (marked as B on the map) at the east end of Laurelwood Drive (closest to Brookmill Crescent) is only to be used as an EXIT.
  • If you are using Cedar Bend Drive, Holly View Place or Brookmill Crescent as a drop off/pick up point for your child, please ensure that they ONLY cross Laurelwood Drive with the crossing guard on the crosswalk across from Holly View Place. Additionally, please respect our neighbours and avoid parking in front of their driveways. On Holly View Place obey parking signs as you may be ticketed.
  • If you are using the townhouse complex immediately west of the school, please respect our neighbours and avoid parking in front of their driveways. Ensure that you are on the lookout for cyclists coming down the hill on Laurelwood Drive, from the west (from Laurelwood Drive and Erbsville Road).
  • Note that the distance from Cedar Bend Drive and Brookmill Place to the cross walk is just over 100 metres in each direction.

We would like to thank you in advance for planning your day so that you allow plenty of time for your child to arrive at school safely and on time. Look for more information to be sent out about Active and Safe Routes to School (in partnership with the City of Waterloo) and Walking Wednesdays. It is our hope to reduce traffic flow significantly over the next 10 months to make the area surrounding St. Nicholas a safer and healthier (reduction of emissions) space for all of us.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the school.