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Spirit Update 27

BBQ Update

St. Nicholas Families:

Come and join in the fun at the St. Nicholas Year End BBQ on Wednesday June 6th from 5 – 7:30pm (rain or shine).

This year The Crazy Canuck will be providing the food. The BBQ fare will include hamburgers and hotdogs. If you did not order your food combo in advance, it is not too late – you can purchase a ticket at the BBQ for the Dinner Combo for $8.00.

Other food items available at the BBQ for cash from the Crazy Caboose food truck (no pre-order necessary) include:

Dinner Combo (Hamburger or Hotdog, chips or apple, and water) – $8.00

Pulled pork and Fries – $10.00 ($8 without fries)

Brisket and fries – $12.00 ($10 without fries)

Poutine – $8.00

Fries – $5

Water – $2.00

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You can also buy activities tickets at the BBQ.

Activities that require a ticket include: face painting, photo booth, cake walk, basket raffle, and bake sale.

Ticket prices are as follows:   $1.00 per ticket, $5 for 6, $10 for 12, and $20 for 25 tickets

Other activities at the BBQ will include a Magic Show at 6pm in the Learning Commons, Carnival Games, music and dancing.

All proceeds of the BBQ go to St. Nicholas School Council that supports school activities such as assisting to subsidize class trips, school science presentations, contributing to the purchase of Google Chromebooks, sports equipment and more.

Please contact Lisa Loiselle at l__loiselle73@sympatico.ca if you have any questions.

Transportation Update

Transportation details for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on Monday August 20, 2018.

Parents can login and view their child’s transportation details by going to www.stswr.ca and following these easy steps:

  • Click on “Student Login”
  • Enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN)
  • The OEN can be found on your child’s report card
  • Numbers only, no space, no dash
  • Enter your child’s birth date
  • dd/mm/yyyy
  • Enter your child’s street number
  • house number only
  • Select the school your child is attending from the drop down menu

Please note that any address changes must be done at your child’s school. If you are moving in the summer or changing caregiver arrangements for the fall, you should communicate the change of address to your child’s school before the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Visit our website at www.stswr.ca to find bus delays and cancellations, subscribe to receive e-mail or text notifications for late buses and closures and follow us on Twitter @STSWR.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

St. Michael’s Catholic Parish is thrilled to offer Vacation Bible School for its second year running. This year we will journey to: “A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments”.

Our program will run from Monday, July 30th to Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 9am-Noon in the Parish Centre with a Celebration BBQ from noon until 1:30 pm the final day. The program is for children who will be in JK – Grade 5 this upcoming school year.

Registration is now available online at www.stmichaelw.ca/vbs If you do not have internet access, please see Joanne in the parish office to fill out a paper form. Online registration is preferred. The cost is $30.00/child. For families with more than 1 child, the cost is $20.00 for each additional child. Payment can be made at the parish office or through the collection by cash or cheque (payable to St. Michael’s Church). Please include the name of the child(ren) the payment is for.

Older than grade 5? If you would like to be part of this program, you are more than welcome to volunteer. We would especially like adult volunteers. A volunteer registration form is also available online (and in the parish office if needed). Deadline for registration of the program is Friday, June 22, 2018.

A Message From St. Michael’s Parish Pastoral Associate for Schools and Youth Ministry, Andrea Laughlin:

Is your child entering grade 2 in the 2018-2019 school year? Students in grade 2 will be preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with preparation expected to begin in the Fall 2018 to the Spring 2019. Your child must be Baptized to receive these Sacraments.

Is your child entering grade 7 in the 2018-2019 school year? Please be advised that Confirmation Preparation will begin promptly in September in anticipation of a Fall/Winter 2018 Confirmation date. Locate your child’s Baptismal Certificate this summer to submit to the Parish in September. Also note, your child is required to have received both Baptism and First Communion to be eligible for receiving Confirmation. If you have questions concerning the Sacraments please contact Andrea Laughlin by calling (519) 884 – 9311 extension 34 or email andrea@stmichaelw.ca for further inquiry.

Provincial Election – June 7th

As you June 7th is the provincial election. As in the past, St. Nicholas CES will be used as a polling station. Please be aware of extra vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the school, especially during arrival and dismissal times.

Spirit Update 26

PA Day June 1st

Remember that Friday June 1st is a PA Day.

St. Nicholas Annual BBQ

Our school BBQ will be held on June 6th, 2018 this year from 5:00 – 7:30pm.  We are very excited to have celebrated another great year!  We will have many activities again this year including the Cake Walk, Bake Sale, Basket Raffle, ticket sales, ticket collections, fire truck, police care, and games!  The BBQ will raise money for school initiatives.

We would like to remind everyone to purchase their food and activity tickets by May 25th, 2018.  Tickets will also be available to purchase the night of the BBQ.

We are looking for volunteers to help at the BBQ. Please contact Tharen (tharen@tapuska.com) if you have time to give before the event (preparing baskets, baking, etc.) or on the day of the event (selling tickets, running games, face painting, etc.)

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

St. Michael’s Catholic Parish is thrilled to offer Vacation Bible School for its second year running. This year we will journey to: “A Wilderness Adventure Through the Sacraments”.

Our program will run from Monday, July 30th to Friday, August 3rd, 2018 from 9am-Noon in the Parish Centre with a Celebration BBQ from noon until 1:30 pm the final day. The program is for children who will be in JK – Grade 5 this upcoming school year.

Registration is now available online at www.stmichaelw.ca/vbs If you do not have internet access, please see Joanne in the parish office to fill out a paper form. Online registration is preferred. The cost is $30.00/child. For families with more than 1 child, the cost is $20.00 for each additional child. Payment can be made at the parish office or through the collection by cash or cheque (payable to St. Michael’s Church). Please include the name of the child(ren) the payment is for.

Older than grade 5? If you would like to be part of this program, you are more than welcome to volunteer. We would especially like adult volunteers. A volunteer registration form is also available online (and in the parish office if needed). Deadline for registration of the program is Friday, June 22, 2018.

A Message From St. Michael’s Parish Pastoral Associate for Schools and Youth Ministry, Andrea Laughlin:

Is your child entering grade 2 in the 2018-2019 school year? Students in grade 2 will be preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with preparation expected to begin in the Fall 2018 to the Spring 2019. Your child must be Baptized to receive these Sacraments.

Is your child entering grade 7 in the 2018-2019 school year? Please be advised that Confirmation Preparation will begin promptly in September in anticipation of a Fall/Winter 2018 Confirmation date. Locate your child’s Baptismal Certificate this summer to submit to the Parish in September. Also note, your child is required to have received both Baptism and First Communion to be eligible for receiving Confirmation. If you have questions concerning the Sacraments please contact Andrea Laughlin by calling (519) 884 – 9311 extension 34 or email andrea@stmichaelw.ca for further inquiry.

 

Provincial Election – June 7th

As you June 7th is the provincial election. As in the past, St. Nicholas CES will be used as a polling station. Please be aware of extra vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the school, especially during arrival and dismissal times.

Spirit Update 25

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all our mothers the best on May 13th. Thank you for all that you’ve done for us!

St. Nicholas CES Track & Field Meet – May 14th

The students in grades 4 – 8 will be participating in our annual track and field meet at Resurrection CSS on Monday, May 14th. Please remember:

  • To dress according to the weather (we will go ahead rain or shine);
  • To pack healthy food for the day;
  • To hydrate this weekend & bring water;
  • To apply sun screen and wear a hat;
  • That electronic devices (e.g., cell phones) are not permitted;
  • To have fun!

Catholic Education Week Wrap Up

A great big shout out to all the community members who visited St. Nicholas to share their story this week!

Every classroom spent 30 mins with 3 or 4 guest speakers.

Each speaker spoke about their role in our community, how literacy or numeracy are included in their daily lives/work and many read to the class.

Ask your child who they met and what their story was?

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Input

Every year, school councils in Ontario can apply for a PRO grant to fund activities that encourage parent and child engagement in the school setting. We are looking for input on what parents would be interested in participating in with their children at St Nicholas. Please see the updated link below to complete a brief survey.

PRO Grant Survey

St. Nicholas Annual BBQ

Save the date for the St. Nicholas End of Year B.B.Q. taking place on Wednesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

Event will run rain or shine.

Don’t miss out on the activities that will include “Five” the magician, carnival games, music, dancing and a visit from Waterloo Region First Responders.

Other fun activities will include a photo booth, face painting, basket raffle, cake walk and bake sale.

Food will be made available for purchase at the BBQ (hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream), or feel free to pack your own picnic! More details to come about purchasing food tickets in advance.

We are looking for volunteers to help at the BBQ. Please contact Tharen (tharen@tapuska.com) if you have time to give before the event (preparing baskets, baking, etc.) or on the day of the event (selling tickets, running games, face painting, etc.)

Fit Bit May 2018

Sports Snacks for Kids!

Water is all you need!

A common myth is that kids need sports or energy drinks to improve their performance. Water is the best choice to hydrate before, during and after physical activity.

It is rare that children or youth need a sports drink. These products are designed for athletes who exercise intensely for a long period of time and cannot eat, for example, athletes that participate in triathlons.

Energy drinks can be dangerous for children and youth due to their high caffeine content and should be avoided.

Fuelling Sports Performance

Recreational sports do not usually increase children’s energy requirements. Children’s nutrition needs can be met through a healthy diet, as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide.

If you think your child’s participation in sports may require a specialized diet or supplements, consult with a Registered Dietitian for guidance.

Food Provided After the Game

Sometimes caregivers reward kids for participating or winning with indulgent food. This can create an unhealthy relationship with food as children may start to expect treats every time they are physically active. Providing rewards for being physically active also takes away from the enjoyment and reward of the activity itself.

Sometimes teams decide to bring food to the field after games or practices. If kids are hungry after physical activity, try these snack ideas:

  • Fruit kebabs – put grapes, berries, melon or other fruit on a skewer
  • Apples
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • Melon slices or cubes
  • Raw vegetable sticks (i.e. carrots, bell peppers) and hummus
  • For a more substantial snack, try cheese strings and whole grain crackers

Don’t forget to rinse fruit and vegetables before preparing and serving!

Spirit Update 24

St. Nicholas Annual BBQ

Save the date for the St. Nicholas End of Year B.B.Q. taking place on Wednesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

Event will run rain or shine.

Don’t miss out on the activities that will include “Five” the magician, carnival games, music, dancing and a visit from Waterloo Region First Responders.

Other fun activities will include a photo booth, face painting, basket raffle, cake walk and bake sale.

Food will be made available for purchase at the BBQ (hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream), or feel free to pack your own picnic! More details to come about purchasing food tickets in advance.

We are looking for volunteers to help at the BBQ. Please contact Tharen (tharen@tapuska.com) if you have time to give before the event (preparing baskets, baking, etc.) or on the day of the event (selling tickets, running games, face painting, etc.)

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students who received their First Holy Communion last weekend or who will be receiving it this weekend.

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Input

Every year, school councils in Ontario can apply for a PRO grant to fund activities that encourage parent and child engagement in the school setting. We are looking for input on what parents would be interested in participating in with their children at St Nicholas. Please see the link below to complete a brief survey.

https://goo.gl/forms/0FffBkyChIE70ril1

Catholic Education Week at St. Nicholas – What’s Your Story?

May 6 – 11 is Catholic Education Week in Ontario’s Catholic schools. This year, the theme is Renewing The Promise. As part of our activities at St. Nicholas we have guest readers visiting our classrooms to meet with students, read a book and talk to the students about how literacy and numeracy affect their daily jobs. There are other events planned for the week. Please join us if you can.

Catholic Education Week Calendar 2018

Freggie Fridays

Freggie is coming to visit St. Nicholas early in the week during Catholic Education Week. All our students are encouraged to practice healthy eating on a regular basis. For the month of May we’ll be highlighting the consumption of fruits and vegetables on Freggie Fridays.

Spirit Update 23

St. Nicholas Annual BBQ

Save the date for the St. Nicholas End of Year B.B.Q. taking place on Wednesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

Event will run rain or shine.

Don’t miss out on the activities that will include “Five” the magician, carnival games, music, dancing and a visit from Waterloo Region First Responders.

Other fun activities will include a photo booth, face painting, basket raffle, cake walk and bake sale.

Food will be made available for purchase at the BBQ (hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream), or feel free to pack your own picnic! More details to come about purchasing food tickets in advance.

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the BBQ. Please contact Tharen (tharen@tapuska.com) if you have time to give before the event (preparing baskets, baking, etc.) or on the day of the event (selling tickets, running games, face painting, etc.)

MudPuppy Chase

The snow (and ice) are almost gone and it’s time for the RUNNING CLUB to start again! Announcements will be made so your runners can bring their running shoes to school!

On Sunday, May 6th, 2018 the MudPuppy Chase will be taking place at Columbia Playing Fields!  You can join the St Nicholas team as a student of St Nicholas, a parent, sibling, family member or staff member at St Nicholas! The cost to participate in the 3KM & 5KM race is $35.00; however, if you fundraise at least $35, that person runs for FREE using a coupon code specifically for St Nicholas!!! Plus, your race kit bag will be delivered to St Nicholas school by Friday, May 4th.

Email Christa Nesbitt, parent volunteer, for your coupon code and instructions on how to register for free: nesbittswloo@gmail.com.

For our students, this event is not a competition, but an opportunity to engage in physical activity, become community aware by raising funds for a wonderful cause – All proceeds help support KidsAbility Centre for Child Development and many other local causes supported by the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Grand River.  Your participation helps children and youth with special needs gain access to life-changing therapy, essential equipment, and assistance for their families and so much more. This year, the Rotary Club will also focus on helping schools with individual projects to assist students’ learning.

Run on your own, with your family, with your friends, or with whomever you like, but be part of the St Nicholas fundraising team! If you already registered, simply email Christa and she can have you added to the St Nicholas School team.

Class Placements for September 2018

Many factors are considered in the creation of class lists including academic abilities, social groupings and gender ratio. Our staff take great care to ensure there is a balance of needs in each classroom. It is not possible to honour requests for teachers or peer groups to ensure equity across the school. Please do not submit requests for an individual teacher to administration or the classroom teacher.

 2018-Summer Expedition

2018-Summer Expedition

2018-HeadStart

2018-HeadStart

Spring Walk to School Day – April 25

A Message from St. Michael’s Catholic Parish

St. Michael’s Parish presents YOUTH ALPHA starting Thursday, May 3rd at 6:15 pm in the Parish Center.

Youth Alpha is a program for grade 7/8 and up, designed to engage young people in discussion, fellowship, and spiritual growth. It begins with a hot meal, video talk, and small group discussion with a new theme each week illuminating the Christian faith. It is a safe environment to share, listen, and encourage one another no matter where they are in their faith journey.

The Parish gladly welcomes youth who are interested in participating to register for the program with Mrs. Laughlin at andrea@stmichaelw.ca or by calling 519-884-9311 extension 34. Please visit www.alphacanada.org/resources/alpha-youth-series/ for more information. The course will run each Thursday until June 28th. There is no cost for this program, free will donations are warmly welcomed.

Twitter @YouthGroupAtStM

Instagram @saintmichaelsparishyouthgroup

Digital Media, Your Child & You – Cat Coode Presentation April 17th at 6 PM

Cat Coode from Binary Tattoo is coming to St. Nicholas Tuesday April 17th at 6:00pm (Corrected time)

The third speaker in our mental health and social media series will come to St. Nicholas on Tuesday, April 17.  Her workshop will cover the following:

  • Teaches parents and educators about how to protect kids online with an understanding of what kids are using and how it is being used
  • Empowers adults with the knowledge of current online software and practices (not guaranteed to make you cool but at least you’ll know what they are talking about)
  • Understand how privacy settings work, including which parts of an account can be monitored by a parent/teacher, and which parts are blocked from public eyes

Babysitting will be offered.  To sign up, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/eru3in9Q6svVfVnz1

The workshops in the mental health and social media series were funded through a PRO grant.

Resurrection Family of Schools Supports Humboldt

As you are aware, many  people around the world are praying for the victims of the Humboldt tragedy and many have donated to the Humboldt Go Fund Me campaign. Resurrection CSS has gotten involved via the sale of t-shirts, first to the hockey team and then to the entire school community. As part of the Resurrection family, the offer has been extended to us, at St. Nicholas. If you are interested the attached order form/link can be used to purchase one of the displayed t-shirts. The profits from each shirt will be donated to the Go Fund Me campaign.

RESURRECTION WE R HUMBOLDT STRONG FLYER

https://rezhumboldtstrong18.itemorder.com/

 

 

 

 

Spirit Update 22

Jersey Day for Humboldt – April 12th

PA Day – April 13th

Please mark your calendars. There will be no school for students on this day. Staff will be working on Ministry of Education Priorities:

  • Student Achievement
  • Student Success
  • Special Education.

Cat Coode from Binary Tattoo is coming to St. Nicholas Tuesday April 17th at 6:30pm

The third speaker in our mental health and social media series will come to St. Nicholas on Tuesday, April 17.  Her workshop will cover the following:

  • Teaches parents and educators about how to protect kids online with an understanding of what kids are using and how it is being used
  • Empowers adults with the knowledge of current online software and practices (not guaranteed to make you cool but at least you’ll know what they are talking about)
  • Understand how privacy settings work, including which parts of an account can be monitored by a parent/teacher, and which parts are blocked from public eyes

Babysitting will be offered.  To sign up, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/eru3in9Q6svVfVnz1

The workshops in the mental health and social media series were funded through a PRO grant.

Confirmation

Please keep our Gr. 7 students, who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 14th, in your prayers.

MudPuppy Chase

The snow (and ice) is almost gone and it’s time for the RUNNING CLUB to start again! Announcements will be made so your runners can bring their running shoes to school!

On Sunday, May 6th, 2018 the MudPuppy Chase will be taking place at Columbia Playing Fields!  You can join the St. Nicholas team as a student of St Nicholas, a parent, sibling, family member or staff member at St. Nicholas! The cost to participate in the 3KM & 5KM race is $35.00; however, if you fundraise at least $35, that person runs for FREE using a coupon code specifically for St Nicholas!!! Plus, your race kit bag will be delivered to St Nicholas school by Friday, May 4th.

Email Christa Nesbitt, parent volunteer, for your coupon code and instructions on how to register for free: nesbittswloo@gmail.com.

For our students, this event is not a competition, but an opportunity to engage in physical activity, become community aware by raising funds for a wonderful cause – All proceeds help support KidsAbility Centre for Child Development and many other local causes supported by the Rotary Club of Kitchener-Grand River.  Your participation helps children and youth with special needs gain access to life-changing therapy, essential equipment, and assistance for their families and so much more. This year, the Rotary Club will also focus on helping schools with individual projects to assist students’ learning.

Run on your own, with your family, with your friends, or with whomever you like, but be part of the St Nicholas fundraising team! If you already registered, simply email Christa and she can have you added to the St. Nicholas School team.

Spirit Update 21

 

Virtue Assembly – Effective Communicator (I Have A Voice)

Our Effective Communicator assembly will take place on April 6 at 1:15 pm.

PA Day – April 13th

Please mark your calendars. There will be no school for students on this day. Staff will be working on Ministry of Education Priorities:

  • Student Achievement
  • Student Success
  • Special Education.

Traffic Flow

As we return from Easter we’d like to remind everyone of our parking policy. We have noticed that parents are parking in the side lot and in the daycare lot before and after school. Please do not use these spaces.

Thank you to all the families who have been walking their children to and from school, as well as those that use alternative streets to drop off and pick up their children. Everyone is reminded that you are only to use the school parking lot if you need to come into the school. Please remember that our student safety is a joint responsibility.

Our traffic flow map is listed under Our School on our school website.

Resurrection CSS Mntale Health & Wellness Night – Apr. 25th

Evening on Mental Health and Wellness put on by our School Council on Wednesday, April 25th.

Mental Health Wellness Event – April 25 2018 – RCSS PRO Grant Flyer

A Message from St. Michael’s Catholic Parish

St. Michael’s Parish presents YOUTH ALPHA starting Thursday, May 3rd at 6:15 pm in the Parish Center.

Youth Alpha is a program for grade 7/8 and up, designed to engage young people in discussion, fellowship, and spiritual growth. It begins with a hot meal, video talk, and small group discussion with a new theme each week illuminating the Christian faith. It is a safe environment to share, listen, and encourage one another no matter where they are in their faith journey.

The Parish gladly welcomes youth who are interested in participating to register for the program with Mrs. Laughlin at andrea@stmichaelw.ca or by calling 519-884-9311 extension 34. Please visit www.alphacanada.org/resources/alpha-youth-series/ for more information. The course will run each Thursday until June 28th. There is no cost for this program, free will donations are warmly welcomed.

 

“Over 18” Documentary Screening at St. Michael’s Parish on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 pm facilitated by Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Office of Family Ministry at the Diocese of Hamilton.

Pornography Addiction among Children and Teens has become a growing concern for parents/guardians/grandparents. By attending this showing of the documentary you will learn more about the issue, its impact on our children and how to protect your children, grandchildren, or students.  The mature content (be assured there are no graphic visuals) means that only those age 18 or over should attend. See the trailer at www.over18doc.com for more information.

 

Fit Bit April 2018 – From Seed to Table!

Gardening is a fun, hands-on activity that teaches children where food comes from and is a great family activity. Growing food can help foster healthy eating habits and attitudes as children are often willing to eat fresh vegetables and fruit that they have grown.

Include children in all stages of the gardening process. They can plant the seeds, water and feed the plant, pick the produce, and help to prepare a meal.

Growing a Cherry Tomato Plant

Supplies:

  • A package of cherry tomato seeds
  • A small pot, seed tray, clean yogurt container, egg shell, or newspaper folded into a container shape
  • A spoon or small hand-held shovel
  • Seed starting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • An outdoor pot

Instructions:

  1. Start planting in April, unless the seed package says to start at a different time.
  2. Fill the pot with the seed starting soil and level out the top.
  3. Place the seed on top and cover with a small layer of soil. Water the seed.
  4. Place in a warm and sunny place.
  5. As the plant grows, remember to water and use fertilizer. (Read the directions on the seed bottle or box for frequency and guidance.)
  6. Transfer the seedling into an outdoor pot and place it outside after the last frost (June). For the first few days outdoors, keep the plant in a shadier spot away from the wind.

Caprese Salad Skewers

Makes 15-20 skewers

Ingredients:

  • 15-30 cherry tomatoes picked from plant
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 container reduced-fat bocconcini mozzarella cheese (20% M.F.)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 package of small skewers

Place one cherry tomato, bocconcini and basil leaf onto a skewer.

Once all skewers are complete, place on a plate and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.