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Spirit Scoop – September 24

Terry Fox Run

Our annual Terry Fox Walk is on Thursday, September 27th from 10:45-12:00. rain or shine.  Like last year, we will be having our walk off school property for the junior and intermediate classes, while the primary classes can walk around the entire perimeter of St. Nicholas School. Each junior/intermediate teacher will walk with their own class along the route while parents and additional staff will be stationed along the route.

Donations can be made by cash only. This year we will be raffling off a sleek grey t-shirt. For every toonie brought in, the student will get a ticket for the raffle.

We hope this year is the best Terry Fox Walk St. Nicholas School has ever participated in! Thanks for your support in encouraging the students to make Terry’s dream a reality!!

Traffic Flow Patterns at St. Nicholas CES

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 works 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.

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.

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

Traffic Flow Map

CityofWaterloo_SchoolParking_DOs&DONTs

Spirit Fall Athletics

Best wishes to our Junior Co-ed Soccer Team and our Intermediate 3 Pitch teams who will compete this week in their respective tournaments. We’re proud of the efforts you’ve put into representing St. Nicholas. Thank you to all of our coaches for their time and to the parent volunteer drivers.

Go Spirit!

St. Nicholas Online Spirit Wear Store 2018

st. nicholas online store 2018

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Youth Cannabis Infographic

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Photo Day

School Photos will be taken on October 10th.

Monsignor Haller Christmas Spectacular

Spirit Scoop – September 13th

Meet the Teacher Night

Please remember that our Meet the Teacher Night is tonight from 6 – 7:30 pm.

 Communication Guidelines for Parents & Staff

As partners with parents and guardians in the education of our students, the WCDSB’s school staffs, the senior team and the Board of Trustees are always interested in receiving information and feedback from the community.

It keeps us in touch with day-to-day life in our schools, and helps us anticipate and deal quickly and effectively with any questions or concerns you may have concerning your child’s education.

Since 1999, the school board has operated using a very straightforward, transparent and extremely successful set of Communication Guidelines for Parents & Staff. These easy-to-follow steps are in place to help parents / guardians resolve questions or concerns quickly, right there at school, where the overwhelming majority of issues are resolved.

The guidelines are very simple:

  1. If you have a question or concern involving your child, you should always first speak directly to the child’s teacher.
  2. If the issue remains unresolved, you should next speak to the school Principal.
  3. If the issue continues to be unresolved, you should speak to the Superintendent of Learning for that school. Click here for Contact Information.

Our schools are already off and running to a fantastic start!

We’re looking forward to a #WCDSBAwesome 2018-19 school year — and we thank you sincerely for your ongoing support and cooperation as we continue being #HeartOfTheCommunity and #PeopleOfFaith!

Hot Lunch

Begins Monday September 17. Look for new menu items from Holy Guacamole and Oasis juices. To order go to: Elementary School Nutrition Services | Just another WordPress site  Questions or need help? Call ESNS at 519-570-3767 or email support@esns.ca

YOUTH CHOIR AT ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH

Do you have a child in grade 3 to grade 12? Do they enjoy singing, fellowship, and fun? St. Michael’s is looking for enthusiastic singers to join our new Youth Choir!

We will sing at one 5 p.m. Saturday Mass a month with one Thursday practice a month from 6-7 p.m. in the choir loft.

Our first practice will take place on Thursday, September 27th from 6 – 7 p.m. in the choir loft at St. Michael’s Parish.

If you are interested in joining our Youth Choir, please contact Andrea Laughlin at 519-884-9311 extension 34 or by email andrea@stmichaelw.ca to sign your child up!

St. Nicholas Online Spirit Wear Store 2018

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Opening Mass

Our opening mass of the year will be celebrated at St. Nicholas on September 20th at 9:30 am. Please join us if you can.

PA Day – Sep. 21

Staff will be participating in a professional activity day on September 21st. The will be working on our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement, as well as Occupational Health and Safety.

No school for students on this day.

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year

September 4th  Schedule:

9:00 am – Staff will be on the yard.

9:15 am – Morning bell. Students move into their respective classrooms, via appropriate doors.

10:45 am – School Liturgy & Assembly.

 

A Message from St. Michael’s Catholic Parish

Is your child entering grade 2 this school year? Students in grade 2 will be preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with the first parent-child meeting taking place at St. Michael’s Parish on Tuesday, September 18th at 6 pm. Your child must be Baptized to receive these Sacraments. A letter will be going home during the first week of school to parents with an attached registration form to be submitted at our first meeting.

Is your child entering grade 7 this school year? Please be advised that Confirmation Preparation will begin with the first parent-child meeting taking place at St. Michael’s Parish on Wednesday, September 26th at 6 pm. Please note, your child is required to have received both Baptism and First Communion to be eligible for receiving Confirmation. A letter will be going home during the second week of school to parents with an attached registration form to be submitted at our first meeting.

If your child has not been Baptized, and you desire the Sacraments for your child please contact Andrea Laughlin the Pastoral Associate for Schools and Youth Ministry by calling (519) 884 – 9311 extension 34 or email andrea@stmichaelw.ca for further inquiry.

Join us for Sundae Sunday at St. Michael’s Parish!  

This weekend (Sept 8 & 9), join us for worship and leave with desert!  We will be offering free ice cream sundaes following our 5pm Saturday and 9 & 11am Sunday Masses. Join us as we start our new pastoral year with the launch of Fr. Dave’s September homily series titled ‘Back on Track’.  See you at church!

Grade One Parent Orientation – September 25th

Our Gr. 1 Parent Orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Learning Commons. We will review our Religion and Family Life Program, Sacramental (First Reconciliation and Communion) preparation, Literacy, Numeracy and Assessment practices.

Threat Risk Assessment Fair Notice & Process

Threat Risk Assessment Fair -Notice and Process

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Term 2 Report Cards

Term 2 reports cards will be arriving at home with our students today. Please take a moment review them along with this Year End Letter 2018.

K2OPS: Kids Keeping Our Planet Safe

St. Nicholas prides itself in being a leader in the way we treat the Earth. We currently hold a Gold level Ecoschool status as part of the Ontario Ecoschool’s program. There are many initiatives at the school that we as a school community participate in on a day to day basis.  Some of these include waste free lunches and using reusable water bottles.  In order to support these initiatives, you as parents have to purchase the products. Next year, the school would like to add to our schoolyard greening with some more shade trees, and if possible, some raised garden beds.  Well, we have a win – win situation here. A company called Givalry Canada runs fundraising programs for schools and has many products to help make life easier, including litterless lunch products, baby and kid products, and wellness products.  The best part of this is that the school receives back 25% of all purchases made. This fundraiser will run through the summer until the end of September. Students will be coming home with a bookmark reminder of this fundraiser. Also, you can click on the link here: https://givalry.ca/ . Type in the name of our school as the organization you are supporting and have fun shopping

Waterloo Region Museum Free Pass

WRM One Free Children’s Admission – Blue Pass 2017 access

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.

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.