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St. Agnes’s International Child – Tharsise

Every Year St. Agnes School uses a portion of the money we raise on Mission Day to help a child somewhere in the world through Plan International Canada.  Plan Canada sends us a little update to let us know how our Sponsored Child is doing and how our money has helping our child and their community.

Tharsise T. is a 9 year old boy living in Rwanda, Africa.  He attends primary school and his favourite subject is math.  Tharsise has been ill this year, but he received treatment at the health facility and is now fully recovered.  There has been a new addition to his family, they have welcomed a new baby girl this year.

Plan International helps children around the world with; education, clean drinking water, sanitation systems, basic healthcare, and helping parents to improve their livelihood.

We have a picture of Tharsise in the office.

Thank you for supporting Tharsise and Plan International!!!

Donation to Pura Vida Foundation

On behalf of the St. Agnes Spirit Team, we want to say thank you for supporting our candy guessing contest and our “Break the Rule” day. We raised a total of $507.00 to donate to the Pura Vida Foundation through the St. Agnes Church. We appreciate all of your generosity and kindness. You truly have made a difference in the lives of young women in Peru.

 

Sandra Labelle

Teacher

St. Agnes

Staff Appreciation Lunch

On behalf of the parent community, St. Agnes council is organizing a staff appreciation lunch on Friday June 23, 2017 to celebrate all the great things done for our children throughout the year.
This year’s lunch is Italian themed.
If you are interested in participating we are looking for the following:
  • your time to help prepare, serve or clean up after the lunch
  • a food or drink item to be served at the lunch
  • money for food items to be purchased for the lunch
  • flowers for centerpieces
Please contact Denise Porter at d-h-porter@rogers.com if you are able to help out in any capacity.

Break a Rule Day! – Tuesday June 13th

On Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, the students are going to have an opportunity to break some rules at school. The Spirit Team has organized this day in support of our St. Agnes Church initiative to assist the Pura Vida Foundation. This is a not-for profit organization that provides transitional housing and life skill training for young women in Peru. All proceeds raised will be donated to this foundation. Students are invited to pay $1 to break any of the following rules:

·         Wear a hat in school

·         Bring a stuffed animal to school

·         Wear pajamas to school

·         Chew gum in school

·         Switch desks in the classroom

Remember, it costs $1 for each rule that you want to break!

Donate and have fun!

The St. Agnes Spirit Team

Cancelled – Cross Country

Today’s Cross Country meet at Bechtel Park has been cancelled due to risk of thunderstorm.  A rescheduled date will be shared as soon as details are available.

Correction – Volunteer Social

On Wednesday, June 7, we will be hosting a volunteer social for our many volunteers, as a token of our appreciation. Our social will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in our school library.

Principal’s June Message

I cannot believe how quickly it has arrived, but soon, I will be flipping my office calendar to June. As I sit here and reflect on the year, I have many things to write about. I wanted to make sure you were aware of some of the exciting events happening in June.  Please be sure to look at our new website and sign up to have notifications of events come right to your phone. Our calendar is there as well for you to sync with your own calendar if you wish.  I have also described some of the June events below:

On Wednesday, June 7, we will be hosting a volunteer social for our many volunteers, as a token of our appreciation. Our social will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. in our school library.

On Tuesday, June 20,  I would like to invite you to join us for our closing mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church. We have had many liturgical celebrations throughout the year, and this one will culminate all the wonderful things we have done this year at St. Agnes School.

On Monday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m., we will be having our graduation celebration at St. Agnes Church. This is an exciting time for our grade 8 graduates and I look forward to presenting them with their graduation certificates for their years of hard work.

On Tuesday, June 27, you will be receiving your child’s second term report card. Please be sure to fill out the parent/guardian section and return this to school as soon as possible after that date.

Friday, June 30 is the last day of school for our students. They will be dismissed at the regular bell time of 3:50 p.m.

As we close for the 2016 – 2017 school year, I have many people to thank:

To all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time, a heartfelt thank you. You make a positive difference in the lives of our students and our learning community. There are many programs that we would not be able to run if it weren’t for you. Our sincerest thank you goes out to you! I would like to especially thank Denise Porter for the amount of time and energy that went into organizing our fantastic Nutrition for Learning program. I am so impressed as every morning, breakfast was served to many of our students who are in the breakfast club. I hope all our volunteers can join us for the Volunteer Appreciation Social.

To our secretary, Mrs. McGlynn – words cannot express how much we are thankful to have you at the entrance of St. Agnes School. You are that friendly face that students turn to first for safety and security and help. Thank you for all you do for our community and thank you for being so organized. Students, parents, staff, and I feel very fortunate to have you at the helm.

To our custodians, Mr. Clayfield and Mr. Howlett- We thank you for the many things you do to keep our school clean and safe for our kids and staff. You are always willing to help out and we thank you! We wish Mr. Howlett luck as he ventures into his role as afternoon custodian at St. Luke School.

To all our council members for the countless hours of volunteer work that you consistently offered throughout the year. I would especially like to once again thank Denise Porter, our council chair, for the numerous hours of planning, organizing and stepping in to help make this school year and the events throughout the year run so smoothly. I consider myself very lucky to be working with such wonderful parents and community members!

To all staff – Where do I begin… you have consistently shown me that you will go above and beyond what is expected of you. I am so proud to work with so many people who always put our students first and foremost on our list of priorities. Our students are very lucky to be working with you each day. This year, we once again, say goodbye to Mr. Clifford. Thank you for your wonderful work this year and we wish you the best wherever you end up teaching. We are also excited to welcome back Mrs. McKinley in September.

To our graduates, sincere congratulations and best wishes as you continue your journey on to high school.  May you continue to grow and exemplify the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and I really hope you come back to visit.

To the students and everyone in the St. Agnes Community – have a safe, fun-filled and enjoyable summer! I will see you on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 on the first day back to school.

 

Sincerely,

Gloria Lasovich

FitBit June 2017 – Spectacular Summer Eating

Summer provides a lot of fun opportunities to get together with friends and family and food is often an important part of these social gatherings. For your next summer event, consider bringing a dish that focuses on fresh vegetables and fruit without too much added sugar, fat or salt. Impress guests with bright, colourful and flavourful foods!

Try one of these fresh and delicious recipes for your next summer celebration. Kids can even lend a hand with these simple dishes:

Black Bean Salsa (Perfect for Barbecues or Pot-Lucks)

Preparation time: 15 minutes                                                    Makes: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

 

1 can (590 ml) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup (250 ml) corn kernels (canned, cooked from frozen, or cut from a cooked ear of corn)

2 cups (500 ml) diced plum tomatoes

1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil

2 Tbsp (30 ml) lime juice

¼ cup (60 ml) chopped parsley or cilantro

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

¼ tsp (2 ml) cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Gently combine black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and parsley or cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cayenne and black pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over salsa and mix gently to combine. Serve fresh or make ahead the day before.
  4. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips, as a sauce with grilled chicken or fish, or stuffed in a pita with dark leafy greens and shredded lower-fat cheese (20% M.F. or less).

Recipe adapted from Dietitians of Canada: www.cookspiration.com

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Popsicles (An Icy Cool Treat for Hot Summer Days)

Preparation time: 10 minutes (plus freezing time)          Makes: 6 popsicles

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ cups (375 ml) fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup (250 ml) lemon flavoured* 1-2% M.F. yogurt

*Or use vanilla yogurt and add 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest and 1 Tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice to the recipe.


Directions:

  1. Blend ingredients together using a blender or food processor.
  2. Pour into popsicle moulds and place in freezer.
  3. After 30 – 45 minutes insert popsicle sticks and return to freezer until completely frozen.

Recipe adapted from the Heart and Stroke Foundation: www.heartandstroke.com

You can also find creative ideas for vegetable or fruit trays and kabobs from the Centre for Science in the Public Interest: https://www.pinterest.com/cspinutrition/a-healthier-way-to-celebrate/