Monthly Archives: November 2019

Advent at St. Agnes

Weekly Advent liturgies

Our Pastoral team has prepared interactive school wide liturgies which we will celebrate as a community over the announcements. Each liturgy is based on the weekly themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy, love.

Angel Day: Thursday December 5th

Our school community will be carrying on the tradition of Angel Day on Thursday December 5th. Our volunteer committee is hard at work prepping for this special day, and will gladly accept additional volunteers. Please contact Mrs. McGlynn in the main office if you would like to join our committed group of volunteers on the morning of Thursday December 5th.

Angels in Action: Project Warmth

As our school community begins our Advent journey, the St. Agnes Pastoral team and Social Justice team invite families to actively participate in our Angels in Action: Project Warmth campaign. This year, we will be collecting donations of NEW hats, mitts and socks for all ages. Our goal is to fill the display cases in the front foyer with these donations from November 25 to December 13.  Our donations will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes parish. This is such a necessary need in our community so please give generously.

Christmas Cafe invite: Friday December 13th

St. Agnes Staff & our Catholic School Advisory Council are excited to welcome you to our Christmas Café & Open House on Friday December 13th. Please open the attachment below for a detailed invitation and RSVP link.

Christmas Cafe invite

Advent Mass: Friday December 13th

We will be celebrating our community Advent Mass on Friday December 13th at 11:00am at St. Agnes parish. All are welcome to join us for Mass.

Kindergarten Christmas Concert: Wednesday December 18th

Our Kindergarten classes will be having a Christmas concert in the gym for parents/ guardians from 11:00am to 12:00pm on December 18th. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

 

 

November 25th Update

Grade 8 Student and Parent Information Session: November 26th

All grade 8 students and their parents are invited to St. David CSS for an information session. The evening begins at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. For more information please click on this link.

 

Why Attendance Matters

You will begin to see increased messaging regarding school attendance. This is a Waterloo Catholic DSB priority, and we have been asked to share specific messages with our school communities across a variety of platforms.

Please click on THIS LINK for information on the impact of lates and absences.

Remember the morning bell rings at 9:20am, and the afternoon begins at 1:05pm. Students are expected to enter the school with their class; otherwise, the student is marked late.

Please be mindful that each interruption to a classroom is a disruption to the learning environment for all.

Angel Day: Thursday December 5th

Our school community will be carrying on the tradition of Angel Day on Thursday December 5th. Our volunteer committee is hard at work prepping for this special day, and will gladly accept additional volunteers. Please contact Mrs. McGlynn in the main office if you would like to join our committed group of volunteers on the morning of Thursday December 5th.

Angels in Action: Project Warmth

As our school community begins our Advent journey, the St. Agnes Pastoral team and Social Justice team invite families to actively participate in our Angels in Action: Project Warmth campaign. This year, we will be collecting donations of NEW hats, mitts and socks for all ages. Our goal is to fill the display cases in the front foyer with these donations from November 25 to December 13.  Our donations will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Agnes parish. This is such a necessary need in our community so please give generously.

Spiritual Development day: December 6th

Friday December 6th is the Spiritual Development Day across the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. This means no school for students, and the Extended Day program is not being offered at any schools. Our entire system will be participating a variety of faith based activities for the day.

N4L November 25th – November 29th: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, dates, raisins, apples.

Please note: cheese strings & yogurt tubes will only be served in select classrooms due to food allergies.

Did you know…?

#WWJD: What Would Jesus Do is a phase we use on a daily basis with our students. As a Catholic community, we are called to reflect on our actions, our words, and our choices through the lens of our greatest teacher and role model: Jesus. We have made a commitment this year to recognize the positive deeds by all staff and students on a daily basis. We are taking the time to acknowledge even the smallest of these deeds with a WWJD ticket; this is hand written by a staff member or student, and presented to the recipient in person. When we take the time to notice and praise the goodness and kindness of others we make our community stronger.

Our focus on WWJD as a school wide theme is directly connected to the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. Each month, we focus on one of these Expectations through student generated announcements, bulletin boards, and recognition of how we can better live our lives like Jesus.

 

Strong Start Volunteers & Training sessions

Are you interested in volunteering at St. Agnes School? Would you like to train as a reading coach for Strong Start’s Letters, Sounds and Words program?

There are training sessions happening this month!

Register here today:

https://www.strongstart.ca/programs/letters-sounds-and-words/training/

Tait Street Public School, Cambridge

Wed., Nov. 20   9:10 – 11:10 AM    Part 1

Thurs., Nov. 21  9:10 – 11:10 AM    Part 2

Crestview Public School, Kitchener

Tues., Nov. 19  4 – 6 PM   Part 1

Wed., Nov. 20  4 – 6 PM   Part 2

Please note that a police check is also required to volunteer for this program. You are welcome to attend the training sessions prior to completing your police check. Please call St. Agnes CES for more information about what is required for the police check.

Your time and energy to help students develop strong literacy skills is very much appreciated!

November 18th – 22nd: We Belong Week

Fostering Belonging & Community

Calling all #WCDSBAwesome Catholic School Advisory Council Members! Please join us on Tuesday December 3rd, 2019, for a special evening of “Fostering Belonging & Community”.

Dec. 3 CSAC Invitation final

We Belong Week: November 18th- 22nd, 2019

This week, all schools across the province of Ontario must participate in an Anti-Bullying Awareness week. In the Waterloo Catholic DSB, we have connected our focus to our Pastoral Plan for 2019 “Called to Belong”. This week, “We Belong”, and each day has a theme connected to our Pastoral Plan. A number of resources have been shared across the system, and school communities will be intentionally focusing on positive, faith-filled experiences for staff and students.

Monday November 18th: A Peaceful Community

Tuesday November 19th: An Inclusive Community

Wednesday November 20th: A Respectful Community

Thursday November 21st: A Community of Kindness

Friday November 22nd: A Community that Builds Relationships

WCDSB Focus on Attendance

You will begin to see increased messaging regarding school attendance. This is a Waterloo Catholic DSB priority, and we have been asked to share specific messages with our school communities across a variety of platforms.

Regular school attendance is critical to your child’s success: academically, socially, and emotionally. It is extremely important that children arrive at school on time. Please remember the morning bell rings at 9:20am, and the afternoon begins at 1:05pm. Students are expected to enter the school with their class; otherwise, the student is marked late.

Please be mindful that each interruption to a classroom is a disruption to the learning environment for all.

For more information regarding the importance of regular and timely school attendance please read the attached article 5 Things You Need to Know – Superior North

Student Lunch Drop off

We strongly encourage all families to send daily snacks and lunches to school at the start of the day with your child. To reduce the interruption to instructional time in the classroom we will have a lunch drop off table in the main foyer. You can leave the food items on the table with your child’s name and classroom teacher name. Again, we are doing our best to preserve focused instructional time in the classroom and reduce the number of interruptions that are not applicable to the entire class/ school community. Your cooperation is very much appreciated by all.

N4L November 18th – November 22nd: multigrain Cheerios, melba toast, penguin crackers, multigrain vegetable crackers, apple sauce (no sugar added), carrots, dates, raisins, apples.

Please note: cheese strings & yogurt tubes will only be served in select classrooms due to food allergies.

Did you know…?

We have been adding to our list of adult volunteers in the school, as well as student helpers. We have so many opportunities for involvement! If you are an adult looking to help out please contact Mrs. McGlynn in the main office. Students are recruited using daily announcements (both online and over the PA system). We continue to add opportunities for students from every grade to become involved in our school community.

Supervision on the yard begins at 8:45am. Please do not bring your children to the school yard prior to this time as we do not have any adults available for supervision. Students are expected to stay on the blacktop in the morning in order to provide adequate supervision.

At the end of the day, students are expected to the leave the school property at the dismissal bell unless they are being directly supervised by a parent/ guardian. There is no staff supervision on the yard after the 3:50pm bell.

November 11th- 15th, 2019

Remembrance Day observance: November 11th

All staff and students will be involved in our Remembrance Day observance (over the PA system and on the Bright Links in the classroom) from approximately 10:50am to 11:11am on Monday. Thank you to Mrs. Sorger and her students for leading us in this important ceremony.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair at St. Agnes will continue from Monday November 11th through to the end of day on Wednesday November 13th.

Fitness Frenzy Wrap up

Our Fitness Frenzy fundraiser was a tremendous success! Thank you to the countless volunteers who gave their time and energy to support our school fundraiser. This is such an amazing connection for our Healthy Schools certification efforts this year! We will be wrapping up the prize distribution this week, and we will announce our final tally to the entire school community.

PD day: November 15th

This Friday November 15th is a PD day which means no school for students. Staff will be engaged in Numeracy training with a focus on the Fundamentals of Math as designated by the Ministry of Education.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Have you been wondering what leadership opportunities exist for students at St. Agnes? Well, the answer is simple: LOTS!!!! See the list below for an idea of the many ways that students are becoming involved at St. Agnes so far this year!

  • Door monitors
  • Morning announcements
  • Nutrition 4 Learning helpers
  • Bus patrollers
  • Healthy Schools team members
  • EcoSchools team members
  • Kindergarten helpers
  • Intramurals leaders
  • PALS leaders
  • Social Justice team

St. Agnes Parish news

Christmas Eve Pageant

Please see details below regarding the Christmas Eve Children’s pageant.

All are welcome but it is important that participants make themselves available for the following dates:

Role assignments will be held Sunday November 24th 1-2pm

Rehearsal Sunday December 8th 1-230pm

Rehearsal Sunday December 15th 1-2:30pm

Dress Rehearsal and Gift Exchange Sunday December 22nd 1-330pm

The pageant will be presented after the Gospel on Tuesday December 24 during the 6pm Family Mass. Children must be at the church by 5:15pm on the 24th.

OUR ST. AGNES POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER is back this year! Please plan to purchase your flowers this year from our parish fundraiser, with all funds going to parish renovations. Our St. Agnes Poinsettias are blessed by Fr. Aleks. Order forms are available in the bulletin and in the vestibule. Orders are due November 24th

For more information please check the parish website https://saintagnescatholicchurch.org/

 

Reports, Conferences, Book Fair, Fitness Frenzy…oh my!

Progress Reports (Grade 1-8) & Communication of Learning (Kindergarten)

Progress reports/ Communication of Learning reports came home with students today, Tuesday November 5th, 2019. Please look for a big brown envelope with each of your children.

Parent- Student- Teacher conferences: Thursday November 7th, 2019

Online booking tool for appointments this year!         https://stagnes.schoolappointments.com/

A detailed instruction guide is available by clicking School Appointments – St. Agnes Parent Instructions.

We are looking forward to the upcoming Parent-Student-Teacher conferences on November 7th. These are available for all students, Kindergarten to Grade 8. This is a great opportunity to foster strong relationships between home and school with the goal of collectively supporting student achievement. With this in mind, we strongly encourage you to bring your child to the conferences. Students who take ownership for their learning demonstrate a better understanding of their strengths and areas of need. This, in turn, helps students develop meaningful next steps in their learning journey. Therefore, we hope you are able to bring your child to the conferences on Thursday November 7th.

This year, all conferences will be booked online using School Appointments. You can book an appointment with your child’s classroom teacher, as well as your child’s Planning Time teacher (JKK- grade 3) or French teacher (grade 4-8).  A direct link to set up your online appointments is provided below:

If you have any difficulty booking appointments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. McGlynn in the Main Office.

We look forward to meeting with you on Thursday November 7th, 2019.

Kindergarten Classroom Observations

Parents/ guardians of Kindergarten students may choose a classroom observation rather than a formal conference. Classroom observations take place over a few weeks in November in order to accommodate parent/ guardian work schedules. Please look for detailed information in your child’s communication bag later this week regarding Kindergarten observations.

Scholastic Book Fair

This week is the start of our Scholastic Book Fair at St. Agnes. Stop by to introduce yourself to Ms. Boll, our Librarian, during Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. She will be in the Learning Commons from 3:50pm to 8:00pm on Thursday November 7th. Sales will continue next week from Monday November 11th through to the end of day on Wednesday November 13th.

Fitness Frenzy Update

Our Fitness Frenzy fundraiser is only days away! Students have been working hard to “Get Caught Moving” at school, and they are earning ballots for prizes in the process. We also know that students are tracking all their physical activity outside school as well. Such an amazing connection for our Healthy Schools certification efforts this year! The efforts of our entire school community to support this school wide fundraiser are truly appreciated.

We are getting closer to our next school wide prizes of an extra recess, and lunch time dance party. Keep those pledges coming!!!!

Consent to Participate

The Consent to Participate form for Fitness Frenzy was sent home in paper copy with each student earlier this week. Please complete and return this form by Thursday so your child can physically participate in the activities. Students are not required to raise funds but we do require written consent to participate. The final date to complete this consent will be Thursday November 7th. This can be completed when you come to the school for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.

Prizes…so far!

We have been blessed with tremendous generosity from our parent community. So far, we have received the following donations of prizes: Cineplex giftcards, Flag Raiders packages, SkyZone passes, Rangers tickets & team store gift card, Frederick Bowl passes, luggage, Starbucks gift pack, and so much more! If you would  like to donate a prize you are welcome to drop by the main office to speak with Mrs. McGlynn. We will gladly accept any donations you would like to contribute to our school wide fundraiser.

If you are interested in volunteering on Friday November 8th, please contact the main office to leave your name and contact information. We will forward this information to the Fitness Frenzy lead coordinator.

 

50th Anniversary of the Blessing and Dedication of St. Agnes Church

50th Anniversary of the Blessing and Dedication of St. Agnes Church

Please join us for our Anniversary Mass with celebrant and homilist, Bishop Douglas Crosby Saturday, November 2, 2019, 5:00 pm. This will be exactly 50 years to the date of the blessing and dedication of St. Agnes Church. A time of fellowship will follow Mass in the Parish Centre with a light meal provided.

We would also like to commemorate this day with displays of pictures that have been taken through the years. If you have any photos of events that occurred at St. Agnes Church (eg. Wedding), please contact the parish office.

We will also be opening the TIME CAPSULE that has been sealed away!

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