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School Parking Lot on Bluevale Street

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Due to on-going, significant safety concerns for our students, we are making changes to the procedures for student drop off and pick-up in our Bluevale Street parking lot. These changes have been made after considerable and thorough consultation with our staff, school council, school superintendent, school resource officer, and the Waterloo by-law office.

Let me first give a heartfelt thank you to all the parents/guardians who, over the years, have listened to our newsletters, face-to-face conversations, and constant reminders to follow the safety procedures we have put in place in our parking lot for the safety of our students. Unfortunately, there are still parents/guardians who have a complete disregard for these procedures and I cannot risk the safety of our students. This leaves us with no choice but to make the following changes:

Effective Monday, November 13, 2017, the school parking lot will be closed from 2:30 4:15 p.m. every day. This means that you will not be permitted by car into the parking lot for pick up at the end of the school day. Drivers will need to be aware of the no parking/no stopping areas around our school. Options for pick up are:

– Walking (remember, if your child is not bussed, they are deemed a close enough distance from the school for walking less than 1.6 km for grades 4-8 and less than 0.8 km for JK to grade 3). This option also promotes physical activity, and healthy minds and bodies.

– If you need to drive to pick up your child(ren), you may park in the church parking lot and walk to the school.

The school parking lot will remain open in the morning for drop off (since drop off seems to be more staggered). However, we will make the following changes:

– The current pyloned area by the fence will now be considered a “kiss and drop”. That is, you will pull up, drop off your child(ren) without you, yourself getting out of the car. This will still allow for the flow of traffic for cars that are leaving the lot. (see diagram below)

– If you need to get out of your car when dropping off your child, you will need to find a legal parking spot (see diagram below). If there are no legal spots to park, you will have to park at the church and walk your child(ren) to school.

– We are asking you to continue to walk your child(ren) to the gate then remain, if you choose, in the new parent standing area. The new parent standing area will be the area on the sidewalk (by the shed) and this will continue to be sectioned off by pylons.

Please help us to keep our students/your children safe by making sure that the only adults on the actual school yard before, during and at school dismissal are school staff. This allows supervisors to be easily recognized by students who may require assistance and ensures that strangers do not have access to our students.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation in ensuring that our students are safe.

 

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!!!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to St. Agnes this week!  Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to increase your home library and at the same time help out the school library.  Based on sales, the library could make as much as 60% of all sales throughout the fair.

The book fair arrives Thursday November 9th.  The main event is Thursday evening from 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM.  Parent supervision is required.  Children must not be left in the library during interviews.  Students and parents are also welcome to visit November 10th, 13th, 14th and 15th between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

This year we have many payment options available.  We will have a debit/credit machine and are able to accept cash.  For your convenience, you may also purchase gift certificates using the school’s Cash Online payment system.

While at the fair be sure to fill out a ballot to win $25 in books.  Whichever student wins, their teacher will also receive $25 for their classroom.  There will be a draw for a $5 gift certificate in each class when they come to preview the fair on Friday November 9th.

See you at the fair!!

Mrs. Bechtel

St. Agnes School – Christmas Photo by Paula Whitten Photography – November 13 & 15

Merry Little Christmas Minis

Paula Whitten Photography has offered to set up a Christmas Set this year.  You are invited to Paula’s Studio to have a professional Christmas Photo taken against a beautiful winter backdrop.  This is a quick five minute phot session.  For only $10,  you can book your spot through Cash ONLINE for either November 13th or November 15th.    All proceeds go to St. Agnes School to help with our Fitness Frenzy Fundraising efforts.

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Principal’s Message

 

We have some staffing news we wish to share with our school community. We are fortunate to welcome Lisset Jacinto to our staff. Lisset is a settlement worker and she will be working closely with our families who have joined us from other countries, helping them to get settled and comfortable in Waterloo and at St. Agnes.

We will be saying goodbye to Elena Cerilli-Schulz, who will be retiring at the end of November. We thank her for her many years of dedicated service to our students and our school community. We will miss you, Ms. Cerilli-Schulz!

There are many exciting events happening in our school community in the upcoming months… please be sure to look at our school website calendar. Also, please read our classroom newsletters, your children’s D2L class sites, and visit our school website for information about our great school community. We continue to stress our monthly themes of The Umbrella Project. We know that students who have strong umbrella skills have a better chance at success. Please be sure to sign up for newsletters and tips on what you can do at home…  from Dr. Jen Forristal of the Umbrella Project. Click here:

 http://www.umbrellaproject.co/welcome-letter-for-parents/

We look forward to seeing you at your child’s parent/teacher interviews next Thursday, November 9, 2017.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child (ren)’s education or our school community, please do not hesitate to call your child’s classroom teacher or myself at school.

Sincerely,

Gloria Lasovich

 

Empathy Tip – Start a Phone Bin

Technology provides us with a great many benefits but one downfall is its impact on our empathy levels.  When we are immersed in our devices we get less practice with face-to-face interactions, communication and interpreting peoples feelings, all key components of empathy.

To build empathy this week, start to carve out device-free time in your home with a phone bin.  Use it over dinner, while playing a family game or walking to get ice cream.  Have everyone with a device throw it in the bin and just enjoy each other’s company without distraction. Try to find a few chances every week to connect this way.

Time without technology is critical in helping our children develop empathy.  Even before they themselves have these devices, our empathy levels as parents are impacted by this divided attention and we are modelling behaviours that are very important for our child’s future development.  In my home, I find my 7 and 9 year old will ask for this device-free time now.  A great start for when they get their own technology to manage.

St. Agnes School Photo’s

You have received your child’s photo’s from the school this week.  Our supplier had printed on the package that the orders are due on October 16th, that is incorrect.  The photo orders are due back to the school on October 24th,.

 

 

Thank you Volunteers

I would like to extend an appreciation to all of our parent volunteers for the work that went into creating such an amazing day for our kids on Friday for our Fitness Frenzy! The behind the scenes stuff and the work and endless hours that went into planning for this day does not go unnoticed. For over a month ahead of time, things needed to be done and many don’t realize how much effort it takes to pull something off at this magnitude! Our parent volunteers are so wonderful and the St. Agnes community is lucky to have all of them working together like this! If you would like to help out by volunteering  for any of our school events, please click here: Volunteerstagnes@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Gloria Lasovich

St. Agnes Volunteers

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers we have at St. Agnes School!!!  We value and appreciate your commitment of time, energy, and skill in continuing to run many wonderful programs here at St. Agnes School.  The Fitness Frenzy and many other events and opportunities the children experience would not be possible without you!

We need to keep our list of volunteers and their credentials up to date, so If you were part of our volunteer team last year, you will receive a letter with a declaration form to be completed and returned.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers at St. Agnes, please send in a note with your child letting us know.   You will need to provide a police check, the cost of a police check is $20, however we can provide you with a letter from Mrs. Lasovich indicating that the check is needed for volunteering in a school and they will charge $10.

Once again, thank you for volunteering at St. Agnes School.

 

St. Agnes Fitness Frenzy Update- Silent Auction is Open Until Friday October 20th at 5 pm

Despite the rainy start, our 9th Annual Fitness Frenzy turned out to be an amazing event.  What an action-packed day we had with everything from Fencing to Rugby to Martial Arts to Dancing to Hockey to Zumba to Fitness Classes and much, much more….

Our silent auction will be open until Friday – check it out at: St.Agnes Fitness Frenzy2017

St.Agnes Fitness Frenzy2017

Silent auction ‘St.Agnes Fitness Frenzy2017’ hosted online at 32auctions.

 

Please pass this link along to your family and friends!

The wrap-up assembly for the Fitness Frenzy will be on Thursday October 26th.

Thank you for your Support for the Fitness Frenzy 2017!