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January Fit Bit

The New Year is often a time of reflection and many people think about their health. Setting SMART goals is a great way to help you make changes individually or together as a family.

SMART goals are:

Specific: A general goal such as “eating healthier” can mean something very different from one person to the next. Focusing your goal can be helpful; for example your focus may be “eating more vegetables and fruit.”

Measurable: Set goals that allow you to track your progress. It would be difficult to measure “eating healthier,” but something like “include a vegetable or fruit with each meal and snack” is easier to monitor.

Action-oriented: Focus your goals on the actions you will take to be successful. If lunchtime has been a challenge, the action may be “include a side salad or raw vegetable sticks at lunch and pack a fruit for snack.”

Realistic: Building healthy habits takes time and practice. Choose goals that are manageable. When you have achieved that goal, you can set a new one! Consider possible challenges that may get in the way and be prepared with strategies to overcome them.

Time-based: Including a timeline in your goal will help you stay on track and motivated to keep moving forward! For example, try “including a vegetable or fruit at each meal and snack for a week,” then take the time to check-in and assess how it is going.

Other family-friendly healthy eating SMART goal examples:

  1. Replace your household white bread with whole grain bread for a week.
  2. Include legumes in meals on “Meatless Mondays” for one month.
  3. Plan and prepare one new recipe as a family each week for one month.

St. Agnes Advent Celebration and Christmas Concert

Dear St. Agnes Families:

 

The St. Agnes Christmas program traditionally has been an evening Concert followed by a Family Social for our entire school community and their families. Due to scheduling conflicts, and despite our very best efforts, we have been unable to secure a venue large enough to accommodate an evening Christmas Concert this year.

Each classroom is preparing a performance for a daytime Christmas Concert that will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, December 20th in our school gymnasium. The Kindergarten Christmas Concert will begin at 1:15 P.M., followed by a brief intermission, allowing parents to leave, if they wish and the arrival of parents for our Grade 1-8 Concert which will begin at 2:00 PM.

St. Agnes School Council would also like to invite you and your family to join in the Family Advent Mass at 7:00 P.M. at St. Agnes Church. Immediately, following mass, we will be hosting a Family Social in the church basement.

Come celebrate our faith and the joy of the Christmas Season. We hope that you can join us next Thursday for both important events. Thank you for your continued support of St. Agnes School.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Tim Lowenberger               Denise Porter                                  Melissa Henderson

Acting Principal                   School Council Co-chair                School Council Co-chair

Prayers for the Lasovich Family

It is with sadness that we share with you that Mrs. Lasovich’s daughter Carly died today.

Carly is a graduate from St Luke Elementary and St David High School with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.  She was a student who brought so much joy to everyone she encountered.  Her loving smile and her laughter was infectious. 

Lord, our community is grieving.  Help us with our sadness and give strength to all that suffer in their time of loss.

Students and staff will be praying for Carly and Mrs. Lasovich on Monday and our Advent liturgy on Friday will be celebrated in honor of the Lasovich family. 

The flag at St Agnes will fly at half-staff as a sign of love and respect for Carly.

Please continue to pray for Carly, Mrs. Lasovich, their family and the rest of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board community during this very sad time.

 

St. Agnes Staff

 

Angel Day is Friday

Friday will be our traditional St. Agnes Angel Day.  Children are encouraged to dress in red, white or green to celebrate the day.

Tuesday November 27th Is National Giving Tuesday

In honour of this day of giving, we are distributing Nutrition for Learning Cards that invite you to attach a Toonie to them and return them to the school on Tuesday November 27th.  All funds received will go directly to our St. Agnes school breakfast program.

The St. Agnes breakfast program is run daily, offering nutritious foods to all our students. This community style of program takes the stigma away from participating in the program and makes it easy for those in need to be able to focus on their learning rather than their hunger. 

If you are interested in providing other assistance to our school breakfast program, please reach out to us via volunteerstagnes@gmail.com.

 

The Umbrella Project Parent Workshop – Reminder (November 20th)

Umbrella Skills empower your child to take on life and its challenges by developing positive coping skill for health, happiness and future success.

You are invited to a series of FREE workshops with Dr. Jen Forristal founder of The Umbrella Project. At these workshops, we will focus on the Umbrella Project skill that is highlighted for the month and how you could help your child with development of this skill at home. You are welcome to join us for one, two or all the workshops.

Our first workshop is November 20th, 6:00-7:00 PM on “Grit” –  How To Be Strong In Tough Situations.

If you would like to join us and have not already sent an RSVP to the school, please send in a note to confirm you will be attending.

 

WE ALL HAVE AN UMBRELLA

… Life isn’t always sunny, and we spend a lot of energy wishing the storm clouds away, instead of properly protecting ourselves from the rain

Announcement

Please join us in congratulating Sandra Labelle who has been appointed Vice-Principal of St. Anne’s School in Kitchener. We wish to thank Mrs. Labelle for the genuine care and dedication that she has consistently given to the students at St. Agnes School over the past 6 years. Mrs. Labelle poured her heart and soul into our school community and regularly did so much for the entire school. We will certainly miss her, and we wish her the best in this next chapter of her career.

St Agnes Church Christmas Pageant

St. Agnes Church is looking for students, ages 6-12 years old, to participate in the Christmas Pageant. If you and your child are interested, please register (must be in person) at St. Agnes Church on November 25 between 1-2 p.m.