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Christmas Cafe: Cookies & Baked Goods request

St. Agnes Staff & our Catholic School Advisory Council are excited to welcome you to our Christmas Café & Open House on Friday December 13th.

We will be serving coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the gym.  You can enter the gym through the doors nearest the parking lot on Neilson Avenue at the front of the school.  If you would like to bring some cookies or baking to share, please feel free to do so.  Please make sure all items are labelled with an ingredient card as a consideration for food allergens.  You can drop off goodies as early as 8 AM on Friday, December 13th.  As a reminder, St. Agnes is a nut- free school.

Please open the attachment below for a detailed invitation and RSVP link.

Christmas Cafe invite

We are looking forward to a fantastic Christmas gathering, and we hope you are able to join us!

December 5th update

Spiritual Development Day: Friday December 6th, 2019

All school and administrative sites across the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be closed on Friday December 6th, 2019. This is our board wide Spiritual Development day. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather as a Catholic system to nurture and celebrate our faith. Students will not be at school or extended day programs on Friday December 6th.

Fitness Frenzy

A heartfelt thank you to our Fitness Frenzy co-leads Nancy Gawel & Melissa Henderson for all the work and tireless effort that went into making this school wide fundraiser a tremendous success. We had fantastic support from our community members, and parent/ guardian volunteers all day long. Our guest instructors and St. Agnes staff made sure the day was eventful and engaging for our students. Many hands make light work, for sure!

The final total for our fundraiser was $7680. Thank you to all our families who were able to contribute to our fundraiser. Your generosity will go a long way toward supplementary classroom resources, guest speakers for students, and enhanced learning opportunities for students (e.g., Scientists in Schools). Should we have any additional funds we will allocate these monies toward offsetting student expenses such as the equalization of student agendas, bussing, and field trips.  We are truly grateful to all for your support with Fitness Frenzy.

Advent Resources for Families

Have you been looking for ways to engage in meaningful family oriented Advent themed activities? Well look no further! We have a great resource for you to use at home.

Busted Halo is a unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.

Our vision is for a more joyful and meaningful experience of Catholicism that positively impacts people’s lives. At Busted Halo, we aim to bring the joy of the Gospel to all people in innovative and creative ways. Through articles, video, podcasts, radio, and social media, we aspire to help Catholics embrace their faith more fully. We value the experiences and questions of people seeking to better understand their faith and offer resources to better comprehend and share the richness of the Catholic faith.

APH 008: Inclement Weather procedures

Below is a summary of important points regarding our school board policies related to Inclement Weather. Please reference this policy for detailed information regarding cancellations and early dismissals.

  • We will reference www.weather.ca for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N2J 2M3) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.
  • Students cannot arrive on school property prior to 8:45am as there is no supervision on the yard or in the building prior to this time. Students will not be allowed in to the building prior to 8:45am on extreme cold days.

It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.

  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snowpants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child we are happy to help out. We have a number of items (new & gently used) that have been donated to our school to assist families in need.

School Bus Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

All arrangements and decisions regarding student transportation are coordinated by Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. For detailed information regarding the procedures for Inclement Weather and Student Transportation decisions please refer to STSWR Inclement Weather 2019-20 .

It is extremely important for parents/ guardians to subscribe to the STSWR email notification service to be informed of any delays to your child’s transportation. Please do not call the school when your child’s bus is running late as we have no control over transportation delays. We subscribe to the STSWR Twitter feed and email notifications and therefore, receive the same updates as families through this subscription service. Please add this subscription to your personal email service to receive up to date information.

Student Illness

It is the time of year when many students contract common colds, strep throat, and influenza. In order to prevent the spread of germs and illness we encourage proper and regular hand washing procedures as outlined by the Region of Waterloo Public Health Unit. We also adhere to their “Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Infections Diseases in Schools”. It is imperative that parents/ guardians keep children home when they are not well. If your child has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, they should not return to school until 24 hours have passed since their last episode. While this presents challenges for working families it is critical that sick children stay home. We will send children home if they report having vomited the night before as this is a Public Health guideline meant to keep all staff and students safe. We appreciate your cooperation with this expectation.

 

WCDSB schools OPEN December 4th, 2019

As you may have heard, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has announced plans for a one-day strike on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

OSSTF does not represent any staff working in our elementary and secondary schools, therefore all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be open and running on their normal schedules tomorrow.

WCDSB teaching staff are represented by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and negotiations with the province are still on-going. We are hopeful the two sides will reach a fair and respectful collective agreement.

However, OSSTF does represent some staff working at our St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, and the one day strike will result in the following programs and services being CLOSED on December 4:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all campuses.
  • Language Instruction for New Canadians (LINC) classes at all campuses.
  • Literacy Basic Skills (LBS) classes – also known as CorE classes – at all campuses.
  • Spots for Tots childcare and LINC Childminding sites at both the both the Downtown Kitchener Main Campus and the Highland Road campus.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All other St. Louis programs will be running on normal schedules.

Please join us!

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.

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/