During the season of Lent, the students of Saint Anne have done many extra things and said special prayers to prepare themselves for the feast of Easter on Sunday, April 21st. Please celebrate the Easter Season with us at our Bread Ceremony led by Mrs. McQuinn and Mr. Delic and their grade 7 classes on Holy Thursday, April 18th at 9:45 am in our school gymnasium. Following the Bread Ceremony, in the afternoon at 2:45 pm – Mr. Eulenberg and his grade 8 students will lead us in a Stations of the Cross presentation. You are also invited to our School Easter Mass on Thursday, April 25th at 1:30 pm at St. Anne Parish. We hope to see you there!
April will be a very busy month as we also begin preparations for our Earth Week (April 23 – April 26). Please note that our annual Catholic Education Week is also going to be here quickly and will take place during the second week of May. Please watch for more information about all the activities taking place during Catholic Education Week and join us when you can.
Our staff are continuously amazed at how our “Golden Stars” are supporting each other, and growing academically each and every day. We see students using strategies in math to better support their learning, we see students encouraging a friend to continue to try when things get difficult and we always encounter students willing to offer a helping hand when needed. Let’s keep it up Golden Stars!
Our Grade 4s will be completing the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test this month. This test is a valuable tool for educators and parents. It assists us toward further identifying your child(ren)’s learning strengths and needs. Our Grade 7s will be completing the Canadian Achievement Test this month. The CAT-4 provides a useful snapshot of each student’s basic skills in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
Are you moving? We have begun the preliminary planning of the school organization for this September and need to know enrolment estimates for the upcoming school year. If you are moving over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. Next year’s enrolment numbers are frequently requested and submitted to the Board at this time of year so that the number of classrooms required for Saint Anne School can be determined. Thank you keeping us up-to-date!
Over the past few weeks, staff, students, and parents have participated in the our School Climate Survey. If you have not do so yet, you still have an opportunity as the survey is open until April 5th. Thank you to everyone who shared their voice.
May God bless all of you and help us to keep a Holy Lent.
Philip Bruni & Sandra Labelle
Visitors in the School
Parents/Guardians are asked to help make our school a safe one by remembering the following guidelines. Throughout the day, schools often have many visitors who enter the school. The Board policy is that all visitors to a school must sign in at the main office. This policy is designed to protect children from coming into contact with a stranger. If you are coming to school during the day to meet your child(ren), please go directly to the office to sign in. Your understanding is much appreciated.
Spring Food Drive – St Anne Cares
During this time of almsgiving, St Anne school will help support those in need by having a SPRING FOOD DRIVE. As we reflect and make our Lenten promises, we often think of giving something up but we are also called to be kind and help those in need. The food drive will run from April 1 to April 11, and all non-perishable food items will be donated to St. Anne church. Thank you for your support!
WCDSB Skills Challenge
On February 27th and 28th, our Junior and Intermediate Skills teams participated in the WCDSB Elementary Skills Challenge at Conestoga College. Our teams spent hours preparing by planning and problem solving to complete design projects in a variety of technological areas. During challenge day, teams worked together to solve design problems around the theme “Kids Helping Kids in Our Community.” Some of the challenges included coding an app for students to locate health information, developing prosthetics to help an injured dog, programming a robot to pick up garbage from the schoolyard, and designing a community park.
The challenge was a great opportunity for our teams to collaborate and demonstrate critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills while developing an awareness of community issues that affect students. Congratulations and a big thank-you to all of our Skills Challenge teammates who represented St. Anne with determination and dignity:
3D Printing – Evva, Theo, Alexandra, Nicky, Olivia, Lauren, Declan, Josh; Coding – Lauren, Luca, Kailie, Ava, Mackenzie, Taylor, Noah, Kiara; Video Editing – My Lan, Brooklyn, Dario, Fady, Gabriel, Cecily; Lego Mechanics – Gavin, Ava, Victoria, Dorian, Kayley, James, Aaryan, Ghassan; Lego Robotics – Gavin, Ava, Victoria, Dorian, Victoria, Caleb, Xenia, Adam; Construction – Ella, Grace, Mikaela, My Chau; Technology – Olivia, Naomi, Olivia, Victoria
You are all Stars!
Spring is finally here! And our EcoTeam has a very exciting School Ground Greening project planned…food gardens!
That’s right, St. Anne’s, the EcoTeam is working towards bringing 2 raised garden beds to our school to plant veggies for our school and neighbourhood community.
Our goal is to plant one bed this spring, and another bed next fall. What kinds of vegetables would you like us to grow???
Stay tuned for more details, and stay green, Golden Stars!
Autism Reality Experience
St Anne will be hosting a guest speaker and reality experience on Monday April 29th. Austin Riley, a 20-year-old race car driver with autism, and his father Jason Riley, speak about the challenges he has faced and how he has continued to overcome them. Austin has teamed up with A.R.E (Autism Reality Experience), a Toronto-based company that has created an experience that allows participants to more authentically understand what it is like to live with autism.
Austin and Jason will speak to students in grades 1 through 8 in the morning, and A.R.E. will set up their ‘reality experience’ (which will run in 20-minute sessions for staff and parents only) for the remainder of the school day.
Parents and family members are invited to attend this event, including the presentation, expo, and debriefing. RSVP to Kerry Charron via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Monday April 29, 2019
- St Anne CES Gymnasium
- Presentation at 9:15am
- Expo and Debriefing 10:00am to 3:30pm
For more information
Choir members have been busy getting ready for this holy time of Lent. The students did an awesome job singing at our Ash Wednesday Liturgy and learned a beautiful new song, “Draw Me Close.” We are preparing for our Easter mass and will spend some lunch recesses practicing hard. Kudos to these amazing kids for their hard work and dedication. We have also been throwing in some modern songs from the radio into our playlist and the students are really enjoying their time singing together. Way to go, STARS!
Junior & Intermediate Dance
Our Saint Anne Junior and Intermediate Stars have been busting some moves in the Jazz, Hip hop and Ballet dance clubs! Trial classes are now over, and practices have become mandatory because we are learning choreography for our final pieces! Stay tuned for more information about our performance!
April 2019 Fitbit – Family Meal Time
Make meal time family time. Families that eat together tend to have better eating habits and eat more vegetables and fruits. Turn off the TV, put away electronic devices like smartphones and tablets and sit down at the table together.
Sitting down together for a meal is a great opportunity to check in with each other and share stories about your day. Eating together also provides an opportunity for positive role modeling, while encouraging healthy habits. Make meal time family time; you’ll be glad you did!
Try making this easy and delicious dish with your family. Talk about where each food item came from and how the meal was made.
Makes 4 servings
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 cup (250 mL) onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt
1 can (540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups (750 mL) sweet potatoes, diced
1 cup (250 mL) canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable stock, or water
Optional toppings: cheese, shredded
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Sauté onions, garlic and bell pepper for about 3 minutes.
- While stirring, add chili powder, cumin, salt and black beans until fragrant.
- Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked.
- If chili is too thick, add ½ cup of water.
- Optional: top individual servings with yogurt or shredded cheese.
Adapted from Unlockfood.ca
More tips for healthy eating habits with your family, visit Health Canada
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