Walking to school is a great way to enjoy the Canadian Winter! Staff and special guests will be meeting students at the corner of Frederick St. and Merner St. at 8:50 am on Wednesday, February 5th to enjoy a walk with them on the way to school. Students who live too far from school, can still join us by getting dropped off at our meeting location. Remember to dress for the weather! Looking forward to an active school journey with many of our Golden Stars!
All Catholic schools and Catholic school board administrative sites in Waterloo Region will be closed on Monday, February 17th, 2020 to mark Ontario’s thirteen “Family Day” statutory holiday.
Please save the date and join us as we host a parent night featuring Dr. Jen Foristell, the founder of the Umbrella Project. On February 20th at 7:00 pm in our gymnasium, Dr. Jen will share with us strategies on how to foster and strengthen the emotional well-being of our children using the foundational skills of the Umbrella Project. Thank you to our School Council for sponsoring this event and providing refreshments. Door prizes are available!
For many years at Saint Anne, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate Shrove Tuesday together as a school community. This year, the Grade 8 students will be hosting a pancake breakfast for each class on February 25th in the gymnasium. Staff and students will enjoy pancakes, applesauce, and juice. As a platinum eco-school, we try our best to ensure the materials we use are compostable and eco-friendly. Thank you to our Grade 8 leaders led by Mrs. McQuinn and Mrs. Miller. We would also like to thank our School Council for supporting this breakfast by providing eco-friendly cutlery, plates, and glasses.
Wednesday, February 26th – is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. We will be having a liturgy at St. Anne’s Parish at 1:30 pm with the distribution of ashes at this time. Please join us if you can. Throughout the seven weeks of Lent, our school will keep the Lenten spirit through almsgiving and sharing what we have with others, being prayerful, making Lenten sacrifices, and doing good deeds for others.
This month’s Umbrella Project theme is Purpose. Living with is a skill and takes practice! Purpose is the reason why we do what we do, the core set of values we live by, and the goals we set for ourselves. When we understand our purpose it can be easier to make decisions and overcome our challenges. This is an essential skill set that we want to instill in our students. Please talk to your children about their purpose and keep the conversation going!
Report cards and Term 2 IEPs will be coming home on February, 13th. Please contact the classroom teachers if you have any questions.
As our first term comes to an end, we will continue to work hard to offer a positive, fulfilling experience for all students, as we strive to meet our school improvement objectives.
P. Bruni S. Labelle
Principal Vice Principal
Rubik’s Cube Stem Challenge
Riley, a grade 8 student from the KW area, has created an amazing challenge for students across the region and has invited the St. Anne junior and intermediate students to participate! His mission is to EMPOWER 5000 kids in KW to break the Guinness World Record for the most people solving the Rubik’s Cube at the same time.
Starting in February, he will be coming into each classroom from grades 4 – 8, to teach students a strategy for solving the Rubik’s cube. He and his team have developed lessons that will reach each student and help them to solve the puzzle.
In June, his plan is to invite 5,000 students from across KW to The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, provide each student with the Rubik’s Cube and have them complete it all at one time. We are so excited to help Riley reach that goal! A huge thank you to our Parent Council for their donation of a class set of Rubik’s Cubes for our library! Students are welcome to bring in a Rubik’s cube if they have one! Riley and his team have noticed a huge difference in the progress when the students have the opportunity to practice in between!
As promised, this year we are excited to share “student-written updates” which will highlight our many Eco activities, action-plans, and successes.
What We Are Doing in ECO
At the start of the year we handed out bins to put markers in when they are dry. We handed out sheets that remind you to turn off your lights when you are not using them. We also handed out reminder cards to open your blinds so you are not wasting electricity.
Siena, Zoey, and Natalie
They are also highlighting one of our many campaigns, Crayola ColorCycle. Working together as a school we recycle all used up markers, keeping a lot of plastic from ending up in landfills.Our Eco team members are highlighting the many reminders and signage given to every class in the school during our “Classroom Visits”.
Did you know that our some of our Eco Team members are submitting a design for a T-Shirt contest. This contest is actually open to one and all. Please read the details below. The Deadline is Friday, January 31st!
St. Anne School Library Learning Commons
The Forest of Reading has started!!
A very BIG Thank You to the St. Anne Parent Council for once again generously supporting the Forest of Reading Literacy Program. The School Library Learning Commons has received 98 new books that our school population will enjoy, read and vote upon for best Canadian Author for 2020 during January to April 2020.
Interest from students is at an all-time high. The Silver Birch Fiction, Express and Red Maple nominated books are flying off the shelf! Students can still register to be in the program until the end of February.
The Grade 8 students will once again create skits from the Blue Spruce nominated books and present to Primary Grades who will then be able to vote on their favorite story. Grade 8 students will also be making the voting boxes this year based on the book selections. Looking forward to viewing all the art that the Forest of Reading is inspiring!
For a complete list of all nominated books please view at this link. http://www.accessola.com/Forest
Please mark May 6, 2020 on your calendars. Festival of Trees will be coming once again to the Kitchener Auditorium from 10:00am – 2:00pm. It is a great day for students to meet their favorite authors and attend workshops.
Students in the Reading Program need to earn their ticket by reading 5 out of 10 books in one category to be eligible to go. We will need many parent volunteers that day! I hope to see you there.
Scholastic Book Orders
You can now order books from Scholastic online on a monthly basis and the book(s) will be delivered to your student through the Library Learning Commons.
Students can pick up flyers from the Library to browse the selections. Please follow the instructions below to have them delivered to the school library.
- Order online at scholastic.ca/canadaclubs
- Scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Look for PARENTS, Connect to a teacher.
- Look up St. Anne School
- Look for Kocevar, Cathy
The first time you will need to set up an account.
The deadline for orders will be the 28th of each month.
All orders are to be paid for through the Scholastic online ordering system.
All orders earn great new books our students want to read!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at
Cathy.Kocevar@wcdsb.ca or 519 745-7847 ext 129 Library
Damaged Books Returned
With the unpredictable weather and water bottles accidentally opening in backpacks we are having many books returned to the library wet or water damaged. If you could remind your child to put borrowed library books in their library bag, a plastic bag or Ziploc bag in their backpacks that would help in keeping them safe.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
February Fit Bit
Enjoying Vegetables All Year Long
It can be challenging to find creative ways to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits throughout our long Canadian winters. Our markets and grocery stores may not be filled with as many local options as they are during warmer seasons. However, you may be surprised by how much local produce is available throughout the winter months in Ontario. Locally produced vegetables such as beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, squash, mushrooms, leeks and sweet potatoes are all available this time of year. Frozen vegetables are another healthy and affordable choice. If you are looking for some inspiration on ways to incorporate vegetables into your family mealtimes this winter, here are a few fun ideas.
Add frozen or winter vegetables to dishes
- Add sweet potato or squash to homemade chili and soups.
- Add shredded cabbage to salads – purple cabbage adds a splash of colour.
- Add leeks or mushrooms to a frittata or omelette.
- Add rutabaga, turnip or celery root to mashed potatoes.
- Blend cooked beets or sweet potatoes into a hummus recipe.
- Add frozen vegetables to stir-fries, soups, casseroles, pasta dishes or serve them as a side dish at meals.
Make winter vegetables fun for kids
- Make roasted parsnip sticks; they are a fun finger food.
- Cut and roast acorn squash in slices that look like smiles.
- Try spiralized sweet potatoes or carrots as a fun new way to serve these vegetables.
- Roast sweet potato or butternut squash medallions and let kids use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
Find some winter vegetable inspiration in the recipes below
- Cabbage and Peanut Butter Chicken Stir-Fry
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Pork, Apple and Cabbage Barley Casserole
- Crunchy Turkey Fingers with Oven Fries
- Bean-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Visit Foodland Ontario’s availability guide to find out when Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season: https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide.