A warm welcome back is extended to all of our families within the Saint Anne Roman Catholic Elementary School Community. We certainly hope that the holiday season was one filled with memorable moments and wonderful blessings.
January is the month of new beginnings. The word “January” comes from the Latin word “Jana”, which means “doorway.” January is the year’s doorway, an entrance into a bright new beginning. Here at St. Anne School, we are focusing on the occasion January brings to us all – a chance to renew our commitment to God, to others and to ourselves. We encourage our parents to further this discussion at home with their child(ren). Take advantage of this opportunity to reflect with your child(ren) how fortunate and blessed we are and that we must strive to do our best with the talents and blessings God has bestowed upon us. As well, encourage your child(ren) to continue to embrace our Catholic values to treat others the way we would like to be treated.
It was great to see so many of you at our School Advent Mass, Christmas Concert and all Christmas events during the month of December. Thanks for sharing in our school spirit and supporting our school initiatives to continue to allow the students to share their talents and gifts in different ways.
It was incredible to witness so many generous donations that went towards the Angel Tree and food drive. Saint Anne School Community certainly demonstrated the call to service through their acts of kindness, and sincere appreciation is extended to all.
Our Umbrella Project theme this month is on building authenticity. Authenticity is our ability to be our genuine selves, staying true to our values and beliefs, while still adapting to the world around us. Authenticity comes from having actions that match the words we say and not trying to be someone else to impress others. Authenticity helps us to feel confident in ourselves and it improves others ability to trust us, a characteristic highly valued in leaders. It also helps us create strong friendships and is a very important part of well-being. Please save the date of Thursday, February 20th, where Dr.Jen, the founder of the Umbrella Project, will be hosting a parent evening with us to share insights and strategies on how to build these skills in our children. Stay tuned for more information.
As we begin another year, let us take the time to celebrate, and remember to be grateful for our many blessings, reflect on what was good during the past year, perhaps what was not so good, and what we want to do differently in this New Year.
P. Bruni S. Labelle
Principal Vice Principal
French Immersion Parent Information Night
Want to know more about signing up for the French Immersion program? We are offering a parent information session on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 5-6pm in the library/gym. All parents of children in SK are invited to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
TO PARENTS OF CHILDREN BORN IN 2016
[Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) Registration] AND
PARENTS OF CHILDREN BORN IN 2015
[Kindergarten (Year 2) Registration for children who have not attended Year 1]
Registration for September 2020 will be held:
Saint Anne Catholic School
Wednesday, February 19th
8am – 7pm
The mother, father or legal guardian of the child being registered for Kindergarten Year 1 or Year 2 is asked to visit our website at wcdsb.ca to register their child(ren) for Kindergarten. You will start by completing our online registration and you will follow up with a visit to the school to complete the registration process. If you do not have internet access, we invite you to be present at the above noted place and time. When you visit the school, the following will be required: a birth certificate or other legal proof of your child’s age and a Catholic Baptismal Certificate of either parent or child. The child who is being registered is welcome to visit the school at the time of registration. If you are a non-Catholic, but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren), please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy; https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/policies-and-administrative-procedures/admissions-to-elementary-school-apa001/.
Parents are encouraged to arrange a visit to a family physician for a hearing and vision screening prior to the child’s entry to school.
Children with special needs (e.g., speech and language, vision, hearing, intellectual) should register in the school in their home area.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act, 1982 states that the Region of Waterloo Public Health must have a record of your child’s immunization in order to attend school in Ontario. School Immunization reporting will now occur online at regionofwaterloo.ca. If you choose not to list immunizations for your child, you must contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 x. 5003 for exemption information.
January 2020 – Role-Modeling Healthy Habits
Parents and caregivers… are you sending your children mixed messages about healthy living?
- Do you talk about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school, then rush out the door with only a coffee in hand?
- Do you talk about your weight and skip meals because you are on a diet?
- Do you encourage your children to choose water when thirsty but drink pop when you want a beverage?
Though you may not realize it, children watch the adults in their lives very closely. Being a positive role model and modeling healthy behaviours for your children will help them to develop healthy habits for life. Here are a few things you can do to lead by example:
- Follow Canada’s food guide and eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal and snack, while limiting highly processed foods (like cookies, chips, processed meats and fruit drinks).
- Avoid saying you don’t like a food. Children are constantly exploring the flavours of new foods. Talking positively about foods allows them to develop their own food preferences.
- Embrace that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Practice healthy behaviors (like eating well) to help you feel good, not for weight control.
- Accomplish a goal lately? Reward yourself with non-food items, like spending time with a friend, attending an art class or reading a new book.
- Participate in physical activity for the lifelong health benefits, the pleasure of moving your body, or because you enjoy the sport, rather than to justify a food treat afterwards.
- Focus on fun! Plan celebrations around activities you enjoy, instead of the foods you want to eat.
- Turn off your phone and be present during meals.
- Be open to trying new foods. Try making a new recipe together, like this lentil salad:
Zesty Rice and Lentil Salad
Makes six servings
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 cups water
2 whole lemons, all zest and juice
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp black pepper
1 can (19 oz.) green or brown lentils, drained and rinsed
1 whole bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), diced
2 cups kale, chopped
1 whole apple or pear, cored and diced
- Cook brown rice according to package directions (usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups water).
- In small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger, Dijon mustard and pepper to make a dressing.
- Add lentils, cooked rice, bell pepper, kale and apple or pear to a large mixing bowl and gently stir to combine.
- Pour dressing over salad and gently stir to combine. Chill before serving, if desired.
Adapted from the Niagara Region You’re the Chef program and available in the Region of Waterloo Healthy Eating Recipe Book.
Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.