January/February News

 Administration Message

Our school community continues to focus on strengthening our understanding of the monthly virtues based on the Catholic Graduate Expectations (i.e., I have Ideas, I am a Team Player)  through our interactions and relationships with others. We encourage students to utilize these skills when approaching new learning challenges our changing world presents so that they may become 21st century citizens.

On February 14th – parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive their child’s first term Elementary Provincial Report Card. In November, students received the Elementary Progress Report Card which highlighted the Learning Skills and Work Habits that are necessary to achieve academic success. The Provincial Report Card will review these skills and habits as well as outline your child’s academic development from September to January. Students and parents are asked to complete, sign, and return the bottom portion of page 3 and 4 of the Report Card. There will not be an official time set aside for parent/teacher conferences, however, should you wish to discuss the report card, please contact the teacher directly. Teachers may also contact you to set-up a parent/teacher conference. The next Elementary Provincial Report Card will be issued at the end of June.

All Catholic schools and Catholic school board administrative sites in Waterloo Region will be closed on Monday, February 18th, 2019 to mark Ontario’s twelfth “Family Day” statutory holiday.

Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. We will be having a liturgy at St. Anne’s Parish at 9:40 am 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.

Philip Bruni    &     Sandra Labelle
Principal                  Vice-Principal

Knowledgehook, is now a Board approved “Green Tool” which ensures student information is stored in a secure manner.  This online, interactive math resource will support student learning in grades 3-8. Knowledgehook will provide additional math support and instruction for learning both in the classroom and also for differentiated home-practice. If you have any questions or concerns about this program please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.



Click on link above to register


 will be held at St. Anne Catholic School, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please call Saint Anne School for further information.


 Senior Girls Volleyball

Mrs. Oliveira and Miss Croft would like to congratulate the intermediate girls on making the volleyball team. This year the girls will be participating in league play starting in January 2019. Our goal for the season is to encourage active participation, building team work and encouraging positive team spirit. Our home games are Monday’s afterschool, come on out and support your St. Anne’s Stars!

Best of luck with the season ladies!

#1 Beth                                              #2 Grace M.                          #3 Lila

#4 Marissa                                        #5 Caite                                 #7 Ashia

#10 Aakanksha                                #11 Consy                             #12 Ryan

#14 Olivia S.                                     #15 Grace Jo.                       #16 Julia

#18 Victoria                                      #19 Mackenzie                     #20 Taylor

#22 Olivia R.                                     #25 Emma                             #34 Ava R.

January 2019 Fitbit – SMART Goals in the New Year

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.

Adapted from Unlockfood.ca

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services


February 2019 Fitbit – Cooking with Children

Involving children in menu planning, grocery shopping and food preparation with age-appropriate tasks has huge rewards for the entire family, including spending quality time together, building important life skills and boosting self-confidence. Children are more likely to taste and eat foods they help prepare, and will become better at choosing and eating healthy foods for themselves. Each child is different in their growth, development, and readiness – gradually build on their skills in the kitchen as they are ready and able to do so safely. To help get you started, age appropriate tasks can be found at Unlock Food; some include:

  • Two to three year olds may wash vegetables and fruit and help find ingredients in the kitchen
  • Four to six year olds may stir, slice soft items with a plastic knife (e.g. a banana) and may assemble foods (e.g. yogurt parfaits)
  • Six to eight year olds may use simple kitchen equipment, such as a grater or can opener, after shown how to do so safely and may assemble more complicated recipes (e.g. fresh spring rolls)
  • Eight to eleven year olds may make their own lunches and may use a stove with supervision to make basic recipes (e.g. omelets, quesadillas)

Try making quesadillas as a family; giving your child(ren) age appropriate tasks and letting them provide input on specific ingredients to include.

Basic ingredients:

  • Small amount of vegetable oil
  • Vegetables (e.g. bell peppers, onions, zucchini, corn)
  • Whole grain tortillas
  • Meat or alternative, cooked (e.g. chicken, tofu, black beans, scrambled eggs)
  • Cheese, grated


  1. Lightly coat a skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat, add vegetables and cook until soft, then remove from heat.
  2. Lay tortilla on work surface and sprinkle half the tortilla with chosen meat or alternative, vegetables and cheese, then fold the tortilla to cover.
  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and toast quesadilla, turning once for about two minutes or until golden on both sides.
  4. Cut in triangle slices. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Adapted from Unlockfood.ca

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services


Here’s What to do When the Weather is Bad…

Winter has finally arrived in Waterloo Region! It’s snow season — and that means it’s time to review the WCDSB’s Inclement Weather Policy.

Winter weather can be very unpredictable. So it’s best to be prepared. Here are some key things to remember – because not every day with snow is a snow day:

~~ Bad weather — such as a snow storm, freezing rain or frigid temperatures — is always a possibility during the winter months. It is very important to dress appropriately for the conditions.

~~ During bad weather, schools and school board administrative sites may still be open, even if school buses are cancelled. If you are a walker or you drive your son/daughter to school and decide not to bring them to school when buses are cancelled, it is still your responsibility to advise the main office that they are not attending.

~~ Between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on mornings when inclement weather has been forecast for Waterloo Region, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) — the arm’s length body that coordinates and operates student transportation for the school boards — assesses the current weather conditions, in consultation with local bus companies, if necessary. If a recommendation to cancel transportation (including potential closure of schools) is to be made, the local school boards are contacted and a joint decision is made between STSWR and the boards.

~~ All reasonable efforts are made to announce any cancellation of buses or school closures by 6:00 a.m. Please note that public announcements will only be made if buses are cancelled and / or schools are closed.

~~ It is recommended that parents, guardians, staff and students tune in a local Waterloo Region radio station and also monitor the following online information sources for information about potential closures or cancellations:

STSWR Website: www.stswr.ca/

STSWR Twitter Feed: @STSWR

WCDSB Website: www.wcdsb.ca/

WCDSB Twitter Feed: @WCDSBNewswire