Welcome to March! This past week, we entered into our Lenten season by enjoying delicious pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Many thanks to our grade 8 students who prepared and served pancakes to our school community. Thank you to Mrs. McQuinn, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Little for organizing this event as it is something that the students always look forward to. During Lent, God invites us to open our hearts toward others and to be renewed in our thoughts and in our actions. On Ash Wednesday, February 26th, we experienced a beautiful Liturgy of the Eucharist, celebrated by our pastor, Father Brian and led by Mrs. Pacosz and Madame Schnute Grade 1 classes. It was proclaimed by the Grade 1 students at mass that we will try very hard to pray, help others and follow the footsteps of Jesus. Lent is a time for reflection, prayer, making sacrifices, and doing good deeds for others.
Our Grade two students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, March 3rd – at 6:00 p.m. at St. Anne Parish. Please keep these students and their families in your prayers during this special time.
Our Umbrella Project theme for the month of March is “Kindness.” Kindness is a skill and takes practice! This quality is about being friendly, generous and considerate, the act of showing someone you care, demonstrating goodwill towards something or someone, or performing acts of a good and caring nature. When we are kind and intentionally perform acts of kindness we get a boost in our own wellbeing and happiness. It feels good to help others and it helps us focus on the positive things in our lives. It’s win-win!
The safety and security of all of our students and staff is very important to us. Please remember to follow all safety rules and procedures when dropping off and picking up your children both in our school and the parking lot. When entering the school, we ask that you sign in at the main office and wait in the lobby for your child to meet you there. As we continue to provide a safe environment for all our students, it is essential that all parents follow this protocol. We appreciate your continued support as we continue to embrace this initiative. Please stay tuned in the next couple of weeks to some changes happening in the parking lot and bus loading zones to ensure the safety of all students.
As we begin to plan for the next school year, we are asking that if you have not yet enrolled your children at our school and have intentions too, or if you are moving over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. Next year’s enrollment numbers are frequently requested and submitted to the Board at this time of year so that the number of classrooms required for Saint Anne can be determined. We appreciate your support in keeping us up-to-date!
May God bless all of you and help us to keep a Holy Lent.
P. Bruni S. Labelle
There is a reason St. Anne’s Kitchener School is a Platinum Eco-School. We not only have an amazing ECO team, but we also have an amazing ECO school community. Recently we celebrated Shrove Tuesday. Every single item, right down to the plates, cups, and forks were able to go in our Green bins! Forks and cups made from plant-based materials reduced our environmental footprint for this school-wide event. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. McQuinn, Mrs. Miller, and the Grade 8’s for their leadership, as well as parent council for purchasing these amazing products.
In celebration of World Water Day (March 22), during the month of March, we will be inviting our school to take part in The Great Gulp by planning a school-wide, synchronized drink of tap water from a reusable bottle, glass, or mug. We will take a synchronized gulp of tap water to raise awareness about drinking water and the importance of reducing single-use plastic bottles! We will post more information closer to the date.
An Eco Lenten Fast
Is your family looking for some Eco-friendly fasting ideas this Lenten season? Check out these great ideas posted on The Weather Network:
A plastic fast. Consider giving up plastic straws, replacing your shopping bags with canvas, and bringing cutlery to work or school.
A purchase fast. Buying new can create a lot of packaging. If you need something, see if you can borrow from someone before heading to the store.
A trash fast. Lent is a good time to look at the waste generated in your home and see if there are any ways to reduce it.
A takeout fast. Challenge yourself to eat at home and use up everything that’s in your fridge before buying new groceries.