Our theme this month is “I AM A Believer” is formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection, and moral living. We demonstrate this virtue in a variety of ways including integrating faith with life, going to church and praying before meals or before bed. Additionally, showing that we believe in our faith by asking questions about our faith and acting as Jesus would are great characteristics of this virtue. Congratulations to all our pin winners for February for being team players.
This month, we enter into our Lenten season reflecting on giving, praying and fasting. Lent is a time to look at our lives and see what needs changing in order for us to be closer to God. It is a time to say “I am sorry for my sins. I will try and do better,” and a special time of prayer and forgiveness. We remember that Jesus died for us.
We kick off our Lenten season with Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday this coming Tuesday, March 5th! Thank you to Mrs. McQuinn, support staff and her Grade 7 students for volunteering to prepare pancakes so that we can make this special celebration happen again this year for our students. On Wednesday, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday at the church with a liturgy beginning at 9:45 am. Please feel free to join us.
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 continued to embrace this initiative.
Thank you again for your overall continued support, as we implement strategies at our school to set students up for success and that are in their best interests. It is very important for our students to know that we have a constant home/school connection. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us.
God bless all of your family and friends during this Lenten Season.
Philip Bruni & Sandra Labelle
Spring is just around the corner and our EcoTeam is getting ready for our next big project…food gardens! That’s right, St. Anne’s, this spring we will be receiving 3 raised garden beds! We are hard at work researching what foods we want to plant both this spring and next fall. Stay tuned for more details!
In the meantime, we are still working hard every day to keep our school as eco-friendly as possible. We’d like to send a special thanks to Mrs. McQuinn and the Grade 7’s who worked very hard to plan an extremely eco-friendly Pancake Tuesday by producing as little waste as possible. You are great role models in our school!
Stay green, Golden Stars!
Intermediate Boys Basketball
We had a challenging season. With many of our practices and games being cancelled or rescheduled. However, the boys learned to play as team and support each other even when the scoreboard wasn’t in our favour. Mr. Kandilas and Mr. Pickett would like to thank the boys for their efforts.
Gr. 8: Cooper, Kensten, Alex, Declan
Gr. 7: Evan Weiler, Evan Gruztmacher, Gabe, Cole, Owen, Ghassan
Gr 6: Kysyn, Matt, Marcus, Theo
A special thanks goes out to Mr. Kandilas and Mr. Pickett for an amazing job coaching.
Intermediate Girls Volleyball
Mrs. Oliveira and Miss Croft would like to congratulate the Intermediate Girls on an amazing season. Each week, the girls showed their dedication by attending morning and lunch practices. Their team-spirit shone through each game and we are very proud of their accomplishments. We would like to thank all of the wonderful parents and siblings who came out to support us each game. And a very special thanks to the parents who took the time to drive us to our away games. Without parental support, we could not have made this season happen!
#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.
A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Oliveira and Miss Croft for an amazing job coaching.
- After coming in 1st Place in Round One in the Knights of Columbus Free throw, Gabe R. stayed for the Finals at 3 pm. He came in 2nd at the Finals with a score of 16 baskets, 1st place winner scored 17.
- Congratulations to Aakanksha M. who entered the Polar Expressions Publishing Contest. Her story has been selected in the first round of judging. St. Anne’s is proud of Aakanksha’s accomplishments and we wish her luck in the final round of judging, where she has the chance to have her story published.
- Félicitations aussi to our Concours Oratoire winners who competed in the WCDSB speaking competition. Winners include: Julia B. (1st), Sophie Z. (2nd), London A. and Breanne B. (3rd place). Julia will represent our school in Toronto in the spring! Bravo also to participants Emily R., Alexandra R., Beth L., and Evva M.
March 2019 Fitbit – Canada’s New Food Guide
In January, Health Canada released the new Canada’s Food Guide. The new Food Guide provides evidence-based dietary guidance for healthy Canadians, two years of age and older. The recommendations in the new Food Guide include consideration of traditional foods, cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and the need to limit highly processed foods. The old rainbow has been replaced with a photo of a plate featuring healthy food choices and eating habits. The “all in one” paper tool has been replaced with a number of online resources.
The Food Guide encourages Canadians to:
- make half of their plate vegetables and fruit and include a vegetable or fruit with every snack
- choose whole grain foods including whole grains like quinoa and brown or wild rice, and whole grain products such as pasta and bread
- eat protein foods such as eggs, lean meat and poultry, nuts and seeds, fish and shellfish, lower-fat unsweetened dairy products, beans, peas and lentils as well as food and beverages made from soy
- make water their drink of choice
- limit highly processed foods that contain added sodium, sugar and saturated fat such as sugary drinks, fast food, fried food, frozen entrées, processed meats, and baked goods such as muffins, buns and cakes
The recommendations also go beyond food. The new guide provides advice on how to eat, such as cooking more often, enjoying your food and eating meals with others. There is also a section on healthy eating at school that provides tips on planning, preparing and choosing healthy school meals and snacks.
Take a look at the new Food Guide at Canada.ca/FoodGuide and enjoy planning and preparing one of the delicious recipes and eating a meal together.
Photo is a copy of a version from Health Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/canada-food-guide/resources/resources-download.html).
Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
Skills Ontario Summer Camp
Skills Ontario Summer Camp is a week-long day program for students entering grades 7-9. Campers explore skilled trade and technology career as they build, fix, design and create their way through this fun camp experience. Please find the attached poster for more information on dates and locations.
Cost is $225 per week per participant.
Visit Skills Ontario Camp to register!