Wow! What a great start of the school year! We have had an excellent transition from summer to fall. September has come and gone, and we are very fortunate at Saint Anne’s to welcome many new faces and families to our wonderful school community. The students arrived ready to learn and many special events and activities have already taken place in our school. A huge thank you to all the staff that make all these special events possible for our students! It was amazing to see so many of our school community at our Meet the Teacher/Staff Night BBQ. We have an outstanding staff at this school and when students see their classroom teacher and parents working together to support their academic progress, only good things can happen!
At Saint Anne’s we use Twitter as one form of communication for our home-school connections. Many of our teachers have twitter accounts too. Twitter allows us to model positive use of social media while we connect with our greater school community about the good things that are happening within our ever-growing school community. If you have a twitter account you can follow us in real time as we post good news, new learning and school updates. If you do not have a twitter account, you can always follow along with the tweets on our school website.
Our school year theme of “People of Faith” continues to be vibrant and alive within the school. We had out first Faith assembly this past Friday and our students are working on being responsible citizens for the month of October.
“Faith Lives, Faith Loves, Faith Grows”
On behalf of the staff, we would like to extend a happy and blessed Thanksgiving to each member of our school community
Philip Bruni & Vella Giglio-Chiasson
Our Platinum EcoTeam is up and running once again! We have a big team full of returning members as well as some eager new faces, but remember – ALL of us including students, staff, and families at home help to make our school eco-friendly.
Our bin collection program has begun which means students can recycle using our blue and white bins, and compost using our green bins. Boomerang lunch means all garbage that comes from home will be sent back home.
Also, please remember that we have “Banned the Bottle” and “Cut the Cutlery,” meaning only reusable water bottles and cutlery should be sent to school.
Our Walking Wednesday campaign begins this month and runs all year. If your child walks (or wheels!) to school on Wednesday, they get to sign their class’ Walking Wednesday shoe. And since winter will be here before we know it, get all the walks and wheels in that you can this fall!
Stay green, Golden Stars!
HARD CANDIES FOR CANADIAN FOOD FOR CHILDREN
As a way of sharing our good fortune with others in need, St. Anne Catholic School will be collecting hard candy to donate to children in the third world. When a child has been starving he or she often may lose the desire to eat even when food is presented to them. The sweet flavour of a candy can entice these starving children to eat again. Canadian Food for Children sends these candies over to children in many countries. The candies need to be hard (like suckers) and individually wrapped. (Chocolate and gum will melt on the trip overseas.)
Students are asked to consider donating some items from their Halloween Candy to help these children. Donations will be accepted here at school from November 1 – to November 6. Please send your donation to Mrs. Diemert’s room 108.
Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
Fitbit For October 2018
Fall for Squash
Crisp fall weather provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. There are many great ways to keep active as a family, such as exploring the beautiful trails in our Region, playing in the leaves or walking through the neighbourhood to look at Halloween decorations.
Visiting local farms can also be a great way to enjoy the fall. Take a hayride or walk through a corn maze. Visit the fields to pick your own pumpkin or a variety of other winter squash such as buttercup, butternut, spaghetti and acorn. When picking out winter squash, pick ones that feel heavy and have a dry surface without any soft spots or bruises. After bringing them home, you can store whole, un-cut squash in a cool, dry place for two to four months. There are many ways that winter squash can be part of a healthy meal or snack. They can be steamed, grilled, microwaved or roasted, and used in a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, pastas, pancakes and more. Check out the recipe below:
Avocado, Roasted Squash and Black Bean Tacos
Makes: 4 servings
1 butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 – 540 ml can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp cumin, ground
½ tsp chili powder
8 tortillas, small
1 avocado, diced
½ cup cheese (cheddar, shredded or feta, crumbled)
Optional fresh cilantro, hot sauce and lime slices
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Peel squash, cut it in two and remove the seeds. Dice into equal pieces (about 1 inch/2.5 cm).
- Place the squash cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 1½ tbsp olive oil; add salt, pepper and paprika. Roast for 25 minutes.
- In a saucepan, sauté ½ tbsp olive oil and the minced garlic over low to medium heat. Add the sliced bell peppers and sauté for approximately five minutes until the peppers are tender.
- Add the black beans, ground cumin, chili powder and ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for approximately five minutes or until the beans are well heated and soft.
- In the warmed oven, heat the tortillas for a few minutes, or microwave them for 20 seconds.
- Top the tortillas with roasted squash, bell peppers, black beans, avocado and cheese. Serve with fresh cilantro, hot sauce and lime slices, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Dietitians of Canada: www.cookspiration.com
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