February has arrived bringing with it longer days and hopefully warmer weather. The majority of the Groundhogs believe spring will spring sooner than later!
Saint Anne school continues to be full with activity. From google hangouts to kids learning code our students are always entering into new learning activities. We are truly blessed to have creative and dedicated staff members who take pleasure in leading learning and learning along with the students.
In February, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. Lent is a season of reflection and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection. Shrove Tuesday occurs on February 13th. We will be celebrating this day with pancakes in the morning and Valentine celebrations in the afternoon. Classroom teachers will be providing their students and families expectations for Valentine’s on Tuesday and Wednesday. February 14th is the day we will receive ashes and celebrate the gift of LOVE. We will be having a liturgy at St. Anne’s Parish at 10:45 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.
The Social Action Team has chosen Mary’s Place a local charity to fundraise for this year. February 15th will be HAT DAY and all donations collected will go to support Mary’s Place. Everyone is welcome to wear a hat all day and the recommended contribution amount is $2 but students may contribute more (or less) online.
Report cards (first term) will go home on February 15th. 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 First Term Provincial Elementary 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.
On February 20, our Grade 2 students will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation at St. Anne Parish. Please keep these students and their families in your prayers during this special time.
All Catholic Schools and school board administrative sites in Waterloo Region will be closed on Monday, February 19 as we recognize Family Day. We are grateful for all the students and families in our school community and we hope you are able fully enjoy this holiday together.
Philip Bruni & Amy Shantz
Over the past two year, our EcoTeam has been working hard to “ban the bottle” at St. Anne’s. We have been teaching our staff and students about the dangers of plastics in our environment, as plastic will never decompose or biodegrade but rather only break into smaller pieces causing irreparable damage to our ecosystems. By using our water bottle refill stations and reusable water bottles, our school is significantly reducing the amount of plastic ending up in nature.
Our next mission…to cut the cutlery! Beginning in February, our school will no longer be providing plastic cutlery for students or staff to use at school. Plastic cutlery cannot be recycled, meaning it all goes to our landfills and will remain there forever. If your child requires cutlery for their lunch, please ensure that you send reusable cutlery in their lunch bag. Thank you for continuing to do your part in creating a better planet for our students!
Registration for Junior Kindergarten
Registration for Junior Kindergarten (FOR CHILDREN BORN IN 2014) will be held at Saint Anne Catholic School on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Click here to REGISTER your son/daughter online.
Please call the School for more information
Drop off/Pick up Students
It has come to our attention that parents have been parking in the Target Therapeutics parking lot to either pick up their child/ren or drop them off. They have asked us to advise our community that parents are not to park in their lot as it is taking away from customers who need to park their for appointments. They also advised that they will have cars towed away or ticketed.
Thanks for your help in this matter.
In order to keep our school as safe as we can for our students, we are asking parents to respect the Waterloo Catholic School Board’s Safety Policy:
1. Please enter the school using the main entrance and buzz to be let in.
2. Please go directly to the main office and wait for your child to be sent down.
3. Please do not come down the hallway to the classroom unless you have scheduled a meeting.
We are so lucky to have such caring and supportive parents and we know it is sometimes hard to let our little people go, but it is also teaching them independence and responsibility to be able to organize and gather their materials when leaving and returning from school. We know how easy it is to come and help your child but letting them stick to this routine will help reinforce your child’s entry and exit routines at school.
February FitBit – Five Great Ideas for Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Why are healthy celebrations important?
Special occasions often include less healthy food and beverages. Celebrating with nutritious food promotes the messages that children learn about healthy eating in the classroom. Healthy celebrations show kids how to have fun while celebrating special occasions and are an opportunity for children to learn new food skills.
Here are a few ideas to try this Valentine’s Day:
- Repurpose the heart-shaped cookie cutter
Create fun and festive heart-shaped sandwiches, fruit, cheese, or cucumbers. For an extra special treat, use different types of heart shaped fruit to make a cupid’s arrow or rainbow themed fruit kebab!
- Create pun-tastic fruit valentines
Get ready to peel the love this Valentines Day! Send a piece of fruit with a clever tag-line. Try these or make up your own: “You are the apple of my eye”; “Orange you glad we are friends?”; “I’m bananas for you!”; “You are ‘pear-fect’!”; “You’re berry special”; or “You are sweet.”
- Celebrate with red and pink vegetables and fruit!
Choose tomatoes, red peppers, apples, beets, radishes, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, cherries or pomegranate for a vibrant red and pink theme that is packed with nutrients.
- Choose non-food items to share with your valentines
Show your classmates your appreciation with hand written valentines, or fun themed pencils, stickers, lip balms, glow sticks, bouncy balls or small toys.
- Focus on fun instead of food
There are so many fun and healthy ways to celebrate. Check out brightbites.ca for great classroom celebration ideas. Your class or school can even earn a badge and a place in the brightbites Hall of Fame!
Valentine’s Banana Split
Preparation time: 5 minutes Makes: One banana split
- 1 small banana
- ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2-3 Strawberries
- ½ teaspoon cocoa
- Wash strawberries and pat dry. Cut a ‘V’ in the top of each strawberry to remove the hull, then slice strawberries to resemble hearts (with the ‘V’-shape at the top of each slice).
- Cut a banana in half lengthwise and place in a bowl or dish.
- Spoon Greek yogurt onto the banana, top with strawberry hearts and sprinkle with cocoa (or sliced almonds, if desired).
This recipe meets the criteria for Maximum Nutritional Value.
Recipe adapted from School Bites