Monthly Archives: November 2019

December 1st-6th Week at a Peek

St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School this Week:
(December 1st-6th, 2019)

On Friday we had a great Catholic Graduate Expectations Assembly, along with our First Week of Advent Celebration where we blessed our classroom advent wreaths and we did a meditation on “The Annunciation” with a focus on Mary. Please ask your son/daughter about it! There is a lot of things happening over the next few weeks as we journey closer to Christmas, including our “real time” Census taking of our students, and our annual “Wheel of Love” that takes place on the last day before Christmas holidays. Our wonderful Grade 7’s will be Confirmed this Sunday. Our Food Drive begins on Monday and we continue with the Angel Tree as well. Thank-you for all your support. Our school is amazing in the way families support each other!

Umbrella Project Skill: Optimism
Catholic Graduate Expectation: I Have Ideas

Next Week at St. Teresa School.


  • The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated today at 2pm at St. Louis Church in Waterloo. All are welcome! Please come and support our awesome students! Gifts of the Holy Spirit! God bless you!

• Angel Tree Continues
• Food Drive Begins
• Several Classes doing Pottery to Go- pm

• Sacrament of Reconciliation at the Church- am- Students from Grade 3-8
• Angel Tree Continues
• Food Drive Continues

• Spirit Wear Wednesdays!
• Angel Tree Continues
• Food Drive Continues

• Session 2 for First Communion/Reconciliation Parents at the Church-7pm
• Angel Tree Continues
• Food Drive Continues


PD Day today- No School for Students

Coming Up:
Tuesday, December 10th- Advent Mass at the Church 11am-all are welcome!
Wednesday, December 16th- Christmas Craft Sale- all day in the gym for students- Please purchase “Cards” at School Cash Online for each of your children. Please let the office know if you can help volunteer that day!

Have a great week Tigers!

Confirmation is this Sunday!

A message from Fr. Gil…

We would like to invite all parishioners and also students from St. Teresa School to attend Mass and the Sacrament of Confirmation for our students. The confirmation will take place on December 1st at 2 pm at St. Louis Parish in Waterloo. Please join us for this special celebration and support our young people with your prayers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Father Marian Gil, pastor of St. Teresa Parish.

Christmas Craft Sale!

Christmas Craft Sale!

Coming Up on Wednesday, December 18th for the students at St. Teresa!

The Christmas countdown is on!

To make our Christmas Craft sale a huge success(again!), we are still in need of the following items:

  • Grandpa/dad gifts
  • gifts for brothers and sisters
  • gifts for other family members including pets
  • raffle prizes

Thank-you for your continued support of the Christmas craft sale for the students. They love it!


All sales will take place on School Cash Online by Monday, December 16th. Parents can purchase cards for $5.00 each. Each card will allow the student to purchase $5.00 worth of items at the Christmas craft sale AND will come with 10 raffle tickets as well. Multiple cards can be purchased, and you can even donate a card for a student that might not be able to participate otherwise. We will do a “print-out” at school and then prepare the cards with the student’s  names on them on Tuesday, December 17th. That’s why sales must be finalized by Monday, December 16th. This is different for this year and we know that the students like to spend they own money, but Board Policy requires us to use School Cash Online. If you have any questions, please contact the school.  Thank-you for your support!



November 25-29th Week at a Peek!

St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School this Week:
(November 25th-29th, 2019)

Umbrella Project Skill: Self-Efficacy
Catholic Graduate Expectation: I Have Ideas

Next Week at St. Teresa School.

Saturday: Confirmation Retreat 10am-3pm St. Teresa Church

Sunday: All are welcome at St. Teresa Parish!

Monday: Angel Tree Continues…Thank-you! Concussion workshop Junior/Intermediate students.


Wednesday: Spirit Wear Wednesdays!


• Catholic Graduate Expectations Assembly-am
• Hat Day! Wear your favourite hat today!
• First Weekend of Advent

Saturday: Confirmation rehearsal 11am St. Louis Parish
Have a great week Tigers!


Coming Up!

We are collecting items for our Christmas craft sale! We especially are looking for small items for dads/grandpa’s/uncles. This is a always a wonderfully fun time for our students! Thank-you for your support for this every year!


Eco Team News!

Eco Tigers News
November 2019

Composting is in full implementation in all of the classrooms. Special thanks to Mrs. Lovell, Mrs. Runions and Ms. Saulnier for helping us with getting it started and with the daily maintenance of it!

Newspapers and grocery flyers for the bin liners

Milk bags (the outside bag)
We can keep this plastic out of the landfill site and put it to better use – such as a plastic mat. These mats will be donated to ‘A Hand Up for the Homeless’ a volunteer organization in our community who help our friends without a home and a bed to sleep on.

Thank you for loving God’s beautiful world!

The St. Teresa’s Eco Tigers Team

Angel Tree!

Angel Tree

Christmas is quickly approaching and the Social Justice Club of St. Teresa School is excited to begin our annual Angel Tree Campaign!

Your child is bringing home a letter and permission form for the Angel Tree program today. If your family would like to participate, your child can bring back a signed permission form, and then can take a tag from the Angel Tree that states the age and gender of a child. Gifts can be returned to school anytime before Wednesday, December 11th. Please send all gifts back unwrapped, and we will watch the pile of gifts grow under our Christmas tree in the library!

Gift ideas include: toys, small clothing items (e.g. hat, socks), school supplies, and personal items (e.g. hair bands, nail polish, body wash). If toys require batteries, it is also helpful to send a pack taped to the item.

NEW THIS YEAR: If you prefer buying a gift card, there are specific ‘gift card’ tags on the tree and a space to indicate this wish on the permission slip.

Again, the last day to bring back a gift is Wednesday December 11th.

Thank you for helping make Christmas a little brighter for families in our community!

Social Justice Club

Spirit wear- Last day is today!

Tiger Families,

This is a reminder that today is the last day to purchase Spirit Wear online.

Please see below from the post on November 5th.  All orders must be made through


Spiritwear sales have now started! Spiritwear are the items of clothing for sale with the St. Teresa logo on them. This year we have brought back the winter toque as well! Awesome! Every Wednesday is “Wear your Spiritwear Day” for students and staff!
All sales will be online this year. Please go to “” and then follow the prompts.
Online orders only this year. No paper orders please.
Make and account first, then scroll down to find our school (St. Teresa Kitchener). There will be 3 separate drop-down menus to look at with different items available. 1 is our standard spiritwear items, another is novelty tees, and the third is for the winter toque.
During interview times tomorrow night and until the end of next week, items for sizing will be available just outside the office. Please have your son/daughter try an item on to get the correct size(s). The hat is one-size fits all!
Spiritwear needs to be ordered by November 15th(a week from this Friday) to be available by the Christmas holidays if you are thinking about presents for the kids!
(A special thank-you to Mrs. Heimpel for organizing our Spiritwear again this year!)

November 18-22nd Week at a Peek

St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School:
(November 18th-22nd, 2019)

That’s right, we have 90% of our families registered for School Cash Online! Just 10% to go! We’re almost there! A reminder that permission forms in addition to payments are made in School Cash Online. Cash online sign up instructions

Bible Celebration!

Congratulations to our Grade 4 students who received their bibles at the Bible Celebration as part of our mass on Thursday afternoon! God bless you with the Good News! Thank-you Father Gil for making the students feel so special during the mass! Thank-you to Ms. Saulnier, Ms. Eckert, and Ms. Beard for preparing the students so well!

Warm Wear Donation Station

Our Warm Wear Donation Station was a huge success this past week! Thank-you to all the families who donated items and to those families who came in to do some shopping! Thanks to the students who stayed after school to help, and to the Social Justice Club for organizing!

Halloween Fundraiser

Thank-you to our amazing St. Teresa School Tigers Family for supporting our Halloween Fundraiser at the end of October. Almost $4500.00 was raised. Money raised will be going to field trips, numeracy and literacy supports, home reading, guest speakers, greening, Grade 8 Graduation, Scientists in Schools, outdoor play equipment, and many others including funding for a new GAGA PIT for our Junior/Intermediate students(this will be installed in the spring!). Many volunteers gave their time to make the Dance-a-thon a huge success! Thanks to the following: Nicole Walker, Lisa Kuepfer, Lori Schaefer Jocelyn Fleras, Joanna and Chris Jones, Emma Jones, Bob Schaus, Jackson Schaus, Jillian Schaus, Christine Costa, Amy O’Reilly, Luba Yamoah, Sonia Elphick, Jen Reitzel, Melanie Nobre, Heather Richardson, Marianne McNiven, Kortney Pickett, Mary Lavigne, Jennifer Schnarr, Corinne Adlers, Penny Richard, Barb Daly, and all other volunteers! A huge thank-you goes out to Mrs. Lorianne Schaus who kept us all organized, helped the DJ out the morning of the Dance-a-thon, and ran the assembly at the end of the day! Prize winners will be announced on Monday!

Research Shows!

Research Shows that one of the most influential things a parent can do is to have high expectations for learning and behavior of their children at school. Parents who model these high expectations and communicate them to their children regularly have a very positive affect. Supporting the school in conversations with the child is another “high yield strategy” that helps to strengthen the partnership between home and school. (“Visible Learning: John Hattie)

Attendance Matters!

Now that the Progress Reports have gone home and interviews have been almost completed, please take a look at the top right corner of the progress report for your child(ren) where attendance is recorded. Next take a look at the attached form that has a chart about attendance. Attendance at school is so important for the success of each of our students. Being on time is a life-skill as well! Attendance Matters! PDF-Attendance-Late-Chart

Tobogganing/Sledding at St. Teresa School-Helmets 

At St. Teresa School, School Council has purchased a number of winter items for students to play with outside. They include snow shovels, small sleds, and some “crazy carpets”. These are items we used last year. PALS often use the small sleds to pull the smaller students around on the ground in the primary area. Every once in a while, eg. when the buses are late/cancelled or as part of a phys.ed class, or other times, we bring out the “crazy carpets” for the student to use to slide down the very small hills at the back of the school. The students are directly supervised during these times. The safety guidelines that the School Board Uses for all activities are the OPHEA guidelines. One of the guidelines for sledding/tobogganing is a suggestion about “importance of wearing a properly fitted (as per manufacturer’s guidelines) and properly worn CSA approved hockey helmet or snow sport helmet certified by a recognized safety standards association (for example, ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98, CSA Z263.1)”. The school is requesting that, if  Parents/Guardians are requiring a helmet to be worn by your son/daughter for these 2 activities, that you provide one to the school with your child’s name attached on the inside. We do not have a schedule or specific times that we bring the sleds or crazy carpets out, so we respectfully ask that if you are providing a helmet for your son/daughter, that it remains at the school until the end of the winter season so they have access to it when needed. We have strict rules about using the crazy carpets, for example sitting down, one at a time, staying out of the way of others using the hill, etc. and again, when “crazy carpets” are in use, the students are directly supervised. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Goodyear at the school.


Umbrella Project Skill: Self-Efficacy
Catholic Graduate Expectation: I Have Ideas

Next Week at St. Teresa School.
Sunday: All are welcome at St. Teresa Parish!
Tuesday: Immunizations- Grade 7 and 8- pm
Wednesday: Spirit Wear Wednesdays!
Thursday: Angel Tree begins
Friday: Picture Re-take Day- PM only
Saturday: Confirmation Retreat- Grade 7- St. Teresa Church

Have a great week Tigers!

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