Monthly Archives: January 2020

First Communion Candidates! A message from Fr. Gil

Dear Parents and First Communion Candidates,
I would like to remind you about two upcoming events:
February 2, 2020 at 10.00 a.m. Holy Mass with blessing of the Medallions…Please come to the church a bit early and take your seat in the reserved area. Magie and Magda will direct you to the reserved pews.
February 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. – Catechetical Session 3: “Discovering the gift of the Eucharist” (second part). We will meet in the church.
We will “walk” through the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist discussing symbols and different parts of Mass. You will also receive additional material in order to accompany your children in this journey toward the Eucharist and First Reconciliation. This meeting is mandatory for all candidates and their parents. For your convenience I attache the schedule of all our meetings.
I look forward to seeing you all.
Have a blessed weekend,

Fr. Marian Gil OMI
St. Teresa of Avila Parish,
44 Leonard St.
Kitchener, ON N2H 6C8
Tel.: 519-743-4525; 519-743-4505

February 3rd to 7th, 2020 Week at a Peek

St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School this Week:
February 3rd-7th, 2020

Umbrella Project Skill: Optimism
Catholic Graduate Expectation: I Have Responsibilities!

Next Week at St. Teresa School.

• All lunch orders for this week are due by noon on Sunday. Lunchbox orders letter
• February 2, 2020 at 10.00 a.m. Holy Mass with blessing of the Medallions…First Communion Candidates, please come to the church a bit early and take your seat in the reserved area. Magie and Magda will direct you to the reserved pews.
• Today is Groundhog Day! Will Wiarton Willie see his shadow today? If he does, that means 6 more weeks of winter! If not, it will be an early spring…or will it? 😊

• Grade 8 Graduation Pictures, SK Graduation Pictures, and Sibling Pictures will take place Monday morning at school.
• Grade 6’s Scientists in the Schools- pm
• Welcome to Mr. Tony Eden, our new head custodian at St. Teresa School. He comes to us from St. Agnes School. Welcome Mr. Eden. Thank-you to Mr. Medeiros and Mrs. Lovell for all your work at St. Teresa. We wish you all the best!

• All Catholic Schools in the Waterloo Catholic School Board are closed today due to strike action. The extended day program will run today.

• Today is Spirit Day! Please wear your Spirit Wear!
• Today is our first Hot Lunch Day for those who ordered.
• Today is Winter Walk to School Day!! Please walk to school if you are able to!

• Grade 7/8 Immunizations-pm
• Third Session for First Communion Parents at the Church- 7pm.


Have a great week Tigers!

Coming Up:
Feb 13th- Report Cards go home
Feb. 14th- Valentine’s Day

Hot Lunch reminder

St. Teresa Families,

This is a reminder that hot lunch days are returning, starting next Wednesday. They will continue to be each Wednesday like in previous years. 3 weeks of pizza followed by a subway sub day.

All orders are done online now. Orders for each week have to be place by Sunday at noon. Orders can be cancelled up until 2 days before. Parents can order for the rest of the year at once as well!

Here is the information about “lunchbox” orders.

Lunchbox orders letter

We know our students have been looking forward to this for a long time!

Thanks to our Catholic School Advisory Council for their support!

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Labour Update:

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4.

This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 4.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Secondary school credit courses, hair styling courses and culinary arts courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on February 4. St. Louis guidance and correspondence services will also be unavailable on February 4. All other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.
Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after February 4.
As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

January 27-31st Week at a Peek Correction

Correction: The Grade 8 Student Pathway evening for Tuesday is at St. Luke School in Waterloo from 6:30-7:30, not St. Teresa Elmira. The Monday evening meeting is there(St. Teresa Elmira) for parents who would like to attend but cannot make the Tuesday evening presentation.


January 27th-January 31st Week at a Peek

Hot Lunch Orders!

Hot lunch orders are now open online to pre-order. Please follow the directions in the handout sent home with every student this past week, or click on the following attachment for ordering information. Hot lunch Wednesdays start in February. The first 3 weeks will be pizza, followed by a Sub day the fourth week of each month. All orders for hot lunch are done online only this year. Lunchbox orders letter 

For students with allergies to foods, please click on the following links for more information:

Subway- Subway allergens list (please click on “allergy and ingredient info” when you get to this page)

New Orleans Pizza- New Orleans Pizza allergens


Nutrition For Learning!

Please see the attached note about Nutrition for Learning and how you can help support the snack program at St. Teresa School. Thank-you! February Awareness and Fundraising Blitz 2020


Attendance Matters! 

Thank-you to so many of our students who are here on time to school and who are here each day to learn. Please feel supported knowing that attendance at school each day is so very important to the achievement of our students! For those students who struggle a bit to be here at school on time, or who are away from school, parents, please read the following on regular school attendance. When report cards come home in a couple weeks, please look at the top right; the late/absences number will be listed.  5 Things You Need to Know – Superior North 

Help is available if needed!


St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School this Week:
January 27-31, 2020

Umbrella Project Skill: Optimism
Catholic Graduate Expectation: I Have Responsibilities!

Next Week at St. Teresa School.
• Grade 8 Student/Parent Pathways presentation-St. Teresa of Avila-Elmira- 6:30-7:30pm

• Grade 8 Student/Parent Pathways presentation-St. Luke- 6:30-7:30pm

• Today is Spirit Day! Please wear your Spirit Wear!
• Strong Start Celebration- am
• Bell Let’s Talk Day Student Assembly-pm- Please see the previous web posting for more information!


Have a great week Tigers!

Coming Up: Winter Walk to School Day- Wednesday, February 5th

Bell Let’s Talk Day- Wednesday January 29th

Dear Parent/Guardians,

The Bell Let’s Talk Day is coming soon to our school– it is next Wednesday, January 29th. It’s a day to recognize and understand that all feelings matter, positive or negative.
“One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma attached to it”


There is a way to help. At St. Teresa School, we’re going to work together as a school community to help end the stigma. The week of January 27th- January 31st will be Bell Let’s Talk Week at our school. Staff and students will come together to help end this negative mindset and keep the conversation going!
Our focus this year is on spreading awareness for mental health and our motto will be No Problem Is Too Big Or Small. We believe all mental illnesses are important, and none are too big or too small to be ignored. While many voices are not heard, we believe all should be and we will work towards that.

Here are some ways St. Teresa school will represent Bell Let’s Talk Week:
• All week: Daily announcements about ending the stigma and students will each write a Bell Let’s Talk speech bubble and will be displayed all around the school
• Wednesday, January 29th, Official Bell Let’s Talk Day
o Wear Blue TODAY
o Assembly at 1:45 pm- Giveaways of Bell Let’s Talk toques, bracelets, pins
• Friday, January 31- Our Bell Let’s Talk Banner will be hung in the front foyer. It will be available the whole week for students, staff and parents to sign our pledge (No problem is too big or too small)

For more information about mental health or if you have any concerns about a loved one, here are some websites and a school social worker you can access:

Cathy McDonald-Reis (School Social Worker) 519-578-3660, ext.2374

Here 24/7 (1 844 437 3247)

Canadian Mental Health Association

Anxiety Canada

Parents For Children’s Mental Health, Kitchener

Charlie, Aidan and Martina
On behalf of the Social Justice Club



Confirmation Meeting Tonight

This is a reminder of the Confirmation meeting tonight(Thursday) at the Church starting at 7pm. This is for the students who were confirmed and also for their parent(s).



Grade 8 Parent/Student Career Pathways Night

Grade 8 Parents/Guardians:

Please see the attachment regarding an important career pathways night at St. Teresa(Elmira) on Monday, January 27th, OR St. Luke(Waterloo) on Tuesday, January 28th. Pathways have really changed since parents were students. This is a very worthwhile and informative hour presentation.

SAVE the Date Grade 8 Pathway Night

• Families can attend at either location
• This event is for both students and parents
• This event is different from the evening at St. David in November – the focus is on what to expect in Secondary School, with information on Pathway planning
• Guidance will be available to answer questions
Pathway evenings to date have brought full houses to SMRY and RESU with over 550 in attendance.

Feedback comments:
“Useful and great, a lot of info and clarity that we really needed”
“Great information! I am glad to hear that you promote that all pathways lead to success”
“Great info. Learned lots even though I have a child already in high school”

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