Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Tigers Families,

Please save the date! Tuesday, November 17th. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Paul Davis, cyber-expert, will be doing workshops with our students from Grade 4-8 in the afternoon(virtually), and then he will be doing a virtual workshop specifically for Parents/Guardians of all our students in the evening. We had Paul Davis present to our school community a number of years ago and parents feedback was that they learned so much about the cyber world and how to keep their/your children safe! https://socialnetworkingsafety.net/sample-page/ for more information about Paul Davis. We had to book him over a year ago for our school. More information will follow.

Set Your Clocks Back!

This weekend is a time to set your clocks back when you go to sleep on Saturday evening. Parents, if you are able, please send a few extra snacks to school with your children the first few days of next week(for afternoon snack time) as it will feel closer to 5pm than 4pm at dismissal until they get used to the time change.

Blue Moon!

Halloween this year is also a full moon day! It is also called a “blue” moon because it is the second full moon in the same month, and this is very rare! That’s where the saying, “Once in a blue moon” comes from!

St. Teresa Church

Please see the attachment for your children from Fr. Gil at St. Teresa Church about “All Saints” Day. Father invites you to attend Church and celebrate the Eucharist on the weekend! All Saints Day Activity for children. 

We Remember

November 11th is when we celebrate Remembrance Day. We also remember all those in our families who have passed away. Please consider printing out the attachment for our “Book of Remembrance” and returning it to school. We will announce the names of those in our “Book of Remembrance” during our morning prayers for the month of November. IN REMEMBRANCE OF AND IN THANKSGIVING FOR in remembrance of instructions for parents                     IN REMEMBRANCE OF AND IN THANKSGIVING FOR.

 

Our Umbrella Skill will change to “Grit” in November. 

From Dr. Jen: Welcome to November at the Umbrella Project!! Last month we dove into building a sense of Gratitude and this month we are shifting our focus to a skill that helps us persevere in the face of challenges, Grit! Grit is the skill that stops us from quitting on the bad days and gives us courage to persevere towards our goals and passions. With the cold weather approaching we could all use a bit of extra grit to get through those chilly winter challenges.

What will grit do for my child?

Excellence in anything we do requires commitment, hard work and failures along the way. Grit helps us continue to practice the things we would like to improve instead of giving up. Having grit can help us overcome obstacles even on the toughest days. In every type of work or school subject, grit can be as important to our success as talent or intelligence. It allows us to rise to the challenge of difficult goals and run the last mile.

Make working on weak spots a game. Even in the face of abundant strengths, our weaknesses will often lead us to give up. As often as you can, find the game in working on your childs’ weaknesses. Practicing anything can be intense and span many years to get to a level of excellence. Try to help your child find the fun in the tough spots instead of feeling like they aren’t good enough.

Here’s an example:
When my daughter was struggling with how quickly she could do mental math, we found ways to make it a fun challenge by engaging her in games designed specifically to increase processing speed. By adding some fun to this otherwise frustrating task, she was able to quickly improve and move on with renewed confidence.

In addition, remember that fun and laughter also improves cognitive flexibility and can help our children think of new ways to solve the problems they are facing.

Here’s this week’s short video from Dr. Jen

Until next time,
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Our Catholic Graduate Expectation will also change to “I Have a Voice“.

I speak, write and listen as Jesus would want me to
I care about others and speak up for them
I am honest
I think carefully before I react or speak
I respect all people and their languages
I listen to the Word of God
Because I have a voice, I will use it lovingly, and I will live my life like Jesus.

 

Go Tigers! 

 

Halloween Events Update

Tiger Families,

This is a quick update about Halloween events this week.

Each day this week we have had Halloween trivia on the announcements, fun Halloween music as students enter the school, a wonderful joke of the day(sometimes a “groaner”), and today we had the first Grade 8 ghost story! Door decorating is going spookily well, with Mr. Goodyear’s door  in first place so far, or is it? We also had a dance party outside today at lunch time because of the nice weather!

Tomorrow(Thursday) we will have “Wear Black and Orange” day for all students and staff. For a portion of the afternoon tomorrow as well we will be doing school-wide BINGO(we missed this awesome event last year due to the shut down) and  the events listed above will continue as well.

This Friday will be Costume Day. As communicated on a previous posting, parents please ensure the following for your school-aged children this year:

Halloween costumes will be permitted on Friday, October 30th. In order to ensure that all of our students enjoy their day, there are a few guidelines that all students will follow with respect to costumes:
• Masks that cover the face or imitation weapons of any kind are not allowed, (students must wear their COVID face mask during the day).
• Graphic or gory costumes (including blood) are not allowed. We have very young students who might be afraid.
• Costumes should be simple enough for students to manage independently. They will still need to put their COVID face mask on/take it off and wash/sanitize their hands throughout the day.
• Costumes should not interfere with classroom activities. Students must be able to sit, walk, see, hear, and be able to participate in physical education/daily physical education activities.
• Costumes should be appropriate for a school setting.

  • Please try to avoid make-up that will be smudged underneath the mask that your child will be wearing as that could become very uncomfortable as the day goes on.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, students are not allowed to bring in any treats or non-food items such as stickers, pencils, glow bracelets, etc. to share or hand out to friends. We appreciate your understanding.

We know that Halloween at home may look very different this year so we would like to thank the Grade 8 Class and staff for trying to make Halloween as fun as possible for all our students at school!

 

Still Need a Family Pumpkin or Two?!

Hello St. Teresa’s Family,

If you have not purchased  your pumpkins for Halloween yet, a great place to go is Goods Family Farm.
Their donation to last year’s Spook-a-thon helped to make it a big success!
Support local business when you can 🙂 Remember to tell them you are from St. Teresa’s School. http://goodpumpkins.com/

Week at a Peek- October 26-30th Lots of Information

St. Teresa Tigers

October 26-30th

Umbrella Project Skill- Gratitude

Catholic Graduate Expectation Theme- I am a Believer

St. Teresa Catholic School Advisory Council

Please join the St. Teresa Community in welcoming our St. Teresa School Advisory Council for 2020-2021! The co-chairs this year are Mrs. Nicole Walker and Mrs. Lorianne Schaus. The secretary is Mrs. Melanie Nobre. The treasurer is Mrs. Marianne McNiven. Our wonderful Council members also include: Mrs. Sherry Cheri, Mrs. Barbara Daly, Mr.  Chris Jones, Mrs. Joanna Jones, Mrs. Christine Costa, Mrs. Heather Richardson, Mrs. Lori Schaefer, Mrs. Sonia Elphick, Mrs. Maggie Pugh, and Mrs. Penny Richard. We thank them for all their efforts on behalf of the students and families at St. Teresa School! A commissioning ceremony will be held next week for all the Chairs/Co-Chairs from Catholic School Advisories across the system.

COVID 19 Self Screening for Schools 

Parents, please continue to do the self-assessment for each of your children before arriving at school each day. Make sure to complete this right to the end where there is either a green checkmark or a red X. Here is the link, which is also found on the Board website at www.wcdsb.ca 

 

Nov. 17 – Money 201 Session

Click on the flyer attachment below  to register for: Money 201 Nov. 17 Online
Fred Masters of Masters Money Mgt.’s
Money 201
FREE 90 minute session
on Tuesday, November 17
7:00 pm
Supported by the WCDSB

Money-201-Nov.-17-Online

 

Student Masks 

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has provided 3 grey masks with the WCDSB logo for each student in the Board. The Ministry of Education has also provided one black mask for each student. These masks will be coming home very soon. The grey masks have a space on the inside for parents to write their child’s name in permanent ink/marker. These masks are generally sized for groups of students and not individuals, so some masks may fit better than others. Please remind your child to make sure to bring them home to be regularly laundered.

Mabel’s Labels 

Please visit Mabel’s Labels online for some neat and fun ways to identify your child’s belongings at school! Our “Lost and Found” collection is already building up in the school, and having labelled clothing would really help make sure your child’s clothes make their way back home! They miss you! Please make sure to type in “St. Teresa School Kitchener” under fundraiser for a portion of the proceeds to come back to St. Teresa School.

Sprit Wear Sales

Spirit Wear Sales close at the very end of the day today so please make sure to put any last minute orders in at School Tee. Grade 8 Graduation Hoodies have always been popular with our graduating class each year as well(Mr. Boragina sent that link out to Grade 8 families separately).  St. Teresa 20-21 form

 

Halloween at St. Teresa School

The Grade 8 Class at St. Teresa School is busy planning some fun activities for the students, in socially distanced ways, for next week.   Thursday, October 29th will be “Wear Black and Orange Day”, and Friday, October 30th will be “Costumes” Day. More details will be following on a separate posting!

Halloween costumes will be permitted on Friday, October 30th. In order to ensure that all of our students enjoy their day, there are a few guidelines that  all students will follow with respect to costumes:
• Masks that cover the face or imitation weapons of any kind are not allowed, (students must wear their COVID face mask during the day).
• Graphic or gory costumes (including blood) are not allowed. We have very young students who might be afraid.
• Costumes should be simple enough for students to manage independently. They will still need to put their COVID face mask on/take it off and wash/sanitize their hands throughout the day.
• Costumes should not interfere with classroom activities. Students must be able to sit, walk, see, hear, and be able to participate in physical education/daily physical education activities.
• Costumes should be appropriate for a school setting.
Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, students are not allowed to bring in any treats or non-food items such as stickers, pencils, glow bracelets, etc. to share or hand out to friends. We appreciate your understanding.

Pastoral Plan:  Gathered To Become

Last year, when we launched Called to Belong, we could not have foreseen what the future held. Yet the Spirit was with us, guiding our theme and moving us to create a deep sense of BELONGING and connection during such a difficult journey. We feel the same about the second year of our three-year Pastoral Plan, entitled Gathered to Become.
The theme, Gathered to Become, is deeply connected to nourishing as in the Eucharist; as in the nurturing of children in the context of our schools. As in previous years, we as a school community have created a symbol that will help all of us – students, staff, and parents- remember the theme of “Gathered to Become” and that when we listen to each other, pray for each other, give to each other and work together, we give Eucharist. The image that we have selected to create is of the Eucharist and everyone had a part in creating it: In John 6:35, Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life.”
Let this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation. As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter. May we experience transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms, and teaching environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar. Please enjoy our Board’s launch video: Gathered to Become Video.

 

Changes in Weather

Parents, please make sure your children have a variety of warm clothing for the more dramatic changes in weather that the fall brings. Having mitts and a hat, along with a spare pair of socks tucked away in their backpacks would be a great idea and your child will be VERY thankful for those colder/wetter days that sometimes spring up on us without warning. Winter boots will soon be on the horizon as well, so if you are purchasing new winter boots, Factory Shoe runs a fundraiser for our school where $5 from each pair of shoes/boots over $35 is donated to our school.

Students Leaving School at Lunch Time

Reminder: This is a reminder that no students are permitted to leave school property at lunch time unless they are going directly home and have brought a note to the teacher. We have to keep track of students at all times throughout the day for Public Health, and students are not permitted to go to the store at lunch time either by themselves or with another friend, either in or outside of their cohort. Parents, we need your 100 percent support on continuing this policy from Public Health.  Thank you for your understanding as we continue to keep our students safe.

Students Taking the Bus

All students who take the bus have been reminded through school announcements of the importance of making sure masks are worn by all students at all times on the bus. There are no mask breaks on the bus. There is also a seating plan that has to be followed for possible contact tracing requirements from Public Health. Students are to remain in the seat assigned for them at all times while riding the bus. There is lots of time to visit with friends once they arrive at school for the day. Parents please review these expectations as well with your children who may ride the bus.

 

Camp Brebeuf-Halloween Hike

There is still time to take your family and go have some Halloween fun at Camp Brebeuf, a Catholic camp, in Rockwood Ontario. Please see their website Camp Brebeuf, for more information on their Halloween Hike.

 

Go Tigers!

DECE Appreciation Day!

Today is Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day!

A special thank-you to Mrs. VanCromvoirt, Ms. Caldas, Mrs. Izzo, and Mrs. Ziegler for all you do for our youngest students, and for taking such great care of our students in the Extended Day Program too! God bless you and thank-you!

The Staff and School Advisory Council of St. Teresa School

 

Reminders- Spirit Wear, Walking School Bus Survey, Camp Brebeuf Halloween fun!

Hello Tiger Families,

Please take a moment to complete the “Walking School Bus” survey this weekend if you haven’t already. More information about how wonderful this program could be  is available on a post from Thursday, October 8th. The survey closes on Wednesday, October 21st at 4pm. Complete the Survey Here

Spirit Wear sales are all online this year with the option to have spirit wear items delivered directly to your home or the school. Please see the post from and the attachment provided. St. Teresa 20-21 form Spirit Wear sales end next Friday, October 23rd.

Finally, this is just a reminder that Camp Brebeuf, a Catholic camp in Rockwood(close to Guelph) is having some Halloween events including night time hikes….some scary, some not! Please see the attachment or their website for more information.

 

A Volunteer Opportunity with the City of Kitchener

A volunteer opportunity! The deadline for application is tomorrow, Wednesday October 14th.

Kitchener’s Sustainability Office is looking for volunteers to help shape the outcome of an air quality monitoring project this fall. A researcher from Wilfrid Laurier University has teamed up with the City of Kitchener and Hemmera Envirochem Inc to install air quality monitoring systems close to four public schools in Kitchener for the fall season. The data collected from these sensors will provide real-time air pollution data that can be used to protect vulnerable young people through future programming. If you’re a member of a school community: student (elementary or high school) parent; educator (Teacher, Early Childhood Educator or Education Assistant etc.) or school board member. Younger volunteers (grade 2 – 8) will be considered as long as their parent/guardian also volunteers; consider volunteering an hour of your time with the City of Kitchener.

Click here for more information.

 

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