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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Halloween Celebration

Dear Parents,

It’s that time of year again when all the superheroes and princesses take over St. Kateri. Our Halloween Celebration will take place on Tuesday October 31st in the afternoon. Students are encouraged to bring their costumes to dress up for our afternoon festivities, but are asked to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. No weapons, masks, or clown costumes are allowed at school.
  2. We recommend that students leave any accessories that go along with their costumes at home so that they do not get broken at school.
  3. Costumes need to be appropriate for a Catholic Elementary setting. Costumes should be in good taste.
  4. Any treats that are brought in to be shared with your child(ren)’s class need to be Nut Free.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

Your Partners in Catholic Education,


Dave Lynch                                         Richard Setler

Principal                                              VP




Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Parents – just a reminder to return your November 9th interview slip with preferred times to your oldest child’s teacher by tomorrow the latest.  We will be scheduling Parent-Teacher-Student Conference times Thursday morning.


First Communion Deadline October 13th 2017

Attention Parents/Guardians of students receiving First Communion this year, please submit applications directly to St. Aloysius church no later than Friday October 13th.  The first lesson is on Wednesday October 18th. Thank you for you co operation with this matter.

We Scare Hunger Food Drive

Student Council and Me to We

October 2017

Greetings St. Kateri,        

Student council and Me to We are planning the annual “We Scare Hunger” food drive this year! Our goal this year is 1000 food items. Bring in your canned food items for the people of Waterloo region ! The food bank is asking for the following food items:

  • Beans and sauce
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Canned Pasta
  • Canned Fruit
  • Stews and chilli
  • Tomato sauces
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Baby formula
  • Hard Individually Wrapped Candy
  • Cereals

-Please no peanut food items-

The We Scare Hunger Food drive starting date will be on Monday, October 16, 2017 and will end on Wednesday, November 01, 2017.

We really appreciate you supporting the The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, we can help people in need so let’s go Bulldogs we know you can do this!


Student Council and Me to We

All Star Readers & Strong Start

Volunteers Needed!

All Star Readers and Strong Start programs

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Here is an amazing volunteer opportunity for you to get involved in our school community.  St. Kateri school runs two programs that help the students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 reach their full potential in reading.

The “Strong Start” program is directed at SK and Grade 1 students who need extra help learning some early reading skills.  It involves playing short games and activities in a one on one setting. You will help the young students practise their early literacy skills (letters, sounds and words).  Two, 2-hour training sessions will be held off site.  Once you have received training, we ask for a minimum time commitment of 30 minutes, once a week for a 10-week period. We hope to run at least two sessions this school year.

The All Stars Reading Program is also an early intervention program that runs all year long.  It supports early readers as they move into reading longer texts.  The focus is on reading strategies along with learning sounds and word recognition.  The students become independent and successful readers with the help of an adult.  Training sessions are on site, at St. Kateri school for this program. A police check will be required for both programs.

If you are interested in volunteering in either or both programs, or have any questions, please call the school at 519-895-1716.  Mrs. Costa or Mrs. Harney will happily answer any of your questions.

We look forward to working with you.

The kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers

October Newsletter

Administrators’ Message


It’s difficult to believe we are already one month into the school year!  Thank you for helping to make the start of the year so successful for our students/your children.  September was a busy month.  In addition to the regular start up routines, we moved two classes into new portables, had our first Catholic School Council Meeting of the year, held our ‘Toonies for Terry” Terry Fox Run, and had our annual Meet the Teacher Night and School BBQ.  A great big THANKS to all our parents and staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty to make St. Kateri such a special place.

In addition to the great learning taking place this month, please make note of the following events and activities:

October 2 – Picture Day

October 3 – School Council Meeting

October 6- Grade 6-8 Soccer Trip to University Stadium

October 9 – Thanksgiving Monday (no school)

October 11- JK/SK Steckle Farm Trip

October 12 -JK/SK Steckle Farm Trip

October 23 – PA Day

On behalf of all the staff members here at St. Kateri, I’d like to wish you a very relaxing Thanksgiving.

God Bless,

Mr. D. Lynch       Mr. R. Setler

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Intermediate Boys Baseball

The Intermediate Boys’ 3-Pitch team was a powerhouse to be reckoned with this year.  A very talented infield core, supported by a fast and nimble outfield and powerful bats, was a sight to behold, setting a new standard for excellence at St. Kateri.  The boys won their round robin games handily and advanced to a semifinal with the championship in their sights.  Unfortunately, their opponents, who had been trailing all game, came out with one spectacular inning of hitting, scoring more runs in that one inning than St. Kateri had given up over the entire rest of the day.  After a hard-fought comeback attempt, the boys found themselves on the wrong side of a tough 7-6 score.  Despite falling short of their goals though, the team demonstrated great enthusiasm and respect while having a great afternoon having fun together.

Intermediate Girls Baseball

Coaches Mrs. Pizarro and Mrs. Haffner, would like to congratulate the Intermediate Girls’ 3-Pitch team on an excellent performance at the tournament held on September 26th at Wilson Park, where they came in third place!  We are extremely proud of the exceptional sports-person-ship and school spirit demonstrated by our wonderful students.  Our exceptional students are:  Skylar Elliot, Rachel Frank, Olivia Grebinski, Holly Hilts, Lauren Holmes, Jessica Hunt, Mackenzie Norris, Siara Persaud, Grace Porter, Maddy Robertson, Sierra Sutton, and Sofia Villar.  Congratulations!

Junior Soccer

A big congratulations goes out to the Junior Bulldogs Soccer team that went undefeated in this year’s tournament at RIM park.  We played 3 great games beating John Sweeney, Our Lady of Grace and Canadian Martyr’s in the round robin.  In the finals we played against a tough St. John Paul II team who were also coming to the finals 3 and 0.  With team work and  great determination we were able to score early and hold on for the victory.  Way to go Bulldogs!!!  We are super proud of you.  A big thank you goes out to all of our parent drivers and everyone that was able to make it to cheer us on.  

St. Kateri Spirit Wear

Show your school spirit and purchase your St. Kateri Bulldog T-shirt!  For the low cost of $10, you can show your support of our school and be ready for our spirit wear days.  Sizes range from Youth Extra Small to Adult XL. Order forms will be sent home, as well as posted on cash online!

Fit Bit October 2017

 Have a Healthy Halloween!

Halloween is such an exciting time of year for children. There are thoughts of costumes, parties and of course, sugary treats. Your child can enjoy Halloween without abandoning good eating habits completely. You can use Halloween as a time to be a role model. Halloween offers an excellent opportunity to teach your children about healthy eating and active living. Don’t forget to send healthy snacks with your child for classroom celebrations!

Use these tips to keep your child healthy and the treats under control

  • Set expectations early. Teach children that candy is a treat and not an everyday food.
  • Help your child divide up a few favourite pieces of candy into little treat bags to enjoy once or twice per week at a specified time (i.e., after dinner). This helps them to learn portion control, a very important part of healthy eating.
  • Store extra candy in a cupboard out of reach. It is wise not to store the candy at eye level to avoid temptation for the whole family.

Make Halloween a Time to Be Active

  •  Halloween is a great time to be active. The cool fall weather is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Plan to go for a walk or bike ride as a family.
  • Hike and explore some of the beautiful trails in our Region.
  • Visit a local pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins and gourds. Some pumpkin patches offer corn mazes, haunted houses, and hay rides.
  • Visit a park to play in the leaves.
  • Join your children and walk through the neighbourhood or malls to look at the Halloween decorations.

St. Aloysius Church News

  • Do you know you can be an ALTAR SERVER?

Come and join for the Gathering of Altar Servers – fun, food, and learning!

Saturday, October 7th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Parish Centre


This month assisted by St. Kateri School

Sunday, October 1st at 11:00 am in the Church

  • Sunday School

At the 11:00 am Mass

Parents! Bring your child. The age group is between 3-7 years.


Parents Information Meeting: Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 pm in the church

Last Date to submit the application to the church office: Friday, October 13th

First Lesson: Wednesday, October 18th (see the information package)


Parents Information Meeting: Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 pm in the church