Monthly Archives: November 2018

Sleigh Drive

Me to We is very excited to be holding a food drive. We are supporting the KW Food Bank (who then supports St. Al’s parish)

The Kateri Sleigh Drive – fill Santa’s sleigh with food for families that need it 🙂 December 3rd-14!  Me to We will make a Christmas display in the front foyer.  The food will go into the boxes under the sleigh.

Most needed food Items

  • Peanut Butter

  • Canned Fruit

  • Rice

  • Canned Meat & Fish

  • Pasta Sauce

  • Dry Beans

  • Cereal

Thanks so much to all of you for helping make this food drive a success! It is our only one this year so let’s try to stock the food bank up as full as we can 😊

Angel Tree

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Angel Tree

Once again our beautiful tree is up in the front foyer of our school.   Christmas is a magical time of year and as the Christmas holidays draw closer, we would like to do what we can to help families in need of support this Christmas.  Let’s make this a memorable Christmas and light up the faces of children in our parish on Christmas Day.

In the next few days our tree will be transformed from a plain tree to a magical angel tree.  Students are invited to come and pick a paper angel from the tree and purchase a gift for a child. The gifts will be brought to St. Aloysius Parish where they will be distributed.

We will raise our Angel Tree on November 26th.  Please bring unwrapped gifts to the library before December 13th  as the donated gifts will be delivered to St Aloysius Parish on Friday December 14th.


Your Angel Tree Representative,

Mrs. Schneider

Finals Bound!

Finals Bound!

Our girls’ basketball team is headed to the #WCDSBawesome championship game after defeating Our Lady of Fatima in the quarter finals and St Augustine in the semis.  Tip off is 3:25 @ RIM Park.  Go Bulldogs!

Job Opportunity!

St. Kateri School is looking for full time and supply lunch hour supervisors to start as soon as possible.  If you are interested please contact the school.

We Remember

We Remember…Forever and Always

Thank you to Mrs. Fundak and Mrs. Gajewski’s classes for leading today’s Remembrance Day Assembly and Liturgy.  We pray for and thank those who have served as we think of ways we can be peacekeepers in our own communities.

St. Aloysius 2018 Christmas Program

The St. Aloysius Parish Christmas program has been established to help households dealing with financial challenges during one of the most blessed of seasons by offering a Christmas Food Hamper plus a bundle of toys including a wish toy or interest for each child 15 years and younger.

If you feel your household would benefit from our program feel free to apply on any of the following days at the parish or contact the school 519-895-1716.

November 12th 7:00-8:00 pm

November 2oth 9:00-10:00 am

November 26th 7:00-8:00 pm


The St. Aloysius Parish Family

Parent- Student -Teacher Conferences

Just a reminder about our Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences tomorrow evening. If your child is in a portable, please show up just before your appointed time as there is no place to wait outside. A listing of the teachers and their portable numbers will be on the back doors to the school. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!


November Newsletter

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

Progress Report Cards will be distributed November 6th and our annual Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will take place Thursday, November 8th from 3:15-8:30 a.m.  Interview slips will be sent home with your oldest child’s Progress Report Card.

Students are encouraged to attend the conferences with parents.


Halloween Dance-a-thon Fundraiser

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing our annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser which took place October 25th!  Through the hard work of our students and generosity of our community, our school raised $9,800 which will be used to support student learning, activities and initiatives such as: two guest speakers (author Eric Walters and motivational speaker John Park), Primary Spring Play (The Paper Bag Princess), new Under Armour jerseys for our Athletic Teams, a new high jump mat, more folding chairs for assemblies, and prizes for Student of the Week and Catch a Kid.

As our school’s top fundraiser, Brian S. has won a new Chromebook!  Top prize winner in the K-Gr. 3 age group was Tessa T. who won $100 Gift Card to Fairview Park Mall.  Brianne W. and Rheanna M. were the top fundraisers in Gr. 4-8 and has also won a $100 gift card to the mall!

Our students hit most of their incentives for our fundraiser.  As a result, students will enjoy: an extra-long recess on a nice day (for raising more than $3000), a board game afternoon (more than $6000), a movie afternoon (more than $9000).


Terry Fox Run

Our annual Terry Fox Run took place the afternoon of September 28th.  Our school community raised $583 through generous donations which will go towards cancer research!

A big THANK YOU to to our school’s organizing committee – Madam Sottosanti, Mrs. Haffner and Mr. Jakub.  Thank you also to Dare Foods, who donated treats and cookies for our students to enjoy after their run!

Remembrance Day Liturgy

This year, Remembrance Day is on Sunday, November 11th.  The St. Kateri Catholic School Community would still like to honour and remember those who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.  Parents are family members are invited to join our school’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday, November 12th beginning at 10:45 a.m.

2018 St. Kateri CES Christmas Concert Date

Please mark your calendars!  This year’s Christmas Concert for parents and families will take place the morning of Friday, December 21st in our school gymnasium – we hope you are able to attend!   Start time will be bright and early – 8:45 a.m.

A rehearsal for students will take place December 20th.  Please note there will not be an evening concert this year.


November’s Math Focus: Problem Solving

If you peeked inside your child’s math class, here are some things you would notice:

  • Students engaged in a wide variety of tasks– practicing skills, solving problems about real life situations, playing games, and applying math concepts to design challenges
  • Students sharing their strategies for solving a problem
  • Students tackling math problems that are appropriately challenging
  • Students exploring many different approaches to solving problems

Learning math involves understanding concepts and procedures, acquiring skills, and applying math processes. Problem Solving is becoming more and more important. Students enjoy and use math when the concepts they learn make sense to them. Investigating problems builds students’ understanding of concepts. It also allows students to apply their math skills in everyday situations. At home, work with your children by encouraging them to communicate their math thinking orally and in writing.  Allow them to productively struggle.

Some questions that you can ask your child(ren) to support the development of Problem Solving skills include:

  1. What is happening in this problem?
  2. What are you asked to find?
  3. What do I know that I can use to solve this problem?

Working with a growth mindset will help your child(ren) to persevere and ultimately reach their goals in math. It enables them to know that making mistakes is part of the process and is expected. Approaching things with an “I can” attitude instead of an “I can’t” attitude allows for a positive entrance point and outcomes.

School Mass

Parents and extended family are welcome to attend our All Souls and All Saints Mass on Wednesday, November 14th.  The mass will take place in our school gym and begin at 10:00 a.m.  Fr. Roshan will be celebrating.


Bus Evacuation Training

All students, JK-Gr. 8, will participate in Bus Evacuation Training on Friday, November 2nd.


Lockdown Drill #1

Every school in Ontario is required to hold two Lockdown Drills each school year.  Teachers use age appropriate language when discussing the need to practice these drills as part of the preparation process.  Please note our first Lockdown Drill is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th.  Should parents have any questions, please speak to your child’s teacher or Mr. Lynch.

Photo Retakes

School picture retakes are scheduled for the morning of Friday, November 9th.


Grade 8 Parent Information Night @ St. Mary’s High School

Thursday, November 29 @ 7:00 p.m.


Staffing Changes

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members:

Ms. Ciesarik – Gr. 4 LTO Teacher replacing Mrs. Mask for the remainder of the year

Ms. Rice – 0.5 EA beginning November 10th

Mrs. Michaelides – DECE replacing Ms. Batte


Requesting Lego Donations for The St. Kateri Lego Club

Parents – if you have some bins of Lego at home that is no longer being used, we are starting up a Lego Club here at school and would appreciate any donations you are willing to make!  Please bring donations to the office during the month of November.

P.A. Day – November 16th