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We hope that the fundraising is going well for our Dance-a-thon! Keep those donations coming! Remind your child that they can wear their costume on October 25th!  Thank you for support of this fundraising initiative!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Staff at St. Kateri CES would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

A couple announcements heading into this long weekend:

  1. Our Halloween-themed Dance-a-Thon Kick-off was yesterday with Information and Pledge Forms going home.  Thanksgiving Weekend is a great time for students to ask relatives to sponsor them!

  1. The St. Kateri Bulldogs Online Spirit Wear Store is still open until October 14th!  Here’s the link to the store:

St. Kateri CES October School Newsletter

Administrators’ Message 


It’s difficult to believe we are already one month into the school year!  Thank you for helping 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 had our first Catholic School Council Meeting, 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.   October is a busy month, so please be sure to read and make note of the information in this newsletter.

On behalf of all the staff members here at St. Kateri, we would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

God Bless,

Mr. R. Setler                 Mr. D. Lynch

Vice Principal               Principal

Focus on Mathematics


Our world is rapidly changing. Technology is evolving at light speed. And, more than ever before, strong Math Skills are critical for your child’s success in today’s world. The Mathematics Curriculum identifies seven key processes students engage in as they learn and use math. The seven processes are:

Problem Solving

Reasoning and Proving


Selecting Tools and Computational Strategies




We will be focusing on these processes in our monthly newsletters, highlighting one each month. We are also

going to include tips and suggestions to help your child with math at home.

What can I do to support my child’s math learning?

 Encourage your child. Remind them that success comes from hard work and perseverance, and that making mistakes is part of learning and our Growth Mindset.

 Be positive about math! Avoid saying “I was never good at math” or “I never liked math.” Show them that you think math is important and interesting. Look for opportunities for math to be a natural part of your conversations.

 Ensure your child keeps up with his/her math homework. Make sure that your child catches up if they were away from school because math concepts build on one another.

 Be available to talk with your child about his/her math work. But do not do it for them. Give them time to figure out the answers on their own. When your child needs support, ask questions instead of showing your child directly how to do it. Allow your child to share the method used in class. If you are not familiar with the method, ask them to explain it to you. This will help them to understand it better, as well

Next Month:

We will highlight Problem Solving happening at St. Kateri CES


St. Aloysius Church News


This month assisted by St. Kateri School – thank you Ms. Esposto for your leadership with the mass.

Sunday, September 30 at 11:00am in the Church

  • October 10, 7:00 p.m. – First Communion and First Reconciliation Parent Meeting
  • October 11, 7:00 p.m. – Confirmation Parent Meeting

Sunday School

At the 11:00am Mass

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

Halloween Themed Dance-a-thon Fundraiser – Thursday, October 25th

Our annual Catholic School Council Fundraiser is scheduled for October 25th this year and is going to be ‘spooktacular’!  Fundraising packages will be sent home October 4th and there will be loads of prizes for students and classes that fundraise the most!  Fundraising allows to school to augment and offer programs and initiatives that benefit students we are not able to provide through our school budget alone.  Last year, fundraising efforts supported the mural paintings in the office and gym, Family Math Night prizes, Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday, charge bins for Chromebooks, bussing to events such as our school Track and Field Meet, Gr. 8 Grad, guest speaker ‘D. O.’ and two plays – The Paper Bag Princess and Tree Boy.

Fit Bit October 2018

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.

Important dates to Remember

October 1 – Picture Day

October 2 – Orange Shirt Day – Residential Schools Awareness and Education

Catholic School Council Meeting – 6:00-7:30 p.m.

October 4 – Halloween Dance-a-thon Fundraiser Kick off Assembly – 2:15 p.m.

October 8 – Happy Thanksgiving!  School Closed

October 12 – St. Kateri Online Spirit Wear Store Closes

October 22 – Municipal Election Day – St. Kateri CES is a polling station

October 25 – Halloween-themed Dance-a-thon Fundraiser!  Costumes allowed and encouraged

October 26 – PA Day

October 31 – Halloween – Orange and Black Day at St. Kateri CES!


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St. Kateri Spirit Wear

Show your school spirit and purchase your St. Kateri Bulldog gear!  Short sleeve and long sleeve tees, hoodies, sweatpants and toques are available.  Sizes range from Youth Extra Small to Adult XL.  The online store closes October 12th.  Here’s the link to the store:

SMHS needs your vote ASAP!

St. Mary’s High School has entered the Aviva Community Fund competition with plans to transform the tennis surface into a multipurpose court suitable for basketball, tennis, ball hockey, pickleball and a variety of other community events. This facility will be accessible to a wide range of user groups where everyone can gather, play, and learn.

Out of 188 Big Ideas in the competition, St. Mary’s currently ranks 2nd with 10,000+ votes, just a few thousand votes behind first. With each registered voter having 10 votes, that means the gap is just 300 voters.


Please visit the St. Mary’s High School website and click on “Aviva Community Fund” for instructions on how to vote.

Voting takes place until Oct. 4, 5:00 p.m. Log on once to vote 10 times for the “Community Legacy Multi-Purpose Court for All Ages”. The top 10 ideas by votes advance to the Judging Round where 3 will receive $100,000. The other 7 receive $15,000. Winners are announced November 20.

Please encourage your friends and family to vote as well. Where Kindness Matters, Community Grows! Thank-you for helping!


The Legacy Committee

Meet the Teacher and BBQ Night

Meet the Teacher and BBQ Night is Tonight from 5:30-7:00.  Remember Me Family Catering will be selling burger, chips and drink combos for $6 (cash only please).

A reminder that parking is very limited at our school – if you are driving, please park on one of the side streets.  Parking is not permitted in any of the three lanes in front of the school, in the day care parking lot, or at the side of our school.  Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you tonight!

St. Kateri CES Upcoming News and Events

St. Kateri CES Upcoming News and Events


Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Meet the Teacher and BBQ ($6 combo)

Friday, Sept. 28, 1:30-2:30 – Terry Fox Run – Please send Toonies for Terry!

Monday, October 1 – School Picture Day!

Tuesday, October 2 – Orange Shirt Day – Residential Schools Awareness

Pilgrimage Cross

St. Kateri CES are People of Faith.  Waterloo Catholic DSB’s Pilgrimage Cross will be in our school this week.  At today’s Liturgy, students were encouraged to ‘Go Make a Difference in the World’!

Elementary School Nutrition Lunch Program


Welcome back Students and Parents!

Elementary School Nutrition Services is pleased to announce that we will administer your nutrition program for 2018/2019.  Please be advised that parents must register their students each year.  If you were registered last year, please use the same email address.  This will ensure that any credits from last year will be posted to your new account.

You may begin placing orders immediately and the first nutrition day will be Monday September  24th.   Our on-line ordering system is user friendly, and allows you to place and manage your orders when it is convenient for you.  You can pay on-line with credit card or debit.   If you have provided your email address when registering, you have agreed to receive reminder emails and communication from ESNS.

We will be offering a great selection of beverages, lunches, and snacks including Holy Guacamole, Subway, Boston Pizza , Pizza Stop and Menchies Frozen Yogurt!

To Register log on

  1. Click on the tab SCHOOLS
  2. Click on your school from the list
  3. Click on the tab REGISTER
  4. Complete all the fields in the registration form
  5. Click on Children to add your student information – select their classroom from the drop down menu – Add additional children if appropriate
  6. Click on the tab ORDERS
  7. Complete one order form for each child then proceed to payment

Full detailed instructions can also be found under the HELP Tab




All orders must be placed 10 days in advance of delivery, as we must place our orders with our suppliers in this time frame.  Emails will be sent to you to remind you when to order. Orders will only be processed if they are paid in full.


Please make your payment at the time of ordering.


Orders that are cancelled after the orders have been placed with our suppliers will be credited at 50%. Days highlighted in red on the website indicate that these orders have already been placed with our suppliers.  Our custom software does allow you to edit orders on your account that have not been placed with our suppliers.


If the school board has closed the school due to weather conditions all orders will be cancelled and a full refund will be posted to your account.


If buses are cancelled due to weather, all orders will be sent to the school.  If you wish to cancel your order as your child will not be attending school, the regular cancellation policy of 50% credit applies.

Helpful Information

Please ensure that you register your children in the correct classroom as this is where their lunches will be delivered.  If your child is moved to a different room, please log in and edit your child’s information or contact us.

When you see the icon    beside a product this means that there are options available for this product.  When you select this product your options will appear.

(Eg.  Toppings on a pita, or dressing for a salad)


If you are not able to place your order on-line you may contact our office at 519-570-3767 and we will be pleased to help you or email

Volunteers Needed


Parents and Grandparents…are you looking for a way to get more involved at our school and make a real difference in the learning of children?  Well, we have a great opportunity for you!  We are looking for volunteers for our Strong Start Letters, Sounds and Words Program! It is a 10 week commitment and volunteering would begin after Christmas.  There is an online training component scheduled for October or November. This program is for Kindergarten aged children. It is a once or twice a week commitment for a few hours a day. If you are interested, please contact the school (519 895-1716) as soon as possible.

All Stars Reading- Volunteer Opportunity

Dear Families,

The All Star Reading Program is an early intervention program for 4-6 year-olds which supports early readers as they move into the world of literacy. In the Program, students learn a variety of strategies to help them become independent and successful readers.

This particular intervention program uses trained coaches to work on a one-to-one basis with early readers. Each child receives approximately 20 minutes of individual assistance, 3 to 5 times per week. Your commitment would be for 1 time slot per week. We are asking for volunteers that will be able to commit to half a day on a weekly basis.

There will be training sessions this month after school.   The program will begin during the last week of September.

If you would like to volunteer for this important program, please contact St. Kateri CES at 519-895-1716 to register.  Please leave your name and availability for training and we will get back to you.

Volunteers will complete an orientation as well as be asked to have a police check done before beginning.

Thank you for considering helping our young learners with their reading.

                             Mrs. Costa and Mrs. Harney