St Kateri Tekakwitha CES November Newsletter
We have had a great first two months of the school year! On behalf of the entire staff at St. Kateri, we would like to thank the parent community for your support and commitment. Having your children excel and grow academically, socially, athletically and spiritually in our Faith-based Catholic school is our shared goal and we have a very strong school community that allows this to happen.
Our school’s academic staff consists of life-long learners and we have been meeting regularly to learn, co-plan, and share best practices all in the name of meeting the learning needs of our students. Mathematics/Numeracy (Proportional Reasoning) is a school-wide focus again this year, so please check classroom newsletters for tips and strategies on how you can support the learning in the classroom. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, consider checking out our School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (SIPSA) found on our school website
We would like to acknowledge and thank our Catholic School Council’s Fundraising Committee for organizing our upcoming Little Caesar’s Pizza Kit Fundraiser. The proceeds will be going towards purchasing more Chromebooks for students, so your support is very much appreciated.
Thank you to our Student Council as well. Under the direction of Mrs. Mehes, Mrs. Becker and Mrs. Dillon, our SC has planned some great student friendly school spirit events and activities. Our Halloween celebration and contests were tons of fun!
Finally, thank you to our staff members who take time out of their schedules to coach teams and run clubs. These co-curricular opportunities are so important for many of our students and we endeavor to offer activities that meet the needs and interests of all students.
In addition to the great learning taking place this month, please make note of the following events and activities:
November 7 – Progress Report Cards go home
November 8 – All Soul and All Saints Mass
November 9- Parent Teacher and Student Conferences
November 13 – Picture Retake Day
November 17-PA Day No Classes
Mr. D. Lynch Mr. R. Setler
Principal Vice Principal
Volunteer Opportunity! Strong Start Reading Program
Help a child develop reading skills playing a variety of fun games and activities designed to increase knowledge of letter names, letter sounds and words. Work one on one with a kindergarten or grade one child. The strong start letters sound and words program is offered at our school and we need your help. Volunteer to be a child’s coach for a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. It’s time well spent. Ready to get started? Contact the school for more information about volunteering . To learn more about Strong Start to reading visit www.strongstart.ca
Intermediate Flag Football
We want to congratulate the Intermediate Flag Football team for a successful tournament. They had 7 great wins, 1 tie and only 1 loss. Our athletes displayed wonderful team spirit and sportsmanship. Way to go Bulldogs! Mr. Martins & Mr. Jagas.
The Earth Rangers are in full force already. We have already completed our first milk mat. It is a long process with lots of organization and many phases. First we sort the milk bags by colour, then we decide what colour our next mat will be depending on the availability of colour. The next step is to cut the chosen bags in half and make long and short chains. Once the chains are made, we can start to weave. We had lots of participants this time, so we made quick work of our first mat. Our goal, this year, is quite ambitious. We will try to weave 10 mats. The mats are then transported to an individual who ships them to Haiti, and perhaps a few more countries in need this year. They are used in makeshift hospital as sleeping mats. The patients then bring them home. This is a great way to repurpose the milk bags and keep them out of the landfill as well as helping some people who have faced devastation. Way to go Earth Rangers, you are a powerful agent of change.
More news from Earth Rangers. As a way to continue to learn about waste management, we will repurpose greeting cards during the month of November. If you have any greeting cards at home that you feel guilty throwing out because someone put a lot of effort in the art or finding it for you, send them to school and we will make good use of them. The Earth Rangers will thankfully reuse them for crafts. We are especially looking for Christmas themed cards. Thanks, Mrs. Harney
St. Kateri Spirit Wear
The St. Kateri Bulldogs Online Spirit Wear Store will be open from Oct. 30 – Nov. 26 https://stkaterisw17.itemorder.com/
T-Shirts, Hoodies, Track Pants and Toques are available in either blue or grey.
Fit Bit Nov 2017
Water is the best choice for hydration!
Recently, the Canadian Pediatric Society made a statement about energy and sports drinks.
Water is the best choice to meet children’s hydration needs before, during and after physical activity.
People who are doing physical activity for a long period of time may need sports drinks, especially athletes who are not able to eat during physical activity. For example, athletes who participate in triathlons.
Children do not usually need sports drinks. Children typically get enough carbohydrates to support physical activity, especially if they follow the eating pattern recommended in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
Energy drinks contain more caffeine than children and adolescents can tolerate. They should avoid energy drinks.
Energy drinks are promoted as products that can improve performance and alertness. In Canada, one energy drink can contain up to 180 milligrams of caffeine.
How much caffeine can children safely consume? Health Canada recommends these limits on caffeine per day:
- Children aged 4–6 years: 45 milligrams per day
- Children aged 7–9 years: 62.5 milligrams per day
- Children aged 10–12 years: 85 milligrams per day
- Adolescents aged 13 years and older: 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day
Children are more likely to experience side effects from drinking caffeine such as:
- Jitteriness and nervousness
- Poor mental health
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased heart rate and other heart problems
St. Aloysius Church News
It would be so wonderful to remember these days and be at your Church (St. Aloysius)
- Do you know you can be an ALTAR SERVER?
Come and join for the Gathering of Altar Servers – fun, food, and learning!
Saturday, November 11th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Parish Centre
- CHILDREN’S MASS
This month assisted by St. Aloysius School
Sunday, November 1st at 11:00 am in the Church
- Sunday School
At the 11:00am Mass
Parents! Bring your child. The age group is between 3-7 years.
- FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
Lesson 2: Wednesday, November 1st (see the information package for details)
Lesson 3: Wednesday November 8th
Lesson 4: Wednesday November 15th
First Reconciliation: Saturday November 25th at 10:00 am in the church for all St. Kateri students
Parents Information Meeting: Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm in the church
Coming Soon to St. Kateri…….
Little Caesars Pizza Kits! In November, St. Kateri will be selling Little Caesars Pizza Kits! Choose from family size pizzas, personal pizzas, Italian cheese bread, crazy bread and even cookie dough! Have them on hand for practice nights, birthday parties or entertaining guests too! They’re fun to make and delicious to eat! Our fundraiser begins Friday November 3rd and will run for 2 weeks. Stay tuned and watch for order forms to be coming home soon!
GOOGLE CLASSROOM NEWS
Dear parent / guardian,
This year many teachers from St. Kateri are using Google Classroom on a more regular basis to not only post links to interactive activities, but also to complete different assignments and classroom announcements.
Google Classroom now offers email summaries for parents and guardians. When guardians join Classroom, they receive regular email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—can unsubscribe at any time or choose not to accept the invitation.
Guardian email summaries include:
Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
By default, email summaries for your classes are turned off.
Guardians can’t access Classroom, view the class stream or communicate with teachers or students.
In order to become a student’s guardian, a user must first be invited, using their email address. The user will then receive an email prompting them to accept the invitation. I will be using the email address provided through the Student Information Verification Form that was completed at the beginning of the year. If you haven’t given your email address at the time but would like to receive an invitation, please call or email the office.
You can expect an e-invite within the next few weeks from the following teachers: Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs Vreeswyk, Mme Gendreau, Mme Contreras, Mrs. Pizarro, Ms. Tojeira, Mrs. and Mrs. Harney,