October Newsletter

October Newsletter

 

Dates to Remember …

Oct 4 – Kick-off assembly for the Dance-a-thon – collection envelopes go home

Oct 8 – Thanksgiving Monday (no school)

Oct 12 – Picture Day

Oct 15 – Dance-a-thon money / pledge forms due

Oct 16 – School Council Meeting

Oct 19 – Dance-a-thon

Oct 22-23 – Mount Mary (Grade 8 Students)

Oct 26 – PD Day (no school for students)

Looking ahead …

Nov 6 – Progress Reports go home, HPV / HepB shots

Nov 8 – Parent Teachers Interviews

Nov 14 – Picture Retakes
Nov 15 – All Saints Mass

Nov 16 – PA Day – no school

Nov 20 – School Council
Nov 25 – Children’s Mass @ St. Aloysius Church

A Prayer for Fall

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.

for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,

for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,

for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,

for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,

for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,

for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,

for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.

God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

Amen

– Doug Leonhardt, S.J.

New Logo – The St. Aloysius Stars!

The Gator has retired! In its place, the school has chosen to become the St. Aloysius Stars. Our team chose the stars from the many entrants because it symbolizes so many wonderful things:

  • a star is someone who excels at something
  • the star represents the star of Bethlehem that showed where baby Jesus was born
  • to “reach the stars” means that we have high expectations and keep trying
  • shooting stars are unique: just like each of us
  • we are connected through the stars since no matter where you come from, everyone looks up at the same stars at night

Later on in the school year, we will offer spirit wear with our new logo to purchase and show our school spirit.

Grade 8 Mount Mary Retreat

The grade 8 classes will be attending the Mount Mary religious retreat in October! On this retreat, students will foster and develop their relationships in the school community, and to God. To support the trip, and defray some of the costs, we will be selling popcorn at school. Stay tuned for further details.

 

Extended Day Program

It is hard to believe that September is already gone. Our Extended Day Program is ready for Autumn and all the celebrations that come with it. The kids are showing an interest in Fall, the changing leaves and the beautiful colours. The students have made unique pieces of art using leaves found outside. We have been planning activities around the theme of Fall and are looking forward to further investigations and discoveries as we enjoy the changing of the seasons.

As a team we believe that it is very important to provide a space where the children can develop and share their skills and abilities. We have focused a great deal on their ability to communicate, adapt in new learning situations and develop and expand on social skills. This is one of the reasons why the program is running the ‘Special Me’ activity, where we choose a student each week to be our helper. We are asking the older students to lead and run some activities in the classroom as well to support and foster their learning and development amongst their younger peers.

During our quiet time every day, we complete ‘find the code’ activities, colouring and math learning, all appropriate to each child’s age and abilities.

We have truly appreciated the support of parents and guardians as we wrap up our first month in the Extended Day Program.

Reminder: Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings. If you find food inside of your child’s backpack, it is because they didn’t eat it at snack time. As per program rules, we must send home the uneaten snack with the student.

WE Day!

On Thursday September 20th, members of the Social Justice team met in the early hours to board a bus to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena for the 2018 WE Day celebration. They were inspired by speeches from people such as Kareem Abdule-Jabbar, Adam Devine and Ann Curry and enjoyed amazing performances by artists like the Arkells and Jessie Reyes.

The first initiative organized by Social Justice will be WE Scare Hunger where food will be collected for the month of October to donate to our local food bank. More information about the food drive will follow.

Nutrition for Learning

Nutrition for Learning is a government funded program that offers a breakfast bin program  to all students in the school at no cost. Each morning a bin goes to all classrooms that offers 3 different food groups for each child. Here is an example of what you would find in  the breakfast bin; apples, yogurt, crackers or cereal. Each student is offered 1 item from each food group. All the food that is offered in the bins follows the nutritional guides from the food guide. We are very fortunate to have a program to support student nutrition and well-being here at St. Aloysius school.

School Cash Online—REGISTER TODAY!

There are a number of students that have not yet been signed up for School Cash Online. This is our main source of receiving payments  for pizza days, school trips, etc. If you have not yet signed up your child(ren) for School Cash Online, please contact their classroom teacher. They will send you a copy of the step-by-step instructions. Once your child is set up, you do not have to complete the process again. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact The Parent Helpdesk:

parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com OR 1-866-961-1803

*NEWCOMERS TO CANADA*

Immunization and Dental Clinics Available

Health is at the top of issues newcomers face when coming to Canada.

The YMCA is providing Immunization and Dental clinics on November 19th, 2018 at 800 King Street West, Kitchener for newcomers to Canada (specifically those without a family doctor).

Families attending the Immunization and Dental clinics are required to bring any immunization records they might have brought to Canada from back home with them. This information is necessary to ensure that the nurses are prepared to handle the needs of each new client. Getting this information to the clinic ahead of time will allow for a smoother transition.

If you speak English, you can contact the Region of Waterloo directly at (519) 575-4400 ext. 13007 for immunization information.

Those who require assistance contacting the clinic, are asked to contact your child’s classroom or ESL teacher for support.

Freedom of Information Form

At the beginning of the school year, parents/guardians were given a sheet to complete and return to the school entitled “Freedom of Information.” We want to ensure that all of those parents/guardians understand, if you you checked the box “no,” you have confirmed that you DO NOT allow for your child’s name or picture to be present in any school related documents or social media outlets. We just want to inform you that if you have checked ‘no,” this also means that your son/daughter will NOT appear in the class picture and the year book that is available for purchase at the end of the year.

If you would prefer that they be present in their class picture and school yearbook, please contact their teacher and make arrangements to complete a new form. We will also have these forms available on the night of Parent/Teacher Interviews (Nov 8th).

Terry Fox Run

We exceeded our goal!

We are so proud to announce that the students at St. Aloysius school have exceeded their goal to raise $500.00 and have raised approximately $838.00 with donations still coming in. The students gathered together in the gym to learn more about Terry Fox and his inspirational story. All the students and staff then proceeded to the school yard where they walked in honour of the late Terry Fox.

“St. Aloysius Church invites you”

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, October 6th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Parish Centre

CHILDREN’S MASS

This month assisted by St. Aloysius School

Sunday, November 25th at 11:00 am in the Church

At the 11:00 am Mass

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

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION

Parents Information Meeting:
Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm in the church

Last Date to submit the application to the church office:
Friday, October 12th

First Lesson: Wednesday, October 17th (see the information package)

CONFIRMATION

Parents Information Meeting: Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm
in the church

 

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