Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Eco-Team Message - Used Battery Collection

Since 2017, almost nine tonnes of used household batteries have been kept out of Colchester's landfill through recycling efforts. When batteries are thrown into the garbage- they go to landfills. In the landfill- the casing breaks down and the toxic chemicals from the battery leaks into the soil. It then goes into our water supply and eventually to our oceans and waterways. 

Stingrays- we can help stop this cycle by educating our families and friends about where batteries go when they die. They DO NOT belong in the garbage!!!

Our very own Stingray Eco-Team is collecting used and dead batteries again this year. Please make sure to tape the ends with masking tape or painter's tape so that they do not spark. A bucket will be placed in the front hallway near the staffroom. 

Please continue to help us save the Earth StellaMaris! 


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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Oct 3 Labour Update from the Director's Office

Please follow the link below for the most up to date information.

https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/labour_updates  

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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Freedom Achievers




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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Stella Maris Grad's Doing Well...



Click the link below to read a nice article (approx Page 20) about the Duffy Girls Talking the Racing World by storm.  

Go Stingrays!



 

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Correction....



Our apologies....a typo on the Ice Cream Social post....the time should read 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  

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Hope to see everyone.....




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Friday, 30 August 2019

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to Stella Maris for the 2019-20 school year! It is truly my pleasure to have been assigned to be the Principal and I'm very excited to get to know each and everyone of you!  

You will be receiving a lot of correspondence the next few weeks; here is an outline of a few important things to note as we start the new year. 

Safety

For the safety of all students, parents of JK through grade 8 children will not be allowed to travel through the hallways to drop off or pick up their children at their classroom doors. All SK through grade 8 students will be entering and leaving the school building through the front of the building. The teachers will be dismissing their classes to their respective doors at dismissal time. Older students who pick up younger siblings at the end of the day will meet before walking home. 

If a parent needs to see their child, drop something off or pick them up during school hours, they are asked to wait at the office and we will call the student down. 

Allergy/Scent Awareness 

A number of people within the building have negative reactions to strong scents. Please refrain from using scented products when visiting the school. Thank-you for your ongoing cooperation. 

There are several children within our school community that have life-threatening allergies to foods. We need everyone's cooperation to ensure a safe environment for all children. Your assistance is needed to: 

• Teach your children to understand the seriousness of life-threatening allergies 

• Please check the list of ingredients on items that are sent to school 

The most common allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, eggs, milk, soy, wheat and stinging insects. Reactions to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish tend to be the most serious. Peanut allergies are the leading cause of food- induced anaphylaxis death. 

It is difficult at the best of times to get children to eat healthy snacks; however, we hope that you will appreciate the seriousness of life-threatening allergies and that you will assist the school in our efforts to create as safe an environment as possible. With your collaboration we can minimize the risk of an allergic reaction. 

'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:35-41 

Classes 

Many students move in or out of the area throughout the summer months. This has a direct impact on school staffing. Please be advised that your child's classroom teacher may be subject to change until the end of September. Please keep in mind that we strive to keep these changes to a minimum. 

New Morning Entry Procedures 

This year the students will be entering the school and proceeding to their respective classes at 8:10 a.m. The front doors will be open for student arrival. Supervision will be provided at this time. School will continue to begin promptly at 8:25 a.m. Please ensure that your children arrive at school between the above noted times. Punctuality is key to a positive start to the day. 

New Lunch Hour Procedures 

The lunch hour will be 11:22 – 12:22 pm. Traditionally the lunch hour at school has the students eat their lunch for the first 20 minutes and then go outside for the last 40 minutes. At my previous school lunch hour was 'flipped' so that the students went outside for the first 40 minutes and then come inside to eat their lunch for the next 20 minutes. This worked out extremely well at multiple levels and makes good sense for kids. We will be moving to this format this coming year. Please keep this in mind if you ever need to pick-up your son/daughter. 



Environmentally Friendly Newsletters 

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, we will continue to provide school correspondence electronically via our school blog (smstingrays.blogspot.ca), Twitter (@smstingrays) & calendar.  All of these resources can be found at our School Portal (https://sites.google.com/a/catholicboard.ca/sm-portal/). Thanks for helping us make a greener tomorrow! 

School Advisory Council Elections 

At this time we would like to invite parents to submit their name for candidacy on the Stella Maris School Advisory Council (SAC). Parents play the first and most important role in their children's education. Research from the Education Improvement Commission shows that, "...parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child's success in school. When parents are involved in their children's education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly, complete more homework in a consistent manner, and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school." Our ongoing success and effectiveness depends on the continuing participation and support of our community. May we continue to be blessed with God's spiritual guidance as we embark on another journey together, striving to meet the needs of our Stella Maris School community. 

We will be conducting our Stella Maris SAC Elections for all positions (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Parent Representative, etc...) towards the end of September at the School (date & time are tba). All current parents/guardians are eligible to put their names forward for election. If interested, please plan on attending our September meeting. If you are unable to attend, but still would like to participate, please contact the school. 


Sincerely, 

Mr. B. Marenchin

Principal


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Stella Maris School Advisory Council Nomination Form

Parent Name:


Child(s) Name:


Telephone #:


Email:


Please return to school by September 16


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