Wednesday, 27 February 2013

March 2013 Newsletter


Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.  This is for grades 3—8.  It will take place at the school.

Valentine - Grams
Thanks to everyone who supported the Grade 8 heart candy gram and rose sales.  The money raised will go towards their graduation.

March Student of the Month Assembly
The March Student of the Month Assembly will take place on Friday, April 5th at 12:45 p.m. in the gym.  All are welcome to attend.

Signing –In Procedures—Reminder
Signing in procedures are not unique to Stella Maris but are mandated by the Ministry of Education of Ontario for all schools.  All visitors must sign-in when entering a school, including parents.  This is not an option but a requirement.  Once a person has signed-in, this does not mean that they are free to roam the hallways.  This is not a sign of unfriendliness or being unwanted but a precaution of guaranteed safety for all children.  Remember you are a stranger to many children in the school.  Knowing who is in the building at all times insures safety for your children. Please wait at the office and your needs will be addressed.  Your patience and cooperation is requested.

March Break
A safe and restful voyage is wished for everyone who will be traveling the March break (March 11—15).  To those who remain home let's hope for sunnier and warmer days.
Best wishes for a fun and safe March Break are extended to everyone.
St.Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day honours St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  We celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th. Many celebrate by marching in parades, dancing the Irish jig and gathering to sing Irish songs.  People wear green in memory of Ireland and the Emerald Isle and wear shamrocks, clover with three leaves.
March 17 was not the day St. Patrick was born but the day he died.  St. Patrick was born in Wales, studied religion to become a priest and then went to Ireland to teach the people about God.  There are many wonderful stories about St. Patrick, some true and some not true.  The most famous legend is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland.  This did not happen but the Irish will tell you that you cannot find a snake throughout the whole country of Ireland.

Hot Dog Lunch
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 will be a hotdog lunch.  Thanks to CSAC for organizing this event.

From the Health Unit
~Did you know?
Drinking too many sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to childhood obesity. Drinking them regularly may increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cavities.  As well, these beverages have few nutrients like calcium, magnesium and iron found in milk and fruit juices.
To help children maintain a healthy body weight, Canada's Food Guide recommends limiting soft drinks and other sweetened beverages. Instead, encourage children to quench their thirst with water, milk or 100% fruit juice.
What can you do?
  • Know the Rule of Four. 1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams of sugar. So, a medium soft drink with 56 grams of sugar equals 14 teaspoons of sugar!
  • Read the ingredient list on labels. Sugar has many other names like corn sweetener, glucose, malt syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, molasses, dextrose, fructose, and inverted sugar. Be aware that if one of these names is first or second on the list it is likely high in added sugar.  
  • Think water.  Children 4 to 8 years old should drink about 5 cups of fluid (including water) daily, and children 9 to13 years old should drink about 6 to 7 cups. Remember to offer foods that are high in water content such as oranges, grapes, cucumbers and peppers.
St. Michael's Catholic High School
Do you know an adult who is in need of a high school diploma?  Teacher Led Day Classes for 9 week blocks.
Registration for the next block is March 26th – June 3rd, 2013
477 Detroit St. Windsor  519-946-3761

CSAC Read-a-thon
Thank you for making the read-a-thon a success.  The winners will be announced at the February Student of the Month assembly scheduled on Thursday, February 28th at 9:00 a.m.  Students will be receiving their free popcorn, McDonald's lunch for the top class and Principal and Teacher for the day will take place on March 6th.  

CSAC Meeting
The Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Easter is the celebration of Jesus Christ's rising from the dead (His Resurrection) after His crucifixion which took place on what we now term Good Friday. Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Vernal or Spring Equinox on March 21st. This can be any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. It is the most sacred of all the Christian holidays or celebrations. Christ's return (or rising) from death is called the Resurrection. According to the scriptures, Christ's tomb was empty three days after His death.   His followers saw Him and talked to Him after this. Christians therefore believe that they have the hope of a new life (an everlasting life in Heaven) after their earthly death. Easter Mass will take place at the school on April 3rd at 1:15 p.m.

Dates to Remember
March 28th —Holy Thursday
March 29th—Good Friday—No School
March 31st—Easter Sunday
April 1st—Easter Monday—No School
April 29th & April 30th– Spring Photos
Education Week—May 5th– 10th— The theme this year is "Growing Together in Faith".  Mass will take place on May 8th at St. John the Baptist Church. Time to be announced.

Friday, 1 February 2013

February Newsletter 2013

Junior  and Senior Kindergarten Registration At Stella Maris Catholic School
February 19th – March 1st
Open House/Registration Evening at all schools
Wednesday, February 20th from  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Junior Kindergarten – Children must be 4 years old by December 31st,2013
Senior Kindergarten –Children must be 5 years old by December 31st, 2013

Congratulations to all our Grade 8 students that received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  May the newly confirmed truly be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Student of the Month Assembly
The February Student of the Month Assembly will take place on Thursday, February 28th at 9:00 a.m. in the gym.  All are welcome to attend.

Report Cards
Report Cards go home on Monday  February 4th.  Parent Teacher Interviews will be on Thursday February 7th from 4:00—7:00 p.m.  Congratulations to all students who worked hard to achieve their goals.

National Flag of Canada Day – Friday, February 15th
Made it's first appearance on February 15th, 1965.
If you have  clothing with the Canadian flag wear it proudly that day.

Inclement Weather
Please remember to tune into the following radio stations for weather updates or transportation information.
AM Stations—CBEF 540 , CKLW  800, CFCO 630
FM Stations—CIMX 88.7, CKLW 93.9, CHYR 96.7
You can also log onto our Board and click on "Are the Buses Running?'
In the event that buses are not running all hot/pizza lunches will be deferred to the following week.  All practices and games will be cancelled.

Late Arrivals
Research shows that student attendance and punctuality is closely connected to successful achievement in classes. Parents can assist the staff by encouraging their child to arrive before 8:35 a.m. daily. We are proud of our strong academic focus and work ethic as students strive for success in all of their subjects.  Good work habits, completion of assignments along with regular and punctual attendance are almost certain guarantees for success.

Pink Shirt Day —Wednesday February 27, 2013
Once again we ask that you wear a pink shirt as we participate in the Pink Shirt Day as  part of an anti-bullying awareness day.

Indoor Shoes
We are blessed with a large schoolyard.  With this comes a great deal of mud, water, dirt and snow that is tracked into the school.  Not only does this become a cleanliness issue but one of health and safety as well.  All children should have outdoor shoes/boots for playing outside and indoor shoes to wear once inside the building.  Indoor shoes significantly alleviate the amount of snow, dirt and dust that is brought into the classrooms, washrooms and gymnasium.  Outdoor muddy/wet shoes will not be permitted into the classrooms.

Happy Valentine's Day
February 14th will be red, white and pink day.

Important Dates Ahead
Friday,  February 8th—P.D. Day—No school for students.
Monday. February 18th—Family Day—No School
March 11th  - 15th– March Break
Friday, March  29th—Good Friday
Monday April 1st—Easter Monday

Let  no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."
Mother Teresa