October 2013 Newsletter
Student of the Month
Our September Student of the Month Assembly will take place on Thursday, October 3rd at 8:35 a.m. The theme for September Student of the Month was "great start".
All are welcome to attend.
School photos will take place on Wednesday, October 2th.
Please join us on Monday, October 7th in the school gym as we celebrate our Thanksgiving Mass. It will take place at 1:15 p.m. Thank you to Mrs Scipione's Grade 6 and Miss Bonura's Grade 5/6 for organizing the mass.
The results of Ontario's Province-Wide Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6) have been distributed to all students who took part in the Spring 2013 assessment. Our students and teachers with your support have done very well. We scored above the Provincial and the School Board in all areas but one. A summary of the results of students achieving at level 3 & 4 is listed below. At the school level, we will be reviewing individual student results and school trends. We are also committed to continuing our work with regards to improving student learning and achievement. EQAO data is one of the factors, along with report card and other school-based assessments that we consider when deciding on school-wide instructional goals.
Grade 3 Reading – 79% Grade 6 Reading – 93%
Grade 3 Writing – 89% Grade 6 Writing – 97%
Grade 3 Mathematics – 57% Grade 6 Mathematics – 73%
~Canned Goods for St. Vincent de Paul
A heartfelt thank you to all those that participated in our canned food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. A total of 2550 canned goods were collected. We collected 962 more canned goods than last year! The winners of the pizza lunch will be announced at the Student of the Month Assembly.
Rosary Apostolate Program
The Rosary Apostolate program will continue again this year. It will begin the month of October. The students will continue to learn about the saints of our Catholic Church, the uniqueness of our Rosary praying traditions and how Mary is the Queen of all Saints. This will take place once a month.
~Mad Science After School Program
Mad Science After School Program will be offered again this year. It will take place every Monday from October 28th—December 2nd from 3:15—4:15 p.m. This is for grades 1 –6. An information package was sent home on September 30th for those of you interested in enrolling your child.
Hallowe'en Bake Sale
There will be a Hallowe'en Bake Sale on Thursday, October 31st. Thanks to grades JK/SKD, 2M, 4/5Mc. And 6S who will be baking this month. A reminder that Stella Maris is an allergen aware school and all products should be nut safe. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. Looking forward to some yummy treats. Thanks to Parent Council for organizing this bakesale.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
We will celebrate the Hallowe'en spirit by designating Thursday, October 31st, 2013 as "Orange and Black" day. All students are encouraged to wear these colours.
We will continue to sell pizza by the slice starting on Wednesday, October 9th. A slice of pizza will cost $1.50. Money must be in by the Monday of that week. No forms will be given, teachers will record student's names of who ordered. The pizza follows the healthy eating guideline. Pizza is ordered from Dominos
Parent Council has arranged for a hotdog lunch on Friday, October 25th More information will be forthcoming.
On October 5th, teachers around the world are celebrated and recognized for the important work they do each day. Teachers give our children the gift of knowledge and understanding while developing physical, social, and spirit wellness in each child.
To the staff of Stella Maris, thanks for all you do!
Grade8s' off to Muskoka Woods
We wish the Grade 8 students and teachers a safe trip to Muskoka Woods scheduled from Tuesday, October 15th—Friday, October 18th. Remember the Muskoka motto—You don't have to be the best, just do your best!
~Soccer and Cross Country
We are very proud of both our girls' and boys' soccer teams. They are working very hard under the direction of girls' soccer coaches Miss Bonura and Mr. DeThomasis and boys' soccer coach Mr. Mathieson. Mrs. Vipond will be working with all of the students who have come out for Cross-Country. We look forward to the 2:00 p.m. meet on Tuesday, October 29th at Malden Park. Please be mindful of the parking as they are enforcing the no parking zone! Go Stingrays! The raindate will be on Wednesday, October 30th.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever.
Although thanks should be given all the time, Monday, October 14th is a special day for all to give thanks for the many blessings which have been given to us. A wonderful weekend among friends and loved ones is hoped for everyone in the Stella Maris community.
United Way-Your Donations Count
Thank you to those who have donated to the United Way Campaign. The Windsor-Essex School's Safety Patrol Association is fully funded by the United Way. The Bus and Foot Patrols who ensure the safety of all students as they make their way to and from school appreciate your support. If you still wish to donate it is never too late. Please contact United Way 519-258-0000.
Beginning with the November newsletter Stella Maris will be going green, no longer providing a hard copy of the newsletter. As in the past the newsletter has been on the school website—wecdssb.on.ca/~223 or our Catholic Elementary School Web Portal where you will find links to our School News Blog, Twitter Feed and online Calendar.
This will save a tremendous amount of paper. If you do not have access to a computer a hard copy will be made available at the office. The school information bulletin board located outside the office will also have a posted newsletter.
From the Health Unit- "Ingredients" for a Safe Fall
- Pack lunches safely. To keep cold foods cold, use an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack. You can also freeze a drink to help foods stay cold. To keep hot foods hot, make sure food is piping hot then place in a thermos rinsed with very hot water.
- Resiliency is the ability to "bounce back" from hardships and change. Help guide your children through tough times by giving them consistent rules and setting realistic expectations.
- As they say, the worst thing that you can say to your children about drugs 'is nothing at all'. Parents who talk to their children and monitor their activities, reduce the likelihood of those children using drugs.
- Children's recreational screen time should be limited to no more than 2 hours per day. Instead of computers, video games, and television time, encourage your children to do activities that strengthen their muscles and bones. Try activities such as weight training (ages 12-17), yoga, skipping, running, swimming, dancing or basketball.
- Most playground related injuries are predictable and preventable. To help keep your children safe, use equipment that is age appropriate and geared to their ability level. As well, tie up loose strings and tuck in loose clothing. Remove hats, scarves and other items that could get caught in equipment.
- Flu season is here. In children, 90% of all colds, flus, sore throats and aches and pains are caused by viruses that cannot be cured by antibiotics. Prevent the flu by getting your whole family vaccinated with the free flu shot.