ST. STEPHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER & UPDATE
Healthy Hearts, Caring Minds
November 22, 2016
In this issue
“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
-St. Francis of Assisi
The Catholic School Council will be hosting a Dance-a-thon on Friday, November 25th, in support of families of our sister school, St. Luke’s in Ottawa, during the Christmas season. All students will be dancing for a 30 to 45 minute block during the day. Students are asked to bring back their pledge forms, which were sent out last week, as well as their collected donations. Thanks so much for your continued support.
Gospel Values Assembly
On Thursday, November 24th, we will be holding our first Gospel Values Assembly of the year, at 10:05 am in the gym. We will be presenting certificates to those in Grades 1 to 6 who were selected from each class as students who demonstrate the need for, and importance of, love and community in their daily actions.
Bullying Awareness Week
This week is “Bullying Awareness Week” and this topic will be discussed in each classroom. Teachers will be talking to students about what bullying is, who students can look to for help, and how we can all deal with situations to ensure our school is a bully-free zone. We will also address this topic at our assembly, when we discuss the ways that students can show love and care for one another and their community.
On Friday, November 18th, during our PD Day, the staff had a wonderful opportunity for a Math professional development session. We had some great collaborative planning time, discussed teaching strategies, including number talks, and explored the types of questions we ask students to ensure understanding. If you are working on Math homework with your child and are looking for questions to ask, to help ensure they have understood the concepts, this is a great resource that was shared on the PD Day.
The snow has started to accumulate and it looks like the cold weather is here to stay. The students are enjoying playing in the snow and building forts and other structures with their friends. All students are reminded that snowballs are not to be thrown and the snow boulders are to be shared, not argued over, as we all want to enjoy safe and fun recesses out in the snow.
A special thanks to the Catholic School Council for providing Science materials, Kindergarten program items and new French books. The money raised by the Council continues to be put to good use and helps our students to achieve great things in their academic activities.
Follow us on Twitter
If you want to see some of the exciting things students are doing on a daily basis, please follow us on Twitter: @STEStallions. If you don’t have Twitter, don’t worry, the feed is also embedded on our school website, which can be found at: ste.ocsb.ca.
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