As we enter our third week of school, we are happy to see that staff and students have settled nicely into the new school year. Autumn is on the way this week!  With autumn arriving we will be able to enjoy the fresh outdoor breeze and all the bright colours that will begin to surround us in our beautiful schoolyard. The days are still hot but the nights are cooling off – perfect for a good night’s sleep so we can all learn throughout the day!

We have a busy week ahead!

Monday, September 19th is the Provincial Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Since the death of the Queen, there has been much discussion around the world, including here in Ontario, regarding fitting gestures in communities and schools to mark the passing of a Sovereign who has served the Commonwealth, and as Canada’s head of state, for seven decades. At the direction of the Ontario government, we will honour the Queen with a virtual ceremony and a moment of silence at 1:00 pm. In our ongoing attempt to live our mission and be “a place for all” we hold space for both our continued action on Truth and Reconciliation, equity and inclusion, and a dignified recognition of the woman who so selflessly gave to our nation; our Queen.

3-Pitch

Our Intermediate Boys & Girls 3-Pitch teams will be heading to RIM Park Monday, September 19th for their tournament. Thank you to our coaches for their time and talent in making this opportunity possible for our school to take part in this competition! Please join us and cheer our teams on.

Bus Patrol Training

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region considers safety a top priority. On Tuesday, September 20th, our bus patrol students will take part in the Safety Patrol Program. It is a beneficial safety program for our bus patrollers. Each September, training is provided for all bus patrollers.

STSWR works in conjunction with Waterloo Region Police Services, City of Cambridge, City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo fire services, as well as St John Ambulance to emphasize the importance of making safety a top priority. These children (ages 10-14) are trained in bus evacuation procedures as well as how to be a bus patrol. This program is a wonderful leadership opportunity for some of our students.

Open House

We invite you and your family to attend our Open House on Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Come into our school, take a tour of the building, see your child’s classroom, and meet the teachers! Check out the flyer.Open House Poster

Terry Fox

On Friday, September 23rd after the last recess, we will be celebrating Terry Fox and his tremendous accomplishments by participating in the Terry Fox National School Run. Our entire school will show our support by walking during the day to remember Terry Fox’s dream of raising money for cancer research. Students are encouraged to donate $2.00 or more through Cash Online to help raise funds for Cancer Research and to carry on Terry Fox’s dream.  In order for your child to participate, you must have filled out the ‘Walks Around the Neighbourhood Education Excursion Consent‘ that is on  School Cash Online WCDSB.  Don’t forget to wear RED!!

 Volunteers

We hope that many of you will consider volunteering your gifts and talents at some point during our school year, whether by helping us with a special event or assisting with our Strong Start Reading Program. Please note all of our volunteers are required to have a Vulnerable Sector Police Check on file at the school.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at the school for more details. 

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Safety Practice/Drills – every year we practice a variety of drills, all of these are aimed at keeping the students and staff safe in the case of an emergency. The following is a list of drills including their purpose, frequency, process, and dates of our drills this fall:

  • Fire drills – 6 per year; we practice safe evacuation of the school to be prepared should we ever experience a fire. The students walk quickly and quietly with staff out of the building through a designated path, out designated doors to the specific gathering spot. Our first one is on Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 2022.
  • Lockdown Drills – 2 per year; we practice getting students and staff into as safe a position as possible, to be prepared should there ever be a real or perceived risk to safety in our school or immediate areas. Students gather in a corner of the room with their teacher, in a way that no one is visible from the door. The door is locked.
  • Tornado drills – 2 per year; we practice getting into a safe position to be prepared in case we ever experience a Tornado in the area, students sit (protecting their heads) against strong interior walls away from windows. 

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well.