Monthly Archives: October 2019

Halloween Fun Dance!

Halloween

 

Dear parents,

 

We have had to postpone our fundraiser dance-a-thon until the spring, but we will still have a Halloween fun dance for students on October 31st in the afternoon. Students are invited to wear their costumes and to dance along to music provided by DJ Bear.

 

We ask that you take the following into consideration when selecting an appropriate costume for your child, or when guiding older children about what is appropriate to wear in school:

 

  • Under no circumstances should there be any scary clowns or similar costumes which would be distressing for younger students.
  • Please do not send any “weapon” accessories. These are strictly forbidden on school premises.
  • Please avoid cultural appropriation i.e. dressing in the costume of a different cultural group.
  • No “sexy” costumes, please. This is inappropriate in a Catholic school setting.
  • For safety reasons, faces should be uncovered and we ask you to steer away from long capes or “tails” that could be tripping hazards.
  • Students also have the option of dressing in orange and black if they do not wish to wear their Halloween costume to school.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Voting Information

WE Scare Hunger

 

Similar to last year, the WE team would like to invite you to participate in the WE Scare Hunger food drive. On October 21st, any students and staff can bring in a decorated pumpkin for display in the atrium. 

For the rest of the week, students will be able to vote for their favourite pumpkin using non-perishable food items or cash donations. The WE team will count how many food items and ballots each pumpkin earns and announce the winners on the following Monday. You are allowed to decorate and/or carve your pumpkin; feel free to make it as creative or spooky as you’d like. Categories include: scariest, funniest, weirdest,  wild card (character, school spirit) and the most creative pumpkins. Ribbons, treats and bragging rights are on the line! Let’s SCARE HUNGER!

WE SCARE HUNGER – PUMPKIN FOOD DRIVE CONTEST – Classroom information 

 

Contest Details:  

Pumpkins

Students, you can decorate a pumpkin at home with your family or your friends. Before you begin, make sure to get permission from a parent or guardian. Bring in your decorated pumpkin on Monday, October 21st. Let your creativity shine through, by carving, painting, decorating or bedazzling a pumpkin!

 

Voting

In order to vote, students have to bring in a non-perishable food item or make a one dollar cash donation.  For every food item or $1 donation, you will get one vote. Simply put the food into the box with the label that matches your favourite pumpkin. If you bring in 10 items or $10, you will have an opportunity to vote 10 items. Once you vote, and put your item in a box, it cannot be moved. Any students who are making cash donations are asked to meet in the atrium at First Recess to submit their cash donation and to receive ballots to vote for their favourite pumpkin. 

 

Judging

If you plan to bring in a pumpkin, be aware that we will look for the most votes in several categories. You can choose a category for the pumpkin you bring in. Categories include: scariest, funniest, weirdest,  wild card (character, school spirit) and the most creative pumpkins.The pumpkins that have the most ballots and food items votes in each category will be given a ribbon and treats at the end of the week.

 

Date to drop off labelled pumpkins: Monday October 21st, before school (8:30-9:00)

Voting: Monday, October 21st – Thursday, October 24th 

All food will be used as part of our October food drive.

Alright Eagles! Let’s SCARE HUNGER!

WE Scare Hunger

WE Scare Hunger

 

Similar to last year, the WE team would like to invite you to participate in the WE Scare Hunger food drive. On October 21st, any students and staff can bring in a decorated pumpkin for display in the atrium. 

For the rest of the week, students will be able to vote for their favourite pumpkin using non-perishable food items or cash donations. The WE team will count how many food items and ballots each pumpkin earns and announce the winners on the following Monday. You are allowed to decorate and/or carve your pumpkin; feel free to make it as creative or spooky as you’d like. Categories include: scariest, funniest, weirdest,  wild card (character, school spirit) and the most creative pumpkins. Ribbons, treats and bragging rights are on the line! Let’s SCARE HUNGER!

WE SCARE HUNGER – PUMPKIN FOOD DRIVE CONTEST – Classroom information 

 

Contest Details:  

Pumpkins

Students, you can decorate a pumpkin at home with your family or your friends. Before you begin, make sure to get permission from a parent or guardian. Bring in your decorated pumpkin on Monday, October 21st. Let your creativity shine through, by carving, painting, decorating or bedazzling a pumpkin!

 

Voting

In order to vote, students have to bring in a non-perishable food item or make a one dollar cash donation.  For every food item or $1 donation, you will get one vote. Simply put the food into the box with the label that matches your favourite pumpkin. If you bring in 10 items or $10, you will have an opportunity to vote 10 items. Once you vote, and put your item in a box, it cannot be moved. Any students who are making cash donations are asked to meet in the atrium at First Recess to submit their cash donation and to receive ballots to vote for their favourite pumpkin. 

 

Judging

If you plan to bring in a pumpkin, be aware that we will look for the most votes in several categories. You can choose a category for the pumpkin you bring in. Categories include: scariest, funniest, weirdest,  wild card (character, school spirit) and the most creative pumpkins.The pumpkins that have the most ballots and food items votes in each category will be given a ribbon and treats at the end of the week.

 

Date to drop off labelled pumpkins: Monday October 21st, before school (8:30-9:00)

Voting: Monday, October 21st – Thursday, October 24th 

All food will be used as part of our October food drive.

Alright Eagles! Let’s SCARE HUNGER!

Pumpkin Vote Information

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ej63Q6YAClFpvm0j5MEcbWepCq8m4Pv7tcWKJWv-d5w/edit?usp=sharing

ECO Team News: Waste Reduction

ECO Team News: Waste Reduction
Week October 21st to the 28th!
This week is National Waste Reduction Week and the ECO Team is ready!
1. Textile Tuesday! Fall is the time of year to purge gently used clothing. In our team’s bid to repurpose goods we are asking all
families to send any gently used clothing during this week. We will donate these items to Hope’s Closet for those in need and make
sure they stay out of the landfill.
2. E-Waste Wednesday! We will also be collecting any used batteries this week to ensure that they are recycled properly.
3. Ban the Bottle Thursday! We would like to encourage all students to bring reusable water bottles to school on Thursday. Each
student who does will get a ballot to go into our raffle to win a class pizza party.
4. Litterless Lunch Monday 28th! Our school has also pledged to reduce food waste and plastic waste. On Monday October 28th,
we are holding a school wide litterless lunch. Here are some tips to ensure lunches are litter-free:
WASTE-FREE LUNCH TIPS
-Pack lunches with healthy foods to minimize the packaging used in processed food
-Only pack as much food as your child will eat
-Use a reusable lunch bag/box and refillable bottle for drinks
-If you choose to use a single-serving container, please make sure it is recyclable
-Put sandwiches, muffins, etc. in reusable containers, instead of plastic bags
Thank you for helping us make
the world a better and greener place!

November Fit Bit

November 2019 – Plant-Based Protein Foods

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you already make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.

Ingredients:

 

2 tsp                      canola oil

1 whole                 red onion, chopped

4 whole                 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp                   ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)

2 Tbsp                   curry paste or curry powder

1 tsp                      garam masala*

¼ cup                    cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp                   whole wheat flour

2 ½ cups               low sodium vegetable broth

2 whole                 potatoes, diced

1 whole                bell pepper, chopped

6 oz                        green beans, chopped

1 (540 mL) can   low sodium lentils

 

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

 

Adapted from food-guide.canada.ca. Visit food-guide.canada.ca and unlockfood.ca  for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants.

Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

 

Camp Brebeuf

This information is for any parents of grade 8 students that are participating in the grade 8 retreat at Camp Brebeuf. Please ensure the oral medication, allergy alert (including any special dietary needs), risk form, photo release (please note the wording) and student responsibility forms are accurately filled out. These forms must ALL be completed, signed and returned to your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday, Oct.  23rd, 2019. A cheque for $165 made out to St. Elizabeth school should also be included. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Deignan.

Grad Wear/Spirit Wear Reminder

Friendly reminder that Wednesday is the last day to submit grad spirit wear or school spirit wear orders. You can still submit a paper order or an online order.