St. Elizabeth Catholic School Newsletter
Volume 5 January 2010
"Building Relationships with Justice, Peace and Joy
in the Holy Spirit”
For 2010, REMINDER TO PARENTS
May there always be work for your hands to do. We are asking all parents that they remain outside
before and after school as your sons and daughters
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
arrive and depart after school.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane. If your child is late, we ask
that you check in at the main
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. Lots of
office and your child will go to Learning
May the hand of a friend always be near you. the class on their own. If
May God fill you heart with gladness to cheer you. your child needs help to get to
their class, a staff member
will assist them. Likewise if
your child needs to leave
St. Elizabeth School is always
school before the end of the
pleased to accept your Zehrs
day, we ask that you check in at the office and wait
tapes all year long. The funds we
until your child arrives at the office. If your child
raise each year go towards
needs assistance, a staff member will go to the
student directed activities.
classroom and accompany your child to the office.
So please save your Zehrs Tapes This request is being made so that St. Elizabeth is a
and send them in with your children whenever you safe and secure home for all. If you have any
can. Thanks. questions, please contact Mr. Sitko
For the most up to date information on weather
conditions and school closures, please listen to one of
St. Elizabeth School Start Time 9:00 a.m. the following radio stations. C.H.Y.M (AM 570) (FM
50 Adler Drive, Cambridge, 96.7) Kitchener Waterloo C.F.C.A. (AM 1090) (FM
End Time 3:30 p.m.
N3C 4B7 105.3) Kitchener-Waterloo C.I.A.M.(AM 960)
Phone: 519-651-0400 Fax: 519-651-0409
Web site—www.wcdsb.ca Or call -The Record Info Line 894-2000 code 1801 or
on the internet at www.wcdsb.ca and look for the
green or red box
St. Elizabeth school has had a very exciting November and December. Mrs. Silver
organized our own OLYMPIC TORCH RUN. It is so fantastic to see all our students in
the hall as they clap and cheer on each classroom as they run through the halls with
the torch to the next class.
On Dec. 4th., we had very successful parent/teacher conferences. Thank you for your
continued support in the partnership we share of educating your child.
Our Red Stocking Drive was a success at St. Elizabeth School. We filled our ‘chimney’
with lots and lots of school supplies. These items will go to Africa and be appreciated by many school age
children there. Thank you for your generous support. And we had so many wonderful donations to the Bridges
Project of Cambridge supporting the homeless and needy in our city.
We had a great spirit assembly in the morning of Wed. Dec. 16 . Then during the afternoon the
school was treated to outstanding performances by our Air Bands—students in grade
6, 7 and 8. What a great day.
As well, many of our classes put on their own Christmas concerts for parents and
special guests. Our School Council Spirit Committee has been busy as well with
Christmas Dress up and the door decorating contest.
On Dec. 18, just as we were winding down for the Christmas Holidays, the whole school was
entertained by Peter Shaw and John Devine, two talented musicians and supply teachers with
All in all, it was a great end to a great year. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.
With the new year upon us, we look forward to the new learning and success that our students will have. Once
again, our students will be involved in many exciting activities over the new year. As in the past our staff are
committed to giving the best possible experience to all our students at St. Elizabeth and they do go the extra
Our School Council continues to be very active and involved in our school community. This year they have put
the ‘GREENING PROJECT’ of our yard as this years focus with a possible 2 further
year phases. I know they would welcome anyone’s support and membership.
As always the staff, Mr. Noonan and myself appreciate and thank you for your support
and the confidence you have in entrusting your children with us and helping them to be
the best they can be physically, socially and as life-long learners
"Building Relationships with Justice, Peace and Joy
in the Holy Spirit”
During the month of February, St. Elizabeth School will be accepting Junior Kindergarten Registration (for
Catholic School Supporter of children who were born in 2006) and Kindergarten Registration (for children
born in 2005 and who did not attend Junior Kindergarten) for students residing within St.
Elizabeth School Boundaries.
A Catholic Baptismal Certificate and child’s Birth Certificate are required. A copy of your
child’s immunization record is also requested. Registration runs until February 26, 2010
Please drop by the school office in February to pick up a registration package.
St. Elizabeth School is offering a Full Day – Alternate Days – Kindergarten program.
A letter from Bishop Tonnos proclaiming 2010 as the Diocesan Year of the Family
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ of Hamilton Diocese:
On this great Feast of the Holy Family, I am pleased to announce the start of the Diocesan Year of the Family; a time
to rejoice in the relationships that are most profound in our lives. Jesus was born into a family and it was there that
he spent his first thirty years. This is a great reminder that families are foundations to our world.
The theme of this year is Family Matters; Loving, Living, Learning….Growing in Faith. It is within family that we first
experience God’s love through the love of parents. It is there that we learn what it means to give and forgive, to work
together for a common purpose, and to share both joys and sorrows. The precious gift of faith given to us at baptism
is nurtured in Christian families that help us to grow into mature disciples of the Lord.
In our world today, many challenges and pressures impact family life. People face a host of issues that can deprive
families of the love and harmony that should be theirs. Often, these challenges are not easily overcome, but firm faith
and a clear vision of God’s plan for family life can help spouses, parents and children to aspire to ever-deeper charity
Pope Benedict XVI, in his recent address to families, reminded us that, by following the example of Jesus, Mary and
Joseph, “we come to appreciate even more fully the sacredness of the family, which in God’s plan is based on the
lifelong fidelity of a man and a woman consecrated by the marriage covenant and accepting of God’s gift of new life.”
Pope Benedict also told the children present: “to let the example of Jesus guide you, not only in showing respect for
your parents but also helping them to discover more fully the love which gives our lives their deepest meaning.”
In this coming year, the Catholic community in the diocese of Hamilton will strive to promote the value of family life
and to help all people to live their familial vocation with gratitude and devotion. Be assured that, in the joys and
struggles, the highs and lows, the opportunities and challenges of family life, the Church is always present to support
you. We hope that through the various activities and events of this year, especially the Family Conference in October
2010, families in our diocese will be encouraged and strengthened. While the pressures on today’s families are
numerous, the faithfulness with which so many fulfill their responsibilities an example that gives inspiration and hope
to all. For all those families who face additional struggles and challenges, be assured that our support and prayers
are with you.
Let us look especially to the model of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in their family life. May the love, devotion, faith and
trust in God that they exemplify be a beacon to us in this year dedicated to enriching the lives of all families in the
Diocese of Hamilton.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE HAPPY NEW YEAR !
I pray that you had a wonderful celebration of Christmas, and that the New Year was greeted in your homes
with much joy, peace and good health. The celebrations of Christmas at our parish were wonderful ! It was
great to welcome so many to our community, to have such an active Christmas Pageant, and to continue to see
so many families, especially those with young children, each weekend at Church. Please know that there is
always room for you at St Mary of the Visitation Parish.
I wish to thank each of our parish schools for being part of our parish community in such significant ways.
From their co operation in Sacramental Preparation, to assisting our St Vincent de Paul Society, to aiding our
community to meet the needs of all - participation in our recent Red Stocking Campaign was an example of
such - I am grateful for your participation.
As we begin this new year, please join with me in praying that the Holy Spirit may enter our hearts to fill us
with joy and to fill us with greater love. Praying that this New Year may be one of great joy and blessing for
you and your families, I remain
Together in the Lord’s Service, Father F. Freitas Pastor
January 2010 - Healthy Eating - Lead by Example!
Parents and caregivers… are you sending your children confusing, mixed messages about healthy eating?
• Do you talk about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school, then rush out the door
with only a coffee in hand?
• Do you talk about your weight and skip meals because you are on a diet?
Do you send snacks and bag lunches to school with many processed and pre-packaged foods that are low in nutrients and high in fat,
sugar and salt?
Though you may not realize it, children watch the adults in their lives very closely. Be a positive role model and show healthy eating
behaviours at all times.
• Eat nutritious foods and drink milk instead of sweet drinks
• Limit foods with Minimum Nutritional Value (eg. cake, chips, cookies, chocolate, pop, fruit drinks) in your home
• Encourage your children to try new foods
• Keep your food likes and dislikes to yourself
• Encourage your family to eat more vegetables and fruits every day
• Use non-food items for rewards
Stock the house with plenty of ‘grab and go’ breakfast items (eg. 100% pure fruit juice, lower-fat cheese strings, fresh fruit, whole wheat
bagels, snack size unsweetened applesauce)
Make this tasty dessert together with your family.
1. Prepare the topping: In a medium bowl combine flour, brown
sugar and oats. Cut in butter.
Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp
2. Place apples, pears and cranberries in prepared baking dish.
Preheat oven to 400 F Sprinkle with flour and sugar and toss to coat. Top with oat
Grease an 8-ince square baking dish
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until topping is
Topping golden and fruit is tender. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup packed brown sugar
January 2010 Calendar of School Events
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
Jan. 4 Back to Class
3 apples, cored and sliced Jan. 6 The Epiphany
2 pears, cored and sliced
Jan. 7 Gateway Gourmet Lunch
¼ cup dried cranberries
Jan 18 School Council Mtg. 7:00 p.m.
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp brown sugar
Jan. 21 Gateway Gourmet Lunch
Jan. 21 Gr. 8 Parent Information night at St. Benedict High
For the safety of all our students at Jan. 21 Gr. 2 Parent meeting for First Communion at St.
St. Elizabeth School we ask students Mary’s Church 7:00 p.m.
and parents not to bring nuts or nut
Jan. 27 Family Literacy Day
products into the school. Thank
you. Jan 28 Spirit of the Olympics Spirit Day