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Christmas Concert Update

Dear Families,

We are very excited about our up-coming Christmas Concert on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th. Kindergarten/Primary classes will be performing in the morning (9:30 am), and the Junior/Intermediate classes will be performing in the afternoon (1:15 pm). We have wonderful news to share! We are able to host the Christmas Concert at our school. This special event will take place on the stage in the library.

Just a few items of interest:

If you haven’t already had a chance to do so, could you please return the bottom portion of the letter sent home indicating if you are able to join us for the Christmas Concert. This will help us as we arrange seating.

There are many items in our LOST AND FOUND that will be placed on tables outside of the library, just inside the front doors of our school. Please take a few moments to check the tables before or after the performance for items that your child has misplaced. Anything not claimed by the last day of school will be donated. There were many items not claimed after parent-teacher interviews.

NUTRITION FOR LEARNING is a community-based nutrition program committed to improving the learning capacity, health and well-being of children and youth in Waterloo Region. St. Daniel has been blessed to benefit from this charitable organization for several years, which relies on donations from the community to ensure that our students are well-nourished throughout their day. We will be gladly accepting monetary donations towards our Nutrition for Learning Program on the day of our Christmas Concert. We gratefully appreciate your generosity and support.

The SEATS IN THE FRONT ROW will be reserved for parents/family members to sit at TEMPORARILY while their child is performing so that they can take photos. We ask that you only move to these seats between performances (just before your child’s class will be performing). The up-coming performances will be posted.

Doors to the school will open at 9:00 and 12:45.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Turkey Dinner

Hello Thunderbird Families:

This is just a friendly reminder that our Turkey Dinner is tomorrow.
You can place orders using Cash Online up until midnight tonight.

Gobble, Gobble!

Save the Date

Please join us on Wednesday, December 19th for our 2nd Annual Christmas Concert at the
St. Daniel Church Parish Life Centre!

Primary Show: 9:30 am

Junior/Intermediate Show: 1:15 pm

(Doors will open 30 minutes prior)

A note will be sent home shortly with more details. We hope to see you there!

 * Please note: Due to limited space and fire regulations, each student is allowed to bring a maximum of 2 family members. Thank you for understanding.


On the Road to Emmaus

Approximately a year ago, schools and administrative sites across the Region, as well as the staff and Trustees of Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools, officially launched WCDSB’s year of “Faith in Action”. This marked the beginning of the third and final year of the Board’s 2016-18 Pastoral Plan. As a culminating activity, a special cross has been making a pilgrimage from school to school.

As the Pilgrimage Cross enters the last part of the journey, we will have an opportunity to have the cross visit our St. Daniel community.

Our journey with the Pilgrimage Cross will begin today, November 26th with the students from Mrs. McConnell’s class. The students and staff will walk as a group to Knollwood Park, across from the Kitchener Auditorium. There, the students will receive the cross from Saint Anne School and pilgrimage it back to St. Daniel school where we will begin our journey with the cross. Over the course of the week, our school community will have the opportunity to reflect, pray and complete activities to support this special journey.  

On Friday November 30th, the Pilgrimage Cross will move to St. Daniel Church where the greater WCDSB community will celebrate the closing of this transformative experience with a very special mass.  

Please take this opportunity to reflect and read below the love Jesus has for all of us.

In our schools, we continually imagine our call to retell the story of our faith, and reflect on those experiences that significantly affect identity and community in order to offer new possibilities for both. The true encounter with Jesus can, and does, take place every day in our Catholic schools. We continually renew the promise that Jesus will be with us always as we work together to strengthen our Catholic schools as communities that exemplify, in word and deed, the good news of Jesus Christ. We find a memorable example of this encounter in the Gospel account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Jesus nurtures his relationship with the disciples through dialogue and teaching, and restores the joys of believing through the breaking of the bread, presence, friendship, and unconditional love. In similar ways, Catholic schools have the ability to restore the joys of believing.

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus helps his disciples to understand the faith and teaches us that the art of accompaniment is about taking the time to walk alongside one another to listen, and in so doing, to transform. Each person in a Catholic school practices accompaniment by helping students realize that their own unique story is given greater meaning and purpose in knowing and living the story we share in Christ. Our faith is about an encounter with God — an incredible love story that inspires faith and joy. God never gives up on us.

The story of Emmaus recounts a very human experience. The disappointment and despair experienced by the two disciples on the road is not unlike the challenges frequently faced by young people today. The message is clear; hope, courage and resolve can be found through a loving encounter with Jesus. The Christ-centered mission of each school, by its very nature, contains a call to service in the greater community. Roman Catholic schools form disciples with a social conscience who put their faith into action. Students and staff help to promote engagement with the local and global community through their many acts of charity and by their witness to social justice and environmental stewardship.

St. Daniel Scholastic Book Fair


What is the Classroom Wish List?

Since our Book Fair coincides nicely with the Christmas Season please be aware that your child’s teacher can look through the items at the Book Fair and perhaps see a Classroom Book that would be just right for that Grade. They can then suggest it as a Christmas gift. It makes a nice alternative to gift cards.

Simply let Mrs. Buchanan know that you might like to donate a book to your child’s classroom and I will let the teacher know that they may make a pick. Each book comes with a front bookplate to note the child’s name and the date of the gift and there is a big variation in prices.

Get your Christmas shopping done early & easily!

Principal Message

Dear Thunderbird Families:

I am thrilled to be the new principal of St. Daniel Catholic Elementary School! I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful community and I am looking forward to a fantastic school year. I had the opportunity to meet with many of the students and staff members last week as I began the transition process with Mrs. Temple. I cannot wait to get to know our fabulous students better and help support them as they learn and succeed!

I have been blessed to work in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for many years, from Classroom Teacher, to school Special Education Teacher, and have also had the opportunity to serve as Vice Principal at two different schools in our board.

I look forward to meeting and working with each of you as we collaborate together to ensure faith filled success for all of our students.

Your Partner in Education,
Mrs. Giglio-Chiasson
(sounds like: G-Lee-oh-Chase-on)