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Book Fair at St. Daniel: Just in Time for Christmas

Our St. Daniel Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner and just in time for Christmas!

Join us to look for those special books, posters, Kits and stocking stuffers, as every purchase at the Book Fair means new titles for our School Library. A Scholastic Flyer will come home soon, highlighting just some of the new books available for purchase. Classes will have scheduled visits, but Parents & Guardians are welcome to drop in during the week.

Our Scholastic Book Fair runs from Monday November 26th to Friday November 30th inclusive. The Book Fair will be open in the Library daily from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and then again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come and CHECK IT OUT and Thank You for your support.

Boomerang Lunch Full Launch- Monday, November 19th

Starting Monday, November 19th, the boomerang lunch and NO garbage can program will be starting.

Mr. Arand, our wonderful custodian, will be removing the garbage cans from classrooms.

Garbage cans will be stationed, along with the recycling bins, at locations throughout the school and only changed on a weekly basis (since there should really be little garbage in them).

We are asking all families to support this eco-school initiative by sending limited packaging to school, using reusable containers, and being open to having garbage brought back home to be disposed of there.

Thanks for your continued support of our Green Team.



Welcome to Mrs. Giglio.

The St. Daniel Community is proud and pleased to welcome Mrs. Vella Giglio as the new Principal.

She starts November 19th.

She comes to us as an experienced Vice Principal with Special Education background.

We are happy to have her and I know we will give her a big St. Daniel welcome.

Thank you.

Big Box Fundraiser- we need 31 boxes returned ASAP

Good morning

If you still have a Big Box of cards at home that you did not order or pay for, we need it returned to the school asap. Those boxes have been purchased by other families and we need them to hand out.

Thanks for returning those boxes as soon as possible.

Morning and Afternoon Pick Up and Drop Off- PLEASE READ!

Good morning,

I know that I have shared the drop off procedures numerous times and have sent home maps and letters, but unfortunately some families continue to ignore the rules and I am deeply concerned that someone will get hurt.

This morning a member from the Community Centre was yelled at by a parent from St. Daniel about not stopping for them to have their children cross the road to Midland. There should be NO child crossing Midland. The drop off on Midland, that was approved by the City,  is on the school side. This has been communicated clearly. I have staff there to support and a lime green turtle with a large red flag, showing where the safe drop off. We have had bylaw officers present and ticketing families as well, who are choosing not to follow the rules. Please DO NOT have your students cross Midland, it is NOT SAFE. Cars will continue to drive by, because they are allowed to do so, thus putting your son/daughter at risk of being hit by a car.

We have the option of NOT allowing any drop off or pick up spots, but I know this is not the best thing for our community. In order to have safe drop off and pick up, we need to have EVERYONE following the procedures whether it is cold, rainy or sunny.  These procedures were created with City parking personnel and reviewed by staff, and Board office personnel. It works if and when our families are following the procedures. I have offered for comments and suggestions from our parent community, and received no feedback for changes.  So I am asking, please follow the rules as laid out.

Once again, I am reminding you all to either drop your students off and pick them up in the large church parking lot and having them walk to the yard OR drop off on the school side of Midland at the designated spot.  Those are the two spots that are safe and approved drop off points. Your students can also walk with umbrellas and appropriate dress, which is encouraged by the Waterloo Region Police and would be great for our students and would lead to fewer cars and unsafe situations. It is safe if people follow the rules. Please ask yourself why you continue to not follow the safe procedures for our children.

Please take a few extra minutes to make these procedures work for your family and keep everyone safe. DO NOT stop on the driveway that runs from Franklin to Midland…this is not a designated stopping area and bylaw is ticketing families who stop there. Buses need to be able to stop there safely and students riding the buses, should be able to get off the buses without worry of a car driving through. Also, families who park at the church, where they are supposed to, should also be able to walk safely to the school yard.

Thanks for following these rules and reminding your children of the option to walk safely to school.

Please share this important information with your neighbours and any parents you see not following the rules. We need this to be a team effort to keep our students safe.

Take care.



BIG BOX of Cards Pick Up (last chance tomorrow) and Lost and Found Items

Good evening,

Thanks to the many families who came to get their Big Box of Cards today.  Please drop by the school TOMORROW, first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon from 3 to 4 pm, to pick up your cards. Notes were sent home last week regarding pick up times in the office. Thanks to our amazing School Council for taking care of this terrific fundraiser for our community.

Also, we have many items in our Lost and Found. See this link to find out how to claim these items during Parent/Teacher Conferences this upcoming week (November 8th).  NEWSWIRE LOST AND FOUND ITEMS 2018

Thank you and stay dry 🙂


Catholic Community Foundation Advertisement

At St. Daniel, we have been a benefactor of many grants, to support the learning of our school community, from the Catholic Community Foundation.

Please consider supporting this fundraiser.

Parent Teacher Interview Night and Picture Retakes

Good scary afternoon,

I hope all of our Thunderbird Families are safe this evening trick or treating.

Next Thursday, starting at 3:40, we have our Parent Teacher Interviews happening until 8:30 pm. (Thursday, November 8th)

Information and sign up options were sent home last week and interviews were planned out this past Monday.  Slips with your child’s time for the interview will be sent home next week, if not before. If you need to request an interview, please contact your child’s teacher to do so as soon as possible as times are filling up.

Also, picture retakes will take place this Friday afternoon for all those who may have missed round 1.

Take care and have a safe Halloween.


Important October and November Dates and Reminders

Can you believe that we are now into November this week?!?!

Wow, time flies when you are having fun. 🙂

I wanted to share some reminders and important dates coming up:

  1. we are now doing boomerang lunches- having students recycle and compost at school, but take any garbage home. (Please help us be eco friendly)
  2. tomorrow is Halloween bingo and popcorn sales: $1 to play bingo at lunch in the library; $1 for popcorn outside the library to start lunch.
  3. Halloween parade of winning costumes (most funny and most creative costumes from each class) after morning recess.
  4. Please ensure all costumes are safe, inclusive, have no weapons or masks, and fit our Catholic School Values.

For November:

November 1: Homework Club for Grade 7/8s after school from 3:45-4:45 in the library (FREE and one on one support available).

November 9th: we celebrate our Remembrance Day ceremony in the gym after first recess.

November 12th: bus evacuation for all students to practice safety on the bus for field trips as well as regular bus situations in the morning

November 14th: Take Your Kids to Work Day for Grade 9 students at St. Marys; some students will be visiting St. Daniel

November 15th: Confirmation meeting for Grade 7s at the PLC at 7pm

November 16th: PD Day (Numeracy)

November 19-23 is our Positive School Culture Week: wearing pink; celebrating and reflecting on kindness; Constable Molnar speaking to our students about social media (Grade 5-8) on Monday.

November 26-30th is our Faith in Action and Love of Reading Week: Book Fair all week; School Council presents an author talk to students on Nov. 27th to students during the day and parents in the evening. Full school mass at 9:30 on November 30th. Grade 7 students will receive the cross on Monday at 1:30 pm and walk back to St. Daniel with it to have for the week. We are the last school in the board to receive the cross and it will end with the mass at the church on Friday.

Thanks so much for all you do to support our students here at St. Daniel.

We have raised funds through our Big Box; for charity; and for our Nutrition for Learning this year so far and your support is kind, generous and appreciated.

God Bless.


Mrs. Temple (proud Principal of St. Daniel)