Monthly Archives: February 2019

Scented Pencil Fundraiser Continues Tomorrow!!

We still have SCENTED PENCILS left. Come down TOMORROW at recesses and lunch to get your pencils. All proceeds go to our amazing TECH INITIATIVES!!

Thanks for your support. We are the MIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT!!

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Babysitting Basics Course – St. Ambrose Parish

Babysitting Basics

St. Ambrose Parish Hall, Friday March 15

8:30 to 4pm., cost $50.00

Bring your own lunch and a doll or teddy bear to work with.

A St. John Ambulance course developed for youth ages 11 – 14

This course provides New Babysitters with the necessary skills to provide care to children in a variety of situations.

This course emphasizes:

  • Safety rules;
  • Responding to Emergencies; and,
  • Development of Leadership Skills

Course content includes:

  • Become a successful babysitter
  • How to care for Infants, Toddler and School aged children; including (healthy meals, safe play, diapers, bedtime routines and much more).
  • How to make the correct decisions when dealing with the behaviour of children
  • Handling Emergencies
  • Caring for a sick or injured child • Prevention and basic First Aid – Choking, CPR, Head Injuries, poisonings, Burns and much more.

Take home Materials: Babysitters Manual, Babysitting Certificate and a small babysitting First aid kit.

To register contact Myra Klaassen,

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Smelly Pencil Fundraiser!!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Come to the office during the recesses and lunch to get your retro smelly pencils. They are $1 each and the proceeds go to our exciting TECH INITIATIVES!! They make great Valentines Day gifts.

We will be extending the sales to Friday due to the snow day and buses being cancelled today.

Thank you for your support.

By |2019-02-13T15:49:09+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Smelly Pencil Fundraiser!!

Transportation Survey Coming….Important Info Below!!

February 13, 2019


Dear Families,

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region strives to positively influence children’s lives by coordinating their safe and efficient movement between home and school in support of their educational journey. In an effort to support students living in the walk zone, STSWR offers School Travel Planning services that work with your school board, area municipalities, and parents like you to make active travel to school like walking, cycling and scooting to school a safer and easier choice.

School Travel Planning is best delivered after collecting specific data about each individual school, since school travel situations differ from one site to the next. We use two types of surveys to get a clearer picture of why and how students travel to school, neither of which asks for personal information. Combined answers will be used for program planning at your school and the regional level and may be shared with Green Communities Canada for province-wide reviews of school travel patterns.

This information is especially important as your School Travel Planning committee will be working on improvements to the school journey. Some of the great things that committees like the one at your school have been able to accomplish or influence with this support at other schools include:

  • Inspiring walking events
  • “Drive to Five” campaigns disbursing traffic from the school site
  • Walking maps
  • Trailblazer training and other road safety education
  • Traffic calming measures like pedestrian islands and crossovers
  • Improved railway crossings

The Surveys

  1. The BikeWalkRoll Survey

What is the survey about?

In order to better plan for the ways students travel for the school journey, we need to track how students are travelling to school. We use the BikeWalkRoll survey at in class to ask students to raise their hands if they arrived by walking, cycling, rolling (includes skateboards, scooters and wheelchairs), or by car or bus; and similarly how they plan to get home.

The BikeWalkRoll application records this information online and assigns a “score” to show how the modes measure up. This information is made publicly available on the website, where you will be able to check your school and classroom scores and even compare them to other schools across the world.

When and how will the survey happen?

We will complete the survey in all classrooms once per day for a one-week period in February, and again in April in order to see how transportation patterns change over the course of the year. We only record the tally of students who use each mode of transportation.

Participation is optional. If you choose to withdraw your child from participating in the BikeWalkRoll hands’ up survey, please contact your child’s teacher or principal by Monday, February 18, 2019.

  1. The Family Survey

What is the survey about?

This survey will be conducted if your principal elects to do so in order to examine how and why families choose the modes of school travel they do. This will help design a school travel plan that considers everyone’s needs.

When and how will the survey happen?

The survey uses an online platform called Survey Monkey and will need to be completed on an electronic device. Survey Monkey information systems and technical infrastructure are hosted within world-class, SOC 2 accredited data centers in the United States of America.

Your School Travel Planning team will decide the need for and timing of your Family Survey and your principal will share a link to the survey via your school’s communication tools. Surveys will typically be held open for two weeks, with several reminders shared over that time. This survey is voluntary and you may skip any question you do not wish to answer. If you wish to use school equipment to complete the survey, please contact your principal.

How is data stored and who has access?

Resulting data will be saved in password-protected computers and folders only accessible to School Travel Planning Facilitators, Supervisors and the General Manager at Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region. Schools and classrooms will be assigned identification numbers, and all electronic data will be stored under these numbers only, protecting privacy and maintaining confidentiality. The file linking identification numbers to schools and classrooms will be stored in a separate password-protected folder.

As this is a program evaluation for an ongoing initiative it is important to retain all data indefinitely. This will ensure ongoing monitoring and tracking of program initiatives and permit comparisons between aggregated Waterloo region schools and schools across Ontario. Data will be stored anonymously by school identification numbers and using the security measures described above.

In any publications arising from the data (e.g., school newsletters, school website, media releases), results will be presented in aggregate form by travel mode, grade, school characteristics, etc.


How will the school and community benefit from these surveys?

The results of these surveys will be used to monitor the shift in travel mode and to plan for useful programs. For instance, if we see that many students are cycling, we may prioritize cycling education to increase safety. The surveys will also help us to know how the actions we’ve taken actually make a difference in the ways families choose to travel to and from school. And if we see a shift towards active transportation, we will know what kind of impact your School Travel Planning Committee actions have had on your community.

Thank you for helping us make the school commute safer and easier for our students.


Leslie Maxwell, MAPW                                                                                                                    Alex Ricci
School Travel Planning Supervisor                                                                                               School Travel Planning Facilitator
Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region                                                               Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region

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Smelly Pencil Fundraiser Begins Tomorrow!!

Our Valentines Fundraiser begins tomorrow to support our exciting TECH INITIATIVES. Over the next two days come down to the office at recesses and lunch to get your retro smelly pencils. They are $1 each and make great Valentines Day gifts.

By |2019-02-12T19:41:45+00:00February 12th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Smelly Pencil Fundraiser Begins Tomorrow!!

Get Your Retro Smelly Pencils – Feb 13 and Feb 14

Holy Spirit is running a retro smelly pencil fundraiser that will support some amazing TECH INITIATIVES! The pencils will be sold on February 13 and February 14 at recesses and lunch. The pencils will be $1 each. They are a great idea for Valentines Day!! Thank you for your support.

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