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​​​Each month Mr. Schwebius prepares a review of the school's activities and highlights which is discussed with parents at the monthly CSCC meeting & published here for our school community ...

Principal's Review of March 2018

​ School Climate and Culture – Safe and Caring Schools
    • RCSD – Annual event – Moving in Faith – Sunday, May 27th, 2018 – A wonderful day for RCSD families and community members to get together for an afternoon of movement and faith.
    • St. Michael Day – Every Wednesday remains St. Michael Day. We encourage the staff and students to wear their shirts or school colors on Wednesday.
    • Our grade 7/8 class visited a modified "WE Day" in Regina at the Normanview Theatre and listened to motivational speakers who encouraged them to look outside of themselves to help the local and global community.  This day motivated students to continue in their leadership journey and continue with their fundraising for Emeldah, our Chalice Child.
    • Our Gr. 4-5-6-7-8 students are in the process of completing the "Our School" survey  
  Catholic Distinctiveness
    • Lent remained a time for us to pray, fast and give alms as we work toward revealing the face of Christ. We held weekly liturgical celebrations to mark each week of Lent, focus on one charitable act, and to review our commitment to renew ourselves in our Faith. 
    • All our liturgies and masses are on the monthly calendar on the website. Parent/guardians are more than welcome to attend theses celebrations. These celebrations are led by our Christian Leadership Team.
    • Father James/Stacy – Has visited the school and will continue to be scheduled for the remainder of the year.
    • The Myriam Sisters continue to visit.  Last visit of the year will be May 30th, the Sisters bless us with their presence.
    • School Ht Dog Sale – March 28th – We raised $650 for the Catholic Education Matters campaign to support and protect Catholic Education
    • See the office for RCSD Catholic Education Matters Raffle tickets.
    • Staff Retreat – Monday, April 23rd – No School for students 
Academics
    • Term II Report cards have been completed and sent home.
    • Term II student involved conferences were very well attended with 97% of students and families attending.
    • We continue to hold monthly literacy evenings – next literacy evening is next  Wednesday, April 18th at 6:00 PM – Hopefully a Star Wars theme.
    • We continue to hold school wide literacy blitzes where students read to earn prizes and work with big/little buddies.
    • Our spring reading initiative (Pick Your Prize) is in the planning stages.  More news at the May meeting.  Thanks for the CSCC support of this initiative. 
​​Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular
    • Badminton – Mr. Gallagher/Ms. Fischer are leading the team this year.  Lots of interest at Junior and Senior.
    • Track and Field will be starting in May.
    • Band Days – April 15-21 – Students have the opportunity to showcase their solo skills. 
Community Connections 
    • Regina Catholic School Division - Annual Spring Linkage Meeting that will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School – Gym A at 6:30 PM.
    • Elder Dennis is no longer at St. Michael - Jerry Desnomie now supports our students.
    • Prayers for Elder Dennis whose son passed away last week.
    • Grade 7/8 students attending the "Try-A-Trade" showcase this Friday, April 13th – Presented by Skills Canada Saskatchewan
    • Stepping Stones Career Fair – gr. 7/8's – Wed. April 25th.
    • Summer Success 2018 – The 3rd annual Literacy camp will run from Aug. 6-20, 2018 – Grades 1 and 2. – Supported by the United Way Regina
Principal's Review of February 2018

1.      ​School Climate and Culture – Safe and Caring Schools
    • St. Michael Day – Every Wednesday remains St. Michael Day. We encourage the staff and students to wear their shirts or school colors on Wednesday.
    • St. Michael Community School Olympics – A fun day of activities and competitive events to get the school into the spirit of the Olympics.
    • Mrs. Turlock (K and Pre-K) on maternity leave – replaced by Ms. Sarah Chapple
​​2.      Catholic Distinctiveness
      • Shrove Tuesday/ Ash Wednesday – The students enjoyed a pancake/sausage lunch on Tuesday and a solemn and meaningful Ash Wednesday Mass with Mother Theresa Middle School at Our Lady of Peace Parish.  Father James celebrated the Mass and Stacy, as always, helped organize the Mass, completed the PowerPoint and led a choir of our students.
      • Lent - Lent remains a time for us to pray, fast and give alms as we work toward preparing our hearts for the joy of the Risen Christ. This year we will continue to support Chalice Child Emeldah and will focus our prayers on the Holy Childhood Association and the country of Haiti.
      • More specific Lent information:

    1)      Ash Wednesday Mass – Wed. Feb. 14th – At Our Lady of Peace Parish – celebrated with Mother Theresa Middle School

    2)      Weekly Lenten Liturgies – Planned by staff and involving various primary students and Student leadership team (gr. 6-76-8) students.

      1. Week 2 – Feb. 26th – 9:20
      2. Week 3 – Mar. 5 – 12:40 PM
      3. Week 4 – Mar. 13 – 9:20 AM
      4. Week 5 – Mar. 19 – 12:40 PM​​ 

    3)      Revealing the Face of Jesus through Acts of Mercy (see pic. above) – During the season of Lent, St. Michael Community School will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of acts of mercy.  Each week, students and families will receive a challenge that they can choose to take part in.

    • Week 2 - February 26 – March 2 - Act of Mercy: Feed the Hungry - Students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Regina Food Bank.  Each time a food bank item is brought, we will remove "sticky notes" to reveal more of the face of Jesus.
    • Week 3 - March 5 – 9 - Act of Mercy: Give Drink to the Thirsty - Students are asked to bring a monetary donation for our Chalice child Emeldah Mukonda to help provide clean water for her village in Zambia, South Africa. Each donation will remove "sticky notes" to reveal more of the face of Jesus.
    • Week 4 - March 12 – 16 - Act of Mercy: Visit the Sick - Students are asked to draw a picture or make a card of encouragement.  These creations will be delivered to senior's homes in the St. Michael Community School Area (i.e.) Eden House, Sun Lodge, etc. Each card created will remove "sticky notes" to reveal more of the face of Jesus.
    • Week 5 - March 19 – 23 - Act of Mercy: Give Shelter to the Homeless - Students are asked to bring a monetary donation for our Chalice child Emeldah Mukonda to help provide shelter for her village in Zambia, South Africa, so that they can have a warm and safe place to live. Each donation will remove "sticky notes" to reveal more of the face of Jesus.
    • Week 6 - March 26 – 29 - Act of Mercy: Instruct the Ignorant - Students are asked to bring in new or used books that will be delivered to the Carmichael Outreach centre. Each book donated will remove "sticky notes" to reveal more of the face of Jesus.
    Also highlighted on our school website - https://www.rcsd.ca/school/StMichael/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=55&ListID=0996bcdb-cecc-476d-8eaf-f8468d75401e&TemplateID=Announcement_Item

    ​ 4)      40 Days of Gratitude staff challenge (see pic. above) – Staff are challenged to share what they are grateful for.  Each day of Lent, a new statement is added to the above diagram.  Examples include – Which book are you most grateful for in your life? Staff members are able to share their responses on the sticky for each day.
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      • Parent/guardians are more than welcome to attend theses celebrations. Many of these celebrations are led by our students.
      • Father James and Stacy – Continue to visit the school and will continue to be scheduled for the remainder of the year. Last visit (Mar. 7th) was postponed due to the heavy snowfall
      • The Myriam Sisters continue to visit. The staff and students of St. Michael Community School continue to be blessed by their visits. Last visit was Feb. 13th, 2018. Next visit scheduled for April 26th, 2018.
      • Grade 2/3 class visits to Eden House – wonderful work with the Seniors. 

    3.      Academics

      • Grades 1-3 teachers are completing "running records" for their students for March reports.  A quick check on reading levels.
      • Battle of the Books (BOB) – A small and dedicated team will travel to Miller High School on Wed. Mar. 14th for the city finals.
      • Chapters Book store visits – To begin spending the $10,000 Chapter grant we received this year, each class will travel to Chapters during the month of March. Students will be able to choose books for our library.  Each book has a sticker inside that identifies who the book was chosen by.
      • Goal setting – work samples – informing of student progress
      • Term II Report cards – Tuesday, March 20th, 2018– 3:10
      • Term II Student-Involved Conferences – Next Wed. Mar. 21st and Thur. Mar. 22nd – 4:00-7:30
      • No school for students – Friday, March 23rd, 2018
      • Wednesday, Feb. 28th - Literacy night – Princess Leia – Turn-out of approximately 70 people.
      • March Family Literacy night – Wednesday, March 14 – 6:00 PM
      • MacKenzie Art Gallery artists are coming into the school to work with grades 5/6 and 7/8 AND also offer after school programming on Wednesdays.
      • High School Transition activities have begun – O'Neill visit – gr. 9 registration. 

    4.      Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular

      • Our Boys basketball team has finished for the year.  We had 13 players on the team and played some great games with other schools in our division.  Thanks to Ms. Sayer and Ms. Turlock for coaching!  Team wind-up at the U of R during the national Women's finals – March 9, 2018.
      • Learn to Curl – Ms. Zuck takes a small group of students for curling lessons and fun competition every Wednesday.
      • Skating at Jack Staples Arena – Mr. Gallagher and the classroom teachers continue to take students skating.
      • Badminton – Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Fischer are leading the teams this year and the games will begin.

    5.      Community Connections

      • Elder Dennis will not be returning to St. Michael. RCSD is currently working on other supports for our school.
      • Aboriginal storyteller – Rhonda Donais – visited the school on Thursday, Feb. 8th and told stories and shared the oral traditions of the First People.
      • Dr. Seuss Birthday will be celebrated on Friday, March 2nd (PM) – United Way volunteers will read to our grade 1/2 students and each student will receive a book, an activity book, a pencil and some cake!
      • U of R pre-intern students here Tuesday mornings with Mr. Gallagher and Thursday afternoons with Mrs. Sayer.​

    Principal's Review of December 2017 & January 2018

    ​School Climate and Culture – Safe and Caring Schools

      • Current enrollment of 162 students (166 last year at this time
      • Teachers are continuing to work with students to gather samples of work and discuss with students the ways that they can improve and work toward goals.
      • Student-involved conferences on March 21st and 22nd – No school on March 23rd, 2018
      • Attendance monitoring – Tracking at the Office – Mrs. Zuck, Ms. Appleyard and Mr. Schwebius are monitoring attendance concerns and visiting homes as need be.
      • March Reading benchmarking will soon be upon us
      • Bulling Awareness - Saskatchewan Red Cross Day of Pink - Students will be encouraged to wear pink and we will hold a special Liturgy on Wed. Feb. 28th.
      • St. Michael Olympic games – Friday, Feb. 9th, 2018 – followed by Taco in a Bag lunch​ 

    ​  Catholic Distinctiveness

      • Connections with Resurrection Parish
        • Muffins and applesauce each week
        • School supplies for the fall
        • Parish Christmas lunch for the entire school
        • Knights of Columbus sponsoring of our bus rides to Resurrection
        • 15 Christmas hampers
      • Ecole St. Pius X – Support of our families – 15 Christmas hampers
      • Father James/Stacy visits – will continue in 2018
      • Myriam Sisters will continue to visit – next visit is Feb. 15th, 2018
      • Ash Wednesday Mass – Wednesday, Feb. 14th 2018– Liturgy at School – 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Peace Church. All families invited.
      • Weekly Lenten Liturgies are planned – Service themes for each week based on the Scriptural "Works of Mercy" – "Showing the Face of Christ" to each other
      • Christian Leadership Team – leading morning prayers, getting into classrooms before Ash Wednesday, Ministry positions at March Parish Mass 

    Academics - Literacy and Math

      • Aboriginal Storytelling week – Rhonda Donais in attendance on Feb. 8th, 2017 – Grade 5/6 and 7/8 trips to RPL with Metis artist and author Leah Dorion -  Ms. Norton visiting 7/8 for oral storytelling
      • Literacy night – Wed. Feb. 28th – A great night of literacy for the whole family.
      • Reading Blitz – Tuesday, Jan. 30th - Thanks to the CSCC for their support of our Reading Blitzes 

    Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular

      • Boys basketball – 5-on-5 – Continues – Games against other RCSD schools from across the city – HoopLife program visited on Monday, Feb. 5th, 2018
      • Badminton will begin in March.
      • Cross-Country Skiing – lack of snow has been challenging 

     Community Connections​

      • Kiwanis "Deep Discount" Clothing Sale – Oct. 2017 -  money raised for the school and clothes for our students – Kiwanis also continued their support of our families with 5 Christmas hampers.
      • 2 "pre-intern" Student Teachers – University of Regina– working with Mrs. Sayer and Mr. Gallagher
      • Moshom Dennis continues to work with our students and teachers in a variety of ways
      • Eden House visits – grade 2/3 later this winter/spring
    Principal's Review of November 2017​​​​​ 
    • School Climate and Culture – Safe and Caring Schools
      • Current enrollment of students – 159 students
      • Term 1 Progress Reports – Term 1 Conferences – 99% of families attended – 97% of students attended.
      • School Christmas lunch – Tuesday, Dec. 19th at Resurrection Parish – After Advent Mass at Our Lady of Peace, we will bus over
      • Christmas Concert
        • Morning Dry-Run – Tuesday, Dec. 12 - 10:00 AM – All students watch
        • Afternoon Dress Rehearsal – Families Invited – Wednesday, Dec. 13th - 1:00 PM – Students in classes
        • Evening Concert – Wednesday, Dec. 13th - 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Students arrive in classroom at 6:30
      • Friday, Dec. 22nd (day 3) – School Dismissed 1 hour early - 2:10
      • Classes resume Monday, January 8th, 2018
         
    • Catholic Distinctiveness
      • Advent Service Projects – Visit to Eden House (2/3 cookie decorating) – Visit to Sun Lodge (pîsimokamik) to visit with seniors and hand out toiletries - Advent Cards for the neighborhood
      • Advent Mass – Tuesday, Dec. 19th – 10:00 AM – Our Lady of Peace Parish – Families are more than welcome to join us – students will be leading the Mass Ministries
      • Father James and Stacy visits each month
      • Myriam Sisters continue with their monthly visits
         
    • Academics
      • Outcomes Based Reporting: Parent feedback requested
      • Next Literacy night – Tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 6th - We continue to work with the Regina Food Bank to provide household items to the families attending.  Tickets in exchange for household items.
    • Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular
      • Volleyball wrapped up with the St. Michael co-ed team meeting up with St. Gabriel and St. Augustine in the play-offs.  The team improved immensely throughout the year.
      • Basketball beginning after Christmas break.
         
    • Community Connections
      • RCSD Board of Trustees/CSCC Annual Fall meeting – Thursday, Nov. 16th – 6:30 PM at Holy Rosary Community School – Dean and Michele attended the meeting and then listened to a guest-speaker addressing "Equality from head to Toe."
      • Sask. Energy – St. Michael Community School Santa Store – Friday, Dec. 8th
      • Bikes for Kids – Powerhouse Mortages thru the United Way will launch the "Bikes for Kids" Initiative this coming Thursday, Dec. 7th.  Many guests and media in attendance. Winning students will be awarded with brand new bikes, helmets and locks.  Students earned entry ballots in their classrooms when they demonstrate positive attendance, academics and attitude.  Winners were drawn last Thursday, Nov. 30th.
    ​Principal's Review of October 2017​​​​​ 
    • School Climate and Culture – Safe and Caring Schools
      • Current enrollment of 155 students – slightly lower (-7) than last Nov. 2016
      • Grade 1-2-3 teachers are planning "benchmarking" students to determine reading levels and adjust reading groups and literacy instruction.
      • In preparation of 1st term progress reports and conferences, teachers continue to collect samples of student work (building portfolios) and work with students to set goals, identify areas of strength and weakness and to develop plans for the future (goal setting).
      • Outcomes Base Assessment Parent Information – Attached Letter
      • 2017-18 Student involved Conference family survey results
      • November Student-Involved Conferences
        • 4:00-7:30 – Wed. Nov. 29th
        • 4:00-7:30 – Thur. Nov. 30th
        • No School for staff or students – Friday, Dec. 1st, 2017 
      • Remembrance Day Liturgy with Mother Theresa Middle School – Thursday, Nov. 9th – 10:40 AM in the gym – All families welcome
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    • Catholic Distinctiveness
      • Advent Service Projects – Advent Cards for the neighborhood – decorating food bank hamper boxes
      • Father James and Stacy visits each month – 2 visits this year
      • Myriam Sisters have begun their monthly visits – next visit Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2017
      • Equity Head to Toe – special guest speaker – Thursday, Nov. 16th – 7:00-8:30 – Gratton Room (3120 14th Ave.) – How families can support their children at home and in the world.
         
    • Literacy Night
      • Next Literacy night – Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2017.
      • We continue to work with the Regina Food Bank to provide household items to the families attending.
         
    • Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular
      • Football and Cross Country running have wrapped up.
      • Volleyball is underway – great coaching and players
         
    • Community Connections
      • RCSD Board of Trustees/CSCC Annual Fall meeting – Thursday, Nov. 16th – 6:00 PM at Holy Rosary Community School Gymnasium – All CSCC members welcome – Transportation is available (see Dean)
      • Sask. Energy – St. Michael Community School Santa Store – Dec. 7th set-up = Dec. 8th Santa Store
      • Queen City Kiwanis Clothing Sale – Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 2017 – Approximately $2500 raised that will be donated directly back to St. Michael Community School​​
    ​Principal's Review of September 2017​​​​​ 
    • ​​Catholic Distinctiveness
      • RCSD School year theme for 2017-18 – Let Your Light Shine
      • We celebrated our opening Mass and Kindergarten Welcome on Thursday, Sept. 28th Our Masses will take place at Our Lady of Peace Parish and Father James and Pastoral Assistant Stacy continue to support our school
      • Father James and Stacy will also be visiting the school one afternoon per month.
      • The Myriam Sisters will visit the classrooms once a month.
      • Staff were invited to the Our Lady of Peace Commissioning Mass and pancake breakfast at 10:30 AM, Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017
      • We are currently collecting food for the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Food Drive.  We hope to beat last year's weight of food, which was approximately 250 pounds.
      • We have purchased St. Michael t-shirts again this year. Every student will receive a shirt and be encouraged to wear it on St. Michael Wednesdays.
      • We are presently in the middle of our annual Food Drive for FCC.  Our goal is 250 lbs or more which would break last year's record.
         
    • School Start up
      • 156 students as of Oct. 4th, 2017 (3 students less than last year at this time)
      • 16 PreK and 12 K
      • Grades 1-3 classrooms are 21-23 students - good numbers for these age groups.
      • Grade 4/5 – 28 students - 5/6 – 25 students – grade 7/8 – 31 students
      • New Teachers: 1) Ms. Turlock (Pre-K and K) - Ms. Whitehouse (grade 2/3) –– Ms. Fischer (7/8) – TA Rachel Hunter – IA/TA Amber Derkson
      • Teachers focus on administering some of the beginning of the year assessments in Reading and Writing and developing the routines and procedures for their classrooms in September, 2017.
         
    • Safe and Orderly environment
      • We continue to work on school and classroom procedures, routines and expectation.
      • We have had 1 fire drill practice. 2 more will be scheduled this fall.
      • We have had 1 lockdown drill with our School Resource Officer
      • We will have 1 reverse evacuation drill.
      • This year, we will continue with St. Michael Day on Wednesdays. We encourage the students to wear their shirts or school colors on Wednesday. The new shirts have been ordered and look great! (blue for students – black for staff).
      • CARE model - (Commitment, Consistent, Courage, Attendance, Attitude, Achievement, Respect, Responsibility, Relationship, Excellence, Empathy, Effort).  This year we will begin school wide recognition of students demonstrating these skills and values.​
         
    • Literacy Nights
      • We have had our first literacy evening on Wednesday, Sept. 20th  – STAR WARS theme. Mrs. Laursen will be implementing the program "Biblionasium" which will act as the system that students can use to record the books they have read, write reviews, etc.    AR is no longer used by RCSD.
      • This year we will continue to provide a snack and prizes. We will continue to partner with the Regina Food Bank. They have donated household items that we can provide free to our families.​​
         
    • Extra-curricular activities
      • Football – We had 8-12 students on our football team. Ms. Fischer coached.  The team played several games and will end the season with a pizza party next week.
      • Cross Country – We have approximately 10-12 students in grades 4-8 that are a part of this team. They have participated in 3 meets and had their last meet Sept. 28th, 2017 They have done extremely well improving each race. Mrs. Kendel coached.
      • Volleyball- Ms. Whitehouse and Ms. Norton will be leading the team this year and  will begin planning the season next week after the RCSD Coaches meeting.  We are planning on holding an invitational tournament as we have done in the past.