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Student Council President's Final Blog June 17th

Student Council President's Final Blog June 17th

Hey everyone! As some of you may know, this will be my final blog post before I leave Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School. I, along with my fellow grade eights, will graduating this Tuesday and entering into high school.

I honestly don’t know what to say except thank you. I really don’t know who I’d be without this community. A great deal of my role-models came from this school. From the friendly and cool parent volunteers, to the best principal in Canada, Mr. Colella, to my inspiring teachers.

I still remember my first day of school. I had to introduce myself to the school and I was too nervous to do so, so my sister had to do it for me. I’m pretty sure I cried after she left me in the classroom. Though from that moment, I was welcomed into the warmth of the Mother Teresa community. I was still anxious, but there were nice students swarming me and welcoming me the minute I stepped in. From then on, I decided that school isn’t all that bad. Time skip to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, we have a new principal, new name, new uniforms. I was a bit confused about the name change, but hey, this new principal seems pretty cool so it can’t be anything bad, right? Slowly, I crawled out of my shell, getting to personally know the members of the community I had become a part of. I think the spirit of the school had only become stronger as I slowly got to know everyone. Another time skip to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. If anything, the warm community that had welcomed me on my first day had grown tenfold thanks to the amazing teachers that had come and went, the just as amazing ones who are still with us today, to the students new and old and their parents, and last but not least, Mr. Colella, a principal I’m extremely proud of graduating with.

I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for the people who welcomed me into their community and how they continue to welcome people like me with open arms. Even though I may be resigning as the student council president of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, I will always remember the people in this school from past and present who inspired, supported, and pushed me to the person I am today.

Thank you.

Anne L, Student Council President 2016-2017
Student Council President's Blog of June 12th

Student Council President's Blog of June 12th

Just to let you know, this is the second last blog post I will be making. Time really does fly!

Congrats to our STOC Soccer Team led by Mr. Ivankovic and Mr. Fuca who completed final preparations for participation in a tourney. Thank you Mr. Ivankovic and Mr. Fuca for putting your time and effort into coaching this team! Go, tigers!

There will be a CSC meeting this Wednesday at 6pm! All parents/guardians/grandparents are welcome! Please RSVP with Kristal Bozzo at kristal.bozzo@gmail.com.

The last of the popcorn are going to be sold this Thursday and Friday! This will be the last time popcorn will be sold this school year so please keep hold of your toonies! It’s $2 a bag and it will be sold at lunchtime in front of the gym. Thank you to Mrs. Traina for organizing the popcorn sales!

A civvies day will be held this Friday in support of CYO camperships! There is no theme and there’s a suggested $2 donation.

I’ll see you all next week! Bye for now!
-Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of June 3rd

Student Council President's Blog of June 3rd

Hey guys! Three more weeks until school’s done!

Your child should have come with end of the year trip forms. We will not accept hand-written notes granting permission for your child to attend. On June 6th, the grade 4-6’s will be going to Splitsville and the grade 7-8’s will be going to Go-Karts. For the 7-8’s please make sure to also sign the waiver that came home as well! Please go to your child’s MyClass for more information. It is strongly encouraged to pay through CashOnline!

Good luck to our track and field participants on Wednesday! Try your best and have fun!

There will be a civvies day this Thursday to support CYO Camperships! There will be a suggested donation of two dollars and there is no theme!

There will be a PA Day this Friday as well!

Have a great week everyone!
Student Council President's Blog of May 27th

Student Council President's Blog of May 27th

This week is bike to school week! If you can, encourage your kids to bike or walk to school this week! It’s the perfect time of the year to get out and do some physical activity. Also, now there’s bike stands for your kids to lock their bikes onto this year!

There is going to be a Celebration of the Arts Night at Bishop Ryan CSS on Thursday! Click here https://sttc.hwcdsb.ca/229290--Cel ... for more details. The performances will be starting at 6:30pm while students will be arriving at 6:00 to 6:15pm. The performance will be ending around 8:30pm or later. Coffee, water, popcorn etc. will be provided at the intermission. There will be no admission fee but the school encourages you to bring a canned food item to support the Good Shepard/Neighbor to Neighbor centers!

The HAT team is hosting a movie morning at school this Friday! The movie that will be shown is ‘SING’ to help promote the ‘connect’ part of the five ways to mental well-being. Watching movies with friends and/or family can help a child ‘connect’ and therefore, improve their mental well-being. More information can be found on the five ways to mental well-being here: https://www.hamilton.ca/public-hea ... . Popcorn is going to be sold that morning for $2 per bag and frozen yogurt tubes for $1 each. Special thanks to the HAT team and Nurse Carol for organizing this event!

Primary and junior EQAO tests continue! I wish all grade three and six students luck!

-Anne L., president of student council
Student Council President's Blog of May 20th

Student Council President's Blog of May 20th

Happy Victoria weekend everyone! Just a reminder that there will be no school on Monday, May 22nd to celebrate Victoria Day!

This Wednesday will be our May Crowing celebration at 10:45am held in the school gym. All are welcome! The school asks if you can bring in any flowers so we can put around our statue of Mary.

Just a reminder to the parents of First Communicants about the luncheon at 11:45am in the school Learning Commons following our May Crowning celebration. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email Gina Greco at ggreco@urbanhippo.ca or Andrea Wilson at anjawilson1230@gmail.com. Thank you!

A reminder to parents of Grade 2 and 7 students to send a picture of your child and their mother (or mother-figure). We can only accept these pictures electronically at this point by emailing to sttc@hwcdsb.ca. Grade 2 parents are reminded to also send in a baby picture of your child and a single picture of them on the day of their First Communion.

There will be a civvies day this Friday, May 26th with a twins theme! In this theme, your child and a friend(s) of their choosing get to wear matching clothing for a day! There will be a suggested two dollar donation. All the money will be going towards Free the Children.

That’s all for now. Have an amazing long weekend!
President's Blog of May 1st

President's Blog of May 1st

This week happens to be a very special week, Catholic Education Week! This year’s theme is "Walking Forward Together." Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at the school and system level, including prayer celebrations and service activities. Parents, family and community members are invited to visit our schools during this special week and join in the many activities planned to celebrate Catholic Education Week 2017. Click here https://sttc.hwcdsb.ca/228372--A-R ... ,-at-St.-Teresa-of-Calcutta--and-across-the-HWCDSB-Apr.-30th-May-6th?fileID=277641 to refer to our brochure.

It also happens to be Mental Health Week! An alarming 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental health problems and illnesses each year. We encourage you to wear green tops with you regular uniform bottoms on Wed. May 3rd.

If you’re still looking for a graduation or first communion dress for your child, you can shop at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s Precious Moments Boutique Open House. Open Houses will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Location: St. Mary Catholic Resource Centre

209 MacNab Street North, 3rd Floor

All students and parents are welcome!

This Thursday as STOC’s annual Talent Show will be taking place at 12:30-2:45pm! All are welcome! Special thanks to Mrs. Traina and her crew of staff who will be organizing this event for us again this year!
President's Blog of Apr. 22nd

President's Blog of Apr. 22nd

First off, I would like to ask everyone to pray for the repose of the soul of Justin Masotti, who passed earlier this week. Please keep him and his family in your hearts and prayers. He will be missed greatly.

‘GET READY TO JUMP 2 MATH’- a free, math-themed family event will be held at school on Tuesday, April 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm. All families are welcome to attend! Please note that if you’re a student, you must come with a parent/guardian. JUMP2MATH is a kinesthetic, multi-sensory approach to teaching Math that incorporates physical exercise, stretching, cross-body movements, cooperative learning, and visually-pleasing floor mats. We are still looking for volunteers! So, if you’re interested, please email Kristal.bozzo@gmail.com. Click here https://sttc.hwcdsb.ca/200250--A-R ... for more details

Congratulations to all the Director’s Award winners. We are very proud to have such academically, talented students at our school! It was a very hard decision to choose the winners. Just a reminder that the ceremony will be held on April 26th at 1:00pm at the Board Office. Once again, congratulations! If you would like to know this year’s awards and recipients, click here https://sttc.hwcdsb.ca/225299--Dir ...

All family members are invited to join us at the Easter Mass being held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish this Thursday on the 27th beginning at 1:15 pm. Please join us as we joyfully come together as a school community to hear God’s message in both word and song.

Special thanks to the Grade 8s, Ms. Margani, and Mr. Ivankovic for hosting this year’s Easter Basket Raffle! Our grade eight students will be coming around each classroom to sell tickets ($0.50 each or 3 for $1.00). The draw will be held this Friday so please buy your tickets soon! If you’d like, you have the option to buy the tickets on School Cash Online. All the money will be going towards the grade eight graduation ceremony.

Also, this Friday is Educational Assistant Appreciation Day! Make sure to say thank you to: Ms. Berdusco, Mr. Capobianco, Ms. Mazzuca, Mrs. Newberry, Mrs. Gregory, and Mrs. Miltenburg when you see them in the hallways! We are blessed at STOC to have such a wonderful EA Team, under the leadership of Mrs. Petruccelli and appreciate all their efforts each and every day.

I hope you have a generous week!
President's Blog of Mar. 31st

President's Blog of Mar. 31st

Now to start a new month with a fresh start! With April soon on it’s way, new projects are coming too! This Wednesday, our annual STOC Public Speaking Event will be here! Students from grades 1-3 have the chance to recite poems while students grade 4 and up will be giving their own written speeches. Many thanks to Mrs. Traina and Mrs. MacPherson for coordinating this event for us! If any parent is interested, there will be a CSC meeting held at STOC this Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Make sure to RSVP with Kristal Bozzo at kristal.bozzo@gmail.com. And as always, babysitting will be provided for children ages three and up. That’s all for now. Make sure to stay tuned!

Anne L., President of Student Council
Student Council President's Blog of March 25th

Student Council President's Blog of March 25th

How was everyone’s first week back? I’ll admit, it was pretty busy!

First off, thank you to Robert Richardz for coming to STOC and promoting water conservation. Another big thank you to Mr. Barnes and the Eco Team for organizing this presentation! With Mr. Barnes and the Eco Team’s guidance, STOC is sure to get a platinum Eco Schools certification this year!

The yearly annual chess tournament is finally here! One student from every grade will be representing our school in this system tournament on March 29th. Thanks to Mr. Nolan and Ms. Ozog for providing the students with this wonderful opportunity!

There is another civvies day this Friday to celebrate World Autism Awareness day! Students are encouraged to dress down and give a suggested donation of 2$. In the words of Mr. James Hansen, former Superintendent of Education with our Board, “Each child, able or disabled, has the right to be educated in the neighborhood school; A good education depends upon the skills of heart and head of those who serve children;” For more information on World Autism day, please click here https://sttc.hwcdsb.ca/224422--Civ ...

That’s all for now! Goodbye!
-Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of March 3rd

Student Council President's Blog of March 3rd

Hello everyone! Exciting news: it’s the last week before March Break!

I’ve just come back from the annual system wide science fair and I was extremely proud to see my fellow scientists display lots of sportsmanship and responsibility throughout the entire fair. Congratulations to all of you!

This Wednesday is National Women’s Day. This a day attributed to every girl and women in the world as they walk towards full gender equality. Gender inequality is still a problem we face every day so it’s important to teach future generations that boys and girls are equal and deserve to be treated that way. Special thanks to our young members of the STOC’s “Because I am Girl” group recently formed this year in the hope of further promoting at STOC these types of issues.

The Big Crunch is back at STOC this Thursday! The whole school will simultaneously bite into a delicious, crunchy apple provided by the STOC Health Action Team. All the apples will be delivered to each classroom before the crunch!

Unfortunately, the movie night to be hosted by the HAT team was postponed due to unpredicted circumstances. Rescheduled date and other details coming soon.

To end the last week before March Break, STOC will be bringing back Beach Day! Whip out your tacky tourist guides and bring in your beach towels as we celebrate the coming of warm and sunny days. A student will represent their class in one of many events such as the limbo and hula hoop contest. It will be held at 12:45pm in the school gym.

I’ll see you all after March Break!

Anne L.
President's Blog of Feb. 19th

President's Blog of Feb. 19th

Hi everybody! Hope everyone had a safe and happy Family Day!

This Wednesday is World Thinking day! World Thinking day is a day to celebrate the joint birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides and his wife, who was the chief guide. Scouts and Guides are encouraged to wear their Scout or Guide uniforms to wear.

Popcorn sales continue at STOC this Thursday. All the Money goes towards the Grade 8 graduation. It is 2$ per bag. Thanks again to Ms. Traina, Ms. Margani, and the Grade 8 students for selling and organizing the popcorn sales every week!

Congratulations and good luck to Julian B; Mia C.; Giulia P., and Lauren S. who qualified for the regional round of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest to be held Sat. Feb. 21st in Kitchener, Ontario. Good luck to all of you! STOC is proud!

There will be another civvies day this Friday. Please stay tuned for more details!

Have a great week ahead!

-Anne L., Student Council President
President's Blog of Feb. 12th

President's Blog of Feb. 12th

Hello everyone! I’m back from the Philippines! It was a wonderful experience and vacation. I highly suggest Philippines as your next vacation spot. When I came back, I had realized I came back at to a very important and eventful week.

First, next Monday is the 100th day of Catholic education for all of us-only around another 100 days to go!

To help raise money for their graduation, the grade 8 students will be holding a Valentine’s Day Baked Goods, Valentine’s-themed basket (non-edible) and Gift Card Raffle on Tuesday, February 14. Student council has been selling tickets for the raffle every morning. The ticket sales stop on Tuesday. It’s fifty cents for one ticket or three for a dollar! To also raise money for the grade eight grad, Lifetouch will be coming on the morning of Valentine’s Day to take pictures for any student, staff member, or volunteer! There will be a backdrop and props provided by student council! Every photo costs five dollars! Every grade eight would greatly appreciate your support!

First term report cards will be sent home this Wednesday for Year 2 K-Gr. 8! Please remember to discuss the report card with your child. Grade eight graduation photos will also be taken this Wednesday. Please check your child’s MyClass for more details.

Our HAT team has declared Family Day weekend a no homework weekend! Also, the school will closed on Monday, February 20th. If I were you, I would start making plans for this fun weekend!

That’s all for now! It’s good to be back!

Anne L., President of Student Council

Editor's Note: STOC missed you Anne and we're glad you're back!
(Vice) President's Blog of Jan. 30th

(Vice) President's Blog of Jan. 30th

As our Student Council president Anne L. continues on with her vacation away from us, we are pleased to share below with you our Vice-President Jaime's weekly blog.

What's up guys? It's me, Jaime T. (Vice-President of student council), here to tell you about this week's school updates/events.

On February 1st, Black History/Diversity Month begins! Thanks to Mrs. Traina and Mr. Ivanovic and their Grade 7 students who will share one Black History and/or Diversity fact over the announcements each day in February.

Also on February the 1st, St. Jean de Brebeuf students present anti-bullying activities with Gr 4-8s. SJB students will be welcomed to STOC as they work with our Gr 4-8 students around various issues dealing with and strategies to help prevent bullying. Some of the topics include: Tolerance; Self-Bullying/Self-Reflection Test; Bystanders and Cyber-Bullying.

Winter Walk to School Day and Winter Wear Yellow Day will also be on the 1st of February. These events are pretty self-explanatory, but to explain, thousands of students from Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic schools will wear yellow and celebrate the movement toward active, sustainable transportation and good health. STOC students are welcome to wear yellow tops with their uniform bottoms on this day.

On February the 2nd, STOC will be having National (or Tacky) Sweater Day. National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire you to use less heat all winter. Students are welcome to wear their favourite (or tacky) sweater with their uniform bottoms.

Also on February the 2nd, it's Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day in Canada focuses on the concept of a groundhog coming out of its home in mid-winter to “predict” if spring is on its way in the northern hemisphere.

On February 3rd, there will be a Sports/Spirit Wear Day at STOC. In support of the Patriots and the Falcons, we will be having a free sports/spirit wear day at STOC.

Good luck to all the Free Throw Participants at District Competition on February the 4th. Good luck to our students who qualified for the next round in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest.

To end of this week's blog, we would like to congratulate Mr.Friday on his retirement which will be effective March The first. You have been such an exquisite teacher, and we were so lucky to have you teach at STOC for many years. We wish you the best of luck and we will miss you dearly!

-Jaime T., Student Council Vice-president
(Vice) President's Blog of Jan. 16th

(Vice) President's Blog of Jan. 16th

"Hey guys, since Anne is currently in the Philippines I, Jaime Torio (Vice President of Student Council), will be writing the president's blog in her place. Just a reminder this week on the 17th there will be the First Communion Luncheon Committee meeting in honour and celebration of our First Holy Communicants. We will be planning and organizing a luncheon for all of the communicants on May 24th at 11:30 am.

On January the 19th, there will be a Catholic School Council meeting, where Student Council's very own Hannah Bozzo will be talking about the President's report and this month's Learning Goal.

I know Mr. Colella is a big Steelers fan so, so we would like to congratulate the Steelers on a terrific win this past weekend. To help cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers in their second playoff game this weekend, we will be having a Black, Yellow, and Gold civvies day on January the 20th free of charge. Go Steelers Go

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-Jaime T., Student Council Vice President
President's Blog of Dec. 18th

President's Blog of Dec. 18th

Hello everyone! This is the last week before Christmas break. And as expected, it is very busy! This Monday, our grade eight students will be visiting SJB to learn more about their future high school! Also, this Monday STOC will be hosting their last advent wreath celebration at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to join us! The choir will be singing, led by Mr. Capobianco. We will also be giving more information on the Triple H day hosted by the HAT team on Tuesday.

Triple H day is a new event that promotes strategies of mental-wellbeing through fun activities run by our Healthy Action Team! There will be games like ‘Minutes to Win It’ and ‘Bracelet Making’. Every student will be able to go home with their very own hand-made bracelet and a STOC stress ball. Remember, this event is held on Tuesday, December 20th!

There will be another civvies day this Friday, completely free! The theme is red, white, and green. You are all welcome to join us in our Christmas celebration at 9am. Student Council will be leading us in a nativity play, as well as listen to our choir’s beautiful Christmas caroling.

Stay warm this Christmas break!
President's Blog of Dec. 12th

President's Blog of Dec. 12th

Hello everyone! We will be having an Advent Mass this Thursday at 12:45pm. The junior division will be leading this mass along with the choir’s beautiful voices led by Mr. Capobianco. We hope to see you all there! Also, look forward to a civvies day this Friday! Donations are not needed and there is no theme. This civvies is to thank all of you for the amount of support you’ve given to the school this Move-A-Thon and countless civvies days. Thank you again for your support!

Just a reminder that the CSC meeting is this Monday at 6:00! There is babysitting available ages 3 and up! I’ll see you all there!

It’s very calm this week, though stay tuned for next week’s events!
Student Council President's Blog of Dec. 6th

Student Council President's Blog of Dec. 6th

Happy December everyone! It was nice to see some of you at our annual Breakfast with Santa last weekend! I hope you and those who were unable to come this year will swing by next time!

Last Friday we had a civvies day to raise money for a SJB graduate named Justin Masotti who is in dire need of help and support. I am proud to say our community raised almost one-thousand dollars! Thank you for all your donations. To find out more about Justin and his cancer, go here: https://www.gofundme.com/qgrqpxs4

Our very own STOC choir will be at "Christmas in the City" this Thursday starting off at CHCH. Tune in on CHCH TV Morning Live at 8:45 a.m. as the choir will be performing on TV. Thank you to Mr. Capobianco for organizing this wonderful opportunity for our students!

Also, this Friday is Joy Day! All student are invited to come to school wearing red and white. No charge! During Joy Day, students will be doing art crafts and activities that are funded by the money raised in Move-A-Thon.

Finally, there will be a CSC meeting next Monday at 6pm. All parents and grandparents are welcome! There is babysitting provided for children ages 3 and up. Please RSVP with Kristal Bozzo at kristal.bozzo@gmail.com if you’re interested in going.

That’s all for now! Have a snowy day!
Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 27th

Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 27th

"I hope you all found the best of Christmas sales this past weekend!

I apologize for the lack of updates, but student council has been quite busy these past few weeks. First off, I would like to say goodbye and the best of luck to Mrs. Daker from the before/after school program. We’ll miss you and we hope you the best in future work.

Today is the beginning of Advent and Mon is the first of our school's weekly Advent celebrations. For the next four weeks, STOC will be celebrating the separate weeks until Christmas, lighting the Advent candles. STOC encourages you to join us Monday, Nov. 28th on 9:15am (Please keep updated on possible time change).

Finally, if you haven’t ordered you Breakfast with Santa tickets, please do so! We look forward to seeing you there. Remember, tickets will not be sold at the door! You can enjoy the delicious food (thank you to the volunteers!), while listening to the beautiful voices of the choir! Also, if you’re interested in having a holiday picture with Santa to send to the relatives, you can order having Lifetouch take your picture on the form!

That’s all for now! Hope you had a festive weekend"!
-Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 11th

Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 11th

Before I begin this blog post, I would first like to thank all the soldiers who fought for their country and all those who have been affected by the war. We thank you for your service and sacrifices.

Our Remembrance Day service on Fri. Nov. 11th was filled with beautiful presentations, wreaths from our classrooms, and music. Thanks to Ms.Margani, Mrs.Traina, Mr.Capobianco and the choir, the readers and the classes who gave their wreaths. It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s contribution.

Diabetes is slowly becoming a condition seen all around the world. Today, Nov. 14th is World Diabetes day. This day is contributed to raising awareness of the 250 million diabetics in the world, 2.4 million being Canadians and 40, 000 of those being a Hamilton citizen. Thank you to the students and staff who wore blue tops and uniform bottoms! Students and staff are also encouraged to wear blue on Fri. Nov. 18th in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). A suggested donation of $2.00 is appreciated.

A big thank you to Mrs. Havers and Mr. Vento for organizing this year’s hockey team! This upcoming Wednesday Nov. 16th, the STOC hockey team of grade 4-8s is going on ice to participate in the annual Daryl Mahler Memorial Hockey Tournament. Go Tigers!

Attention parents, this Thursday is the parent-teacher conference! We hope you completed the school questionnaire for this conference. You will be able to speak to your child/children’s teacher through phone call or in person to discuss your child/children’s progress report. (The progress report is coming home on Nov. 15)

And now, for what all students have been waiting for: when they can watch student council get creamed! Like we promised, we will let the top three students who have donated the most slam a big ice cream sundae on a student council member of their choosing! Remember the day of Friday, Nov. 18th to watch the student council get "ice-creamed"!

Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 7th

Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 7th

Hey everyone! Today, November 8th is red and white civvies day! All donations are going towards supporting United Way. Students all over the school system will be wearing red and white. HWCDSB hopes to raise $85,000 this year.

Also, for all the parents who are interested in having your child have a re-take picture, re-takes will be taken this week on Thursday the 10th. Any student from JK to grade eight are welcome to have their picture taken. Volunteers are also welcome to have their pictures taken for their volunteer ID badges.

Everyone is welcome to this Friday’s Remembrance Day Service at 10:45pm. Student council will be handing out poppies to every class. Any donations is welcomed. All the money will be going towards Royal Canadian Legion Poppy sales. If your child is a Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Beavers, etc. we encourage your child to wear their uniform this Friday.

Adding on to this November, it’s also Movember! All our male staff will be giving up shaving for the thirty days of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a cancer that only effects men. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian men. Please help this cause by sending your child with any spare change to put it in the ‘Moustache Box’ in our office.

And one last reminder to fill in the survey on our website about the parent-teacher conference Thursday, November 17th, 2016. When you fill in this survey, Mr.Colella will try his best to schedule the meeting to your convenience.

Have a great week!

Anne L. Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 3rd

Student Council President's Blog of Nov. 3rd

Hey everyone! I just came back from this year’s annual Move-A-Thon and it was an absolute success! Everyone had lots of fun dancing and winning prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated money to help us reach our goal. Altogether, we raised over $ 8000! That is two thousand dollars over our original goal of $6,000! Thank you to everyone who was involved in the Move-A-Thon, whether you were a participating student or a donating parent. A special thank you to our DJs: Nicholas, Dylan, and Matthew and to Ms.Margani, Mrs. Traina, Mr. Capobianco and Student Council for all their leadership with this event!

Since we have reached the end of October, now it’s time to look forward into the next month of November. Our Spiritual Work of Mercy has changed this month to “Praying for the Living and the Dead” in respect for the soldiers who lost their lives, gained injuries, or anyone who has been affected by war. Praying for the living and the dead is the very last spiritual work, but it is definitely not the least. This virtue teaches students that they can:

* Pray for the sick
* Go to church
* Offer special intentions for the dead
* Thank God for their life
* Be mindful in prayers
* Be reverent during prayer

Just a reminder if you’re interested in having your child have a retake picture, it is next week on Thursday, Nov. 10th!

Next Friday, November 11th is our Remembrance Day Service in the gym at 10:45am. On this day, please send your child with a donation of your choice in support of the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy sales. Student council will be going around to give out poppies to those who donated.

Have a good week!

Anne L., Student Council President
President's Blog of Oct 23rd

President's Blog of Oct 23rd

Hey everyone! We have a lot of things planned for this week! It is now the week before Halloween next Monday. The annual Move-A-Thon will be on Monday, October 31. The pledge form your child brought home is due on the 28th, so there’s not much time left! All the money raised will be going towards our school’s improvement. As a school, we’ve raised $2,100 so far! That’s already a third of our goal of $6,000! Every dollar given is greatly appreciated!

Also, the Hamilton Spectator is going to be featuring our school this Wednesday! Check out the Pulse Page on the 26th and keep an eye out for the name "Saint Teresa." Artwork and writing from our JK-8 students will be shown. Thank you to all the students who submitted their work!

Since Halloween is just around the corner, STOC’s going to have a civvies day this Friday, Oct. 28th. The theme is orange and black and there is no charge! Have a spooky week!

Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of Oct. 16

Student Council President's Blog of Oct. 16

Hey everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend!

As some of you may know, today was the pilgrimage walk where countless catholic schools come together to walk ten kilometres in the name of Jesus. I’m very proud to say our school was chosen to lead the walk in front of three thousand people. It was tiring and challenging, but we took each step with pride. The walk wouldn’t have been what it was without all the teachers, parents, and students who participated. Thank you!

Also, Tastebuds is back in business! Starting this Tuesday, our volunteers will be handing out peanut-sensitive healthy snacks to each class to promote healthy eating. From now on, every Tuesday and Thursday will be when the volunteers hand out the snacks unless said otherwise. If you’re interested in helping out in this program, please contact one of our volunteer coordinators: Carm at carmbozzo@sympatico.ca or Kristal at Kristal.bozzo@gmail.com.

Make sure to keep an eye on The Hamilton Spectator next Wednesday. October 26th as STOC will be featured on the Pulse Page! Student artwork, poems, and writing pieces will be highlighted on the 26th.

That’s all for now, bye!

Anne L., Student Council President
Student Council President's Blog of Oct. 11

Student Council President's Blog of Oct. 11

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that everyone enjoyed their extra day of rest.

Now that our Thanksgiving food drive is finished, we can concentrate on one of my favourite holidays of the year: Halloween! As always, the Move-A-Thon is on Monday, October 31st. The volunteers will be handing out healthy snacks through Tastebuds, so the students could eat something healthy at least once this Halloween! Thanks to all the volunteers who make the Move-A-Thon what it is! Also, popcorn sales start up this week on Thursday! Make sure to bring you toonie to get a variety of different flavours, though nothing beats classic cheddar!

A reminder to all intermediate students going to the Pilgrimage that it is this Sunday! They’ll be handing out free pizza at the end of the walk so there’s no need to bring a lunch. I highly suggest bringing a lot of water. If you’re giving your child a ride to Cathedral yourself, remember to inform Mrs.Traina.

Stay tuned!

Anne L., Student Council President
President's Blog of Oct 2

President's Blog of Oct 2

Saint Teresa had their first civvies day of 2016-2017 this past Friday and it’s safe to say it was a big success! Thank you to all those who wore pink and donated money to support the awareness of breast cancer. All the money raised will be donated to “Run for the Cure” which is an event led by volunteers to help make a world without breast cancer. Your child or children all brought home a pink bracelet that was handmade by members of our community, Alexa M. and her aunt, Giovanna Cirnigiaro. Thank you for hard work!

The release of the Pulse Page featuring our school is only a few days closer! Student council have chosen a variety of artwork, poems, and short stories that is to be displayed on The Hamilton Spectator. Keep a close eye on the newspaper on Tuesday October 25th!

STOC’s annual Thanksgiving food drive is a go! From October 3rd-7th, please bring in as many canned goods as you can! All donations will be sent to the Good Shepard. All those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner can have one with your help! And as always, the class who has the most canned goods will win!

Have a great week!

E. Anne Llanora, President of the STOC Student Council
Student Council President's Blog of Sept. 18

Student Council President's Blog of Sept. 18

Hello! I hope everyone’s excited for the P.A day this Friday! As most know, the first month is always the busiest. There are a lot of events coming up this September so be prepared!

First things first, congratulations to STOC for getting chosen for the Hamilton Spectator’s Pulse Page! The Pulse Page is a page in the newspaper dedicated to give headlines about local schools. And since Blessed Teresa has become Saint Teresa, the Hamilton Spectator has asked us to submit student work from our school! From artwork, to poems, acrostic poems, and short stories! STOC will be featured on Tues. Oct. 25th!

The next month of October is breast cancer awareness day. To promote awareness, we will be having a wear pink civvies day on September 30th. Student Council will be handing out pink bracelets to all the students made by Alexa M. and her aunt, Giovanna Cirnigiaro. A suggested donation of a townie is appreciated! All money raised will be donated in support of the "Run for the Cure" in support of those affected by breast cancer, in our school community and across the global community.

With every passing day is a step closer to STOC’s open house! Save the date on September 22nd! The school opens at 6:30 pm. We will be having a short liturgy to celebrate the canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. After, you’re welcome to pass by the classrooms and have a chat with the staff.

Also, a big thank you to Sister Teresa who visited our school this past week to teach us all about Jesus’s life and showing us the clay statues in her trailer. She travels all over Canada to teach students and we are very thankful to have had her with us.

That’s all for now!

E. Anne Llanora, President of the STOC Student Council
Spiritual Work of Mercy for Sept-Oct:Comforting the Afflicted

Spiritual Work of Mercy for Sept-Oct:Comforting the Afflicted

"I am always struck when I reread the parable of the merciful Father. ... The Father, with patience, love, hope and mercy, had never for a second stopped thinking about [his wayward son], and as soon as he sees him still far off, he runs out to meet him and embraces him with tenderness, the tenderness of God, without a word of reproach. ... God is always waiting for us, He never grows tired. Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope — always"!
-Pope Francis

As we continue our journey through the Year of Mercy, Student Council continues its commitment to inform the STOC students about the Spiritual Works of Mercy and how they can turn these into actions rather than just words. This month, we begin the Spiritual Work of Mercy-Comforting the Afflicted. See attached to read more about the Success Criteria Student Council co-created with the students on the first day of school. We will also continue to highlight one student in each class who especially exemplifies this Spiritual Work of Mercy on a monthly basis. Congratulations Student Council on this spiritual ministry, with special thanks to Mrs. Traina and Ms. Margani for serving as their staff advisors.

Student Council President's Blog Sept. 11th

Student Council President's Blog Sept. 11th

A week has passed already? Wow, does time fly! Everything is slowly piecing together. Everyone now has a sense of familiarity when it comes to the school schedule. How has your week been? I hope it was great!

Many things has been changed this summer, if you hadn’t noticed. We’ve updated our tiling and changed all our BTOC signs to STOC. The school has decided to post all forms on our school websites to print at home to save paper.

Also, save the date for our Meet the Staff Open House and Celebration of the Canonization of STOC on September 22. Although there is no BBQ this year, we will have a celebration of the canonization of Saint Teresa.

There are a lot more things set for us in the future, so stay tuned!
Student Council President's Welcome Back Message of Sept. 7th

Student Council President's Welcome Back Message of Sept. 7th

First off, I would like to say welcome back to all STOC family, and a warm welcome to those just joining us this year. Though summer was very appreciated, it's now time to start a new school year. This means new beginnings, learning experiences, and friendship to be made on our journey. Nethertheless, most students don't share my optimism towards more school. Don't worry guys, I have a lot of plans ahead of us that I hope will make your year more memorable!

I've witnessed this school go through many changes, but this one is the most important, in my opinion. I'm extremely proud to be able to say that I'm the first president of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School. It feels as though moments ago I was a new SK student at Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Our years as elementary students will always be looked back on, and I hope to make this year where every student at our school can look back now and smile. Once again, I'm immensely excited for what's to come and I plan to generate a remarkable year during my presidency.

Please click here https://sway.com/xTJ7HqN8SxYSFXiH to view Student Council's first presentation to the students during our first Student Success Team assembly. Please be sure to chat with your child(ren) about it as well!

E. Anne Llanora, Student Council President