January 2021 Newsletter

St. Vital Catholic School

Dear Families,

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am sure that the kids are looking forward to the break from school to spend time with their family, sharing in Christmas traditions and exploring new adventures. Even though the Christmas season may not been necessarily what we were hoping it to be, there is always opportunity to be creative, have fun and connect in new and different ways.

December was a busy month. It started with Student Led Conferences through a virtual platform or on phone. Overall it was a success. Students did a great job preparing for their conference and sharing their learning with their family members including the odd family pet that managed to get some screen time. Our Student Leadership Club did a great job promoting Christmas spirit in our school through the sale of Candy Cane Grams and dress up days. Students gave donations to the empty stocking fund which was very much appreciated. We were able to celebrate our first mass together as a school community through Facebook Live.

We are hopeful to have everyone return to school January 4th safe, healthy and reignited with the excitement of reconnecting with each other and new learning. January has a few events going on; Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness, Literacy Week, and the Student Leadership Club has some very creative spirit days planned that align with Literacy Week. Reading is one of our school goals in that we want to see continued growth of our students with their reading and comprehension. Literacy Week is a great way to promote this goal and we are hopeful that all students and families embrace the activities that will be planned for this event. There is nothing better than snuggling up with a book and a blanket on a cold winter night.

Take care and God Bless,

Mrs. Natasha Nichol

What is Happening At St. Vital?

Fruit of the Spirit Recipients - Patience

The month of December students worked hard on showing the Fruit of the Spirit of Patience; patience with one another, patience with themselves and patience in waiting for the arrival of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

Prekindergarten also participated in practicing the quality of Patience in being their 'Best Self'.

Great job everyone!

Next Month we will be working on the Fruit of the Spirit of Kindness.

Christmas Mass at St. Vital School

Father Sebastian was able to come to our school to celebrate Christmas mass with our students and staff. The Gr. 5/6 class did an amazing job with the different ministries. Thank you to them, Miss Dale, Mrs. Ma and Father Sebastian for all their work and prep to make for a special celebration.

Father Sebastian also celebrated 25 years of priesthood on December 27th. Students presented him with cards of congratulations and gratitude; as well as a Christmas gift of a his own Jesse Tree.

Our next mass will be January 26th at 10:40. Please join us virtually on Facebook.

Farewell and Welcome

There are some changes to our staff in the new year.

Farwell to our Gr. 4/5 intern, Miss Kristina Krone. She completed her final internship at St. Vital as of December 11th. We were blessed to have her stay on to finish off 2020 with us. She is now ready to go out and share her joy for teaching with others.

Welcome to Mrs. Kennedy Schmidt, formerly know as Miss Chartier. Mrs. Schmidt will be working as an Educational Assistant with our Gr. 4/5 classroom. We are happy to have her back.

St. Vital School Community Council

The SCC meets virtually each month. They are working to support the school with their goals for reading and developing faith throughout the building. They are purchasing materials for each classroom's prayer corner and are currently planning a Family Literacy Challenge for the end of January to coincide with Literacy Week. If you are interested in helping out or sharing ideas you are welcome to join the next meeting January 19th at 7:30 on Zoom. If you are curious about SCC please email or call the school and we can connect you with the SCC Chair, Nicole Oborowsky. Please see information below for the ZOOM link.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 856 3914 8449

Passcode: 686987

Join by Skype for Business


Student Leadership Club

The SLC would like to thank families for their generosity in donating money for candy grams. During candy gram sales we were able to raise $360 dollars to go towards prizes for classroom challenges and upcoming reading events for students! 1450 candygrams were sold during our 1-week sale. The winning class with the most sales was grade 6/7 with $140 of candy grams sold. Thanks again for your generosity and best wishes to you and your families for Christmas and the upcoming year.

The SLC has a number of exciting dress-up days coming up in January. January 12th is Dinosaur Day so put on your best prehistoric gear! Please remember no outfits that cover your face. We need to be able to properly wear masks and see all student’s faces. January 25th-29th is LITERACY WEEK! January 25th is Dr Seuss day; dress up as your favourite Dr. Seuss character or story. Tuesday the 26th is Storybook Character Day - can’t wait to see who everyone will dress up as. Finally, Wednesday the 29th is Comic Book Character Day; dress up as your favourite comic book character! We are excited to see all the school spirit that week!

Literacy Week January 25th - 28th

Reading is a wonderful thing and has many benefits.

Top 10 Benefits for Reading

1. Mental Stimulation

2. Stress Reduction

3. Build Knowledge

4. Expand Vocabulary

5. Improve Memory

6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

7. Improve Focus and Concentration

8. Better Writing Skills

9. Relaxing

10. Free Entertainment!

During the week of the 25th we will be promoting reading each day with a variety of activities. The Literacy Committee will communicate what that week will look like the beginning of January. In the mean time continue work on building a reading routine in your home and reinforce what you are already doing. Show them what you are reading and talk about what kind of books you like to read. If you are needing support with reading at home please contact your child's teacher or check out the link below.


Important Dates

Monday, January 4th - Return to School

Thursday, January 7th - Wear Blue for Kindness

Tuesday, January 12th - Dinosaur Day

Wednesday, January 20th - Early Dismissal

Thursday, January 21st - Mass 10:40

Monday, January 25th - Start of Literacy Week, Dr. Seuss Day

Tuesday, January 26th - Story Book Character Day & Mass

Wednesday, January 27th - Comic Book Character Day

Thursday, January 28th - Blue Day for Kindness

Friday, January 29th - No School Staff PD