February 2018 Newsletter





Greetings to all of our STR families. I pray that this newsletter finds all of you in good health and peace. Semester 1 concluded with such a high note and we are fully immersed in semester 2. Spring is just around the corner and in a couple of weeks we will be heading into March Break. As I write this message both staff and students received their Ashes as we entered into our Lenten Season in preparation for Easter. During the next few weeks, it is a time for all of us to remember that Christ died for our salvation. I want to thank all of our families for their support and huge welcome that you have given me as I transition to my new family.

Over the past 5 years, St. Robert CHS has been ranked in the top 10 from the Fraser Institute. I foresee this trend continuing as the 2016-2017 rankings are scheduled to come out in the next few weeks. I am truly proud of our staff and students for achieving such recognition, an honour for our entire community! I personally want to thank all of our STR families for supporting all of the great work that takes place and accepting our wonderful traditions. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. This is clearly evident in our community.

Semester one ended on a positive note with many student accomplishments. We are fully immersed in semester 2 and I want to take the opportunity to welcome our new staff members, Ms. Stephanie Ferraro, (Religion); Ms. Melanie Elacqua, (Science); Ms. Natalie Rovere, (Social Science) and Ms. Samantha Lino, (English).. We all look forward to the many talents you bring to our STR community.

Teaching does not only take place inside the classroom but also outside. We are very proud to announce that a few International trips are scheduled. During March Break, myself and Ms. Ciarallo will be escorting a group of STR students in conjunction with a group of students from St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS to Italy. This trip is cultural in nature and in total we will be 55 people travelling together. Beautiful sites will be explored as well such as the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Pompeii just to mention a few. The second march break trip has Mr. Digirolamo, Ms. Brockest and Mr. Galatianos are spearheading a music/cultural exchange to Havana Cuba. STR students will have the opportunity to bond with other Cuban students where they will play many musical renditions. I want to wish all staff and students travelling, a safe and enjoyable trip.

Finally, I want to thank all of our families for your support on our uniform policy. I know that there has been a big transition to the proper wear of our school uniform and for some students it has been more challenging than others but for the most part I am very proud of our students. Keep up the great work! My final reminder is for all of our parents who drive their children to school. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be very careful when dropping off your children. Do not speed in our lot as there are many students walking through it. Do leave home earlier in the morning so that your children can be in class on time. The traffic is heavily congested especially around 8:25 in the morning. Many students are late due to this traffic. Please leave earlier in the morning. As an alternative, why not try public transit? It will definitely help with the traffic. Thank you all so much for your help in this matter.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Ethan Low Nicholas Poon

Alessandro Vigna Ming Wang

Michelle Wong Bruce Wu

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A Note to our School Community:

This year the St. Robert community is excited to host the The Inside Ride.

The Inside Ride is an indoor stationary cycling challenge which allows students to be difference makers, to build community spirit and a sense of achievement. Most importantly, 100% of the funds raised support children and teens in Ontario, living with and beyond cancer.

Teams of 6 cyclists take turns spinning for 10 minutes each and compete for fun awards. Fast-paced, energetic music and an emcee keep the party flowing.

The money the community of St.Robert raises will benefit numerous childhood cancer organizations in Ontario that provide essential programs and services to the thousands of children and their families walking the road of childhood cancer. These programs include family support, financial support, educational support and survivorship programs, camp and quality of life programs as well as research.

You can help us - help the kids - by supporting student and staff efforts with a donation. Because the Inside Ride relies on sponsorship, to cover event costs and administrative fees, they are able to guarantee 100% of your receipted donations will go directly to benefit the kids and teens.

If your son, daughter, or teacher is riding you can donate directly to their page, if not you can donate to the school over all by going to strobert.theinsideride.com

We thank everyone in our community for your support in this wonderful event.

Mr. Galatianos and Mr. Brockest


Don’t Panic!

The Literacy Test is on:

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018!

During February and March, all grade ten students will be working on The OSSLT Literacy Lab workbook during

their homeroom period as preparation for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test on April 10th. The OSSLT

Prep Program at St. Robert will commence on Tuesday, February 20th and will end on Friday, April 6th . The

preparation will involve students completing activities in reading and writing, lead by their homeroom teacher.

The St. Robert Literacy Committee has received positive feedback from students in the past. Students have

indicated that the literacy prep sessions have eased their fears, and enabled them to preview and practice

the types of activities they would encounter on the test. The results of the OSSLT test will be available in June,

and we wish all St. Robert students much success.

The St. Robert Literacy Team