As we have been receiving many questions about the recent Measles Outbreak cases in Vancouver and Washington State, we have been in contact with our Vancouver Public Health Nurse and will send home a fact sheet for parents and families. As we are unable to discuss those students who may or may not have received the vaccination due to confidentiality issues, we can only suggest that if any children exhibit any of the signs that parents keep their children at home until the symptoms are gone or to see a doctor if they exhibit any flu like symptoms. We do have several students and staff with “compromised” immune systems both at school and at home. We are asking ALL Families to keep any sick children with symptoms of fever, rashes, headaches, diarrhea or nausea at home. Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and to get fresh air as often as possible. Please read the Public Health Guides attached to the newsletter. Thank you to ALL our parents for your vigilance during this time.
For More info, please visit the Vancouver Coastal Website at: www.vch.ca
FEBRUARY 24, 2019 – SUNDAY FAMILY MASS
All families are invited to join the OLS Choir at the Family Mass on Sunday, February 24. The Knights of Columbus also generously provides a Pancake Breakfast for our students for free at every Family Mass! The monthly Family Mass is a great way to help our students and their families meet the requirements of attending Sunday Masses. Thank You!
FEBRUARY 24, 2019 – FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT MASS
There will be an enrolment Mass for all Grade 2’s on Sunday, February 24, at 11:30am.
FEBRUARY 25, 2019 – MANDATORY CONFIRMATION MEETING
A confirmation meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. This is a mandatory meeting for sponsors and confirmands.
FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – COLOUR DAY – ANTIBULLING DAY
Details to follow.
FEBRUARY HOT LUNCHES
|February 21, 2019 (Thursday)||Chicken Burger Lunch|
|February 28, 2019 (Thursday)||Hot Dog Lunch (Gr. 7 Fundraiser)|
2018 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
The 2018 school tax receipts will be available at the end of February 2019. A notice regarding your income tax receipts was sent home on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 with students. Please ensure you have read this note, as the bottom part was due back to the school by Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Please note: Although students spend most of the school day 8:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. in the school, there is always the possibility students may need to be outside for 10-15 minutes of recess, fresh air, or movement between the church, gym and school. Please ensure your children have appropriate attire for the winter season. Primary Students who come in gym strip may need additional clothing, sweats or tights to keep their legs warm. As well, we recommend that students wear their school sweaters over top of their gym strip.
If you are still unsure of what to do if it snows, please follow the Extreme Weather/Snow Weather Procedures which is in the download section on the school website: www.ourladyofsorrows.ca
SCHOOL FRONT DOOR USE
PLEASE NOTE: All students are to enter the school in the morning through the back door, NOT the front door. The back door remains open until 8:55 a.m. If your child is late (arriving after 9:00 a.m.) only then should he/she enter through the front door to check in with the office.
Preschool parents are to ONLY USE the preschool door (Turner side) for drop off and pick up.
Starting Monday Feb 4th Afterschool Care will increase to $5 per every 30 mins, starting at 3p.m., and ending at 5p.m. Afterschool Care is offered by the Parish to help parents with late pick-ups and is NOT a subsidized or Government Day-care. The cost of running this program has been increased due to staffing, repairs and maintaining the space. This is a necessary change to help keep the program running. All families who regularly use the service have already been notified in advance. Parents who wish to use this service in the future MUST NOTIFY the office PRIOR to their child’s dismissal to ensure teachers are aware of attendance. Thank you.
NO- BLOCKING DRIVEWAYS!!!
PLEASE DO NOT PARK /BLOCK the Pender or Turner Street Driveways for Pick up/Drop- off or Masses, as we have many deliveries and large truck pick-ups daily (Garbage and Recycling Trucks). Cars will be ticketed and towed as it is a danger to our students and families trying to navigate through the areas. Thank you for your understanding!
MARCH 9, 2019 – MEXICAN FIESTA NIGHT!
The Grade 7 class will be hosting a fun night filled with a delicious Mexican dinner, one free drink, homemade guacamole & salsa, cash bar, dancing, silent auction, a Whistler weekend getaway raffle, a pinata and Margaritas! Ticket order forms went home with students on Monday, February 4, 2019. The forms are due back to the school by, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
All proceeds go to Grade 7 graduation and legacy gift.
MARCH 13, 2019 – IMPORTANT DATE! MANDATORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Mandatory General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 6:45 p.m. in the school gym. A member from each family must attend this mandatory meeting or a fine will be charged as per the Policy Handbook on Page 10 of your child’s Agenda. If you are unable to attend due to illness, vacation, etc., a letter must be sent addressed to the Parish Education Committee explaining why you will be absent from the meeting. Registration packages will only be available for pick up at the Annual General Meeting. Please note the packages will not be given out prior to the meeting.