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March 6, 2019 Weekly e-letter

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MARCH 11, 2019 – CONFESSION

Grades 6 and 7 will be going to confession on March 11th.

 MARCH 6, 2019 – LENT BOXES

Lent boxes were sent home with students today. Please ensure your child has brought theirs home.  All boxes will be collected after Easter Monday (Tuesday, April 23rd).  We ask that ALL students label their box with their name and house colour. We also ask that you print the amount collected on the box. Please use this opportunity to encourage your child to give alms (to do charitable work).

MARCH 7 & 14, 2019 – CURLING GRADE 5 STUDENTS

Grade 5 students will be participating in curling lessons on Thursday, March 7th & 14th.  Further details to follow.

MARCH 9, 2019 – MEXICAN FIESTA NIGHT! SOLD OUT

Many thanks to all who have purchased tickets and/or donated items towards the Grade 7 Mexican Fiesta fundraiser.  The event is SOLD OUT!  All proceeds go to the Grade 7 graduation and legacy gift for the school.

MARCH 10, 2019 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Don’t forget that on Sunday, March 10th Daylight Savings Time begins and clocks “spring forward” one hour.  The time should be changed one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday evening.

MARCH 13, 2019 – IMPORTANT DATE! MANDATORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Mandatory Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:45 pm 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.

MARCH 14, 2019 – DESK CLEAR OUT

Please send a large black garbage bag to school with your child on Thursday, March 14th.  The students will need the bag to clear out their entire desk for Spring Break cleaning. This does not pertain to Kindergarten.

MARCH 15, 2019 – GREEN COLOUR DAY

Students will have an opportunity to dress down in green coloured clothing. Please bring a toonie.

MARCH 15, 2019- REPORT CARDS

Report cards will go home on Friday, March 15th.  Please ensure you check your child’s bag and communication folders.

MARCH 18 – MARCH 29, 2019 – SPRING BREAK

The school will be closed for Spring Break the weeks of March 18th to March 29th.  School will reopen on Monday, April 1st. We would like to wish all families a safe and healthy Spring Break.

MARCH 2018 HOT LUNCH DATES:

March 7, 2019 Teriyaki Bowl
March 14, 2019 Pizza Lunch (Gr. 7 Fundraiser)

REMINDERS:

APRIL 3, 2019 – STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES – 12:00 pm DISMISSAL

Wednesday, April 3rd the student-led conferences will be held from 1:00 pm to approximately 5:30 pm.  Please refer to your child’s confirmed scheduled time that will be sent home with report cards.  There will be 12:00 pm dismissal and NO After School Club on this day.

APRIL 3, 2019 – REGISTRATION PACKAGES DUE

Registration packages are due Wednesday, April 3rd.  Please drop off the registration package at the office prior to going to the student-led conference.

OUR LADY OF SORROWS PRESCHOOL

We are now accepting registration for both the Three-Year-Old and Four-Year-Old Preschool classes for the September 2019 – June 2020 school year.  For further information, please contact the school at 604-253-2434 or by email preschool@myolosschool.com

ABSENTEE REMINDER:

A friendly reminder:  When sending in absentee notes, please ensure you add your child’s first and last name, grade, absence date, and reason for absence. It is very important that an absentee note is sent to school each time your child is away.  All absentee notes are to be emailed to office@ourladyofsorrows.ca.  

WEATHER/SNOW PROCEDURES

Please note:  Although students spend most of the school day 8:45 am to 2:50 pm 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.

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 am.  If your child is late (arriving after 9:00 am), only then should they 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.

AFTERSCHOOL CLUB

Starting Monday, Feb 4th Afterschool Club went up to $5 per every 30 mins, starting at 3 pm, and ending at 5 pm. 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, however, 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.

Please note that an important letter for all Afterschool Club parents was distributed last week regarding check-in procedures.

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.  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!

CLOTHING DRIVE – APRIL 5, 2019

Our next House Challenge will be on Friday, April 5th.  Further details to follow.

A friendly reminder, while doing any spring cleaning over Spring Break, to collect bags of used clothing for the OLS Clothing Drive.

MOMO CHALLENGE

There has been a LOT of news about the Momo Challenge.  It has been proven a hoax and urban legend. However, it is still always appropriate to monitor your child’s online presence, and Social Media accounts, where appropriate. Be aware and talk to your children about not using self- harm or other anti-social behaviours to deal with their issues. Let them know they are loved and cared for and there is always help available. Counselling is always available free for children to get help if they are showing any signs of high stress, violence or anti- social behaviour. We encourage ALL parents to downplay these types of Internet stories and not accentuate the hype, as it is exactly the panic and attention that is the desired outcome and which causes fear and anxiety in children. Self-harming or talk of suicide is never a solution and if your child has expressed this type of fear, please seek help from your doctor. There are many more cases today of children who are feeling alone or stressed. As a result, we have included a resource for parents to use. The school is always available to support you and direct you to additional resources, so please do not hesitate to inform us.

Thank you for your diligence in keeping our children safe.