Thank you for your attendance at our recent Meet the Teacher Evening! It has been a wonderful start to the year, and we are excited about the already amazing parent volunteer and participation at our school. As mentioned in the meeting, we appreciate all your generosity in volunteering for our students. Volunteers help to keep our school running well and help us in offering more for every child.
The Halloween Bash Volunteer form has already been sent home. Stay tuned for ticket sales and other Bash information. This event is great fun for both the children and parents. It, therefore, sells out quickly. Parents are urged to participate in order to ensure this event runs safely and smoothly.
OCTOBER 1, 2019 – UNIFORMS
Please note Tuesday, October 1st was the start of regular school uniform. Summer uniform will no longer be accepted. Also, please ensure that students have all items in good order and bring all items of their uniform including proper shoes and sweaters to school daily. This includes extreme haircuts, hair colouring and non-standard jewellery.
Please read the Policy Manual, which is included in the students’ agendas. See Page 5, Item #5. Teachers will be starting uniform checks this week. Please ensure all uniform items comply with the Uniform Policy.
*Sweaters are mandatory for all school functions such as Masses, School Assemblies, Paraliturgies, and Fieldtrips when representing the school.
OCTOBER 2, 2019 – CISVA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP – COMPETITIVE AND FUN RUN
Grades 2-7 will participate at the CISVA Cross Country Championship and Fun Run at Swangard/Central Park on Wednesday, October 2nd from 10:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Please refer to the notice sent home.
OCTOBER 7, 2019 – PHOTO PACKAGES DUE BACK TO SCHOOL
Photo packages went home with students on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Proofs and portrait payments are due back to the school by Monday, October 7, 2019.
OCTOBER 9, 2019 – TALE OF THE TAPE
The first House Colour challenge of the year “Tale of the Tape” will take place on Wednesday, October 9th. Bring non-perishable goods to school on this day. Please label these items with your child’s name and house colour (red, yellow, green or blue). Your child will be bringing home their team colour this week. Items will be weighed, measured and totalled, to determine points for each House Colour Team. The real winner will be our local food bank, where all items will be donated. *Please note students will be reminded of their House Colours as some have changed.
OCTOBER 9, 2019 – PHOTO RE-TAKES
Students who have either not had their photos taken or wish to do a retake may do so on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Please have your child dressed in full uniform on this day.
OCTOBER 11, 2019 – THANKSGIVING MASS GRADE 4 CLASS
Parents/Grandparents are welcome to join the OLS School on Friday, October 11th for the Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m.
OCTOBER 14, 2019 – THANKSGIVING DAY – NO SCHOOL
There will be no school on Monday, October 14th.
OCTOBER 18, 2019 – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY – NO SCHOOL
There will be a Professional Development Day for OLS staff on Friday, October 18th. There will be no school for students on this day.
OCTOBER 22, 24 AND 29, 2019 – BURNABY ART GALLERY OUTREACH WORKSHOP
On these dates, we will be discovering the Burnaby Art Gallery’s Permanent Art Collections, focusing on handmade prints by First Nations artists. Using real artworks from the collection, students will make comparisons between the different techniques and elements of meaning in the works. The class will consider the significance of the ecosystem and environment which are represented in the selected First Nations works. Students will create their own art piece inspired by the connection with the environment and explore how different mediums work together.
OCTOBER 23, 2019 – LIVING ROSARY
Students are expected to be in full uniform this day.
OCTOBER 25, 2019 – HALLOWEEN BASH COMING SOON!
Please join us for the OLS Annual Halloween Bash on Friday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. Last year this event SOLD OUT! This is a family fun community event that will happen in the OLS gym. Tickets will be available soon and include access to carnival games, crafts and dancing. Every child is guaranteed to win a prize! NEW this year will be the CAKE BOSS CHALLENGE and THE VIA TEVERE FOOD TRUCK. Food items will be available for pre-order soon. Costumes are highly recommended. Invite family and friends to join the fun and make this event a success!
OCTOBER 27, 2019 – FAMILY MASS at 11:30 A.M
The Family Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 27th. We invite all families from OLS to celebrate the Family Mass with our School Choir. The OLS Family Mass is a great way for our families to attend and participate in the Sunday liturgy.
OCTOBER 28, 2019 – CONFIRMATION PARENT MEETING 6:30 P.M.
A notice will be sent home with students with further details.
OCTOBER 31, 2019 – COLOUR DAY
Students may come to school dressed in Halloween colours (e.g. orange and black) on this day.
OCTOBER 1-31, 2019 – READ-A-THON
Please refer to the notice that was sent home with students for further details. Reminder, ALL reading records need to be in on Friday, November 1st by 3:00 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.
|Thursday, October 10||Pizza|
|Thursday, October 24||Hamburgers|
BOOK FAIR POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
Thank you to all the Book Fair poster contest entries. Altogether we had a record-breaking 91 posters! The top winners are displayed on the board outside Kindergarten.
AGAPE STREET MINISTRY DONATIONS
Once again, we reach out to OLS families for their donations of extra Halloween candy. We will be accepting candy until Tuesday, November 5th. All candy donated will go to AGAPE Street Ministry.
NEW OFFICE EMAIL
For all absentees and inquiries, please note that the email addresses for OLS office have been merged into one email account. Please ensure you update our contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENT PARTICIPATION SIGN IN BINDERS (SCHOOL)
For parents who participate in the school, we remind you to complete the sign in sheet with your name on it in the appropriate binder. Please ask office staff for assistance to locate the binders.
Student safety is very important! Please arrive early and drop off prior to 8:45 a.m. The playground area is supervised from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. in the morning and 2:50 – 3:05 p.m.
Please follow drop off zone rules! Please do not block the driveways as we have regular deliveries and drop offs in the morning as well! Also, please refrain from bringing dogs into the playground areas or school as it contravenes the Health By-laws. They are fine to wait outside the playground. Thank you for your attention to all matters related to student safety!
For the safety of our students and staff, all visitors and parents are required to report to the school office where a “Visitor” tag will be issued if needed. We ask that all parents/visitors only use the Main School entrance on Slocan Street to enter the school. During instructional time, parents are not to go to their child’s classroom. Any supplies or lunches (labelled with child’s name and grade) are to be left at the office. It is your child’s responsibility (not the office staff) to retrieve their lunch or supplies from the school office. We also wish to restrict calls home for supplies and lunches, so please have your child review daily routines and help them to prepare for their day prior to bedtime. We encourage your children to bring all necessary items to school daily. Thank you.
It is very important that you call the school by 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or late. This will eliminate the need to call you to check if your child is home. Upon your child’s return to school, you must send a note to the classroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence. Please also include all dates absent. If you have more than one child, we require separate notes for each one. This information is required for our annual Attendance Audit which determines our Government funding for the year. We ask that all notes be written at home, not last minute at the school office. Absentee notes may also be emailed to the following email address: email@example.com
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
The After-School Club runs from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for this will be $5.00 per 30 minutes per student until 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., the cost will be an additional $5.00 per student per 30 minutes. Please complete the After-School Club Form attached to this newsletter. The Music Room will once again be the location for the After-School Club. Children are to be picked up using the outside Music Room door (Turner Street side of school) and must sign out before leaving.