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September 18, 2019 Weekly E-Letter

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UNIFORMS

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.  Students will be allowed to wear summer uniform until October 1, 2019. Please note this also includes all hair accessories and highlights which do not comply with the uniform code.

 *Sweaters are mandatory for all school functions such as Masses, School Assemblies, Paraliturgies, and Fieldtrips when representing the school.

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 office@myolosschool.com.

CHRISTMAS PLAY DVDS – FREE

We have a few Christmas play DVDS for the 2015 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” play available at the school office.  We are giving these away for FREE. Please contact the office if you would like a copy.

LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

On Sunday, September 22nd, the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word for Children will recommence for children approximately 3 to 8 years of age, at the 11:30 a.m. Mass (in English) and at the 1:00 p.m. Mass (in Spanish). We are in need of new volunteers for the Liturgy of the Word team at the 11:30 a.m. Mass in English. If you are able to assist, please contact olsliturgy@gmail.com or the parish office at (604) 254-0691.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 – BOOK FAIR AND READ-A-THON ASSEMBLY

Our Read-a-Thon and Book Fair assembly will take place on Thursday, September 19th. Students will receive their record and pledge sheets at the assembly.

SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2019 – SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

The annual OLS Book Fair will begin on Monday, September 23rd and will end on Friday, September 27th.  Book Fair posters for “Arctic Adventure” are due September 23rd. Please refer to the class schedule that has been sent home.

Last week we sent home our Parent Volunteer signup for the Book Fair. Volunteers are still needed for Tuesday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for the Book Fair. Thanks to all who have signed up. Please help to make our Book Fair and Read-A-Thon another great Success!!

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 –OLS KINDNESS DAY

Kindness Day will be held on Tuesday, September 24th.  Our Lady of Sorrows has initiated a kindness Project which is replacing Anti-Bullying day. Parents will receive more information at the Meet the Teacher Evening.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 – MEET THE TEACHERS NIGHT

The first Mandatory Parents’ Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 25th.  We will begin with a Welcome Back BBQ and Social at 6:00 p.m.  The actual meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. followed by one 15-minute session in the classrooms.  Please mark your calendars.  This will be the first Mandatory Meeting as indicated in the Policy Manual and Registration Guide!  Don’t forget to visit the Book Fair in the Library that evening.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 – TERRY FOX RUN

The annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Thursday, September 26th.  Consent forms have already been sent home.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 – COMMISSIONING SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, September 29th at 11:30 a.m. there will be a Commissioning Mass for all Staff Members of Our Lady of Sorrows School. This will be our first Family Mass as well. Our school choir will be singing at this Mass. All families are encouraged to attend our regular Sunday Family Masses and celebrate the liturgy with our Catholic School Community. Thank you!

REMINDERS:

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

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. after school.  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!

VISITOR TAGS

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.

ABSENTEES

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:  office@myolosschool.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.