September 20, 2018 Weekly e-letter

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First, I wish to thank you all and your diligence with the changes in the drop-off zones. Parents have arrived earlier, and kept the zones moving in one-way patterns around the school, which have kept the zones safe. Unfortunately, the street closures may continue to change as the streets around the school get updated or paved. We will continue to send email updates and reminders to you. Please ensure you are receiving these emails and please let the office know if you are not or if your email and contacts have changed.

Second, I wish to thank our Grade 7 students and all our families who lead the procession of banners for our Mass of Our Lady of Sorrows, last Sunday. We had a fantastic turnout of students and families from all grades, and it was amazing to see our students walking with our other non- school parishioners, our grandparents and with the Hispanic community as well. I am very proud of the leadership of our Grade 7 students and all of our parents who were able to participate in such a great community event, and the passing down of a beautiful tradition of our Faith! Thank you!

Lastly, I wish to thank all our parent volunteers and participation groups for starting the year so quickly, as well as being so willing to help support our programs and students! Thank you to our many Bingo teams and our Maintenance Crews, who worked all summer to prepare and update the facility and playground; our Supervisors, our Hot Lunch moms and Fundraising team, our Classroom helpers and Cleaners, and All Our Parents, who support the school in the office, and the other areas. It has truly been a GREAT start and we hope to continue the momentum weekly and as we go through this school year! God Bless OLS!

The annual OLS Book Fair will begin on Monday, September 24 and will end on Friday, September 28. Book Fair Posters are due Monday, September 24th.

The first Mandatory Parents’ Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27. 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 a session in your child(s) classroom. 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.

The annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Thursday, September 27. Details and consent forms for Grades 1 to 7 have been sent home. Please return consent forms as soon as possible.

On Sunday, September 30 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a Commissioning Mass for all Staff Members of Our Lady of Sorrows School and Prep.


This year, we will continue with the weekly newsletter and monthly calendar. In order to keep you up to date on issues and remind you of special dates, there will be a weekly bulletin sent home via email as well as posted on our website: (www.ourladyofsorrows.ca). This will usually be sent every Wednesday, so please be sure to you check your emails regularly. If there is a change in your email address, please contact the school and provide us with the new one as soon as possible. The monthly newsletter will be sent home with the oldest child as a hardcopy.

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 mornings and 2:50 – 3:05 p.m. after school. Please make sure students are not dropped off sooner than their programs start as we cannot adequate supervision prior to our staff arriving.

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 save time calling 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 child. 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@ourladyofsorrows.ca

Please read the Policy Manual, which is included in the students’ agendas. See Page 5, Item #5. Teachers will be starting uniform checks by next week. Please ensure all uniform items comply with the Uniform Policy. Students will be allowed to wear summer uniform until
October 1, 2018. Please label all items with a permanent marker.