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December 15, 2020 Weekly E-Letter

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December 15, 2020 Newsletter

And….Done!

Dear Parents,

As we come to our last few days in the December calendar, we are extremely grateful to all of you for taking our COVID Safety Protocols seriously, and for showing such amazing care for each and every one of our students, staff, and families! Our Goal in the September restart was to keep safe as long as possible. Thanks to all your efforts and care, we only have a few more days to go before we close for Christmas, safe, healthy, and ready for a quiet and peaceful break. Although Christmas 2020 will be very different this year with the new visiting restrictions, we can still use this time to rest and recharge, even if it’s only with our immediate families, or with virtual shares. However, even in this seemingly “isolated time”, it will still be very special to have Jesus as the reason for our quiet season, as he has been for the last two thousand and 20 years.  It will truly feel like the “First Christmas” and maybe even a modern kind of “Silent Night”. We are attaching the Christmas Mass details from Father Richard, and we hope that you all have time to Celebrate safely with the special OLS Masses on-line and drive ins.  May God Bless you all this peaceful Christmas, and we pray for your continued health and safety in the New Year! Please continue to visit www.olos.ca for all masses and Christmas Services updates! Please click here for Christmas Mass schedule.

PARISH GIVING TREE – THANK YOU!
Our students and parents are always so generous with those who are less fortunate than us, especially at Christmas time. Thank you for all your amazing donations for our “Parish Giving Tree” and all those less fortunate in our community!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
And finally, as we close our 2020 year, no matter how challenging the obstacles this community faces, especially these last months of COVID, we are all truly grateful for your generosity and Christian Spirit in all that you do. Thank you to all our families for your service, your many donations, and gifts, and lastly your commitment to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and School Community. Our students and families have shown to be such bright lights throughout this dark time of uncertainty. Thank you all!

VIDEO PAGE HIGHLIGHTS
We have now had all 7 classes participate in our Advent Paraliturgies. All weekly prayers, as well as many of our class videos, can be found on our OLS Videos page. Thank you to all our students who have been well prepared and have participated with such reverence and joy. Thank you to Father Richard and our staff who have organized these special Advent celebrations. Feel Free to watch them again as a family!

GRADE 7 FUNDRAISING UPDATES
Thank you for supporting our Wine and Spirits Gr. 7 Christmas Fundraiser.  We raised $7,830 and all proceeds go directly back to the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School!

Thank you to our grade 7 families, who donated the wine and raised over half the total amount all on their own. This is truly amazing.

I would also like to extend our appreciation to the Grad Committee, who has been working hard on three successful fundraisers in the last month. Thank you Tina Medeiros, Mary Andreola, Cristina Morra, Lina Pasqua, Lisa Ferraro, Teresa Gil, Katarina Tomas, Sandra Perna, Tanya Vons, Tina DelliSanti, Sonia Bourpoulis, and Barb Crescenzo.

Last but not least our winners are…..

1st Place Chhoker (gr.2)
2nd Place Liguori (gr. 7)
3rd Place Hogan, J. (K)
4th Place Garcea, C. (Gr. 2)
5th Place Almeida, J. (Gr.3)
6th Place Perozzo, M. (Gr.7)
7th Place Walter, M. (Gr.1)

Winners should be receiving a phone call today.  Baskets are to be picked up at the front office of the school.

GRADE 7 HOT LUNCH FUNDRAISER
Ordering for this school year’s Grade 7 Hot Lunch Fundraiser will open on Tuesday, December 15th. Grade 7 hot lunches will occur on Fridays from January 15 to June 4, 2021. All lunches in this session must be ordered by the closing date on Tuesday, January 5th at 3 pm. Once the ordering is closed, we cannot accept any other orders. Orders that have NOT been paid for by Tuesday, January 5th at 3 pm will be cancelled.

This year we are introducing two new products:

  • Pizzette (mini pizza from Italia Bakery).
  • Burek – stuffed pastries with savoury filling such as beef, cheese, or spinach.

Payments made by cheque should be payable to: “OUR LADY OF SORROWS GRADE 7 FUNDRAISER” or cash (send to school with your child in an envelope labeled with your children’s names, grades, and GRADE 7 HOT LUNCH FUNDRAISER on it). You can also pay by credit card online at time of ordering. 

If you are sending cash or cheques, it must be received by Tuesday, January 5th at 3 pm so that we can adjust your account by the deadline.

If you have NEVER logged into the munchalunch program, please follow this link to register:
https://munchalunch.com/schools/ourladyofsorrows/

If you have already registered and need to log on, please follow this link:
https://munchalunch.com/login

When you are ready to order, click on the “order lunch” tab on the top left hand side of the website.

Feel free to send any questions or comments to cdellasavia@hotmail.com.

Thank you in advance for supporting this years Grade 7 class!

HOT LUNCHES

Thursday, January 7th Teriyaki Rice Bowl
Thursday, January 21st Pizza

DECEMBER 17, 2020 – GARBAGE BAG REQUIRED FOR CLEAN UP OF DESKS
Clean up for Christmas break will take place this week. Please have your child bring a large garbage bag to school to clean out their desks by Thursday, December 17th. Please check your child’s communication folders, agendas and school bag for important school notices going home this week.

DECEMBER 17, 2020 – GREEN/RED COLOUR DAY & PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Students that have donated $2 or more towards this day,  may dress in green, red or other Christmas colours and will all receive McDonald’s Hot Cakes and a hash brown in a personalized  container with a juice box drink. Thank you for all Donations.  Over $1,200.00 was raised, which will go to Holy Childhood Association and Ronald McDonald House!

DECEMBER 18, 2020 – CHRISTMAS MOVIE AND PAJAMA DAY! 12:00 PM DISMISSALFREE!
Friday, December 18th is the last day of school before Christmas vacation. Dismissal is at 12:00 pm  There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUB on this day. We will start with Grade K, 1 and 2 at 12:00 pm and dismiss grade 3’s and 4’s at 12:05 pm and grades 5,6 and 7 at 12:15 pm.

DECEMBER 18, 2020 – VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Our virtual Christmas Concert previews will take place on Friday, December 18th for our students only. We will not be live streaming this event, but the video will be made available on our OLS Video page some time by the weekend.

JANUARY 4, 2021 – SCHOOL RE-OPENS
School resumes on Monday, January 4th at 8:45 am. We will resume with our Morning Drop off and Afternoon Pick up Schedules. Thank you to all our Volunteer Parking lot Supervisors as we could not have successfully implemented this new program without your support!