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FEBRUARY 2022 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

By January 28, 2022 No Comments

Dear Parents,

As we enter the new COVID – 19 procedures for testing and isolating (http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing), again we are asking that students who are in close contact of people who have tested positive and are not feeling well themselves, to not come to school (see attached instructions from BCCDC). Students will still need to take a daily screening test before coming to school as symptoms may develop later.

We want to thank all our parents and families who have prioritized safety of others through these last two difficult pandemic years. We have been fortunate to have been only mildly affected throughout this time, again due to the incredible efforts of our staff, students, and parents.

Let us continue to stay focused on our steps for COVID SAFETY and keeping each other safe until this latest COVID season ends.

  • Being fully vaccinated if possible and doing a daily health check and staying home if sick.
  • Washing hands frequently.
  • Wearing a mask indoors and in close contacts
  • Respecting everyone’s personal space and practicing safe distancing.
  • Continuing to support each other by being kind and respecting each others’ needs for safety!

CONTINUATION OF LEARNING
Students who miss school due to illness or isolation will be allowed to catch up any missed assignments prior to the end of the second term (March 4, 2022). Please notify the office and your child’s classroom teacher of any absence that requires missed assignments. All students missing 3 or more days in a week will be able to pick up assignments on Thursday’s afterschool (until 3:30 p.m.) at the office door, or view them on seesaw, or google classroom. Thank you for your diligence!

JANUARY 30, 2022 – FAMILY MASS – 11:30 a.m. CONFIRMATION ENROLMENT MASS
The Family Mass will be on Sunday, January 30th at 11:30 a.m.  We invite all families from Grade 7 and OLS to celebrate the Family Mass with our OLS School Choir.  The OLS Family Mass is a great way for our families to attend and participate in the required Sunday liturgy.  Masses are safe; masks are mandatory and capacity is at 50%. Thank you for continuing to allow our students to participate in our safe and important faith experiences!

FEBRUARY 9, 2022 – MASS
Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 9th at 9:00 a.m. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join us. Please remember that masks are mandatory.

FEBRUARY 14 – 18, 2022 – CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK
Monday, February 14th is the start of Catholic Schools’ Week.  This week is designed to promote the many aspects of the Catholic school community.  This community helps guide its people in their devotion to the Faith.   By celebrating different facets of Our Lady of Sorrows School, we continue to strengthen the bonds that are the foundation of this Catholic community. The school will be having a variety of activities.   Please have your child bring $5.00 to participate in these activities. The donations will be divided up between a variety of charities. 

  • February 14th (Monday) – Red Colour Day
    • Students may come dressed in Red.
  • February 15th (Tuesday) – Jersey Day
    • Students may come dressed in their favourite sports jersey.
    • Minute to Win It Challenge (more details will be sent home closer to this date).
  • February 16th (Wednesday) – Character Day
    • Students may come dressed as their favourite book character.
    • Jeopardy activity (more details will be sent home closer to this date).

FEBRUARY 17 AND 18, 2022 CATHOLIC EDUCATOR’S CONFERENCE – NO SCHOOL
All teachers will be attending the Catholic Educator’s Conference on Thursday, February 17th and Friday, February 18th.  The school will be closed for these two days.

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 – FAMILY DAY – NO SCHOOL
There will be no school on Monday, February 21st due to the Family Day holiday.

FEBRUARY 23RD (WEDNESDAY) – KINDNESS DAY
On Wednesday, February 23rd, students may dress down in their favourite colours. Children who have gym class on this day are still required to wear their gym strip under their clothes.

FEBRUARY 27, 2022– FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT MASS
There will be an enrolment Mass for all Grade 2s on Sunday, February 27th at 11:30 a.m.

2022-2023 SCHOOL REGISTRATION PACKAGES
Registration packages will be going home with students at the end of February 2022. Registration packages are to be returned March 9th and 10th between the hours of 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Cash Payments will also be accepted during this time by appointment only. Please email or call the office to schedule a time. Further details will follow by email.

2021 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
The 2021 school income tax receipts are in the process of being prepared.  The income tax receipts will be going home with students in the registration packages at the end of February 2022.

FEBRUARY HOT LUNCHES

Friday, February 4th (Gr. 7 Fundraiser) McDonalds’s Junior Chicken Burgers
Thursday, February 10th Subway Sandwiches
Friday, February 11th (Gr. 7 Fundraiser) Pizza Hut Personal Pizzas
Thursday, February 24th Hamburgers
Friday, February 25th (Gr. 7 Fundraiser) White Spot Burgers

OPEN PARACHUTE
We are fortunate to have been granted a free licence to the Province of British Columbia and Ministry of Education’s Open Parachute Mental Health Program, for students, teachers, and families. Please read the attached letter for more details.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS!

SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS OR HOLIDAY TREAT UPDATE
Many parents are wondering about birthdays, holiday treats or class gifts. We will continue to allow commercially prepared food and hot lunches (as they are prepared with Food Safe protocols). HOWEVER, Valentine’s Day treats, gifts or cards will not be allowed this year. We will be using a non-contact/touchless way for students to celebrate Valentines and Friendship week, which begins February 14th and culminates on February 23rd (with our Kindness Colour Day). More information will follow from our classroom teachers, and you will receive an update in February before Catholic Schools Week. Please notify your child’s classroom teacher in advance for birthdays as no treats will be accepted at the office. Thank you for your understanding, and again, let us continue to work together to ensure the safety of everyone!