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March 2021 Newsletter

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Dear parents,

COVID UPDATE! – IMPORTANT!
As you know we have finally been affected as a school community by COVID-19. As mentioned before, the incident in our schools is directly related to the incident of exposures in the Community.

http://cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-third-wave-covid-case-rise-1.5924064

What are the coronavirus variants and how should we respond to them? Your COVID-19 questions answered | CBC News

As we are still isolating our Kindergarten and Preschool classes until next week, we are grateful to all our families who “in an abundance of caution”, or were usure of possible exposures, decided to isolate at home as a precaution. As up to 70% of all new cases maybe the new variant of viruses, we have been EXTRA CAUTIOUS at school as well.  We will continue to send home any missed assignments for those isolating or staying home as extra precaution.  Please continue to monitor daily for symptoms or isolate all siblings for 14 days if someone in your household has had a direct exposure. Thank you to all our families who continue to do all you can to keep our OLS Community Safe!

Please take a moment to review our Newsletter Reminders 2020-2021 (which includes the daily screening form).

HOMEWORK PACKAGE PICK UP INFORMATION
Please be advised, if you are picking up homework packages for your child, they will be available at the school office between 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

MARCH 2021 – LENTEN CONFESSION
Please note a Lenten Calendar will be sent home so students can track their Lenten Journeys prior to Confessions. A date will be chosen after spring break.

LENT BOXES
Lent boxes were sent home with students last week. Please ensure your child has brought a box home. All boxes will be collected after Easter Monday, Tuesday, April 6th.  We ask that ALL students label their box with their name and house colour. We also ask that you print the amount collected on the box. Please use this opportunity to encourage your child to give alms (to do charitable work).

MARCH 14, 2021 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Don’t forget that on Sunday, March 14th Daylight Savings Time begins and clocks “spring forward” one hour. The time should be changed one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday evening.

MARCH 10, 2021 – IMPORTANT DATE! MANDATORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Mandatory Annual General Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10th at 6:45 p.m. If you are unable to attend due to illness, vacation, etc., please send a letter addressed to the Parish Education Committee explaining why you will be absent from the meeting.

This year we will be on-line and if you wish any questions to be answered, please submit those questions to the office by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8th. We will answer most questions at the meeting. As the registration packages have been already sent home, we will have the PEC explain the updates to the package as well as any new procedures this year due to COVID. The meeting link will be sent on Monday, March 8th by 4:00 p.m.

MARCH 12, 2021 – DESK CLEAR OUT / NOON DISMISSAL
Please send a large black garbage bag to school with your child on Thursday, March 11th. The students will need the bag in order to clear out their entire desk for Spring Break cleaning. This does not pertain to Kindergarten. There will be a half-day dismissal this day as the school prepares for a deep Spring break cleaning.

MARCH 12, 2021 – REPORT CARDS – CHANGED TO APRIL 16th
Due to the number of students away we will be postponing the second term Report Cards. They will no longer go home on Friday, March 12th. The new date for Report Cards to be send home will be Tuesday, April 6th.

MARCH 15 – 26, 2021 – SPRING BREAK
The school will be closed for Spring Break the weeks of March 15th to March 26th. School will reopen on Monday, March 29th. We would like to wish all families a safe and healthy Spring Break! Again, if you are planning to travel to whistler or interior cabins, please allow 72 hours symptom free prior to sending your child back to school.  Any travel outside of the Province requires a 2 -week quarantine period upon return.

2021-2022 SCHOOL REGISTRATION PACKAGES
Registration packages have now been sent home. If you have not received your family’s registration package please contact the office. Registration packages are to be returned March 10th – 12th between the hours of 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Dropoff will be contactless. There will be a drop box outside of the front office doors. Please leave your envelope in the box provided. Cash Payments will also be accepted during this time by appointment only. Please email or call the office to schedule a time.

2020 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
The 2020 school income tax receipts were sent home with your family’s registration package. If for some reason you have not received your family’s income tax receipt, please contact the office.

MARCH HOT LUNCHES
As a result of the current school environment, we have decided to cancel hot lunches until Spring Break. If your child is attending school, please make sure to send them a lunch. Credits will be applied to the accounts for those that have ordered on these dates. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cristina Morra at oloshotlunch@gmail.com.

February 26, 2021 (Friday) Pizzette
March 5, 2021 (Friday) Burek-Beef
March 11, 2021 (Thursday) Sushi
April 8, 2021 (Thursday) Subway
April 16, 2021 (Friday) Stan’s Pizza

FEBRUARY 26TH – HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATHER RICHARD!
This Friday, please help us celebrate our Wonderful Pastor, Father Richard’s Birthday in our morning drive by between 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Father Richard has been outside with Mrs. Radford our head teacher (birthday girl today), every morning greeting all our students daily. Decorate your car or make a window sign to show your appreciation for Father Richard and all he does for our Parish and School community. His messages of hope during this pandemic have helped keep us all calm and his special prayers and masses have helped us to keep our faith alive even in this difficult time of COVID. Please do not make contact other than cheer, or signs from a distance. If you plan to drop off a card instead, please do so at the school office or through your child as we will have a special box for the cards to sit or be wiped and disinfected before we send them to the rectory for him at the end of the day. Please sign into www.olos.ca for the many live OLS YouTube recordings and repeat any masses that you may have missed.  Watch them as a family and when you are most ready or in need of prayer.

REMINDERS:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES & LUNCH DROP-OFF REMINDER
We would like to remind you that due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, we 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, including lunches, to school daily. Every time a lunch or school supplies are dropped off at the office, we increase our risk to exposure. Thank you.

WEATHER UPDATE
Please note, as the weather gets colder and rainier, we are asking parents to ensure students have proper Jackets and shoes, as well as NOT sending students who have gym in the morning only with PE strip! Students MUST stay outside until 8:35 a.m. as we have to ensure adequate supervision in the school while teachers are in staff prayer. Also, students may have to be outside throughout the day for recess or movement between the buildings (gym and Church). Please send jackets with hoods for your children to school daily, as well as ensuring proper uniform. Thank you.