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March 28, 2022 Weekly E-Letter

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Welcome Back!!

Hopefully all families had the opportunity to rest and spend some time enjoying these last 2 weeks. As mentioned, by Doctor Bonnie Henry during her update on March 10th, masks will be optional after spring break for schools. There are no more indoor mask restrictions and faith services have now returned to 100% capacity. Please see the link for more details.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022HLTH0081-000324

Mask use will be a personal choice and school leaders will promote respect for the choices staff and students will make due to personal or family reasons.

The federal government’s website states that anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must follow federal travel guidance, including wearing a well-constructed and well-fitting mask when in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors for 14 days following entry into Canada. This includes while at school for students, staff and visitors who may have travelled outside of Canada during Spring Break. https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

COVID-19 ANTIGEN TEST KITS

The Ministry of Education has provided one COVID-19 Antigen Test Kit per student, to be used at your discretion. These were sent home with students before spring break. These tests are for you to use to ensure students with any symptoms test prior to entering so they do not come to school with Covid. As our Covid safety plan is now a ‘preventing the spread of illness plan’, we ask that parents keep any sick children home.

Again, I wish to thank our students, parents, and especially our teachers, staff, and aides for continuing to follow all Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Education Guidelines throughout these last two, most difficult, pandemic years! Many people within our school families and community have been impacted; however, we were able to stay open. Thank you all for doing your part to keep our students safe! Please be patient with the “return to normal” as some people will need more time to adapt.

VIRTUAL STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES

Teachers will be sending home their individual class’s student – led conference procedures this week. The goal is for students to use this virtual platform to lead their parents through their 2nd term work, highlighting their best work, as well as areas for challenges. Congratulations to all our students who have continued to work hard throughout these difficult times while maintaining their dedication to achieving their individualized learning goals!

REMINDERS!!

MARCH 28, 2022 – GRADE 7 EASTER FUNDRAISERS-DEADLINE ORDER

The deadline for ordering cookie decorating kits and lasagna, as well as Purdy’s, is today.  Please hand in all orders by the end of the day or submit your Purdy’s orders online by midnight.

Pick up for all items above will be on Wednesday, April 13th from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Cheques payable to OLS Grade 7 Fundraiser.

For Purdy’s: Please click on link https://fundraising.purdys.com/join.aspx/1523203-94790 to join the campaign, enter your email to register. To view the online catalogue, select: ‘Shop Online’, then click ‘Marketplace’. To view flyer, click here.

Thank you for your continued support towards our Grade 7 legacy gift!

MARCH 29 & 31, 2022 – CURLING GRADE 5 & 6 STUDENTS

Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating in curling lessons this month. Further details to follow.

MARCH 30, 31 & APRIL 1, 2022 – CLOTHING DRIVE

It’s time to clean out your closet because the OLS leadership council is having a Clothing Drive! We take donations that are clean and gently used. Click here to view the flyer. You can drop off your donation in Father Rosemond’s garage on the following dates:

March 30 – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

March 31st – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. & 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

April 1st – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

MARCH HOT LUNCHES

Friday, April 1st (Gr. 7 Fundraiser) Ragazzi Pizza

IMPORTANT GRADE 7 HOT LUNCH DATE CHANGE

We will be moving the McDonald’s hamburger hot lunch to Wednesday, April 6TH instead of the Friday, April 8th, in order for our school to practice the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent.  If you have ordered McDonalds, you will get a reminder from MunchaLunch on the Tuesday, April 5th.  Thank you!

LENTEN BOXES

Lenten boxes have been sent home (Grades 1-7). All boxes will be collected after Easter Monday, Tuesday, April 18th.  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).

OUR LADY OF SORROWS PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Preschool registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. If you are interested in registering for either the Three-Year-Old Program or the Four-Year-Old Program, contact the school office for an application form. If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to contact the school at 604-253-2434, or email the preschool at preschool@myolosschool.com.

AFTERSCHOOL PICKUP

Due to the warmer weather, the children will now be spending more P.E. time outside. Therefore, the gate to the school parking lot will not be opened until 2:30 p.m. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:30 p.m. to pick up your child(ren) or wait at the gate as this creates a backlog of traffic for the neighbourhood.

GRADE 7 BOTTLE DRIVE FUNDRAISER

We will continue to accept recyclables at any Express Return-It location until the end of May.

  • Bring unsorted containers in transparent bags to any Return-It Express location.
  • Using the label kiosk, print off labels, tag each bag and leave it in designated area – use school phone number 6042532434 to log into the account.

Please visit https://www.return-it.ca/locations/express/to find a location near you.

Thank you for your continued support,
Grade 7 Fundraising Committee

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. For more information, please read the letter that was attached to the February Monthly Newsletter.

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). Please remember to contact your child’s teacher for any plans for birthday treats as we will NOT accept treats at school office. Thank you.