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March 8, 2022 Weekly E-Letter

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OUR LADY OF SORROWS SCHOOL 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 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) and wait at the gate as this creates a backlog of traffic and a nuisance for the neighbourhood.

MARCH 9, 2022 IMPORTANT DATE! MANDATORY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Mandatory Annual General Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:45 p.m. A member from each family must attend this mandatory meeting or a fine will be charged as per the Policy Handbook on Page 10 of your child’s Agenda. If you are unable to attend due to illness, vacation, etc., a letter must be sent addressed to the Parish Education Committee explaining why you will be absent from the meeting. The AGM link will be emailed out tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th.

MARCH 10, 2022 – TEAM PICTURE DAY AND JERSEY RETURN WINTER SPORTS
Team pictures will be taken for all winter sports.  Please ensure all jerseys have been washed prior to returning them.

MARCH 11, 2022 – UKRAINE DAY & 12:00 P.M. DISMISSAL
Originally, Friday, March 11th was scheduled to be Green Colour Day. In light of the recent events in the Ukraine, we are now dedicating this day to the recovery of the Ukraine. Please wear your blue and yellow colours to show your support. Donations are being accepted and will be given to the Canadian Red Cross. Click here to view the flyer.

This is the last day of school before Spring Break. Dismissal is at 12:00 p.m.

MARCH 28, 2022 – GRADE 7 EASTER FUNDRAISERS
We will be selling Purdy’s Chocolates, Easter cookie decorating kits and frozen lasagnas. Flyers are being sent home today!

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.

The deadline to order Purdy’s is Monday, March 28th.

For the Cookie Decorating Kits and Lasagna order: Please check your child’s bag for the flyer. You can also view the flyer here. Deadline to order is Monday, March 28th.

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.

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

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

Thursday, March 10th Pizza
Friday, April 1st (Gr. 7 Fundraiser) Ragazzi Pizza

REMINDERS

MARCH 9, 2022 HOT LUNCH SPRING SESSION
Ordering for the Grade 7 Hot Lunch Spring Session is now open and will close Wednesday, March 9th at 3 p.m. Once the ordering is closed, we cannot accept any other orders. Orders that have not been paid for by March 9th at 3 p.m. will be cancelled. If you are sending cash or cheques, it must be received by no later than March 10th at 3 p.m. so that we can adjust your account. For further details, please see the notice that was emailed on February 24th.

MARCH 9 & 10, 2022 SCHOOL REGISTRATION PACKAGES DUE
Registration packages have been sent home and are to be completed and returned on March 9th or 10th between the hours of 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Please do not return your packages early.

Cash Payments will also be accepted during this time by appointment only. IF PAYING BY CASH, PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE THE EXACT AMOUNT AS WE HAVE NO CASH IN THE OFFICE. Please email or call the office to schedule a time.

Please ensure you return the following forms:
Registration Package:

  1. Personal Information Protection Act Parental Consent (Page A-3)
  2. Parent Guardian Statement of Commitment (Page A-4)
  3. Court Order form (blue form if applicable school copy)
  4. Student Information Verification Registration Form (Yellow form)
  5. Status of Parent/Guardian Form A (Page A-5 – Pink form required for all families)
  6. Tuition Form, Pre-Authorized Form and One voided cheque – for Bookkeeper (Page A-6a & 6b)

Participation Package:
1.    Pages B1 & B2

MARCH 10, 2022 GRADE 7 KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT FUNDRAISER – PICKUP
For those that ordered Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, orders will be available for pickup afterschool on Thursday, March 10th at 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. at the kitchen door of the gym.

MARCH 10, 2022 – DESK CLEAR OUT
Please send a large black garbage bag to school with your child on Thursday, March 10th.  The students will need the bag in order to clear out their entire desk for Spring Break cleaning. This does not pertain to Kindergarten.

MARCH 11, 2022 – REPORT CARDS
Report cards will go home on Friday, March 11th.  Please ensure you check your child’s bag and communication folders.

MARCH 13, 2022 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Don’t forget that on Sunday, March 13th 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 14 – 25, 2022 – SPRING BREAK
The school will be closed for Spring Break the weeks of March 14th to March 25th.  School will reopen on Monday, March 28th. We would like to wish all families a safe and healthy Spring Break.

MARCH 29 & 31, 2022 – CURLING GRADE 5 & 6 STUDENTS
Grade 5 and 6 students will be participating in curling lessons this month. Grade 5 students Tuesday, March 29th and Grade 6 students on Thursday, March 31st.  Further details to follow.

MARCH 2022 – 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.

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).

2021 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
The 2021 school income tax receipts have been completed and sent home with students in the registration packages.

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 last week. Please check your child’s  backpack.

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

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 4th). 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!

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). We have been using a non-contact/touchless way for students to celebrate Valentines and Friendship week, which began February 14th and culminates on February 23rd (with our Kindness Colour Day). 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!