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Weekly Update: February 3rd

The secret to navigating life well is to invite Jesus on board. The helm of life should be given to Him, so that He can direct the route.”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you parents for sending your children ready to play outside and enjoy the winter weather!

Thank you to our students & staff for an excellent “Lock Down” Practice on Tuesday, January 28th.

Thank you Mr. Rath & Mr. Gowan for coaching the girls junior volleyball team ~they were stars at the Tournament held at St. Anthony of Padua!

Thank you to all of our parents who registered their child for Kindergarten ~ please be advised we are still accepting on line registrations.

Thank you to all of our families who supported our Gr. 8 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser! Product will be delivered on Wednesday, February 12th and will go home with your child that day.

Gentle Reminders:

Tuesday, February 4th – OECTA full day strike. There will be no school for students this day.

National Sweater Day – Thursday February 6, 2020

Students are invited to wear a cozy sweater to school as we will be turning down the heat!

National Sweater Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and energy conservation, and show how together – classroom by classroom, school by school – we can be a part of the solution. We can make an impact beyond National Sweater Day by reflecting on our personal carbon footprint and making personal commitments in our own lives to help keep climate change in check. Collectively, we can have a powerful impact.

Mission Club ~ Spirit Day

The Mission Club will be collecting donations for Development and Peace which is a Canadian Catholic Organization.  Inspired by Gospel values, their mission is to support other countries suffering from poverty or unfair social and political structures.  To support this worthy cause, we are asking everyone to participate in Spirit Day on Friday, February 7th.  In honour of the fires occurring in Australia, we are asking everyone to wear blue, red and white (the colours of the Australian flag).  If you wish to donate, please use the school’s cash online.  We thank you for participating in our ‘Spirit Day’ and making a donation towards Development and Peace.

PA Day in February

February 14 is a designated Professional Activity Day for our school board.

Family Day – Monday February 17, 2020

The basic purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life and to provide a holiday in the otherwise holiday-vacant, three-month span between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013.

School children and private-sector workers get Family Day off, but as the holiday is a provincial and not a federal matter, federal workers do not get it off. Despite most people being off work to spend time with their families, post offices are still open as are public transportation facilities, though sometimes on a reduced schedule.

On Family Day, many take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day.

~ https://publicholidays.net/family-day/

Extra- Curricular Activities

We are blessed to be a part of a community, in which staff organize various clubs, teams & activities for your children! Please encourage your child(ren) to listen carefully to our morning announcements to find out when these activities are occurring. Currently we have Choir for students in gr. 3-8, Guitar Club and Band for gr. 7 & 8, Battle of the Books for gr. 3-8, Intermediate Boys & Girls Basketball Teams, Chess Club for gr. 4-8, Colouring Club for girls in gr. 5 & 6, Kindness Club gr. 1-8, Eco-Club for gr. 4-8, Mission Club for gr. 7, Writing Club gr. 5-8 and Glee Club for gr. 7 & 8.

Pizza Lunch Days

Please note, Pizza Lunch Days are every other Friday.  Term 2 Orders begin on Friday, February 7th.

Winter Weather and School Attendance

This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class.  These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.

There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.

  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.
  2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.

Promoting Well-Being – Attendance Matters!

“Help your child learn to persevere. Today, they learn to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, they will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to their dreams.”

~https://www.attendanceworks.org

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Looking Ahead:

Feb
5
Wed
Lunch Basket
Feb 5 @ 7:53 pm – 8:53 pm
Feb
7
Fri
Pizza Day – Term 2
Feb 7 all day
Spirit Day- Red, White & Blue
Feb 7 all day
Feb
12
Wed
Lunch Basket
Feb 12 @ 7:53 pm – 8:53 pm
Feb
13
Thu
Spirit Day- Red, White & Pink Day
Feb 13 all day
Valentine’s Day Liturgy & OCGE Recognition
Feb 13 @ 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Pita Lunch
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Feb
17
Mon
Family Day
Feb 17 all day
Feb
19
Wed
Carnival
Feb 19 all day

 

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: February 3rd