Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!!! On behalf of the staff of Queen of Heaven Catholic School, we wish you and your family peace and blessings for the coming year. May God’s grace and goodness, brought to us through the birth of the Christ child, bless you with renewed hope, peace and love now and in this new year! On behalf of
the staff, we would like to extend to all our families, a heartfelt prayer for a happy and holy 2020!
A New Year’s Prayer
God of this New Year, we are walking into mystery.
We face the future, not knowing what the days or Months will bring to us, or how we will respond.
Be love in us as we journey.
May we welcome all who come our way.
Deepen our faith to see all of life through Your eyes.
Fill us with hope and an abiding trust that you dwell in Us amidst all our joys and sorrows.
Thank you for the treasure of our faith life.
Thank you for the gift of being able to rise each day With the assurance of Your walking through the day with us.
God of this New Year, we praise you.
Mr. M. Starr Mrs. J. Foster Mr. J. Shannon
The Significance of Queen of Heaven
Queen of Heaven is named for our Blessed Mother Mary and our Holy Rosary Parish which services our School and the Milton community north of Derry Road.
The Queenship of Mary is commemorated in the last of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary — the Coronation of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Queen of Heaven is one of many titles used for the Virgin Mary. The title derived in part from the ancient Catholic teaching that Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was bodily and spiritually assumed into heaven, and that she is there honored as Queen.
Pope Pius XII explained that Mary is called Queen of Heaven because her son, Jesus Christ, is the King of Israel and heavenly king of the universe.
Feast Day: August 22
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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Our Parish Partnership
As part of Holy Rosary Parish, we work closely with our Parish Priest and the church community to live and teach gospel values and provide for the faith and development each child. Together with parents, we assist the parish in preparing students for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Throughout the school year we bring together the home, church and school through class and school liturgical celebrations; through the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation; through the Religion and Family Life Education Programs; through service and ministry to those less fortunate and through the daily example we model and provide as Catholic Educators. We are a faith-centred community.
Curriculum Night 2019
During September we will hold a Curriculum Night at the school on Thursday September 19th at 6:30-8:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and visit the classrooms.
Parents are invited to attend individual classroom presentations by your child’s teacher outlining the school curriculum and other pertinent information parents should know for the school year.
The school provides the students with the necessary books, program-related materials and textbooks. You are requested to remind your child of the importance of caring for these items. It will be necessary to have students replace lost or damaged materials.
The use of the Agenda planner is an important step in developing good homework habits. Learning is a lifelong process which can occur everywhere, not just in school. Research has shown that homework is a valuable tool, if used correctly:
- If it is related to learning that goes on in the classroom;
- If parents are involved in supervising and assisting; and
- If teachers provide input and monitoring.
Homework should provide an opportunity for growth, student responsibility, independence and self-discipline. Homework is intended to provide practice and application of known concepts.
Parents are encouraged to assist their children in setting a time period for homework. Time will vary depending on the age, ability of the student and project requirements.
Students who indicate that they have “no homework” should be reading a story or novel which should be a 20 minute daily practice for all students.
Diversity @ QH
Our school prides itself on being a leader in education, providing a learning environment that is safe, welcoming and diverse. We embark on a variety of learning opportunities with our staff and students throughout the school year to develop Christ-centered individuals enabled to transform society.
Our Queen of Heaven diversity committee was established in 2018 and is open to parents, staff and administration. The committee members work in partnership to create opportunities to educate, promote and celebrate a diverse and inclusive school community.
Activities such as:
STUDENT DIVERSITY COUNCIL – A passionate group of grade 3-8 students organize events for the school that promote diversity and tolerance for all of God’s creation.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH – February is Black History month, where student leaders will research and communicate influential Black leaders in Canada. Information and activities will be provided in classes, in the library and on announcements throughout the month.
HOLOCAUST AWARENESS LITURGY – Faith in Action team provides education and awareness of the events of our history related to Holocaust.
INDIGENOUS AWARENESS WEEK– Student leaders shared messages throughout the week raising knowledge and support for various First Nations groups.
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH – April is celebrated as Autism Awareness in Canada. Information will be promoted through the school community to raise awareness about the Autism Spectrum.
ANTI-BULLYING WEEK/YEAR-LONG ACTIVITIES – PALS club, Intramural activities, Lego club, Dance club, and many other activities are offered throughout the year to celebrate the diverse talents, backgrounds and skills our students possess.
2019-2020 DIVERSITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
2019 – 2020 Diversity Council Meeting Minutes
All students have the opportunity to visit the school library to borrow reading materials. Our library technician reviews library conduct and borrowing procedures with students in September. Parents are asked to remind their children to take care of the borrowed books and to return them on time. Lost or damaged books must be paid for or replaced.
All students will have the opportunity to use school technology (tablets, iPads, laptops, computers, etc.). Proper computer protocol and behaviour is mandatory for usage. Each September, parents are provided with the “Acceptable Use of Electronic Assets” guidelines and are required to sign a permission form acknowledging their child(ren) will comply with the computer protocol outlined in these guidelines.
Grade 8 Graduation
Grade 8 students who have successfully completed the requirements to enter Secondary School will graduate in June. The graduation ceremony generally includes a Mass, Celebration of the Word, diplomas and awards presentation and a social. This event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday June 23, 2020 at Queen of Heaven.
Students entering Grade 9 are encouraged to continue their Catholic Education at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Option sheets are completed in January with Secondary School Counselors.
Parents are strongly encouraged to get involved in our programs by helping out whenever possible. If you can help out please send us an email at QHVolunteers@gmail.com.
Some examples include:
- Catholic School Council
- Book Fair
- Family BBQ
- Pizza Days
- Milk Program
- Family Fun Night
- Reading Programs
- Field trip supervisors
- Christmas Wish Charity
- Special Events
- Class Volunteers, as requested by individual teachers
All volunteers require a Volunteer Criminal Reference Check, inclusive of a Vulnerable Sector Screening, to be on file at the school. A Volunteer Criminal Offence Declaration Form, in support of the Criminal Reference Check, is also required to be signed annually. Opportunities for parents to sign up for volunteering will be emailed to all parents as the need arises. To ensure the safety of the students, volunteers are reminded to please sign-in at the main office to obtain and wear a visitor’s badge.
To enrich and broaden the experiences of our students, field trips and class excursions are taken throughout the school year. Trips, which are related to themes or units of study, are planned as an introduction or follow-up to the core curriculum topics. Permission slips are required for each field trip and will be sent home in advance with students.About Our School