St. John Paul II Catholic School
Weekly Update #6
Monday October 14th – Friday October 18th, 2019
We Scare Hunger: Our WE Team organized a very successful and important school-wide initiative called ‘We Scare Hunger’. As we have done for the past 6 years, we collected non-perishable food items to support people in our community. This year, thanks to your generosity, we donated over 1000 items! We greatly appreciate your contributions and support of this initiative!
Catholic School Council: On Tuesday we held our first Catholic School Council meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. We are blessed with a group of very dedicated and hard-working council members to represent our parent community and act in the best interest of our entire school community! The following parents are members of this year’s Catholic School Council:
- Jeff Mamer (Co-chair)
- Somer Deschambault-Page (Co-chair)
- Meaghan Britten
- Vanessa Lynch
- Sue Scott
- Kristina Ezergailis
- Cristina Petrovic
- Tanya Moschella
- Lindy Casti
- Olga Leon
- Diane Tassone
- Laura Flynn
Dance-a-thon: We are looking forward to our Dance-a-thon on October 31st. Each child is bringing home an information flyer and pledge sheet today. We appreciate all pledges/donations being made online. We have added a link to our website for quick and easy access to Cash Online for pledges. https://elem.hcdsb.org/stjohnpaulii/
Funds raised will go towards many student activities and initiatives, such as the Lion King Jr. musical, new stage curtains and additions to our sound system. Thank you in advance for your support of our Dance-a-thon!
School Prayer: We have adopted a beautiful new school prayer this year. Each week a different class provides prayer leadership by sharing their grade’s Focus on Faith theme and leading our school community in prayer.
St. John Paul II Morning Prayer
Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work. I give you my feet to go your way. I give you my eyes to see as you do. I give you my tongue to speak your words. I give you my mind that you may think in me. I give you my spirit that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me. I give you my whole self that you may grow in me.
St. John Paul II, pray for us. Amen
Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations: As outlined on Curriculum Night, we will be focusing on the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations in our work with your children throughout this school year. Each month we will pay special attention to one expectation and how it is evidenced in our relationships with family and friends, in our St. John Paul II school community, and in the larger communities of Oakville and the world. Our focus for the month of October is on being ‘A Discerning Believer’. We will focus on the following ways that students can demonstrate this expectation and encourage you to be mindful of them at home as well:
- I AM A BELIEVER!
- I believe that God is an awesome God.
- I believe and have faith in God.
- I believe that God is always with us.
- I believe that we can talk to God anytime and anywhere, through prayer.
- I believe in the stories of the Bible.
- I believe in the stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
- I believe in the Church community, celebrating Mass, and the seven sacraments.
- I believe in forgiveness.
- Because I am a believer, I will live my life like Jesus.
Morning Supervision: Please know that morning supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. For the safety of all students, we ask that children are not at school prior to 8:30 a.m.
Bus Students: If your child takes the bus, please take a few minutes to sign up for bus delay notifications at www.haltonbus.ca
Crossing Guards: Crossing guards are very important community partners who work diligently to ensure the safety of our students who walk to and from school each day. If your child is a walker, please remind him/her to cross roads with the crossing guard and only when the crossing guard directs them to do so. We also appreciate you reminding your child to always treat the crossing guards with respect in both their words and actions. Thank you for your assistance!