Weekly Update #21
Monday February 10th – Friday February 14th, 2020
Class lessons and cast practices continue for Lion King Jr. This week our final group of classes has begun their lessons and the excitement is building throughout the school! At the beginning of March we will send home ticket information and order forms.
Valentine’ Day Cake Raffle
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The time of year for expressions of love, cupid, cards, candy, chocolate, and of course the SJP II annual Valentine’s Day Cake Raffle!!!
This year it will be held on Thursday, February 13th, 2020. Over the last eight years our amazing parent community has generously donated and supported this fundraising event by donating cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. Our hope is to have at least two winners per classroom. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated again this year!
All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Kerr Street Ministries & Big Brothers Big Sisters.
We ask that all donations be nut-free to minimize the risk to students who have life-threatening allergies to nuts and nut products. Purchased and packaged baked goods that are labeled “certified nut free” will be set-aside for students who have nut allergies. For those parents of students with gluten, egg or dairy allergies who would like for their children to participate in the event, and would like to donate an allergen free cake; please note that we will set aside those cakes as well. Please be sure to label your donation accordingly.
Finally, we ask that all cakes and/or cupcakes be packaged or boxed to allow for easy transportation so that students may take their winnings home and enjoy them with their families.
Kindly arrange to have the cakes and/or cupcakes delivered to the school on the morning of Thursday, February 13th.
To facilitate drop off, volunteers will be stationed along the Kiss and Ride locations to collect all donations. Tickets will be sold at school on Wednesday, February 5th to Thursday February 13th. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
Please give with your heart and help us support these charitable organizations whose visions provide Help for the present and Hope for the future.
Professional Activity Day-February 14th
Please know that Friday February 14th, teachers will be involved in professional learning activities and there is no school for students.
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is traditionally a time of fasting. As the final day before the fasting begins, Shrove Tuesday has traditionally been a day for using up eggs, sugar and fat so they will not go to waste during Lent. As a Catholic Learning Community, we continue this tradition. On Shrove Tuesday on February 25th, we will be enjoying pancakes together! We will be cooking and serving pancakes to students throughout the morning and would appreciate donations of the following:
- Paper plates
- Plastic forks
- Cooking spray
We are very grateful for the donation of both pancake batter and syrup from Sunset Grill! Please know that we will have a dedicated cooking station for the preparation of peanut free pancakes. If you would like to opt out of the pancakes or provide pancakes/food alternative from home for your child, please write a note in your child’s agenda to let his/her teacher know.
February – A Month Focused on Kindness
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, throughout the month of February we are focusing on and recognizing acts of kindness. With the support of Ms Jankowiak, our Child and Youth Counselor, we have classroom activities planned to promote kindness to self and others. Keep your eyes on Twitter where we will share photos throughout the month.
After School Sports
If your child is planning to stay after school to watch our girls or boys basketball team play a game, we need a dated note, signed by a parent, to give permission and indicate how your child is getting home after the game. Please know that there is no supervision for children at this time. The HCDSB Code of Conduct for all spectators is below:
SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Fair Play is the fundamental philosophy of the athletic program of the Halton Catholic District School Board. Spectators shall:
- Cheer only in a positive and encouraging manner
- Respect the decisions of the officials and refrain from vocal comment
- Not interfere with the competition
- Keep off the playing area
- Be courteous and respectful of fellow spectators, competitors, coaches and administrative officials
- Discourage poor conduct by other students/spectators
- Respect the facilities and obey the regulations with respect to Smoking, Drinking, and Garbage
Failure to comply with this code of behaviour may lead to ejection by the principal or the designate supervising the event.
HCDSB Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.
The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).
Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.
YMCA Drop-off and Pick-Up
We know that before and after school are hectic times for most families and that you may be in a bit of a hurry when dropping off and picking up your child. For the safety of all children and parents, we ask that you use the parking spaces in the parking lot rather than parking along the sidewalk on the east side of the school. This will help ensure the safety of all as cars arrive and leave the parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation!
OCGE Focus for February
During the month of February our focus is on being a learner for life. We will focus on the following demonstrations of this expectation and encourage you to make connections to life at home as well:
I AM A LEARNER FOR LIFE!
- I use my gifts and talents given to me by God.
- I always do my best.
- I build on my strengths and know my weaknesses.
- I set goals.
- I accept change.
- I am proud of the good things I do.
- I am thankful for the gifts of others.
- Because I am a learner for life, I can reach for my dreams by living my life like Jesus
Winter is here and students need to dress appropriately for the conditions. Please remember that even though we may have sunny or mild days, the wind chill can be significant and students should be appropriately dressed for the outdoors. Board policy directs us to keep students indoors for recess at -20 Celsius (with the wind chill). Also, please remember that students need a pair of boots for outside recesses and “indoor shoes” as this helps keep the floor dry and the students safe.
School Closures/Bus Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather Conditions
Tune in to any local television/radio station or log on to the HCDSB or the Halton Student Transportation Services websites for news about school closures and/or bus cancellations due to inclement weather. Delays and cancellations are always shared by Halton Transportation on their website www.haltonbus.ca and on Twitter @haltonschoolbus. HCDSB shares bus cancellations and school closures on the board website www.hcdsb.org as well as on Twitter @HCDSB and Instagram at haltoncatholicdsb. When transportation services have been cancelled due to inclement weather, schools will remain open and operational for walkers. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will NOT be running in the afternoon even if weather improves. As always, it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to decide if conditions are safe for a child to walk to and from school
Please note that when bus transportation is cancelled and schools are open, all student absences, including bus students, must be reported through School Messenger online reporting. Thank you very much!
It is officially cold and flu season, and we know that these illnesses spread so quickly. Please do not send students to school if they are feeling ill. They should stay at home until they are able to participate fully in all school activities. Students cannot stay in at recess, as supervision is not provided for ill students whose parents have requested for them to stay indoors. Thank you for your co-operation.