October 22nd, 2014
GOING HOME TODAY
• PEC Newsletter
• Children’s Christmas Choir letter
October 24th Provincial Pro-D Day (NO SCHOOL)
October 31st Hallowe’en Parade 1:30
Individual student photo RE-TAKES will be taken on Tuesday, October 28th from 9:00-11:00am. this day. If your child has had his/her photo previously taken and is having re-takes, please return the envelope with the original sample photos and have your child give the envelope to the photographer on Photo Re-take Day.
Students were given the Holy Childhood handout & boxes last week. We ask that students please return the boxes back to the school no later than Thursday, October 23rd.
MORNING DROP OFF & AFTER SCHOOL
It has breen brought to our attention that some students are not being dropped off in the designated drop-off area. Please do not drop off students in the traffic flow lane. If you are dropping off in the morning we ask that you use the drop off lane that runs adjacent to the Parish Centre. If you are staying at the school in the morning please park in the upper area of the parking lot and walk your child to the playground area.
This part of our routine is as follows: we will use the west gate of the parking lot (marked “Enter Only”) to enter the parking lot and the east gate of the parking lot (marked “Exit Only”) as our only way to exit the parking lot. The configuration of the cones to allow traffic to flow through the parking lot to the “Exit Only” gate. If using the drop off area near the Parish Centre, please stop at the speed bump, once your children have left your vehicle they are to stay behind the cones as they enter the playground. Volunteers are in the parking lot helping to direct traffic. Safety of the children is our primary concern, please remember to drive slowly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
In the event of weather conditions, or unforeseen circumstances, the pastor, chairperson and principal will decide whether or not the school will be open on that day. Notice of school closures will be announced on CKNW 980 on the AM dial and posted on the school website when possible. Please do not call the school; it is important that we keep all lines free in case of an emergency.
Order forms for the Cookie & Pie Sale from the 24th Avenue Baking Co. went home last week. All proceeds from this sale goes to our Outreach Program, please return your order form back to the school no later than Thursday, November 14th, your support is greatly appreciated.
HALLOWEEN DRESS UP
Friday, October 31st students may come to school in costume or dress in Hallowe’en colours. If your child is coming in costume please remember that children are not to wear costumes that would be deemed inappropriate. We ask that costumes refrain from portraying violent characters and/or images, and promoting characters and/or imagery that depicts parts of society that causes harm to other . All weapons, no matter how fake or harmless they are (foam, cardboard, etc.), must be kept at home. We will have a costume Parade for the students on that day.
We will be collecting hallowe’en candy again this year. The Grade 7 students will be putting together candy bags for our Outreach Program which will then be handed out on our visits to the Front Room shelter. There will be a box in the school hallway by the office for the candy donations. Thank you for your ongoing support and thoughtfulness. It is through your generosity that we are able to carry out God’s ministry to those who are less fortunate.
With the cold and rainy season coming, please make sure your children are appropriately dressed for the weather. Students are expected to go outside for recess in order to get some exercise and fresh air. Coats, gloves, hats and boots are recommended, depending on the weather. Please make sure your child has everything he or she needs before coming to school.
If it is raining when your child comes to school, the students are permitted to go directly into the classrooms. They must still go through their designated doors and not through the front doors. Any outdoor footwear must be removed immediately upon entering the school. Please make sure that all coats, boots, umbrellas, etc. are labeled with your child’s name.
The school website is now up and running. Please take time to check it out. The school calendar & school newsletter will be posted on the website along with any other important information. You can also follow us on Twitter & on Facebook.
If your child is exhibiting any signs of cold/flu symptoms we ask that you have your child stay refrain from coming to school until he/she is healthy.
The cold and flu season is now upon us. To promote a healthy school environment we are continuing to:
maintain high levels of cleanliness throughout the school and ensure that there is an adequate supply of soap and towels in washrooms and classrooms. Hand sanitizer is available for students to use under appropriate supervision in the computer lab and the gym.
review with the children proper hand washing techniques
review with the children the importance of washing their hands prior to eating
review with the children the importance of covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when they sneeze and throwing the tissue in the trash after it is used.
review with the children that when they cough, to do so into their sleeve if possible.
display hand-washing posters in all facility washrooms
display cough/sneeze etiquette posters throughout our facilities
Here is a list of things that you may want to review with your family at home:
Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 15 to 20 seconds.
Always wash hands after going to the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, touching pets and before making food.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Throw out tissues after blowing or wiping your nose after sneezing or coughing.
Clean surfaces such as counter tops and cutting boards with soap and water before and after preparing food. Cover the food and store it at recommended temperatures.
Listed below are links to several very helpful, informative sites:
HealthLinkBC online: www.healthlinkbc.ca or by phone by dialing 8-1-1
Fraser Health: www.fraserhealth.ca
Fraser Health, Schools link: http://www.fraserhealth.ca/your_health/school_health/
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
Staff and students will be focusing on the virtue of Faith for the Month of October. Our family group activity is going to be creating rosaries. Ms. Wagg, Gr. 3 teacher, has done a fantastic job in developing and creating the group activity.
Every month we focus on one virtue to help the students develop a strong moral character. Ms. Albrecher and the Gr.6’s did a wonderful job leading group activities and leading a Friday community prayer service to bring the virtue of Joyfulness to the students.
The Inside Scoop is an informal way for the families to communicate with other families. It is a newsletter that typically goes out on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. If you need services, have an item to sell, giving away items, etc. this is the place to advertise. The Inside Scoop is prepared by Anne-Marie Palma and sent out through the School. If you need to place an advertisement in the Inside Scoop you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org Please e-mail her no later than the second Friday of each month.
Edition No. 6| October 22, 2014
PURDY’S CHOCOLATE SALE
PURDY’S CHOCOLATE INFO WILL BE COMING HOME NEXT WEEK. DATES TO NOTE:
-ORDER DEADLINE DATE: NOVEMBER 18TH
-PICK UP DATE TUESDAY, NOVEMNER 25TH
Please hold on to your used clothes and household items in order to donate to a good cause while helping fundraise for the school.
Acceptable items include:
Clothing and any small household items from books, toys, pots, pans, dishes, glass wares, decorative items, to small appliances like toaster ovens, kettles, or sporting equipment.
We do ask any hard items to be separated into boxes for handling purpose.
No furniture, TV’s, computers, baby cribs, baby car seats, swing sets, or any large items will be accepted.
Sunday, November 2, 9:30am to 1:00pm
Monday, November 3, before and after school
Clothing drive bags are now available. You can pick them up in front of the school office. In case you ran out of bags, you can use the regular garbage bags.
Purdy’s Chocolate Sale
Chair & CISVA Delegate
Vice-Chair & Communications
Secretary & Social Committee
Annual Fall Social –Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!
Want to get to know fellow parents while helping to raise money for the school? Join us for a casual event on Friday, November 14 at 7pm at Fox & Fiddle – 19530 Langley Bypass. Bonus: The Canucks will playing be on TV!
Save $5 – Early Bird Tickets only $20 until October 30. Ticket includes a burger and drink. Get your tickets early – from October 31-Nov 7 tickets will be $25. For tickets, please complete the form sent home last week, complete the form at the office, or email Tanya Barry: Tanya.email@example.com
There will be some great prizes including an Okanagan Wine Tour, Go Kart Passes and Funworld Playcentre passes. Keep checking out the prizes on our Facebook page. We’re also looking for donations for the Silent Auction and other fundraising activities for the night. Please email Stephannie Drysdale for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to join the event and volunteer? Please contact Camille Kalaw: email@example.com
Spread the word!
RSVP for the event on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/stbernadetteelementary and share the event with fellow parents and friends.
Oct 22, 2014
It is almost that time of the year again….
St. Bernadette Parish will once again have a Christmas Eve Children’s Choir Mass on December 24th at 6:30 PM. We would like to open this invitation to St Bernadette Elementary students to join the PREP students for this very exciting and entertaining service.
Practices will be Wednesdays (7:30-9:00 PM) starting on Oct 29th at the Parish Church. The last day we will take new choir members will be on Nov 12, 2015.
In addition, the same group will also be performing for our Parish’s Senior Dinner to be announced at a later date.
Looking forward to seeing your kids on Wednesday….
If you have any questions at all or to confirm your child/children’s participation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John and Brenda Navoa
Children’s Choir Lead
PS Every year, we are not only growing, the kids are getting better and better. Come join us