January 28th, 2015

 PEC Newsletter
 Inside Scoop
January 29th – AGM Meeting 6:30-7:30 (Parish Centre)
January 31st – Altar Servers practice 10am-11am
February 1st – Open House (after all masses)
February 2nd-6th – Catholic Schools Week (please see flyer for more details)
February 3rd – Open House 10am-3pm everyone is welcome
February 6th – Casual for Covenant House – Non-uniform day

The AGM will be held held in the parish centre this coming Thursday, January 29th at 6:30pm. All families are to be represented at this meeting, as there will be very important topics to be discussed. All families that attend will get 2 hours counted towards their parent participation hours.

The virtue of the Month for January is humility. When we teach the theme for the school year, Live the Joy of the Gospel, part of living the joy is attending to our humility towards others and the Lord. We teach the child that joy stands for Jesus, others, and yourself. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less” – C.S. Lewis. This leads to a deeper sense of self awareness and self actualization. As we go through the month of January, we are building our character traits by learning to put others needs before our own. One way the students will attend to this practice is by learning about and donating to Covenant House. Covenant House works to meet the needs of the homeless youth population of the Lower Mainland.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!
Tuesday, February 3rd (12:15pm) to Friday, February 6th 8:45-9:15am,
12:00 -1:00pm, 2:45-3:30pm daily (2:00-2:45pm Wednesday only)
If you cannot attend, you may use the Student Wish List order form and send it back to school with your child, along with payment in the correct amount (cash or cheque) and one of our volunteers can assist you child with their purchase.
Our annual Family Literacy Night will be held on Thursday February 5th 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a read-a-long with librarian Julianne Newton for the primary students. There your family can shop together, participate in literacy activities and enter our Book Fair Draw. You could win $50 worth of books – $25 for your family and $25 for your child’s teacher. During the event, we also invite you to help build up our library by purchasing books and donating them to the school through the Classroom Wish List program, which will be displayed in the library.

Just a reminder that the General Fee cheque in the amount of $100.00 will be cashed on February 1st.

Marc Savard from the Covenant House will be here at the school to speak to the students in regards to Covenant House.On Friday February 6th, the school will be hosting Casual for Covenant House. Students are bring in a minimal donation of $2.00 to help children who are homeless in the Lower Mainland. It is a non-uniform day for students who bring in a donation. Covenant House began as a Catholic organization that focused on helping marginalized youth in Vancouver.

There will be an Altar Server practice on Saturday, January 31st at the church from 10:00am-11:00am. All students from Grades 3 – 7 are invited to attend the practice. This practice will cover all basis of being an Altar Server. Please contact the parish office 604-596-0566 or Wayne Desrochers 604-599-4206 if you are going to be attending.

Please join us as St. Bernadette School celebrates Catholic Schools Week February 1-6.
Please see the Catholic Schools Week attachment for more information. We have events planned for each day such as Open House, Line Dancing and Literacy Night. We extend a warm welcome to all. Bring your family and friends to join in and learn more about our school. Please visit us on FaceBook or the school website for more information.

Application forms for new students for the upcoming school year 2015-16 are now available and can be picked up from the school office. Families who have children entering Kindergarten will be given the application form with the Re-registration package. If you haven’t notified the office that you have a pre-school child applying for admittance for the 2015-16 school year, please do so as soon as possible.
Promotional Event: Current families get their re-registration fee for the following year (currently $150) waived if they refer a family that stays the year.

Le Carnaval will be on Wednesday, February 4th from approx 9:15 am until lunchtime (12:15). Dismissal is as usual (2:15).
What to wear? Dress like Bonhomme Carnaval (white pants and top, red tuque, colourful belt or sash) a voyageur or coureur de bois (dark pants, long sleeve winter shirt, tuque, belt or sash) une duchesse (duchess) or les carnavaleux (winter festival-goers).
If you would like to earn hours by helping at Le Carnaval, please contact Mme. Peck at the school.

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 amfaron@yahoo.com Please e-mail her no later than the second Friday of each month.


Annual General Meeting
On January 29th, there will be an AGM held in the parish centre starting at 6:30pm. All families are to attend this meeting, as there will be very important topics to be discussed. All families that attend will get 2 hours counted towards their parent participation hours.

Open House (Need hours??)
On Sunday, February 1st from 9:30am-2:00pm (after all the masses) and Tuesday, February 3rd from 9:00am – 3:30pm St. Bernadette School will be hosting an open house. In order for our school to look good we need the help of our great community to help clean the school. On January 26-30 we will be taking a few days to clean the school. Families that would like to help please contact Giuliana @ lanci.giuliana@yahoo.ca so we can make sure we have enough helpers. Thank you in advance for all your help and dedication.

Parent Participation
REMINDER: Do not forget to record all parent participation hours in the binder located in front of the office.
If you have any questions on parent participation, and/or would like to volunteer, please contact Sonja Rematore via email at srematore@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Open House
Sunday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Clothing Drive
April 2015

Your P.E.C.
Greg Palm
Chair & CISVA Delegate
Giuliana Lanci
Vice-Chair & Maintenance
Claudia Martinelli
Secretary & Social Committee
Sonja Rematore
Parent Participation
Cheryl Chiang
Evelyn Urrutia
Ashley Hartnett

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.

 Drop-off Schedule:
 Around April 29th, specific drop-off dates will be announced later.