November 5th, 2014
GOING HOME TODAY
• PEC Newsletter
• Conference Letter
• Conference Scheduling Letter
• Children’s Christmas Choir Letter
• ‘NSTEP Newsletter
November 8th-9th – Spirit Day
November 10th – Remembrance Day Service 1:30pm
November 11th – Remembrance Day (NO SCHOOL)
November 14th – School Mass
November 20th – Hot Dog Day
November 24th – Pro-D Day (NO SCHOOL)
November 26th – Report Cards go home
November 27th – Conferences 1:00-8:00 (12:15 dismissal)
November 28th – Conferences 8:30-12:00 (NO SCHOOL)
School Mass will on Friday, November 14th. On Mass days the bell rings at 8:45am. If your child is late for school on a Mass day please bring him or her to the school first to sign in at the school office. Students must be in full school uniform.
Children are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Bank.
If your child is away for any reason, it is imperitive that an absentee note be sent to the school indicating the reason of the absenteeism. The Ministry of Education requires a note from students who are absent. Failing to submit a note may jeopardize your funding from the government.
REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPIES
Grade Six students will be visiting each classroom on a daily basis starting Monday, November 3rd until Monday, November 10th with poppies. A donation of any amount is required to purchase poppies; all proceeds are given directly to the Canadian Legion.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD FUNDRAISER
The Grade 5 Class will be launching a Food Fundraiser for the St. Vincent de Paul Charity Organization. On Wed. November the 12th, students are being challenged to collect as many non-perishable food items as they can in 9 days. The class that collects the most food items by Friday, November 21, will be able to have a movie and popcorn party as well as wear casual clothes. Please send non- parishable food items that meet the following criteria:
• Sealed (never been opened)
• Non-damaged (no rust, dents, rips, etc.)
• Before expiry dates
• From a variety of food groups
If the items do not meet the criteria, it will not be counted as part of the class total. Classes will be displaying their food items in tower formation outside of their class.
Thank you for your support!
VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
For the month of November we will be focusing on the virtue of hope. Hope is one of the three theological virtues. Our hope is to enter into the kingdom of heaven and have eternal life as our happiness. We place our trust and hope in Christ’s promises to us. Hope is part of the foundation of our Christian moral activity. It is with this in mind that we ask student to think of how Hope directs our actions and words. How are we preparing ourselves to enter into God’s kingdom?
Throughout the month of November we will have several opportunities during class and though various gatherings to focus our attention on this virtue. One activity that can be done at home is reading with your child The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-16) where Jesus gives us hope through the beatitudes.
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.
We are 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.
The Grade 7’s are involved in a community outreach program to help the homeless and less fortunate people in our community. Every second Tuesday a group of three Grade 7 students, along with Mrs. Kosman, Mrs. Gelz, and Mrs. Spanjers head down to Keys: Housing and Health Solution in Surrey to hand out breakfast bags and hot chocolate at the Front Room Shelter. This has been a very rewarding experience in the past and we would like to continue doing so throughout this school year. Money is needed to purchase the food for the breakfast bags; as well the students want to put together a “Cold Weather Gift Bag” for the homeless (hats, gloves, socks, etc).
In time for Christmas, we will be having our annual cookie and pie sale. The money raised from the cookie & pie sale will go towards the Outreach Program. If you do not wish to purchase cookies or pies but would still like to contribute to this wonderful program we will gratefully accept your donations. Please mark donation “Outreach”.
SVDP STREET MINISTRY
The SSVP Street Ministry plans to give Christmas gifts to the needy in Whalley Sunday December 7th. This is a request to you to ask the school children /parishioners if they would like to help in this by donating the following:
Used backpacks of any size and description; ones they no longer wish to use themselves but that could still be useful for the homeless to store their small belongings; and gently used, or even new, men’s gloves. We find that men’s gloves are expensive whereas women’s gloves can usually be bought for around $l/pair. Any help that the children /parishioners can give us would be greatly appreciated, as well as keeping our costs down, while still providing the needy with practical gift items.
We have set our deadline for receiving donations at SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30 so as to allow us time to assemble our gifts and to purchase whatever we can if necessary.
We appreciate very much any help you are able to give us. Many thanks and blessings from Susi and the Street Ministry. Please drop donations off in the Gathering Room.
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.
Edition No. 8| November 5, 2014
PURDY’S CHOCOLATE SALE
DATES TO NOTE:
-ORDER DEADLINE DATE: NOVEMBER 18TH
-PICK UP DATE TUESDAY, NOVEMNER 25TH
Thank you to all who helped out with our fall clothing drive. Thank you to all who donated as well. We collected 169 bags!
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RE: Comfort Kits October 20th, 2014
In the event of an earthquake, St. Bernadette’s has enough food rations, water, and first aid supplies for every child in the school. In addition to these items, the school requests that each family sends a “comfort” package for each of their children at the school. This should contain:
– a note to the child telling them of your plans to get them from school as soon as possible,
– a family photo,
– a small game or deck of cards and perhaps a small cuddly toy (for the younger child).
This must fit into a 30cm x 26cm Ziploc bag. Larger bags and items that do not fit into the bag will be sent back home.
The kit will be stored in our emergency container until June. At that time the kits will be returned to the family and we will collect the kits back again the following year. The school takes safety of your child very seriously. We ask that you spend some time and have an age appropriate conversation with your child(ren) about emergencies and how your child(ren) should behave in such a situation.
We thank you for your support in this matter. Please bring the comfort kits to the school before October 31st, 2014.
Yours in Christ,
Michael van der Pauw
RE: 3 Way and Parent Teacher Conferences – November 27th & 28th
On November 26th the term 1 report cards will be sent home. In preparation for that day and the conferences that will follow, the office will be scheduling times for you to meet with the teacher and your child.
The staff has worked hard in making the conferences meaningful and productive for your child. Conferences are a time for reflection, celebration and preparing for the rest of the school year. With this in mind, we enhanced the conference process for this school year.
Parent Teacher Conferences – Gr. K – 2
If your child is in Kindergarten, Gr. 1, or Gr. 2, you will participate in Parent – Teacher meetings this term and do 3 – Way Conferences at the end of term two. The rationale is that more time is needed to help students with goal setting.
3-Way Conferences – Gr. 3 – 7
If your child is in Gr. 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, you will participate in 3-Way Conferences this term and do Parent – Teacher meetings at the end of term two. The rationale is that students would benefit and have a great chance of success if goal setting was done at the start of the year instead of in March or April.
Please see back page for the schedule…
Day 1 – Thursday November 27th
8:55 – 12:15pm – half day of school for students.
1pm – 4:30 – conferences
4:30 – 5:15 – meal break
5:15 – 8:00 – student conferences
Day 2 – Friday November 28th
Non-instructional day for students
8:30am – 12:00pm – student conferences
Very soon you will receive a notice from the office to book your conference time. Each child is given 15mins to meet with the teacher. We are asking all parents to be mindful of the time and to arrive at your meeting a few minutes early.
If you have any questions, please contact me through the office.
Yours in Christ,
Michael van der Pauw
November 5th, 2014
Conferences are scheduled for all students on THURSDAY, November 28th, 2014 from 1:00 pm. – 8:00 pm. and Friday, November 28th, 2014 from 8:30am -12:00pm . Students will be dismissed at 12:15 on Thursday and there will be NO classes on Friday.
We will attempt to schedule conference times in accordance with preferences requested. We have allotted 15 minutes per child for their conference. Notices confirming time schedules will be sent home with your child(ren) at a later date. .
Please return this form to school by Monday, November 10th
1. Please return only one form per family – with the eldest child.
2. Please check the appropriate box: (allow 15 minutes per child)
THURSDAY, NOV. 27TH
______1:00-2:00 ____ 2:00-3:00 ___3:00-4:00 ___4:00-4:30
(meal break)4:30-5:15 ____5:15-6:00 ___ 6:00-7:00 ___7:00- 8:00
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH
_____8:30-9:30 ____9:30-10:30 ___10:30-11:30 ___11:30-12:00
STUDENT NAME GRADE