TRACK AND FIELD
Track and Field has resumed this week. Attendance at all practices is mandatory unless teachers have stated otherwise. Students cannot participate in track and field unless they have handed in their form. We are still looking for parent volunteers to help out with our annual track meet.
Your child brought home his/her mite box at the beginning of Lent. It is a long time custom to invite students to make a Lenten sacrifice for vocations and it continues to be encouraged through the distribution of mite boxes to each child during the Lenten season. The purpose of this activity is not financial but SPIRITUAL. We are asking that all mite boxes be returned to school no later than Thursday, April 25th.
Registration for the Stingers Club are being accepted. If you are anticipating on using the services for the Stingers Club, please complete the registration package, which can be picked up from the office or downloaded from the school website and hand it in to Sheila at your earliest convenience.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – WORK BEE
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 27th for a Work Bee around the school. It’ll be a yard clean-up and removal of branches & tress, so if you have pruning tool please bring them along. Lunch will be provided. This is a great opportunity to get hours for your Parent Participation.
VISITOR AND PARENT INFORMATION
St. Bernadette School prides itself on being a “Naturally Open School”. This allows the community to be safe and caring towards one another. To maintain this warm and inviting atmosphere we are asking for parental help with the following:
1. Hallways – We invite parents to escort their child to the classroom if they do not feel comfortable doing so by themselves and if it helps them to have a good start to the day. However, once the child is in the classroom and ready to go, that parents vacate the hallways. Parent’s need to be vacated from the hallways by the end of morning prayer. If you are volunteering, please check in at the office and grab a visitor’s tag before you assume your duties.
2. Late Arrival – Parking lot safety is always a concern and issue for the school. We are grateful for the parents who volunteer to monitor our parking lot. Drivers tend to become more agitated and stressed when they are late. We ask that you maintain a slow speed through our parking lot and drive defensively at all times. When a child is late, they must enter through the main doors by the office. The child must be given a slip from the office staff (the slip says “we are glad you made it”) and show the teacher the slip. This helps with our attendance procedures, otherwise you may receive a phone call from the office asking if your child is at home sick, when in fact they are at the school, thus causing undue panic for everyone.
3. Photos and Videos – Parents are not authorized to take photos or videos of their child and/or other children while they are learning in the classroom. Permission from the principal or classroom teacher must be obtained. There are provincial acts, ordinances, regulations, etc., such as PIPA, that we must adhere to in order to maintain the privacy and safety of everyone in the school. There are many assemblies and gatherings offered where parents can take pictures and videos. Any pictures/videos that contain children other than your child cannot be posted to social media sites without the consent of the parent(s) of the other child(ren) in your photos/video.
4. Dismissal – When it is time to pick up your child at the end of the day, we ask all parents to wait outside until your child is dismissed. No one should be in the hallways prior to the bell unless they have permission from the office by checking in first.
5. Check-ins – When entering the school, all parents and visitors must enter through the main doors at the north end of the school and check into the office. Failure to do so becomes a safety concern for you and the school – for example, if there was an emergency and you were stuck or trapped in the school, we would not know your whereabouts and our records would not show you in the school, therefore we would believe everyone made it safely out of the school.
We are very thankful for the parent involvement in our school, the commitment you show to your child’s education, the desire to keep our school a safe and caring community and the support you provide to our students and staff. We look forward to continuing to work together to make St. Bernadette’s a place where everyone feels safe and welcomed.