DECEMBER 13TH – CHRISTMAS CONCERT
St. Bernadette School Annual Christmas Concert will be held tomorrow, Thursday December 13th immediately following the Lights of Hope Ceremony. Students are asked to be at the school no later than 6pm and are invited into the parish hall for cookies and hot chocolate (Gr. 7 is asked to be at the school by 5:45pm). At around 6:05pm everyone is invited to the courtyard where Fr. Paul will bless the lights and they will be turned on for the first time this year.
Immediately following the ceremony, students will head to the classroom to meet their teacher and parents & guests are welcome to enter into the church to find their seat. We ask parents to remind their guests that although we are in the church to watch a performance, we are still in a place of worship and proper etiquette applies.
COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING (CSL REPORTS)
The Ministry of Education requires schools to issue 5 formal reports to parents each school year. At St. Bernadette’s we report out through 2 conferences and 3 written reports. This year, to align more fully with new curriculum standards and reporting practices, we are modifying our written reports. There will be 2 summative reports (now known as Communicating Student Learning [CSL] Reports) and 1 formative interim report. The interim report will be very similar to the summative reports. The main difference is that the interim report will focus mainly on the core subject areas.
In addition this this, the school will be phasing out letter grades. Many school are taking the leap to remove them all together this year, however we have decided to do this gradually. Starting this year, only grade 6 and 7 will receive letter grades. They will be in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. Next year we will not have letter grades in the school. Many high schools, including Holy Cross, are making similar changes when it comes to letter grades.
Next week is spirit week where we celebrate the last week of school before Christmas break.
Monday: PJ and Bedhead Day – come to school in your festive pyjamas with your messy hair. Lunch time Christmas Trivia in the gym for grade 5-7 students.
Tuesday: Twin Day – Grab a friend or friends to match clothing with them and show your Christmas spirit. The school will be doing a baking activity after recess.
Wednesday: Favourite Christmas Wear Day – Show your Christmas spirit by dressing as your favourite Christmas and/or biblical character. After lunch we will be hosting our annual Teachers vs Grade 7s Gladiator events.
Thursday: Christmas Colour Wear Day – Arrive to school in your favourite Christmas colours. Students will be invited into a Christmas fun house in the library learning commons.
Friday: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – *Students whose clothing may cause distractions, are asked to refrain from wearing it to Church and to put it on after Mass*
Come to school wearing your creative, craziest, most fun Christmas sweaters and clothing. After recess we will watch a Christmas movie and have a sing-a-long. 12pm dismissal.
The Stingers Club will be available on Friday, December 21st from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, please contact Sheila at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise her if you will be needing Stingers Club. For those who are already registered there is an extra $10.00 fee.
GRADE SIX CHALICE
On Monday , Dec.17th till Thursday, Dec. 20th, the Grade Six class will be selling gently used household items, candles, games and toys. Items are priced between .50 and $5.00. This is a great opportunity for students to purchase gifts for family members. The money will be donated Chalice.
We are asking for all school families to please donate items & participate in this very special fundraiser. Please drop off items to the Grade 6 classroom as soon as possible.
PURDY’S CHOCOLATE AND GIFT CARD FUNDRAISERS
Pick-up is scheduled for Dec 15 & 16; in the Parish Centre Room E