St. Bernadette Elementary
November 9th, 2016
• Whistler Ski Trip
• Casual for Covenant House
• Lights of Hope
• PEC Newsletter
November 10th 11am Remembrance Day Ceremony (hosted by Gr.2)
November 11th Remembrance Day (No School)
November 14th Lights of Hope Fundraiser Begins
November 15th Casual For Covenant House (non-uniform & $2 donation)
November 17th & 18th Student Conferences
Looking ahead – reminder that there will be no school on Friday December 9th due to a Professional Development Day.
REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPIES
Grade Six students will be visiting each classroom with poppies on a daily basis starting Monday, November 7th until Thursday, November 10th . A donation of any amount is required to purchase poppies; all proceeds are given directly to the Canadian Legion.
Stingers Club will be available on Friday, December 16th from 12:15 – 6:00. If you will be using Stingers Club on this day, you must pre-register, as they need to know numbers, so that they can be adequately staffed. The rates are $30.00 for the half day for one child, $50.00 for the family rate. Stingers Club e-mail is: email@example.com
CASUAL FOR COVENANT HOUSE
Mark Savard, Development Officer for Community Giving at Covenant House, will be our guest speaker at our next assembly. Each year St. Bernadette School supports Covenant House in their efforts to support children who are living on the streets in the Lower Mainland. We ask that students who wish to donate, come to school with a $2 donation on Tuesday November 14th. In gratitude for their donation, they will be allowed to wear non-uniform for the day.
Dear Parents, I am pleased once again to be offering a unique opportunity for grade 5 – 7 students to participate in a club that focuses on connections with nature, development of life skills, and character building. The Outdoor Adventure Club combined with the PE department, took the grade 5 – 7 students Dragon Boating at the beginning of the …
LIGHTS OF HOPE
I am very proud to announce the start of our second annual Lights of Hope Fundraiser. Any fundraiser or event that combines prayer, spiritual reflection and growth, with the coming together of a community is a privilege like no other. The Lights of Hope Fundraiser is an opportunity for us to gather and pray for each other while at the same time we raise money for the children at St. Bernadette’s. This is a great tradition for everyone in our community. I would like to start by thanking you again for all your support and generosity. Fundraising is everyone’s responsibility and our efforts cannot be achieved without your involvement. Below you will find more information in regards to this special event.
Yours in Christ,
Michael van der Pauw
WHAT ARE THE LIGHTS OF HOPE?
The Lights of Hope Fundraiser is a special and unique event that combines the needs of the school with its spiritual direction. Students will be selling Christmas light bulbs in the form of a prayer card that will represent a prayer intention and our connection with Jesus. The light bulb itself will be part of our light display in the court yard. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. – John 8:12
The Lights of Hope fundraiser not only helps our school, but also allows for those donating to make intentions that will be brought to our Christmas concert where it will be blessed by Fr. Paul. The card is associated with a light bulb on the tree that will remain lit in the court yard as a symbol of their intention. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. – Matthew 5:16
Last years intentions and bulbs have been saved and those bulbs purchased for those intentions will also be lit once again.
HOW CAN WE PARTICIPATE?
Every student will be given 25 prayer intention cards. The prayer cards are filled out every time you sell a Christmas light bulb for $5.00. Students (along with their parents) are to fill out the seller’s sheet to keep track of their purchases. When all 25 bulbs are sold, the student brings in the seller’s sheet, the intention cards, and their money to school. At that time the student can pick up another 25 prayer intention cards. There is no minimum or maximum for how much you are to sell. All we ask is that you participate in this event to your best ability and support it in the best way you know how.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE LIGHT BULBS THAT WE HAVE SOLD?
The purchaser of the bulb will not get to physically hold the bulb. When all the bulbs are sold (our goal is to sell over 4000 bulbs!) they will be strung up on the trees in the court yard between the church and the school. Their they can find their bulb as part of a larger display.
On December 8th, the night of the school Christmas Concert, there will be a small celebration before the concert and Christmas play begins in the Church. During the celebration the choir will sing while families enjoy hot chocolate and cookies provided by the CWL. Then, Fr. Paul along with Mr. van der Pauw will lead everyone in the blessing of all the intentions that were collected over the past month and also bless the lights that are strung up in the court yard. Immediately after the blessing the Christmas lights (representing the intentions and prayers) will be turned on for the first time. The lights will be on from December 8th to January 8th.
After the lighting ceremony, everyone is invited into the church for the school concert and Christmas play. A beautiful way to end an unique, spiritual and special fundraising event in our school.
HOW DO I SELL THIS TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT BE RELIGIOUS?
This is a valid question. There are several ways families have done this. Some use this as an opportunity to share their faith with others. Others present the prayers cards in a similar way fundraising is done for St. Paul’s and Children’s Hospital. Families have used the cards as an “in memory” or “in honour” or a dedication to someone close to them. Both are acceptable and we ask you become involved as best as you see fit in order to support the school.
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?
This year we are allocating funds from the Lights of Hope to go towards school improvements that will increase student learning. Much research has been done in the area of creating environments that enhance student learning. Based on that research, we are currently in the process of looking at how we are able to transform the spaces in the school to be more conducive to meet the needs of all our students.
The school is also raising money throughout the year to reconfigure the library into a Learning Commons. A Learning Commons is a dynamic learning environment that combines unique learning spaces, with library resources, maker spaces (robotics and coding), and other various forms of technology. We are very excited to take this next step and your support in this and all fundraising efforts will help us achieve this goal.
CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR
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 and to PREP students to join us for this very exciting and entertaining service.
Practices will be Saturdays (6:30-8:00 PM) starting on November 12th at the Parish Church.
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 Saturday Nov 12th….
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.
If you have a child that was born in 2012 and will be attending kindergarten in September 2017, please call the school office.
SCHOOL E-MAIL ADDRESS
We have a new e-mail address, please make note of it:
St. Bernadette Elementary Catholic School
13130 65B Ave
Surrey, BC V3W 9M1
phone: (604) 596-1101
fax: (604) 596-1550