OLGC e-Newsletter- November 18th, 2020

November 18th, 2020

Dear Parents,

Our Grade Two class and new students will be doing their First Reconciliation tomorrow. We offer special thanks to Mrs. Taddei, Ms. Guiotto, Miss Isabella, Miss Jo Anne, Mrs. Garzitto and our OLGC Grade Two parents for preparing our students. In Father John’s Monday morning talk he spoke of how important it is to go to confession beyond when the school sets up at time to do so. Please take the time to go to confession at our OLGC Church as able.

Mrs. Taddei will be beginning her maternity leave at the end of the day tomorrow.  Please pray for a healthy remaining pregnancy for her and her future baby. While we await our new Grade Two Teacher to join us, once completing her PDP SFU Teacher Practicum, Mrs. Garcia and Mrs. Guiotto will take over for the time being.  Mrs. Garcia will teach Mondays and Tuesdays and Ms. Guiotto will teach Wednesday to Friday.

Professional Development Day – November 20th   

OLGC School staff will be undertaking professional development on November 20th.  Dr. Lapointe will be informing teachers on trauma informed response, which is of great importance during these Covid pandemic times. There will be no school this Friday. If you would like child care from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. please contact Lenny Martins at the Out of School Care at 604-581-3225.

OLGC Christian Outreach 2020- Agape Street Ministries

OLGC School would like to assist our parish Agape Street Ministry who minister to women in our community needing help with simple necessities.  We ask all families to purchase the assigned items below by November 27th by grade and bring to school to create a gift bag for the Agape Street Ministries.

Please send in the following as you are able:

Kindergarten- gift bags (medium)                    Gr. 1- toothpaste                                 

Gr. 2 - small hand sanitizers                            Gr. 3 - Ladies socks                            

Gr. 4 - ladies deodorant                                   Gr. 5 - Shampoo                                 

Gr. 6 - ladies gloves/mittens                            Gr. 7 - body lotion.

Thank you for your kindness.

Shine Club 2020

Sister Cecilia is setting up her Shine Club for the current year and asks those in Grade Six and seven to join her Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. for those that are interested. Please see her advertising flyer here. Contact Sister at joycecil@daum.net.

Mass

There will be no Friday Mass this week as students have no school due to our Professional Development Day. Our next Mass will be November 27th at 9:00 a.m. The link for this Mass will be sent out in the November 25th Newsletter.

Communicating Student Learning Reports-Fall 2019

Our First Term Communicating Student Learning Reports are currently being written by your child’s classroom teacher. The terms to be used this year in communicating a student’s levels of performance in relation to the Learning Standards (Curricular Competencies and Content) as set out in the curriculum are: Emerging, Developing, Proficient, and Extending.  The full description of these terms is located inside the front cover of your child’s report card.

Reports will not be sent out prior to December 1st.  If you are not able to pick up your child’s report due to vacation or other reasons, you will receive it on the next school day that your child is in session.

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic we will only hold parent teacher interviews at the request of the teacher or parent via telephone or Zoom calls. Students will be at home for this day as in the past – No School.  Communication between home and school is continuous at this point via different platforms and e-mail and will suffice at this point. Teachers may contact you or you may contact your classroom teacher to set up a phone or Zoom call on December 2nd if further conversation is needed.

Thank you for understanding the time and effort put into completing student reports.  

Scholastic virtual Book Fair

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to OLGC School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from Nov. 30 - Dec. 11

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:  https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5151016

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

• SAVE it to your browser • WATCH videos of popular new titles • PREVIEW Featured Books

Kindergarten 2021 Sibling Registration

Our sibling 2021 Kindergarten registration has started.  If you have a child who was born in 2016 please fill in and send to the office. This form is for siblings (brothers and sisters) for students who are starting Kindergarten next year.  Please note families who do not return this form by December 11th, may lose their priority for a Kindergarten space next year!  This form will be available on our website in PDFformat. Please fill out and return by December 11th.  Thank you.  

Advent Assemblies 2020

Our students will participate in weekly Advent prayer service assemblies. These will be pre- recorded videos shared within the school and our community following the schedule below:

  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 1st          -Grades 2 & 5 (Jesse Tree)
  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 8th          -Grade 7 (St. Nicholas & Immaculate Conception)
  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 15th        -Grade K and 6 (JOY)

Christmas Concert 2020

Yes, even during a pandemic we’ve found a way to have a “virtual Christmas Concert”.

By December 1st your child will need the following costume:

Kindergarten - cow or donkey or sheep - Mrs. Palitti will let you know what your child will be.

Grade 1 - Sunday Best - dressy

Grade 2 - pageboy hats, Knickerbocker pants, bow ties, suspenders.... Mrs. Taddei will send you a picture via Seesaw

Grade 3 - Cowboys / Cowgirls Theme - hats, bandanas, jeans, cowboy boots... yeehaw!

Grade 4 - Broadway glitz and glamour Theme- feather boas, shirts/ ties/ bow ties

Grade  5 – Mexico Theme - sombreros, sashes

Grade 6 - Hawaiian Theme - leis, shorts, Hawaiian shirts, mumu’s

Grade 7 - normal kids

Holiday Meats and Treats

All orders must be in by tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th with payment.  If using a cheque it should be made out to “Our Lady of Good Counsel School”.  Your order will be available for pick-up at OLGC School on Tuesday, December 1st at approximately 2:30 p.m. Please follow distancing protocol at the time of pickup. Thank you for your support! Order forms are available here and on our olgcschool.ca website.

OLGC Holiday Gift Cards
Our Fundscript gift cards fundraiser is under way. There are many popular retailers available to order from.  Fundscript gift cards are a great idea and time saver to purchase for Christmas, family, birthdays, and business gifting.  Please send in all orders by Thursday, November 26th at the latest.

Casual Day for Covenant House – December 4th   

OLGC School will be participating in the Casual Day for Covenant House Friday, December 4th. On this day students will not be required to wear their school uniform if they pay $3.00- otherwise they should come to school in their uniform. This is a very worthwhile Youth Outreach program for our Vancouver Youth. Please plan to participate.

Daily Health Checks and Cleaning

Thank you for continuing to do your daily health checks with your child. Please be vigilant in completing health checks daily via the OLGC Health Check Checklist . As well, regularly clean high touch areas in your home.

Student Pick up/Drop Off

Thank you for adhering to the new drop off and pick up protocols.  Please be reminded to park and walk your children to the daily check-in point.  Please be aware of moving vehicles. On rainy days you may line up as a family under the covered entrance of the Church prior to 8:30 a.m. but you are encouraged to stay in your car with your child until access is granted. Students should not be dropped off as was the practice pre-Covid. Park and walk, please and thank you.

Parent Participation 2020-21 Google From

Thank you for continuing to support our school with your time and talents. Please submit your work hours via the OLGC Work Google forms on-line going forward. Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJ81uzUoKxoAVwA1BmFH-mK6NsvMACgDN1u5_r2xOD3U19kw/viewform.

OLGC Preschool

Our OLGC Preschool is in full swing and is following the school’s health and safety protocols. Preschool is for 3 and 4 year olds.  If you have questions about the Preschool please contact Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225.

OLGC Out of School Care- Expanded Program and Space

We continue to run our before and after school program following the school’s health and safety protocols.  If you need the care call Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225.  If you need Pro-D Day care reach out to Mrs. Martins. Mrs. Martins will be sending out a letter for those interested in Christmas break care.  We will provide care only if numbers necessitate.

Principal for the Day – Spirit Week 2021

Starting December 3rd you can purchase a $5 square that will give your child the chance to be the Principal of OLGC for the day-Thursday, January 28th, 2021.  We are looking for parents to create the boards and volunteer the time to sell squares for work hours.  Please call the office if you can help.

Work Party:

Our next work party will be held Saturday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact the school if you plan to attend.  Health and safety protocols will be in place. For our new families, the work party consists of doing maintenance tasks around the school and offers parents an opportunity to work on your 30 hours work commitment.

Work Hours Opportunities

Brian Guze will oversee deep cleaning in each classroom as needed to assist families in completing their 30 work hours commitment once all students and staff have left their classrooms on his work days, usually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are interested in doing so please contact the school’s office at 604-581-3154 for Brian to schedule.

If it snows and we do not close due to snow we will gladly offer hours to those who show up with a mask, snow shovel and maintain a 2 meter distance from one another to expedite snow removal at entrance and exits and pathways to the school and property buildings.  The PEC has granted double hours as needed for snow removal.

OLGC Sports

We will be starting Basketball the week of December 7th once report cards and the Christmas concert has completed. Go Knights Go!

OLGC Knights in Action
We at the school like to recognize the efforts of those who do random acts of kindness throughout the year. Congratulations to our Knights in Action for displaying random acts of kindness.  This week’s Knight in Action winners are Annalisa (4), Jamie (4).  Thanks to all our students for participating.

Important dates:

  • November 19th  -Holiday Treats Fundraiser Orders due
  • November 20th    -CISVA Networking Day – Pro-D – No School
  • November 26th   -Funscript Gift Cards Orders due
  • November 27th   -Agape Street Ministries item due
  • December 1st       -Term 1 CSL Report Cards
  • December 2nd      -Parent Teacher Interviews Day as needed- No School
  • December 4th     -Casual Day for Covenant House -$3.00
  • December 17th    -OLGC Christmas Concert – via YouTube Live
  • December 18th   -Last Day before Christmas break- 12:00 Dismissal.