OLGC e-Newsletter- February 21st, 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Lent! Father John says this is his favorite time of the year as we can fix things in our lives we need to fix and be free in 40 days.  He likened it to the barren winter days we are in now to the change that occurs in the spring with new life.  At the end of Lent may we achieve our goals and have a new life.

Confirmation Retreat

Extra special thanks to the Youth for Christ for running an excellent Grade 7 Confirmation retreat last Saturday.  All of our Grade 7 students in the parish and school made a full commitment to be confirmed at a special Confirmation Enrollment Mass held after the retreat. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide them and their families as they continue to prepare.

New Floors

Phase 2 is being planned and removal and installation is planned for March 16th to March 25th.  As already stated, our OLGC PEC has granted double hours to parents willing to assist with old tile removal and odd jobs as required by Brian, our Maintenance Man and other construction professionals on the job. If you can help please contact Brian at 778-863-1874.

OLGC Basketball 2018

Congratulations to all of our Grade 6 and 7 Basketball teams who have qualified for the playoffs.  Playoff games are being played this week with OLGC hosting them all.  Best of luck to those teams who qualify for the CISVA Championships next week at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Grade 6 and 7 Girls teams have already qualified, with the Boys teams playing later this week. Go! Knights Go!

OLGC Dance

All of our students are participating in dance classes this week in P.E.  We will hold a dance performance of dances learned at 2:00 p.m. in the Don Bosco Youth Center. Feel free to attend. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Movies”. Students should come to school in their dance performance clothes this Friday. Please do not go to unnecessary expense, but if possible, students should wear:

Kindergarten - Hawaiian/bright colour clothing (Moana)

Grade 1 - Blue, pink, purple and teal (Trolls)

Grade 2 - Animal print or shirts with animals/brown or orange (Zootopia)

Grade 3 - Red, blue, green, yellow, pink and matching pants (Power Rangers)

Grade 4 - Navy blue, red and white (Avengers)

Grade 5 - All gray (Transformers)

Grade 7 - All black with plaid shirts (Fast and Furious)

OLGC School Tuition Tax Receipt 2017

Please note that tax receipts can be picked up at the school’s office.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the school’s office at 604-581-3154.

OLGC School 2018-2019 Registration- March 7th

Registrations will be accepted from 5:15 p.m. in the school auditorium March 7th. The Annual General Meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. In the coming days you will receive your package. Please check your Fee Category right away; if you have any questions or concerns regarding this please make an appointment with Fr. John or Fr. Tran. When you hand in your registration package you must have all cheques made out with the correct fee category assigned for the school year.

Sexuality and Your Child Meetings – Gr. 4

Parents of Grade 4 students will be required to attend a Sexuality and Your Child Meeting Monday March 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Grade 4 classroom. A Signal Hill presenter will facilitate this meeting and discussions. Students need not attend these meetings as they are a parent only event. Students may play outside or use the Library to do homework or read during this time.

Sexuality and Your Child Meetings – Gr. 5, 6 & 7

Parents of Grade 5, 6, & 7 students will be required to attend a Sexuality and Your Child Meeting following this year’s 2018 Registration night March 7th.  Signal Hill will present in classrooms only this year starting directly after the Registration Meeting. Students need not attend these meetings as they are a parent only event.

Communicating Student Learning Reports-Term 2  

OLGC Second Term Reports are starting to be written by your child’s classroom teacher.  CSL Reports will not be sent out prior to March 9th.  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 which is March 26th.  Thank you for understanding the time and effort put into completing student reports.  

Student Led Conferences

The staff of OLGC is looking forward to seeing you with your children at the Student–Led Conferences scheduled for March 28th. Conferences will last approximately 30 minutes. Student Led Conference times will be sent home with your child’s Second Term Report. Students will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m. on this day.

Student-Led Conference Book Fair

We are excited to welcome Scholastic to our Spring Book Fair at OLGC, on Wednesday, March 28th from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm to coincide with the Student-Led Conferences. Parent Volunteers are most welcome and hours will be given! Set up will be Tuesday, March 27th at 9 a.m. and take down will be Thursday March 29th at 9:00 am. We welcome all of our OLGC friends and thank you for your support!

OLGC Clothing Drive 2018

On March 28th as we have our Student- Led Conferences and all families attend, we ask that families donate any used clothing or fabrics to our OLGC Clothing Drive 2018.  We will collect clothing and cloth items in our Auditorium on this day. Spring Break is the week prior and it will be a great opportunity for spring cleaning and donating clothing to our 2018 campaign.

Hot Lunch – February 26th

Our next Hot Lunch is February 26th. We are in need of volunteers so please call the office if you can help.

Mission Toy Sale

Special thanks to Ms. Murphy and her helping parents that ran this year’s Mission Toy Sale for the Holy Childhood.  All money collected will be presented at the Holy Childhood Mass with the Archbishop in May.

OLGC Pre-School News

If you want to register your child aged 3-4 for our OLGC Pre-School, there are a few spots available.  Please contact Lenny Martins at 604-581-3225.

OLGC Out of School Care News

If you require out of school care please contact Lenny Martins at 604-581-3225.

OLGC Knights in Action

Congratulations to our Knights in Action for displaying random acts of kindness.  This week’s winner is Lauren (7).  Thanks to all our students for participating.

Work Party

Our next work party, dedicated mostly to flooring will be Saturday, March 17th. Please contact the office if you plan to attend.

Holy Cross High School

Grade 7 parents if you have not registered your child for Grade 8 at Holy Cross please do soon-line. Spots are filling up fast.

St. John Paul II Academy

St. John Paul II Academy is happy to announce they are now accepting applicants for Gr. 8 for the 2018-19 school year. As there are a limited number of spaces available, all student applications must be completed by Fri. Feb. 23, 2018 and returned to Mr. Michel DesLauriers, Principal, 4885 St. John Paul II Way, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 0G3.

You can find the Application Form and more information on the school website: www.sjp2academy.com Email: mdeslauriers@cisva.bc.ca T: 604. 683. 9331

Pink Day– February 28th

Make some noise against bullying! On February 28th OLGC School will wear pink to say NO to Bullying.  Students at OLGC are reminded to stop bullying when they see it and tell their teacher or someone in authority.  Please see our Catholic Independent Schools’ website under “committed to bully free schools” at cisva.bc.ca.  On this website we are reminded that “Policies alone do not bring about change. Hearts, minds, and souls should be centered on respect for the human person".

16th Annual Don Bosco 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

We are pleased to announce the 16th Annual Don Bosco 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament hosted by the ​​Salesian Co-operators of OLGC on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018.  

We would like to extend the invitation to all boys and girls born in the years 2002 - 2010.

Please submit ASAP. We look forward to receiving your registrations and thank you for your participation. Below is the contact name for both the boys and girls teams. Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions.

Contact – Joe Amabili by phone at 604 - 514 - 4306 or email jamabili@shaw.ca

Holy Cross High School -Volleyball Skills Camp

This spring Holy Cross Jr Crusaders is holding a volleyball program geared for girls currently in Grades 4 & 5 who want to increase their volleyball skills and love of the game. For some players, this will be their first introduction to the sport so there will be a large focus on fun while learning new skills. This is a great opportunity to have fun, make new friends and learn the game. Cost is $80. Program runs every Saturday 9:30-11:00 a.m. April 7-June 9 @ Holy Cross Regional High School. If you are interested: email bgrandia@holycross.bc.ca to secure a spot before March 9.

Holy Cross High School Spring Break Basketball Skills Camp

Who: Boys and Girls in Gr. 4-7. When: March 12th-16th 2018 Everyday 9am-12pm.

Where: Holy Cross High School Gymnasium. Why: to improve overall basketball skills, meet future classmates and have fun. How: email Coach Matthew Le Chasseur at hcboysbasketball@gmail.com to confirm your child’s spot in the camp. It is limited space and first come first serve. Cost: $125.00 includes t-shirt, daily prizes and snack.

Important Dates:

  • February 24th     -First Communion Retreat and Enrollment Mass
  • February 26th     -Hot Lunch
  • February 28th     -Pink Shirt Day/Anti Bullying Day
  • March 5th           -Sexuality & Your Child Grade 4 Meeting (3 p.m.)
  • March 7th             -2017-2018 Registration (5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
  • March 7th            -Sexuality & Your Child Meetings (Gr.5, 6 & 7)
  • March 12th-23rd -Spring Break