OLGC e-Newsletter- October 9th, 2019

October 9th, 2019

Dear Parents,

Today we recognized our OLGC teachers for being the Christian models and educators to our students.   We thank them for all the preparations and time they have put into demonstrating to the CISVA and BC Ministry of Education how great OLGC School is.  Thank you OLGC Staff!

Green Thumb Theater visited our school this morning and put on a dramatic production entitled New Canadian Kid.  Synopsis: Nick has just arrived in Canada from the imaginary country of Homeland. In Canada, Nick has to learn a new language, new customs, and how to navigate fitting in at a new school in a brand new country; all while still remaining true to who he is.

Please ask the lessons your children learned from this presentation and how they can apply it to their own situations.

We are thankful for everyone here at OLGC School and Parish. Thank you for all you do! October 14th - No School. Happy Thanksgiving!

Life Chain

Special thanks to our OLGC families that participated in life chain last Sunday.

October - Month of the Rosary

Our students are making rosaries in preparation for our Living Rosary October 17th. Mrs. Geider will be leading a decade of the Rosary at lunch on Wednesday for interested students and staff in the LRC Office.

Little Flowers Club

Miss Anna continued her "Little Flowers" club yesterday and her numbers are increasing.  St. Therese of Liseux pray for us!

Terry Fox Run

Thank you for supporting our Terry Fox run $700 was raised and 2845 laps were completed by our students. Congratulations to our Grade 3 and 5 students who ran the most laps and will receive a special treat for their efforts. Thank you also to all who donated. 

2019 Lap-A-Thon

We will hold our one and only Annual Fundraiser, the OLGC Lap-a-Thon October this Friday.   All monies were due Tuesday October 1st and as such are past due. Please submit today!

Special thanks to our Grade 6 and 7 students for running the stations and leading teams on this day. For those families that have not brought in their pledge form and money please do so immediately.    

Student Supervision Time

Students should not be left on the playground before 8:15 a.m. or after 3:15 p.m. as there is no supervision.  Students left before and beyond these times may be sent to the OLGC Before and After School program and be charged the daily drop in fee. Please consult your school policy manual located in the front pages of the student planners.  Please ensure that you have made arrangements prior to coming to school for your child to be promptly picked up!  If there is an emergency, please call the office.

OLGC Interim Reports  

Your children will be bringing home their Interim Reports this Friday. This Interim Report reflects student EFFORT and ATTITUDE rather than ACADEMIC STANDING. The terms to be used this year are: Emerging, Developing and Proficient. If you have any comments or questions please contact your child’s teacher regarding this Interim Report.

Communicating Student Learning Progress Reports

This year your child’s First Term Communicating Student Learning Reports will include proficiency descriptor terms of: Emerging, Developing, Proficient and Extending.  As part of a CISVA directive we will be starting to go grade less (no letter grades) from Kindergarten to Grade 6 this year.  We will continue to give out letter grades for Grade 7 this year and be grade less by 2020-2021 school year. Parents may request a letter grade for students in Grade 4 to 7 as needed/necessary. 

Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)

Grade 7 and 4 students across B.C. continue to write the annual FSA test until November8th.  Please ensure your children are at school in order to complete the assessment.  The "snap shot" data collected from these assessments help us to improve our academic programs at OLGC.

Seismic Siren Test/Shake Out 2019

On October 17th the CISVA Seismic Siren system will be tested. Students should be prepared to hear a very loud siren and react appropriately. This drill has OLGC participating the Great Shake Out across the province as well with millions of people worldwide who will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold.

Living Rosary-October 17th 

Our Living Rosary Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, October 17th at 1:00 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The rosary will be led by Grade 2 and Grade 7 students and all students are encouraged to please send in flowers on Thursday morning.

Professional Development Day – October 25th 

OLGC will participate in the Provincial Professional Development Day on October 25th. There will be no school on this day. If you would like child care please contact Lenny Martins at the Out of School Care at 604-581-3225

Hot Lunch- October 28th – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Our next Hot Lunch will be October 28th. We will need some volunteers for October 28th.  Please call the school office if you can assist.

October 31st - All Hallows Eve Events (Spirit and Dress-up Day).

On Wednesday, October 31st, students will be allowed to come to school in a costume to celebrate Halloween. We ask that students dress-up in their favorite saint, fairy tale, cartoon, movie, sports or other non -violent or non- scary characters. Parents are asked not to send students with any toy weapons or send in costumes which are offensive to others. Students may be asked to remove parts of their costumes for safety or if they offend or scare other students.

We will hold a short costume grade gallery walk in the auditorium following the 8:45 a.m. bell. 

We are also asking students to share their goodies with the poor. We will have boxes at the office on the morning of November 1st, to collect any candies that the students would like to donate back to the AGAPE Street Ministry, a Catholic group who reaches out to addicts living on the streets of the Surrey and Vancouver area.

The cost for the day will be $2.00.  Proceeds will go to the Holy Childhood Association.  As well, OLGC will participate in Halloween for Hunger, where students bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Surrey Food Bank.

Grade 7 Spirit Day

Our Grade Seven students will join the rest of the Archdiocese's Grade 7 students at Spirit Day November 9th. Students will listen to talks and celebrate Mass with the Archbishop in preparation for Confirmation. Please pray that the day enlivens the Holy Spirit within our students on this day. Special thanks to accompanying parents and to Mrs. Quickert for spending the day with our Grade Sevens.

School Photos

Please send in your order form by Thursday October 10th or place your order on-line.  Retakes are scheduled for October 30th.

Parent Participation/Work Hours

Just a reminder that parents are responsible for keeping an account of the number of hours worked. It is important to note that parents complete their own work hours. Nobody else can do your work hours unless approval is given by the PEC.  If hours are being done by others they will not count.  Work hours are to be done in the school and for school purposes.  Also, 30 is the minimum. Many parents do much more, and we thank you all so much for your commitment to our children and OLGC School.

Supervision Duty Days

Please arrive early for your scheduled supervision time.  If you are unable to do your day please make your own arrangements.  Phone the list of parents willing to help for a fee of $30.00 per day. 

Parent Supervision Responsibilities

Please carefully review the requirements of Parent A and B in front of your child’s OLGC Student Planner.  Notice that you are requested, for the safety of our students, to arrive 5 minutes prior to the 8:15 a.m. start time. As well PEC has approved and asks that parents arrive at 11:50 a.m. for lunchtime supervision.

Visitor Tags

For the safety of our students and staff, all visitors and parents are required to report to the secretary’s office where a “Visitor” tag will be issued.  Parents are NOT to go to their child’s classroom during instructional times.  Supplies and lunches should not need to be left at the office. Please encourage your children to bring all needed items to school daily.

Absentees

It is very important that you call the school by 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or late.  This will save us calling you to check if your child is home.  Upon returning to school, your child must bring a note to the classroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence and stating the day(s) absent.  This information is required for our annual attendance audit that determines our government funding for the year.

Change in Information

It is critical that you inform the school office immediately if you have moved, changed your home or work number, or have a new emergency contact. As well if your citizen status has changed please come into the school office to pick-up a form that is required to be completed with documentation.

Medical/Alert Information

If you have any medical alert changes please sent in new documents right away as well as any medications needed in emergency situations; EpiPens etc.

OLGC Preschool

Our OLGC Preschool currently has 47 Preschoolers registered.  Preschool is for 3 and 4 year olds.  If you have questions about the Preschool please contact Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225. We still have some spaces available.

OLGC Out of School Care- Expanded Program and Space

We can accommodate up to 50 students in our OLGC Out of School Care. We currently have 24 registered.  If you need the care call Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225. 

OLGC Knights in Action –Thanksgiving Edition

For those students doing acts of kindness we at the school like to recognize the efforts of those who do good. Congratulations to our Knights in Action for displaying random acts of kindness.  This week’s winner is Noah (7) and Aiden (7) for setting up soccer nets in the pouring rain. Thanks to all our students for participating.

Work Party:

Our next work party will be Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please contact the school if you plan to attend. 

Personal Best Board

Congratulations to the following students for the excellent work displayed on the

September Personal Best Board.  Keep up the Good Work!

K    Rhys Garcia                     Hannah Kirchner

1.   Joaquin Dimaculangan      Zayden Gamatan        Kayden Khodjet-Kesba

2.   Trevor Correa                    Arriane Miranda-Pallogan

3.   Sera Allegretti                   Sid Dulay                    Aiden Jeha      Jamie Magtibay

4.   Lauryn Legaspi                 Maja Wojciechowski

5.   Cassandra Garcia              Keira Josol      Janais Luciano   Michelle Pielak

      Carlo Trono

6.   Marko Juan                       Abraham Coronado    Nicolas Karout            Paul Khaing               

7.  Audrey Alejandro              Apryl Dias                   Cora Juco                    Gavin Solano

Important dates:

  • October 11th       -OLGC Lap-A-Thon - 12:15 p.m. Dismissal
  • October 14th      -Thanksgiving- No School  
  • October 17th & 18th – OLGC School Evaluation (CISVA)
  • October 17th           -Living Rosary (1:00 pm) start in Auditorium
  • October 23rd & 24th  - BC Ministry of Education Evaluation
  • October 23rd       -PEC Meeting
  • October 25th       -Pro-D- No School
  • October 31stt         -Halloween/Spirit Costume Dress Up Day
  • November 1st     -All Saints Day/Mass