OLGC e-Newsletter-September 23rd, 2020

September 23rd, 2020

Dear Parents,

Last Friday Father John talked about the Kingdom of God in his homily.  He spoke of His Kingdom here on earth now and how God is not causing this pandemic as some may be saying.

He asked us to consider if we are bringing about the Kingdom of God here at OLGC School.

As we reflect on this are we being kind, patient, understanding and fair to those we interact with?

If someone noticed our students with their uniform out in society would they say they are Christian and bringers of the Kingdom of God? 

Tomorrow evening our former Grade 7 Class will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We pray they stay connected to the church and become signs of Gods’ Kingdom in our world.

Here are the links for the Liturgy of the Word and Rite of Confirmation, as only confirmands and sponsors may attend in person:

6:00 pm: https://www.facebook.com/olgcsurrey/posts/615819322442505

7:30pm:  https://www.facebook.com/olgcsurrey/posts/615820235775747

Or visit:  https://m.facebook.com/olgcsurrey/

Last week we held the Meet the Teacher Zoom session with your classroom teacher. Thank you for working together with our committed staff as we strive to Walk with Jesus our Living Hope this year.

Thank you for continuing to do your daily health checks with your child.  There have been some updates to the BCCDC daily health check guidelines but for the time being please continue to use this health check checklist for now.

Earlier this week we asked that students be prepared to go outside into the elements during Recess and Lunchtime breaks.  Please send your child with an umbrella and proper coat to deal with our B.C. weather –RAIN. However, in the event of extreme weather; downpour (monsoon), hail/sleet, winds at 50KM, blizzard…we will keep students indoors and continue to enforce physical distancing as able and encourage mask wearing.  Please make your child ready for this new reality.  Thank you.

Friday Mass

Our Grade 6 Class will lead our Mass this Friday at 9:00 a.m. All students will view Mass in their individual classrooms and students and parents may also do so from home. We have made arrangements to stream it live via YouTube Live; here is the link https://youtu.be/Uvf06crXt4I If any parent does not want their child to be live streamed be sure to let your classroom teacher know in advance of their class leading Mass.  Currently we will use the PIPA list we have in place. Father will visit the classrooms to distribute communion wearing a mask following Mass.

OLGC e-Newsletter

Thank you for reading the many send outs from our school as it is very imperative to receive communication via our email system as many important messages and protocols are shared at a moment’s notice. Hopefully all will calm down and we can rely on our regular weekly Wednesday send out. A PDF copy of the newsletter is posted on the school's website at olgcschool.ca.

Uniforms

We have heard that on-line ordering is going very well with our uniform supplier Top Marks, as uniforms can only be purchased on-line through them. There will be no onsite service at this time from Top Marks due to visitor restrictions and school health and safety protocols.  We do have some items in stock and can be sold from our school office if available. Please call to make an appointment if you would like to purchase our remaining items.

Student Pick up/Drop Off

Thank you for adhering to the new drop off and pick up protocols.  Please be reminded to stay behind the fence at drop off and pick up. You may line up as a family under the covered entrance of the Church prior to 8:30 a.m. during rainy days but you are encouraged to stay in your car until access is granted at 8:30 a.m. Students should not be just dropped off as was the practice prior to Covid. If you require before school care please contact the OLGC Out of School Care.

Terry Fox Run

In order to meet physical distancing rules between cohort groups we will be dividing up participation into 2 separate days. Students will run on September 29th or 30th according to Mr. Egitto’s PE schedule.  Bring a “Toonie for Terry”! We are all Terry Fox.

Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, a day on which we commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes in Canada at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools.  In showing our commitment to the principle that every child matters we will join many schools across BC and Canada and wear ORANGE on September 30th.

2020 Lap-A-Thon

We will hold our one and only Annual Fundraiser, the OLGC Lap-a-Thon on October 8th and October 9th.  The laps will need to take place over two days in order to physically distance the cohort groups. Remember to collect pledges and send them into your classroom teacher ASAP but before October 1st.     

We will be collecting PLEDGE SHEETS with donations and hope to have all returned by October 1st. This year, families submitting completed pledge sheets with their $200 or more pledges by the October 1st deadline will be entered into a draw to have their 30 parent participation hours WAIVED for the upcoming school year.  Please send this in with your classroom teacher.

Supervision Duty Days

Thank you to you our parent supervisors for supervising the crosswalk and flow of students and supervision before and after school. There will be no lunchtime supervision needed by parents at this time.  Parents must wear a mask and stay physically distanced from others while on supervision. You will also receive a list of substitute parents willing to do your duty days 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 8:30 a.m. staggered entry start time and 2:30 p.m. staggered dismissal time.

Visitors Tags

Parents and Visitors are not permitted in the school building at this time unless you have an appointment and/or for educational reasons.  If you do enter the building you must fill out a health check form and follow all safety protocols in our OLGC School Health and Safety Plan. 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 as your children must bring all needed items to school daily.

Parent Participation 2020-21

Incomplete hours were rolled over into this school year by PEC.  Your 30 hours for this year are added to the hours not completed last year.  Just a reminder that parents are responsible for keeping track of the number of hours worked.  You are to submit hours using our Google forms going forward.  Please see this step by step instructional video created by Mr. Mina, PEC Work Hours and Society Delegate to the CISVA, on how to submit your work hours via google forms https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PK3CYvU4NZwfwbxAmaNSAvygvotc8q6G/view?usp=sharing

Thank you Mr. Mina for creating this for all.

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.  Currently the Ministry of Education is requiring weekly submission of attendance.

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.  A child may become ill and need to go home during the day.  If our files are not updated it can be upsetting for your child, when we cannot reach you.  Please call our school secretary if you have any changes in information.

Extra-curricular Sports

We will resume our extracurricular programs for the fall season with school staff the week of September 28th for a one month season.  Inter-school competitions are not permitted at this time.  Intramural inter-cohort options will occur and various return-to-sport specific guideline will be followed once we resume.  Procedures, permission and waivers are in the process of being sent out to interested students.

OLGC Preschool

Our OLGC Preschool has started and are following the school’s health and safety protocols. We currently had two more registrations today to move our weekly numbers to 31 Preschoolers.  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 but plan to fill the cohorts by this week.

OLGC Out of School Care- Expanded Program and Space

We are running our before and after school program this fall following the school’s health and safety protocols.  We will be using the OLGC School Auditorium only at this time as we can space out registered students more easily. If you need the care call Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225. 

Work Party:

Thank you to those who attended our first work party last Saturday.  Our next one will be October 3rd 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.

OLGC Knights in Action
For those students doing acts of kindness we at the school like to recognize the efforts of those who do good throughout the year. Congratulations to our Knights in Action for displaying random acts of kindness.  This week’s winners are Yusef  (7), Andre (7), Chloe (5), Josh (3) and Cadence (2). Thanks to all our students for participating.

Youth Ministry Request for Filming

The annual meeting of the Salesian Coordinators of Youth Ministry (CYM) will take place digitally via Zoom from Monday, October 26, 2020 through Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

Throughout the CYM Meeting the Salesians will be highlighting and celebrating the diversity of our Province by inviting CYMs to prepare prayer services for each day. 

The Parish of OLGC has been asked to create the Morning Prayer service for the second day of meetings on Tuesday, October 27. In advance of this we will support the Parish in filming students waving hello to all. As stated above if you would not like your child to be filmed please contact your classroom teachers as we will use our current PIPA list for this event.

Important dates:

  • September 24th               -Confirmation
  • September 29th    -Terry Fox Run (1)
  • September 30th               -Terry Fox Run (2)
  • October 3rd         -Work Party #2
  • October 6th         -Option 4 Students to inform school of return
  • October 8th          -OLGC Lap-A-Thon (1)
  • October 9th         -OLGC Lap-A-Thon (2)  12:15 p.m. Dismissal
  • October 3rd         -Work Party #2
  • October 12th       -Thanksgiving- No School  
  • October 13th       -Option 4 Students Return to School