OLGC e-Newsletter- January 25th, 2023

January 25th, 2023

Dear Parents,

We are less than a week away until we celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco with Mass on Tuesday, January 31st at 9:00 a.m. As already mentioned we will hold this celebratory Mass in conjunction with our Catholic Schools Week festivities taking place from January 29th to February 3rd.  We welcome the Staff from the CISVA Superintendents Office joining us in this combination celebration. 

Of special note Mrs. Robson is celebrating 40+ years of teaching in the CISVA this year and she will be recognized on February 9th at 12:45 p.m. by our current CISVA Superintendent Deacon Henk Luyten and Associate Superintendent Lesya Balsevich.

Spirit Thursdays 2023

We have raised our spirits in January by participating in our Thursdays dress up days and now focus our attention on our Don Bosco Boys Basketball Tournament and the Feast of St. John Bosco. The remaining days are as follows:

#4: January 26th is Sports Day

#5: Friday January 27th is Sea of the Blue Day

Please submit all donations by Friday if you have not done so - $5 for all the days, or $1 each day. The money goes to Holy Childhood Association.

On January 31st at 1:45 p.m. our OLGC Staff will play in a friendly basketball game against our Grade 7 students in the Don Bosco Youth Center.

OLGC Don Bosco Grade 7 Boys Basketball Tournament- January 27th

This Friday OLGC School will host its annual Don Bosco Basketball Tournament for participating Grade 7 Boys.  Go Knights Go!

During the tournament the Grade 7 parents are running a concession and hope you will support their efforts in raising money for the Grade 7 Farewell. Please send students with money to purchase items from the cash only concession.

Funtastic Friday- January 27th  

Students in Grades 2-7 are invited to spend time together with friends. A fun-filled evening with various games, faith moments, learning friendship and social skills the Salesian way!

The Salesian Sisters and Priests welcome you to attend this Friday January 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more info contact: Sr. Cora Beboso, FMA at fmacoraprep@gmail.com

See the registration form here. The dates set for the remainder of the year are: February 20th & 24th, March 10th, April 14th & 28th, May 12th & 26th, and June 9th.

Principal for the Day –Moved to January 31st

You can purchase a $5square that will give your child the chance to be the Principal of OLGC for the day- Tuesday, January 31st, 2023. We will draw on Friday January 27th prior to recess.

Holy Childhood Toy Sale- February 28th

Our Holy Childhood Toy Sale Fundraiser is set for February 28th.  Please send in any toy donations for our toy sale. Please do not send in clothing, toy guns or other weapons.  If you want to volunteer for this event please contact the school’s office.

First Communion-May 6th  

Our First Communion date and time has been set for May 6th at 3:30 p.m.

Miss Ramirez will communicate with parents as to when a parent meeting and student retreat will be held shortly.

Confirmation

Mr. Silva will have a Confirmation meeting for students and parents on February 2nd at 3:00 in the school’s auditorium. One parent must attend. A parish wide Confirmation retreat including the school will be on February 11th with timing and details to be communicated shortly.  We await communication from the Archbishop’s office when Confirmation will occur at OLGC.

OLGC Sports

Go OLGC Knights Go! Basketball season is in full swing at OLGC and we instruct the students to play tough not rough during competition.  Our fans are encouraged to show support for our teams and we thank them for it.  In the Don Bosco Youth Center a spectator code of conduct is up for all to see to remind us all that we are here to watch children play the game they love.  We have volunteer coaches and referees enabling us to enjoy our Catholic Christian basketball experience and as such all should act in a manner in agreement with that philosophy. Thank you for your support. 

OLGC Choir

Please be reminded participating students should arrive for the 8:10 am start time. Intermediate students on Wednesdays and Primary students on Thursdays.

Student Pick up/Drop Off/Supervision

Thank you for adhering to our OLGC School drop-off and pick up protocols. Please keep calm and carry on during rainy days. Thank you. See the student planner for more details. Please be aware of moving vehicles in our parking lots. Students may not arrive prior to 8:15 a.m. as

parent supervisors are not available to supervise prior to this time. Our morning bell rings at 8:45 a.m. to start our day and our Salesian priests’ morning message. Please have your child here at school for this time. Pick up is at 2:50 p.m. and prompt pick up is required unless your child is involved in our extra-curricular sports.

Supervision Duty Days

All families have been scheduled for two supervision days this year. One of our volunteer parents has scheduled all the parents supervision hours for crosswalk, and flow of students for before, during lunch and after school times. The times of supervision are 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and then 11:50 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Please be on time.  Thank you.

Visitors &Visitors 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 office by 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or late. Please refrain from contacting the classroom teacher of absenteeism. 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.

OLGC Preschool

Preschool is for 3 and 4 year olds.  If you would like to register in the new year please contact Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225. We still have some spaces available for our morning sessions.

OLGC Out of School Care

We currently have 35 full time students registered for this program. If you need the care call Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225.

Work Party:

Our next work party is this Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call the school’s office to sign up in advance.

Work Hours Opportunities

Brian Guze will oversee families in completing their 30 work hours commitment. He works 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.

2022-23 Google Form for Work Hours

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. Here is the link:

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

OLGC Sun Run Team - April 16th

OLGC School under the leadership of Miss Manuel and Mrs. Garzitto are looking for interested participants to join our OLGC Sun Run team. Interested students should contact Miss Manuel at miss.manuel@olgc-school.ca

Here is more information from Miss Manuel on how to register:

SUN RUN TEAM MEMBER REGISTRATION:

Copy and paste this link into your browser: https://event.racereach.com/161771/register/?urlcattype=t&urlteamid=pu_gKJy2LkFyMay1674622068305426156&urlcat=YouthTeam_Youth10K

Choose the MEMBER category and select:

Oasis Youth Team Challenge – Shaw Mini Sun Run 2.5K

Team Name: Our Lady of Good Counsel

Team Access Code: CHFUQU   (code is case sensitive)

Please note: creating the team does not automatically register you. Make sure to register if you want to participate.

OLCG Spelling Bee Team

Mrs. Papaianni and Mrs. Garzitto will continue to work with the team.  Our OLGC Spelling Bee is set for April 19th and the CISVA Championships is set for April 25th.

OLGC Readers Are Leaders Team

Mrs. Garzitto has begun practicing with our Readers Are Leaders team.  Students in the program read and answer comprehension questions from a set list of books from the 2022-2023 Red Cedar Book Awards Nominees selected by our Catholic School Librarians.  Read Knights Read!

Lost & Found

There are a number of items in our Lost & Found located at our front office in the school. We will be placing all items outside at pick up time shortly.  All items not collected will be donated to a local charity.

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. If you notice a kind act please feel free to communicate this to staff so they may be recognized. This week’s Knights are: Ziah (K), Nicolle (2), Naya (2), Leander (2), Arya (2), Zara (4), Miguel (6), John (6), Jayden (6)... Thank you to all our students for participating.

Holy Cross Regional High School Open House

Please be reminded (especially Grade 7 students and parents) that the Holy Cross Regional High School Open House is tomorrow at the school live, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The open house is open to any interested families with intermediate aged students.

Important Dates:

  • January 26th      -Spirit Thursday #4
  • January 27th      -DB Grade 7 Boys’ Basketball Tournament
  • January 31st       -Don Bosco Feast Mass (9:00 a.m.)

                                       -Principal for The Day

                                       -Staff vs Grade 7 Bball Game

  • February 2nd      -Grade 7 Confirmation Parent Meeting – 3:00 p.m.
  • February 11th     -Grade 7 Conformation Retreat (8:30 am to 4:00 p.m.)

                                     -Confirmation Enrollment Mass – 4:00 p.m.

  • February 14th     -Red Day
  • February 16th     -CEC Conference – No School
  • February 17th     -CEC Conference – No School

 

  • February 20th     -Family Day – No School
  • February 21st     -Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday Pancake breakfast
  • February 22nd    -Ash Wednesday
  • February 25th     -Work party
  • March 8th           -2023-2024 AGM/Registration Night
  • March 8th           -Sexuality & Your Child Meetings (Gr.4,5, 6,7)- Screenagers
  • March 13th- March 24th -Spring Break

Sent home with students: February Calendar ans Supervision Calendar.