A Great First Week!

There were lots of big feelings as our students met their new classmates and teachers, but everyone did such a wonderful job. I snapped a few pictures during my walk-abouts of the school. Outside of these snapshots there was so much learning and community building. You would be so proud of the way your children welcomed each other and showed kindness throughout the week. We are off to a wonderful start.

Here is a shot of kids enjoying our new GaGa pit as well as some reconnecting with old friends.

Mrs. Ribeiro’s class was doing a get-to-know-you game in grade 1 earlier this week.

Mrs. LeDrew was teaching about place value in grade 4/5. One child asked why place value was important. Mrs. LeDrew said, “You are really going to want to pay attention because place value really matters when it comes to your pay cheque.” It provoked such a great discussion filled with rich learning!

We had some hard working JKs and SKs doing some sorting. There also is a few pictures of some JKs and SKs enjoying some of the new toys we received through some additional funding from the board office last year. A huge thanks to Mrs. Cabral, Mrs. Whalen and Mrs. Zammit for collaborating and organizing the purchases in June so they would be ready for September.

Extended Day is already doing some fun art and sharing some positive thoughts. So proud of that group!

Community BBQ…

Remember to Save the Date of Thursday, September 22nd for our BBQ. Staff will be at the BBQ, but they will also need to Eat too :). In order to give all of our staff a meal break and give families with multiple children in different division, we wanted to share the Meal Schedule. Teachers and ECEs will be in their rooms from 5PM to 7PM except for the following times:

5:00 – 5:30 Grade 1, 2 and 3 (Both English and French Immersion)

5:30 – 6:00 Grade 4, 5, and 6

6:00 – 6:30 Grade 7 and 8

6:30 – 7:00 JK and SK Staff

You will see lots of other staff on the yard and get a chance to spend time with other parents and families as well. You might even want to try some GaGa ball that you have been hearing about!

BBQ

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders…

The new safe walkway for students and families was working well. However, there was a lot of congestion in the back parking lot around pick up time. Please do not double park behind others. If you are running late for pick up, it is better and safer for you to park on the street in the designated areas beyond the new student path, and walk to the school. Another option is to wait a few more minutes if mobility is an issue for you. We have supervision at the end of the day until 3:15PM, so you have plenty of time to park, walk and pick up your children if the back lot is full. Also, for our older students, there is a pick up and drop off option in front of the school. The traffic flows both ways along Avenue Road and you are allowed to stop and drop your children off or pick them up along Avenue Road, just beyond our bus lane. There are signs designating the drop off area. You are in the right place if this is your view of our school yard.

This Week at a Glance:

Monday September 12th

  • First Day of School for all of our JK and SK friends together! We are so glad each of you are here.

Tuesday September 13th

  • Remember to complete all School Cash Online Forms

Wednesday September 14th

  • Defender Spirit Wear Day: Dress in Red, Black and Grey Or wear your Spirit Wear!

Thursday September 15th

  • One week until our community BBQ…Remember to drop in next week between 5 and 7 to meet your child’s teacher

Friday September 16th

  • Week 2 in the books. Reminder to make rest and wellness a priority for your family this weekend!

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday Sept  22 – Meet the Teacher Open House and Community BBQ

Tuesday Sept 27 – First CSAC (Catholic School Advisory Council) Meeting at 6PM at Saint Peter. All are welcome!

Wednesday Sept 28 – Rowan’s Law Day for Concussion Awareness (Wear Purple)

Friday Sept 30 – Every Child Matters (Wear Orange)

Friday Sept 30 – Umbrella Assembly at 8:45 AM.

Monday Oct 10 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday Oct 24 – P.A. Day No School

Monday Oct 31 – Happy Halloween

Sunday Nov 6 – ‘Fall back’ Daylight Savings Time Ends

Friday Nov 11 – Remembrance Day

Monday Nov 14 – Diabetes Awareness Day (Wear Blue)

Monday Nov 21 to 25 – Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Monday Nov 21  – Progress Reports Go Home

Thursday Nov 24 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Friday Dec 23 – Last Day of School before Winter Break

Saturday Dec 24 – Christmas Eve

Sunday Dec 25 – Christmas Day

Monday Dec 26 – Boxing Day

Sunday Jan 1 – New Year’s Day

Monday Jan 9 – First Day of School in 2023

Friday Jan 20 – P.A. Day

Thursday Feb 2 – Groundhog Day

Tuesday Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day

Friday Feb 17 – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

Monday Feb 20 – Family Day Holiday

Tuesday Feb 21 – Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday Feb 22 – Ash Wednesday

March 13-17 – March Break

Sunday March 26 – Epilepsy Awareness Day (Wear Purple on Monday)

Friday March 31 – P.A. Day

Thursday April 6 – Holy Thursday

Friday April 7 – Good Friday

Monday April 10 – Easter Monday

Friday April 21 – P.A. Day

May 1-5 – Catholic Education Week

Sunday May 14 – Mother’s Day

Monday May 22 – Victoria Day

Friday June 2 – PA Day

Sunday June 18 – Father’s Day

Wednesday June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day

Tuesday June 27 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

Thursday June 29 – Last Day of School