OLGC e-Newsletter- November 25th, 2020

November 25th, 2020

Dear Parents,

Last Sunday’s Christ the King Gospel and Father John’s Monday morning talk this week was about showing respect for all, especially and including the poor. In light of the latest government restrictions it may be difficult to purchase the items below for the Agape Street Ministries, but please try nonetheless by adhering to retail stores safety protocols. We ask all families to purchase the assigned items below by this Friday and bring to school as we will create gift bags for the Agape Street Ministries in trying to meet the call to assist the poor:

Please send in the following as you are able:

Kindergarten- gift bags (medium)                    Gr. 1- toothpaste                                 

Gr. 2 - small hand sanitizers                            Gr. 3 - Ladies socks                            

Gr. 4 - ladies deodorant                                               Gr. 5 - Shampoo                                 

Gr. 6 - ladies gloves/mittens                             Gr. 7 - body lotion.

Thank you for your kindness.

Seismic Siren Test

The CISVA Seismic Siren was tested today at 10:00 a.m. Students heard a very loud siren and reacted appropriately by Dropping, Taking Cover and Holding for 60 seconds after which we evacuated the school using out pre assigned Covid exit doors.  Once outside we maintained our social distance between cohorts and all wore their masks.  Well done OLGC, great drill and practice today!

Mass

A skeleton crew of 6 participants including selected Grade Three students will lead this Friday’s 9:00 a.m. virtual school Mass due to the most recent Public Health Orders. The Mass link is: https://youtu.be/GlkKbxDPF2w .

Advent Assemblies 2020

Our students will participate in weekly Advent prayer service assemblies. These will be pre- recorded videos or zoom shared within the school and our community following the schedule below:

  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 1st          -Grades 2 & 5 (Jesse Tree)
  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 8th          -Grade 7 (St. Nicholas & Immaculate Conception)
  • 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 15th        -Grade K and 6 (JOY)

OLGC Daily Health Checks

Thank you for continuing to do your daily health checks with your child and sending your child(ren) with masks on daily and following all school safety protocols. Please remain vigilant in completing health checks daily via the OLGC Health Check Checklist as the numbers keep rising daily.  If you or your child(ren) are sick stay home. Thank you for your understanding and patience during these pandemic tines OLGC Best in BC!

Communicating Student Learning (CSL) Reports-Fall 2020

Our First Term CSL Reports are currently being written by your child’s classroom teacher. The terms to be used this year in communicating a student’s levels of performance in relation to the Learning Standards (Curricular Competencies and Content) as set out in the curriculum are: Emerging, Developing, Proficient, and Extending.  The full description of these terms is located inside the front cover of your child’s report card.

Reports will not be sent out prior to December 1st.

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic we will only hold parent teacher interviews at the request of the teacher or parent via telephone or Zoom calls. Students will be at home for this day as in the past – No School.  Communication between home and school is continuous at this point via different platforms and e-mail and will suffice at this point.

Thank you for understanding the time and effort put into completing student reports.  

Scholastic virtual Book Fair

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to OLGC School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from Nov. 30 - Dec. 11

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:  https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5151016

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

• SAVE it to your browser • WATCH videos of popular new titles • PREVIEW Featured Books

Kindergarten 2021 Sibling Registration

Our sibling 2021 Kindergarten registration has started.  If you have a child who was born in 2016 please fill in and send to the office. This form is for siblings (brothers and sisters) for students who are starting Kindergarten next year.  Please note families who do not return this form by December 11th, may lose their priority for a Kindergarten space next year!  This form will be available on our website in PDFformat and here. Please fill out and return by December 11th.   

Christmas Concert 2020

We are working hard to create our “virtual Christmas Concert” this year. If you have some talent in filming please contact the school office if you are free next Thursday Dec. 3 and Friday Dec. 4 to help out with tech for the Christmas concert. We need at least 2 people to help out with camera, and 1 person with lights and sound. All school safety protocols will be followed.

By December 1st your child will need the following costume:

Kindergarten - cow or donkey or sheep - Mrs. Palitti will let you know what your child will be.

Grade 1 - Sunday Best - dressy

Grade 2 - pageboy hats, Knickerbocker pants, bow ties, suspenders.

Grade 3 - Cowboys / Cowgirls Theme - hats, bandanas, jeans, cowboy boots... yeehaw!

Grade 4 - Broadway glitz and glamour Theme- feather boas, shirts/ ties/ bow ties

Grade  5 – Mexico Theme - sombreros, sashes

Grade 6 - Hawaiian Theme - leis, shorts, Hawaiian shirts, mumu’s

Grade 7 - normal kids

OLGC Holiday Gift Cards
Our Fundscript gift cards fundraiser is under way. There are many popular retailers available to order from.  Fundscript gift cards are a great idea and time saver to purchase for Christmas, family, birthdays, and business gifting.  Please send in all orders by Thursday, November 26th at the latest.

Casual Day for Covenant House – December 4th   

OLGC School will be participating in the Casual Day for Covenant House Friday, December 4th. On this day students will not be required to wear their school uniform if they pay $3.00- otherwise they should come to school in their uniform. This is a very worthwhile Youth Outreach program for our Vancouver Youth. Please plan to participate.

Daily Health Checks and Cleaning

Thank you for continuing to do your daily health checks with your child. Please be vigilant in completing health checks daily via the OLGC Health Check Checklist . As well, regularly clean high touch areas in your home.

Student Pick up/Drop Off

Thank you for adhering to the new drop off and pick up protocols.  Please be reminded to park and walk your children to the daily check-in point.  Please be aware of moving vehicles. On rainy days you may line up as a family under the covered entrance of the Church prior to 8:30 a.m. but you are encouraged to stay in your car with your child until access is granted. Students should not be dropped off as was the practice pre-Covid. Park and walk, please and thank you.

Parent Participation 2020-21 Google From

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 going forward. Here is the link:

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

OLGC Preschool

Our OLGC Preschool is in full swing and is following the school’s health and safety protocols. Preschool is for 3 and 4 year olds.  If you have questions about the Preschool please contact Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225.

OLGC Out of School Care- Expanded Program and Space

We continue to run our before and after school program following the school’s health and safety protocols.  If you need the care call Mrs. Martins at 604-581-3225.  If you need Pro-D Day care reach out to Mrs. Martins. Mrs. Martins will be sending out a letter for those interested in Christmas break care.  We will provide care only if numbers necessitate.

Principal for the Day – Spirit Week 2021

Starting December 3rd you can purchase a $5 square that will give your child the chance to be the Principal of OLGC for the day-Thursday, January 28th, 2021.  We are looking for parents to create the boards and volunteer the time to sell squares for work hours.  Please call the office if you can help.

Work Party:

Our next work party will be held Saturday, December 5th 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.

Work Hours Opportunities

Brian Guze will oversee deep cleaning in each classroom as needed to assist families in completing their 30 work hours commitment once all students and staff have left their classrooms on his work days, usually 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.

If it snows and we do not close due to snow we will gladly offer hours to those who show up with a mask, snow shovel and maintain a 2 meter distance from one another to expedite snow removal at entrance and exits and pathways to the school and property buildings.  The PEC has granted double hours as needed for snow removal.

OLGC Sports

In light of the announcements made by the government last week we will be delaying the start of our Basketball program until January on advisement from the Elementary Athletic Commission. Go Knights Go!

OLGC Knights in Action
We at the school like to recognize the efforts of those who do random acts of kindness throughout the year. Congratulations to our Knights in Action for displaying random acts of kindness.  This week’s Knight in Action winner is Emilee (3) for practicing all weekend for her part in this Friday’s Mass in singing the Psalm. Thanks to all our students for participating.

Shine Club 2020

Sister Cecilia is setting up her Shine Club for the current year and asks those in Grade Six and Seven to join her Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. for those that are interested. Please see her advertising flyer here. Contact Sister at joycecil@daum.net.

John Paul II Academy

St. John Paul II Academy is hosting its 4th Annual Open House on Dec. 2nd at 6:30 pm. This event will be conducted virtually via zoom and we ask all interested parents to register by Nov. 30th so they can provide you with the zoom link. The school is now accepting applications for Gr. 8, 9, 10, & 11 students for the 2021-22 school year interested in a quality Catholic Education provided in a safe, disciplined environment where their small student -teacher ratio provides all students to fulfill their God-given potential.

Please rsvp: skelly@sjp2academy.com to let them know you will be attending.

Holy Cross High School

Mr. Blesch, Holy Cross Principal, will be visiting the Grade Seven class with a mask on and socially distanced from our students December 8th to speak about the school and answer any questions prior to Grade 8 registrations.

Important dates:

  • November 26th   -Funscript Gift Cards Orders due
  • November 27th   -Agape Street Ministries item due
  • December 1st       -Term 1 CSL Report Cards
  • December 2nd      -Zoom Parent Teacher Interviews Day as needed- No School
  • December 4th     -Casual Day for Covenant House -$3.00
  • December 17th    -OLGC Christmas Concert – via YouTube Live
  • December 18th   -Last Day before Christmas break- 12:00 Dismissal.