San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School 100 Barondale Dr Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3R1 (905) 501-0400 Fax (905) 501-9275 http://www.dpcdsb.org/LRUIZ Volume 2,Issue 5 January 2014 Principal L. Scardicchio Vice-Principal D. Brkic Secretaries G. Brazeau N. Hajdinjak Parish St. Francis Xavier Parish Pastor Msgr. Edgardo Pan Welcome Back! Happy New Year! As we return from the holidays having had an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and a chance to renew our bodies and spirits, it is an excellent time to reflect on the past year as well as a time to take stock and to look forward to the new year and the remainder of the academic year. At this time we are presented with an excellent chance to renew our commitment to be the best that we can be in all facets of our lives. Each of us takes on different roles within our lives: daughter or son, brother or sister, student, classmate, friend or team-mate, but throughout all of these roles we are called to be disciples of Jesus. (905) 890-5290 Trustee T. Thomas (905) 890-1221 Superintendent As we start this new year, together again as a school community, it is an excellent time to think about what it means to be one of Jesus’ followers in each aspect of our lives and make a resolution to demonstrate this vision each day. L. Papaloni School Council Chairs Silvia Rinaldi Attendance We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and families of San Lorenzo Ruiz School a Happy New Year. We hope this coming year is filled with many blessings for you and your loved ones. Verification Line (905) 501-0400 Press #1 L. Scardicchio Principal D. Brkic Vice-Principal Blessings for a New Year P.A. DAY JANUARY 20 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS LUNCH TIME If you are taking your child out for lunch, please be aware that you or your designate must come in to the front foyer to meet the child. Children cannot wait outside for pickup. Students must be signed out and into school via the binder in the main office if entry or exit times are different from regular school hours. BUS INFORMATION If you are looking for general bus information or information specific to your child, you may check the Student Transportation website at www.stopr.ca Daily information about delayed before and after school bus runs may also be found on this site. Holy Father, God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows, We praise You for Your unequaled greatness. Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead. Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more, to teach our children to laugh by laughing with them and to teach others to love by loving them. When Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us so that Love could be with us, that we could know You, and that we could share Love with others. Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise, in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards, in the stories of our elderly, and the fantasies of our children. Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs, so that we may know You better and better. We rejoice in the world You loved into being. Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day. We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others. Forgive us for falling short this past year. We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us. We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want. I say it again, we rejoice! In Jesus’ name, Amen. VIRTUE OF THE MONTH: SELF-CONTROL From the perspective of the Catholic Graduate Expectations, a Person of Self-Control… Is patient Knows how to wait his/her turn Adapts to situations in light of the common good Can calm him/herself down and think before reacting to situations Knows how to avoid physical aggression (e.g., hitting, kicking, pushing, fighting, etc.) Thinks first about what is best to do for everyone in the group Has a positive, confident sense of self and others Thinks reflectively to solve problems Applies effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving & resource management skills Reflects on personal values, abilities and aspirations Page 2 Participates in leisure and fitness activities for a balanced and healthy lifestyle God has given us the ability to choose. We are able to control how we react to what happens around us. We may feel pressure from inside or from outside ourselves to react aggressively to a situation. We’ve all “lost it” at one time or another. We are never proud of those moments. As soon as they happen, we make a promise that they will not happen again. Through prayer and concentration, we can get better at controlling our reactions. God wants us to do what we know and feel is right. San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School ANGELS AMONG US Our Angels Among Us/St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Charity was an amazing success. We received a wide variety of gifts and gift certificates for boys and girls of 0—18 years old. The San Lorenzo Ruiz spirit and generosity is amazing and we know that we have made so many children’s Christmas better. A special thank you to our dedicated student council who came every morning to help collect and organize presents. The DPCDSB social workers were impressed by their effort! Thank you San Lorenzo Ruiz school community for your generosity and continued support to spread the Christmas spirit to children in our Dufferin-Peel community. FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year, will be held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary schools on the following days: January 27 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. January 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. January 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. January 31 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. A snow date has been designated on January 28 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Dufferin-Peel will be offering the Full-Day Kindergarten program in all 123 Catholic elementary schools in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Bolton and Orangeville. Registration materials will be available for pick-up at the schools by January 13. Parents/guardians are to register their child in person at their designated Catholic school. To find out which Catholic school is in your area, please contact our Planning Department at 905-890-0708 ext. 24440. Parents/Guardians should bring the following documents when registering their child: Proof of age of the child (birth certificate or passport) Original Catholic Baptismal Certificate of the Roman, Greek or Ukrainian Rite, for parent (one) and child (if the child has not been baptized, a letter of counseling with the parish priest, to complete the process will be accepted. Updated immunization records Proof of home address (utility bill, bank or credit card statement) Proof of English Separate School support (may be done at the time of registration by completing an Application For the Direction of School Support and/or Separate School Lease Agreement available at the school. Volume 2,Issue 5 Page 3 Kindergarten entry planning information session for parents of children with special needs PARISH OFFICE HOURS Monday Evening 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Tues-Fri. 9:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sat. 3:30— 6 p.m. Sun. Before/After Masses SCHOOL COUNCIL The next meeting of the Catholic School Advisory Council is on March 5, 2014 CCCSC MBC Family meeting is on Jan 16 at St. Julia 6:30 pm On Wednesday, January 22, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Special Education and Support Services Department will host a Kindergarten entry planning information session. This meeting is for parents and guardians of children with special needs which affect their learning, such as vision, hearing, physical, developmental or autism, who are entering Kindergarten in September 2014. The meeting will be held at the Catholic Education Centre from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information about this session, call 905-890-0708 ext. 24284. WHAT: Kindergarten Entry Planning for Children with Special Needs – Parent Information Session WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Catholic Education Centre – Room 301 (Third Floor) 40 Matheson Boulevard West, Mississauga (Hurontario & Matheson) Important Sacramental Preparation Dates Jan. 7: Confirmation Parent Meeting with Bishop Boissonneau at 7 p.m. at the parish Jan. 20: Confirmation Preparation Mass at 7 p.m. at church Jan. 23: First Reconciliation at 9:15 a.m. at church Jan. 30: Confirmation Preparation Mass at 7 p.m. at church May 3: First Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m. at church May 15: Confirmation at 7:00 p.m. at church EXTENDED FRENCH INFORMATION MEETING Grade 4 parent(s)/guardian(s), who wish to enroll their child in a Grade 5 Extended French class for September, 2014 are invited to attend an information meeting at San Lorenzo Ruiz School on January 14th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. At the present time, our school is the designated centre for our area. Applications will be accepted at San Lorenzo Ruiz until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th, 2014. VOLUNTEERS Any individual who works as an employee of the Board or volunteers to assist with our programs MUST have a Criminal Reference Check (CRC) completed by the Peel Regional Police. For volunteers, CRC are free of charge. Forms are provided through the office. Page 4 San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL HERITAGE The next installment in understanding our Catholic Schools heritage: 3. Why did the United Legislature of Canada East and Canada West keep improving separate school legislation? It responded to Catholic parents, trustees, bishops and priests, editors of the four Catholic newspapers, members of the business and professional world, all of whom argued for legal and financial rights for separate schools. 4. Was there opposition to separate schools before Confederation? Yes, as now, there were advocates of one school system. Protestant spokepersons believed in the adequacy of the common (now public) school’s basic nondenominational Christianity, which constituted an important element of the common school’s religion lessons and their readers. They held that beliefs specific to certain religions should be taught in the churches and homes. DPCDSB RE_ACCLAIMS MARIO PASCUCCI AS CHAIR AND ELECTS SHARON HOBIN AS VICE-CHAIR Incumbent Mario Pascucci was re-acclaimed as chair of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board at the board’s annual organizational meeting held on December 3. During his 30 years as a trustee, Mr. Pascucci, who represents Mississauga Wards 1 & 3, has served in various leadership capacities, including three previous terms as chair of the board. He has also served as chair of the board’s Administration and Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Faith and Program Committee. Volume 2,Issue 5 Sharon Hobin, trustee for Mississauga Wards 2 and 8 was elected vice-chair, a position she held on two previous occasions. Ms. Hobin has also chaired the board’s Faith and Program Committee, and Administration and Finance Committee, a committee on which she also served for two years as vice-chair. She has sat on the board’s Challenged Materials Committee, Discipline Committee, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning) Committee. “Catholic education in Dufferin-Peel continues to thrive because so many believe strongly in the distinctive brand of values and morals-based education that our Catholic system provides,” said Mr. Kostoff at the board’s organizational meeting. OAPCE—ANNUAL PARENT CONFERENCE AND AGM The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE), the voice of parents and guardians whose children are enrolled in the Publicly Funded Catholic System of Education in the Province of Ontario, is holding its 75th annual conference in May 2014. The conference is open to all parents and educators who support and value Catholic education. Please visit our school website or http:// oapce.on.ca/oapce/ for more information. WINTER ATTIRE A reminder to all parents and guardians that as the cold weather is upon us, students will need to be dressed appropriately for outdoor weather. It is important for students to have a winter jacket, hat, mittens or gloves and boots so that they are able to enjoy outdoor recess in the colder months. Please remind your son/ daughter to ensure that if they wear these items to school, they are expected to wear them for recesses. Thank you for your cooperation. Page 5 INCLEMENT WEATHER/BUS CANCELLATIONS During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio stations: CKFM CFNY CHIN CFRB CHUM CJCL CHAY Q107 DC103FM CHFI CJMR CHWO 680News AM640 CISS FM CHEZ CBC CIAO CJBC(Fr.) You can also check the following website for delays or cancellations: http://www.stopr.ca SNOW AND ICE Now that the cold months have arrived and snow and ice are plentiful, a reminder of our safety policy is warranted. Throwing snowballs and sliding on ice are not allowed. As much fun as snow and ice are, they can be very dangerous when there are many people in one area. Most student injuries happen during the winter months. In order for our school to be as safe as possible, the school rule must be that snow stays on the ground—no snowballs, kicking snow or any other activity with snow or ice that could be harmful. Please take a few moments to reinforce these important safety rules with your children. May we suggest that you save this site as favourite in your browser for easy reference. Please make sure that the announcement is for the DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD. If buses are cancelled and parents or guardians choose to bring their child to school, it is also their responsibility to pick them up at the end of the day. Volume 4 Web Resources: Primary: Measurement Clifford Big Red Dog Measuring Up People with measurement sense have an understanding of the “howmuchness” of different standard units. (A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, K-3, Measurement) http://pbskids.org/games/math.html Junior: Units of Measure www.onlinemathlearning.com Family Math Activities Grades K-2 Compare large cans with small cans and large boxes with small boxes. Which one is big? Which one is small? How do you know? Talk about heavy versus light items in a grocery store Find the shortest and longest line in a grocery store Estimate the number of footsteps between two trees on your walk Keep a record of the daily temperature outside and your child’s outdoor activities. After a few weeks, ask your child to look at the record and see how the temperature affected his or her activities Grades 3-6 Have your child use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the dimensions of various household items (e.g. food containers). Encourage your child to estimate the dimensions before measuring Discuss how far a kilometer is Walk a kilometer together – estimate the distance between two objects while on your walk Grades 7 and 8 Measurement Game Show www.resources.elearningontario.ca (OERB) Ontario Education Resource Bank: user id “dpcdsbstudent” Password “oerbs” Elementary Program Team 2012 January 2014 Sun 5 12 19 Mon Wed Thu Sat 2 3 CHRISTMAS BREAK CHRISTMAS BREAK CHRISTMAS BREAK 8 9 10 11 15 16 17 18 24 25 7 RETURN TO SCHOOL CONFIRMATION PARENT MEETING WITH BISHOP BOISSONNEAU AT 7 PM AT PARISH 13 14 PIZZA TWICE/MONTH ONLY EXTENDED FRENCH INFORMATION MEETING SAN LORENZO RUIZ 7:00 PM 20 21 YOUTH FAITH AMBASSADORS COMMISSIONING AT CHURCH 10: 00 A.M. SUB DAY TERM 2 BEGINS 22 KINDERGARTEN ENTRY PLANNING INFORMATION SESSION FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 7:00 PM—8:00 PM AT CEC 23 FIRST RECONCILIATION AT 9:15AM AT CHURCH 28 FDK REGISTRATION SNOW DATE 7:00—9:00 PM 29 FDK REGISTRATION 9:00 AM—11:00 AM 1:00 PM—3:00 PM 30 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MASS AT 7 PM AT CHURCH FDK REGISTRATION 27 PIZZA DAY ONCE/MONTH TWICE/MONTH FDK REGISTRATION 7:00 PM—9:00 PM Fri 1 6 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MASS & 7 PM AT PARISH PA DAY 26 Tue SKATING GR. 4 AND 5 9:00 AM—11:00 AM 1:00 PM—3:00 PM SKATING GR. 4 AND 5 31 FDK REGISTRATION 9:00 AM—11:00 AM 1:00 PM—3:00 PM 4 February 2014 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 REPORT CARDS GO HOME 5 6 INTERVIEW EVENING 7 8 9 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION MASS 12:00 p.m. 10 PIZZA– TWICE/MONTH 11 12 DEADLINE FOR EF APPLICATIONS 3:00 PM 13 14 VALENTINE’S DAY 15 16 17 FAMILY DAY (NO SCHOOL) 18 SUB DAY 19 20 SCHOOL RECONCILIATION 9:00 AM 21 22 23 24 PIZZA ONCE/MONTH TWICE/MONTH 25 26 27 28 Dufferin-Peel Catholic Institute for International Education International Student Program Now Accepting Applications The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is now accepting applications from international students who wish to study in our outstanding elementary and secondary schools. Education means the world to us. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) is Ontario’s second largest Catholic school board operating 149 school facilities (including 123 elementary and 26 secondary schools) throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. Schools are connected to and supported by Catholic parishes and our faith. Internationally recognized for excellence in education. One of the truly defining characteristics of a Dufferin-Peel education is the diversity that comes with having a student body from over 150 countries. We celebrate both our internationalism and the uniqueness of each member of our community - students, staff, parents, and parish. As a school community we are greatly enriched by this diversity. Opening minds to a better world. Located just west of the City of Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and less than a 90 minute drive to Niagara Falls and the U.S. border, Dufferin-Peel is home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport with non-stop service to 180 destinations in 60 countries around the world. Plus, the region boasts an extensive network of local and regional train and bus services with direct connections to 16 universities and colleges within a 60 kilometre radius. Students wishing to apply to our International Education programs are encouraged to visit our website at www.dpcdsb.org/CEC/Programs/International+Students/ or to contact: Rita Borg, Principal of the International Student Program [email protected] (905) 412-3341 Ext. 31460 UPDATE: Ice Storm Recovery at DPCDSB Sites January 3, 2014 To our community, We hope everyone had a safe Christmas break and look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday January 6, 2014. As you know, our school communities experienced a significant ice storm over the winter break. Our custodial and maintenance staff continue to work with plant services contractors to remove ice and snow, broken tree branches and other debris from our sites, however it is difficult work that will extend into next week. For everyone’s safety, please note the following: Please walk carefully when on school/board property; do not run. Please ensure students dress appropriately for the conditions. We ask all visitors to wear proper footwear for the conditions, including boots/shoes with non-slip soles. Although efforts have been undertaken to clear sidewalks, paths, patches, parking lots and paved play areas, in some cases these efforts were less than successful due to the ongoing freezing temperatures combined with the base of ice resulting from the ice storm. These situations will continue to be addressed. Our parking lots do have ice buildup. Please exercise caution when leaving your vehicles. As always, please drive safely. Every effort is being made to remove all downed trees/limbs and hanging branches at our sites. To this end, there might still be some branches at our sites awaiting removal next week. Please be aware of this when on our property. As this situation will change daily, please note when we use pylons to indicate unsafe areas to avoid. Also, the City of Brampton and the City of Mississauga have asked residents to avoid City parks due to icy conditions, downed trees and falling branches. Please let us know if you see any concerns while on our school/board properties. We thank our custodial and maintenance staff for their hard work in preparing our sites for next week under some very challenging conditions.