ST. LUCY CATHOLIC SCHOOL NEWS 25 Kanata Rd., Brampton, Ontario L7A 3R2 Telephone: (905) 840-3121 Fax: (905) 840-6137 NEWSLETTER #8 April 2016 Principal J. Tollis Vice Principal J. Lise Head Secretary D. Cassar Asst. Secretary D. Barreira Parish Guardian Angels (905) 970-9175 www.guardianangelsparish.com Pastor Fr. Jan Gogolewski [email protected] Superintendent S. Steer (905) 890-0708 Trustee D. D’Souza School Council Co-Chairs S. Haidenschuster R. Castellano MPP V. Dhillon School Hours 8:15 9:00 11:00 11:55 12:15 12:55 2:35 3:30 4:00 School Office opens Entry Bell Morning Recess Lunch Lunch Recess Afternoon Bell Afternoon Recess Dismissal School Office closes ENLIGHTENED THROUGH THE EYES OF FAITH e Spring Prayer For flowers that bloom about our feet; For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet; For song of bird, and hum of bee, For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee! For blue of stream and blue of sky; For pleasant shade of branches high, For fragrant air and cooling breeze, For beauty of the blooming trees, Father in heaven, we thank Thee. Amen Teaching Children the Virtue of Love God has given us many guidelines and examples of how to live our lives. He sent his son Jesus to make sure that we could see what life could be like. Jesus made one lesson clear above all lessons - the lesson to love. Love is not about us – it is about forgetting ourselves and looking out for the good of the other. That’s what Jesus did – he forgot about himself on purpose. He chose to give up his life for the good of others – us! Becoming a truly loving person is challenging. It takes prayer and concentration to make little sacrifices for the good of others. Making little sacrifices on purpose so that others will have food, shelter, peace, quiet, fun, and friendship. Practice LOVE by: Being helpful to those in need Using kind and loving words PA DAY – MONDAY, APRIL 11TH On March 30th, students in grades 2 to 6 were able to put their drawing talents to the test. We had a cartoonist from Freeze DNA, who gave the students lessons on how to FAITH ACTIVITIES PUTTING OUR FAITH INTO ACTION Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Toronto are participating in assisting the diocese to raise money to donate to ShareLife efforts…You can work WONDERS! St. Lucy continues to support ShareLife - a huge thank you to everyone who will support our ShareLife donations. UPCOMING SACRAMENTS On April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Guardian Angels Parish, our grade Seven and Eight students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. On May 1, at 3:00 p.m. at Guardian Angels Parish our Grade two students will receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion. Please continue to pray for our Grade 2, 7 and 8 students as they continue to prepare their spiritual faith life to receive these blessed sacraments. Just a reminder to parents that students must be registered and enrolled with Guardian Angles Church in order to receive these sacraments. Please contact the parish for further direction. GUARDIAN ANGELS PARISH Masses are celebrated at: Guardian Angels Parish Hall 10630 Creditview Road, Brampton Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Our Pastor is Father Jan Gogolewski Phone: (905) 970-9175 Fax: (905) 970-1054 [email protected] Easter Mass at St. Lucy is April 7 @9:30 SCHOOL UPDATES ANNUAL OFFENCE DECLARATION FORMS If you already have a Criminal Reference Check on file at the school, please complete the Annual Offence Declaration form so you can continue to be an important and valued member at our school. It is our hope that you can complete this form and return it to the school prior to the end of August so that you can participate in school activities beginning in September 2016. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. BALLROOM DANCING In the past month students in grade 7/8 were practicing their dance moves. They practiced ballroom dancing. The students held a performance for their parents and the school community on Thursday, March 3. It was a great show and this would not have been possible without the help of the intermediate teachers and coaches. CARTOONIST VISITS THE SCHOOL draw characters. CLASS PLACEMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2016 Due to the “tentative” nature of our enrolment for September, teacher assignments and grade placements cannot be finalized until late August. At the beginning of June the staff will be working on drafting tentative class lists for the next school year. This is a complex process, which takes into consideration not only the needs of the individual child, but frames those needs in the context of the larger student group. In each class, we strive for a balance of learning styles, a balance of gender, a balance of learning needs, and a cross-section of abilities. Any parental requests as to the teaching style preferred for your children are to be submitted to Mrs. Tollis in writing by May 16, 2016. Please note that combined classes will continue to exist and are a part of every school. CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK MAY 1-6, 2016 Pope Francis has declared 2016 a “Holy Year of Mercy” as a way for the Catholic church to “make more evident, its mission to be a witness of mercy”. The Holy Year began on December 8, 2015 and will be celebrated until November 20, 2016. Throughout the year, there will be a series of jubilee celebrations on the theme of mercy for teenagers, deacons, the sick and disabled, prisoners, catechists and clergy. As well, Pope Francis opened the Vatican’s Holy Door on December 8th. The Holy Door is opened to evoke the concept of forgiveness which is the main focus of a Holy Year. The theme God’s mercy is illustrated in fifteen of the sixteen bronze panels that make up the Vatican Door. There are seven such Holy Doors in the world, including one in Quebec City. Catholic Education Week 2016 combines both the theme of mercy and the act of opening doors of reconciliation, mercy and forgiveness to all around us. PA DAY- MONDAY, APRIL 11TH. DPCDSB SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS 2016 NO PETS ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is pleased to offer summer programs for elementary students. Literacy Camp for students in Year 2 Kindergarten to Grade 6 and Summer School for Grade 7 and 8 students will be offered once again in 2016. Also, a transition program “Get Ready” will be offered for all students entering Grade 9. Information about these programs will be shared by the school to families of students whom the school is recommending attendance. In the interim, please refer to the DPCDSB Adult and Continuing Education website at: http://www.dpcdsb.org/CEC/Programs/Summer+Learning Yes, those pets can be cute and cuddly, but they can also be unpredictable and scary to children. We want to remind you that pets are not allowed on school grounds PARKING AND KISS N’RIDE We ask that parents continue to use and follow the Kiss N’ Ride procedures that were established in the fall. The Kiss N’ Ride can be a safe and effective way of allowing children to enter and leave the DOWN SYNDROME DAY On March 21st, a number of students wore different socks to school in support of Down Syndrome day. school grounds properly. Also, please avoid making the illegal left turn and moving the pylons. This area is closed off to protect children walking and for the school buses to enter. PIZZA LUNCH E-MAIL-NEWSLETTERS Currently, we have 65% percent of our families signed up to receive the newsletter via e-mail. Please help us in becoming eco-friendly by reducing paper costs. Sign-up to receive school communications via e-mail. If interested, contact the office staff. EQAO DATES Pizza days are back on Tuesday throughout the school year. Please bring a toonie on Tuesday if you would like to buy a slice of pizza. THE GREAT GULP On Wednesday, March 23 our school participated in The Great Gulp challenge that helps to promote drinking tap water. The EQAO Assessment will be occurring between May 25 - June 8, 2016. Grade 3 and 6 students are preparing diligently for this assessment. It is very important that all students are present at school during this time. Please avoid making any appointments during these dates. More information will follow. MOVING? To help us with our planning for next September, it would be appreciated if you could let us know now if you will be moving out of our school area over the summer. If you know of any families moving into the area with children who plan to attend St. Lucy, it would be helpful if you could alert us. SPORTS UPDATES The more information we have, the better we are able to organize staff and students for September. In the absence of accurate information, schools often have to reorganize classes in September due to unexpected fluctuations in population. PA DAY- MONDAY, APRIL 11TH. Basketball season is here!! Intermediate team have been selected and practices are underway. More information will follow regarding tournament dates/times.