St Julia Catholic Elementary School St. Julia Catholic 6770 Historic Trail, Mississauga ONT L5W 1J3 (905) 795-2706 Fax: (905) 795-9096 www.dpcdsb.org/JULIA “Togetherness” January 2013 Principal P. Nichols Death is nothing at allI have only slipped away into the next room. Whatever we were to each other we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household word it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; There is absolute, unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I’m out of your sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval very near around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was beforeOnly better, infinitely happier and foreverWe will all be one together with Christ. We cannot see beyond but this I know, I loved you so. ‘Twas heaven here with you. Vice Principal M. Harrison Secretaries A. Charette S. De Carli Superintendent Mississauga Brampton Central L. Kazimowicz Trustee P. Ferreira [email protected] Parish St. Joseph Church 5440 Durie Road 905-826-2766 Adapted from Henry Scott Holland Pastor Fr. Marc-Andre Campbell Fr. Matthias Kim Associate Pastor(s) Fr. Kim De Souza School Hours Start: 8:45 a.m. Lunch: 11:45 to 12:45 Dismissal: 3:15 p.m. JK-SK AM 8:45-11:15 JK-SK PM 12:45—3:15 Attendance Verification Line905-795-2706 press 1 Mark Your Calendars: LUNCH MONITORS NEEDED PA DAY – Monday January 21 Report Cards go home: January 31 First Term interviews: February 7, evening & Friday February 8 (PA DAY) PA DAY-Friday, February 8 Family Day-Monday February 18 March Break-Monday, March11 to Friday, March 15 Saint Julia School is in constant need of Lunch Monitors to assist with student supervision over the lunch hour. This is a wonderful way to become more involved with the school and to contribute to student life. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Harrison at St Julia (905) 795-2706. Weekend Mass Schedule St. Joseph’s Parish 5440 Durie Road (905) 826-2766 Follow us on [email protected] [email protected] Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. AROUND THE HALLS . RUTH On Monday, January 7, 2013 staff and students came together in prayer for a special liturgy in Ruth's memory. Our choir sang beautifully and it was wonderful to see so many of our parents and our trustee Peter Ferreira in attendance. Throughout the day students wrote cards, decorated our altar and filled our front display case with wonderful memories of Ruth. Ruth Katelyn's light will shine brightly at St. Julia school. We will continue with many of the activities we have started such as our annual Run for Ruth to raise funds for Brainchild and the making of Rosary bracelets. The Student Council has chosen to direct some of their fundraising money to begin creating a Peace Garden in memory of Ruth. Each year we will add greenery to our garden during our Year End Mass. On Monday, January 14 our Youth Faith Ambassadors will be selling Rosary bracelets for $3.00 each. All proceeds will go towards the Peace Garden. We would like to thank the Dufferin Peel Educational Resource workers Association for their generous donation towards our Peace Garden. PIZZA LUNCH Please note that the new Dominos Pizza Cycle starts on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and runs until Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (inclusive). SUB FRIDAYS The next cycle for the Sub Days begins on Friday February 15, 2013 and runs until June 21, 2013 (inclusive). INTERNET SAFETY Many students use the Internet as a communication tool. They are using "hot mail" to send and receive messages. At times, students receive messages that are lewd or are sent with an intent to harass or threaten. Listed below are some online Internet safety tips that you may want to refer to when discussing Internet use at home with your child. • Get to know the Internet and any services your child uses. If you don't know how to log on, get your child to show you. Have your child show you what he or she does online, and become familiar with all the things that you can do online. • Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children. Discuss these rules and post them near the computer as a reminder. Remember to monitor your children's compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time your children spend on the computer. • Be sure to make this a family activity. Consider keeping the computer in a family room rather than the child's bedroom. Get to know their "online friends" just as you get to know all of their other friends. PEEL POLICE VISIT On January 9, 2013, St. Julia was pleased to host two members of our Peel Police force for a presentation to our Intermediate students. Our Intermediate teachers were delighted to have the opportunity to tailor the presentation to the needs of their classes. Teachers asked that, in addition to the general themes of cyberbullying, police speak more specifically to the pitfalls regarding use and abuse of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. We would like to thank the Peel Police for their continued cooperation in assuring that Saint Julia students are safe and secure, not only at school and in the neighborhood, but in all their on-line activities as well. AROUND THE HALLS FIRST TERM REPORT CARD AND REPORTING Report cards will be sent home with students in grades 1 to 8 on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Junior and Senior Kindergarten students do not receive a formal report card at this time. A request for Teacher/Parent/Student conferences will be sent home to all parents of students in Junior kindergarten to grade 8. Parents are asked to complete and send the conference form back to the classroom teacher so an interview time can be arranged. You will receive confirmation of the interview schedules on Tuesday, February 5. Interview times have been set aside for the evening of Thursday, February 7 all day and Friday February 8. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you. ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK Please be aware that there are pupils in the school with a severe life threatening food allergy (anaphylaxis). This is a medical reaction that causes a severe reaction to certain allergens and can result in death within minutes. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, please do not send any peanut or nut products to school. Please consider sending non edible items for birthdays, such as stickers, erasers or pencils. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. ALL STAR READING The All Star reading program at St. Julia helps to make our students better readers. Many thanks to our volunteers who work so hard each week. If you are interested in volunteering for this valuable program please contact Ms. Beaty. JUNIOR AND SENIOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2013-14 Registration for Junior and Senior Kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year, will take place at St. Julia the following days: Monday, January 28, 2013 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.* Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. * Snow Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. For more information, call or visit www.dpcdsb.org 2013 ATLANTIC SALMON HATCHERY PROGRAM We are excited to participate in The Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program which offers a classroom Hatchery Program. . Salmon raised in the hatchery become part of the overall number released into the target streams annually. The goals of the program are to: engage students in a large-scale, historic restoration effort; deliver messages on habitat, stewardship, and biodiversity using Atlantic salmon and the Greenbelt as tangible examples of those concepts; foster a sense of ownership and stewardship towards an environment that now has “their” fish; and achieve a broader public awareness for the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program as the students take their experiences with the classroom hatcheries back to their families and communities. This year the grade two students will have the opportunity to “adopt” a salmon and release it into the Credit River in late April- June. The incubator will be placed in the library for all classes to see and share in the experience. We hope to continue this partnership in subsequent years so more students will have this opportunity. WARM WINTER CLOTHING The cold weather has arrived and it is important that all students come to school with warm clothing for playing outside. (Snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves and boots.) Unless weather conditions are extreme, students will go outside during recesses for fresh air. We obtain our information from Environment Canada and follow Board guidelines when making decisions to limit the amount of outdoor play. INDOOR SHOES Please ensure that your child has a pair of shoes to wear indoors in the event that there is an emergency evacuation. Students will not have time to put on shoes, boots or coats. Indoor shoes are important for students to wear to keep their feet warm during the winter months. STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS Student Council Candy Grams were a success again this Christmas season bringing in nearly $400.00 of proceeds towards Share Life. The Student Council would especially like to thank those teachers and students who gave up their morning recesses to sell Candy Grams which made this project a success! PARENT INFORMATION “Every Child, Every Day” Literacy, the ability to read and write effectively, is a goal of every school for their students, and indeed of every parent for their child. In recent years, research has given us insight into which strategies are more and less effective in promoting literacy development. Here, we outline six elements of literacy instruction that research tells us that every child should experience every day. Each of these elements can be implemented in any district and any school, (and in almost any home). All that's necessary is for adults to make the decision to do it. 1. Every child reads something he or she chooses. This is key for motivation. 2. Every child reads accurately. Don’t overmatch a student. Let them be successful. 3. Every child reads something he or she understands. Comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading. 4. Every child writes about something personally meaningful. Worksheets and fill-in-the-blanks don’t allow students to use the conventions of writing to communicate what they want to say. 5. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing. When students analyze, comment, and compare in conversation with peers, comprehension increases. 6. Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud. Listening to an adult model fluent reading increases students' own fluency and comprehension skills. WALKING WEDNESDAYS Walking Wednesdays are backat St. Julia. Yes, Wednesday’s the perfect day to change your routine and and plan to walk to school. Those who walk to school can visit our walking Wednesday helpers at the front of the school upon arrival, where each walker will receive the coveted walking Wednesday hand stamps. Each week, the class with the best participation will be honoured with their name on the Golden shoe of Midas. So make your plan now to join us in walking to school every Wednesday. INTRAMURALS Intramurals began on January 7, 2013 and run until March 1 st, and are fun for everybody! Grades 1,2, &3 participate on Thursdays and Fridays. Grades 4 & 5 participate on Mondays. Grade 6, 7, & 8 participate on Monday, Thursday and Fridays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays students enjoy the reading and games club in the foyer. Thank you to Mrs. Lawrence for organizing these activities. SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS Pancake Tuesday is happening on Tuesday, February 12. If you are able to make pancakes that morning, or donate a griddle, please let Mrs. Kukolic know @ [email protected] BUS CANCELLATION DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER When weather conditions are bad, parents are asked to listen to the local radio stations for announcements of transportation services being cancelled and/or possible school closures. Announcements can be heard on CFRB, CHUM, CKFM, CHWD, CHIN, CFNY, CHAY, CKHW, CFTR, CJCL, CJMR, CBC. The message usually says: “all buses for the Peel District School Board abd the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board have been cancelled.” If the announcement says Dufferin County, that is not our Board. You may also refer to the stopr website at: www.Stopr.ca Healthy tips for parents – Head Lice Facts: Head lice are tiny insects. They live in hair, eyebrows and eyelashes of humans. Head lice cannot be spread between animals or pets and humans. Head lice are not a health hazard. Anyone can get head lice. It has nothing to do with being dirty or clean. Finds: You may notice your child itching or scratching their head and neck. Check for tiny white or grey coloured eggs called nits. Nits may look like dandruff stuck to the hair shaft however, they are difficult to remove. Notify close contacts and your child’s school if you find live lice. Treat: Information about chemical treatments are available from your pharmacist, doctor and the Region of Peel-Public Health. Only treat your child if you can see live head lice. You can choose to remove nits from the hair after treating, though it if not necessary. Do a second treatment 7 days after the first one to make sure any newly hatched lice are also killed. Tips: Be sensitive to your child’s feelings. Many parents and children may feel embarrassed. Avoid sharing combs, brushes etc. Tie back long hair. New Year’s Resolutions! DPCDSB Community Programs from Adult and Continuing Education Computer ABC’s Day Program, Car Maintenance for women, Secondary Night School Credit, French as a second Language, Adult coop and Credit, General Interest Programs, International Languages, English as a second Language, Citizenship and ESL Classes, Health and Fitness and more! Register now for lifelong learning opportunities! Call 905-891-9263 ext. 0 or www.dpcdsb.org/cec/cne Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Catholic School Climate Survey “Love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12 Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), The Ontario Ministry of Education directive on Safe Schools, Positive School Climate and its Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy require that all schools across the province implement a School Climate Survey for students every two years. Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board finds its direction and educational mission in the teachings of Christ as revealed through Scripture, Church Tradition, and Church Teaching. The board and its school communities are comprised of a faith-centred Eucharistic people who strive to form communities of learning that are Christ-centred, inclusive and reflective of a culture that respects and cherishes life for all. As a Catholic school board, Dufferin-Peel has applied its distinctive Catholic lens to the Ministry of Education’s pillar: Community, Culture and Caring. A key component of this pillar in our board is the Catholic Community, Culture and Caring School Climate Survey. Beginning in mid-January 2013, and in support of the board’s Safe, Caring, Inclusive and Healthy School Communities’ initiative, Dufferin-Peel will be administering its Catholic Community Culture and Caring School Climate Survey to students, as appropriate, in Grades 3 to 12. The data from this survey will allow our school to understand the school climate from the students’ perspectives. The survey will be confidential and anonymous in nature, and will take approximately 20 minutes. The survey contains questions about students’ general information (i.e., school name, grade, gender, years at the school), general safety and inclusion (i.e., feeling safe, concerns, feeling welcome and included, etc.), general school climate (i.e., friendly, accessible, inclusive, etc.) and will provide opportunities to identify bullying concerns and/or pro-active supports in bullying prevention. In addition to the student survey, parents/guardians are also invited to participate in an on-line survey. The parent/guardian survey is intended to allow parents/guardians to share their child’s/children’s school climate experience at school. There are two versions of the survey: one for parents/ guardians of students in elementary school (Kindergarten to Grade 8) and one for parents/guardians of students in secondary school (Grades 9-12). The parent/guardian surveys will be posted on the board’s website at www.dpcdsb.org between January 22 and February 28, 2013. The survey links are: Elementary: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCCCSurveyK8 Secondary: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCCCSurvey9to12) The surveys may provide opportunities for conversation with your son(s)/daughter(s) regarding inclusivity and well-being at school. Please contact the school if you have any additional questions, concerns, or comments. Thank you for your support of improved student achievement and well-being. Sincerely, P. Nichols Principal Thank You from the St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Joseph Parish Conference We are very grateful for such a generous community response to our Christmas Hamper Project 2012. With your generous assistance we were able to: Provide Christmas Hampers to 168 families Make 306 children happy Christmas morning Assist 285 parents/adults Collect & distribute many cases of non-perishable foods Collect & distribute many toys, mittens, hats, sweaters & socks Distribute dozens of shoes May God continue to bless you for the kindness and generosity shown to others!