NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2015 5820 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 5J9 Telephone: (905) 814-9216 Fax: (905) 814-9217 In Flanders Fields Principal D. Della Rossa In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Secretary S. Droy Superintendent Mississauga North T. Cruz Parish Merciful Redeemer Parish Phone: 905-812-0030 Pastor Fr. Vid Vlasic Associate Pastor Fr. Scott Birchall School Council Co-Chair Cristina Gouveia School Council Co-Chair Michelle Martinovic Trustee Esther O’Toole Ward 9 Phone: 905-812-5163 Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Principal’s Message In November, we pause and remember our loved ones and our saints who are part of our faith community. As we approach November 11th, we need to take the time to pause, thank and reflect on the many men and women who have died and continue to fight for the freedoms that we enjoy. We will see many wearing the red poppy in honour of all war veterans. We work to keep their memories and our quest for peace alive by wearing a poppy and through liturgies that commemorate the bravery of these veterans. On Remembrance Day our school will be gathering in the gym at 10:45am to participate in an assembly. Please join us. We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff for their support and to the parent volunteers for the countless hours spent on making this a great success. Also, a special thanks to our parents who co-ordinate the Pizza Fridays, Yearbook, Poinsettia, Cineplex and Christmas Bazaar fundraiser. Thank you to all volunteers for your time, presence and dedication in helping our school. On November 16th, our school pastoral plan will be posted on the school website under the Faith tab. If you would like a paper copy please contact the school. The pastoral plan details our home, school and parish events that support the liturgical, sacramental and social outreach event that our school community will work towards throughout the year. Attendance Verification Phone: 905-814-9216 Our 2015-2016 Our Lady of Mercy School yearbook is underway. The yearbook will capture the story that unfolds this year at school. Thank you to the parents who have shown dedication and commitment in creating the yearbook. Web Site www.dpcdsb.org/OLMCY Many thanks to the entire Our Lady of Mercy community for your ongoing support and partnership. God bless, DPCDSB is now on Twitter! For the latest board news and information, follow us @DPCDSBSchools. D. Della Rossa TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th Progress Reports Sent Home Scarce heard amid the guns below.\ We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders Fields. Lt. John McCrae Our Catholic School Heritage 1. How long have Catholic separate schools been educating Catholic children and contributing to the public good in Ontario? For about 170 years. In the early 1800s there were separate schools in many cities, towns and townships. In Peel, three separate schools opened before Confederation (1867): St. James in Malton in the 1830s, St. John’s Agricultural College (1861) and St. Patrick’s (1861), both in Wildfield. School News School Operations ARRIVING ON TIME FOR SCHOOL Please ensure that your child arrives at school between Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School welcomes new Grade 5s from Divine Mercy 8:30 and 8:45 am so they are able to line up with their class to enter the school in the morning. LATES – Late for School – Please, Report to the Office To ensure safe arrival, late students need to report to the office rather than proceed to the back of the school where students may find themselves locked out! School begin at 8:45am. DRESSING FOR COLD WEATHER Soon we will be experiencing cold weather and with winter on its way, we need to prepare. It is important for students to come prepared to participate in all activities, including outdoor recess. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the forthcoming colder weather, including having hats, boots and mittens/gloves as winter approaches. COLD AND FLU SEASON In colder weather, we receive requests to allow children to remain indoors when students have a cold or the flu. Please note that we cannot comply, as we have neither the facilities nor the staff to supervise these students. Please use discretion in keeping your child at home to recover if they are ill. A child who is coughing, wheezing, etc. is not in a state to learn and will only infect others. If your child is well enough to attend school, he/she should be well enough to go outside at recess. INDOOR/OUTDOOR SHOES In order to keep our students warm and comfortable and to help keep their workplace clean, please ensure that your child has a pair of “indoor shoes”. It will reduce the amount of dirt and mud brought indoors. It will also assist our custodial staff in keeping our school clean. It is also important because if the fire alarm goes off they cannot stop to put shoes on. VALUABLES Students are reminded not to bring valuables such as personal electronic devices, toys, or personal items of importance. The school does not accept responsibility for lost or missing valuables. The French Immersion Program at Divine Mercy Elementary School was established as a Grades 1 to 4 program with Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School as the sister site that would continue the program for students in Grades 5 to 8. We are excited to welcome the new Grade 5 students at Our Lady of Mercy. Administrators of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Mercy will be working closely together to support a variety of transition activities. Please contact the school office should you have any further questions. FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION MEETING Year 2 Kindergarten parent(s)/guardian(s), who wish to enroll their child in a Grade 1 French Immersion class for September, 2016 are invited to attend an information French Immersion centres Our Lady of Providence St. Angela Merici St .Joachim Session location St. Gertrude St. Pio of Pietrelcina St. Pio of Petrelcina Tues. November 10, 2015 7:00 p.m. Divine Mercy St. Elizabeth Seton St .Margaret of Scotland St. Margaret of Scotland Thurs. November 12, 2015 7:00 p.m. St. Angela Merici Wed. November 11, 2015 7:00 p.m. meeting at: EXTENDED FRENCH INFORMATION MEETING Grade 4 parents/guardians who wish to enroll their child in a Grade 5 Extended French class for September, 2016 are invited to attend an information meeting at:: School: St. Therese of the Child Jesus Address: 6930 Mount Forest Drive Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016 Time: 7:00 P.M. School Council News AFTERSCHOOL GAMES AND SPECTATORS Please be advised that students who are remaining after school to watch Our Lady of Mercy sporting events need to be accompanied by an adult. There is no supervision at this time and it poses a safety concern. We thank you in advance for your un- Please join us for our next Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting: Wed. Nov. 25, 2015 @ 6:30PM Celebrating Our Virtues & Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations Social Justice Outreach Eden Food Bank has changed its name to Eden Food for Change Toonie Tuesday - Nov. 19th, 2015 God helps us to choose to be good people. A person of conscience… chooses to do the right thing, even when it is hard takes time to think and pray before making decisions knows that their actions and decisions affect all those around them thinks of others before themselves says sorry and tries to make up for their actions Our Daily Prayer for November Let us now pray For the grace and strength to be people of conscience—people who know the good and decent way to act, and then choose to act that way. AMEN. Every month we will be celebrating students who demonstrate the virtues. We will add leaves with their names onto the Virtue Tree in our front hallway. Student names will continue to be announced at the end of the month as we celebrate our monthly Grade Eight Youth Faith Ambassador student led liturgies. Eden Community Food Bank 3051 Battleford Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 4Z9 Phone: 905-785-3651 Eden Food for Change works to be a place where everyone in western Mississauga can be a part of a community focused on good food. Through our food bank we provide access to nutritionally balanced groceries. Our kitchen programs teach people the skills and knowledge to provide healthy meals. We also seek to provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to help build a stronger community – with a focus on food – because who doesn’t love good food. Eden Food for Change – Good Food For All! Eden Food For Change pr ovides food and other assistance to hungry families in the L5N, L5M, L5L and L5K postal code areas of western Mississauga. By simply donating a toonie on Tuesday November 19th. You will help to make a huge difference in the lives of those who go hungry in our community. Your support is needed more than ever, so please help us take a bite out of hunger. OCGSE: A Life-Long Learner Health and Safety A life –long learner At our Opening Mass our Grade 8s were commissioned as Youth Faith Ambassadors. They will lead the school in monthly faith liturgies where we will recognize students with monthly virtues. Family Advent Mass Everyone is invited to attend the Family Advent Mass on Tuesday, December 8th at 9:30 a.m. at the School. Come and join in our Advent celebration! LOCKDOWN PRACTICE As mandated by the Ministry of Education, we will have our practice lockdown procedure Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Lockdown pr ocedur es ar e par t of our systematic safety plan that includes fire drills and visitor security protocols. A lockdown could occur in the event of a dangerous situation occurring in or around the school. We will have our Community Officers from Peel Police support us through this drill. A call will be made over the P.A. system indicating that a practice lockdown procedure is taking place. All staff and students then will follow the emergency procedures established for this drill which could include getting low to the ground, moving away from windows and doors, closing doors and turning off lights. Students are warned ahead of time to reduce any anxiety of what may occur in a drill of this type. Please feel free to discuss this drill with your child. Anaphylaxis Dates to Remember November Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis Our Lady of Mercy is an allergen aware school. There are pupils in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods. Exposure to the smallest quantities can cause severe life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings, medications, exercise and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. Safety of all our students is paramount. 1 All Saints Day 1 Daylight Savings– Turn Clocks Back an Hour 2 All Souls Day 3 Youth Officer Visits 3 Lockdown Practice 4 Gr. 8-Confirmation Retreat-Mt. Alverno We at Our Lady of Mercy, would appreciate the cooperation of the entire school community by NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain any ingredients identified as food allergens for students in your child’s class. 11 Remembrance Day Assembly (AM) Please make sure that all of your children’s caregivers are aware of the food restrictions. We also ask that you review the letters that were sent home at the beginning of the school year that spoke to specific allergens in your child’s classroom. 19 Learning Skills Day For celebrations, we are once again asking that food NOT be brought into the school since we cannot control the ingredients in many baked items. 25 Catholic School Advisory Council [email protected] 6:30PM If you have any questions please talk to your child’s teacher or to school staff. Your co-operation in helping to keep all our pupils safe is greatly appreciated. 12 Flag Football @ Loyola 16 Poinsettia Orders Due 17 Progress Reports Go Home 19 Progress Report Interview Evening 20 School Public Speaking Competition 21 Confirmation–Presentation of [email protected]:00 PM 24 Photo Retake Day, Youth Officer Visits 25 Rosary Apostolate Visits 26 Gr. 7-Confirmation Retreat-Mt. Alverno 30 First Communion and Confirmation Parent Make – Up Meeting @ Merciful Redeemer 7:00P.M. December CASUAL FRIDAYS You may observe that the staff dress in a casual manner on Fridays. Through staff donations made on these Fridays, we are supporting the United Way of Peel or ShareLife. 1 Poinsettia Pick-Up 4 St. Aloysius Gonzaga Music Concert (PM) 8 Advent Mass - 9:30 am. at Our Lady of Mercy 9 Rosary Apostolate Visits 17 Christmas Bazaar 18 Christmas Sing-a-Long (AM)/Int. Dance( PM) 18 Last day of school before Christmas Break .