Pauline Vanier Catholic School

March 2014 Newsletter
EQAO Primary and Junior Assessments
Pauline Vanier
Catholic School
56 Oaklea Blvd,
Brampton, Ontario, L6Y
Fax: 905-455-3406
I. Maas
L. Papaloni
A. daSilva
Head Secretary:
T. Winckler
St. Jerome’s Parish
8530 Chinguacousy Rd.
Fax: 905-450-6326
Pastor: Fr. Jan
School Council Chair
K. LaNave
A Prayer for Lent
Dear God.
In love for us you sent Jesus
To save us from our sins.
Have mercy on your people today
And help us to begin this time of Lent.
Forgive us our sins and help us
To turn back to your love.
We ask this through
Jesus Christ your son.
Ash Wednesday
The penitential season began on Ash
Wednesday, which was Wednesday, March
5, 2014. Our students received ashes after a
short liturgy on that day. Ashes have been
a symbol, since early Biblical times, as repentance for sin or a sign of grief in mourning. Ashes are from the charred remains on
Palm Sunday the pervious year and are
used to make the sign of the cross on the
forehead for the believer. The connection of
Palm Sunday and Ash Wednesday is appropriate since Jesus’ triumphant entry into
Jerusalem led him quickly to his death.
The season of Lent lasts for 40 days (not
counting Sundays) and the Church calls us
all to alms giving, prayer and fasting.
Through our religion classes, the teachers
are encouraging the children to practice our
commitment in a number of ways.
Each student in Grades 3 and 6 in Ontario
will be assessed in Reading, Writing and
Math for a period of days beginning Monday May 26th through Friday, June 6th,
2014. Kindly avoid booking dental, doctor
and other appointments during this period.
If you have a child in either grade 3 or 6 you
will receive specific communication and
information regarding the Provincial Assessment just prior to the start of the testing.
Important Immunization Message from
Peel Public Health
Peel Public Health will be reviewing immunization records of all students at our
school from March to June 2014.
Peel Public Health must have proof that
your child has been fully vaccinated
(immunized) according to the Ontario immunization schedule. During the record
review, you will receive a letter from Peel
Public Health if your child’s record is incomplete. It will tell you what vaccinations
your child needs to meet the requirements
for Ontario.
Immunization records are considered incomplete if:
Peel Public Health has not received
your child’s vaccination record or
 Your child’s record does not show
that he/she has had all the required
doses of vaccine (e.g. infant and
booster doses) or
 You do not have a valid exemption
from immunization for your child
If you receive a letter, please be sure your
child has received the required vaccination
(s), then give the date(s) to Peel Public
Learning and Growing Together with God
Health immediately to update your child’s record.
For more information please call Peel Public Health at 905- If you would like to continue to be granted permission un799-7700 or visit
der this procedure for the 2014-2015 school year, please put
Translation services are available.
your request in writing to Ms. Maas by Friday March 28,
2014. Confirmations for Flex Boundary will be sent out in
May for grade 1 to 8.
Personal Electronic Devices
Safe School Departure
We would like to remind parents and students of the
Dufferin-Peel Personal Electronic Devices policy which
To promote respect for the dignity of all members of our school
community and to enhance student achievement and safety, the
use of a PED is strictly prohibited in the school (including portables) or during school related activities (such as retreats, field
trips, sports events, etc.).
Parents who are picking up children at the end of the day
are strongly encouraged to use the Kiss “N” Ride. If you
are meeting your child(ren) you are asked to meet them
outside the exit that your child(ren) use at recess times.
The front foyer has a great number of students exiting at
dismissal time and parents and other adults waiting to pick
up children causes congestion and sometimes an unsafe
Failure to comply with this policy may result in the confiscation
of the PED and/or disciplinary action as outlined in the Catholic
Are You Moving?
Code of Conduct 2001. The school and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic
District School Board assume no responsibility for the loss, recovSchool organization for next year is in the planning stages. ery, repair or replacement for any PED brought unto school
Timelines for making decisions about the number of classes property.
and teacher assignments will be tentatively determined by It is the policy of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
the end of June. To help us with our planning for Septem- that PEDs are to be kept out-of-sight, turned off and not used
within school premises or during school sanctioned events. To
ber 2014, it would be appreciated if you could let us know
prevent the loss or damage of PEDs, the school encourages stunow if you will be moving out of our school area in the
dents to leave their PEDs at home.
near future or over the summer.
March Virtue of the Month is KINDNESS
Flexible Boundary Procedure
A reminder to parents/guardians of students currently in
grades SK to grade 8 and are at Pauline Vanier School under Flexible Boundary.
This procedure is reviewed annually.
Permission is granted under the following conditions:
i) Transportation is your responsibility. The Board will not
provide either transportation or additional supervision for
students admitted under this procedure.
ii) This permission for attendance will be reviewed by the
Principal, annually, no later than the end of March.
iii) The student admitted under this procedure does not
automatically become eligible for the secondary school
serving this school. If it is not the secondary school he/she
would normally attend, application for Flexible Boundary
consideration will have to be made to the secondary school
principal at the appropriate time.
During the month of March, we celebrate the virtue of
“KINDNESS”. God has given us the gifts of friends and
companions to keep us company and to help us get along.
Every person in our lives carries the Spirit of God and so
every person is our brother and sister through Jesus Christ.
As brothers and sisters who share one Holy Spirit, we are
all valuable to God. We all deserve to be shown concern
for our welfare and our feelings. We have all been given
the Spirit called kindness. Kindness can only be seen
through actions. It’s not enough to say I will be kind or I
am kind.
A Kind person
 Says nice things about others so they feel good about
 Sticks up for people who are picked on or need help
 Refuses to join others who are insulting, intimidating,
mean or harmful
 Watches and looks for ways to help those in need
Bullying Prevention Corner– Bullying Can Be Stopped
March Break
This month we look at safe strategies students can use
when faced with a bullying situation. Students will have
the opportunity to learn how to deal with bullying using
the ‘3 R’s’ - Recognize bullying behaviour; Refuse to be
bullied; Report bullying behaviour. There is no set formula that works with every bullying situation. Students
need to learn a variety of strategies and the skill to determine when and how to apply them safely. Key strategies
that will be addressed during morning announcements
include: avoiding, playing with others, staying calm, ignoring, walking away, walking away with an explanation, saying ‘stop’. Being assertive and telling an adult.
Tips for Parents:
 Review strategies with your child
 Help your child practice speaking assertively (role
 Take time with your child to make an appropriate and
safe plan for how you want them to deal with situations
Parents are reminded that the March Break is from Monday, March 10th until Friday, March 14th (inclusive).
There will be no school for students during this week.
Classes for students will resume on Monday, March 17,
Dates to Remember
Friday, March 7
Sunday, March 9
Monday, March 10
Friday, March 14
Monday, March 17
-PA Day (no school)
-Daylight Savings begins
-March Break begins
-March Break ends
-St. Patrick’s Day
-RAID Grade 6
-Ban the Bottle Monday
Tuesday, March 18
-Pizza Lunch
Wednesday, March 19 -Wasteless Wedneday
-PAWS for Reading Presentation
-Diversity Conference five
Grade 7 students attending
Book Fair
Friday, March 21
-Gr. 7 and 8 Movie with Father Jan
Monday, March 24
-RAID Grade 6
Mrs. Henry would like to thank everyone who attended the Scho-Ban the Bottle Monday
lastic Book Fair on Thursday, February 6th. It was fabulous to see
-Grade 7 and Grade 8 Girls
the enthusiasm for books and reading by students and parents.
During the week leading up to the Book Fair students had to put
Tuesday, March 25
-Grade 7 and 8 Marlies Game
their detective skills to work. Listening to the clues announced
-Pizza Day
every morning on the announcements, students tried to figure out
where the GOLDEN TICKET was hidden. It was found under Wednesday, March 26 -Wasteless Wednesday
- Intermediate Math Mania
Mrs. Winckler’s chair by several students. After putting all the Thursday, March 27
-JK/SK and Grade 2 Dental
names into a hat, our winner of a $20 gift certificate to spend at
the fair was Matthew F. in Mrs. Lucic’s Grade 2 class. Students
also had a chance to GUESS THE NUMBER OF PAGES in a stack Friday March 28
-Flex Boundary Requests due to
of books. Bimpe in Mr. Connelly’s class guessed within 1 to win
the Main Office
$20 in books from the fair. Finally, through random ballot draws , Monday, March 31
-RAID Grade 6
congratulations go to Cassidy in Mr. Connelly’s class and Fran-Ban the Bottle Monday
cesco in Mrs. Venalainen’s class who won gift certificates. The
-Grade 7 HEAL Presentation
teacher winner of $25 worth of books for her classroom went to
-Pizza Lunch
Mrs. Venalainen.. A very special thanks goes out to the many vol-Grade 8 HEAL Presentation
unteers who assisted with running the fair: Mrs. Brandon, Mrs.
-Wasteless Wednesday
Brohart, Quinton B., Ms. Milheiras, Clarissa F., Spencer H., and Wednesday, April 2
-Rosary Apostolate Visit
Mrs. Muzzatti.
Monday, April 7
-RAID Grade 6
-Ban the Bottle Monday
P.A Day
-Catholic School Council Meeting
at 6:45 in the school library
Sunday April 13
-Palm Sunday
Friday, March 7th is a professional activity day. There will Monday, April 14
-Holy Week Begins
be no classes for students as a number of staff will be in- Thursday, April 17
-Stations of the Cross
volved in professional development activities.
Friday, April 18
-Good Friday (no school)
Sunday, April 20
-Easter Sunday
Monday, April 21
-Easter Monday (no school)
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