Queen of Heaven School

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Queen of Heaven School
1198 Alexandra Ave., Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2A5
Phone: (905) 278-9771
Fax: (905) 891-5972
Advent - A Time of Hope
The season of Advent is a time of expectation,
waiting, caring, kindness, compassion, and
hope. We strive to prepare our hearts and our
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lives as we wait in great anticipation for the
coming of Jesus. The birth of Jesus signifies a
new beginning that heralds new hopes, dreams
M. Cloutier
McCann
Principal
that light up our lives, and give it new meaning.
T. Podobnik
Vice-Principal
D. Crook
Head Secretary
T. Lariviere
Superintendent
Of Schools
(905) 890-1221
M. Pascucci
Trustee Wards 1&3
(905) 302-3096
[email protected]
dpcdsb.org
R. Chambers
C. vanBroekenhoven
School Council
Co-Chairs
Fr. P. Jones
Pastor
St. Dominic
Church
(905) 278-7762
God of Hope
You sent us Jesus,
the light of the world.
As we light our Advent candles,
One by one, a week at a time,
May we rekindle within ourselves,
the desire to make peace for him.
May the flame of His presence
grow brighter and brighter
in our hearts, in our school,
and in our world.
May the God of Hope
fill us with joy and peace
this Christmas
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
School Advent Mass:
Wed. Dec. 9th at 9:15 a.m. at St. Dominic
Parish.
Family evening Advent Mass: Tuesday
Dec. 17th at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by the
School Councils of St. Dominic and Queen
of Heaven Schools. A reception will follow. We hope you will be able to join us!
We, the staff of Queen of Heaven School, extend our best wishes during this Christmas
season to you and your family. We hope that
you will be blessed with the spirit and gifts of
that first Christmas – peace, love and good-
will toward all.
Christmas Holidays
Christmas Holidays begin on Monday,
December 21st. Classes resume on
Monday, January 4, 2016.
Attachments:
 Math @ Home Volume 3
 Carmen Corbasson Community Centre
Attendance Verification
Cold and Flu season are here.
We need your help in making
our attendance verification
work efficiently. Please call the
school (905) 278-9771 leaving a detailed
message to report any student absences.
We do have voice mail available 24 hours
a day for your convenience. A note to the (905) 278-9771
classroom teacher explaining the absence is expected upon the student’s return to school.
School Hours begin at 8:30am.
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.
Safe School Mission
Queen of Heaven is a Catholic community
that respects and promotes the uniqueness
of all its members. By following the teachings of Jesus, we pledge to provide everyone
with a safe, caring and inclusive environment, which ensures
the respect and acceptance of all. Because of these beliefs,
bullying will not be tolerated. Your child deserves a safe
environment to work, learn and play in. If you have any concerns, please contact us. Thank you for supporting us as we
support your child.
YMCA
Families of Queen of Heaven Catholic School
Did you know?
The YMCA has a registered before and after school program at Queen of Heaven Catholic School. The program is
for children 4-12 years of age. The program offers your
child/children the opportunity to
participate in a variety of fun activities (i.e., crafts, sports, group
games, etc.) For more information call:
(905) 276-9322 ext. 201.
December’s Virtue of the Month is:
I am hopeful.
I trust in God because He is merciful and
faithful to His promises.
My Hope is my steadfast anchor.
I ask the Holy Spirit to help and guide me.
You are practicing the Virtue of HOPE when you…
Trust in God that there is some good in everything that happens

Always do your best
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Do not let doubts blow you off course
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Stand by your friends and loved ones
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Ask God to help you keep steadfast
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:
VIRGIN RADIO 99.9 CHUM 1050
CFTR 680
CFNY 102.1
CFTO
CBC
CJCL 590
CHFI 98.1
CFRB 1010
Z103.5
CJEZ EZ ROCK
97.3
CJBC (FR) 860 AM
CHIN 100.7 FM/1540 AM
CJMR/CHWO 1250
FOXY 88.5 FM
GLOBAL NEWS
CITYPULSE
Lunch Policy
We have a large number of students eating lunch
at school and often children need to be
reminded of proper behaviour while eating. We
ask for the parent’s cooperation in reinforcing
with your child(ren) appropriate lunchtime
behaviour.
Congratulations !
Trustees selected Marianne Mazzorato as new
director of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District
School Board. Ms. Mazzorato will serve as director designate effective November 16, 2015 until
January 15, 2016 when she
succeeds John B. Kostoff, who
will retire after eight years as
director.
Christmas Gifts for the Needy!
Queen of Heaven Faith Ambassadors are
organizing the Christmas Mitten, Scarf,
Hat and food drive for needy families. Please
bring your donations to the front foyer and place by
the Christmas Tree! Thank you for your support.
The Top Ten Ways to Keep Your Friends
1. Show them kindness and respect.
2. Stick up for them.
3. Be supportive when your friends need help & advice.
4. Tell the truth but be kind about it.
5. If you hurt a friend, say you‘re sorry.
6. If you make a promise, keep it.
7. Don‘t try to change your friends – accept them the
way they are.
8. If a friend hurts you, apologizes, accept the apology.
9. Treat your friends the way you want to be treated.
10. Always be thankful for your friends. (B. Coloroso)
Emergency Procedures Drills
In accordance with Ministry regulations, we have conducted three fire drills this fall. While we hope that a
real fire never occurs, this practice
helps prepare students in the event of
a real fire. In addition, we have also
completed a lockdown practice. This
procedure is intended to prepare students should a high risk incident occur on school property or in the near vicinity.
ST. DOMINIC’S PARISH NEWS
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
CEREMONY
Saturday, December 5th
after 5:00 p.m. Mass
Lighting of the tree on Atwater Ave with
carol singing and evening with Santa with food in the
parish hall. All are welcome!
Dec 12, 13 & 19,20—Christmas bake sale after each
Mass
Dec 16—Archdiocesan Day of Confessions
Dec 17—Pope Francis’ 78th birthday
Dec 19—Children’s Pageant rehearsal
MASS TIMES:
CHRISTMAS EVE – 5 PM – with children’s pageant
7 PM, 9:30 PM, 12 Midnight
CHRISTMAS DAY – 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM
LIBRARY NEWS
“When I discovered libraries, it was like having
Christmas every day.”
Jean Fritz
The Ontario Library Association has released the
nominated titles for the Forest of Reading Awards.
We will enjoy reading the Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Express nominees over the next several months.
As we prepare for the wonderful season of Christmas, students will
also enjoy a variety of Christmas stories and activities in the library.
One of my fondest memories is reading The Crippled Lamb by Max
Lucado to my children every Christmas season. Other favourites included The Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski,
The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg and of course, The Grinch
Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss.
Share a beautiful Christmas story with your family as part of your
family tradition. Wishing you all a holy and blessed Christmas!
Mrs. McKeown
News From Room 101
The students and staff from room 101 would like to
once again thank all the families and students for their
support of the milk and cookies program and healthy
snack shop. The funds that are generated through
these programs helps us fund programming in the
classroom and especially learning trips around the
community. It also teaches the students a number of
life skills. The second session for milk and cookies will begin in the
new year. The Healthy snack shop has been a successful venture. All
items sold at the shop meet the Ontario Healthy school guidelines.
The frozen yogurt has been our top selling item as students continue
to enjoy the different flavors offered. The shop is run by a group of
dedicated volunteers from the grade 8 class. This experience helps
students build skills that give them self confidence and help make
Queen of Heaven a better school community.
Volleyball Teams
Our Intermediate girls and boys teams’ season has come to an
end. Our athletes demonstrated good sportsmanship and
showed improvement of their serving skills as the season progressed. Thank you to our coaches: Mrs. Cameron and Ms.
Atkinson.
DPCDSB is now on Twitter! For the
latest board news and information, follow
us @DPCDSBSchools.
ECO School News
Queen of Heaven will once
again be looking for ECO
certification!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Queen of Heaven ECO team
is committed to help reduce
our carbon footprint by reducing, reusing
and recycling. Our ECO team is encouraging all of us to
be eco heroes by supporting initiatives around the
school and the local community that promote a greener
lifestyle. The Region of Peel has changed what items can
go into the recycling box and posters are available by all
classroom blue boxes.
The Kidssentials Lunch Program
Tired of Making Lunches?
It’s not too late to order!
Kidssentials is very different from other companies.
With an emphasis on nutrition and kid-pleasing options, this full service catering company serves the
lunches fresh onsite to avoid soggy or mushy meals.
Lunches are mixed and prepared just minutes before
they are served to the children, using only the highest
quality ingredients and freshest produce.
Take a break from packing lunch and sign up today.
Meals offered in December are still available for ordering. Menus for the January - March term may be
viewed and ordered online.
To place an order, view the menu and available
dates visit: www.kidssentials.com/parents and create your family account.
French Immersion Program
French Immersion program for Grade 1 students are
available for September 2016 at the following centers:
St. Gertrude
St. Pio of Petrelcina
Our Lady of Providence
St. Angela Merici
St. Joachim
St. Elizabeth Seton
St. Margaret of Scotland
Divine Mercy
Extended French Program
Grade 4 parents/guardians who wish to enroll their child
in a Grade 5 Extended French program for September
2016 are invited to attend an information meeting:
Thursday, January 14, 20156 7 p.m.
St. Thomas More
3270 Tomken Road, Mississauga
At the present time, St. Thomas More
School is the designated centre for
our school. Applications to the program will be available at the information session and will be accepted
by St. Thomas More School .
Mario Pascucci acclaimed chair of Dufferin-Peel
Catholic District School Board
At the Organizational meeting of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board held Tuesday, December 1,
Mario Pascucci, trustee for Mississauga Wards 1 & 3,
was acclaimed chair of the 11-member board.
For more information about Kidssentials meals and
any allergy related inquiries, visit the website at
www.kidssentials.com.
Kidssentials can also be
reached by phone at 905855-1914 or by e-mail at
[email protected]
PRAYER BEFORE CHRISTMAS DINNER
Lord Jesus,
In the peace of this season our spirits are joyful:
We thank you for all you have given us. The gift of life,
of family, and friends and food that strengthen and
nourish us.
You loved us so much that you sent your Son Jesus to
become part of our lives, to forgive us and save us.
May the hungry be filled with good things, and may
our table and home be blessed.
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are
about to receive from Thy bounty through Christ our
Lord, Amen
Junior & Senior Kindergarten
Registration for 2016-17
Registration for the 2016-17 school year will be
held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary
schools on the following dates:
Monday, January 25, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.*
*Snow Date: Tuesday, January 26 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, January 27-29,
2016 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Junior Kindergarten - Children must be 4 years old
by Dec. 31, 2016
Senior Kindergarten - Children must be 5 years old
by Dec. 31, 2016
The following documents are required for registration:
 proof of age of the child (birth certificate or passport)
 Original Roman Catholic baptismal certificate (for
child and/or parent/guardian) or baptismal certificate
from an Eastern Church in full communion with the
Holy See of Rome. If the child has not been baptized,
and the parent/guardian is a baptized Roman Catholic
or has been baptized in an Eastern Church in full communion with the Holy See of Rome, the parent/
guardian must bring their own baptismal certificate.
 updated immunization records (Immunization Card,
Peel Health Form or Letter of Exemption)
 proof of Canadian citizenship (Birth Certificate/
Passport) or permanent resident status
 proof of home address (two of the following: property tax bill, current utility bill, real estate document or
Government of Canada issued forms)
 emergency rural address numbers for identifying your
property, if applicable (residents of Caledon and
Dufferin County)
 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 a Separate School Lease Agreement available at
the school)
For more information, contact your local Catholic
school or call the Admissions Department at
905-890-0708.
2016-2017 FULL DAY
KINDERGARTEN ENTRY PLANNING FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
There will be an information session for parent
(s)/guardian(s) of children
with special needs such as
vision, hearing, autism,
physical/medical and/or
developmental delays who are entering JK, SK Full
Day Kindergarten in September 2016. The information session will be held at the Dufferin-Peel
Catholic District School Board -- Catholic Education
Centre, Room 301 on January 12, 2016 from 7:008:30 p.m. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are also reminded to
register their child at our school office.
CATHOLIC RATEPAYERS – CHECK YOUR TAX
BILL TO ENSURE PROPER TAX SUPPORT
If you are a Catholic ratepayer, we urge you to check
your property tax bill to ensure that your support is
directed to your local Catholic school board, in our
case, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School
Board. If you are a tenant, you can verify your support by contacting our Admissions Department at
(905) 890-0708, ext. 24511, 24512, or 24519, or your
local municipal office. By ensuring that you are accurately recorded as a Catholic school supporter, you
can help deliver a powerful message to the government about the level of support for publicallyfunded Catholic education in Ontario. Also, in
order to be eligible to vote for your local Catholic school board trustee, you must be registered as a separate school supporter .
Legion Writing & Poster Contest
Congratulations to the students who
submitted entries—Isabella, Megan, Vanessa,
Cody, Raquel, Chloe, Kylie, Kiara, Niah, Julia,
Adam, Konrad, Nacio, Mya, Lilly, Teiah, Ashley,
Vivian, Christina. We received the following
acclamations:
Patryk, Vanessa—1st prizes
Megan, Kylie—2nd prizes
Chloe—3rd prize
CELEBRATING ADVENT
The season of Advent begins
with the fourth Sunday before
Christmas. This year, the
liturgical season of Advent
begins Sunday, November
29, 2015. “Advent” is a Latin
word meaning “the coming”.
During the season of Advent, Christians across the world
prepare for the celebration of the coming of the Lord
into the world through the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness, as symbolized best by the Advent Wreath.
At Queen of Heaven we emphasize the implications of
the birth of our Saviour through our Christian actions.
We ensure that Advent is a time where we emphasize
charity and social justice. It is a time to prepare the way,
to make God real each and every day through prayer,
charity and social justice. The following activities provide a small window into how the staff and students at
Queen of Heaven are the arms, legs, and hands of God.
YOUTH FAITH AMBASSADORS
The Youth Faith Ambassador Program encourage Catholic elementary school students to live out our baptismal
call to become Fully Alive in the Lord Jesus Christ
through care for themselves and others. The role of the
Youth Ambassador is to become an active Christian
through the knowledge of God’s word, deepening their
own faith development and bettering their communities
through service. Staff members leading our Youth Ambassadors are Mr. Napoleone, Ms. Gomes, Mr. Arduini,
Mrs. Sanelli and Ms. Evans. Our Youth Faith Ambassadors attended a commissioning mass and celebration at
Cristo Rei Church. Rev. Carlos T. Macatangga, presided
over the mass. He defined the role of the Faith Ambassadors for the students and encouraged them to be role
models of faith and of the virtues. He told the students
that we should never compromise our faith to just
“belong”, that we need to do what is right and not always what is popular. The students will share their experience as ambassadors throughout the year and create opportunities for becoming active witnesses in our
school community.
Our Youth Faith Ambassadors are also involved in community outreach opportunities.
DATES TO REMEMBER!
December
Virtue of Hope
1
Adult Faith Ambassador Advent Retreat
2
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
2
St. Paul’s Advent Mass
Pizza lunch
3
School Garage Sale
4
Lockdown Drill
5
Tree Lighting Ceremony—St. Dominic Church
6
Second Sunday of Advent
7
Beading Club
8
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
9
School Advent Mass
Pizza Lunch
13
Third Sunday of Advent
14
Beading Club
15
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
16
Gr. 7 class to mass at St. Dominic 9:15 a.m.
Day of Confessions
Pizza Lunch
17
Family Advent Mass 7:30
18
Primary/Junior Movie & Pizza event
Intermediate Dance
Dec. 21—January 1—Christmas Break
January
Virtue of Self-Control
Happy New Year 2016
4
Welcome Back!
5
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
6
Pizza Lunch
Gr. 6 & Gr. 5/6 Mass at St. Dominic Church
12
Special Needs FDK 7-8:30 CEC
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
13
School Mass
Pizza lunch
14
Extended French Meeting for Parents of Gr 4
students at St. Thomas More 7:00 p.m.
18
P.A. Day No School for students
19
Kidssentials Hot Lunch
20
Pizza lunch
Grade 4/5 class to mass at St. Dominic
21
School Council Meeting 7:00 p.m
25
JK/SK Registration 7:00-9:00 p.m.
26
Kidssentials Lunch
27
Gr. 3/4 class to mass at St. Dominic
Pizza Lunch
27 –29 JK/SK Registration 9:00-3:00 p.m.
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