1300 McBride Ave., Mississauga, ON. L5C 1M8 905 - 277- 4512 PRINCIPAL: S. CALVERT SECRETARY: A. MILLER PASTOR: COUNCIL CHAIR: SUPERINTENDENT: TRUSTEE: FR. JOYSON POTTACKAL T. MAILLET C. SAYTAR P. FERRIERA 905 279-5742 December, 2011 905-848-3215 Issue 4 905 890-1221 416 805-7110 [email protected] 1957-2012 “Celebrating Fifty-Five Years of Excellence in Catholic Education” ADVENT PRAYER God our loving parent As we set out on our Advent journey Help us to listen to your messages of faith, hope and love. Prepare us a path for the coming of Jesus among us. Help us to shine with the light of your presence. Teach us to be examples of Christian living as we wait to welcome the birth of your son. Guide us with your Word as we seek peace, justice, and happiness in our homes, our classrooms, and our world. Amen Wishing you the blessing of Christmas and the New Year, from the staff of St. Gerard School! LOST AND FOUND Please encourage your child to search through the Lost and Found items. Any items left after December 18, will be donated to charity. SCHOOL COUNCIL Our next School Council meeting will be on Thursday December 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the staffroom. All are welcome to attend! PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD This past Sunday, November 27th, Advent began. The season of Advent begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Advent is a Latin word meaning “the coming.” During the season of Advent, Christians around 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. During this coming month our daily prayers and classroom activities will serve as reminders that Advent is a period of simple living and prayer. It will be a time to prepare for the new coming of Jesus our Saviour. Please join us for our Advent Mass which will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at 10:00 A.M. PARISH CHRISTMAS MASSES Confessions for Parishioners will be on Thursday December 15 from 7-9 p.m. Christmas Eve: 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm and Midnight Christmas Day: 10:00 am and 12:00 noon New Year’s Eve: 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm New Year’s Day: 8:00 am, 10:00 am and 12:00 noon CHRISTMAS GIVING Christmas is the perfect opportunity to show our community we care and teach our children about the real joy of the holidaysgiving. Jesus once said, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me”. With those words in mind, the St. Gerard School Community, will once again be asking you to share the warmth of giving and show your love to those less fortunate during the Advent Season. From December 8-December 18 we will be teaming up with the St. Vincent de Paul society in helping less fortunate families with Christmas. In our foyer will be a tree with labeled ornaments. Your family is welcome to take an ornament for your tree. On the ornament will be a label with a boy or girl and an age (ie BOY 5). We would ask that you bring a gift for that child, place the label on the gift and then put it under our tree. Toys also collected by our Neighboring IDA will also join what we can collect in support of our community. We would also like to thank everyone for their generosity in the food drive that Mrs. Naiker’s classes have organized. We were able to give well over 700 items to our Parish. SCHOOL BUS CANCELLATIONS When weather conditions are bad, parents are asked to listen to the local radio stations for announcements of transportation services being withdrawn and/or possible school closures. Announcements can be heard on CFRB, CHUM, CKFM, CHWD, CHIN, CFNY, CHAY, CKHW, CFTR, CJCL, CJMR and CBC. The messages that would affect us at St. Gerard are: 1) The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board buses are cancelled. This means ALL Transportation services including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day. Students dropped off by parents when transportation is cancelled must be picked up by parents or have other arrangements in place for their trip home. The school cannot give permission for children to be driven home by someone other than the parent/guardian without written consent by the parent/guardian. 2) The schools and offices of both the DufferinPeel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board are closed. This means that ALL Dufferin Peel and Peel District schools and offices are closed to all staff and students. The Dufferin Peel web site home page will also have this updated information. You may alos go to www.stopr.ca for daily cancellations or delays. If you are bringing your child to school, please be reminded that supervision begins at 8:45 a.m. KISS / RIDE SAFETY Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in keeping the Kiss/Ride clear especially during entry and dismissal times. With the winter weather approaching, we ask you to exercise extreme caution when approaching the Church Parking Lot. HEALTHY EATING Poor nutrition is one of the major contributors to obesity in children and our society in general. In an effort to keep us thinking about our “Active, Healthy Living” lifestyle, the following article can be accessed and read: Eating Healthy While Eating Out, www.kidshealth.org INDOOR SHOES Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes which he/she can wear during the day. Students will not be permitted to wear socks inclass, as they will not have the opportunity to put their boots on in the event of a fire drill or emergency. to put DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY In the interest of student safety, please be reminded that dogs are not allowed on school property. A dog’s behaviour and response around strangers can be unpredictable. Some pupils may be allergic to dogs and others are afraid of them. FIRST RECONCILIATION On February 1, 2006, the grade two students received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. Congratulations to our grade two students! On November 22nd, the Grade Two students received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. Congratulations to our Grade Two students! Thank you to their teachers, V. Tirilis, Mrs. MacMillan and K. Mistuzzi-Canning for preparing the students. Thank you also to Father Joyson for participating in this very special celebration. The Rite of Enrollment for First Communion will be at masses between Saturday January 21st and Sunday January 29th. The celebration of the sacrament of First Holy Communion will be at masses between Saturday, April 21st and Sunday April 29, 2012. GRADE 8 CONFIRMATION The grade 8 Confirmation this year will be held at St. martin of Tours Parish on Friday May 4 at 7:00p.m. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AT ST. GERARD St. Gerard School strives to be a leader in the area of Professional Learning for Teachers. The school continues to work diligently on supporting teachers to use research and experience to support all students in their learning, development and growth. In each of our divisions, new learning is underway this year. Primary/Junior teachers are continuing to refine their understanding of a Teaching and Learning Pathway. This model allows teachers, through the use of pre-and postassessments and precise teaching, learning and planning, to focus on particular areas of the curriculum which, through collaborative analysis of evidence, have been deemed to require attention. The focus is always on student work – student work points the way, and student achievement informs whether or not goals are being met. Junior Teachers are also participating in sessions focused on the three-part-math lesson and problem solving model. This approach to learning has been found to be a high yield teaching strategy from the Ministry of Education and has been adopted by our school board as a board goal. Intermediate teachers are also continuing to refine instructional practice. Through small-group conversations with their peers, teachers are continuing to explore teaching and learning strategies that permit teachers to address the diverse needs of all students. As students grow and develop their individual learning styles, it is especially important that teachers work with them, in a precise and intentional manner, to allow them to thrive and succeed. This work will culminate with the daily use of three SMART boards (one in a Primary classroom, one in an Intermediate classroom and one in our Needs Moderate classroom) which will support students as they move forward into an increasingly technological world. ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY It is important for your child to be in attendance at school and to arrive on time regularly. Late arrivals disrupt important teaching and have a direct impact on your child’s learning and on the learning of all class members. Please encourage and assist your child to recognize that punctuality is a responsibility, which all students should be developing. Frequent absences also have a direct negative impact on a child’s education. Students should be absent from school only when they are ill or there is an extenuating circumstance that cannot be avoided. Absences and late arrivals are recorded in each child’s school record. The Education Act (Section 30) states that it is mandatory for all students, between the ages of six and eighteen years, to attend school every day. School social workers are mandated to intervene with students and their families whenever students are identified as truant. Your support and cooperation is appreciated. SANTA IS COMING TO ST. GERARD On Friday December 16 from 9:00 –11:30 Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be here to take photos. The cost of the photo is $12. You will receive a 5x7 photo as well as a CD of the photo. Family photos are also available on a first come, first serve basis. Santa cannot stay for the PM so if you have a child in the PM Kindergarten class you are welcome to bring them for a photo in the morning. JUNIOR BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL TEAMS Congratulations to the Junior Girls’and Boys’ Volleyball Teams. They represented St. Gerard well in their diligence to practice and perseverance during game time. The girls and boys played with skill, cooperation, dedication and good sportsmanship. A special thank you to our dedicated coaches who assisted in daily practices: S. Macmillan, D. Zulianello, L. Kane, V. Tirilis, A. Doria and A. Rukavina Your hard work and perseverance has made our school proud! You must bring the following in order to register: 1) Proof of age of the child (birth certificate or passport) 2) Original Catholic Baptismal Certificate of the Roman Rite for the parent and the child. 3) Updated Immunization Records. 4) Proof of residence/ home address (Utility or tax bill). 5) Proof of Canadian Citizenship or of Landed Immigrant Status. • All documentation must be submitted in English Any student already attending St. Gerard will be registered for FDL, there is no need to re-register. FUNDRAISER WINNER ALL STAR READING SET TO GO Thank you to our many parent volunteers who are again part of All Star Reading. Your contribution towards supporting reading at St. Gerard School is deeply appreciated. Thank you to Mrs. Rukavina and Mrs. Barca for overseeing our All Star Program. REMEMBRANCE DAY On November 11th at 10:30 a.m. our whole school community paused to reflect on the sacrifices of our fellow Canadians during a beautiful, respectful liturgy. Thank you to all who were involved in making it very special and meaningful as we remembered those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thank you to Mrs. Escobar, Mrs Likarevic and Mrs. Doria and their students for organizing such a wonderful liturgy. EXTENDED FRENCH/ FRENCH IMMERSION Grade 4 parent/guardians who wish to enroll their child in a grade 5 Extended French class for September 2012 are invited to attend an information meeting on Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 7:00p.m. The meeting will take place at St. Philip school, 345 Fairview Road West. At the present time, the above mentioned school is the designated centre for our area. Applications will be accepted at that centre until 3 p.m. on Wednesday February 8, 2012. There will be an information meeting at St. Margaret of Scotland School on Wednesday January 11 at 7:00p.m. for parents/guardians of students in SK for the French Immersion Program for next year. KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION St. Gerard will be a Full Day Learning site in September 2012! Registration for the 2012-2013 school year will be held on February 6 (snow date Feb.7) from 7-9p.m. and from Feb 8-10 from 9-11a.m. and 1-3p.m. Thank you to all who participated in our school fundraiser t his year. With your support the school has raised $4900. This money will pay for an Arts experience for all students, We have had TV Puppettree presentations for JK-Gr 1 students, in the spring we will have the Big Kids theatre come and perform “Cinderella and the Frog Prince” for Jk- Gr 5 and for the grade 6-8 students we have dance workshops. We are able to provide this to kids free of charge. We have allotted $500 to put toward our Christmas giving to the St. Vincent de Paul society, We have purchased a listening centre for grades 1-3, FSL and ESL. We have purchased an LCD projector so that students can now use powerpoint as a presentation option and we will be contributing to the cost of the AussieX program which is coming to our school in January. Congratulations to the following winners: FIRST PRIZE - DS 3D - Emily B. SECOND PRIZE - Bag of Nike Items - Cheska M. THIRD PRIZE - Night at the Movies – Rheyannah D. We had 5 students who sold the same amount and so instead of selecting someone for the fourth and fifth place prizes, we added some prizes so that they could all receive one. Those students are Hayden C., Madison M., Dante M., Arthur B. and Kayla L, Class Pizza Winners are: Mrs Naiker AM and Mr Zulianello AM, Mrs. Tirilis, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Dewsnap and Mrs. Likarevic. Dates to Remember –December Dec 8 – 10am Advent Mass Dec 12 – 5/6 class to Silvercreek Dec 16 – 9-11:30 am Santa Photos Dec 16 – Gr 4 and 4/5 to the Woodlands Library Dec 19 – Rosary Apostolate visit Dec 22 – Red and Green Day/ Carol Singing Dec 23 – Full day of school Dec 25 – Merry Christmas! Jan 9/2012 – School Resumes.