121 Royal Orchard Drive Brampton, Ontario L6X 4K9 (905) 454 - 4458 FAX (905) 454 – 0360 CHILDREN ARE OUR FOCUS. THEIR GOOD IS AT THE CENTRE OF ALL THAT WE DO Principal Vice Principal Superintendent Trustee S. Mifsud Head Secretary Parish Pastor Associate Pastor G. Prajza L. Zanella PARENT NEWSLETTER N. Eisan St. Anne Church Fr. E. Murphy Fr. D’Souza JANUARY 2012 New Year’s Prayer Through the years, O God, You have guided your people. Guide us this year as we strive to act as Jesus teaches. Guide us to do Your work and to be in Your service. At the beginning of this 2012 year, we pray that this will be a year in which we seek to do Your will. As we discover it, through prayer and listening to Your Word, we will offer forgiveness rather than wait for it to come to us. Amen Principal’s Message On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend warm wishes to you all, for a New Year filled with peace and good health. The staff would like to welcome back all of our returning and new students. We hope that all of you had a very happy and Blessed Christmas Vacation. We are all eager to resume our learning journey together and look forward to our continued partnership with you in the spiritual and academic development of your children. Sincerely, S. Mifsud Principal Virtue of the month: SELF-CONTROL This month, we will celebrate and recognize the virtue of self-control. God has given us the ability to choose. We are able to control how we react to what happens around us. We may feel pressure from inside or from outside ourselves to react violently to a situation. We’ve all “lost it “at one time or another. We are never proud of those moments. As soon as they happen we make a promise that they will not happen again. Through prayer and concentration, we can get better at controlling our reactions. We can get better at showing selfcontrol. Extended French Gr. 4—Parents In November, a letter outlining the process for application to the extended French program was sent home. Grade 4 parents/guardians, who wish to enroll their child in a grade 5 Extended French class for September 2012, are invited to attend an information meeting at St. Anne School, on Tuesday, January 17, @ 7:00 pm. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, February 9, 2012 @ 3:00 pm. St. Maria Goretti Families Give Back Thank you to the families that supported our Giving Tree and Food Drive during the Advent Season. Your generosity assisted less fortunate families during the Christmas Season. Catholic School Council Next Meeting: Jan 18th @ 6:00 pm. All Meetings are open to community Members. Please join us if you can. Professional Activity Days and Reporting to Parents Update There will be no school for students on Monday, January 16th Teachers will be involved with the writing of first term report cards. Reports will be sent home on January 31st with interviews taking place on the evening of Thursday February 2nd, and during the day on Friday February 3rd, (P.A. Day). Dressing for Winter Weather Winter is here! Please encourage your child to dress appropriately for the cold weather. Outdoor play is a healthy and invigorating activity when students are wearing suitable clothing and warm mittens. Please write your child’s name on boots, mitts, hats, jackets and snow pants. Children must change into their indoor shoes for warmth, comfort and cleanliness in their classrooms. Please keep an extra pair of mittens, socks and even track pants in your child’s school bag in case they need a dry change of clothes. Kindergarten Registration 2012-2013 February 6, 2011 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm. * February 7, 2012 – 7:00 – 9:00 pm. (* snow date) * If registration is cancelled on Feb 6th, due to inclement weather February 8, 2011 – 9:00 – 11:00 am. and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. February 9, 2011 – 9:00 – 11:00 am. and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. February 10, 2011 – 9:00 – 11:00 am. and 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The following documentation must be provided: 1. Proof of age (original birth certificate) 2. Original Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (for child and/or parent/guardian) or Baptismal Certificate from an Eastern Church of other rites in full communion with the Holy See of Rome, the parent must bring their own baptismal certificate 3. Updated immunization records 4. Proof of Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigrant status 5. Proof of address (utility bill, bank or credit card statement) Students currently attending Junior Kindergarten at St. Maria Goretti will automatically be registered for Senior Kindergarten. Important Dates to Remember January 18: Catholic School Council meeting @ 6:00 pm. January 26: Virtues Assembly at 11:00 a.m. January 31: Reports Cards are distributed to students. February 2: Interview evening – Reporting to Parents on Evaluation and Student Progress. February 3: PA Day – Reporting to Parents on Evaluation and Student Progress th February 6, 8-10 : Kindergarten Registration for 2012/2013 February 20: Family Day (school closed) February 22: Ash Wednesday March 12-16 Mid-Winter Break Ride/Parking/Safety All parents/guardians are asked to respect the NO PARKING zones at the front of the school. This area is reserved for busses and emergency vehicles. The KISS and RIDE lane is not a parking lane; it is strictly for drop-off and pick-up with the parent remaining in the vehicle. Drop offs are to take place at the side of the school. No students are to be dropped off at the front of the school. If you do wish to walk your child to the school yard, please park your car in the parking lot or on the street. BUS CANCELLATIONS/SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO BAD WEATHER 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, CFTR 680 CFNY 102.1, EZ ROCK 97.3 CJCL 590, CHFI 98.1, CFRB 101 CHIN 100.7 FM/1540 AM, CJBC, Z103.5, 93.1 FM, CITYPULSE, GLOBAL NEWS, CBC You will hear one of four standard messages: 1. ―DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES SERVING ST. ANDREW, ST. BENEDICT AND ST. PETER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND R.F. HALL SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.‖ This message does not affect St. Maria Goretti School. 2. ―THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON AND THE COUNTY OF DUFFERIN ARE CANCELLED‖. This message does not affect St. Maria Goretti School 3. ―THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES ARE CANCELLED.‖ ALL Transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board have been cancelled for the entire day. 4. ―THE SCHOOLS AND OFFICES OF BOTH THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ARE CLOSED.‖ ALL schools are closed to students and staff.