NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2008 Principal T. Cruz Vice Principal M. MacDonald 5820 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 5J9 Fax: (905) 814-9217 Telephone: (905) 814-9216 Autumn Prayer Lord, we come before you in Thanksgiving For the gifts you have given The colour of the season reminds us of the beauty You alone can create. Secretaries D. Nolan J. Harvey Superintendent Mississauga North M. Prospero We are thankful for the food you provide in the harvest. You have filled the earth with your gifts. You have blessed us. We are ever grateful! Pastor Fr. Vid Vlassic Associate Pastor Fr. Ivan Camilleri Fr. Mariush Runevich Volunteers Make it Happen Trustee Esther O’Toole Ward 9 Phone: 905-812-5163 Attendence Verification Phone: 905-814-9216 Web Site www.dpcdsb.org/OLMCY Dear Parents / Guardians, October is the month of Thanksgiving, and perhaps, more than any other time, we should reflect upon what we have and, with our families; give thanks to God. At Our Lady of Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that our students learn not only their A, B, Cs, but also respect for others, appreciation for the differences among people, and how to cooperate with friends, peers and colleagues. This month we are focusing more on praying the rosary and have a number of activities going on. The Rosary Apostolate is once again joining us in the realization of this school goal that is directly linked to our faith. We will also continue to focus our prayers on our virtues program and continue to embed these throughout our school life. Parish Merciful Redeemer Parish Phone: 905-812-0030 School Council Chair Gail Bellissimo Principal’s Message Our Lady of Mercy has many volunteer positions available. Some ongoing ways that you can contribute include the All Star Reading Program, Kiss & Ride, food days and classroom/library assistant. As well, we have various special events that occur throughout the year such as fundraising, school concerts, religious and seasonal celebrations. Any amount of time you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have already signed up to volunteer! Thanksgiving There will be no school on this day. Our Lady of Mercy Staff would like to wish your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe and bountiful holiday weekend! I congratulate our new school council and wish to thank all parents who volunteered to be part of our council and for those who were elected to positions. Once again we have a council that is committed to the well-being of all our children and who will work hard to make enrichment activities possible at this school. Please take time to read about our G.I.F.T.S. program which is our volunteers in the school. Even an hour once a week or once a month goes a long way to helping support our students. As we continue through the school year let us remember the importance of our families. We need to be thankful that we are able to live in a free country where we have the freedom to openly pray and talk about our faith traditions. May God bless each of you and keep you safe and well. T. Cruz School Operations Communication Updates VISITORS TO SCHOOL & CONTACTING STAFF MEMBERS KISS N’ RIDE Parents and visitors to the school are required to come to the office first before entering the school. This policy is for the safety of our students and staff and will be enforced. If you wish to speak to a staff member, we request that you call and book an appointment. This enables our staff to plan ahead to meet you without disrupting any planned activities during or after school. STUDENT VERIFICATION SHEETS Thank you to all who have completed and returned the Student Verification Sheet which you received from the classroom teacher in early September. The information requested is essential for communication with home in the event of an emergency. If you have not returned this information, please do so as soon as possible. Please notify the office of any changes throughout the year. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS This year your child will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field trips and extra-curricular activities. In preparation for these events, permission forms will be sent home. It is essential that these forms be filled out and promptly returned to the school. No student will be allowed on any trip or activity without a signed permission form. Thank you for your cooperation. VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS To ensure school security for students and teachers, the Board policy requires that all visitors (including parents) and volunteers must report to the office when entering the school. Please enter through the main doors only. Identification stickers are required to be worn when visitors are in the school. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated in the school. If you wish to volunteer, you must complete a criminal reference check. If you completed a criminal reference check last year, and submitted a copy to the school, you are requested to complete an Offence Declaration Form this year. Please contact the school office for more information. PEEL CHILFREN’S CENTRE - Fall Groups Peel Children’s Centre is pleased to offer the 2008 Fall Group Series. These groups are designed to provide information for parents on specific issues, give opportunities to parents and/or children to interact and learn from each other, and help parents and children develop strategies for coping with concerns in their lives. Depending on the nature of the group, it may have 6 to 25 participants and last from 6 to 10 weeks. Some of the groups currently offered are: Helping Children Through Separation and Divorce; Parenting Your Teen; Learning about ADHD; COPEing with Challenging Behaviours; COPEing with Toddler Behaviour; Temper Taming, Boys and Parents; Go Grrls! Club; The Incredible Years; Feeling Good about Being You, A Group for Moms; and Feeling C.A.L.M. (Combat Anxiety and Learn to Manage). You can find out more about our groups by calling our Centralized Intake Services at 905-451-4655. Thank you to those parents who drive to the very end of the lane close to the Kindergarten fenced area and the front doors before letting their children out to be helped by the supervisors. It has been running more smoothly with this in place. Some parents have continued to stop immediately after entering the lane. We want to eliminate this completely. There are many cars behind waiting to enter and this causes congestion on Glen Erin. As well, there is the danger of other drivers having to go around them to drop off their children in the appropriate spot. The bus lanes are completely off limits to cars and vans. Only school buses can use these lanes or the vans that come from community daycares. OPEN HOUSE Many thanks goes out to all those who attended our Open House on Thursday, September 25th. The evening was a great success. During classroom visits, copies of Curriculum at a Glance for Parents were distributed. Please keep them for future reference. BOOK FAIR Thank you to all parents, students and staff for their support of this year’s Book Fair. It was a great success which will benefit continued purchases for our library. VALUABLES Students are reminded not to bring valuables such as electronic games, toys, personal items of importance, or money to school. The school does not accept responsibility for the above. Wherever possible, personal items should be marked with the child’s name. Students will be asked to have parents pick up from the office any inappropriate items brought to the school. SCHOOL DRESS CODE – Cooler Weather Students are expected to adhere to standards of modesty, neatness and good taste in their attire within our school. As temperatures drop, students need to dress warmly and have an additional pair of pants handy for unexpected playground splashes. Please remember to bring a pair of indoor shoes to keep mud and sand at bay. CASUAL FRIDAYS You may observe the staff in casual dress on Fridays. We are supporting charities sponsored by Share Life, the United Way and the Terry Fox Foundation. Virtue of the Month Affirmation: I understand other’s feelings and difficulties. I am able to share in the joy of others. I can sense the hurt around me. I care about who is in trouble or has made a mistake. Liturgical Celebrations Students in Grade 2 receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Students in Grade 8 receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation for these sacraments is a shared responsibility between parents, the parish and the school. Dates for various liturgical celebrations and activities are as follows: I am a loyal and committed friend. What is Empathy? Empathy is the ability to experience and respond to another person's feelings. Empathy is widely recognized as a universal virtue, closely related to many other virtues, such as love, compassion, kindness, tolerance, respect, and acceptance. When you have empathy you understand the emotions and difficulties of others around you and respond in a positive way. This helps others see your moral character and helps you influence people and win friends. Why practice Empathy? You need empathy to survive and succeed in the world. By experiencing empathy we can understand how certain actions and words can hurt others. This understanding stops us from hurting those around us. Without empathy, we travel down the road of violence and destruction. You will find happiness and serenity only in caring for others. How do you practice Empathy? Before you do anything or make any decision, simply ask yourself: How will it affect others? Will it have a negative impact on their well-being? If I were in their shoes, how would I react? This practice is basically the gold rule. Instead of being preoccupied with your own self-interest, everyday ask yourself: What can I do to reduce other people's suffering? How can I bring some sunshine to someone's life? How can I make a difference in my corner of the world, here and now? You are practicing the Virtue of EMPATHY when you… DATE September 24, 2008 9:30 a.m. @ School Parent’s Meeting for: 7:00 p.m. @ Church Grade 2 Sacraments October 21, 2008 Parent’s Meeting for: 7:00 p.m. @ Church Confirmation October 25/26, 2008 First Holy Communion Inscription Any Parish Mass Sat., November 1, 2008 7:00 p.m. Mass December 8, 2008 December 9, 2009 Sat., January 24, 2009 7:00 pm Youth Mass February 18, 2009 Sat., February 21, 2009 Care enough about her/him to stop what you are doing and let her know you care • Listen and try to understand February 25, 2009 • Forgive when you are hurt and give those around you another chance to be your friend instead of hurting back Judge or criticize Hurt others back because you are angry Confirmation Confessions Presentation of Cards for Confirmation First Reconciliation 9:30 am @ Church • Don’t stop to listen or show you care Advent Mass 9:00 a.m. @ School 7:00 pm @ Church Think what you are doing is more important than what is happening to others Letter of Request for Confirmation 9:30 a.m. at school Notice when someone is hurt or needs a friend Do not notice that people or animals around you are sad or having problems Opening School Mass/Liturgy October 7, 2008 • • Help people and animals in need You need more practice when you… CELEBRATION Crosses Ash Wednesday Mass @ School Saturday April 25, 2009 First Holy Communion 2:00 p.m. @ Church Saturday May 23, 2009 Confirmation 11:00 a.m. @ Church June 22, 2009 9:30 a.m. @ School Year End and Graduation Mass Health and Safety Dates to Remember SAFETY OF STUDENTS A number of procedures have been established to ensure the safety of our school community. These include: • • October All doors are locked including the front doors during the school day. To gain access to the school, you must use the buzzer to contact the office. Office staff will respond and release the lock on the middle door to allow you to enter. You must then report to the office. Visitors, including parents, are expected to report to the office when visiting the school for any reason. Emergency response procedures in the event of a fire, bomb threat or serious accident or injury have been established and are reviewed on a regular basis. Our fire drill procedures are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone in the school. In the event of a fire, it is important that we all leave the building as quickly and safely as possible. 1 Grade 8 Trip to Mt. Alverno 7 1st Communion Parent Meeting - 7 p.m. 8 Grade 1’s to Peel Safety Village - a.m. 13 Thanksgiving 15 Chocolate Fundraiser Ends 16 Cross Country Family Meet 16 CCCSC Central Committee of Catholic School Councils Meeting. @ Philip Pocock at 7:00p.m. PEDICULOSIS Head lice are parasites which have been common among humans for centuries. They are not connected in any way with dirt or neglect. Anyone can be infested with them. We ask your cooperation in following our school procedures for controlling these pests. 21 Information Meeting for Confirmation - 7 p.m. 22 School Council Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. 23 School Photo Day 31 Hallowe’en November If cases are found in the school, we will inform parents. We shall check friends and classmates of the affected students. However, we request that you also check your own children and if you find them to be infested, we would ask that you let us know. Information on the proper treatment can be obtained from a pharmacist or the Peel Regional Health Department. If your children have head lice, we will ask you to keep them out of school until they have been treated with the correct shampoo and their head is entirely clear of lice and nits (eggs). 11 Remembrance Day 13 Accommodation Review Committee report to Board of Trustees - @ Catholic Education Centre 14 P.A. Day - No school for students - Evaluation of Pupil Progress & Report Card Preparation 18 Toonie Tuesday - Eden Food Bank INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES 18 HEP B for Grade 7’s and HPV for Grade 8 girls Elementary International classes are available to students in grades JK to 8 at specific elementary schools within DufferinPeel on Saturday mornings. No prior language experience is necessary. International Language programs comply with the Ministry of Education curriculum and will be of interest to students who wish to preserve their language and cultural heritage and to those who wish to study the language and heritage of another culture. Enrolment is limited at each location. Ongoing Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturdays throughout the year. Flyers were distributed in midAugust, with the Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian newspapers, and include more information regarding language offerings at specific IL Sites. Please proceed to the site of your choice to register, on Saturdays only between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. 19 Picture Retake Day If you have any questions please contact: Adult & Continuing Education office at 905-891-9263. DO NOT CONTACT YOUR ELEMENTARY DAY SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE INFORMATION. PROGRAM DATES: Saturday, September 6, 2008 LAST DAY OF CLASSES: Saturday, June 6, 2009 HALLOWE’EN Students have the option to wear costumes to school that day. For safety reasons they must follow these guidelines: • Do not bring weapon replicas such as swords, knives, guns or objects that could injure others. • Do not wear costumes that may be too gory or scary. We have young children who may be frightened. • Masks may not be worn in hallways or outside as they pose a safety risk with such a large number of children. Make up is a better option. • Costumes may get damaged at school. Please ensure that you are prepared with a back up for the evening. • For those who do not wish to wear a costume, we encourage them to wear black and orange. Have a fun and safe Hallowe’en!