“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:37 Daily Health Check
Friday, September 17, 2021
We hope you had a good week! Our first full week and I am sure many of our students are tired as we get used to the routines. With the addition of extra curricular opportunities, it has definitely been a busy start.
This Sunday’s Gospel Jesus overhears His disciples arguing about who is the greatest. Jesus says to them whoever wants to be first, must be last. In those days, society valued wealth, power and status. Looking around our mainstream society, it seems as if people still value these. As a parent, it can be a battle to ensure our children value what is truly important and place what makes God happy at the forefront.
Jesus reminds his disciples that being a person of authority, being a leader does not make one great; rather it should be seen as an opportunity to be of service. I think of our Grade Sevens, who are now at the top of the school. They are the “big kids” that our little ones (literally!) look up too. We pray that they use this opportunity to be servant leaders to their peers, school and parish. To give of themselves to a community who has helped them along the way. We cannot wait to see how the year unfolds for them!
Please note that Wednesday morning Mass is at 7:45 AM to allow our staff and students (with their families) a chance to attend Mass before school starts. What a great way to start our day!
Yours In Christ,
Mrs. Maria Fonseca
Dress for the Weather
We are going to be having “West Coast” recesses this year. Unless the rain is coming down hard, we will be going outside rain or shine (and possibly snow!). We ask that your child (K-7) have OUTDOOR shoes, separate from their black school shoes and gym runners. Rain jackets with hood are the best option. Please refrain from sending umbrellas as many issues arise with them, such as safety as they are used as toys; storage is limited to their hooks and wet umbrellas can cause puddles, which in turn can be a slipping hazard.
Just to clarify, students can wear white socks with their gym strip.
Truth & Reconciliation
Sept 29 is Orange Shirt Day– students are invited to wear orange shirts with non uniform bottoms. Students may also come to school in their uniforms if families prefer.
Sept 30 is a provincial holiday for Truth and Reconciliation. The school will be closed.
Fitness-A-Thon & Other Fundraisers
We are planning our Fitness-A-Thon for October 15 (noon dismissal). We understand that we just had one at the end of the last school year. With COVID restrictions last year, we could not hold it in the fall but this year we are moving it back to October so ensure we have our other fundraisers spread out.
We thank you for your continued support of our school. Our fundraising this year continues to be for school renovations and upgrades. A letter will be sent home on Monday, Sept 20 with the pledge forms.
Thank you to our Parent Fundraising Committee. They have already met this year to discuss what fundraising activities will be going on this year. Stay tuned for their updates.
The first one is Zoom Music Bingo on Oct 2! Tickets/game cards are available on the school website.
Making Sense of Anxiety in Children & Youth
Making Sense of Anxiety
in Children & Youth
Wednesdays from (September 22nd to October 20th)
7:30pm to 9:00pm | Zoom Webinar
The escalating level of anxiety in our children begs for an explanation as well as a solution. Dr. Gordon Neufeld sheds light on this age-old problem, paving the way for natural interventions that can actually get to the root causes as opposed to just managing symptoms. Although the focus is on children, this enlightening material will benefit anyone suffering from anxiety.
As we enter into a new school year, the Archdiocese of Vancouver is pleased to once again be offering Making Sense of Anxiety in Children & Youth, a Dr. Neufeld video course with discussion facilitated by Kevin Bredeman, M.A.
Kevin Bredeman is a husband, father, and Canadian Certified Counsellor who obtained his M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. He has worked for 14 years in the mental health field and is currently a therapist working with youth and families. Kevin has trained through the Vancouver-based Neufeld Instituteto be able to facilitate several courses developed by renowned child development expert and best-selling author, Dr. Gordon Neufeld.
Click here for a more thorough course description and outline.
Wednesdays (September 22th to October 20th)
7:30pm to 9:00pm | Zoom Webinar
Registration fee: $20
Registration is required and is non-refundable.
These workshops are not being recorded.
24: School Mass (led by Gr. 7)
28: Student Photo Day
29: Orange Shirt Day
30: NO SCHOOL – Provincial Truth & Reconciliation Day
1: School Mass (led by Gr. 6)
8: NO SCHOOL- Pro D Day
11: NO SCHOOL– Thanksgiving Day
15: FItness-a-thon- NOON DISMISSAL
25-26: Grade 7 Outdoor Ed. Day Camp
29: Parent-Teacher Conferences
|Mrs. Prinster said they could build a tower as high as they could reach! Matthew built one taller than Mrs. Prinster!|
Congratulations to our Students
Here are the kids who medaled and made it to Finals at the Fraser Valley Regionals at Agassiz.
Accomplishments at Regionals:
Cruz (Gr 5) in Division 2.
1st 100m Individual Medley
2nd 50m Butterfly
1st 50m Breaststroke
2nd 100m Freestyle
Giana (Gr 5) is in Division 2.
3rd 50m Butterfly
1st 200m Medley Relay
Robert (Gr 5) is in Div 2.
3rd 100m Individual Medley
5th 50m Freestyle
5th 50m Backstroke
5th 100m Freestyle
Tiago (Gr 2) is in Div 1.
6th 50m Freestyle
3rd 100m Freestyle