I was working on the staff memo and I usually include a line from the Gospel on the top. This week, I couldn’t pick just one line because this week’s Gospel is the Beatitudes. It is another wonderful example of God’s instructions on how we should live.
I guess if I had to pick just one line, the one that stuck out to me was “Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.” There has been a lot of mourning over what we have lost during COVID times. The biggest loss, of course, is the loss of a loved one. We have also experienced loss of celebrations, time with extended family and friends, some people have lost jobs, ability to get around and the list goes on. In the midst of all the mourning (and sometimes on my part – bemoaning!) I have to remind myself of what we have gained, how we’ve been comforted in these time: more time with our immediate families, spending time doing simpler things (I have learned how to make sourdough bread!) and really cherishing video and phone calls and outdoor visits with my parents. God is truly good in his ability to comfort us.
Let us be peacemakers and show our pure hearts to be a source of JOY for others in need. Be there for those who are mourning and in turn, you will receive comfort when you need it.
May God bless you and your loved ones.
Mrs. Maria Fonseca
INTERIM REPORT DATE CHANGE
To allow for our teachers to complete assessments more thoroughly during this challenging time, we have moved the Interim reports to November 27. If you have any concerns about your child’s learning please contact the teacher. Thank you for understanding.
A BIG thank you to Mrs. Wagg, Mrs. Watkins and our library volunteers for working tirelessly to get our library back up and running! Students will be able to visit starting next week. There is a COVID protocol where we will “quarantine” returning books for 48 hours before they get put back in circulation. Students will also have to sanitize their hands upon entry and exit.
Parent volunteers who are helping in the library are asked to do a COVID assessment before coming in, will sanitize their hands and wear a mask inside the building.
PLEASE take a look at home to see if you have any outstanding library books as we have a long list of missing books.
These Grade 7 students have taken challenge to be part of our leadership team this year: James, Chelsea, Klaudia, Emma and Farrah. Thank you!
They will be in charge of planning Celtic Days and activities for students along with the teacher sponsors.
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child
We are also once again participating in Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Our school has taken part in this for the last 8 years and we have proudly been able to donate anywhere between 40 – 70 shoe boxes each year. Collection week is Nov. 16th -19th at the school. If you are unable to bring your box in by the due date, you can bring it directly to Maple Ridge Baptist Church on Lougheed and 222nd.
Shoeboxes are available at the office. Our school goal will be to reach 50 filled shoeboxes this season.
USED UNIFORM SALE
St. Patrick’s School will host an outdoor Used Uniform Sale on Thursday Nov. 5th from 2:00 – 3:15pm.
If you have items you wish to sell or donate; parents can drop items on Monday, Nov. 2nd in Ziplock bags with family name, item size & a reasonable price marked on the bag. If you do not label the item we will assume you are donating it to the school.
Place bagged items in the marked contatiner in the covered walk-thru between the gym and the school office.
For more information contact Mrs. Sarah Tuck at her email: [email protected]
GLOBAL COFFEE FUNDRAISER
A big thank you to all the families that participated in the Global Coffee Fundraiser.
The students will be bringing home the coffee orders on Monday Nov. 2nd.
$750.00 was raised to help support St. Patrick’s School!
CELTIC DAY – Oct. 29th
Thank you Celtics for your loonies and twoonies to help support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We will be forwarding $251.50 to them on behalf of our students!
Week In a Glance
Wed. Nov 4th – Early Dismissal at 2:00pm
Thurs. Nov 5th – Remembrance Day Assembly (virtual)
Thurs. Nov 5th – Used Uniform Sale 2:00 – 3:15
Fri. Nov 6th – School Mass – Gr. 4 Newill
Nov 5: Remembrance Day Assembly (Virtual)
Nov 10: Grade 6 Immunizations and Staff Flu Shots
Nov 11: Remembrance Day – No School
Nov 13: Signal Hill Presentation – Gr. 5 – 7
Nov 16: Re-entry for Temporary Transition Students – Please let us know by Nov. 9th if your child is returning for the Nov. 16th re-entry
Nov 20: Pro D Day – NO SCHOOL for students
Nov 27: Celtics Day – Retro Day (Dress Up day!)
Nov 27: Interim Reports go home