We started our day with an assembly to introduce an exciting new initiative we have at the school, peer mediation. Class 6 has been trained, by a professional mediator, in interest based mediation using the four stage model and will now be on the playground using these skills to help solve issues that may arise. Our grade seven leaders will be taking on a new role as peer helpers which will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
We have experienced tremendous growth in our school this year. I am very proud of our school and am excited to see all of the new families wanting to join our wonderful community. More students has also meant more cars. On the west side of the slough, in the gravel parking lot, we have angle parking and parallel parking. If you are on the west side of the gravel lot please ensure that you are parking on an angle. Please do not park your car on Arthur Drive and come to the school to pick up your child. When picking up your children after school you need to park in designated areas and come to the front of the school and pick up your child, or use the pick up lane. The safety of everyone in our community is of the utmost importance to us.
School Mass Tomorrow at 9:15am: Mrs. Hopson’s Class 3A will be serving. All are invited.
Student Washrooms: For the safety of our children and your own personal protection, please do not use the student washrooms. There is a washroom in the office, at the back of the sick room that is for adult use.
Choir Practice Cancelled - Thursday, October 26: The practice for the Parish Choir (The Heartbeats) is cancelled for tomorrow.
Cookie Sale! Robotics will be selling spooky Halloween ghost cookies for $2 after school on Thursday after school by the Kindergarten door. Baked fresh by our friends at Richlea Bakery. Don't forget to bring your toonie!
Photo Day Tomorrow: Individual school photos will be taken tomorrow. Please make sure your child/ren brings a sweater to school.
Dinner Dance Auction Update: Did you receive your invitation to Enchantment Under the Sea? Blue envelopes went home with students yesterday, and the countdown is now on to the biggest evening event of the year. There will be DDA table set-up in the foyer during parent teacher interviews both Thursday and Friday to accept donations, answer questions, and take ticket purchases. Come by and see us!
Reserve your tables and purchase your tickets early - this event will sell out! You can also save time at the door and purchase drink tickets ahead!
Top 3 reasons why you should consider adding a donation onto your ticket order for the Dinner Dance Auction:
Money collected will go towards purchasing AMAZING auction items that are going to help YOU finish your Christmas shopping early
Donations are all tax-deductible
It all helps support your kids' education!
We are actively seeking donations of items for the auction. Do you have sports event tickets, round of golf, or a vacation property that you could lend out? Do you own a business or work for a company that could donate a certificate? What about a unique talent that you could share?
Participate. Volunteer. Donate!
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive: From Monday, October 30th to Friday November 10th, we are having our Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Drive. Specific instructions regarding your child(rens) class(es) will come from their classroom teacher (some classes are working in groups of 2 or 3, others are doing it differently).
These shoe boxes will be delivered to children in developing countries. Often, it is the first Christmas gift they ever receive. Each gift-filled shoe box should contain a well-balanced variety of school supplies, toys, hygiene products, a prayer/ scripture passage, and a personal note/photo from the giver. Specific instructions are below. Shoe boxes are due no later than November 10th.
How to Pack Your Shoe Box:
1. We will provide students with an Operation Christmas Child shoe box.
2. Your child or their group will choose to pack their shoe box for a boy or a girl, ages 2–4, 5–9, or 10–14
3. Fill your shoe box with a well-balanced variety of items from the following categories:
· School Supplies - Items such as pencils, pens, pencil crayons, note pads, colouring books, stickers and picture books
· Toys & Other Gifts - Items such as small stuffed animals, dolls, cars, soccer balls (with needle and pump), small musical instruments, hair clips, puzzles, jump ropes
· Non-Liquid Hygiene Items - Bar soap, toothbrush, washcloths, combs
· Clothing items- T-shirts, socks, hats, shorts, dress
· Personal Note - Include a card (could be a Christmas Card) with a personal note and/or a photo in your shoe box
· Prayer or Scripture Passage – Include a prayer (student can write or can be selected), or scripture passage that has meaning for your child. This can be written in a card with your note and photo or can be creatively made into a bookmark, etc.
4. Bring in $10 for every shoebox filled (this cost may be split if your child is part of a group). This helps cover the shipping costs. Place in an envelope inside your shoebox. Do not put your notes and photos in the envelope.
Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 2pm.
Meet: At the school outside the gym to load the boxes
Destination: Westside Baptist Church, 8506 Ash Street, Vancouver
St. Francis Coin Drive Update: Thank-you to everyone who brought in money for our Saint Francis Coin Drive. We were able to buy 4 goats, 4 sheep, 4 hens, 2 roosters and a pair of rabbits for families in developing countries. Your generosity truly makes a difference in the lives of others.
Halloween Candy: If you have extra halloween candy and would like to donate it to the AGAPE Street Ministry, please bring it to Mrs. De Sousa's classroom. Thank you!
Found: An XBOX gift card was found on the bleachers in the gym on Monday, October 23rd. Please call the office if you have lost it.
Lost and Found Bin Sort: On Thursday, October 26, the bin will be sorted and all unlabelled school uniforms will be donated to the Used Uniform stock and all other unidentifiable items (including jackets) will be donated to local thrift shops. Please take time to look through the overflowing bin. It is full of jackets with no names on them and too packed for small students to sift through to the bottom.
Christmas Market - Saturday, November 4:
Urgently needed donations of gently used items, please see attached notice for more details
Volunteers are still needed - please sign up using the Parent Participation Portal. Positions include: Booth Helper & Clean up
The Sacred Heart Christmas Market would greatly appreciate your donation of a bottle for our Bottle Booth Raffle. We are looking for filled bottles of Tea, Wine, Bubble Bath, Vinegars, etc. Any shape, size or content is welcome. You may drop them off at the school until November 3rd. Come to the Sacred Heart Christmas Market on Saturday, November 4 for a chance to win a mystery bottle!!