Dear Parents,

 

On behalf of the staff of Sacred Heart, I would like to welcome all of you to school. We thank you for your generosity at Christmas time, that was expressed in the way of cards and gifts to staff and donations to our "Giving Tree”. I trust you and your family had a peaceful Christmas break. It is wonderful to be back at school working with your children and sharing in the excitement, energy and joy that they bring with them each and every day.

A number of extracurricular activities have started up at school this week. Thank you for supporting these activities through coaching, refereeing and driving. Although we are just returning to school we are already planning for next year. If you have a child entering kindergarten in the fall, I thank you for completing the Kindergarten Survey for September 2018 (this link was emailed to you yesterday). If you have not had a chance to respond, please do so as soon as you are able.

On a typical school day morning, in the span of 30 minutes, we have over 370 children being dropped off at our school, close to 40 children being dropped off at the preschool and approximately 80 people coming to morning mass. Needless to say, this is a large number of vehicles in a small amount of time. Please review the attached document related to the traffic pattern for drop-off and pick-up. Passing this information on to anyone who may be dropping off or picking up your children would be appreciated. The safety of all in our parish community is of the utmost importance.

God Bless,

Kelly Kozack

Principal

 

Prayer Request:  The great grandmother of Abigail Besth (6) and Hudson Besth (2A) has recently passed away.  Please keep them and their family in your prayers.  Thank you.

 

Parent’s Night Out:  With the kids back in school, you are probably in need of some well deserved downtime.  Well, we have just the answer! Drop off your kids for a night of supervised fun, activities and a movie while you get to enjoy a meal that doesn’t involve cutting up someone’s food for them. Please see the attachment below for more details and note that the deadline for pre-registration (only 50 spots available) is Thursday, January 11, 2018.

 

Bottle Drive for the Missions:  On January15th-18th bring all ‘recyclable-for-money’ containers to the drop-off area from 8:30am - 8:45am.  All proceeds support Operation Smile.  Thank you for your support!

 

Professional Development Day: Friday, January 19th is a Professional Development Day for our staff. There is no school for students on this day.

 

Les jeux Olympiques on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 8:50-12pm:  

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will soon begin. Our anual French Carnaval celebration will be transformed into a winter sport celebration. It will be a festival of cultures, with a highlight on South Korean and French Canadian traditions, Olympic sports and the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship, and respect. Grade 7 students are designing the stations for the games.

If you would like to earn parent participation hours by helping at the stations, please contact Mme Wiechers. We need help in the kitchen with preparing and serving hot chocolate throughout the games so if you have experience in the Sacred Heart kitchen, we would love to hear from you. Merci.

Attendance Reminder:  The Ministry requires the office to have written documentation outlining the reason and duration of any absence.  Please send a written note or an email to the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Attendance Hotline on the school website.  When you use the Attendance Hotline, the teacher automatically gets a notification as well.

 

A Note from the PEC:

Christmas Concert DVD Link:

Happy 2018 and welcome back to all our families at SHS. I hope you had an enjoyable and blessed Christmas.

Please find the attached link to our Christmas Concert “Meet Me at the Manager.” Thank you to Dynamic Weddings for the filming and editing; and a special thank you to Mr. Jones and all the staff and students for the incredible amount of work that it took to create such a fantastic play.

Please enjoy! Krista Maznik

 http://www.dynamicweddings.ca/sacred-heart-2017-christmas-concert.html

 Save the Date - Open House:

 When: Thursday, January 25 from 6pm - 8:30pm

 What: Watch for details about dinner, dancing and displays!

 

Sacred Heart Youth Group News:

On Sunday, January 14, Junior Youth Group will meet in the back of the church. Our focus for the night is: “New Year, New Me?” followed by a cookie making session for a charitable cause.

We invite all grade 7 students to join our weekly activities. Our meeting starts at 6:30pm and is over by 8pm. On occasion we might be using the school gym, so when picking up, please check in there if we are not at the back of the church.

Parents and young adults who would like to assist our activities are welcome to attend. At this point of growing this young community we are at the “it takes a village” stage and we welcome like-minded leaders to help.

For more information please email Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Sister Flolyn at the Parish Office (946-4522).

 

SHP Centenary Corner:

January – Vocations Month:  What exactly is a “vocation?”  What does a priest do?  How do I know what God is calling me to do?  Why can’t priests get married?  For answers to these and other frequently asked questions about the priesthood go to: http://vocationsvancouver.ca/priesthood/faqs/

Vocations Explained:  Fr Rodney, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Vancouver will speak with the children of our school and PREP about Vocations later this month.

Don’t Miss These 2 Great Events @ SHP!  

We have the rare opportunity to participate in not 1, but 2 events in our very own parish as part of our Centenary celebrations!  Join Fr Rob Galea, (Australia) renown singer / songwriter in concert Fri, Feb 9 in the school & Fr Tony Ricard (New Orleans, USA) presenting a dynamic & inspiring Lenten reflection, Thurs, Feb 15 in the church!  Tickets are available after all weekend Masses and will be sold after school beginning next week (Day TBD).  You don’t want to miss it!  Check out Fr Rob @ http://www.frrobgalea.com/ & Fr Tony on FB & Twitter @ https://www.facebook.com/fathertony &  https://twitter.com/frtony?lang=en