The school bell rings at 8:45, please ensure students arrive on-time.
Dear Parents / Guardians,
In less than a month, children will be on their March Break, a time to renew and refresh. Hopefully in that time, they will read many books as daily reading is truly beneficial for all students. As long as they are reading, it does not matter which format (i.e., computer, book, etc.) or type of book they choose (e.g., comics, graphic novels, magazines, books, etc.). Please encourage them to read as reading opens up a while new world to students and they can learn so much from it including knowledge, sentence structure, fun facts, new words/vocabulary, etc. Reading is also a great activity to do before bed as it calms the mind and body, and I can certainly vouch for this.
The Church sets aside 40 days as a special time we call Lent. The word Lenten comes from the AngloSaxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid (Springtide) the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls. Lent is a time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Penance and the recalling of our baptism are of particular importance during this time. Moreover, an emphasis is placed on performing spiritual works, like attending the Stations of the Cross and Mass, taking the time for personal prayer and spiritual reading, going to confession, and offering gifts of time and love to others.
At this time, I would like to mention and thank our patrols. They are doing such a great job at manning the parking lot drop off procedure every morning. It is great to see you take pride in yourself, your school, and your community. Keep up the great work!
In regards to our Morning Drop-off Zone, I would like to encourage our families to use it. As of now, we get an intake of approximately 30 vehicles. This procedure was implemented to improve the safety of our students. We have noticed that families are preferring to drop off their children on Selkirk, which is a very high traffic area and the risk of an accident is higher.
On another note, I would like to take a moment to remind families about a couple of safety concerns. Children should not be arriving at the school before 8:30 a.m. due to no supervision being available. Supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. If they arrive prior to 8:30, they will be required to be in the Before School Program. When the children arrive at the school, they should head directly to the playground unless it is raining or there are extreme weather temperatures. As mentioned in the previous newsletters, there seems to be more and more students arriving before supervision begins. Once again, please have your students at the school after 8:30 am and/or before classes begin which is at 8:45 am.
Yours in Catholic Education,
Principal: Ms. J. Siska