COVID-19 Information

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, “A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. We are continually monitoring the situation related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and closely following the federal and provincial health officers – their advice and perspective.

LATEST! March 28 – Letter from Hon. Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair
Translations available: French | Chinese | Punjabi

LATEST! March 26 – Letter from Principal Neva Grout to Parents
March 20 – Letter from Principal Neva Grout
March 18 – Letter from Superintendent Deacon Henk Luyten
March 17 – Letter from Hon. Rob Fleming, Minister of Education
March 16 – Memo from Archbishop Michael Miller

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What should we do

According to the Provincial Health Officer, these are the recommended actions for British Columbians:

  • Cleaning your hands regularly
  • Avoiding touching your face,
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve
  • Disposing of tissues appropriately
  • Staying home and away from others if you are sick.Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 811. Translation services for 811 is available in 130 plus languages.

Dates For the Uniform Fittings

We have JUNE 1st to JUNE 7th booked for the uniform fittings for OLM. Gift vouchers available to parents shopping during that week online or at the store.

OLM Post February 24th 2020

Registration Meeting – March 3rd @7:00pm

The registration meeting will be held on March 3rd at 7:00pm in the school gym. Registration packages for the 2020-2021 school year will be handed out at the meeting. For any families unable to attend the meeting, the packages will be sent home the following day with the eldest student. Please note that ALL forms and information can be found on our school’s website www.ourladyofmercy.ca by April 1st, 2020.

AGM Announcement

In tandem with this year’s Registration Meeting on March 3rd at 7:00pm, the OLM EC is going to hold an AGM open to parents.  We strongly encourage all parents to attend this once a year opportunity to hear where the school is at currently, and where we will be going in the next school year. The EC will provide a brief overview of each sub-committee that comprises the EC itself. We encourage parents to submit specific questions they have in writing to the School Office. The questions will be collected and will be answered at the end of the AGM.

Tax Receipts From Parish Office

Tax receipts issued by the parish office for OLMS Enhancement and Walk-a-thon donations which were not picked up at the church will be sent home this Friday, February 21st, 2020 with the eldest student.

2019/2020 Tuition Tax Receipts

Tuition tax receipts for 2019 will soon be available. They will be sent home with the eldest student on Friday, February 28th, 2020.

Skating/Green Colour Day- March 3rd

Grades 1,3,5,6 have skating on Tuesday March 3rd. All other grades are allowed to wear green on that day as long as they bring in a toonie.

What do I do when my child is Sick or Away?

When your child will be away from school, it is Ministry mandated to call or email the office before 9:00am to report the absence, please also cc your child’s teacher. If you email to report the absence, you do not need to send a written note when your child returns as the email notification is sufficient.  If you call to report the absence, please send a note listing the dates and reason for the absence.

Parking

Parking at the front of the school is for staff only. There is no parking, drop-off or pick-up at the front door between 7:45am – 3:30pm. If you are coming in to volunteer or to pick up or drop off your child, please make sure to park in the designated area between the church and school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Student Drop Off Procedures
Listed below are procedures that should be followed when dropping your child off at school:


1.  Be extremely cautious and patient.
2.  Follow directions of playground supervisors on duty. Be respectful of the supervisors.
3.  Pull as far forward along the drop off area as possible before stopping your vehicle.
4.  Allow room for as many vehicles as possible to pull in behind you.
5.  After stopping, be certain it is safe for your child to exit your vehicle on the passenger side only.
6.  Say you’re goodbye’s before your turn to unload. Traffic will move more quickly for everyone.

7.  Never leave your vehicle unattended in the Student Drop Off area.
8.  Be cautious when driving out of the parking lot and out of the school zone.

Crosswalk Safety

Unfortunately, this year we are very lean on outside supervision parents.  Therefore, we want to ensure that parents teach their children crosswalk safety procedures and have a discussion with their children about safety on the school grounds.

No Right Turn on Henley From 3:00pm

Please note that you cannot turn right onto Henley from 10th Avenue from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. Police will issue violation tickets. 

OLM Post January 2020

Dates to Remember:

Jan. 27                                                  Pro-D Day School and Office Closed

Feb. 8                                   Grade 2 – FHC Mass 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Feb. 3                                                    Hip Hop starts – every Monday and Wednesday

Feb. 11                                                 Skating Day – Grades 2, 4, 7

Feb. 13 and Feb.14                          Pro-D Day – School Closed

Feb. 17                                                 Family Day – School and Office Closed

March 3Skating Day – Grades 1,3, 5, 6

March 12                                             Hip Hop Performance in the afternoon

March 16 – March 27                       Spring Break

March 30                                             School Reopen After Spring Break

Registration Time and Fee Categories

Thank you for sending in your forms regarding next year.  We are blessed at OLM and have a positive reputation.  Many families are wishing a seat at OLM and your forms help us plan.

We are currently reviewing the Category fees for families.  If your category is changing because the current Category you are in does not meet the criteria as stated in the policy.  You will be informed next week.  If you have any questions regarding your Category please feel free to contact Mrs. Grout or the parish.

Registration Meeting – March 3rd @ 7:00pm

The registration meeting will be held on March 3rd at 7:00pm in the school gym.  Registration packages for the 2020 – 2021 school year will be handed out at the meeting.  Those attending the meeting will have priority given to them in regards to the participation program.  For any families unable to  attend the meeting, the packages will be sent home the following day with the eldest student.

AGM Announcement

In tandem with this year’s Registration Meeting on March 3rd, the OLM EC is going to hold and AGM open to parents.  We strongly encourage all parents to attend this once a year opportunity to hear where the school is at currently, and where we’ll be going in the next school year.  The EC will provide a brief overview of each sub-committee that comprises the EC itself.  We encourage parents to submit specific questions they have  in writing to the School Office.  The questions will be collected and will be answered at the end of the AGM.

Clean Hands Save Lives!  How to protect yourself

There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection.  You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick

For information about hand washing, see https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html