OLM Newsletter November 23rd, 2016

Picture Order Forms

For those who had pictures taken on retake day, the orders were due today, November 23rd.  If ordering online, you do not need to return anything to the school.   If using the paper order form and you have not yet submitted your order to the office, please do so by 9:00am tomorrow, November 24th.


Christmas Concert Tickets

Attached is the order form for Christmas Concert tickets. As there will be no raffle ticket sales this year to help cover the costs of the Christmas Concert production, we are  asking for a minimum donation of $5.00 per ticket. Please note that 80% of the money you donate will count towards your OLM fundraising commitment fee.  For example, if you donate $100 for your ticket order,  $80 will go towards your fundraising commitment fee.  If you donate $20 for your ticket order, $16 will go towards your fundraising commitment fee.  Please submit the order form along with your donation no later than Thursday, December 1, 2016.


Christmas Concert Schedule

There are some changes to the school schedule for the week of Dec. 12 – Dec. 16. Please see the attached Schedule for Christmas Concert 2016 for more information.

Pro D Day Dec. 2

Please note the school and office will be closed on Friday, December 2nd.


Winter Break Daycamp

Burnaby Neighbourhood House will be running a winter break daycamp from Dec. 19 – Dec. 31.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

OLM Newsletter Setember 7, 2016

School Calendar 2016 – 2017

Our Lady of Mercy Newsletter September 7, 2016


Meet the Teacher Night

Please note that this is a regular school day. Students are to come to school at the regular time.

Parents will meet with the teachers in the evening. Meet the Teacher Night is for parents/guardians only. Please make arrangements for child care if necessary.

When: Monday, September 12 Where: Individual Classrooms from 6:30 – 6:50p.m. or
7:00 – 7:20p.m.

You will have two opportunities to go to a class session. You may choose from either 6:30p.m. or 7:00p.m. This is an opportunity for parents to hear important information about their child’s school year in which the teacher explains the class expectations and curriculum.

OLM School Parents Thursday Night Basketball
Every Thursday night – starting Sept. 8th 6:30 – 8:30 PM

If interested, email or text name and contact info (cell number and email) to Albert Bicol 778.998.9651 or albert.bicol@gmail.com

What Do I Do When My Child Is Sick Or Away?

If your child is absent from school, please phone the school before 8:45 a.m. When your child returns to school please send a note explaining his or her absence. We are required from the Ministry of Education to have a note from the parent to explain absences. We are audited and checked every year. For funding purposes, this is one way the government is building in accountability.

Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 10

Remembrance Day

Nov .11

Last Day of school before Christmas Break

Dec 16 Noon Dismissal

School reopens after Christmas Break

Jan. 3


Feb. 9 & 10

Family Day

Feb. 13

Last Day of school before Spring Break

Mar. 10

School reopens after Spring Break

Mar. 27

Holy Thursday

Apr. 13 Noon Dismissal

Good Friday


Easter Monday


Victoria Day

May 22

September/October Dates to Remember

Sept. 12 Meet the Teacher Night

Sept. 13 Individual Student Photos

Sept. 20   Skating – Gr. 2, 4, 6

Oct. 5 Cross Country Meet

Oct. 7 Pro D – School & Office Closed

Oct. 10 Thanksgiving – School & Office Closed

Oct. 12 Grade 6 Immunizations

Oct. 31  Halloween Fair

 For a complete list of dates please see the school calendar on our website.


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.

Father Nicolas Request to Students and Parents to Attend Morning Mass

Father Nicolas has requested that we continue this year with each grade being responsible for doing the readings and altar serving for morning masses. He asked that there be a minimum of five students in attendance each morning mass which starts at 8:00 a.m. Father Nicolas feels passionately that the students need to be encouraged and supported by the parents to be connected and experience the beauty of mass. This is one of the main reasons why students are not permitted into the classrooms on rainy days until 8:30 a.m. The grade teacher will assist parents by asking for volunteers and encouraging different students to attend.

The following is the schedule:

Tuesday Grade 6

Wednesday Grade 5

Thursday Grade 4 and Grade 7

Although a grade has been assigned to a specific day all parents and students are welcome!

Newsletter October 30

All Hallows
Halloween is the night of October 31. The word means “Hallow‟s Eve.” Hallow is the
same word for „holy‟ that we find in the Lord‟s Prayer, and e‟en is a contraction of
„evening‟. The word Halloween itself is a shortened form of “All Hallows Eve,” the
day before All Saints Day. This holiday, properly understood and celebrated with all
of its fun trappings, can be a way for us to deepen our understanding of our faith.
The key to this understanding is close at hand for Catholics who understand the
importance of the communion of saints.
Halloween isn‟t just the way we end October. It is the way we begin November. On
Halloween Night –the holy eve of All Saints‟ Day – we begin the church‟s month to
remember the dead.
Take time to plan more than a costume. Start collecting pictures, letters or other
reminders of relatives or friends who have died. Plan to pray for them.
For more information please check out the following websites:
Dates to Remember
Nov. 3 & 4 Big House – Gr. 4
Nov. 5 Skating – Grades 1, 3, 5, 7
Nov. 8 Spirit Day – Gr. 7
Nov. 10 Remembrance Day Assembly -11:00am
Nov. 11 Remembrance Day – School & Office
Nov. 14 FHC Enrollment Mass
Nov. 26 Teddy Bear Picnic – Kindergarten
For complete information, please see the November
school calendar on our website.
Halloween Family Dance Party
Join us this evening Oct. 30th in the OLM Gym
from 7:00pm – 9:00pm for our Halloween Family
Dance Party!

If you haven’t submitted your form,
it’s not too late. They will accept payment at the

Cost is $5.00 per person. Please note – an
adult must accompany your children. For those
who have already submitted the form and payment,
check in at the front door – your family name will
be on the list at the door.
OLM Grade 7’s Take Leadership Roles
The Grade 7 school year is an exciting time for
Grade 7 students. This is their last year in
elementary school and they are the leaders of the
school. As leaders of the school there is an
expectation that each student is a role model for the
younger students both in their behavior around the
school and as leaders for the school’s outreach
Locally, our school continues to support Covenant
House, local food banks, catholic charities and the
Agape Street Ministry.
Therefore, this Halloween the Grade 7 class will be
undertaking the following initiatives:
– The food and money collected from the Halloween
Fair will go to St. Vincent de Paul.
– We are asking students to bring a bag of candy to
school which will be donated to the Agape Street
Ministry (see attached poster).
Skating Day/Red Colour Day November 5
Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 have skating on Thursday,
November 5th.

Students in all other grades are
permitted to dress in red as long as they bring a
toonie to school on Thursday. Funds collected will
go towards the Covenant House Christmas
Backpack Program.
The completed walk-a-thon tax receipt information
form that went home yesterday is due this Monday,
November 2nd at 9:00am. Once again we apologize
for the inconvenience.

Newsletter June 24, 2013

Our Lady of Mercy Newsletter

June 24, 2013


 School Calendar 2013 – 2014


First Day of School Gr. 1 – 7First Day of School – Kindergarten

Sept 3
Sept 4

Pro D – School Closed

Sept 20

Pro D – School Closed

Sept 27

Pro D – School Closed

Oct 11

Thanksgiving Day

Oct 14

Remembrance Day

Nov 11

Last Day of school before Christmas Break

Dec 20
Noon Dismissal

School reopens after Christmas Break

Jan 6

Family Day

Feb. 10

Catholic Educators’ Conference

Feb 13 – 14

Spring Break

Mar 17 – 21

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar 27

Holy Thursday

Apr 17 Noon Dismissal

Good Friday

Apr 18

Easter Monday

Apr 21

OLM Feast Day

May 16

Victoria Day

May 19


June 6
Noon Dismissal

Activity Day

June 13

Gr. 7 Farewell Mass & Awards
Talent Show

June 20

Last Day of School

June 25
Noon Dismissal

Reminder for the First Day of School

The first day of school for Grades 1 – Grades 7 will be Tuesday, September 3, 2013. School will be in session from 8:45am – 10:00am. We will have a regular school day beginning on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 8:45am – 3:00 pm.

The first day of school for Kindergarten will be Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the regular scheduled time. The morning class is from 8:45am – 11:30am; the afternoon class is from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. Full day Kindergarten starts September 16, 2013 from 8:45am – 3:00pm.

Thank You to the Education Committee

The staff and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Education Committee for their continued support and vision they have for the school. OLM has been very blessed to have had supportive and visionary EC members both past and present who have worked well beyond the hours required. These people give generously of their time and talent so that every child at the school could benefit.

Thank You to OLM Parents and Students

We would also like to acknowledge the parents and students who have supported the school through their participation hours and the hours parents have volunteered to make this place wonderful. Through your efforts we are able to offer a safe environment, a hot lunch program, the library is open during lunchtime, events organized by the special events committee and all the fundraising efforts, classes going on fieldtrips, the school gets an extra dose of cleaning, more team sports are offered, and much, much more. It is because of your efforts that the school has accomplished so much.

OLM Gave Generously to Charities

Through the different school events that the Grade 7 Class has organized the school raised over $5,000 to support the following charities:

Free the Children

Canuck Children’s Hospice

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Covenant House

Christian Child Care International


Blind Beginnings

New Westminster Royal Canadian Legion

We also support KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. www.kiva.org

This is what Our Lady of Mercy is all about, people helping and supporting each other by offering the gifts and talents that God has graced on each one of us! Thank you!

Have a safe, fun-filled memorable summer.