Newsletter – 2023 December 11

Our Winter Food Drive was once again a huge success, due to the generous donations by our OLM Community. The food collected will help two food banks in our area:

  • Don’t Go Hungry in New Westminster – feeding over 500 families weekly. 
  • Help Us Belong  in Burnaby – Feeding over 500 families weekly.

Your donations, while they may seem insignificant, are impactful to those in need. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community and that collective action can impact the world. Congratulations O.L.M.!!

In other Leadership Club News, we are excited to participate in the Shoebox Project. We will be donating 20 personally crafted gifts that contain a mix of essential everyday items and small luxuries that any woman would love! These boxes are meant to uplift and empower women who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Money raised from hot dog days, popcorn/chips and frozen treat sales have been used to fund this project. More community outreach projects will take place in the new year. 

Newsletter – 2024 February 13

Dates to remember:

  • Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16 – Catholic Education Conference – No school
  • Monday, February 19 – Family Day – No school
  • Thursday, February 22 – Annual General Meeting and Registration Package pick up 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Student-led Conferences and 
                                  – Registration packages review panel in the OLM Gym (See below)

A reminder that there is no school this Thursday and Friday (February 15 and 16) due to the Catholic Educators’ Conference, and no school on Monday (February 19) due to Family Day.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 7:00 pm. At least one parent must attend this mandatory meeting. Please note that Registration packages will be available for pick up at the end of the event. 

Student-led conferences will be from 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm. There will be no YouthCat on this day.

Due to the large number of incomplete registration packages returned last year, there will be a new registration format this year. Therefore:

  • To register your child for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, a panel of individuals will be accepting completed packages in the gym between 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm on the Student-Led Conference Day (Tuesday, March 5, 2024). 
  • We will review the package with you present and only accept complete packages. 
  • Please ensure you have a VOID cheque for the debit authorization. We will NOT be accepting “same as last year” on the form. 
  • Please also note that returning students will have a student verification form (White Re-Registration form) included in their package. Kindly review the information and update any changes with a colored pen (red preferably). 
  • A reminder that if you are applying for an out-of-parish subsidy, to notify your parish as these forms need to be received in the package to be processed.

Newsletter – 2023 November 7

Happy November! Please see below for an update on some of the important things happening around our school in the next little while.

Remembrance Day
Please join us on Friday, November 10th for our Remembrance Day celebration. Families are welcome to attend mass with the school at 9:30, as well as the assembly to follow at 10:45, (please note the slight adjustment in timing from the online school calendar).

A big thank you to the teachers and students who have been working hard to prepare the assembly for us!

There will be no school on Monday, November 13th, as it is a provincial holiday.

Three-Way Conferences: Grades 1-7
Those families that have been with us for a while may remember three-way conferences. After a few years of communicating student learning in the first term through student-led conferences, we are once again giving this format a try!

Student-led conferences involve multiple students leading their family member(s) through their classroom and a portfolio of their work at the same time. Three-way conferences, on the other hand, are scheduled, private meetings between the classroom teacher, the student, and their parent(s). During this time each party is given a chance to share about the student’s
learning and discuss next steps for growth.

Please note that Kindergarten will still be using a student-led conference format this term.

Conferences will take place on November 30th, between 1pm and 6pm.

  • there will be NO SCHOOL for students on Nov. 30, other than their scheduled conference time
  • there will be no YouthCat
  • families will soon be invited to schedule a 10 minute interview time for each of their children
  • students are to wear their school uniform to their conference
  • This is a mandatory event. All families are expected to attend.

Christmas Concert Costumes
It’s almost that time of year again! Please see the “Student Provides” column of the attached costume list to see what your child will need to bring for their costume. Costumes will be due into classrooms on December 4th.

Helpful Tips:

  • label every part of your child’s costume-even socks!!
  • send your child’s costume neatly folded in one clearly labeled bag, (paper works well!)
  • if you have any questions about your child’s costume, please contact Miss Krenosky

Kindness Week
This week is Kindness Week at OLM! “Spots of Kindness” currently line our hallways, and many of oure doors are sporting signs advertising that “Kindness Starts Here.” Each day, students will be encouraged to engage in activities that help them to notice kindness in others, and promote kindness in themselves. We are looking forward to a great week!

Volleyball
Congratulations to all of our teams on a great season with lots of teamwork and improvement! Special congratulations, and best of luck to our Grade 5 team as they won their quarterfinal game, and will be continuing their play-off journey next week!

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 13th: No School
  • November 15th: Pro. D. Day. NO SCHOOL for students. The office will be open.
  • November 16th: Skating for Grades 6 and 7
  • November 30th: Student-Led Conferences. No school for students.
  • December 1st: Student Learning Updates for Term One go home to families
  • December 4th: Christmas concert costumes due

Newsletter – 2023 October 17

We are now halfway through the month of October, and the weather is definitely showing us that fall has arrived! Please see below for some updates:

Digital Citizenship Week!
Next week, our school will be celebrating Digital Citizenship Week, in honour of the second annual Digital Citizenship Day happening on October 25th! Each day, students will be introduced to a new digital citizenship concept through a guiding question, (i.e. How can I balance screen time?), and a short corresponding video. Look out for more exciting news on digital citizenship and digital literacy at OLM coming in November!

Uniforms:
Thank you for making the transition from summer uniforms to regular school attire a smooth one! We have noticed that some of our students, especially in the primary grades, have been wearing white t-shirts/golf shirts that do not have the OLM logo. Please ensure that your child comes to school each day wearing their OLM white golf shirt, as it is the only one that is an acceptable part of school uniform. Please also ensure that your child’s shoes are predominantly black, (white or grey accents are okay), and suitable for all school activities. Boots are a great idea for inclement weather, but should be exchanged for black school shoes once inside the classroom. 

OLM Invitational Volleyball Tournament:
OLM is hosting a volleyball invitational tournament at St. Thomas More this coming Saturday, October 21st. All are welcome to attend and cheer on our Grade 5 team (9:00am-12:30pm), and 7 team (1:00pm-5:00pm) Please click on the poster here for more details, as well as the link to preorder yummy food from the concession! 

Devices at School:
We understand that many students now carry electronic devices such as phones, and smart watches with them to school on a daily basis for safety reasons. Students are expected to turn off all-non school related devices and store them in their backpacks as soon as they enter school grounds. This includes smart watches with data/wifi. Devices may be turned on again once students have been dismissed. If you need to contact your child during the school day, please phone or e-mail the office, and we will be happy to connect you or pass along a message. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

Playground:
Please be reminded that for safety reasons there is no playground access before school. It can be very difficult for staff on supervision to recognize which children are being actively supervised by an adult or older sibling, and which are not. Therefore, we kindly ask that all students wait by their classroom doors until the bell rings. 

Halloween:
Halloween is fast approaching, and with it comes preparations for costumes!

Students are welcome to come to school in costume on October 31st. 

Please be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Masks of any kind are not allowed. Face paint may be worn as long as it is not depicting blood and/or gore
  • Accessories of any kind such as swords, shields, and wands are not allowed
  • Students must be able to sit comfortably in their desks/perform regular school activities, (i.e. no inflatable costumes, please)