Newsletter – 2022 November 16

“Goodness is hidden, silent; it requires slow and continuous excavation. Because God’s style is discreet. He does not impose himself. He is like the air we breathe-we don’t see it but it allows us to live.”

-Pope Francis

Calendar
Please refer to the the Calendar page for up to date events/activities scheduled during this busy time of the year.

Cold and flu season
The cold and flu season is well underway, and together we want to do everything we can to prevent the students from getting sick. Inevitably, however, they will catch something from somewhere.

The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in collaboration with the BC Centre for Disease Control want to ensure that all parents are aware that their child should not come to school if they are sick and unable to participate fully in routine activities.

Families can support this practice by being diligent in doing the daily health check every morning before their child comes to school. The daily health check means regularly checking to ensure they (or their child) are not experiencing symptoms of illness (including but not limited to COVID-19 symptoms) that would limit their ability to participate fully in regular activities before coming to school to prevent spread of communicable diseases within the school settings.

If a student develops symptoms at school:

  • Masks are available for those who are sick and the people assisting them
  • Students who are ill will be asked to wait in the office for their family member to pick them up
  • The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted and asked to have their child picked up as soon as possible
  • Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the area and the surrounding areas the person used
  • The person should stay home and follow public health advice on when to return to activities. Most people can return to school when their symptoms have improved, and they feel well enough to participate in regular activities.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), research shows that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement and their social and emotional well being.

Here are a few tips for cold and flu season to help stop the spread

  1. Start off with a healthy meal. Providing your child with a healthy meal not only gives them enough energy to focus it keeps their immune system in shape.
  2. Get a good night’s rest. A sufficient amount of sleep helps fight off sickness because a good sleep has a major effect on your child’s immune system.
  3. Good hand washing – keep little hands clean. One of the most important ways to stop the spread of germs is hand washing. The benefits of hand washing have been emphasized more than ever over these past two years, and it still remains incredibly important for preventing the spread of cold and flu germs. Make sure to teach your children to wash their hands before eating, touching their faces, and when returning from school. Washing for at least 20 seconds can help eliminate germs and keep your whole family much healthier.
  4. Healthy habits and good hygiene. Cover your cough! Respiratory illnesses such as the flu or common cold are spread airborne. Continue to reinforce your child habits like sneezing and coughing in their elbow helps prevent others from getting sick and washing his or her hands after he or she sneezes.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth or face. Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  6. Sanitize – Common areas or high-touch areas are disinfected with antibacterial disinfectant. This includes surfaces, door handles and cabinet pulls, the refrigerator and microwave, toilet seats and bathroom faucets.

Student- Led Conferences – Thursday, Dec. 1
Student-led conferences are a time for the students to celebrate and show their families the work they have accomplished this term and the ebb and flow of their class.

Thursday, Dec. 1st is a late start.
Classes will begin at 12:55 for students. However, there will be supervision starting at 8:15 a.m. for any student who needs to come to school.

There are four Student-Led sessions that parents can choose from. Families do not need to sign up for a specific time. But instead may attend any ONE of the following sessions:

3:15 to 4:15 or 4:15 to 5:15
Doors will be closed from 5:15 to 6:00p.m.
6:00 to 6:45 or 6:45 to 7:45
Doors close at 8:00p.m.

Newsletter – 2022 October 27

“We must not fear moments of sadness and desolation but be confident and sure that the Lord never abandons us. Prayer is the quiet source of strength which brings peace.”

-Pope Francis

Important Dates
Monday October 31
Tuesday November 1
Wednesday Nov 2
Thursday November 10
Friday November 11
Week of November 14-18
Thursday November 17
Monday November 21
Thursday November 24
Tuesday November 29


Halloween Fair
All Saints Day School Mass at 9:30am Candy Collection for Agape
All Souls Day
Remembrance Day Assembly
School & Office Closed – Remembrance Day
Kindness Week
Skating
Movie Night
Grade 6 Immunization
Advent Ceremony – Blessing of the Advent wreaths

Urgent Attention – Immediate Action Required
We have been notified by St. Thomas More that some OLM parents are parking in their back parking lot adjacent to Mary Avenue Park. There is a reduced number of available parking spots due to fire regulations therefore OLM parents are no longer permitted to park there. OLM parents are welcome to park along 12th Avenue and walk through the STM lot and along the track to bring their children to school.

Halloween Candy Needed
We will be collecting wrapped candy for the Agape Street Ministry. This local ministry provides street youth with meals and treats throughout the year. We ask that your child donate a portion of his or her candy to this worthy cause. Please bring the candy in a baggie marked “Agape” to school between Tuesday November 1- Friday November 4.

Illness
Please send an email to the office ([email protected]) if your child is absent. This includes all absences such as vacation, medical appointments, illness’ etc.)

We are getting several emails asking what the protocol is if your child tests positive for COVID. As per the CDC Government website, below is a copy of the protocol and what to do if you test positive or have symptoms:

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

Stay home for at least 5 days

  • Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas and do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Do not travel and avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis if possible.

As a reminder, it is the parents’ responsibility to do the Covid Daily Health Check at home each morning prior to bringing your child to school.

Leadership Club Newsletter – Sep 14, 2022

Good afternoon Parents,

We are excited to announce that Our Lady of Mercy has started a leadership
club. This club is open to grade 6 & 7 students and what a response we have
had!

The leadership club will focus on :

➔ Raising school spirit
➔ Learning leadership skills
➔ Organizing school wide activities
➔ Public speaking
➔ Fundraising for charities and school projects

To start the school year we will be hosting a mini Spirit Week for the whole
school from September 21-23!

September 21 – Welcome back Hot Dog Day
Each student will receive one free Hot Dog, Bag of Chips, and Juice box.

September 22 – Crazy Hair Day
$2.00 to participate – no uniform required on this day for students
participating.

September 23 – Frozen Treat Friday
$1.00 per treat – frozen treats will be sold after school until 3:20 by the gym
doors.

We look forward to raising school spirit and watching our leaders blossom.

Newsletter – 2022 Sep 12

Dear  Parents,

Please read that attached newsletter or see below that has important dates for this week as well as other information. 

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 13 Picture Day Full Uniform Required
  • Thursday, September 15 Meet the Teacher and General Parent Meeting
  • Friday, September 16 Professional Day Office and School are Closed

Please visit www.ourladyofmercy.ca for full calendar details

Lowering of the Flags

Our Lady of Mercy school is saddened by the news of Queen Elizbeth ll’s passing. In memory of Her Majesty The Queen, all CISVA schools have lowered their flags to half-mast.

Almighty God,

You are the author and sustainer of all human life;
Grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen, whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life promised to all those born again
in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.

Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
And let Perpetual light shine upon her.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.


General Parent Meeting and Meet the Teacher

It is great to be back and to be able to hold meetings in person. This year we are combining a general meeting for parents and meeting the classroom teacher.

Agenda for Parent Meeting

  • Where: School Gym
  • When: Thursday, September 15. There are TWO sessions to choose from. Only choose ONE; You can attend either at 6:30 pm or 6:55 pm

PEC Will cover new programs such as Activity Messager and Hot Lunch that will hopefully make parent’s lives easier, as well as Youth Cat
Our website is getting a facelift. Come to the meeting to learn more.

Mrs. Grout An explanation of OLM’s Mission Statement
An explanation of OLM’s Philosophy and promise for Communicating Student Learning to Parents

Mrs. Ladouceur & Mr. Abaquin An explanation and presentation on the Learning Resource Center


Meet the Teacher

  • Where: The Grade Teacher’s Classroom
  • Time: Thursday, September 15. There are TWO sessions to choose from. Only choose ONE 6:55 pm or 7:20 pm

Mrs. Grout’s Pilgrimage

Terry O’Neill who writes for the B.C. Catholic wrote an in-depth article on our pilgrimage to Austria and Germany. We were blessed to have Father Hughes and Father Mark as our spiritual leaders.

Terry wrote:

“Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey towards heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2691”

With daily Masses in historic churches and chapels and daily Rosaries many of us experienced personal moments of spiritual richness. As our pilgrimage ended, our priests encouraged us not to keep these moments to ourselves, but to share them.

In the B.C. Catholic article, “Spiritual blessings from an earthly pilgrimage” Terry O’Neill has captured many of these moments and I encourage you to go on-line to read them.

I would like to share with you my moment. Thank you for listening.

There were many spiritual moments throughout my pilgrimage but there is one I’d like to share. First, a brief background of the surrounding area. My moment of grace took place in a modest Baroque pilgrimage church in Passau, Altstadt adjacent to St. Paul’s Monastery, Bavaria. During our walking tour of Passau, the guide talked about Mariahilf, the miracle pilgrimage church and the monastery, however, it was not scheduled for us to visit. Noticing our disappointment arrangements were made to visit Mariahilf.

MariaHilf pilgrimage Church rises on a hill above Innstadt. The pilgrimage was founded in 1622 by Cathedral Dean Baron Marquard von Schwendi when he had a chapel built at this site with the miraculous painting of Mariahilf by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The “heavenly ladder” (321 steps) built in 1628, is a covered pilgrimage route up the hill from Passau. The walls of the staircase are adorned with pictures, hearts, crosses, and other mementos with prayers of miracles and thanksgiving.

But this was not where my spiritual encounter took place. I was touched by grace in a side room in front of the statue of Mary and Jesus. Sitting there quietly praying, I filled out a prayer card for a personal intention and lit a candle. That’s when I experienced reality in a different way. I believe it to be a higher state than normal everyday life. Everything around me disappeared. I had no awareness of time, sound, or my environment. I was hyper focussed on Mary. There was a moment of grace, a recognition, that something greater exists, and for a moment I was a part of it. I felt a calming, a knowing, that Mary knew everything. I experienced her gentle, loving, calm energy and demeanour. I felt the power of unconditional love, agape, and I knew that everything would be okay.

Literally translated, Mariahilf, means Mary’s Help otherwise known as Our Lady of Mercy.