Newsletter – 2022 May 31

“Each of us is called to holiness, to a unique and unrepeatable form of holiness. The Lord has a design of love for everyone. He has a dream for your life.”

-Pope Francis

First Communion

Congratulations to the Grade 2 students! They received their First Communion last Sunday. May you always know that you are filled with both God’s love and your family’s love. May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love and the joy of His life within you.

Confirmation

The Grade 7’s will be receiving their Confirmation this Saturday. The Archbishop will be celebrating the mass at 7pm. We ask the Holy Spirit to bless the Confirmands and to give them the strength and wisdom to live God’s holy way. May they hold their love for Jesus in their hearts forever. May they be blessed in all that they do!

Nights of Music with STMC and OLM Choir

What an amazing concert! Congratulations to Ms. Boots and Mrs. Ladouceur. We are grateful for their love and passion of music. The way they prepare our students and the experience they provide for them is above and beyond. Many of our students join the music program at STM and it was heartwarming to see and hear their musical accomplishments.

Our OLM choir gave a very impressive performance. All their hard work certainly paid off!

Class Pictures Thursday, June 2, 2022

Full uniform is required. Please see our website for specifics.

Unfortunately, there is no yearbook this year. Please submit $5.00 for a class photo to your classroom teacher. Thank you.

Walkathon

This Friday June 3, 2022. It is on Rain or Shine! Please come prepared!

Gr. 2 to Gr. 7

  • 8:45 am In Class – Attendance and Warm Up Exercises
  • 9:20 am Gr. 2 and Gr. 7 to meet in the gym
  • 9:30 am Walk to Grimson Park and will have play time, snacks and water at the park
  • 12:00pm We will be back at OLM – Noon Dismissal

Kindergarten and Grade 1

Walkathon will be held at OLM for K and Gr. 1

  • 8:45 am                                In Class – Attendance and Warm Up Exercises
  • 9:30                                      Walkathon Activities begin at OLM for K and Gr. 1

Noon Dismissal.

We also would like to thank everyone for your generous contributions. Your donations go directly to support your child’s programs and activities.

Celebrating Mary Ukraine Donations

We hope you enjoyed the PowToon Video on Celebrating Mary. Please donate new items only. Thank you

  • K             Barbie dolls, action figure toys
  • Gr. 1        Barbie dolls, action figure toys
  • Gr. 2      Lego for boys and girls
  • Gr. 3      School Backpacks
  • Gr. 4       Markers, crayons, pencil crayons, scissors, glue
  • Gr. 5      Tea towels, bath towels, hand towels
  • Gr. 6       Plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs
  • Gr. 7       Deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, women’s hygiene products

HELP! Woodchips are on their Way!

We need parents to help replenish the woodchips on our playground. If you can spare anytime on Saturday, June 11th starting from 8am and we are hoping to be done by 1pm with the help of many hands. Fingers crossed!

We would also appreciate it if you could bring any of the following items:

  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Steel Rake
  • We welcome everyone with or without tools! Rain or Shine! Please come for any length of time!

Newsletter – 2022 May 19

Dear Parents,

Walkathon

Just a friendly reminder that Walkathon is Friday, June 3rd!  “Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers”.

Class Photos

As in prior years we will not be doing a School Yearbook, in lieu of this we will be doing a class picture scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd.  Please bring $5.00 should you wish to order a class picture.

List of Upcoming Important Dates

Friday, May 20th, 2022       Professional Day (School and Office Closed)
Monday, May 23rd, 2022      Victoria Day (school and Office Closed)
Friday, May 27th, 2022      Last Day to order Columbus Meats Fundraiser
Sunday, May 20th 29th, 2022      Grade 2 – First Communion
Monday, May 30th, 2022      An Afternoon of Music with the OLM and STM choirs
Monday, May 30th, 2022      Used Uniform Sale (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022      Track and Field (Swangard Stadium)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2022      Class Photo’s (Full Uniform Required)
Friday, June 3rd, 2022      Walkathon (Noon Dismissal)
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 Track and Field (Swangard Stadium)
Friday, June 10th, 2022      Celebrating Mary (2:00pm Dismissal)
Friday, June 17th, 2022      Activity Day (Noon Dismissal)
Friday, June 24th, 2022      Grade 7 Farewell Mass & Leaving Ceremony (3:00pm Dismissal)
Tuesday, June 28th, 2022      Last Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

Wishing you all a safe and lovely long weekend,

OLM Office

Newsletter – 2022 May 11

“Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled to reach us. Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe in love and tenderness. Mary is close, she can hear us, she can help us, she has a heart as great as the heart of God.”

Pope Francis

Parking Lot Safety

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 your 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.

List of Important Dates:

May 2022

May 16-19 & 24- 26 Tennis – Grades 1-7
May 18 Mercer Stadium Meet for OLM Track Team
Friday, May 20 School and Office Closed
Monday, May 23 Victoria Day, School and Office Closed
Sunday, May 29 Grade 2 – First Communion
Monday, May 30 An Afternoon of Music with the OLM and STM choirs

June 2022

June 1 and 8 Swangard Track Meet for OLM Track Team
Friday, June 3 Walkathon Noon Dismissal
Friday, June 10 Celebrating Mary 2:00pm Dismissal
Friday, June 17 Activity Day Noon Dismissal
Friday, June 24 Gr. 7 Mass, School Leaving Ceremony, Luncheon and Activity 3:00pm Dismissal
Tuesday, June 28 Last Day of School Noon Dismissal

Newsletter – 2022 April 20

“The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never
ceases to surprise us!”

-Pope Francis

Good afternoon, Parents, 

I hope you had a blessed Easter and are looking forward to May flowers! As we continue to experience the ebb and flow of Covid-19 as well as the flu season. We want to assure parents that we continue to be diligent about the school cleaning, OLM’s Safety Protocols and following the advice of Fraser Health, the CDC and the PHO. The staff and I are so grateful for the support of parents in helping us a reduce the spread of infection.

Not every illness is Covid-19:

Typical winter/spring illnesses have not disappeared! In fact, a wave of stomach flu is currently making its way through the Lower Mainland.

Although there are a lot of similar symptoms, Covid-19 and the flu are not the same.

Covid-19 is mainly an upper respiratory tract infection. Therefore, key symptoms of Covid-19
may differentiate it from influenza. Those symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • loss of smell and taste

BOTH Covid 19 and the Stomach flu may include:

  • sudden onset of nausea
  • vomiting
  • non-bloody diarrhea
  • stomach cramps

Other symptoms may also include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue

How do I know for sure if it’s Covid-19?

  • use the mandatory Daily Health Check as a screening tool
  • take a rapid test provided by the government and obtainable at most pharmacies.

***please note that a negative test does not guarantee that a person is not infected. Rather, it functions to detect whether a contagious amount of the virus is present in their system.

I’m still not sure. What do I do now?

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of illness, regardless of their cause, the best practice is to keep them at home. Make sure that they get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take appropriate medication for fever and symptom relief if needed.

Your child should remain at home until their symptoms have significantly improved, and they
feel well enough to go about their regular activities without difficulty.

Covid 19 is not the only illness that affects our community health and wellbeing. If your child
feels sick or unwell, they should stay at home. This is important to stop the spread of all
illnesses.

We thank all of our families for doing the incredibly vital work of helping to keep our OLM
community safe by following best practice for the management of illness.