Newsletter – 2021 November 17

“Tenderness is the word that makes hope blossom in the world and relieves suffering. We need to overcome the temptation to be concerned only about our own problems; we need to grow tender. Let us bring hope to all with tenderness, without judgment. For there, with them is Jesus; because there, in them is Jesus, who awaits us.”

-Pope Francis

It is hard to believe that we only have 22 days left before Christmas vacation!

First term highlights includes:

  • Being able to have school masses in church
  • Grade 7 Girls Volleyball Team placed 3rd in the whole of the CISVA
  • Grades 3-7 have been able to go skating
  • an online program called X-Movement (parents check out their website)
  • Halloween Fun Day
  • Christmas concert rehearsals are starting – look for more information to come

And so much more…

I am constantly grateful to the OLM staff and parents who give generously through their time, talents and treasures. I am appreciative that staff and families continue to be diligent in following health practices as outlined by the PHO and the OLM policies with regards to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic.

Covid-19 Safety Measures in Schools – Q & A

My Family and I would like to travel outside of B.C. What are the rules?
The opening of the U.S./Canada border and the upcoming Winter Break may have families considering international travel. Below are the Federal Travel Guidance around COVID-19, especially the restriction in attending school for unvaccinated students for 14 days following the international travel, including travel to the U.S. Unvaccinated students under the age of 12 have the following restrictions before returning to school:

Below are the instructions from the Minister of Health which are legally binding. For the next 14
days, the children must:

  • not attend school, camp or daycare
  • not attend large or crowded settings, indoors or outdoors, such as an amusement park or
    sporting event
  • not take buses, subways, trains or other crowded transportation
  • not attend a setting where they may have contact with vulnerable people (e.g. long term
    care facility)
  • stay in a place that allows the child to avoid all contact with any person that:
    • has an underlying medical condition that makes the person susceptible to
      complications related to COVID-19
    • has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment;
    • is 65 years of age or older
  • limit contact with others:
  • remain with their fully vaccinated parent or guardian, as much as possible
  • wear a mask and physically distance when in contact with non-household members

There is no allowance for unvaccinated students to return to school within 14 days following international travel, regardless of who they travel with or if they receive a negative PCR test result.

Can Students Come to School if they have Mild Symptoms?

  • All students and adults are expected complete a daily health check prior to entering the school and to follow the instructions provided based on their specific symptoms.
  • Parents are to use the K-12 Health Check app/government website
  • Parents can refer to BCCDC’s “When to get tested for COVID-19
  • Parents can also use the BCCDC online Self-Assessment Tool or call 811
  • Students must stay at home when sick, as this is one of the most important ways to reduce the introduction of germs and spread viruses including COVID-19

Why does CDC guidance keep changing?
CDC guidance changes because COVID-19 keeps changing and what we know about it continues to evolve. COVID-19 is still a new disease that CDC and others continue to study in order to provide the best guidance possible. CDC gives guidance based on the latest science to prevent and control disease, injury, and disability. All recommendations are based on available scientific data including outbreak investigations and tracking cases of COVID-19 in children. This means guidance will change as CDC learns more about
what works best to reduce risk of COVID-19.

What is the Current Mask Mandate?
As of Oct. 4, 2021 the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance Protocols for K-12 Schools is as follows:

All staff, adult volunteers and visitors, and K-12 students in “bricks and mortar” schools are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering (a “mask”) at all times while indoors at school, subject to the following excemptions:

  • If a person is unable to wear a mask because they don’t tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons*);
  • If a person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.); If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier (e.g., a divider, a cubicle, or in a room by themselves);
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important.
  • Staff at non-school sites (e.g., administrative offices, maintenance facilities, etc.) should continue to follow guidance from WorkSafe BC. If an activity cannot be implemented in line with this guidance, it should be adapted or another activity should be selected.

Do Masks Work?
Yes, masks work. They limit the spread of germs from one person to another by blocking potential virus particles from entering the air. They also help protect the person wearing the mask because the mask can help block that person from breathing in potential virus particles in the air.

For masks to work best, students, teachers, and staff need to wear a well-fitting mask consistently and correctly. Consistent and correct mask use is especially important indoors and in crowded settings when physical distancing is difficult. (CDC)

Does Wearing a Mask for a Long Time Pose any Risks to my Child?
No, wearing a mask does not increase risk from germs or bacteria, and does not increase carbon dioxide levels for children. It is important to store your child’s mask properly and wash it regularly to keep it clean. Consider having your child bring more than one mask to school to easily replace a dirty or wet mask with a clean one. (CDC)

How can I Help Keep my Child Healthy?
The use of masks should not reduce or replace other more effective infection prevention and exposure control measures in schools, such as:

  • ensuring students and staff are aware of their responsibility to perform a daily health check, and to stay home when they are sick or if required to self-isolate;
  • hand hygiene
    • Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick, especially at key times when you are likely to get and spread germs.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hand
  • daily cleaning and disinfection of frequently touch surfaces
  • teach and reinforce respiratory etiquette

Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and COVID-19. Germs can be easily spread by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking
  • Touching your face with unwashed hands after touching contaminated surfaces or objects
  • Touching surfaces or objects that may be frequently touched by other people

To help stop the spread of germs:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Throw used tissues in the trash
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands

Remember to immediately wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

These measures provide multiple layers of protection that reduce the risk of transmission.

Do Adults have to Wear Masks Outside and Stay in the Parent Designated Zones?
Yes. While on the OLM property. We require parents and other adults to wear a mask
and to keep within the designated zones.

Newsletter – 2021 November 10

“The world needs Christians who know how to demonstrate the beauty of the Gospel by the way they live; who are weavers of dialogue, models of fraternal life; who bring the sweet fragrance of hospitality and solidarity, who protect and safeguard life.”

-Pope Francis

Cold Weather
As the weather continues to get colder, please send your child I weather appropriate clothing. The children will still be playing outside for recess and lunch.

Toques, scarves, gloves, warm jackets and warm footwear.

Apples for Donation
We were fortunate enough to have been able to get some Organic Red Delicious Apples this past week. They are in boxes in the kitchen and we are just asking for a donation if you are interested in taking some. Please bring your own bag as they are all in boxes.

Funeral Service at the Parish
Please be informed that there will be a funeral service at the church as follows:

  1. Friday, November 12th at 3:30pm

The above service may affect after school pick-up, as there will be more traffic in the parking lot area during those times.

Thank you for your understanding.

Important Dates this month:
Thursday, Nov. 11 Remembrance Day School and Office Closed
Thursday, Nov. 18 Grade 3, 4 & 5 Skating Day
Friday, Nov. 19 CISVA Networking Day No School for Students

Remembrance Day
On Wednesday, November 10th, the students joined together for a virtual assembly to honour the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we may have peace. I’d like to thank Ms. Boots and Mrs. Ladouceur for preparing the Grades 2 and 6 who filmed beautiful songs as well as the choir who were under their direction and brought tears to our eyes.

Remembrance Day Prayer Intentions
The response is, Lord hear our prayer,
R: Lord hear our prayer

For all those who have died fighting to bring peace and justice to our world, we pray to the Lord: R

For all people whose bodies and spirits have been disfigured by war and terror, may they receive God’s healing touch, we pray to the Lord: R

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger today, may God protect them and bring them home safely, we pray to the Lord: R

For all those who desire freedom from oppression in their lives, especially those living under the Taliban in Afghanistan, we pray to the Lord: R

For the health and safety of everyone, as we continue to battle the effects of Covid 19, and for those healthcare workers who bravely fight to save others on the front-lines, we pray to the Lord: R

For peacemakers and peacekeepers who seek to keep this world secure and free, we pray to the Lord: R

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, may they work towards bringing peace and justice to nations, we pray to the Lord: R

For all of us, called to be instruments of peace. May we have the courage to bring love and light into places where there is hatred and darkness, we pray to the Lord: R

Newsletter – 2021 October 28

“Prayer instils an invincible hope in the human heart: whatever experience may touch us on our journey,
God’s love can turn it into good. True freedom is guided by love and is expressed in service to others.
Love makes us free, it leads us to choose and to do good, it motivates us to serve.”

Pope Francis

Halloween is the night of October 31st. 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 in
our love 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.

Unsolved Mystery of the Roaming Woman
The Grade 7’s are preparing an “unsolved Mystery of the Roaming Woman” for grades 4 to 6.

The primaries will be participating in classroom activities and Hallowe’en stations. No interaction
between the classes will take place and Covid safety procedures will be followed.

We are asking for a $2.00 donation to be donated to Agape Street Ministry and Canuck Place.

Classroom Halloween Celebrations

  • Students may come in costume on Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Students are not allowed to bring in accessories such as mask, swords, shields, wands, etc.
  • The school will provide a treat for the students. No outside treats allowed.

Online Craft Fair
Just a reminder that the Online Craft Fair is now available for you to view and make a purchase until
next Friday, November 5th. This fundraiser features unique and personal items designed by your little
artists. Order a priceless keepsake of your child’s masterpiece at

Please see the upcoming notice regarding the Craft Fair that will be sent out by the classroom teachers.
This notice will display all the available items for purchase. The items are a fabulous keepsake and
Christmas gift.

Remembrance Day
On 9:15am, Wednesday, Nov. 10th, the students will join together in a virtual assembly a link will be sent
to parents on Tuesday, November 9th to honour the men and women who sacrificed their lives so that
we may have peace. I’d like to thank Ms. Boots and Mrs. Ladouceur for preparing this important day of

Multi-Sport Day Camp – November 19th, 2021
OLM parents Geoffrey and Sandra Lenahan are offering a multi-sport day camp in the OLM gymnasium
on November 19th, from 9am-3pm. They run 2-4-1 Sports New West camps in the summer, and are
happy to bring to the students their program based on fun and exposure to various sports and activities.

Registration is online at More info about Geoff, Sandra, and 2-
4-1 sports can be found at

Cost is $55 per child, and space is limited to the first 20 kids.

And for those wondering about the name – Life’s 2 Short 4 Just 1 Sport!

REMINDER – Label School Uniforms
We have an abundance of lost and found items in our office of school clothing. If there is no name on
the clothing we do not know who to return the item to. As all students wear the same uniform, it is
important to put your child’s name on their uniform so it can be returned to the rightful owner. When
purchased from the Used Uniform sales please ensure you label your child’s name on their clothing as
we’ve had lots of items returned with previous children’s names who attended OLM. We will only keep
items that are not labeled for 2 weeks. If unclaimed after that time, they will be donated for Used

List of Important Dates (Please mark on your calendars)

November 11, 2021Remembrance Day (School and Office Closed)
November 18, 2021Grade 3, 4 & 5 Skating Day
November 19, 2021CISVA Networking Day- Professional Development Day (School Closed)
December 18, 2021 – January 3, 2022Christmas Vacation (School Re-opens Tuesday, January 4th, 2022)
January 31, 2022Professional Development Day (School Closed)
February 17 & 18, 2022Catholic Educators Conference (School Closed)
February 21, 2022Family Day (School and Office Closed)
March 12 – 27, 2021 inclusiveSpring Break (School Re-opens Monday, March 28, 2022)
April 15, 2022Good Friday (School and Office Closed)
April 18, 2022Easter Monday (School and Office Closed)
May 20, 2022Professional Day (School and Office Closed)
May 23, 2022Victoria Day (School and Office Closed)
June 1, 2022Track and Field (Swangard Stadium)
June 3, 2022Morning Mass and Walkathon
June 8, 2022Track and Field (Swangard Stadium)
June 10, 2022Activity Day
June 24, 2022Grade 7 Farewell Mass
June 28, 2022Last Day of School

The Masters Reimagined

We are pleased to inform you that The Masters Reimagined, this year’s Online Craft Fair, is launching October 18, 2021! This fundraiser features unique and personal items designed by your little artists.

Each class will pick an artwork by a famous artist and the students will recreate their version to make it their own personal masterpiece! Order a priceless keepsake of your child’s masterpiece at

We also have personalized items such as OLM masks, pouches and lanyards available!

Thanks for your continued support.