Paper Heart Sue Lennon A heart made out of paper Means the world to me. It’s pasted on cardboard As crooked as can be. But when it comes from someone As dear to me as you, It doesn’t even matter If it’s sticky from the glue. Just to know you made it Especially for me, I’m proud to put it on my desk For all the world to see, I may get other valentines But none that will compare With a heart made out of paper And glued with loving care. February 2014 Our Lady of Peace Catholic School News Parents are encouraged to sign up for an electronic copy of the newsletter. Email Mrs. Carreiro-Neto at [email protected] for an electronic copy. OUR LADY OF PEACE 70 Mattice Avenue Etobicoke Ontario M9B 1T6 Telephone 416-393-5253 Fax 416-397-6061 Principal: Ana Carreiro-Neto Vice Principal: Gerrard Bonello Secretary: Denise Felice Clerk Typist: Cremilde Major CSAC Chair : Catherine Lindsay Superintendent: Doug Yack (416-222-8282 Ext. 2732) Trustee : Ann Andrachuk 416-512-3402 Parish: Our Lady of Peace Parish Father Galea 416-239-1259 Enrollment:621 Hours of Operation 8:15 a.m. -4:15 p.m. Being in the midst of winter has several advantages, half is behind us and we hope for an early spring. Please ensure that you send your children to school properly dressed to enjoy these winter days. We will try to get the students outside even if only for 10 minutes on very cold days. It has been a harsh winter and we appreciate your patience and understanding. Saint Michael's Choir School is accepting applications for the Academic Year 2014/2015. Choir School testers contact school principals from January to early March, to arrange for visits to TCDSB elementary schools. The testers generally ask to test boys in grades two and three, but they do make exceptions for musically talented boys at all levels. If you would like your son tested please contact your child’s teacher. Our students are encouraged to walk to and from school. Just because it is winter, it does not mean we should not walk to school. Walking to and from school is an excellent way to be active. February is African Heritage month. On March 3rd, our Grade 7 and 8 students will be going to St. Elizabeth to watch a play – “Harriet Tubman”. On February 14th, the Grade 7 and 8 students will have a Valentine’s Day Dance. Our Grade 1 students are celebrating 100th day of school on Friday, Feb. 7th. Parents, please let us know as soon as possible if you are leaving our school or if your child is moving from the French Track to the English Track. We have many families wanting to register at OLP. Merci February is also Psychology month. Please refer to the newsletter from our psychology department. We live in the 21st century and technology is part of our everyday life, however a healthy balance is important. We encourage all our parents to read with their children, especially if they are in the younger grades – Kindergarten to Grade 3. You can read in any language. Spend some quality time curled up with your child and a book. Card games are an excellent way to promote mathematical concepts. During the winter months, play a board game, read a book, go tobogganing and drink some hot chocolate! Enjoy. Respectfully, Ana Carreiro-Neto Principal Gerrard Bonello Vice Principal REGISTRATION is underway. For more information, call 416-393- 5253 or the TCDSB Admissions Department at 416-222-8282, ext. 5320. For general information about the Toronto Catholic District School Board, please visit the website at www.tcdsb.org. Reporting of cancellations or closures due to inclement weather Cancellation of school bus transportation or school closures due to inclement weather will be reported through the following vehicles: News releases to all media outlets in Toronto (although the news release is provided to the media outlets, there is no guarantee that all television and radio stations will broadcast the information in a timely fashion). Communications will endeavour to send out the information electronically to ENews subscribers. Updates will also be posted on the Board’s 24-hour information line, 416-222-8282, extension 2873.The information will also be posted on the Board’s website at www.tcdsb.org or www.tcdsb.org/weather.htm.The Transportation Department will post this information on its website at http://www.schoolbus.to/c_home.asp Snowballs and Inappropriate Schoolyard Play When the snow does arrive, students are reminded that throwing snowballs is inappropriate and unsafe play in the schoolyard. We remind the students on a daily basis, but sometimes students forget when they are playing at recess. The students are allowed to play with the snow, but they are not allowed to kick the snow or throw it at someone. Parents, we ask for your support in this matter and please remind your child that inappropriate schoolyard play will have consequences from detentions, community service, or suspension. Once again, the school and the home are partners in ensuring safety for all. We are studying the seven habits this year. Seven Habits of Happy Kids/Effective Teens: Be Proactive Begin with the End in Mind Put First Things First Think Win-Win Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Synergize Sharpen the Saw By Sean and Stephen R. Covey Habit 4: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (p. 21 of The Leader in Me). I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking. From the Parish…. First Communion Dates: Saturday, May 10th - Mme. Correia and Ms. Silla Saturday, May 24th – Mme. Ventura and Mme. Keldi Sacrament of Confirmation: Wednesday, June 11th Basketball Teams Our intermediate boys and girls are practising for their upcoming tournaments this month. We wish them the best of luck. Thank you to Mrs. Ludlow and Mr. Covelli for coaching. TRUSTEES 2013 – 2014 Wards 1. Peter Jakovcic 5. Maria Rizzo 2. Ann Andrachuk 6. Frank D‘Amico 3. Sal Piccininni 7. John Del Grande 4. Patrizia Bottoni 8. Garry Tanuan William Lawrence and Enrique Olivo, Student Trustees Angela Gauthier, Director of Education 9. 10. 11. 12. Jo-Ann Davis, Chair Barbara Poplawski Angela Kennedy Nancy Crawford, Vice Chair 80 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto, ON · Website: www.tcdsb.org February’s Virtue of the Month – Love Chocolates, flowers, valentines, and red hearts, what would the month of February be without the celebration of Valentine’s Day? While the rest of the world may choose to celebrate the ideal of romantic love on February 14, TCDSB schools will be focussing on the virtue of LOVE as expressed in the gospels. “For God so loved the world, He gave His only son.” John 3:16 As we focus on the virtue of love at OLP this February let us remember that love not only inspires the practice of all other virtues, it is the form and completion of all the other virtues. We will not limit our celebration of the virtue of love to February 14th, but demonstrate this virtue through the following month long activities at Our Lady of Peace. Many thanks to our volunteers for a successful Pizza lunch during the Month of January: Miriam Hennessy Evon Juma Janine Kuzma-Woychyshyn Gustaves Solares Rosanne Boccia Barbara Cecchin Mary Gagliardi Samira Raouda First Term Report Cards The first term report cards will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, February 11th. This term, we do not have a PA Day designated for parent/teacher interviews. If you have a concern, kindly arrange a time to speak with your child’s teacher either via telephone or face-to-face. Merci. CPF OLP CPF Committee is planning a French Café with entertainment and refreshments on Friday, February 21/14 with more details to follow. EQAO Dates for 2013 -2014 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions: May 26 to June 5. Please do not schedule holidays during EQAO. When students do not write the assessment, it counts against us. Winter Clothing and Boots Please send your son/daughter to school dressed appropriately for the upcoming winter weather. Students are required to remove their boots in the building during class. Students should have indoor shoes and the younger students are expected to put on their own shoes/boots and coats. Parents, please help us by asking your children to practice putting on their own shoes/boots and coats at home. Thank you for your support. Food Allergies Parents are asked to refrain from sending food with known allergens in them to school (Peanut/Nut/Seafood Products). Parents are also asked to remind their children not to exchange snacks and share lunches. By working as cooperatively as possible as a community, we will make every effort to reduce the risks and the stress for anaphylactic students. Staff has been inserviced on a new auto-injector device called Allerject (recently released in Canada). All students and staff with a life-threatening allergy must have two epi-pens at school – one in the main office and one on them at all times. Parents have expressed concerns about students carrying an epi-pen for various reasons. Please check out the new Allerject, it is small and easier to carry around. Junior Soccer Teams This was the first year that we had junior soccer teams. Congratulations to our boys, who came in third and our girls, who came in FIRST! Thank you to Mr. Walters and Mr. Prifti for coaching and to our parent volunteers who helped out. Congratulations to the following recipients for January’s Courage certificate and Peace award. CHARITY CERTIFICATE TEACHER PEACE AWARD Mme. Alexandre – AM Class Andrew B. Jonathan M. Mme. Alexandre – PM Class Michael K. Matthew G. Mme. Altobelli Katarina K. Katherine M. Ms. Buffet Samantha D. Noah A. Ms. Carlino Amber A. Nicole T. Mme. Correia Rafael G. Stephania M. Mme. Côté Connor L. Maja D. Mme. Del Giudice Cassandra L. Olivia C. Ms. Della Mora – AM Class Christian M. Eloisa P. Ms. Della Mora – PM Class Therese R. Thomas P. Ms. Grossi Leah D. Angjela F. Ms. Guido Lilliana P. Brett C. M. Howley Catherine A. Agnes Z. Mme. Iannarelli Matthew S. Joseph M. Mme. Keldi Esosasere O. Alexander W. Ms. Ludlow Robert R. Colin O. Ms. McKeen Lucas S. Jenna J. Mme. Micco Robert R. Nicole R. Mme. Miklosy Eva C. Nicolai G. Mme. Mirija Esther C. Hugh M. M. Prifti Gregory Z. Angela K. Ms. Rucurean Kayleigh H. Kimberly T. Ms. Ryan Christopher M. Tristan B. Ms. Silla Tristan H. Casia P. Mme. Sliwa Trent I. Ben B. Mme. Ventura Maja B. Valeria C. Mr. Walters Greyson F. Michaela B. Mme. Wysokinski Adrian B. Luca C.
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