November 2012 Principals Message: How to be a peacemaker Learn about what is happening in the world around you. Learn about different ways of living and thinking. Be involved in the decisions being made on your behalf by parents, teachers, counselors, politicians. But first of all, learn about yourself, about why you think, believe, feel, and act as you do. Learn how to listen and how to see things from another point of view. Learn how to solve problems peacefully in your own life, because peace begins with youin your own backyard. At Monsignor Fee Otterson School we recognize that „peace‟ begins here…in our own hearts and in our daily interactions with one another. How important it is for each one of us to reach out and share the spirit of peace with those we come in touch with at our school. Watching our students‟ model compassion, understanding and forgiveness when mistakes are made causes us to reflect on the importance of creating that inner peace which celebrates the value of one another. It will be through our November journey as we take “Giant Steps to Change the World” that we will discover the peace within us and the peace that surrounds us here at Monsignor Fee Otterson. Every child…Every day…NO Exceptions M. Whelan Principal Our students were actively involved in a wide variety of reading activities brought to life by the many parents, grandparents and dignitaries brought to our school during the week of October 1st - October 5th. It was a great way for us to celebrate ‘Read-In-Week’ and we thank everyone who was able to join us. You are appreciated! Thanksgiving Celebration Thank you to so many parents who joined us for our Thanksgiving Celebrations. The music and prayers created a beautiful atmosphere of celebration. The donations of Food to a school in need was greatly appreciated. We are told they have plenty for several months. If we see another opportunity for our involvement, we will let you know. These items were delivered to a children in the inner city who were very grateful that we thought of their families in need. The Memorial Service which took place on Monday, October 15th was a beautiful ceremony which honored the life of Monsignor Fee Otterson. Our dancers, singers and band students and our entire student population gathered and celebrated in the Spirit of Fee Otterson. We appreciated the many parents who came out to join us in our prayer service. Archbishop Joseph McNeill was very touched by the memorial service our staff and students created. He was a personal friend of our Fee Otterson and he told our students he was deeply touched. Maureen Toth and Darcy Ross, the niece and nephew of Monsignor Otterson were also deeply touched by the atmosphere of love created to honor of this special priest in our lives. In recognition of Monsignor Fee Otterson we initiated the following in his honor: We purchased a star MEGREZ from the Big Dipper (Constellation Ursa Major) in his name because his ‘light’ will shine on in our lives forever. We adopted a Sea Otter and committed to adopting one each year based on Fee’s love of Otters. We dedicated his school to the Performing Arts because of Fee’s love for Music, Art, Drama and Dance. This was one of Fee’s special gifts which he shared with so many students in his teaching role in the Edmonton Catholic School District. In his name we will continue in our love of the Performing Arts. Message to our Superintendent Joan Carr Joan, I wanted to share with you the beautiful music I experienced this evening at City Hall as part of the Archdiocese's Jubilee Celebration. The Children's Choir and Dancers from Monsignor Fee Otterson were just tremendous ... The children's voices and their dancing were both beautiful to watch and to listen to. And the Jazz Band from Archbishop MacDonald that followed the presentation was just as incredible. We are really blessed in this District to have such talented and gifted staff and students. Special thanks to Beth Pecson, Chantel Sampson, and Arthur Milan for organizing and working with their students; no small feat in getting 39 choir members, 12 dancers, a flute player and an entire Jazz Band to City Hall after school. Their generosity of time and spirit was overwhelming. Sandy Talarico Religious Education Consultant “We Day”, Calgary On October 24, 2012, twenty-three Monsignor Fee Otterson students between grade six and nine were lucky enough to attend We Day in Calgary. Put together by prominent Canadian social awareness group, Free The Children, founded by Craig and Marc Kielburger, We Day is a national event designed to raise awareness of many local and global injustices and promote empowerment among Canadian students. At the Calgary edition of We Day, our Otterson students were grateful to be able to hear the powerful words of actor Martin Sheen, motivational speaker Spencer West, and acclaimed interviewer and television star, Larry King, among others. The students also cheered on musical performances by Shawn Desman, Marianas Trench, Hedley, and Lights. We are very proud of our attending students, as they took the inspirational words of the speakers and performers to heart and came back home to Otterson motivated to share their experiences with their teachers, families, and peers. Joined by a large selection of their classmates from grades six to nine, our We Day attendees are excited to invigorate our school with a string of student-led social justice campaigns, beginning in November 2012 and stretching on through the rest of the 2012-13 school year. Thank you to all students who have chosen to devote their time to making our world a more just and fair place to live! Jesse Diachuk FIRE sAFETy October was fire safety month. We have conducted one fire drill and discussed fire safety concerns with all students. Students evacuated our building quickly and safely, passing the school’s expectations with flying colors. We commended our students, their response and our red/green safety procedures which indicate all students are safe. Edmonton Catholic Schools - Online Financial Budget Survey YOUR CHILD! YOUR VOICE! Edmonton Catholic Schools believes it is essential to involve parents in providing input into the budget process. In preparation for the upcoming 2013-2014 budget it is important that the district gather as much information as possible. Therefore, as a parent of Edmonton Catholic Schools, your feedback will provide a valuable contribution in the decision making process. We would like to gather your input through an online survey. The survey can be accessed through the District Website, Powerschool or by using the URL address provided. District Website: Go to http://ecsd.net then go to the slider indicating the Online Financial Budget Survey and follow the directions. Powerschool: Parents log on to Powerschool as you normally would to check your child’s progress. Once in Powerschool, click on the tab “Financial Budget Survey”. This tab will take you directly to the online survey. URL Address: Click on the following link or enter the address in the web browser http://financialservicessurvey.ecsd.net/ The survey is open from November 1 to November 30. We encourage all families to fill out the survey. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete. Survey results will be shared with the Edmonton Catholic School District Budget Committee in January for consideration during the 2013-2014 budget process. CATHOLIC EDUCATION SUNDAY November 4th, Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. St. Thomas More Church All families are invited to the St. Thomas More 10:00 a.m. mass on Sunday, November 4th. Students from all Catholic Schools in the parish will be involved in this mass in a variety of meaningful ways. We will greet parishioners, participate in the bringing up of the gifts and do some readings. It’s a time to celebrate the richness of having our children attend Catholic Schools. Embraced by faith and learning, we are thankful we have the opportunity to learn in a Christ Centered environment. Catholic schools, educators and students will be recognized at St. Thomas More Church during the 10:00 a.m. mass. NEWS FROM ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH Catholic Education Sunday will be celebrated at St. Thomas More parish on Sunday November 4th at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Each school will be represented with their school banner proudly displayed in the sanctuary. The school banners will be carried forward in the entrance procession. All families are encouraged to attend this special Mass in support of Catholic Education. 1ST RECONCILIATION AND 1ST HOLY COMMUNION is offered to children in grade 2 who attend St. Thomas More Parish. See the purple Reconciliation and green Communion brochures in your school office or our parish brochure stand for the details. NEW THIS YEAR!! DROP-IN REGISTRATION. Drop in at St. Thomas More parish to register your child for the two sacraments. Drop-in on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9 am-11 am to register your child. Next drop-in date Saturday November 3, 9:00-11 a.m. NO PHONE-IN REGISTRATIONS THIS YEAR CONFIRMATION 2012: A reminder to all Confirmation candidates: The Confirmation retreat is Saturday November 3, 10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. The final Wednesday evening Catechism session is November 14, 7- 8 pm. It is a rehearsal please attend. Bring your sponsor if possible. We will be celebrating two special Masses for the 160 registered confirmation candidates on Sunday, November 25. Please note your Confirmation Mass time. 2 pm Mass------Louis St. Laurent students and AJM students 5 pm Mass-----For all other Catholic school students and Public school students REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m. Our students will gather to remember those who have died so we may live in peace. We are often reminded on many occasions of the importance of peace and we will continue to pray that our lives will be blessed with a peaceful world. Monday, November 12th NO SCHOOL LifeTouch Picture Re-Take Wednesday, November 14th YOUNG AUTHORS’ CONFERENCE Saturday, November 17, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.at Monsignor Fee Otterson This conference has always been a huge success and receives many accolades from parents, students and staff who attend the day. Our own students will be delighted with the time they spend with authors, illustrators, artists, puppeteers, cartoonists and actors. We welcome over 300 students, with the largest numbers coming from Monsignor Fee Otterson. This is such an amazing opportunity for our students who love to write and who view themselves already as ‘Young Authors’! It will be experiences such as these that will release the gifts and talents within each child. Way to go Monsignor Fee Otterson! David Bouchard - Author PRESENTERS David Bouchard Author Sigmund Brower Marty Chan Author Author Georgia Graham Author, Illustrator Illustrator Lorna Bennett Sandy Cooke Professional Storyteller Frances AltyArscott Pat Milan Gerry Rasmussen Artist Gary Delainey Cartoonist Gille Denis Jon Shields Paul Punyi Theatre Maureen Rooney Theatre Artist Cartoonist Theatre Student Led Conferences Monday, November 26th - Report cards out to parents THURSDAY, November 29th: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Students do not attend school as a total group on Thursday afternoon, November 29th. On Thursday, they will be dismissed at 11:47 a.m. and the buses, as usual, will be here to transport our students to their homes. Each child will return with their parents during a ‘selected time’ to demonstrate all they have learned. The focus is on success while recognizing that learning always encompasses something new that needs to be achieved. It is important for students to recognize that an error or difficult concept only indicates learning needs to take place. Please take note of the information sent home by your child’s teacher. This date has been set aside to give you the opportunity to spend time with your child at school. We hope you will be able to arrange your time to honour and celebrate your child’s success and to identify areas for growth. Fifteen minutes will be spent with the teacher during this time. The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Monsignor Fee Otterson School from November 26th-29th and we‟re looking forward to you seeing you there. Our Book Fairs connect students to books they want to read. To help your child find the newest and best books, he or she will visit the fair during class time. Thank you for encouraging your child to read. By purchasing books and supporting our Book Fair, you enable our school to obtain new resources for our school library. We look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair! Please note our Book Fair hours: Monday, November 26th- 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27th- 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28th - 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 29th – 8:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. FRONT ROW SEAT RAFFLE Would you and your family like front row seats to this year’s Christmas Concert? Well, be sure and purchase your ticket(s) at the Student Led Conference, November 29th. Tickets will also be available at the office until one week before the Christmas concert. Don’t be left out in the cold! Buy your tickets(s) now for the best view in the house. Money raised will go directly to the music program. Advent Celebrations Monsignor Fee Otterson will be planning in class celebrations More information will follow. As we move into the season of Advent and Christmas, we will prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ the King. The first Sunday of Advent is December 2nd. Transportation Advisory Please be advised that the following Radio and TV Stations will carry announcements with respect to transportation cancellations due to inclement weather conditions: RADIO STATIONS CHED CISN FM 103.9 JOE FM 92.5 INEWS 880 AM The Bounce FM 91.7 AM 930 The Light CJCA SHINE 105.9 FM CFRN The Team 1260 LITE 95.7 The Bear 100.3 FM CBC CHFA (CBC Fr.) CFCW 790 CAPITAL FM 96.3 K97 97.3 TV STATIONS CITYTV CTV Edmonton GLOBAL Edmonton CBC TV Every effort will be made to have messages broadcast commencing no later than 6:30 a.m. CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Tuesday, December 4th Tuesday, December 11th Thursday, December 13th Wednesday, December 19th SANTA BREAKFAST - Grades 2/3 -Grades 4/5/6 -Grade 1 -Junior High Gymnasium Gymnasium Gymnasium Gymnasium Friday, December 21st Please keep these times open. More information will follow in the December newsletter. Thursday, December 20th Full Day of Classes The last day of school before Christmas Holidays is Friday, December 21st. Dismissal at 11:47 a.m.
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