June 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to June!
The school year is quickly coming to an end! It's been a great year so far, and we have so much fun planned for June it's sure to fly by!
June Calendar sneak peek:
- June 1: Volunteer Appreciation Tea at 2:15 pm in the gym
- June 3: School Mass 9:30 am
- June 4: PFG (Parent Assoc.) Meeting 7 p.m. in the staff room—Bring your ideas for events/activities for upcoming school year
- June 8: PRO-D Day (Planning for 18/19) - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
- June 11: PRO-D Day—NO SCHOOL
- June 12: Last hot lunch day of the year
- June 13: Gr 7 to Waterslides, KG & Gr 1 to Water Park, Gr 2-6 to Leisure Centre
- June 15: SPORTS DAY and 12:30 dismissal
- June 18: Aboriginal Day Celebration
- June 20: 1500 m race (SD 33 Track Meet)
- June 21: SD 33 Track Meet
- June 21: Preschool Grad 6 pm
- June 22: Grade 7 Farewell
- June 22: COLOUR DAY
- June 25: Awards DAY at 1:15/ Dress your Best
- June 28: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
- Mass at 11 am
- NOON DISMISSAL
- Report cards sent home
- June 29: Staff in Session
- July 3—6: Summer Camp
- July 3—6: School office will be open 9 am—3 pm
Permission slips for the June field trips to the Waterpark, Leisure Center and Waterslides can be found here.
FAMILY SERVICE HOUR OPPORTUNITIES
We need many volunteers to help set up and clean at Sports day, as well as assist with hot lunch.
We also need Grade 2 Parents to come swim with the class on June 13th as students 7 years of age are required to have an adult within arms reach. Parents can swim for no charge.
For more information, or to volunteer, for either of these opportunities, visit our Family Service Hours page.
The weather was perfect for our Walkathon and everyone had a great time!
Although we didn’t quite make our goal of $20,000, we still did very well, raising just over $16,000 for the school.
To celebrate our fundraising efforts, the school has arranged the following activities for our students on June 13th:
- The Grade 7’s will be going to the waterslides
- Grades 2—6 will go swimming at the Leisure Centre
- Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will play at the water park (Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre).
PARENT FUNDRAISING GROUP
Join us for our year-end PFG meeting Monday, June 4th @ 7 p.m.
We will be forming our official PFG Committee and planning the events and activities for 2018/19 at this meeting. EVERYONE is welcome to come and offer their ideas!
Note: even if you're unable to join the official PFG Committee you are welcome (and encouraged) to come to all the PFG meetings and participate in the planning of school events)
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION
St. Mary’s School staff and students extend a HUGE THANK YOU to our generous parent volunteers. We are a great school because you gift us with your presence and hard work.
We invite all our volunteers to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Friday, June 1st at 2:15 p.m. in the gym.
St. Mary’s School will be celebrating Aboriginal Day on June 18th. The day will begin with an assembly in the gym at 9 a.m.—students will then return to their classes to take part in various activities.
We look forward to celebrating the First Nations culture in our school!
SPORTS DAY (EARLY DISMISSAL)
Sports Day is just around the corner - Friday, June 15th.
Following all the fun games and activities, a hot-dog lunch will be provided to all students before they are dismissed at 12:30. Extra hot dogs will be available to parents and siblings who come out for Sports Day. We need many parents to come out to battle the grade 7 class in the Tug-of-war!
GRADE 7 FAREWELL
The Grade 7 Farewell will be celebrated on Friday, June 22nd beginning with Mass at 6:30 and followed by a reception.
Grade 7 parents/guardians and siblings are invited to attend our farewell ceremony, celebrating the culmination of this stage of our children’s lives and new beginnings.
CELEBRATION OF LEARNING
Our Celebration of Learning and Awards Day ceremony will be held June 25th at 1:15 p.m. in the church. All students will be presented with a certificate highlighting their accomplishments from the year. We hope all parents will be able to attend this celebration!
SCHOOL PANORAMA / GRADE 7 GRAD PHOTOS
Both photos may be ordered on-line (until the end of June) by visiting www.lifetouchevents.com (see Lifetouch flyer send home in your brown envelope for the password). Photos will be mailed directly to your home.
The school library is now closed. We ask that students return any books they may have out, as soon as possible, so that inventory can be taken. Thank you for your co-operation.
SUMMER HOMESTAY FAMILIES NEEDED
Edupro is still looking for a few more families to host students during the Summer.
Families may elect to host a student for:
- 4 weeks (July 16th to August 10th) - Host family will be paid $1,000)
- Or 6 weeks (July 16th—August 25th) - Host family will be paid $1,500.
If you are interested in hosting a student or need further information, please contact Christine at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any outstanding fees for 17/18, please contact the school office as soon as possible. Our fiscal year ends June 30th. THANK YOU!
LOST AND FOUND
All remaining items in our Lost and Found bin will be displayed on Sports Day and anything unclaimed after June 28th will be given to Mother Teresa’s Place.
Preschool graduation for the 4-year old class will be held June 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the school gym. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. We will provide drinks and a graduation cake for this special occasion. There will be a sign-up sheet in preschool for parents who would like to bring something to share.
3-YEAR OLD PARTY
The 3-year old class will be having an end-of-year celebration in class on June 21st. This will be a sharing snack day and we will have some fun summer activities for the kids! A sign-up sheet will be posted on the parent board in the classroom.
LAST DAY(s) OF PRESCHOOL
The final day of preschool for the 4-year old (M/W/F) class will be Wednesday June 20. The final day of preschool for the 3-year old and Junior Kindergarten (5-days) classes will be Thursday, June 21.
THANK YOU TO MISS JENA!
A big thank you to Miss Jena, who will be leaving our preschool at the end of June, for all her kindness and hard work through this preschool year. We wish her a great summer and all the best!
2018/2019 SCHOOL YEAR
An email will be sent out at the beginning of August with information about our parent orientation meeting (September 6) and the times and dates for gradual entry for the 2018/2019 preschool year.
There are still a few spaces in our 3 and 4-year-old preschool and Junior Kindergarten programs.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018/2019
Please note that Direct Debit of September’s tuition will be taken out on Monday, July 20th, (rather than July 1st). This will facilitate closing out our 2017/2018 year-end process.
Just a reminder that polo shirts and school sweaters are to be purchased from our local supplier;
#6—8465 Harvard Place (792-5311)
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Hallmark will be hosting a Uniform sale on August 23rd (3 pm to 6 pm) at their store. Stop in and get 5% off your order.
Pants, shorts, skorts, and tunics may be purchased at local stores such as Old Navy, Sears, Walmart, Marks Work Wearhouse etc. Please note that they MUST be DARK NAVY. Pants must be dress pants (not cargo pants).
Black or Navy SHOES are to be worn with navy or white socks/navy or white tights.
Gym t-shirts are to be purchased at Hallmark Promotions. Navy blue shorts are to be worn as part of the gym strip. Note—Gym strips are required for Grades 4-7 only.
CISVA 2018/2019 CALENDAR
The following is the school calendar for 2018/19 as determined by the Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdiocese. This calendar applies to all schools within the Archdiocese. Individual schools set their own Pro-D days and these should be determined by the beginning of September. We will advise dates of the Pro-D days in your September newsletter.
- Sept. 4 - First Day of School
- Oct. 8 - Thanksgiving Day
- Nov. 12 - Remembrance Day Holiday
- Dec. 21 - Schools close for Christmas Vacation
- Jan. 7 - Schools reopen after Christmas Break
- Feb. 14 & 15 - Catholic Educators’ Conference(NO SCHOOL)
- Feb. 18 - Family Day
- Mar. 15 - Schools close for Spring Break
- Apr. 1 - Schools reopen after Spring Break
- Apr. 19 - Good Friday
- Apr. 22 - Easter Monday
- May 20 - Victoria Day
- Jun 27 - Last Day of School for Students