Gator Gab – Week at a Glance – Week #3 – Sept. 16-20, 2019
Proud of our wonderful community partners – Thanks for visiting our students Kitchener Fire Department and Constable Molnar!
Below is a peak at some important information items followed by our Week ahead …
Meet the Teacher Night 6:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 17th … and Family FREE PIZZA Night 5:30-6:00 – just complete the Cash Online Form for your oldest child and we will see you there!
Please join us this Tuesday, September 17th for our annual Meet the Teacher Night. Our AWESOME School Council will have food available for families to come and eat (i.e. PIZZA – approx. 5:30-6:00 PM) and then Parents/guardians and students are then invited to visit their classrooms from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. **In order to make the appropriate food preparations, we ask you to complete the form sent out via School Cash Online to confirm the number of people who will be attending that evening. Please complete by tonight (Sunday the 15th) at midnight! **For families with more than one child, please ONLY COMPLETE FOR THE OLDEST CHILD**
Pizza Thursdays for students is starting in October … our first one will be Thursday, October 3rd
Great News! School Council is once again offering Pizza Day Thursdays for this school year starting in October! The price per slice is $1.75 and we will continue to order our pizzas from Little Caesar’s Pizza this year as it falls within Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s nutrition guidelines for healthy eating. In keeping with our eco-school status, we will be continuing with online ordering only. Payments and ordering must be made via School Cash Online (https://www.schoolcashonline.com/)
As in previous years, orders will be on a month to month basis and October’s ordering information has been already been sent out via School Cash Online. October’s orders are due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. After this time, online ordering for October’s pizza days will not be available.
If your child is absent on a pizza day, please make arrangements for it to be picked up. Pizza will not be held overnight and we cannot issue refunds. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a delicious school year eating Little Caesar’s pizza!
Please Consider joining our AWESOME Gator Catholic School Advisory Council for 2019-20
Parents … are you interested in participating on our awesome 2019-2020 CSAC – Catholic Schools Advisory Council? If YES, please see attached School Council Nomination Form. Please print and complete the form (see blue link below) and send it in with your child OR call the school office and we will note your intention to be at our meetings for this year. Our first 2019-20 CSAC Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 PM. Thanks for considering to share your time and energy to benefit our students and school community!
News From the Library Learning Commons
Our Lady of Grace’s Library Learning Commons is all set up and ready to start off the new school year!
To get things rolling, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday September 16th to Wednesday September 18th . The book fair will be running during ”Meet the Teacher” night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so be sure to stop in and check out all the items available. All items purchased at the book fair raise funds for new books for our library. Hope to see you there!
Each class will be coming into the library for their first regular visit at the end of September. A few brief items to note:
- all classes have one scheduled library period a week
- students are responsible for the books they sign out; therefore, if a book is lost or damaged students will be required to pay a replacement fine of $5.00 for a paperback book or $10.00 for a hardcover
- Primary students may keep their book for one week and Junior/Intermediate students may keep their books for two weeks. Books can be renewed if the student is still reading them after that time.
Remember: Reading is a great way for you and your child to spend quality time together; encourage your child to share their library books with you so you can enjoy them together.
Extended Day News – Our wonderful Extended Day Program is closed on this Friday’s PA Day
We have a PA Day coming up this Friday, September 20th. Please note that there is NO SCHOOL for students on this day AND our Extended Day is also CLOSED in order that our ECEs are able to collaborate and professionally develop with our kindergarten teachers.
VOLUNTEERS Wanted – Strong Start
Our Lady of Grace is looking for volunteers for our Strong Start reading program. Working one on one with primary students, volunteers commit to a minimum of 30 minutes a week for ten weeks. Training sessions are running from mid-September to the end of October. For more information, please contact Ms. Metcalfe at email@example.com or 519-745-3961 ext. 456.
Nutrition for Learning – Tim Horton’s Smile Cookies
In Kitchener / Waterloo Nutrition for learning shares the proceeds of smile cookie with KidsAbility. In Cambridge and the townships Nutrition for Learning receives 100% of the proceeds. We just wanted to take a moment to let you know that once again Nutrition for Learning is the charity of choice for our local Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign!
We are proud of our NFL Program (Nutrition For Learning) as it is wonderful that each and every child in our school can have something for breakfast every day if they are hungry in the morning – AWESOME! Thanks Mrs. Manley and to all of our Student Helpers who make this program run so smoothly! And thanks ALL for spreading the word about the Smile Cookies Program and all the amazing support you provide Nutrition for Learning. Thanks Tim Hortons!
Called to Belong – Parent Retreat Opportunity – Wednesday, October 9th @ 7-9 PM
Attention Parents, there is a wonderful retreat opportunity for our parents on Wednesday, October 9th at St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr., Kitchener, ON) from 7-9 PM Our WCDSB Pastoral Plan celebrates this year’s theme wherein, We Are Called to Belong.” The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board. Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked. All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!
EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK …
Monday, September 16th
- Book Fair – starts today (September 16th – 18th)
Tuesday, September 17th
- Meet the Teacher Night – FREE Family Pizza 5:30-6:00 PM in the GYM … followed by our Meet the Teacher evening – 6:00-7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 18th
- Jr. Soccer Tournament (PM) – RIM Park – GO Soccer Gators! Thanks Coach Renda and Coach Farrell
- Spirit Day – wear your Gator clothing or our Gator Colours to show your school spirit (New Spirit Wear Orders coming soon!)
Thursday, September 19th
- WE Day in Toronto – We are proud of our students We Team – Thanks Ms. Pagett and Ms. Carvahlo!
Friday, September 20th
- PD Day – No school for students today and NO Extended Day Care Today – Our Extended Care Program is CLOSED today to support participation in our PD
LOOKING AHEAD BEYOND THIS WEEK … Please Mark these dates in your calendar
- September 23 – Fire Drill Week – 3 Drills to run between Sept. 23-27th
- September 26, 2019 – Terry Fox Walk/Run For Cancer – PM (Rain Date (Fri., Sept. 27th – PM)
- October 1 – MADD Presents to our Intermediate Students
- October 23 – Picture Day
- October 25 – PD Day
- October 29th – School Council Meeting in the Library 6:30 PM