Council hopes everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend. Students really enjoyed the Fiction Festival and Council was happy to provide the funds to have our guest authors visit OLOG. At our last School Council meeting, we participated in a Fraction Talk activity so we know and experience what our children are learning and how. Our next meeting is April 4th @ 6:30 p.m. in the library, anyone is welcome to attend.
The Library Corner
On Friday March 23rd, Our Lady of Grace had its second Fiction Festival! The students arrived at school dressed as their favourite fictional character and staff dressed as “Things” from Cat in the Hat! We even had a few matching mini-Things that did not know they would dressed like the staff. Once everyone had arrived, we started the day with an author presentation by Janet Wilson. Janet presented to the Junior and Intermediate classes and focussed on Indigenous and social issues. We also had author and Marine Biologist Giulia Rossi present to the primary classes. She featured her book and had specimens to share with students! This year, we were very excited to have CTV news crew filming our Fiction Festival and featuring our Gators on the “In Your Backyard” segment. They started filming mid-morning and were here throughout the day to get a variety of footage to be featured on the program which certainly helped to up the excitement factor! In the afternoon, our guests arrived to go into the classrooms and read to the students. Each class had a minimum of two and most had three different guest readers. The day really helped demonstrate to the students how integral literacy is every day and throughout every walk of life.
In the evening, Chapters Waterloo hosted our school for our FUNdraiser. Thank you to all Grace staff, students, families and friends who came out to support this event! Your purchases resulted in $850.00 worth of new books for our school Library Learning Commons!
We are very grateful to our guest readers and author! Their participation helped make this another great year for our event. Here is a list of our awesome guests (in no particular order):
Director Loretta Notten, Chief Bryan Larkin, Karen Buhr- KPL, Giulia Rossi- Author/ Marine Biologist, Janet Wilson- Author, Carlos- 91.5 THE BEAT, Laura- 91.5 THE BEAT, Dwayne Quigley- Kitchener Fire Dept., Michael Harris MPP, Father Paul, Beth Wolf, Sonja- KW Humane Society, Barbara- KW Humane Society, Councillor Paul Singh, Shannon Smith, Simon Dallimore, Elyshia Weinhardt, Rosie Del Campo- CTV News Team, Lyndsay Morrison- CTV News Team, Marc Venema- CTV News Team.
The WE Team would like to thank all our Gator families who helped to make our House of Friendship campaign a great success. Through your generosity, we delivered more than 450 items to the men’s shelter to help those in need during this Lenten season. This month, we will be focussing on the pillar of water as we participate in the “WE Walk for Water” event; stay tuned for more information!
This year, we have established a fantastic team of “Dancing Gators” who are hard at work learning six dances for the upcoming Folk Dance Festival this May. These dedicated students in grades four through six are using their lunch recesses twice a week to move their bodies and further develop their dancing skills as part of the folk dance team. We cannot wait to see the end result during Catholic Education Week. Keep up the great work, Gators!
With the arrival of spring, we enter the running season. Students in grades 4 to 8 are encouraged to sign up for cross country practices which are being held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15 to 9:00 AM. Mrs. Loveday and Mrs. Whiteford are our Grace running coaches.
Our Lady of Grace is entering a team in the MudPuppy Chase Fun Run on Sunday, May 6th. A letter was sent home with families before the Easter weekend. The MudPuppy Chase includes great food for all racers and a finishing prize. Tex, from the Kitchener Rangers, will greet us at the finish line. The popular photo booth, coffee by donation, water table for spectators and information booth will be back. If you cannot be part of the race, please consider donating to the Our Lady of Grace team online.
Eco Team News
After a successful campaign in March for World Water Day which was executed by a dedicated group of Ecoteam members after thorough research and impressive collaboration, we will be focussing on Earth Day.
Like our World Water Day Campaign which saw Ecoteam members creating and hanging posters around the school, presenting to individual classes to raise awareness about the need for water conservation and creating slides for our announcements, we will be kicking off an extensive campaign in anticipation of this year’s Earth Day.
Earth Day is the world’s largest movement to showcase environmental efforts that are being taken on a global scale to help our earth thrive. This year, Earth Day is specifically dedicated to a focus on plastic pollution and putting an end to it.
Plastic negatively affects marine life and human beings, litters our beaches and clogs our landfills. We will be focussing our efforts on spreading awareness school-wide about the damaging impact plastic has on our environment, brainstorming ways to reduce its usage at our school and ensuring that the plastic we do use is properly disposed of. There are some simple steps we can take to reduce the amount of plastic that we generate:
- Use reusable grocery bags
- Return reusable containers
- Use reusable bottles, cups and containers
- Limit your use of straws
On Earth Day this year, Sunday, April 22nd, reduce your carbon footprint by getting outside to play. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of electricity consumed at home and connect with those we love. For more information and resources, please visit the office Earth Day website: https://www.earthday.org/.
|Earth Day 2018 | Earth Day Network
Join Earth Day Network on Earth Day 2018 – April 22 – to help end plastic pollution. Plastic is threatening our planet’s survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life.
If you are moving over the summer, please let the office know as soon as possible. Next year’s enrolment numbers are frequently submitted to the Board so the number of classrooms required for OLOG can be determined.
During the spring months, many students participate in large scale testing. The following dates are important and appointments/holidays should be avoided during the times that affect your child(ren):
- Grade four students will write the CCAT, April 23 – 27
- Grade seven students will write the CAT4, April 30 – May 6
- Grade three and six students will write the provincial EQAO assessment for Primary and Junior Divisions, May 22 – June 4
These assessments support the work we do throughout the school year on programming, strategies and feedback. The results give us information about individual students and assist us in writing our School Improvement Plan. Please avoid scheduling holidays and/or appointments during these dates.