In June, we will be sitting down to discuss our students’ strengths and needs to prepare class lists for September. If you have any educational/learning concerns regarding your child for September, please put it in writing (hard copy) and submit it to your child’s teacher by May 18th. Teacher requests will not be accepted.
Council is busy planning for the Family mass coming up on May 8th. We look forward to seeing you there. We also look forward to our School Council meeting on May 30th where the Creative Playground Committee will join us and we will learn more from a representative regarding getting a new playground. If you would like to come, you are more than welcome. As always, the next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
The Library Corner
Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Programs Update:
After a very successful program this year, the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program is wrapping up. Students in grades one-three had all 10 of this year’s nominated picture books read to them by the grade six class and have voted for their favourite. They are looking forward to the announcement for the official 2018 Blue Spruce award winner on May 15th! Also, we again had many junior students sign up to participate in the Silver Birch reading program this year. Students had to read at least five of this year’s ten nominated titles to be eligible to vote for their favourite. Participants now await the announcement of the winning books for Silver Birch! Additionally this year, there is a “Festival of Trees” being held at the Kitchener Auditorium to continue to celebrate the love of reading. A group of participants from the Silver Birch reading club are excited to attend this new literary festival! Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year’s OLA Forest of Reading programs!
The WE Team worked hard in the month of April to promote our WE Walk for Water event. On April 27th, the whole school participated in this important fundraiser to walk for those millions of people in the world who do not have access to clean water. We raised $546.85 for this cause and are proud to donate our funds to the people in Haiti who are still struggling to survive after a devastating earthquake struck in 2010. Haiti’s water and sanitation system is in a state of crisis; up to 70 percent of Haitians do not have access to clean water. The Gator WE Team would like to thank our community for supporting our efforts once again. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to THINK WE!
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Folk Dance Festival will take place at the Kitchener Auditorium. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments!
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The students need to be there no later than 6:30 p.m. Parents must walk their child to the designated area on the dance floor and return after the show is over to pick up their child.
Our “Dancing Gators” have shown commitment, cooperation, dedication and hard work over the last two months. Mrs. Adeyemi, Mrs. Egan, Ms. Renda and Mrs. Weinstein are extremely proud of each one of our dancers and feel blessed to have worked with such amazing Ambassadors of Grace!
Our team of 17 grade four to eight students are happy to finally be outside enjoying this running weather! We work hard running laps around the soccer field, completing hill repeats, racing along the path and getting in some trail workouts too! We will be ready for the meet on May 30th for sure!
School Track Meet – Grades 4 – 8
Students in grades 4-8 have been training hard during the months of April and May to prepare for the Our Lady of Grace track and field meet to be held on May 17th at St. David’s C.S.S. Students who qualify at this meet will move on to the area meet at University Stadium in Waterloo on June 6th.
Intermediate soccer will begin in early May and the tournament date will be in late June. Mr. Amorim will provide the dates of tryouts and practices soon. Stay tuned!
Congratulations, Our Lady of Grace Team! We have 8 members running on Sunday, May 6th to support KidsAbility. Our team raised $430 with one team member alone raising half of this money! Way to go!! Your race bag will be delivered to the school on May 3rd which includes your race number, a tattoo, t-shirt and BUFF! Pray for good weather.
Eco Team News
The end of April saw a very busy week of campaigns organized by our incredible Ecoteam! The students broke out into groups to focus on Earth Day, Walk to School Day, and World Walk for Water day which was planned in conjunction with our WE Team. The students worked very hard in the weeks leading up to the campaign by creating posters, slides for announcements and coming up with some fundraising ideas! The commitment and dedication of these young eco-minded stewards of the earth is truly inspiring. Whether planning their next campaign, conducting energy and waste audits in the classrooms or brainstorming for ways to keep the environmental initiatives going, our Ecoteam members are always reaching higher to promote a love of the Earth. The month of May will see the results of a G.O.O.S. paper bin challenge from all classes announced, a campaign to highlight the 5 R’s including a “Repurpose” sculpture challenge and prepping the flower beds for seedlings.
Some ways to put the 5 R’s into practice (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle) are:
- Reusing glass jars for storage (example jelly, salsa, or pickle jars)
- Work on replacing single use items with reusable ones, like grocery bags, travel mugs, produce bags, etc.
- Recycle all electronics
- Buy eco-friendly cleaners or make your own!
- Refuse freebies that companies give away if they are going to end up in the garbage
Intermediate students will be participating in the Gauss Math Contest put on by the University of Waterloo on May 16th.
2017 Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Event
Our Annual Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart Event is around the corner. Please note the following dates:
Friday, May 4th in the p.m. – Event Kick-Off
Tuesday, May 15th (all day) – Jump Rope and Hoops For Heart Event Day
Any parents wishing to count/tabulate class donations, please contact the school (Mrs. Swatridge).
OCSGE – I am a Believer
Our April focus for our Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations was “I am a Believer”. The recipients who most demonstrated these qualities are:
Ryder A., Melina A., Marquis A., Karina A.G., Clara B., Matteo C.R., Kenisha D., Evan E., Aiden E., Nathan F., Matthew F., Daniel F., Caelan F., Isaac G., Nikole G., Salome G., Paul G., Autumn H., Nathan H., Layton H., Brooke K., Emma L., Hailey L., Linos M., Boston M., Joey O., Jasiu O., Monika O., Tammy P., Camilla P., Kara P., Maria P., Nevaeh P., Matthew P., Emily P., Westley R., Josefina S., Martin S., Harper S., Jacob S., Delon S., Landyen S., Veronique T., Anabela T., Justin T., Salome T., Maria V., Isabella V.A., Zachary Z.
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 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.