Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the school year ends, I again wish to thank you for your trust in working with you and your child(ren). Over the past six years, I have had my heart filled with joy, hope and humility as I have been privileged to be the principal of this great school. It is with pride and excitement that I share with you that Mr. Jeff Dinner will be the principal of Our Lady of Grace. I have known Mr. Dinner for many years and know him to be a man of great principles, kindness and enthusiasm for learning. He will be a wonderful advocate for our Gators. Thank you for your support over the years and I will always have a special place in my heart for this community.
Thank you to the OLOG community for supporting our Family Mass. At our May 30th School Council Meeting, a representative of Blue Imp presented to us on our next steps for building a new creative playground. This is a process that is going to take a few years. Information will be shared with families/students as we journey through the process. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, June 20 @ 6:30 p.m. As always, everyone is welcome to attend.
Grade 8 graduation takes place on Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Following the ceremony, the graduates will be heading to Brunswick Bowl for an evening of bowling. Congratulations to all our graduates and good luck at St. Mary’s.
The Library Corner
Library Closure and Inventory – As the end of the school year approaches, so too do the end of class visits to the school library. This year, all books are due back to the library by Friday, June 8th. After that, there will be no more library visits as the library books will be inventoried to track down any missing books before the end of the school year. Our Lady of Grace staff, students and families have done an excellent job in past years of returning library books at the end of the year and helping search for missing books. Please help us continue that trend by encouraging your child(ren) to return books by June 8th and watch for our “Wanted” list after inventory. With your help, we can maintain the wonderful treasure that is our school library!
Congratulations to all 16 of our cross-country runners who not only showed grit and determination during our practices but also demonstrated fantastic team spirit as they cheered each other on during our meet on May 30.
School Track Meet – Grades 4 – 8
Our Lady of Grace could not have asked for a more perfect day in May for the school track meet. The sun was shining and the temperature was just perfect. The students of Grace put forth an outstanding effort as they streaked down the track to the finish line in their races and soared through the air in long jump and high jump. The students also flexed their powerful muscles participating in the shot put and ball push events. Spectators watching our school were amazed at our students’ camaraderie as they cheered vociferously for all their peers and behaved impeccably, showing respect for each other and the wonderful St. David’s facility.
We wish those students who are moving on to the Family of Schools meet the best of luck. We know you will make us proud!
Junior Boys’ Baseball
Looking forward to a great baseball tournament on June 14th! The junior boys are working hard at practices to get ready for our afternoon of fun! Go, Gators!
Intermediate soccer will be training Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at lunch until our tournament on June 20, 2018. The students are practising their passing skills, ball possession, technical footwork and communication with teammates. These skills will develop and improve confidence both on the pitch and off. Let’s go, Gators!
Thank you to all families who participated in running the 3K Mudpuppy Chase. The Mudpuppy Chase Road Race is a family friendly race that takes place at the David Johnston Research & Technology Park every May. The event is put on by the Kitchener-Grand River Rotary and all proceeds go to helping children’s charities in the Waterloo Region. Many families from Our Lady of Grace showed up to run through the trail at Columbia Ice Fields. Our team raised $965.00 to support Kids Ability. Way to go, Gators!! We look forward to next year’s race team and raising even more money for community partners. No running experience necessary!
Eco Team News
Our Ecoteam is coming to an end for the 2017/2018 school year and what a successful first year it was! Our students were engaged and involved in the many campaigns we ran to raise school wide awareness about a variety of environmental issues and initiatives. This week, we will complete our “5 R’s” campaign which will be the final one for the year. Students had the opportunity to research, make posters and slides, and write announcement scripts to read over the PA system.
Our students were so dedicated this year and we thank all of them for coming out and staying so active in the club!
2018 Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Event
Jump Overall Winner: Ms. Manley
Hoops Overall Class Winner: Mrs. Griffith
Individual Jump Winners:
Julia K., Aria W., Westley R., Brooklyn R., Sophie P. and Emily P.
Individual Hoops Winners:
James M., Lindsay M., Cole M. and Liam C.
Overall Total: $4,500 (surpassing our goal by $500)
Special thank you to our amazing Heart Healthy Team of grade eights (Gabi, Harold, Hayden, Mabel, Brody, Eunsol, Owen and Rebecca) for all your hard work on this event.
Way to go to all Gators and their families for your awesome support of this very worthwhile cause!!
Have a HEART HEALTHY SUMMER!!
OCSGE – I Have Ideas
Our May focus for our Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations was “I Have Ideas”. The recipients who most demonstrated these qualities are:
Tatiana A., Sam A., Anthony A., Daniel A., Marissa B., Harold B., Ben C., Savannah C.J., Sophia C., Ameliah C., Sofia C.F., Elijah D., Lucas D., Nikolas E., Tessa F., Sebastian F.C., Matias G.V., Addison H., Ben H., Marlie H., Kal-el H., Evan H., Nyanza L., Brent M., Steven M., Dylan M.U., Bogdan M., Nicole M.R., Carlos P.C., Mark S., Logan S., Tiago S., Lucia S., Rayden S.I., Nimkii S., Surayyah S., Maxine T., Ryley T., Naod T., William T., Andres T., Jacobo V., Diego V., Isis V.M., Jacob W., Noah Z.
Please contact us ASAP if you are registering your child for kindergarten or if you are moving and will not be returning to OLOG in the fall. We need this information to ensure we have proper student placement and appropriate staffing.