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September 12, 2019                                                                                                                             Number: 21


St. Michael's School Newsletter

St. Michaels Elementary School
9387 Holmes Street
Burnaby, BC V3N 4C3

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Our Virtue focus for September FAITH
To begin the new school year, we focus our attention on the first of our virtues - Faith. Faith is the great virtue of believing in God and trusting that God is with us.
A faithful person believes that we are created, guided by and destined to be reunited with God. 
A faithful person believes that God’s plan for us includes the right to be safe, especially at school.
A Faithful person…
  • Prays regularly and reverently
  • Learns from Scripture stories
  • Honors people’s God-given names
  • Assumes that there is good in everyone
  • Accepts the God-given worth of themselves and others
Let us pray for the grace and strength to be people of faith, people who can truly believe that God’s plan for us includes the right to be safe at school. Amen
Mrs. Kennedy has surgery scheduled for Monday, September 23rd .
We ask for continued prayers for her successful treatment and full recovery.
Tonight at 7:00 pm is Meet the Teacher Night.  New families are encouraged to attend a Participation Information meeting which will take place at 6:00 pm. Returning families may also attend the participation meeting if they are interested. Parents are to gather in the school gym for prayer, an address by the principal and members of the school’s Parish Education Committee, and an introduction of our staff members. Following the meeting in the gym, teachers will give two 20-minute sessions in the classroom. You need only attend one of the sessions. The evening is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and listen to the plans and expectations for the year.  Specialist teachers will also be available if you should have any questions about the Computer, Library, Music, French or Learning Resource programs.  Students are not to attend this evening with their parents.  This evening is not the time to discuss your individual child’s progress.  If you wish to meet with a teacher individually, please call him or her at the school and arrange a time to meet.
(Please be sure to sign in when you enter the school gym).
There will be a meeting for all supervisors and crossing guards (returning and new or anyone who is interested in joining the team) on Tuesday, September 24th  at 6:30 pm in the school library. This is a very important meeting to review roles and responsibilities and we request that you make every effort to attend. If you are interested in supervision, but have not yet been contacted, please join us as we are still in need of supervisors and crossing guards.
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Please join us for our LiD ceremony which will take place on Friday, September 20th  2:00 pm. At this ceremony all new students (including our Kindergarten students) will be assigned a random topic to study in depth. All are welcome to attend!
Scholastic Book Orders Program
Welcome Back to the Scholastics Program! A quick review of how the program works. Flyers will come home with your child. They are also available online at
Due dates will be communicated in the school newsletter with two reminders (if possible) and will be due the following Friday after distribution.
For September - the due date will be Sept. 19th - Flyers will come home this week. For October, please note October flyers may be distributed before September books have arrived.If you are interested in ordering items, you will need to do one of the following:
  1. Fill in the paper order form and return it with payment to your classroom teacher. Cheque made out to Scholastic Canada (please note: one cheque can be submitted for multiple orders for siblings).
    • Please ensure that each form has your childs Name, Grade, the items clearly circled in BC column, and the total purchase amount.
  1. Order online and pre-pay online. Paper copy does not need to come to the school.
    • Select St Michaels School; teacher: Mrs. Caterina Kennedy – the whole school is under one teacher; place order with payment.
Kindly be aware that we have no input on books placed in each flyer, we ask that parents take the time to review items being purchased.
Look forward to another great Scholastics program year.
September Book Order Update
Attention Parents of Grade 2 and 3 classes - Scholastic did not send enough paper flyers for the month of September.  If you would like to order books for your child(ren) from the LUCKY flyer - please view the flyer online at:
Either order online or print the order form and send it in with payment by Sept. 19th.
Thank you.
Congratulations to the D’Onofrio family who welcomed a baby boy, Donovan, on August 4th! A baby brother for Donica!!
Our Chocolate Sale Fundraiser has begun! On Monday each child was given a box to take home to sell. Additional boxes can be picked up from the school office. Money collected will go towards a new public announcement system for the school.
Our supplies of used uniforms needs to be replenished!
We are in need of:
  • School Sweater/Vest for Boys
  • School Cardigan for Girls
  • Navy Skort for Girls
  • Gym Strip
  • Skirt for Girls
Please remember that the upper parking lot is for staff vehicles only. It is not to be used to drop off or pick up students at any time of day. Parents, guardians, daycare workers, etc. are not to use this parking lot at all during school hours. No exceptions. Please pass this information along to anyone who may be picking up or dropping off your child. In the lower parking lot, you may park in clearly marked spaces ONLY. If all spots are occupied, you ARE NOT permitted to park “off to the side” or “close to the pylons”. Parking lot rules are in place for the safety of all the students and staff. We thank you for your cooperation. Parking lot rules will be strictly enforced!!
Help fill the St. Michael's Parish food bank cupboards
The student leadership team is hosting a non-uniform day on Thursday, September 27th. The theme is “school spirit”. With a minimum donation of $2.00 students are permitted to dress in school colours: navy blue, red and white. All money raised will be donated to Father Rossi's Community Food Bank. 
St. Michael’s Parish and School will be celebrating its feast day with a dinner/dance on Saturday, September 30th. Mass will be celebrated at 5:00 pm and dinner will follow at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 for children under twelve, $15.00 for adults, and $40.00 for families with three or more children (children must be under 12 years old). Tickets may be purchased after the Sunday Masses or you may contact the rectory at 604-521-3406.
For safety and security reasons, we will require ALL people (other than students and staff) to check in at the office when coming into the school building to do any kind of participation work or when making deliveries (i.e. lunch, homework, etc.)
Student absences should be reported to the office no later than 9:00 am each weekday morning. If you leave a message on our voicemail, please indicate the reason your child is absent.  If we do not receive your call, we will call your home, your workplace or an emergency contact number. Please let us know if any of your contact telephone numbers change. Timely reporting of your child’s absence helps us to save valuable time and ensures the safety of each and every student at St. Michael’s School.  Any extended absence, i.e. family vacation, requires parents to complete a “Leave of Absence” form. These forms are available from the office and are also on our website under ‘downloads’.
Students are expected to be on time for school and should arrive no later than 8:45 am each morning. If students are not in their classrooms by 8:50 am, they will be considered late. Late students MUST report to the office for a late pass before going to class.
We are required to keep very accurate records of student attendance as a condition of our funding. As such, it is vital that notes are sent to explain any absenteeism. On your child’s return to school, an absentee note stating the nature of the absence, dates of the absence, full name and grade of the student and parent signature is required. For your convenience, and for administration purposes, the office has given each family a supply of absentee forms to use when needed. Should you require additional forms, please contact the office and forms will be sent home with your child or you may download the form from our website. It is very time consuming for office staff to have to send home reminders to submit absentee notes and then follow-up when notes are not received. We thank you for your cooperation in submitting notes promptly!

Thought of the week…
“You will find that charity
is a heavy burden
to carry, heavier than
the kettle of soup and
the basket of bread.
But you must your gentleness
and your smile keep.
Giving soup and bread isn’t all that the rich can do.
The poor are your masters
terribly sensitive: exacting
as you will see.
But the uglier and dirtier they are
the more unjust and bitter
the more you must give them your love.
It is only because of your love--
--only your love
that the poor will forgive you
the bread you give them.”
~St. Vincent de Paul
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