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November 1, 2018                                                                                                                             Number: 9


St. Michael's School Newsletter

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

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Our Virtue focus for November – Conscience
During the month of November, we are focusing on the Virtue of Conscience
Conscience is the voice of God within us. As you develop your conscience, you will learn to make decisions that will make sure you will always have love in your life. Our conscience reminds us how to act towards other people and how to be a good friend. Sometimes it is hard for us to do the right thing, but we must always remember that the right thing is not always the easy thing to do.
A person of conscience...
† chooses to do the right thing, even when it is hard
† takes time to think and pray before making decisions
† makes decisions according to gospel values
† knows that their actions and decisions affect all those around them
† thinks of others before themselves
† accepts accountability for one’s own actions
Let us pray for the grace and strength to be people of conscience, who know the good and decent way to act and then choose to act that way. Amen.
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a different devotion. In November, it is the Holy Souls in Purgatory, those faithful Christians who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin.
Praying for the dead, especially for those we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering.
One of the most commonly recited Catholic prayers is:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Interim Reports will be sent home tomorrow, November 2nd. As per the letter you received at Meet the Teacher Night, please note the following:
“October Interim Report
At the end of October parents/guardians will receive an Interim Report. Reporting will include information to address the curricular areas of literacy, numeracy and the child’s transition to the new grade. Students will set learning goals, which will be included in the Interim Report.
Letter grades will not be included on the Interim Report for Grades 4-7.”
As this is an interim report, no grades will be communicated as it is too early in the year and the focus for this report is to share how the child has transitioned to the new grade.
Please remember to turn your clocks back one hour at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 4th as we say goodbye to daylight savings time.
The November calendar has been posted to the school’s website.
Retake proofs were sent home last week and orders were due yesterday; however, Mrs. Bird will accept orders until today, November 1st.  The most convenient and efficient way to order is online. Please follow the instructions in the proof package to take advantage of this method of submitting orders.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. Every first Sunday, the 8:30 am Mass is a special family Mass. All our school families are encouraged to attend. The school choir is required to sing and our students also read at this Mass. After each of the first Sunday morning Masses, the Knights of Columbus host a delicious pancake breakfast which everyone is invited to attend. This is an opportunity for the children to be together as a community of faith.
Three-way conferences are being held on TUESDAY, November 6th from 10:00 am –7:30 pm. Students are to attend their conference, wearing their school uniform, at their scheduled time. Each conference will take approximately 15 minutes and it is mandatory that at least one parent attend. There will not be regular classes that day. Please arrange babysitting for pre-school children. It is very distracting for other students to have younger siblings attend conferences. Students who are waiting for their conference time are to remain in the gym at the Scholastic Book Fair while their parents are in conferences with siblings. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school on Tuesday, November 6th from 11:00-7:30 pm and everyone is invited to join in the fun! There will be fun activities, awesome contests and a chance to win free books! Come check out a huge selection of popular titles and support our school library.
The student leadership team is excited to announce that we have brought back a very popular fundraiser. This week, students have been creating their very own Christmas card! You will soon have the opportunity to purchase copies of your child’s card. They will be personalized with their name and age on the back. In the next couple of weeks, your child will be coming home with their sample card and order form. Remember, family and friends love to have the opportunity to purchase cards too. It is our hope that this will be your replacement for store bought cards.
All funds raised will go directly to Student Leadership initiatives.

We will be holding our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 9th at 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. Students who are involved in Cadets or any of the Scouting programs (including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Guides) may wear their troop uniform to school on November 9th.
On Monday, November 12th, the school will be closed for Remembrance Day.
On Tuesday, November 13th there is a Non-Instructional Day and, therefore, there is no school on that day.

A reminder that parents are not to supervise other students after 3:30 pm unless they have been designated as an alternative guardian (in writing) or have been designated to take the child home. Students whose parents have not picked them up will be brought inside the school as they wait for their parents. Parents cannot say, “I will look after him/her until his/her parent comes.”
Students are not allowed to continue playing after supervision has “officially” ended unless his/her parent is physically outside of his/her vehicle supervising the student (you cannot sit in your car to supervise).
As part of our community outreach program, we are encouraging students to be generous this year by sharing their Halloween treats with the poor and disadvantaged (wrapped candies only, please).  The candy will be donated to the “Agape Street Ministry” where it will be used in their work with the people living on the streets in the Downtown Eastside.  Please give any candy donations to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, November 6th. Your generosity is most appreciated.

Beginning TODAY, November 1st, all students need to be wearing the WINTER UNIFORM.
Please see the website and/or the Parent Handbook for more information.


The major source of funding for the Royal Canadian Legion in order to accomplish their most important work of supporting our veterans is the annual Poppy Campaign. It is the generosity of Canadians that enables the Legion to ensure that our veterans and their dependents are cared for and treated with the respect that they deserve. This campaign, which sees poppies distributed to Canadians of all ages, serves to perpetuate Remembrance by ensuring that the memory and sacrifices of our war veterans are never forgotten. Beginning on Thursday, November 1st. we will be selling poppies to support all current and former military personnel. We have set the minimum donation at $2.00. There is no maximum. Please be generous.
There will be a Confirmation meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the gym for those parents whose children will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this school year. The Grade 7 Enrolment Mass is Sunday, November 18th at 8:30 am. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – uniforms are not required.


There will be a meeting on Wednesday, November 21st at 7:00 pm in the school gym for those parents whose children will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this school year. The Grade 2 Enrolment Mass is Sunday, November 25th at 8:30 am. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – uniforms are not required
This meeting is for any Catholic parent who intends to have his/her child receive the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion in 2019.


Congratulations to all students for their outstanding participation in the annual chocolate sale fundraiser! We raised $13,500! Congratulations to the winners of the various prizes, especially the Lian family who were our top selling family. Also, we congratulate the grade 6 class for selling the most boxes of any grade! The Grade 6 class are awarded with a presentation for Urban Safari Rescue.
Our fall sports programs have come to an end.  Congratulations to our teams for their commitment and sportsmanship. Huge thanks to our volleyball coaches: Mrs. Buric, Mrs. Cawker and Ms. M. Alberti; to our soccer coaches: Mr. Roder, Ms. A. Alberti and Mr. Salvino for volunteering their time to coach our teams. Thank you to the parents for their help with driving and cheering on the teams!
Thoughts of the week…
“Teach your children the difference between a need and a want. Then make them work for what they want but don’t need, such as by doing extra household chores to save money for a certain item or even to give to charity through the non-uniform days. Help them develop patience. Give them opportunities to learn responsibility by assigning them age-appropriate duties to perform regularly. Make sure that you not only explain how to carry out their duties, but show them how to do so, as well.”
Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World – Jill Rigby
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