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November 22, 2018                                                                                                                             Number: 12


St. Michael's School Newsletter

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

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Mrs. Kennedy will be attending the Catholic Leadership Days with other administrators in our system. She will be away November 28th to November 30th.  Mrs. Kennedy will also be away December 4th to December 7th attending training in Victoria. There will be no newsletter the week of December 3rd. Please keep her in your prayers. If you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed, Mr. Da Silva will be the teacher in charge.
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.
Grade 7 cheques of $35.00 for November 1, 2018 (Spirit Day) will be cashed tomorrow.


The Grade 2 Enrolment Mass is Sunday, November 25th at 8:30 am. Students are to wear their “Sunday best” – uniforms are not required
We are interested in knowing our potential numbers for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have a child who is eligible for Kindergarten next year (born in 2014), please let Mrs. Bird know as soon as possible. Please let your friends know that we are hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm for any NEW family interested in having their child/ren attend St. Michael’s School (any grade). There is no need to RSVP for the Open House. Application packages for new families will be available that evening.
Basketball Practice Schedule 2018-2019
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:45 -
8:30 am
Grade 5
Grade 7
Grade 5
Grade 7
Grade 6
12:00 -
12:30 pm
   Grade 6
Grade 5
Grade 5 Girls
4:00 pm
Grade 7
Grade 6
  Grade 7 Boys Grade 6
Monday, November 26th @ 6:30pm
Paint Your Own Pottery- A great night out!
Kick start the Christmas season by creating a keepsake or making gifts for grandparents and family.
Tickets are $35.00 for Adults, $30 for Children. Tickets are available at the school office.
Ticket includes your choice of one ceramic, all supplies and kiln firing. Get your friends and family together to enjoy a fun filled night out for both children and adults.
Children must be accompanied by a paid adult.
All funds raised will go directly to Student Leadership initiatives.
Sample cards with instructions inside have been sent home with students.
Parents are to place their orders and pay online.
The order deadline is NOVEMBER 27 (midnight)
Thank you to everyone for the generous donation of Halloween Candy.
Thank you to the Araujo family who delivered the candy to Agape House.
Agape Street Ministries is a Catholic Christian Street Outreach prayer ministry which reaches out to the women involved in prostitution of the downtown eastside area of Hastings and Cordova in Vancouver. Dedicated volunteers of Agape Street Ministry, wear red jackets and are often referred to as ‘the Candy People’ by the women, giving over 43,000 candy bags a year, each with the message of God’s love for them. Through encounters with Agape Street Ministries, women learn that God’s love for them is unconditional, and it is through Him that freedom and true healing from addiction and sexual exploitation can be realized. On behalf of this ministry, thank you!
Reminder:  Orders are due Friday, November 23rd, late orders accepted until November 26, 2018.
Each year, the St. Michael’s Parent Association hosts a skating party for the students. This year the event will be held at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster on Tuesday, December 18th. Please see the grade groupings below:

Grades 2, 3, 5, 6 will skate during the morning session (9:30 am-10:45 am)
Grades K, 1, 4, 7 will skate during the afternoon session (1:30 pm-2:45 pm)

Consent forms were sent home and they can also be found on our website.
A reminder that it is the parents’ responsibility to drive their children to and from the arena.
The Student Leadership Team will be hosting a non-uniform day on Thursday,
November 29th. The theme for this non-uniform day is “Sports Teams – Athletes”. Students who choose to wear items connected with the theme will need to bring in a minimum donation of a toonie for our social outreach projects. Students who do not wish to participate must wear their school uniform.
Saturday, November 24th & Sunday, November 25th, 2018
Pop up Christmas Craft Fair with over 100-juried vendors Bistro, Bake Sale, Book Sale, Plant Sale, raffles.
Free Admission
Lots of fun for children too!
In the event of inclement weather, tune in to CKNW AM 980 on the radio for information regarding any school closure. Information can also be found on their web site, or on our website In the case of inclement weather in the morning, closures are usually reported every ten to fifteen minutes.  The class phoning parents will phone all the families to ensure that everyone is informed of the closure. Please do not tie up the school and parish telephone lines by trying to call these offices. The radio station WILL NOT announce if the school is open; therefore, if you DO NOT hear the name of the school then the school is open. Likewise, if you do not receive a call from your class phoning parent then the school is open. All calls will be made by 8:00 am. As traveling conditions vary depending on where you live, please use your own judgment regarding sending your child to school. The staff, however, will always work to keep the school open when safety is not in question.  Also, please remind your child/ren to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, (i.e. boots, warm jacket, mitts, toques). If weather conditions are reasonable, students will go outside to get some fresh air during recess and lunch breaks.
Thoughts of the week…
“Build family togetherness. Strengthen your family’s relationships to help your children increase their sense of security, which will give them the confidence to reach out to others in love. Let them learn from their experiences in your family – through good and bad – that love is a choice rather than just a feeling. Eat meals together as often as possible. Work on family projects together throughout the year. Help your children learn how to forgive. Teach your children how to show remorse, repent, and apologize to others they’ve wronged. Forgive your children when they do wrong. Forgive others when they offend you. Ask your children for forgiveness when you wrong them.”
Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World – Jill Rigby
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