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June 20, 2019                                                                                                                             Number: 38


St. Michael's School Newsletter

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

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 Our Virtue Focus for the month of June - FAIRNESS
During this month we will celebrate the virtue of fairness.
Fairness…is the ability to be open-minded and act in a just and fair way. Fairness allows us to treat others with mercy and compassion -- to feel and act with and for another person. God makes us to live together as a family in creation, to share and to help each other.  Being Christian is all about living together in community-ideally, one big happy family.  Jesus spent a major part of his time on earth showing us how to care for people in need.  He spent a lot of time showing us how to follow God's rules.  Everyone needs a FAIR chance to succeed-to overcome their disadvantages and disabilities.  A fair team player makes sure the rules of the game give everyone an even chance to participate.  Not everyone has to win.  Everyone deserves a chance to be in the game.
“Fair doesn't mean giving every child the same thing, it means giving every child what they need.”
~Rick Lavoie
A FAIR person…
takes turns, and shares
listens to both sides of the story
plays by the rules
takes only his or her portion
treats others equally
treats others as they would like to be treated
asks themselves: W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do)?
works to bring about peaceful solutions to problems.
cheers on the successes of others.
Let us pray ...for the virtue of fairness, the desire to live by the rules of God's kingdom every day of our lives. AMEN
This is a reminder that the school choir is singing at the Grade 7 Farewell Mass this evening. Please be at the church by 6:45 pm.
Our recognition assembly will be tomorrow, Friday, June 21st at 1:00 pm to honour those students who participated in various extra-curricular and co-curricular programs this year. Recognition certificates will be included in the students’ report cards.
Odyssey of the Mind 2019-2020 meeting!!   There will be an important meeting for all students/parents interested in participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program next year.  This meeting will be essential in order to understand the program at St Michael’s and what is required/expected in order to participate.  The meeting will be at 4:00 pm on June 24th in the Library.
Please join us for our 2019 Learning in Depth Showcase. We celebrate our students’ learning journey by having them share and reflect their topics of study.
Primary Showcase – Tuesday, June 25th – Parent viewing between 2:30 and 3:00.
Intermediate Showcase - Wednesday, June 26th – Parent viewing between 2:00 and 2:30.
This is a reminder that the last day of school for students is June 27th.  Our closing assembly will be at 10:15 am. At this assembly we will have the transfer of leadership from our Grade 7s to our Grade 6s and we will also have an opportunity to say good-bye to the staff members who are leaving. Students will be dismissed at 11:30.
We would like to receive your feedback regarding our report cards. This year we moved to an interim report card, we adjusted the timeline for when the report cards were distributed and grade 4 & 5 did not include letter grades. Please complete the survey AFTER you have received the final report card.
The link for the survey is:
A reminder that the first tuition payment for the 2019-2020 academic year is due on August 1st and the last tuition payment will be taken on May 1st. No payment is taken in June. Please also remember that the first month’s tuition (August 1st) is non-refundable if written notice of withdrawal for the upcoming school year is not received prior to June 1st.
Royal City Cheer, Tumbling & Parkour is offering a one of a kind before and after-school program launching in September 2019. This is a recreational facility located at 102-100 Braid Street. Routines will vary from day to day with scheduled recreational daily classes including Parkour, Ninja Warrior, Gymnastics, All Star Cheer, Hip Hop/Dance; as well as quiet zones for homework, relax lounge and snack area. Students will be picked up and dropped off by trained and screened staff. The Cost is $675/ month for 5 days a week (closed on stat holidays).
For more information or to sign up, please visit the registration page. While you're there, check out the summer camp options available!
If you wish to get a head start to earning participation hours for 2019-2020, HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY! The school is in need of help during the first two weeks of July and the two weeks prior to the start of the new school year.
Examples of jobs that need to be done:
  • Packing up classrooms to get them ready for summer cleaning § scrubbing desks (inside and out) § outdoor clean up § rubbish removal § prepping surfaces for painting § power washing
If you are interested in helping with any of the above jobs, please leave your name and contact information with Martin Blasiak at
This is a reminder that you must input your participation hours on-line. Please do so as soon as possible.

Please be reminded that NO report card will be handed out before the scheduled date. There are three options available to families who are away from the school when report cards are distributed:
1) a parent may request, in writing, for another parent to pick up his or her child’s report card;
2)  a parent may request, in writing, for the report card to be mailed; 
3) a parent can wait until the child returns to school to obtain the report card.
5-day camp designed to introduce players to
the fundamentals of the game in a fun and
competitive atmosphere. The camp is open
to boys and girls entering grades 3-8.
Please see Mr. Roder for a registration form.
The Beginning Band Program is for students in grades 5-7 with little or no previous training on a band instrument. Rehearsals will take place at St. Thomas More on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm from September to the end of May. Students will participate in various concerts and workshops throughout the year. For more information and to register, please visit:
Help your child succeed in school… Join the Summer Reading Club at Burnaby Public Library. Registration starts Friday, June 14th and continues until the end of July.
Children who read over the summer do better in school, and libraries across BC are here to help.  When kids sign up, they get a reading calendar to track their reading, a bookmark, and stickers.  After reading for fifteen minutes a day for fifty days, your child will be rewarded with the highly coveted Summer Reading Club medal.
During the summer, the library offers fun, creative programs, extended loans for travelers, and lots of great book lists and suggestions.
FAQs: Can my child enter if we’re not here in the summer? Not a problem.  Registration materials can be picked up at the beginning of the summer and used anywhere throughout July and August.  Medals for children who have completed the program will be available until the end of September.
What if my child isn’t reading yet?  Children of all ages and reading levels are welcome. Younger children can listen to stories that you read to them or they can listen to books on CD or online. Ask us how! And we have of books to help beginning readers too.
Imagine the Possibilities With Burnaby Public Library This Summer!
(Teen summer reading club description for parent newsletters – especially for grade 7 parents)
Calling all teens! Win one of our weekly Indigo gift certificate prizes, and be entered into our grand prize draw for a Best Buy Gift Card just for reading with Burnaby Public Library's Teen Summer Reading Club!

Registration starts Friday, June 14. Pick up weekly reading cards to record your reading and to enter for prize draws. You can do the reading at home; you only have to come to the library to drop off your weekly reading cards for a chance to win prizes.

Away for the summer but still want to win prizes? No problem! Read three books and tell us about them at and automatically win an Indigo gift card that can be picked up when you’re back!

If you are in town and looking for fun things to do at the library, check out all our summer programs at Teens entering grades 8 - 12 in September are eligible to participate in this year's Teen Summer Reading Club.
Please visit to find out more information about the Simon Fraser Summer Camps.
Thought of the week…
“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”
~Debbi Fields
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