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October 3, 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 the Month of October - Respect
During this month of October, we celebrate the virtue of respect. We all deserve to be treated respectfully by others. However, in order to be respected, we also have to respect ourselves. Everyone has a right to go to school/work free of gossip, name-calling, and put-downs. We should expect to be treated with respect by everyone we meet – our brothers and sisters in Jesus.
“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” Confucius
A respectful person…
†uses a positive tone of voice and body language
† avoids swearing, name-calling, put-downs, and inappropriate gestures
†says ‘Excuse me’, ‘Please’, ‘Pardon me’
†avoids gossip
Let us pray for the virtue of respect so that everyone we meet will feel like we are
 their brother or sister in Christ. Amen
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, 
please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings that You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen


at 9:15 a.m.rd Thursday, October 3All parents are welcome to join us for our school assembly hosted by our Grade 7 class today, 

This is a reminder that Monday, October 14this Thanksgiving Day and, therefore, the school will be closed.  School will also be closed on Friday, October 18thfor a Professional Development Day.  Our teachers will be attending sessions at St. Pius X School.

The October calendar can be found on the school’s website.

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 for the families. This is an opportunity for the children to be together as a community of faith. ALL St. Michael’s School families are invited to the pancake breakfast.

Please keep bringing in your chocolate money! Friday, October 11this the final deadline for chocolate payment. Thank you for your support in raising money for our new PA system! 

Our next fundraising event is our annual Walkathon, which is being held on Sunday, October 20th. This is a great family event which brings together the entire St. Michael’s community. 
Fun activities are also planned for the day. 
Pledge forms are being sent home today.  In support of Mrs. Kennedy, we encourage all families to participate.  Mrs. Kennedy would be so pleased to see 100% participation!
Please see the letter attached to the Pledge Sheet which contains details about an important T-shirt incentive!  Go #TEAMKENNEDY!

We will be hosting a meeting on Monday, October 28th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm entitled 
Sexuality and Your Child for parents of students in Grades 4, 5, 6 & 7.
Growing up is very different than it used to be. There is an urgent need for parents to inform themselves on the current cultural landscape which our children face. We have invited four different speakers to give presentations at a specific grade level, which are designed to inspire and empower parents to begin to or continue to communicate with their children.  Therefore, even if you attended last year, you are asked to attend again this year.
Please read the Archbishop’s letter which is being sent home with the Gr. 4-7 students today.
  • The purpose of the Sexuality and Your Child Meetingis to support parents as the first and primary educators to transmit the truth and meaning of human sexuality to their children.
  • The parents will gain confidence in their ability to communicate the truth and meaning of human sexuality to their children.
  • To create evangelizing school communities which foster a personal relationship with Jesus in the Family of the Church 
Presentations will be in the classrooms.
Grade 4 – Puberty and Reproduction
Grade 5 – Digital literacy in a healthy home environment
Grade 6 – Influence of Marketing
Grade 7 – Chastity and sanctity of life 
Ideally it is hoped that both parents can attend; however, it is expected that at least one parent from each family comes to the meeting.   Remember it is important for dads to attend and also engage in these issues. 
Thank you for making this a priority!
Families will be given 2 participation hours for attending.

Our Grade 6 and 7 students will be enjoying 3 days of Outdoor Education at Camp Zajac next week.  We pray for the safety of all the students and staff, and we also pray for good weather!

Just a reminder from the office!
The following cheques will be cashed October 4, 2019
Outdoor Education cheques for $200.00 per student in
Grade 6 and Grade 7

Please note that if you have changed your home address, phone numbers, emails from the time you registered or re-registered at the school in March/April, you must provide the changes to the school office. Even if you have told the classroom teacher, please communicate this information to the school office as well. The office does not cross reference the class phoning parent forms and still needs the updated information. If you have any changes, please email the school office at

Re-take Day is October 23rdfor those students who were away on the first photo day or for those who are not satisfied with their original portraits. You must return the original proofs to the photographer on this day. If you don’t return the proofs, you will not have a re-take done. Also, please advise your child if you want him/her to get re-takes. It is not the responsibility of school staff to go through your child’s backpack to see if you are returning the proofs for re-takes.

The Student Leadership team would like to remind everyone that Thursday, October 31stis our next non-uniform day. Our theme for this month’s non-uniform day is “Christian Heroes”.  Students may come dressed as a real-life Christian hero or a Saint who inspires them. Each student is asked to bring in a minimum donation of $2.  All of the money raised will be going towards the Student Leadership team’s outreach initiatives. Students who do not wish to participate are to wear their school uniform. 

A reminder that the Summer Uniform may be worn until October 31st.  However, with these cooler Fall days, many students are already wearing their Winter Uniform described below.  
Ø  White school golf shirt*
Ø  Tunic* (K – Gr. 3)
Ø  Tunic* OR skirt* (Gr. 4 – 7)
Ø  Navy blue school cardigan/vest*
Ø  Navy blue knee-high socks OR leotards
Ø  All-black shoes (either all black runners or allblack dress shoes)

Please note:  Students must have their cardigan, sweater or vest at school at all times even if it is not being worn.  Unless otherwise stated, students must wear their cardigan, sweater or vest at assemblies, school Mass and for Picture Day.
Ø  White school golf shirt*
Ø  Navy blue dress pants*
Ø  Navy blue school sweater/vest* 
Ø  Navy blue socks
Ø  All-black shoes (either all black runners or all black dress shoes)

Mark the date on your calendar! Wednesday, October 16this the return of the 
Outdoor Learning Area’s Organic Apple Sale.
Last year we sold the apples in 5 lb bags; this year we are doing away with the plastic and selling them by the 35lb box (actual size to be confirmed, but most likely 35lb boxes).
If you are not certain your family can go through 35 lbs, why not split the box with your friends or family? Your children really enjoyed the apple sauce or apple crisp we made with them last fall from the apples!
Our apple sale was very successful last year and proceeds from the sale fully covered all Outdoor Learning Area expenses. For example: we cooked with your children last fall, expanded our vegetable patch and watering system, purchased vegetable seedlings and planted with each class this spring, which meant we were able to keep Father Rossi’s food bank steadily supplied with fresh lettuce, kale, beans and tomatoes throughout the summer and early fall.
Our apples are grown by Open View Organic Orchard
If you’d like to earn some volunteer hours helping with the apple sale, or have questions, please contact Anita Riddell at
More details to follow

Scholastic flyers were distributed this week. Orders are due Friday, October 11th.  Late orders are accepted until Tuesday, October 15th.  

LITTLE FLOWER ACADEMYwelcomes all prospective 2020-2021 candidates and their families to an OPEN HOUSEon Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 6:00–8:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm.   Welcome Address starts at 6:00 pm in the auditorium (1625 Nanton Avenue in Vancouver) and is followed by guided tours.  For more information and online application, please visit our website ( or contact Kathi Wilson, Registrar at  or 604-738-9016 ext. 114.

Teach your child to be a safe pedestrian.  Check out ICBCs flyer for some great tips!

Thought of the week…
“Take a hard look at yourself. You’re an important role model for your children. Honestly evaluate in what ways your own lifestyle is either selfish or selfless. Are your good deeds mostly about advancing your own agenda, or about the people you serve? Do you rationalize thoughtless decisions? Do you make excuses for cruel choices? Do you blame others while forgiving yourself? Do you buy things in order to feel better? Do you discipline yourself to live simply and with contentment, or are you constantly pursuing more yet are never satisfied?
Pray and ask God to reveal your selfish attitudes and actions. Then pray some more and ask Him to empty your heart of selfish desires. Do whatever you can to model selflessness for your children, such as: not allowing difficult circumstances to make you bitter, trusting God with your children, giving without expecting something in return, making sacrifices, displaying courage, and loving your spouse.”
Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World– Jill Rigby
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