April 12th Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community!

 

Congratulations to our wonderful Principal for her nomination, by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), for Educational Leader of the Year Award 2019.  Best wishes to you Mrs. Ugrin!

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. St Leo’s has organized an EQAO presentation for parents which will take place on Monday May 6th at 6:30 pm in the school library.  All are welcome.  (Author’s note - in the lead up to the EQAO assessments last year, I attended such a presentation and found it very informative and useful.)

  2. Santa Maria CS is hosting the motivational speaker, Sara Westbrook, on June 11th at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend, but if you plan to attend, please let us know so that we can give Santa Maria an idea of numbers.

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  • The annual book fair will take place the week of May 6th.  We are still looking for a number of volunteers to make the book fair a success.  Please see below the times and dates and numbers of volunteers we require.  Please let me know ASAP if you can volunteer for any of the times notes below. Thank you to those who have already put their name forward.

Monday May 6

SET UP

three two volunteers

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Tuesday May 7

PREVIEW

two one volunteer

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

two volunteers

9:30 am – 11: 45 am

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

two volunteers

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

two one volunteer

EVENING:  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday May 9

SALE DAY #2

two volunteers

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Friday May 10

PACKING

two one volunteer

9:30 am – 11:45 am

  • The Ontario government has outlined cuts to education.  If you are concerned, attached you will find a template letter than you can personalize and send directly to our MPP – Christine Hogarth at christine.hogarth@pc.ola.org.  Please take the time to consider the impact these cuts will have on your children’s education.

  • In an effort to minimize waste in our school, the St. Leo ECO Team is introducing Boomerang Tuesdays.  To encourage our community to review and think about the way we prepare and package lunch foods each day, on Tuesdays all lunch packaging that comes to the school will return home in lunch bags that evening.  The purpose of the Boomerang Lunch is not to transfer trash disposal responsibilities from the school to home, but rather to reduce the amount of trash altogether.  For instance, is a juice box necessary?  How about using a reusable bottle for water or juice, not just Tuesdays, but every day.  Thank you ECO Team for continuing to push us towards becoming a greener school!

  • To show support for their autistic colleagues, students are invited to wear any shade of blue every Friday in April. 

  • The school Easter mass will take place on Friday April 26th at 9:30 am.  Everyone is welcome.

  • The April Virtue Assembly will take place on Friday April 26th at 1:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

  • Grade 7 Confirmation will be held on Sunday April 28th at 4:00 p.m.

  • Grade 2 First Holy Communion will be held on Sunday May 5th at 4:00 p.m.

  • The dates for Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO testing this year is the week of May 27th.  Please keep this in mind and refrain from booking appointments for your child/ren between May 27th and May 31st.  If you would like more information about EQAO testing, please visit the EQAO website at www.EQAO.com

  • The Annual St Leo Silent Auction and Parent night is on Friday April 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Leaf on Lakeshore.  See attached.  You can purchase your tickets through cash-on-line or by sending the attached form back to school with your child.  Thanks to everyone who has agreed to volunteered to make this another great auction.  If you have goods that you would like to donate for the auction or would like to volunteer – please respond to this email.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

April 5th Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community.

 

Congratulations to the St. Leo’s Volleyball teams.  Both teams played very well and the girls placed second.  Great job all.  Thanks to Mme. Hunter and Ms. Gaughan who coached the volleyball teams.

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. The Ontario government has outlined cuts to education.  If you are concerned, attached you will find a template letter than you can personalize and send directly to our MPP – Christine Hogarth at christine.hogarth@pc.ola.org.  Please take the time to consider the impact these cuts will have on your children’s education.

  2. In an effort to minimize waste in our school, the St. Leo ECO Team is introducing Boomerang Tuesdays.  To encourage our community to review and think about the way we prepare and package lunch foods each day, on Tuesdays all lunch packaging that comes to the school will return home in lunch bags that evening.  The purpose of the Boomerang Lunch is not to transfer trash disposal responsibilities from the school to home, but rather to reduce the amount of trash altogether.  For instance, is a juice box necessary?  How about using a reusable bottle for water or juice, not just Tuesdays, but every day.  Thank you ECO Team for continuing to push us towards becoming a greener school!

  3. The school Easter mass will take place on Friday April 26th at 9:30 am.  Everyone is welcome.

  4. The April Virtue Assembly will take place on Friday April 26th at 1:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

  5. The annual book fair will take place the week of May 6th.  We need a number of volunteers to make the book fair a success.  Please see below the times and dates and numbers of volunteers we require.  Please let me know ASAP if you can volunteer for any of the times notes below. Thank you to those who have already put their name forward.

Monday May 6

SET UP

three volunteers

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Tuesday May 7

PREVIEW

one volunteer

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

two volunteers

9:30 am – 11: 45 am

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

two volunteers

1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Wednesday May 8

SALE DAY #1

one volunteer

EVENING:  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday May 9

SALE DAY #2

two volunteers

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Friday May 10

PACKING

two volunteers

9:30 am – 11:45 am

 

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. To show support for their autistic colleagues, students are invited to wear any shade of blue every Friday in April. 

  2. This year, ShareLife Week will be celebrated during the week of April 8th. St. Leo will be participating in the Board wide civvies day on April 12th. Please send in your toonie donation or (preferably) submit your donation online through KEV School Cash Online.

  3. During the week of April 8th St Leo will be hosting X Movement – a program combining Mindfulness, High Intensity Fitness, Executive Management, Feelings and Decisions, and Self-Regulation.  The X Movement team will be working with students on April 8th, 9th and 10th.  The X Movement community event for parents and students together will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym.

  4. April 10th marks the International Day of Pink. This is a day where communities across the country and around the world unite in celebrating all manner of diversity and raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying.  Wear pink on April 10th to show your support.

  5. Grade 7 Confirmation will be held on Sunday April 28th at 4:00 p.m.

  6. Grade 2 First Holy Communion will be held on Sunday May 5th at 4:00 p.m.

  7. The dates for Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO testing this year is the week of May 27th.  Please keep this in mind and refrain from booking appointments for your child/ren between May 27th and May 31st.  If you would like more information about EQAO testing, please visit the EQAO website at www.EQAO.com

  8. The Annual St Leo Silent Auction and Parent night is on Friday April 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Leaf on Lakeshore.  See attached poster.  You can purchase your tickets through cash-on-line or by sending the attached form back to school with your child.  Thanks to everyone who has agreed to volunteered to make this another great auction.  If you have goods that you would like to donate for the auction or would like to volunteer – please respond to this email.

Have a great week!

March 29th Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community.

 

Congratulations to St. Leo’s Co-Ed Ice Hockey team.  They did very well on Tuesday and will be advancing to the next round!  Go Lions Go!

 

Best wishes to the Junior Boys and Junior Girls volleyball teams who will be playing in tournaments this week on Wednesday April 3rd (boys) and Thursday April 4th (girls).  Go Lions Go!

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. St. Leo will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2nd with an assembly at 1:00 p.m. in the gym.  Parents are welcome to attend!  Students are invited to wear any shade of blue on the day of the assembly and every Friday in April. 

  2. The next Caribou Math contest will be held on Wednesday April 3rd.  Participants should be at the school for 7:45 a.m.  Thanks to Ms. Figueiredo who organizes all of the math contest participation and practices throughout the year.

  3. April’s CSPC meeting will take place on April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the staff room.  I think we can safely assume there will be no snowstorm to get in our way this month! 

  4. This year, ShareLife Week will be celebrated during the week of April 8th. St. Leo will be participating in the Board wide civvies day on April 12th. Please send in your toonie donation or (preferably) submit your donation online through KEV School Cash Online.

  5. During the week of April 8th St Leo will be hosting X Movement – a program combining Mindfulness, High Intensity Fitness, Executive Management, Feelings and Decisions, and Self-Regulation.  The X Movement team will be working with students on April 8th, 9th and 10th.  The X Movement community event for parents and students together will take place on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym.

  6. April 10th marks the International Day of Pink. This is a day where communities across the country and around the world unite in celebrating all manner of diversity and raising awareness to stop all forms of bullying.  Wear pink on April 10th to show your support.

  7. The closing date to register your child for either First Holy Communion or Confirmation is Friday April 5that noon.  You must register your child in person at the St Leo Church parish office.

  8. Parents of participating First Holy Communion and Confirmation children must attend one mandatory instruction session given at the church.  The following are dates for instruction from which you can pick:

    • Monday April 1st at 7:30 p.m. (in the church)

    • Tuesday April 2nd at 7:30 p.m. (in the church)

    • Saturday April 6th at 1:00 p.m. (in the church)

  9. Grade 7 Confirmation will be held on Sunday April 28th at 4:00 p.m.

  10. Grade 2 First Holy Communion will be held on Sunday May 5th at 4:00 p.m.

  11. The dates for Grade 3 and Grade 6 EQAO testing this year is the week of May 27th.  Please keep this in mind and refrain from booking appointments for your child/ren between May 27th and May 31st.  If you would like more information about EQAO testing, please visit the EQAO website at www.EQAO.com

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. The Annual St Leo Silent Auction and Parent night is on Friday April 26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Maple Leaf on Lakeshore.  You can purchase your tickets through KEV School Cash Online or by sending the attached form back to school with your child.  Thanks to everyone who has agreed to volunteered to make this another great auction.  If you have goods that you would like to donate for the auction or would like to volunteer – please respond to this email.

Have a great week!

March 22nd Newsletter

Hello St Leo Families,

 

Thanks to all the families that participated in hot dog day this past week.  I labelled that incorrectly last week.  The funds raised will go towards this year’s Grade 8 trip.

 

Best wishes to St. Leo’s Co-Ed Ice Hockey team which will be competing this Tuesday March 26th at the TCDSB Tournament to be held at CanLan Ice Sports-York University!  Go Lions Go!

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. Friday March 29th is civvies day.  Don’t forget your twoonie (though you can always pay for civvies day with cash on-line)

  2. The junior volleyball tournaments will be held on Wednesday April 3rd for boys and Thursday April 4th for girls.

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. Community Partner Royal York Football Club would like you to know about their upcoming summer camps.  Camps are for girls and boys ages 5-14 and run on the following weeks - July 8-11, July 22-26, August 12-16 and August 26-30.  See attached flyer and find out more at royalyorkfc.com

  2. 22 Division Toronto Police Service and 22 Community Police Liaison Committee invite you to attend the Pro Action Cops and Kids Open House and Free BBQ on Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at 3699 Bloor Street W. (West of Islington Avenue). See attached flyer.

March 1st Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community.

 

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help on Pancake Tuesday (morning of March 5th).  When you arrive at the school (at 9:00 am), please first sign in at the office, before your proceed to the servery.

 

LAST CALL for Maple Leaf raffle tickets.  Sale ends at noon tomorrow (March 4th). The game is Leafs versus Panthers on March 25th at 7:00 pm. Tickets retail for $480!!!!  Please see the attached raffle ticket form (one was also sent home last week).  The cost for one raffle ticket is $20 and the cost of five raffle tickets is $50.  Tickets can be purchased online through www.schoolcashonline.com or by sending money or a cheque (made out to St Leo CSPC) to school with your children.  Regardless of your payment method, please return the form with your student’s name and the number of tickets you have purchased on it.  The draw will be held on March 5th during morning announcements.

February 22 Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community.

 

We are still looking for 5 volunteers for Pancake Tuesday (March 5th).  If you only have an hour or can offer up the whole morning, we will happily include you on the volunteer list.  Please respond to this email if you are interested.  Thanks to all of those who have already signed up.

 

Raffle tickets for the Maple Leaf tickets are still available.  The game is Leafs versus Panthers on March 25th at 7:00 pm. Tickets retail for $480!!!!  Please see the attached raffle ticket form (one was also sent home last week).  The cost for one raffle ticket is $20 and the cost of five raffle tickets is $50.  Tickets can be purchased online through www.schoolcashonline.com or by sending money or a cheque (made out to St Leo CSPC) to school with your children.  Regardless of your payment method, please return the form with your student’s name and the number of tickets you have purchased on it.  Raffle ticket sales will close at noon on March 4th.  The draw will be held on March 5th during morning announcements.

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. Wednesday February 27th is Pink Shirt Day.  Wear pink and show that you will “stand up to bullying”!

  2. The February/March combined CSPC meeting will be held on Wednesday February 27th at 6:30 pm in the staffroom

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. The next Ski Trip takes place on Tuesday, February 26th.  Buses leave promptly at 7:15 am.  Children going on the ski trip should be picked up at school at the end of the day at 5:00 pm.

  2. St. Leo Community Partner, Royal York Football Club wants you to know that their Summer House League Soccer registration is now open at https://www.royalyorkfc.com/. Pick your team, bring your friends and play!  Don't hang about, spots are filling out quickly so register today!  Please see attached flyer.

  3. The annual St Leo Auction and Community Night is rescheduled to Friday April 26th.  The kick off meeting will be held on March 4th.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please respond to this email and I will provide you will the information you need regarding timing and location for the meeting.

Feb 15th Newsletter

Happy Family Day!

 

Thank you to all the families who supported the danceathon fundraiser.  Thanks to the children who collected pledge forms and danced up a storm.  Thanks to the parents who counted money, purchased goods and stuffed glow stick bags.  Thanks especially to DJ Nikki and side kick Claire who kept the fun going all day for the children.  It took everyone’s support to put this fun event on.  Thank you.

 

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who put so much effort into the family portrait displays and the math galleries.  The portraits were wonderful and the different problem solving methods were very interesting.  Great job everyone!

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. The Ski Trip takes place on Tuesday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 26th.   Buses leave promptly at 7:15 am.  Children going on the ski trip should be picked up at school at the end of the day at 5:00 pm.

  2. We received from a St Leo family a generous donation of Maple Leaf tickets to be raffled off.  The game is Leafs vs Panthers on March 25th at 7:00 pm. Tickets retail for $480!!!!  Please see the attached raffle ticket form (one will also go home in backpacks on Tuesday).  The cost for one raffle ticket is $20 and the cost of five raffle tickets is $50.  Tickets can be purchased online through www.schoolcashonline.com or by sending money or a cheque (made out to St Leo CSPC) to school with your children.  Regardless of your payment method, please return the form with your student’s name and the number of tickets you have purchased on it.  Raffle ticket sales open on February 19th and will close at noon on March 4th.  The draw will be held on March 5th during morning announcements.

  3. Pancake Tuesday takes place on March 5th.  We need 10 parent volunteers to help make pancakes and serve the children.  We need people from 9:00-12:00 that day.  If you can volunteer for one hour or the whole time, please respond to this email.

  4. St. Leo Community Partner, Royal York Football Club wants you to know that their Summer House League Soccer registration is now open at www.royalyorkfc.com. Pick your team, bring your friends and play!  Don't hang about, spots are filling out quickly so register today!  Please see attached flyer.

  5. St Leo’s Eco Team reminds us during this Energy Conservation month that devices which are plugged in, but not in use, are still needlessly drawing energy.  Remember to turn off and unplug!!!

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. The annu al St Leo Auction and Community Night has been rescheduled to Friday April 26th.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please let me know and I will make sure you are invited to the kick off meeting which will be called shortly.

Cheers, Fiona

Feb 8th Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community,

 

Congratulations to the boys and girls basketball teams which made St. Leo’s proud this past week.  Both teams came in 3rd.  Go Lions Go!!

 

Thank you to all the parents who ran hot dog day on Friday.  Thanks to the families that supported the Swim Team with this fundraiser.

 

The annual dance-a-thon will take place the Thursday, February 14th.  Pledge forms are due no later than Monday February 11th.  Please note that if you want tax receipts to be issued, please ensure the addresses on the pledge forms are complete (including postal codes) and legible.  If you would like a tax receipt and you are writing a cheque, please make it payable to St Leo C.S.

 

Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. As part of our Physical Education program, the grades 4-8 students will be participating in 2 days of downhill skiing at Mount St. Louis Moonstone on Tuesday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 26th. This year we have added a second ski date as part of a promotion that we were the recipient of. Therefore, the cost is the same if a student cannot attend a second date.  IMPORTANT: Spaces are limited.  We are only accepting 50 students on a first come, first served basis, but there are a few spots left. Please make your online payment to reserve your spot, then return the permission form by Monday, February 11th.  NOTE: WE HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF PAYMENTS BUT ARE MISSING PERSMISSION FORMS. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE FORMS ARE SENT TO THE OFFICE.

  2. Report cards will be sent home in backpacks on Tuesday February 12th.

  3. Parent teacher interviews will be held this week on the evenings of Wednesday February 13th and Thursday February 14th

  4. When coming to the school to meet with your children’s teachers this week, please be sure to leave some time to visit the gym.  There you will find the Math Gallery and also one of Mrs. Ugrin’s favourite displays all year – family portraits drawn by each and every student.  Don’t miss them!

  5. Friday February 15th is a PA Day.

  6. Monday February 18th is Family Day and a school holiday.

  7. The annual St Leo Auction and Community Night has been rescheduled to Friday April 26th.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please let me know and I will make sure you are invited to the kick off meeting, which will be called shortly.

Feb 1st Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community,

 

Congratulations to the boys and girls soccer teams which made St. Leo’s proud this past week.  The girls even brought home the pennant for first place.  Awesome!!


Best wishes to the boys and girls basketball teams which will be competing at tournaments this week.  Go Lions Go!!


Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. The last day to send in money and forms for Hot Dog day is Monday February 4th.  Hot Dog day itself is Friday February 8th.   This is a fundraiser for the St Leo Swim Team.  Kudos to the Swim Team Coaches and Swimmers who are doing their best to be self-sufficient.  Well done!

  2. February’s St Leo Parent Council (CSPC) meeting is on Wednesday February 6th at 6:30 in the staff room.  All parents are invited and welcome.

  3. National Sweater Day is Friday February 8th.  The St Leo ECO team continues to encourage responsible student stewardship of our planet’s resources and is promoting National Sweater Day as a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy and using less heat all winter. Make sure you wear your warm sweater on Friday.  Facilities Services will turn down the heat in the school by two degrees to support your efforts.

  4. The annual dance-a-thon will take place on February 14thPledge forms will go home this week.  Check for them in back packs.

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. The boys' basketball tournament will be held on Tuesday February 5th.

  2. The girls’ basketball tournament will be held on Thursday February 7th.

  3. Kindergarten Registration in Toronto Catholic Schools has begun.  Children born in 2015 are eligible for kindergarten starting in September 2019.  Parents can complete their application online at SOAR.tcdsb.org, and follow up with a visit to the school to present the required documents. The online application is available 24 hours.

January 25th Newsletter

Hello St Leo Community,

 

Friday was Ms. McCann's last day before her maternity leave.  On behalf of St Leo’s parents and St. Leo’s CSPC, we wish her much joy over the coming year as her family expands.  Best wishes Ms. McCann.


Thank you to all the families that came out for the Raptors 905 game on Saturday and supported St Leo’s fundraising activities.  It was a great afternoon. 


Best wishes to the boys and girls soccer teams which will be competing at tournaments this week.  Go Lions Go!!


Below are all the updates you need for the coming weeks:

  1. On Monday January 28th, there will be a meeting for students interested in participating in St. Leo's first ever French spelling bee. The event will be open to students Grades 1 to 8, in both the French Immersion program and the Core French program.

  2. The next Virtue Awards Assembly will be held on Friday February 1st 1:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

  3. The boys' basketball tournament will be held on Tuesday February 5th.  Practices continue.

  4. The girls’ basketball tournament will be held on Thursday February 7th.  Practices continue.

  5. Attached is a copy of a community notice from Councillor Grimes regarding the recent installation of a Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) on Royal York Road and Symons Street. The activation of this PXO is scheduled for the coming weeks, and Councillor Grimes wanted to give parents in the community some notice about it.

Reminders in case you missed them the first time:

  1. Canadian Parents for French (CPF) in partnership with St Leo CS is presenting IDÉLLO on January 30th at 6:30 in the school gym.  Please join us for this free event to learn about the wonderful resources available through IDÉLLO to support your child’s learning and engagement in French language and culture.

  2. The Junior Boys soccer tournament is on January 30th.  Practices continue.

  3. The Junior Girls soccer tournament is on January 31st.  Practices continue.

  4. Kindergarten Registration in Toronto Catholic Schools has begun.  Children born in 2015 are eligible for kindergarten starting in September 2019.  Parents can complete their application online at SOAR.tcdsb.org, and follow up with a visit to the school to present the required documents. The online application is available 24 hours.