St Leo Weekly Newsletter - week ending June 23, 2017

Good evening St Leo Community,

Mimico’s Got Talent!!!  Congratulations to all who organized and took part in the Talent Show on Friday.  What a bunch of talented children attend St Leo CS.  There were wonderful dancers and singers and some impressive musicians.  Who thought up the cup dance?  So creative!  Where else could you get such entertainment for a few non-perishable food items?  Thanks to all the students who performed, to Ms. Starr and Ms. Lehane for organizing, to Grade 4s Madelyn and Audrey who were props and stage leads, to the Grade 7s who provided much needed support, especially MCs Evelyn and Lily, and to Grade 8 Jonah, the lead stage hand.  It was a wonderful afternoon.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.

Thanks very much to Allseas Fisheries - Seafood Markets (55 Vansco Road, Etobicoke) who once again donated the fish for Kiss the Fish.   Lucky Ms. Majchrowski and lucky Ms. Hennessy got to kiss it!!!

This final week of school is another jam packed week:

  1. Canada Day photo will be taking place Monday, June 26th.  Students are encouraged to wear red and white.
  2. The Spring Concert for grades 4/5, 5, 6, and 7 will also be taking place Monday, June 26th at 6:30 pm in the school gym. 
  3. Report cards will be sent home Tuesday, June 27th.
  4. The Grade 8 Graduation mass and ceremony takes place Tuesday, June 27th in the evening. Refreshments will follow in the school gym for the graduates and their families.
  5. Play Day is on Wednesday, June 28th, weather permitting. Please remember sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water! Please bring in your twoonie by Monday for ice cream (or a popsicle) on Play Day.
  6. Thursday, June 29th is the last school day for this academic year.  Thursday will be Tacky Tourist Spirit Day (civvies day) and the final Virtue and Awards Assembly will be held that day. 
  7. It’s probably a good idea to send your kids to school with some plastic bags this week for when they clean out their desks.
  8. Don’t forget there is no pizza day this Wednesday.  At this time, on behalf of all of us, I would like to thank Marion Camilleri and Herman Mejia for making all the arrangements for Wednesday pizza days for the whole year.  They very quietly took on this role in the background and did an amazing job. Thank you!  Thank you!  We all benefitted from this.
  9. There are still a few year books available for purchasing.  Money ($14) can sent in attention Mlle. Hunter.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

 Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Sandy & Rayissa Real Estate

St Leo Newsletter - week ending June 16, 2017

Good evening St. Leo Community

On behalf of all of us, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to Mrs. Ugrin who lost her beloved father this past week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

This week is a jam packed week at St Leo CS:

  • Tuesday June 20th at 6:00 pm – Spring Concert
  • Wednesday June 21st at 6:30 pm in the school library – CSPC AGM.  All are welcome
  • Thursday June 22nd at 6:30 pm in the school gym, St Leo is pleased to be hosting a presentation for parents by Paul Davis on SOCIAL NETWORKING & ONLINE SAFETY.   Paul is a well- known contributor to various news programs and has also worked with law enforcement agencies – RCMP, OPP and CBSA. Paul’s expertise is in the area of Social Networking Safety.  His presentations educate students and parents about responsible use of technology.   See attached flyer.  We look forward to seeing you! Please feel free to bring anyone who you feel would find this useful
  • Friday June 23rd - Kiss the Fish and the Talent Show

There are still a few year books available for pre-order.  Money ($14) can sent in to the school attention Mlle. Hunter.

Finally big congratulations to our SKs who celebrated their graduation yesterday.  We are so proud of you and wish you all the best as you move on to Grade One.  Thank you to the teachers for all their guiding and teaching of our littles ones and also for prepping them for the graduation ceremony.  Thanks also to Mrs. McClue, the pianist for yesterday’s celebration, to Lucy Dorgan and Jenna Iasko for preparing the refreshments and a big thank you to the Grade 8s who were once again so helpful throughout this event.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

 Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Lakeside Pharmacy and True Rhythm

St Leo CS Newsletter - week end June 9, 2017

THANK YOU St. Leo Community for another amazing Spring Fling!!!!

Thanks to:

  • All the parents who volunteered at the Spring Fling setting up, tearing down, manning games or the pizza station or the bake sale or entertainers or generators and especially thanks to all those parents who have been working for months on all the up-front planning
  • All the parents who baked up a storm for the Spring Fling bake sale
  • All the families who brought in their stuffies for the giant stuffie wall and items for the prize bins
  • All the teachers who spent the evening with us selling tickets or manning games.  I suspect Mlle Hunter heard tick tick tick tick all through her dreams last night
  • Our sponsors Math Academy and real estate agents Sandy Bodnar and Rayissa Palmer who supported us all year AND last night sponsored a candy floss machine and a bouncy castle respectively
  • Our vendors who made the site colourful and interesting
  • Our supporter, Cineplex Queensway, which donated all of the popcorn
  • To the high school students (some alumni, some not) who came out to help us sell popcorn or make candy floss
  • To Mrs Ugrin and all of the caretakers who helped us so much throughout the day - as they do all year round

… and an extra special thank you goes to our wonderful Grade 7s who manned either the pizza stand or games and our wonderful Grade 8s who gave so much of their time to help set up or tear down the fair, paint a million faces or load a million candy floss sticks.  You are why we do these fundraising events.  It was great to have you at our sides.

To all of you who showed up in droves bringing your kids and Grandparents and neighbours (and Joe down the street) and made the whole evening worthwhile.  If you were praying for no rain – then bless you because it worked!

See you again next year!

Some Spring Fling tidy up:

  • If you have lawn signs or you see a wayward lawn signs as you drive through the neighbourhood, can you please collect them and bring them to the school
  • If you brought baked goods on a tray which you would like to pick up – all trays and dishes will be kept in Mrs Ugrin’s office for two weeks.  Dishes remaining after June 23rd, will be donated to the school food program

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A couple of upcoming events for the last month of school:

  1. SK Graduation is on June 16th
  2. The CSPC AGM will be held on June 21st in the school library at 6:30
  3. On Thursday June 22nd at 6:30 pm in the school gym, St Leo is pleased to be hosting a presentation for parents by Paul Davis on SOCIAL NETWORKING & ONLINE SAFETY.   Paul is a well- known contributor to various news programs and has also worked with law enforcement agencies – RCMP, OPP and CBSA. Paul’s expertise is in the area of Social Networking Safety.  His presentations educate students and parents about responsible use of technology.   See attached flyer.  We look forward to seeing you!
  4. Kiss the Fish and the Talent Show take place on June 23rd
  5. Grade 8 Graduation is on June 27th

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website athttp://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

 

Have a great weekend,

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Best Portuguese Chicken and Lakeshore Arts

St Leo Weekly Newsletter - week ending June 2, 2017

Hello St. Leo Community!

Four more sleeps till the Spring Fling .... and that is almost all you need to know this week!

  1. If you would like to volunteer at the Spring Fling and you haven’t let us know yet, then please respond to this email.  We can always use a few more volunteers.  Parents, older siblings, grandparents, neighbours – all are welcome to volunteer.  We will have a job for you!
  2. If you haven’t sent in your previously loved stuffies for the Spring Fling Stuffies Wall, please put them through the wash and send them off to school by Thursday morning.
  3. If you will be sending in baked goods for the Spring Fling, please drop them off at the school on Wednesday at the earliest and by Thursday afternoon at the latest (we need some time to put prices on them).
  4. Pray for no rain on Thursday!
  5. On Thursday June 22nd at 6:30 pm in the school gym, St Leo is pleased to be hosting a presentation for parents by Paul Davis on SOCIAL NETWORKING & ONLINE SAFETY.   Paul is a well- known contributor to various news programs and has also worked with law enforcement agencies – RCMP, OPP and CBSA.  Paul’s expertise is in the area of Social Networking Safety.  His presentations educate students and parents about responsible use of technology.   See attached flyer.  We look forward to seeing you!
  6. Pray for no rain on Thursday!
  7. To all the Grade 8s leaving for Ottawa tomorrow, have a great and safe trip!
  8. Don't forget that Friday is a PA Day.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

See you on Thursday.  Pray for no rain!

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Tony’s Flooring & Humber Bay Eye Care.

Hello St. Leo Community,

Good Luck and Congratulations!!!

  • Best wishes and good luck to our Grade 7s who will be confirmed tomorrow.  Enjoy your blessed day.
  • Congratulations to our Intermediate Soccer Team who beat John English in an exhibition game 3-0 on Wednesday! Best of luck to our teams as they compete at Centennial for the Divisional tournament this Monday and Tuesday. GO LIONS GO!

Below are the reminders and updates you need for next week:

  1. EQAO Week is this week for Grade 3 and Grade 6 students.
  2. There is no CSPC meeting this week.  It will be called for later in the month for the year-end review.
  3. The Spring Fling takes place on June 8th. We are looking for many volunteers to supervise bouncy castles and host games. Parents, older siblings, grandparents, neighbours – all are welcome to volunteer.  Please respond to this email if you are interested.
  4. Please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling. Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.
  5. Anyone who can add baked goods to the Spring Fling bake sale are invited to drop off their goodies to the school on June 7th or 8th.
  6. On Thursday June 22nd at 6:30 pm in the school gym, St Leo is pleased to be hosting a presentation for parents by Paul Davis on SOCIAL NETWORKING & ONLINE SAFETY.   Paul is a well- known contributor to various news programs and has also worked with law enforcement agencies such as the RCMP, OPP and CBSA.  Paul’s expertise is in the area of Social Networking Safety.  His presentations educate students and parents about responsible use of technology.   See attached flyer.  We look forward to seeing you!

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

Cheers,

Fiona

 

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Kingsway Health & Lakeside Dental

St Leo Weekly Newsletter - week ending May 19, 2017

Hello St. Leo Community.  I hope you are enjoying this not-so-sunny long weekend. 

Thankyous and congratulations.

  • Thanks to Michelle Nolden-Szarka for organizing the teachers and children and working with Humber to get the final pods planted.  Thanks to all the children who have signed up to be garden ambassadors!
  • Congratulations to all those who qualified and participated in the Track and Field City Finals last week.  Good job!

Below are the reminders and updates you need for next week:

  1. The Ministry of Education has directed the TCDSB to adopt fixed attendance boundaries for all secondary schools to be consistent with most Ontario school Boards. The proposed Secondary School Admissions Policy changes may impact your child’s future choice of high schools.  Trustee Ann Andrachuk, Superintendent Doug Yack and Father John Redmond’s Parent Council will be hosting a public consultation meeting on the proposed (draft) boundary changes on Tuesday, May 23rd at Father John Redmond.  The meeting will take place in the Theatre Arts room at 7 pm.  You are invited to attend.
  2. On May 24th all children in Grades 4 through 8 will attend a presentation in the gym by Paul Davis onInternet Safety and Cyberbullying.
  3. EQAO Week begins on May 29th for Grade 3 and Grade 6 students.
  4. Spring Fling – The date is set for June 8th. We are looking for many volunteers to supervise bouncy castles and host games. Parents, older siblings, grandparents, neighbours – all are welcome to volunteer.  Please respond to this email if you are interested.
  5. Please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling. Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.
  6. Anyone who can add baked goods to the Spring Fling bake sale are invited to drop off their goodies at the school on June 7th or 8th.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

Cheers,

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Kother Indian Cuisine and The Stop

St Leo Newsletter - week ending May 12

CSPC - St LeoHappy Mothers’ Day St. Leo Community!  I hope everyone had a lovely day.

I missed a week so I have a few congratulations to catch up on:

  1. Two weeks ago the St Leo swim team competed at the annual TCDSB swim meet.  For a small team of only 15 kids, they did amazing and came in 28th overall in the city.  Congratulations to all the swimmers and thank you to Jackie McGrath, Claire McMullin, Blair Larsen and Ms. Figueiredo for all the early morning hours put in to get the kids ready. 
  2. Congratulations to the Grade Twos who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday.  Thank you to Ms. Mullin, Ms. Hunter, Ms. Hennessy, Ms. Turczyn and Ms. Arbour for all their work throughout the year to prepare the children for the sacrament.
  3. During the First Communion mass, the St Leo Choir sang for the last time this school year.  You sounded wonderful.  Thanks to Mrs. Shaw for giving up her time every week to work with the choir.

Your input is requested on the following:

  1. The Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) wants to hear from everyone in the TCDSB community about Catholic Education in Ontario.  You are invited to offer your ideas on-line through a special Thought Exchange website.  See attachment from the TCDSB Director of Education for instructions.  Please complete the survey before May 19, 2017.
  2. The Ministry of Education has directed the TCDSB to adopt fixed attendance boundaries for all secondary schools to be consistent with most Ontario school Boards. The proposed Secondary School Admissions Policy changes may impact your child’s future choice of high schools.  See attachment from the TCDSB Director of Education for instructions.  You will also find attached a Draft of the Secondary Schools Admission Policy Changes.

We need volunteers for the following activities:

  1. Soccer coaches – We are looking for parents who would be available to coach the soccer team.  Practices take place right after school, but the day of the practice can be set to accommodate the availability of the parent volunteers.  Please respond to this email if you are available and interested.
  2. Spring Fling – The date is set for June 8th. We are looking for many volunteers to supervise bouncy castles and host games. Parents, older siblings, grandparents, neighbours – all are welcome to volunteer.  Please respond to this email if you are interested.
  3. Planting on May 19th – The remaining pods will be planted on May 19th with herbs and vegetables for a community food program.  The planting will start at 9:30 am and we could use some parents to help at that time.  Please respond to this email if you are available to help.

Finally, please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling.  Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.

 

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

 

Cheers,

Fiona

 

St Leo Weekly Newsletter - week ending April 28th

Hello St. Leo Community! 

Wow – so much to be proud of.  Congratulations, Good Lucks and Thank Yous!

  • Congratulations once again to the St Leo chess team!  St. Leo tied for 4th place in the primary grades and the junior grades came in 9th at today’s West Toronto School Tournament organized by the TCDSB Chess Association.  Special thanks to Mrs. Figueiredo for organizing and running the club
  • Way to go Junior Boys Basketball team!  The team finished first in its pool, but were eliminated in the playoffs by the winning team of another pool.  Sincere congratulations to our boys! St. Leo's first junior basketball team certainly won't be its last!!
  • Best of luck to the St Leo swimmers who will be competing at the Etobicoke Olympium this weekend. St Leo swimmers need to be at the pool on Saturday for 12:15 pm
  • Best wishes also to all students who will be competing at the Track and Field meet this Thursday (May 4th).  A reminder that the bus will be leaving promptly at 9:10, so all participating athletes must be at school on time, after having a healthy breakfast of course! 
  • Special thanks to Jasmine from The Stop who generously donated her time to DJ today’s dance-a-thon.  The kids had a great time.  For more information on classes and birthday parties run by The Stop visit www.thestop.ca or email info@thestop.ca.  Thank you also to Carey Burleigh who organized the dance-a-thon and to Tania Zoldak and Claire McMullin who supported her

Below are the reminders and updates you need for next week:

  1. Grade 2s will have their First Confession and a tour of St. Leo Church with Father Frank and Father Galea on Monday at 9:30 am
  2. First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday May 7th at the 11:30 am mass.  Students and parents will gather in the gym at 9:45 am for photographs (individual and group) and will proceed together from the gym to the church
  3. On Wednesday May 3rd there will Travelling Stage Student Dance performances at 11:00 am in the Gym.  Parents/care givers are invited to join the children in the gym. 
  4. Welcome to Kindergarten Evening takes place on Wednesday May 3rd at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to welcoming new students and families into the St Leo CS Community
  5. Please note that the May CSPC meeting has been moved from May 3rd to May 10th to accommodate the Welcome to Kindergarten evening.  See you in the school library on the 10th at 6:30 pm
  6. St Leo’s choir is singing this Sunday and next Sunday at the 11:30 am.  A reminder for the children to arrive 15 minutes early for mass
  7. Please see attachment for a sponsor list for the events that we will have at the Spring Fling.  Please feel free to take these to any business you know who might be interested in sponsoring an event.  There is no tax receipt in this case as we are providing advertising, but it is an amazing way to get info out and to be a community aware/involved business.  Any business who sponsors over $250.00 also gets advertising for the year in all of our newsletters and on the website and twitter
  8. Please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling (June 8th).  Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

Cheers,

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Lilette Weins Real Estate & Blue Print Inspections

 

St Leo's Newsletter - week ending April 21, 2017

Hello St. Leo Community! 

Congratulations, Good Luck and Thank You!

  • I don’t know how I missed it, but last week was pretty big week for St Leo’s hockey team.  Out of the 34 teams who participated in this year’s TCDSB hockey tournament,St. Leo’s finished 2nd place in its pool and brought home a finalist banner that we will hang high and be proud of for years to come! The boys’ displayed incredible perseverance throughout the entire tournament and were the only team to give St. Charles a tough time in the elimination round in March, as well as in the championship game played on April 11th. Congratulations to our boys and a big thank you to all the teachers and parents who supported the team throughout the season! Way to Go St Leo!!!
  • Best of luck to the junior boys’ basketball team who will compete at the divisional tournament on Monday.  Go St Leo Go!
  • Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the planting on Thursday.  Thanks to our parent volunteers Michelle Nolden Szarka, Daniella De Dios, Paulina Anthony and Helena Hvozdarova.  Special thanks to Carey Burleigh for getting everything organized in advance.

Below are the reminders and updates you need for next week:

  1. The annual St Leo dance-a-thon will be held on April 28th during school hours. Pledge forms are due on Tuesday.  As this will be a Grade 8 fundraising activity we would appreciate a couple of Grade 8 parent volunteers to help out that morning.  Please respond to this email if you can help.
  2. The next hot dog day is Thursday April 27th.  Forms are due back on Monday.  Thanks to Tania Zoldak for arranging both hot dog days.
  3. The swim meet takes place next Saturday and Sunday (April 29th and 30th) at the Etobicoke Olympium.  St Leo swimmers need to be at the pool for 12:15.
  4. Please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling (June 8th).  Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.
  5. Mabels Labels are an amazing way to keep track of your kids’ clothes, water bottles, etc. and they stick to anything.  Visit the website http://www.mabelslabels.com then click the “Support a Fundraiser” button located on the top of your screen, and then select St. Leo from the drop-down list.   A portion of your purchase will go back to the school. 

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

Cheers,

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Oxygen Bike Company & Math Academy

St Leo Newsletter - week ending April 13

Hello St. Leo Community! 

First I would like to wish everyone a blessed Easter weekend with their families.

Thank Yous and Good Luck

  • Thanks very much to all the parents and students who came out on Sunday to get the planters in shape for this week’s planting.  Thanks to the Burleigh family, the Szarka family, the Daniel/Williams family and the Marcoux Naval family!!
  • Best of luck to the junior boys’ basketball team who will play an exhibition game at St. Maurice CS on Tuesday

Below are the reminders and updates you need for next week:

  • The classes of Mme Campeau, Mme Hennessy, Mme Hunter, Ms. Arbour and Ms. Majchowski will be planting the pods on April 20th (rain date April 21st).  We are still looking for parent volunteers to help.  We have two parents signed up already (thank you), but another three would be helpful.  Please respond to this email if you can help.
  • The annual St Leo dance-a-thon will be held on April 28th during school hours. Pledge forms were sent home last week.  This will be a Grade 8 fundraising activity. Thanks in advance for your support.
  • Anyone interested in helping out on the Spring Fling committee please respond to this email.  The first planning meeting will be on April 19th.  We would love to have you.
  • Please remember the Spring Fling Stuffies wall when you are doing your spring cleaning.  We will be accepting previously loved stuffies and small toys donations at the school up until the Spring Fling (June 8th).  Please wash your stuffies before dropping them off.
  • We need a few parents to help out with on the Religious Celebration and Sacrament Committee.  This group supports Communion and Confirmation celebrations as well as SK and Grade 8 graduations.  If you have children celebrating any of these events this year – we could use your help.  The plan would be to use parents on opposite events (parents of Confirmands would support First Holy Communion and vice versa).  In this way you will be able to enjoy your child’s celebration without other obligations at that time.  We have Grade 2 and SK parents.  We are looking for Grade 7 and Grade 8 parents to help.  Please respond to this email if you are able to help.
  • Our Community Partner CUES is running a one day camp on Easter Monday.  See the attachment for more details.

As always feel free to contact me if ever you have concerns … or just want to share some great ideas … and don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.stleoparentcouncil.org and follow us on twitter @stleosfun

Cheers,

Fiona

Make sure to let our St Leo’s Community Partners know that you found out about them here.  A special thanks goes out to this week’s Community Partners of the week – Land Mechanical & Powerhouse Electric