February 9 Newsletter

More about safety in the parking lot.

 

As noted in previous newsletters we have serious safety concerns about the St. Leo parking lot.  The problem is not improving.  Let’s recap:

 

YOU MAY NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING AND UNATTENDED IN THE PARKING LOT.  Cars are left idling and unattended on a regular basis in the parking lot.  This is terribly unsafe behaviour in an area with so many children.  Please stop this reckless behaviour!!

 

YOU MAY NOT LEAVE A YOUNG INFANT/TODDLER IN THE CAR WHILE YOU DROP OFF AN OLDER SIBLING.  For good reason, this is illegal.  Please stop this reckless behaviour!!

 

YOU MAY NOT PARK YOUR CAR ILLEGALLY IN THE PARKING LOT.  In case you are not clear – parking down the middle of the lot is illegal, parking horizontally up against the snow bank is illegal.  Please stop this reckless behaviour!!

 

Because we have been unable to stop the madness in the parking lot, parking officers have been engaged and will now be handing out tickets for parking violations.

 

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Hello St Leo Community!

  

I have so much to share about the auction we held on Friday night that I have decided to send a separate email just for that.  Please look for the auction email to follow.

 

Below are the other reminders you need for the upcoming weeks:

  1. Report cards will be coming home with your children tomorrow.  Parent/teacher interviews will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evening.  Times were sent home with your children last week
  2. Family Portraits drawn by all the students will be displayed  in the Gym during the coming week.  Drop by the gym when you are in for your parent/teacher interview to see your child’s artistic rendering of your family.  You will be amazed!
  3. The school mass previously scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled and will be reschedule shortly
  4. This Tuesday, February 13th is Pancake Tuesday.  We could use four more volunteers for this event.  If you would be available to volunteer between 8:30 am and 12:00 pm on Tuesday please respond ASAP to this email.  I will put you in touch with Claire McMullin who is managing this event.
  5. The annual book fare will take place this week.  The hours are as follows:
    Tuesday February 13 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (during parent/teacher interviews)
  6. Wednesday February 14 – 9:00 am to 11:45 am
  7. Thursday February 15 – 9:00 am to 11:45 am, 12:45 pm to 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (during parent/teacher interviews)
    We need four parent volunteers for this activity to each cover one of the time slots on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please respond to this email if you can help.
  8. Wednesday February 14th is Ash Wednesday.  A prayer service, when ashes will be given out, will take place at 1:00 pm in the gym.  All are welcome.   The prayer service will be coordinated by Ms. McCann and Mr.  Figueiredo’ s students who will present the Virtue of the Month for January
  9. Wednesday February 14th is also Valentine’s Day.  Children are encouraged to wear red that day
  10. The Rosary Apostolate will visit the school on Wednesday morning
  11. Friday February 16th is a PA Day.  Monday February 19th is the Family Day holiday.
  12. St Leo Community partner CUES is offering a PA Day Camp for this Friday (February 16th).  Please see the attachment for more information
  13. CUES is also offering a March Break camp.  Please see the attachment for more information
  14. The St Leo Eco Club would like you to know that:
  15. As few as 50% of the water bottles urban cities consume everyday are actually being recycled
  16. That means as many as 65 million empty plastic water bottles per year-end up as garbage in a landfill waste site. In some communities the percentage of water bottles that end up in landfills can be as high as 80%
  17. It takes three litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water
  18. The energy we waste using bottle water would be enough to power 190,000 homes
  19. Drinking bottled water is 240 to 10,000 times more expensive than drinking tap water
  20. It is estimated the one disposable plastic water bottle will take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade.
  21. As a part of the Waste Minimization campaign, St Leo will be starting a Ban the Bottle, Turn on the Tap campaign. The Eco Club will be spending some time over the next few months educating the St. Leo community about the devastating impacts plastic water bottles have on our ecosystems. The Eco Club members will share this important information with the community through on-going announcements and mini class presentations. In order to encourage this important initiative the school has purchased 200 stainless steel Water bottles with the school logo (see attached pic). We plan on selling them for $10.00 a bottle.  Water bottle sales will begin during the evenings of Parent Teacher Interviews. A table will be set up for sales in the main hallway.  All proceeds from new water bottle sales will be re-invested in St. Leo CS ECO CLUB initiatives
  22. If there are any Grade 3 parents who haven't yet signed their children up for the Monday/Wednesday after school math tutoring prep for the EQAO tests, you are still welcome to sign them up and in fact this is strongly encouraged.  Please get in touch with either your child's teacher or Mrs Ugrin
  23. The numeracy program noted in #14 starts the week of February 19th, but not on that Monday as previously noted as this is Family Day
  24. As EQAO approaches (May) parents and students can access extra practice questions and preparation resources at EQAO.com
  25. For its 13 th Annual Psychology Month Symposium, the TCDSB is presenting HELP YOUR CHILD (AND YOURSELF) FLOURISH:  HOW TO REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY AND ACHIEVE MENTAL HEALTH.  The presentation will take place on February 22nd at 5:30 at the Catholic Education Centre, 3rd Floor.  This is a free event. To find out more information and to register click on the following link https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SpecialEducation/psychology/psychologyMonth/Pages/Psychology-Month.aspx?l=1453124935728
  26. Confirmation takes place on April 15th at 4:00 pm.  Forms have been sent home with the children.  Forms must be filled in and returned to the Church (in person).  There are three dates in March for pre Confirmation parent instruction.  This instruction is mandatory.  Failure to attend will postpone your child’s Confirmation to 2019.
  27. If your child is in Grade 8 and has not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation and you wish him/her to receive the sacrament, please contact Father Frank.
  28. First Holy Communion takes place on May 6th at the 11:30 mass.  Forms have been sent home with the children.  Forms must be filled in and returned to the Church (in person).  There are three dates in March for pre First Holy Communion parent instruction.  This instruction is mandatory.  Failure to attend will postpone your child’s First Holy Communion to 2019.
  29. If your child is in Grades 3 to 8 and has not yet received First Holy Communion and you wish him/her to receive the sacrament, please contact Father Frank.
  30. The Grade 8s continue to sell cookies and popcorn, on Fridays as a fundraiser for their graduation trip.  Popcorn and cookies each cost $2.00.
  31. The school is collecting pop tabs and used batteries in Ms. McCann’s room. Students can drop by room 205 once they have a ziplock bag full 

Don’t forget it is cold outside.  Make sure your kids come to school bundled up warm enough to enjoy recess and lunch hours outside.