February 16th Newsletter

Happy Family Day Weekend!

 

Thank You!!

  • Thanks to all the parents and students and staff that ran another successful Pancake Tuesday for St. Leo.  Collectively they flipped and served over 1200 hot cakes, with a side of delicious fresh fruits, all within 3 hours. WOW! Thank you to the French teachers who set the ambiance and provided some of the goodies and necessities that went along with the meal.  Thank you to the parents (Claire McMullan, Dorothy Babic, Tonya Perri, Anna Lamond, Jayne Simpson, Caroline Kiska, Adele Manangan, John O'Hea, Brandi Ward, Carmen Allegranza, Krystyma Hyrczyk, Jannette Asling-O'Meara) and students (Nicole Botelho, Aleah Ines, Evelyn Heidrich, Andrew Chaytor, Jake DaLuz, Mateo Couste, Devin MacGregor) who flipped and served all those pancakes! Thank you to our custodian Mr. Charlie for helping to prepare the gymnasium and set up the griddle station.  All students loved the breakfast.  We even had Father Frank come by and enjoy some pancakes and eat with the kids.  It was really lovely.  Another job well done!
  • Thanks to Kristi Gordon for volunteering at the book fair this week and thanks to Ms. Chiaravalloti for all the hard work she put in to making the book fair this year a success.

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

  1. St Leo C.S. is pleased to introduce online banking! In order to participate, you must register your child online first. Please register as soon as possible at https://tcdsb.schoolcashonline.com. As more parents register, we will be able to initiate payments for field trips, yearbooks, activity fees etc.  The goal is to have NO CASH/CHEQUES being sent to the school through your child.  This will mean safe, fast and easy transactions.
  2. The Ministry of Education is consulting on the future of student transportation in order to find out how transportation services can be improved to better serve students, families and communities.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-new-vision-student-transportation.   See attachment for more information.
  3. The literacy and numeracy program starts this week, for the Grade 3s and 6s preparing for the EQAO tests in May.  Grade 3s attend on Monday and Thursday (with Ms McCann) and Grade 6s either attend on Monday and Thursday (with Ms. Magchrowski) or on Monday and Wednesday with Ms. Figuredo.  Don’t forget to pick up your children at 5:00 on these days.
  4. As EQAO approaches (May) parents and students can access extra practice questions and preparation resources at EQAO.com
  5. 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
  6. This Friday is the last Friday of February which means it is a civvies day.  On civvies days (every last Friday of the month), the kids are allowed to wear non-uniform clothes with a $2.00 donation to the school.  All funds are pooled into the CSPC account and the parent council in turn uses the money for various school activities.
  7. You may have noticed the stand of spirit wear in the office.  While we are not currently special ordering any spirit wear you are always welcome to purchase anything off the rack.  Simply speak to Ms. Bonnici in the office.  We will be holding another spirit wear sale (when special ordering is possible) in the late spring.
  8. The Holy Angels parent council invites us to a free seminar (with complimentary light dinner and babysitting provided) entitled MATH IN THE 21st CENTURY: HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Holy Angels School.  You can register, including whether or not you will require babysitting at holyangelsparentcouncil@gmail.com
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The CPIC-OAPCE Parent Summit will be held on Saturday May 5th.  Please see the attachment for more details.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. There are still a few items from the auction that are as yet unspoken for.  I am holding one final electronic auction for the following items.  The auction will close at the end of day on Friday February 23rd.  SEnd me your best offer and if you don't hear from me afterwards, it means that your offer was beaten.
    • Mimico Lacrosse - Girls field house league registration for the 2018 lacrosse season starting in April (Face value of $100)
    •  LM Premier Soccer Academy - $100 towards a summer camp in July 2018 (Face value of $100)
    • LM Premier Soccer Academy - $100 towards a summer camp in July 2018 (Face value of $100)
    • Mibody Studio – 30 minute osteopathy appointment (Face value of $120)
    • Journey to Excel - 10 sessions in the After School Athletic Development Program for elementary or high school students (Face value of $250) 

Have a great week everyone.