Dear Parents and Guardians:
To most of us, the Christmas season is filled with the exciting rush of attending parties, buying presents and planning menus. To others, it is a distressing time. Once again, in the spirit of the Christmas season, Our Lady of Lourdes School Council has assembled the Angel Tree in the front foyer of the school. The lights will be lit one by one by the generosity of our school community. This year donations of hats and mittens and socks will be collected and donated to St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent de Paul hosts a sandwich Saturday once a month to provide food and companionship to people who haven’t a home. With colder temperatures upon us, the participants will be a little warmer, and a little more prepared because of your generosity.
When the gift is received at the school, your child will be invited to light a bulb on the Angel Tree. The child will be able to pick an angel off our tree to represent the gift you gave an individual in trying times. The student body will witness the gift of giving as the tree starts to radiate goodness and sharing, just as Jesus taught us to do. “Being the light of Jesus for others.”
Please take a moment to reflect how this opportunity will not only enrich these individuals’ Christmas but how it will also enrich your family’s Christmas.
Hats and mittens and socks for all ages will be accepted at the office from
November 27th – December 8th
OLOL School Council
Students of Our Lady of Lourdes School are cordially invited to participate in the School’s
One winning entry will be selected from each of the divisions. (JK – Grade 3, Grades 4 – 6, and Grades 7 – 8)
Student designs should be submitted to the office on 8½” x 11” plain white paper.
Please put your name and grade on the back of your paper.
While not mandatory, students are encouraged to submit a design that has a spiritual theme.
Colours need to be definite for optimum effect.
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, December 4th.
Winning entries will be printed and used by the School when sending greetings to others during the Christmas season.
Each of the winning designers will receive a gift certificate to Chapters.
All entries will be entered a draw for a Christmas Gingerbread Kit.
We look forward to your participation!
Our Lady of Lourdes strives to ensure the social engagement of all students, creating a positive school culture. We have a multitude of programs that focus on building positive relationships and fostering an environment of caring and respect. Throughout the school, classroom meetings are being held on a regular basis. This allows students the opportunity to promote positive interactions and reinforce respective and inclusive classrooms. The common practice of Christian Meditation allows the students to centre themselves in a meaningful form of prayer.
Our “Catch a Flame” initiative continues, concentrating on promoting good deeds. This is a wonderful way to celebrate our students and their positive contributions to OLOL. When students are ‘caught’ doing something kind for others they will be given a “Catch a Flame” to record their name. Names will be drawn on a regular basis as a chance for students to be rewarded for their choices. The Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations remain central to the Lourdes culture. These virtues are introduced and awarded at each of our Flames Assemblies. This is another terrific way to celebrate our students and their many gifts and talents. Students are also ‘caught’ demonstrating Grit, recording what they are proud of and having their picture displayed.
Our Student Events Team enhances the culture of OLOL by planning engaging, student driven activities. Theme days, spirit wear days and many activities are facilitated by this group. This creates an environment of celebration where students enjoy their time at school. Photos are taken and slideshows are created. Students appreciate viewing these within our assembly time.
Intramurals are being introduced at this time as well. This is an opportunity for our junior students to build connections while demonstrating leadership. The physical activity combined with fun leads to active students ready to learn. Our We Team has been formed and has begun to focus on new and exciting social justice initiatives.
Events for the Week
Monday, November 21st – Faith Leading Youth Team kicks off to Increase the Peace week with classroom visits
Tuesday, November 22nd – “Peace in our Schools” – Can you Pay it Forward?
Wednesday, November 23rd – “Peace in our Community” – Community Building Activity – Graffiti Fun
Thursday, November 24th – “Peace in our World” – Whole School Christian Meditation
Friday, November 25th – “Celebrating Diversity” – Multicultural Day
A reminder to parents and students that all Fundraising Forms are due tomorrow, November 8th. Please return in the family envelope provided to you.
Thank you for supporting Our Lady of Lourdes School.
Progress Reports will be sent home will all students on Tuesday, November 7th. Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences take place on Thursday, November 9th. Conference times are included in your oldest child’s report card envelope.
All families are invited to join us for our Remembrance Day Liturgy this Friday, November 10 at 10:35.
Congratulations to recipients of last month’s Team Player award: JK/SK1: Oliver, Sienna JK/SK2: Owen, Micayla, Jack JK/SK3: Kadian, Dahlia G1A: Sophia, Noah, Ethan, Isla G1B: Nolan, Olivia G2: Rafael, Hannah G2/3: Julian, Brooklynn, Hannah G3: Boyd, Blythe, Renia G4: Riley G4/5: Carson, Elika G5: Luila, Jack, Abby, Marcus G6: Sandra, Kalena, David, Dante G7: Ryan, Matteo, Kamila, Sarah G8: Keemya, Ella, Cam, Sloan.
“A Collaborative Contributor” Because I am a team player, I know that together is better, and we will all live our lives like Jesus.