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January 2015

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Break.  May we continue to spread the Christmas Spirit and good news of God’s presence to others by our words and actions in the New Year. 

I’m in awe of the gifts and talents that your children share with us daily and our dedicated staff who are committed to doing their best. We ended the year with seven amazing Christmas concerts that put the ‘Christ’ back in Christmas. Thank you to Ms. Wyndels who volunteered to accompany the junior play with her musical talents. Pastor Smith, we thank you for donating your time and equipment so that the students could be heard. Thank you to Anita McDonald for organizing the Christmas pageant at the Christmas Eve Mass. We thank all our volunteers who donate their time behind the scenes to clean up or support programs within the school. Thank you to all of you for helping others in our community. This year, over 1000 food items were donated to The Friendship Centre for the needy.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Our school improvement goal is about helping students persevere when applying their math knowledge to solve problems. Studies have shown that when students are challenged to apply their thinking and knowledge to complex math problems, it results in greater understanding of key math ideas.  Regular attendance also will support your child’s confidence and academic growth.  Working in partnership with staff and having high expectations for your child will promote their success.

Our Grade Two students are preparing for Reconciliation and First Communion (the second and third of the sacraments).  Thank you to Mrs. Winstanley and Mr. Esposito for coordinating meetings with Father Mike, parents and guardians. 

Ms. Trottier and Ms. Fontana will start our year off on a joyous note with the first School Mass on January 12th. Through song, prayer and readings the students will lead us in a truly faith-filled, community celebration focusing on relationship building and use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Working in partnership with you,

Mrs. S. MacLellan

Principal of Sacred Heart School

To download the complete December newsletter, please click here.

May 2015

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe it’s May already!  Students continue to actively learn through their natural wonderings and investigations.  We have enclosed some of the learning that is going on within this newsletter. 

April was a busy month.  Nine students received the Sacrament of First Communion on Sunday, April 26th and eight students were confirmed on April 17th by Bishop Colli.  We are very appreciative of the Catholic Women’s League who served cake, coffee and juice to celebrate these occasions.  Eva Olsson presented her story of giving respect, forgiveness, compassion and being a bystander that makes a difference.  The students were so interested in Eva’s message and they asked many thought provoking questions. 

May is an even busier month than April.  It begins with Catholic Education Week and a prayer service to celebrate our theme, ‘Exploring Paths of Joy’.   From May 4 to 6th, the grade 8s will go to Confederation College in Thunder Bay to learn about the professions in the trades followed by a day at high school to experience life as a high school student.  A faith day for all students is planned for May 5th with Mason Normand leading the activities.  The day will begin and end with a school wide assembly.  On May 6th, Magnus Theatre will present ‘Peacemaker’ a play about inclusion.  On May 7th there will be a province wide Mass led by the grade 3s.  We will end Catholic Education Week with ‘The Living Rosary’ led by Father Mike, Mr. Plemel, Mr. Vinczeffy and Mr. Schuurman.  On May 19th, the OPP will be holding a bike rodeo at our school for grades 1 to 5. We also have a talent show happening on May 14 and an anti-bullying session information session for parents on the evening of May 13th.  Tutoring for grade 3s and 6s is happening weekly as it is for many other students, as many teachers stay after school to support students in reflecting more deeply on their understanding of big ideas.  This year, the grade seven parents will be hosting a hot dog lunch on May 15th, 2015 to raise funds for the 2016 Toronto trip.  Students are trying out for the Track and Field competition that will be held on May 20th at the high school.   Lastly, the EQAO assessment will begin May 26 and end June 4th.  As always, and for all students, we ask that they are well rested and eat breakfast before coming to school.  Please see your child’s teacher if you should have any questions with regard to EQAO.

Sacred Heart School continues to be a School of Hope due to the care given by our teachers, parish and families.  Please feel free to come into your child’s classroom or visit our school and see the thinking.  Thank you for expecting success and for letting your children know how important it is that they do their best with their thinking, sharing and work.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. MacLellan

To read or download the full May newsletter, please click here.

April 2015

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

At Sacred Heart School, we celebrate how God’s Spirit is renewing our lives.   God sent his only Son to enlighten and guide us.   Christ’s resurrection reminds us that there’s hope for all and that we do not walk alone but with the light of Christ to guide us.         

In our school the Spirit of God is alive.   The grade eights will lead us in a Mass on April 10th, 2015.  The grade eights will be confirmed on April 17th, 2015 and they deepened their knowledge about Confirmation by attending a retreat on March 24th. The grade two students will have their Reconciliation on April 10th, 2015 followed by their First Communion on April 26th, 2015.  As part of our Catholic virtues, Eva Olsson, a holocaust survivor, will share her message about forgiveness, respect and dignity on April 23rd.  Congratulations to Hailey Goriak, Breanna Grenier, Brady Nichols, Braeden Bolen, Bernadine Westley and Ben Ropek who are going to Thunder Bay on April 1st and 2nd as part of the Equity and Inclusiveness Harmony Conference.   MacKenzie Zoccole,  Kerry Davis, Jenny Henry and Isabella Neegan will attend a Tim Horton’s Leadership Camp in mid-April.  The grade eights will re-enact the Last Supper and the Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday.   May the gospel messages help us all to make the right choices for everyone’s common good.

Just prior to the spring break, we had a number of guests visiting different classes to share their knowledge.  Former Mayor McDonald shared his knowledge about furs and trapping with the grade three students as part of the settler unit.  Michelle Tymkins and Amy Lafroy brought the ‘Faceless Doll’ project to our grades 6, 7 and 8 students.  It allowed students to use their creativity to honour and remember the Aboriginal women and girls in Canada who have gone missing or been badly harmed.  This Circle of Life blanket which contains their faceless dolls will be displayed in our foyer.   The grade one parents joined their children and used pretend money to buy pieces of brownie from their children to support deepening children’s knowledge of money sense. Ms. Davies’ grade one class made a bank and store which gave the students practice using money.   It truly takes a community to raise happy and successful children whose knowledge and love for learning is extended by parental interest and by the support of our volunteers. 

Catholic Education Week begins on May 3rd and our theme for this year is ‘Exploring Paths of Joy.  During Catholic Education week, we will continue to deepen our knowledge about how to support one another and our learning through the use of mentor texts for building critical thinking skills related to our Catholic values and social justice. 

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. S. MacLellan

To read or download the full April newsletter, please click here.

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