Welcome to the March/April Edition of St. Vincent de Paul Tiger News!  We are excited that Spring is arriving this month with the promise of more daylight, and warming trends, we hope!  Have you been following the Umbrella Project? Developed by an area Naturopathic Doctor, it focusses on developing stronger mental health in our children, so they can become more resilient, self-determined individuals that will be better equipped to ward off the less positive things that come along life’s path.  Come join us April 4th for our Family Wellness Night, where you can hear Dr. Jen herself address the Umbrella Project.  Children are invited to attend as well where they will enjoy Creative Creatures, a craft activity that produces smiles in children that can take home a self-made craft.  These next two months bring the season of Lent and Easter.  May you and your families embrace the journey towards Easter and find inner peace and renewal.

March 6 begins the season of Lent.  This is a time of reflection and preparation for the Risen Christ at Easter.  For 40 days we can ‘give up’ something for Lent, or ‘do something’ for Lent.  No matter your choice, think of how you can challenge yourself, on a daily basis, to search your inner self.  If you can, first reflect on your weaknesses and faults, then you can you truly relate to others.  We are often quick to put the blame on others, pointing fingers at the person beside us for why we are angry or frustrated. Relationships are built on cause and effect, and we should first look at ourselves, before judging others.   It’s easy to get caught up in thinking it’s enough to follow acts of charity, prayer and fasting during Lent.  But those are motions that will not be of use if we are not looking first for how we can do so with a clean start.  Take a few minutes each day this Lenten season to see how you can make a positive difference in yourself, and the people around you.

Loving God, we come before you this Lent with outstretched arms, ready to receive your love and forgiveness. Though you know our needs even before we name them, we call upon you now to be our guide. Much of our world is torn apart by violence, hunger, and illness. Only you can bring unity out of strife, plenty to our want, and healing to our sickness. Give us courage and faith so we may believe in you always, and, may our trust in you show your goodness to others. All of this we pray. Amen.

The board has released an MDI Survey to be completed by students in grades 4-8 between March 18th and April 5th.  This Ministry Survey, is research based, and is constructed to be a populated report only (not with individual student results). The results of this survey will assist our school and the School Board to inform programs and services for children that support healthy development. This survey is consistent with the duties of the School Board under the Education Act to promote student achievement and well-being. A letter went home in February. Students will complete the survey at school. Parents will also have an opportunity to participate.  Details will be shared in the near future.  If you have any questions, please call the school.

Looking ahead……….we are hosting a Math Night during Education week.  On Wednesday May 8th, Sherrie Rellinger, our Math Consultant, will be hosting a workshop for parents in the Learning Commons.  We will also hold Math Games in the gym so parents can join their children afterwards for some fun with math.

We are also planning a Blessing and Dedication of our New School.  At the time of this newsletter, dates are being finalized.  We are hoping for late April/Early May.  Check newswire for updates and details on this event.

Enhancing our Kindergarten Playground……Do you have carpentry skills or connections to the construction industry?  One of our goals is to develop, over time, our kindergarten play area, to make it interactive, fun, and purposeful.  We will be consulting with a design expert for ideas to draft up a plan.  If you wish to contribute ideas, time, labor, materials, send us your name and contact information, and watch for future postings on newswire for our project to help build our Kindie yard.

 For SAFETY’S SAKE:

Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic

A reminder to parents that the parking lot is for STAFF ONLY during regular school hours.  Extended Day parents may enter the parking lot to drop off and pick up children BEFORE 8:30 a.m. and AFTER 3:45 p.m. ONLY. Our Bus Zone is the driveway along the Daycare and front of the school.  Times that are OFF LIMITS to use this driveway are between 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Otherwise, if you come during the day, between 9:00 and 3:15, you can use the driveway to pick up or drop off children, lunches, etc.  We really appreciate your support in following these rules for the sake of our children’s safety.

   Arrival Time to School

Schools are supervised in the morning 15 minutes ONLY before the 9:00 a.m. bell.  This means that children should NOT be dropped off before 8:45 a.m.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE

All schools follow a Zero Tolerance policy, which means when, or should something happen, schools FOLLOW UP using various strategies, depending on the severity of the occurrence.  We deal with each and every case, be it the classroom teacher, CYW, or Administration that handles it. We also strive to use proactive measures to educate and instill in our students to choose the right thing to do.  Children are learning, and we understand that things can happen, and no one can predict what might transpire in any activity.  This is where we ask for your help, to reinforce the policies and expectations in our Code of Conduct and school agreements, and to work in partnership with home, school and parish.  Your child’s classroom teacher is the first point of contact in any issue with your child.  Classroom teachers hold the history and journey of each child in their room; they have all of the detailed information throughout the year.  We encourage you to build a strong network with your child’s classroom teacher. If you have a question or concern, call to book a time to meet with the classroom teacher.

 

Dressing for the weather…..with the coming of Spring, conditions can fluctuate very quickly.  Children should be prepared for sudden changes in temperatures.  Ask your child to check the weather each morning, then plan accordingly to what they can wear. Adding a few extra articles of clothing to their backpacks would be a great way to not get caught. Refer to our Inclement Weather Policy for details around outdoor recess.

 

DANCE A THON!!!!!!!  March 7th we are having a Dance a Thon.  We will be rocking to music in the gym all day long!  THANK YOU to all who have forwarded pledges.  Don’t forget, the children dress in BEACH THEME, and, if they bring money they can purchase one of the glow items!  Cost for items are between $1.00 and $5.00.  We are looking forward to Professor Jamz’s Dance Music!

March Break is the week of March 11!  Wishes for safe travels, to those going away, and rest and relaxation to all.  Have a good break everyone😊