28.4.17

April 28- IMPORTANT FIRST COMMUNION INFO

Hi Parents!!!

Just wanted to review a few details for our big day this Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

-Please have your child at the Parish Centre by 1:15 pm.
-Girls should have shoulders covered.
-The children should not hold rosaries or have gloves on during Mass.
-Please make sure your children eat plenty of FOOD (eating is SO important, even if they are super excited!!!). 
-Please make sure your children get plenty of SLEEP (sleep is SO important, even if they are super excited and have lots of family and friends around....)
-When choosing a pew, please abandon your normal "Space Bubble" and squeeze in tight for all the many wonderful people who will be with us to celebrate and pray (more is SO better but it will be super, super cozy) :)
-Mrs. Phoenix (Colin - in Grade 7's mom) will be taking  a group photo.  She will be putting them into digital format, which we still need to figure out, but it will be TOTALLY FREE!!!!!!! Horray!!!!!  Mrs. Silva (Adie -in Grade 3 and Josh in K's mom) is doing 
individual photos so hopefully we can combine the access for all the photos in the same place. Please thank these wonderful moms for this generous service!!!!
-There will be a reception in the Parish Centre Auditorium following Mass.  This is an opportunity to receive your child’s First Communion certificate and bring home his/her banner. There will be cake too! Let's keep the exuberant celebration until the reception and maintain (and help all of the children to maintain) a reverent, prayerful, quiet excitement prior to Mass (I'm saying this mostly for myself - you KNOW how I am when I'm excited.... Please feel free to correct me if I'm pogo sticking or doing cartwheels before Mass!!!) :)
-The time plan is:
*1:15 arrive at parish centre
*1:30 picture (parents are banished from the premises) :)
*1:45 children are praying the rosary, using the washroom, and lining up (and you are praying really hard in the church to God for your child, even if it feels like everyone in there is talking to everyone except God...)
*2:00 Mass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)
*????? PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Can't wait until Sunday!!! Please don't forget the novena tonight, tomorrow, and twice on Sunday!!!!

With much gratitude and anticipation!!!!!
Sister

26.4.17

April 26

TOMORROW IS OUR ICE CREAM DAY! Please bring a bowl and spoon (banana optional!) for your own sundae! See you tomorrow!

25.4.17

April 5- Talent Show News

Our Annual Talent show is on June 9th . Beginning Wednesday April 26t there will be a sign up sheet outside the office. Your child will be allowed to sign up to perform an act by themselves or with a group of friends.  If your child signs up, you will receive a note informing you of this by the end of next week. Students are expected to practice on their own time.  Auditions will be on May 23rd and 24th (your child will receive information with a time). We are reminding students that signing up is a commitment and to please ensure that they are willing to perform before signing up.


We are excited and looking forward to all the participants! Any questions, please emailrdacruz@cloverdalecatholicschool.ca or rlewis@cloverdalecatholicschool.ca 


24.4.17

April 24

Congratulations to Isabel & Cole on their Baptism last weekend! Welcome to the Church family!

We also wish our Grade 2s all the best as they prepare this final week for their First Communion this coming weekend! Last Saturday, we spent the morning together with their families in prayer and community! It was a great day!

OUR LARVAE HAVE ARRIVED!!!! Feel free to come in the class and check out our new "pets" that we are raising until they emerge into Painted Lady Butterflies. We will be able to release them in about a month's time.

I have MOVED our provinces and capitals test to FRI MAY 5th, as our Grade 2 friends are busy with First Communion prep all week. I have had questions regarding the format of the test. It will be labelling provinces on a map and then the second part is matching the provinces with their capital cities. Students do not need to know WHERE the capital cities are on the map.

Our class book is taking shape. This week, we are working on writing their good copies. Each child has a page for illustration and one written page. There will also be a class photo included. If you decide to purchase a copy of this book, and have indicated on your form otherwise, please let me know by THURSDAY. (I am away on Friday and will ship the book out then).


20.4.17

April 20

GRADE 2 info for retreat!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 22nd, for our First Communion Retreat. My apologies that this did not come earlier, but I thought I should give you a brief glimpse as to what we will take place on Saturday morning.

When you arrive, we will have a sign in table just outside the church.

We will start with Mass at 9 am in the church.  No assigned seating, pick your favourite spot.

When we finish Mass, there will be juice boxes and granola bars (nut free) for the kids on the church “patio” (school if raining).  The kids will then be divided into 4 groups (approximately 14-16 kids/group) and will be assigned a Leader to take them to their first Station.  There will be 4 stations:  Craft, Drama, Prayer, and Faith.  Each station will be about 20 minutes and their group leader will help them move from station to station.  Our Stations Leaders are Sister Mary Bethany, Mrs. Maria Fonseca, Miss Karla Oettli & Mrs. Trish Sangalang.

When we finish Mass, there will be juice boxes and granola bars (nut free) for the kids on the church “patio” (school if raining).  The kids will then be divided into 4 groups (approximately 14-16 kids/group) and will be assigned a Leader to take them to their first Station.  There will be 4 stations:  Craft, Drama, Prayer, and Faith.  Each station will be about 20 minutes and their group leader will help them move from station to station.  Our Stations Leaders are Sister Mary Bethany, Mrs. Maria Fonseca, Miss Karla Oettli & Mrs. Trish Sangalang.

While the children are participating at the school, the parents (both are most welcome, but understand if only one is able to attend, while the other is holding down the fort at home) will be having their own retreat at the Parish Centre.  I will be facilitating this and our focus will be on The Good Shepherd parable.  There will be coffee and snack for us too!

At approximately 11:30, all the children will join us in the Columbus/Cenacle rooms of the Parish Centre so that you, as a family, can work together on a felt banner.  These banners will be used to decorate the Reception Hall after First Communion.  They will be returned to you the week following our celebrations, when you may take them home.  If you have a hot glue gun, and a spare power bar, please bring it along. We plan to be done about noon.  My apologies, but we do not have babysitting services for siblings.

Peace,
Heather