PVNCCDSB Barbara McMorrow Anne Marie Duncan Michelle
"Achieving excellence in Catholic Education
through Learning, Leadership and Service"
16 St. Lawrence St., Lindsay (705) 324-3113
NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
During the month of November members of the St. Mary
CES community will be
building upon our awareness
of PEA CE. Each day our
world witnesses conflict between countries; conflict between citizens; conflict between neighbours; conflict
between family members.
There is good reason that we
are asked to pray for peace in
our world and there are many
situations where are prayers
month we Honour those individuals who died defending
our peace and say thank you
to those who continue this
task today. But the Lord asks
us to do more than pray for
peace; He instructs us to be
active as peacemakers; to be
the instruments of his peace.
We do this by being fair with
one another; by demonstrating
justice ourselves and demanding justice from those around
us. Peace on the inside, peace
of mind and spirit, is just as
important as peace around us.
We need to make opportunities to let God speak to us and
create that inner peace that we
are all looking to find. During this month of PEA CE
please help your child to
know that they should be
striving to create peace
around them, as well as experiencing peace within them.
Each month our school will
be highlighting one of the
Catholic Graduate Expectations with the students as
well as providing opportunities to practice this expectation both here at school and in
the larger community.
Anne Marie Duncan
A reflective, creative and holistic thinker
who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for
the common good.
I HAVE IDEAS!
• I have thoughts and opinions that matter
• I make good choices
• I have hope for the future
• I solve problems with knowledge, understanding and prayer
• I know we are all equal and special
Because I have ideas, I have a purpose, and I will live my life like Jesus.
Be strong, be vigorous, be firm.
This is more than an invitation.
This is more than an order.
We must be this way when we meet one another.
We must be this way to open up what divides us.
All around us, everything we do requires strength.
No matter the job,
No matter the place,
No matter our wildest dreams,
No matter how daring the project,
We need strength to change the world.
Not the brute strength of arms,
But deep, gentle, stubborn everyday strength.
We need you, my friend, my sister, my brother.
We need the strength of your imaginations to
We need the strength of your courage to build
And where does one find this strength?
In science? Maybe! In self-reliance? Maybe!
In God? Absolutely!
“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD” - Matthew 5.9
ST. MARY’S ONLINE WEBSITE: http://stmarylindsay.pvnccdsb.on.ca/en/
Reports Go Home: Tuesday, November 10th
Parent/Student/Teacher interviews: Thursday, November 12th from 3:45—8:00 p.m.
First Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the church with students from St. Dominic
and Pope John Paul II schools. Confirmation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the 11:00 a.m. mass. Please keep
these students in your prayers. Parents are most welcome to attend.
For the past number of years St. Mary’s students have had the opportunity to get into the ‘giving’ spirit of Christmas by being a part of the St. Vincent de Paul ‘Be An Angel’ project co-ordinated by St. Mary’s Church. We have
often scheduled our collections to coincide with the Advent season and used this as an Advent project for students.
However, due to the early delivery of hampers this year it would be very difficult to co-ordinate in the short period
St. Mary’s will be supporting families in the ‘Be An Angel’ project this year, but we will be starting our drive on
Monday, November 16. A letter will be forwarded home with students to provide a guide for how families can best
support our project. Thank you for helping to give your children the opportunity to recognize the true meaning of
The academic success of each student is very often indicated by the
learning skills they develop and
demonstrate even before an assignment is completed or a test attempted.
An overview of your child’s
demonstration of learning skills and
their academic progress thus far will
be going home on Tuesday, November 10th.
Parent/Teacher interviews are
strongly encouraged to provide an
opportunity to discuss your child’s
achievement to this point in time, as
well as to discuss strategies to assist
your child with further success prior
to the completion of the first term
Interviews will be scheduled at
fifteen minute intervals for
Thursday, November 12th from
3:45 until 8:00 pm or by alternate
arrangements by your child’s classroom teacher.
Method of Arranging Interviews:
A) Contact Mrs. LeBlanc in the
school office to book interview: beginning November 3 until November 11.
B) After November 11 contact your
child’s teacher to arrange an interview time.
Classroom visits for Kindergarten
students will be co-ordinated by Ms.
Lefley and Mrs. Harrison, but interviews should be arranged using the
Families requiring assistance at Christmas who do not have Christmas
Hamper Programs in their area may apply to the Society of St Vincent de
Applications can still be submitted to the school or St. Mary’s Parish Office for consideration up until November 6th. For more information you
should call 705-340-3001 and leave a message. A volunteer will be in contact to help you through this process.
“WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROMOTE WORLD PEACE?
GO HOME AND LOVE YOUR FAMILY.” - Mother Teresa
Please join us for our school
November 12th at 10:15 am
at the church.
The eleventh moon of Creation is the
Freezing Moon, a time when the Star
Nation is closest to us. As every
creature being prepares for the coming fasting grounds, we are reminded
to prepare ourselves for our spiritual
path by learning the sacred teachings
and songs that will sustain us.
Grandfather Teachings: Truth
Understand it...speak it….live by it!
ST. MARY CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
If you are interested in volunteering at the school, please call the school.
All volunteers must have a current police check on file at the school. If you
have a police check on file, please drop by the school to sign the annual declaration form.
The eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour was a significant moment for many of the
world’s nations almost one hundred years ago; it
marked the official end of World War 1. Canadians
use this day and time to remember the sacrifices
made by Canadian soldiers to defend our own way of
life, as well as to acknowledge the efforts and sacrifices being made by our armed forces to ensure that
those in need of protection have support. Remembrance Day will be acknowledged within our school community at 11:00 am
with a minute of silence and a student assembly in the afternoon. Students
will have an opportunity to make a donation to the Legion by purchasing a
poppy on this day.
Instead of having the “Take Action” group,
this year we will be offering leadership opportunities based on initiatives and interest
from individual students.
Once again, our Catholic
School Council will be offering students an opportunity
to purchase gifts for family
members at our “Christmas
Store” on Thursday, December 17th.
Items will be
priced at 25 cents, 50 cents or
one dollar. If you have new
small items you wish to donate to our store, please drop
them off at the office between
December 14 & 16. Council
members will be on hand to
help children wrap and tag
their gifts. Any volunteers
with appropriate police
checks are also welcome to
ST. MARY CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Make your kitchen part of your
“reading zone” Have fridge magnets available so children can start
making words and short sentences.
Read some of the same books as
your child. There are many books
that are loved by people of all ages.
Ask your librarian or child’s teacher for suggestions. You can share
your thoughts and ideas, and have
great conversations about the characters, stories or topics.
In the event of school bus service
cancellations, the following notifications will be available: BOB
FM—91.9, CBC 98.7, Country 105
FM, EZ Rock 105.9 FM, The Wolf
101.5 FM and on the school board
Now that Halloween is upon us
children will have a large supply of
treats that, although sweet, are not
conducive to helping students be
focussed and attentive. Please continue to support your children in
preparing / monitoring their snacks
and lunches which come to school.
HALLOWEEN TREATS SHOULD
BE LIMITED TO A SINGLE ITEM
PER DAY. THESE SNACKS WILL
BE FOR THE FINAL SNACK PERIOD OF THE DAY.
I would also ask that you continue
to be vigilant of those items which
put some of our students at risk of
an allergic reaction.
NO PEANUT PRODUCTS
“TURN FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD, SEEK
PEACE AND PURSUE IT.” - Psalm 34.14
Please mark the following important dates on your calendar. More details will follow, but you may
want to keep these items in mind.
SVDP Christmas Hamper Pick-up / Delivery: Tuesday, December 8th
St. Mary Catholic School Council: ‘Family Breakfast’ : Friday, December 11th
St. Mary CES Christmas Advent Mass: Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 pm
‘Santa Shop’ for Student Purchases: Thursday, December 17th
This is a particularly bad time for
the spread of Head Lice. Although
we conduct regular head checks at
our school, it is still recommended
that parents also check their children’s heads for head lice.
• Head lice are reddish-brown
wingless insects about the size
of a sesame seed.
• Nits are small grayish white,
oval-shaped lice eggs glued at
an angle to the side of the hair
• Head lice are mainly transmitted by head-to-head contact but
can also be spread through the
sharing of personal articles.
• Head lice cannot hop, jump, or
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS
Grade 8 Orientation
The date has been set for you to come and visit an amazing secondary school! The Grade 8 Orientation has been
scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Students are asked to bring their lunch.
ST. MARY CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Clocks go back
Progress Reports REMEMBRANCE School Mass
Practice 9:30 am
P. A. DAY
3:45 pm-8:00 pm
Gr. 7 N.E.T.
Health Unit visit
JK and SK
BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK
11:00 am @