November 19, 2020 Weekly Principal’s Memo

Good evening Everyone,

Please take note of the following important information…

  • Friday, November 20
    • Professional Development/CISVA Networking Day (No Classes)
    • If you require to pick-up anything in the pick-up box, you can do so until 1:00pm.
  • Monday, November 23
    • Grade 6 Puberty Talk
  • Tuesday, November 24
    • Grades 3-6 Grouse Mountain Outreach Program In-class Field Trips. Please be advised that a live owl will be part of the presentation in all classes.
    • Notre Dame Presentation for Grade 7
    • Parent Teacher Telephone Interview Times for December 1, 2020 will be sent home
  • Wednesday, November 25
    • Hot Lunch (Pizza)
    • Grade 1, 6, and 7 Burnaby Art Gallery in-class workshop (Structures and Cities)
  • Thursday, November 26
    • Grade 7 Class Mass only for Grade 7 Students and Teachers at 9:15am. Due to COVID-19 regulations, Parents and Guests are not permitted.
      • Socially Distanced Grade 7 Confessions
    • St. Thomas More Presentation for Grade 7
  • Thursday, November 26 – Friday, November 27
    • Book Fair
      • Only open for students. Due to COVID-19, parents will not be able to enter the Book Fair. A letter from Ms. Ripoli regarding the Book Fair procedures has been sent and we kindly ask that you carefully review this with your children.
  • Friday, November 27
    • Grade 2, 3, and 6 Burnaby Art Gallery in-class workshop (Coastal Waters)
  • Saturday, November 28
    • RCC Virtual Competition hosted by TLA
  • Sunday, November 29
    • First Sunday of Advent
  • Monday, November 30 – Monday, November 7
    • Titans Annual Toy Drive
      • For this year, in light of the latest COVID-19 regulations, we are not encouraging people to go and buy toys at the store. If you have new toys at home that you would like to donate, please send them in. We realize that this will significantly decrease the number of toys that we will be bringing down to the Raycam Centre this year, however, we will be donating brand new jackets provided by the Knights of Columbus to help offset the lower number of toys being donated.
  • Monday, November 30
    • Term 1 Communicating Student Learning Reports sent home
  • Friday, December 4
    • Santa Photos
      • A memo and order form from Mrs. Sorace will be forthcoming next week.

Christmas Musical Updates

  • Children are asked to come to school dressed in their costumes for the Christmas Musical on the following dates. Please refer to Ms. Ranallo’s Memo:
    • Grade 7 – Monday November 23-Friday, November 27
    • Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 – Tuesday, November 24
    • Grade 5 – Wednesday, November 25
    • Grade 4 – Thursday, November 26
    • Grade 3 and Grade 6 – Friday, November 27
  • Kindly note that this year, the Annual Christmas Musical will be presented in the form of a movie/film production. This adaptation has been made in an effort to adhere to current COVID-19 regulations and still continue with the tradition of a Christmas Musical. More information regarding the musical production will continue to be distributed over the next few weeks from Ms. Ranallo.

*With the onset of winter weather conditions, just a friendly reminder to ensure your children are coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather (ie. jackets, gloves, etc).

*In anticipation of poor weather outside during the season, please consider the following when collecting your child/children at dismissal:
If you are arriving after 2:40pm, please drive directly into the parking stalls instead of reversing in, as unfortunately we are noticing that cars are still backing in after this time and are creating a traffic jam as well as a safety hazard for primary students who are being dismissed at this time. If you will recall, this measure was in place last year and is being reinstated this year to further ensure the safety of our students. The wait time for you to reverse out will be relatively short. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

*Our sincere gratitude goes out to our families at Holy Cross School for continuing to follow the protocols laid out in our 2020 Health & Safety Plan. We continue to advise families of our school community to continue to err on the side of caution when deciding to send your children to school. In light of the most current press release from Dr. Bonnie Henry, I would like to commend our school community for their responsible cooperation with our Health & Safety Guidelines and I strongly urge our parents to continue with their diligence in this area. As a group, I believe we can continue to manage COVID-19 issues at the school level, but it is critical as our Provincial Health Office mentioned that these guidelines are followed outside of the school as well. Thus far, your discretion and judgement has been outstanding and it has helped to maintain a safe school environment for all of us.

We thank you for your sincere support,

Mr. Dino Alberti