Parents

Helpful Tips for New Parents

 

Assemblies:

Every Monday at 8:50 – 9:15 a.m. we have assembly in the school gym. Each class takes a turn to prepare assembly but parents are invited to attend weekly. Useful information is provided on upcoming events and children receive awards and prizes.

School Mass:

Every Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the church. All parents are welcome to attend and students must be in full uniform including ties.

Room Parents:

Each class has two room parents whose duties include asking for parent volunteers to help out with various events, supervising and driving on field trips, etc. Each class is responsible for one major event during the year (i.e Grade Two: decoration of the gym for Grade 7 leaving; Grade 7: Teacher Appreciation. It is mandatory that each family participates with these events and room parents will contact parents.

Extra-curricular Activities

Sports
There are a wide variety of sports for both girls and boys taking place outside of normal school hours.

This is a brief summary:

Boys:

  • Cross Country (Sept – Oct) GRADES 1 – 7
  • Soccer (Sept – Nov) GRADES 4 – 7
  • Basketball (Dec – March) GRADES 5 – 7
  • Badminton (March – April) GRADES 5 – 7
  • Track and Field (March – April) GRADES 1 – 3
  • Track and Field (March – June) GRADES 4 – 7

Girls:

  • Cross Country (Sept – Oct) GRADES 1 – 7
  • Volleyball (Sept – Nov) GRADES 5 – 7
  • Basketball (Beg. Dec – end March) GRADES 5 – 7
  • Badminton (March – April) GRADES 5 – 7
  • Track and Field (March – April) GRADES 1 – 3
  • Track and Field (March – June) GRADES 4 – 7

Students are provided with permission forms and information notices at the beginning of each term.

 

Liturgy Choir

Students from Grade 2 upwards can join the choir which sings at various performances throughout the year. There is no audition necessary. All students are welcome. Choir practices are once per week at lunch hour and children are expected to attend. The choir also sings at school masses and those singing are expected to arrive at the school by 8:20 a.m.

Chamber Choir

Any students who are members of the Performance Choir can audition for the Chamber choir which is a small group of students who practice in the mornings before school.

Band:

Band members are Grade 5, 6 & 7. All students in fifth grade under the direction of the music teacher choose a wood wind or brass instrument to play. Practices are during school hours.

Seasonal Clubs:

 Chess, Crafts, French, Missions. Information is distributed to the children in the relevant grades.

 

School Uniforms

Uniforms can be purchased from the school shop which is run by parent volunteers. The shop stocks both new and used items of clothing. Uniform Fitting Day, held at the school in June, is an ideal day for purchasing uniform and ordering kilts/tunics. If you or your child is not available on that day, please check with the school office for shop hours. Shop hours in August will be in the newsletter sent home the latter part of August. Tunics and kilts need to be pre-ordered as they are not stocked in the shop.

Tie: It is a good idea to have more than one tie and to keep one in a safe place. The tie is required every Friday for Mass and other special occasions, but can get lost easily when changing for gym etc. Make sure your ties are marked clearly with your child’s name (as with all uniform and shoes). Regular uniform checks are made and your child will be told if something he or she is wearing is not suitable.

Jackets/coats: There is no official school coat; however it is advisable to have a dark coloured warm/waterproof coat for winter as children are encouraged to play outside whenever weather is suitable. A lighter waterproof is suitable for Spring/Summer.

Shoes must be black (not patent) with a heel no higher than 

Lost and Found is located in a cupboard by the courtyard entrance and should be checked regularly for mislaid items. Remember to label your child’s name on all items. 1/2″(girls).

 

School Events

Report cards / Student Led Conferences /Parent Teacher Interviews:

Report cards are issued 3 times a year at the conclusion of Fall, Winter and Spring term.

Meet the Teacher Night is in mid September, Parent/Teacher interviews are midway through Fall term and Student Led Conferences are in the Spring. All parents are expected to attend. Meet the Teacher Night is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, discuss the year’s syllabus, ask questions regarding the curriculum and meet other parents. During Parent/Teacher interviews, parents have the opportunity to meet one on one with their child’s teacher (students do not attend). At Student Led conferences, students attend with their parents at a scheduled time. Students and teachers put considerable effort into preparing for this event and it provides the opportunity for students to showcase their work to parents.

Christmas Concert

This takes place the week before Christmas break. The entire school participates in this Christmas celebration. There are usually two concert performance times, one in the morning which parents with young siblings are encouraged to attend, and the second performance which takes place in the evening. As with all school events, you are encouraged to arrive early. Notices will be given out prior to the event giving details of any costumes your child may require.

Spring Concert / Art Show

A concert is held for all choir and band members in the Spring and art display showcasing students’ work from Art Week.

Speech Arts Competition

This usually takes place in March/April. Students are encouraged to take part as a class and individually in a program which encourages public speaking and performing. Your child can perform a story or poem written by him/herself, or do a bible reading in front of the class. Information on Speech Arts week will be sent home. Students are selected from each class to compete in the Our Lady’s School Speech Arts and winners go on to compete in the Archbishop Carney Speech Arts Festival.

 

The Sacraments

Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion preparation are included in the Grade 2 religion curriculum. Students receiving these sacraments who are not currently in Grade 2 need to notify the office so they will be included.

Confirmation preparation is included in the Grade 7 religion curriculum.

 

Parent Participation:

Many activities arise throughout the year to enable all parents to achieve their required 40 hours. Teachers will need help with field trips, classroom helpers and other activities. Events such as the Harvest Fair, the annual Spring fundraiser, Walkathon, working in the classroom/library, assisting teachers helping with hot lunches are just a few ways in which volunteer hours can be achieved. Record your hours in the Parent Participation binder or check the school website at www.olphbc.ca on how to submit your hours on-line.