On Monday, we had a school assembly and I spoke to the student body about the importance of knowing what they value in their life. What we value often drives our decisions. This is because our core values are our fundamental beliefs and our beliefs inform our decisions. In an ever confusing world of rapid change, having a solid foundation on which to make decisions becomes all the more important for ourselves and our children. One of the most important things your family can do is to clarify its core values and then communicate these values with your children. Most experts agree that having two or three core values is best. Next, is to catch them living according to the value and praise them for it. I encourage you to spend time reflecting on what is most important for your family and to help your children live into these values each and every day.
GRADE 7 GOES TO CAMP ELPHINSTONE
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week, the Grade 7 students and several staff members, including Fr. Jun, will be taking the ferry to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. There the students will be participating in a variety of outdoor education activities. We ask for your prayers so that we may have a fun and safe time.
CARE DAY - SEPTEMBER 27 - DISMISSAL AT NOON
On September 27, we will have our first Care Day of the year. The purpose of these days is to raise donations in support of various charities that support the mission of the Catholic Church. The noon dismissal provides opportunities for staff development and collaboration to further support your child’s education. Each Care Day has a theme. The theme for this Care Day is “Fall Colours.” This means students are allowed to be out of uniform and are encouraged to wear fall colours. Students are encouraged to bring a suggested donation of $2.00 in support of the charity. This month, the money collected will go to support St. Marc’s School in Haiti.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
Any volunteer or chaperone working with our students must have a criminal record check completed first. Only those with valid criminal record checks will be permitted to supervise or volunteer on school sponsored activities. Each individual must complete one. If a grandparent is going to volunteer on a field trip, for hot lunch supervision, etc., he or she must also have a criminal record check on file with the school. You can complete the CRC online or fill out this form. Please bring the completed form, along with your picture ID to the school office for verification.
Online Link: https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/home.htm
Access Code: KVLB9GCYEW
A reminder that we need to have the most accurate medical information about your child on file. If your child has life threatening allergies, we need to have the forms completed by your family doctor and we need to have the appropriate medication on site.
If you are not receiving emails from the school, please ensure we have the correct email address on record. If you change your email, please notify us so we can update our information. Thank you.
DRIVING TO AND FROM SPORTS GAMES
Teachers have been advised by Catholic Mutual (our insurance provider) that it is not good practice to drive students. We therefore need parents to coordinate rides among one another so that children are able to get to and from sports venues. It is the parent’s responsibility to find rides for your children. Please help each other out so that our staff is not faced with having to tell your child that they cannot attend the game due to a lack of rides.
PARISH EDUCATION COMMITTEE (PEC)
Our PEC for 2019-2020 is:
Richelle Akol – Chairperson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Hua – Vice Chair – email@example.com
Leah Wong – Treasurer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Tang – Parent Participation – email@example.com
Desiree Suganob – Maintenance – firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Paredes – Secretary – email@example.com
Fr. Jun Reyes – Pastor of St. Jude Parish
ST. JUDE PARISH CELEBRATES 75 YEARS ON OCTOBER 28
St. Jude Parish will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary. For this important occasion, they will be have a Mass on October 28th at 4pm. Their will be a formal reception at 6pm hosted at the Hilton Metrotown. Tickets are $125. The parish is looking for door prizes, sponsorship, and donations. Please contact Richelle Akol or the Parish Office if you have questions or are able to assist in any way. Tickets can be purchased through Richelle Akol.
RCIA STARTS THIS THURSDAY
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), starts this Thursday at 7:00pm and runs until 8:30pm. RCIA is led by Fr. Jun and the St. Jude Parish RCIA Team. The program is free and it is open to all including Catholics and non-Catholics who are interested in learning more about the faith. Please contact the Parish office for more information.
September 24 – Hot Lunch – Edo
September 25 to 27 – Gr. 7 Outdoor Education
September 27 – CARE Day – NOON DISMISSAL
September 30 – Pro-D – NO SCHOOL
October 1 – Hot Lunch – Pizza Hut
October 2 – CISVA Cross Country Meet
October 3 – Hot Lunch – Edo