Thursday, 21 December 2017

New Early Morning Entry Procedures for January to March

With the arrival of the cold weather and temperatures often extremely frigid as a result of the wind chill factor, we are once again implementing the early morning entry procedure commencing January 8, 2018 until March 29, 2018.  As opposed to arriving at school and waiting in the school yard for the bell to ring at 8:55 AM, students will come directly into the school starting at 8:40 AM.  All students who either walk to school or are driven will enter the school through the front main doors.  Students who take the bus will come in through the back doors closest to the Bus Bay.  Upon entering the school, students will go directly to their classrooms and prepare their materials for the start of the school day.  They will be supervised in their classrooms, and as such, no students will be allowed to remain outside prior to the start of the school day as there will be no supervision provided in the school yard.
School will begin promptly at 8:55 AM.  We ask that you please ensure that your child arrives at school between 8:40 AM and 8:55 AM each day.  If your child is being driven to school, the drop off procedures remain the same.  Please do not stop in the front of the school as this is a Fire Route and therefore, parking or stopping is not permitted.  You are welcome to park in a parking spot and safely escort your child to the front door.  
We thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation with respect to our new morning entry procedure for the winter months of January to March.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Counting Down To Christmas Math Activity Afternoon

Staff and students at OLMC were involved in an afternoon of fun math activities and games with a Christmas theme.  The goal was to have fun, play and learn at the same time.  Can you estimate how many Christmas trees long you are?

Holy Names High School Students Perform a Christmas Show at OLMC

The staff and students of OLMC School were treated to a Christmas Concert and Dance show performed by the Holy Names High School Band and Dance Team.  

Christmas Math Theme Door Decorating Contest

Staff and students at OLMC engaged in a fun and educational Christmas Door Decorating contest with a bit of a twist.  To promote the idea that Math is fun and that Math can be found in everything and everywhere, classes were asked to have a “Math Theme” with respect to their door decorating. This entailed some real creativity and "thinking outside the box".  Although the competition was stiff, with many very clever and ingenious creations, 4 winners were selected.  We would like to congratulate the following divisional winners: Ms. Hage's JK/SK Class, Ms. Leonetti's Grade 3/4 Class, Ms. Sandy's Grade 6 Class, and Mr. Barron's Grade 7 Class.  The winning classes will be treated to a Pizza Party in the New Year.  Everyone had fun with this Christmas activity and some valuable math learning took place as well. Great job done by all.

WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A JOYOUS NEW YEAR

This is truly a magical time of the year for us as Catholics. It is an exciting time as we celebrate the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ - can there be a greater gift! As we reach out and celebrate the gift of each one of us this Christmas Season, we ask Jesus, the light of the World, to bless our families and to fill our lives with love, compassion, peace hope and joy.
On behalf of the entire Our Lady of Mount Carmel School community, we wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year filled with love and good health.
The Christmas Holiday begins on Monday, December 25, 2017 and continues until Friday, January 5, 2018 and as such, there will be no school. We will see our OLMC students back on Monday, January 8, 2018.



Weekly Math Challenge

Which one does not belong?  Why?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

HEAD LICE

With the start of the cold weather, we are faced with a new season of head lice. Head lice are a common health concern for parents, children, and teachers. To fight this nuisance of a problem, we ask all parents to carefully examine their child's head for nits on a regular basis. If found, please treat your child's hair and contact the school so that other parents may be notified. Then check again regularly to ensure the treatment has worked and that they have not returned.

Ways To Avoid Head Lice:
1. Do not share headwear.
2. Store your headwear in coat pockets and sleeves.
3. Keep long hair tied back.
4. Do not use other people's combs and brushes.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Kindergarten Students at OLMC School Have Breakfast With Santa

The Kindergarten students at OLMC School visited the Windsor Sportsmen Club to have breakfast with Santa.  Students performed songs and a wonderful time was had by all.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Picking Up Students at Dismissal Time

Dismissal time is a very busy time of day.  Hundreds of students are exiting the building to either board busses, walk home, or get picked by a parent/relative.  If your child is walking home or being picked up, they must exit the school via their designated exit door and into the school yard. We ask that parents/relatives wait for them outside the school yard.  If your child is getting a ride home, parents/relatives are asked to park in the parking lot in a parking spot and meet their children outside the schoolyard and then safely escort them back to the car. Please do not park or stop your vehicle along the curb or in a laneway. The curb running from the back of the parking lot to the front of the school must remain clear at all times.  If you are parked or stopped along the curb or in a laneway, you will be asked to move your vehicle.
We hope that the clarification of the above procedures will help eliminate any confusion or congestion that may be experienced at the end of the day, as well as ensure the safety of our children.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Teddy Bear Hospital Project at OLMC School

The Teddy Bear Hospital Project provides an opportunity to educate young children about medicine and what happens when they go to see a doctor, either in the hospital, clinic or for a regular checkup. The project hopes to help alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that children may face during a medical encounter and familiarize them with the tools that doctors use. This program also provides hands on educational workshops about healthy lifestyle habits, asthma and allergies, immunizations and x-rays. Our local Teddy Bear Hospital Project is a student-led initiative through the Schulich School of Medicine Windsor Campus.  The Grade 1 students at OLMC School participated in this exciting and informative session.

Weekly Math Challenge

Which one does not belong? Why?


Advent Prayer Service at OLMC School

Staff, students and parents celebrated the start of Advent with a beautiful prayer service in our school gymnasium, hosted by Mr. Ferrarini's Grade 2 class and Mrs. Girard's Grade 6 class.  Father Mike Parent provided an inspirational message regarding our role as Catholics to be the light of the world and to reach out to the less fortunate and marginalized in our community and in our world, especially during this Advent Season.   We are confident that the students of OLMC School will show their kindness and compassion and give generously to our school wide Chalice Charity Campaign during Advent.




EMPOWER Graduation Celebration

The first graduating class of the EMPOWER Reading Program celebrated by having a graduation lunch and receiving their EMPOWER shirts to celebrate their success and hard work.  Way to go OLMC EMPOWER Graduates!



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Muskoka Woods Trip Information Meeting


Our Grade 8 students will be attending the Muskoka Woods Experience this Spring (April 28 - May1, 2018).  This is an annual event for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grade 8 graduating class.  In order to prepare for this event, we will be having an information session on Thursday, November 30th at 5:00 PM, in our school Computer Lab for parents/guardians and grade 8 students.  We will present valuable information pertaining to the upcoming trip.

We hope to see all our Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians at this meeting.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Kindergarten Students Sing out Against Bullying

Ms. Hage's JK/SK Class at OLMC School created and sang a song which addressed their stance against bullying.  Check out the link below to hear their powerful message.

Monday, 27 November 2017

WEEKLY MATH CHALLENGE

In an effort to engage students in mathematical thinking and hoping they will adopt a "can do" mindset with respect to math, we will be posting a weekly "Math Question" both on the school Blog and in our classrooms that students are encouraged to answer and discuss.  Our hope is that parents will also attempt these questions at home and will engage in lively and constructive conversations with their children around the math query.  Have fun everyone and show off your mathematical skills!

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           Which one does not belong?  Why?

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Kick-Off Assembly for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

The entire OLMC School community attended the kick-off assembly for Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.  Students learned about the various forms of Bullying and how to properly deal with bullying situations, especially Cyber-Bullying.  The grade 8 students did a wonderful job performing skits depicting bullying situations and the talented grade 8 girls performed an inspirational reflection dance.  We hope the message about the dangers and harm of bullying are understood by all and that the staff and students of OLMC School will do their part in eradicating bullying forever!  

Thursday, 16 November 2017

CSAC Meeting on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 PM

PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Our next CSAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 PM in the school Computer Lab/Resource Centre.  All parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Parental involvement is a key component of the many events and programs which make Our Lady of Mount Carmel School special.  Your help and input would be greatly appreciated.

For Families Navigating High School

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week at OLMC School

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has many activities, presentations and initiatives for this year's Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week  (November 19-25).  These initiatives are being undertaken to bring attention to this important and relevant matter in the lives of our students.
These are a few of the activities we have planned at OLMC School to promote Bullying Awareness:
        -Kick-Off Assembly on Monday, November 20th at 1:00 PM in school gymnasium featuring a Bullying Video, Skits,           and a Reflection Dance.
        -"Positive Message Challenge" where all students and staff of OLMC take the challenge and pledge to write or say                something positive to someone, everyday of the week, to bring a smile to their face.
        -Staff and students to wear Pink all week to show a united front against Bullying.
        -Poster Contest where students are asked to create a poster that delivers a Bullying Awareness message.
        -Morning Announcements and Prayers during the week which have a bullying awareness message.
        -Every class to create a piece of work that depicts the dangers of bullying and the need to care and respect our                classmates and colleagues.  All creations will be displayed in the school entry showcase.
        -Large Bulletin Board in the school's front hallway with the message, "#WECDSB STAND UP!".  Every student and           staff member will sign the bulletin board to show their support and unity against bullying.
        -All classroom teachers will address the dangers and proper use of social media with their students.

All these events and activities are done in an effort to heighten awareness of the dangers of bullying and its negative impact on the school community.  The ultimate goal is to eradicate bullying forever!!!





Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Visit by Assistant Deputy Minister to OLMC

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School was honoured to have the Assistant Deputy Minister of Education for Ontario, Mr. Martin Beckett, visit on Friday, November 10th.  Mr. Beckett, together with Mr. Joseph Ibrahim, Superintendent for the WECDSB, visited Ms. Morneau's EMPOWER class to observe the students engaged in learning wonderful reading strategies and skills.  Mr Beckett was truly impressed with the talented and hard working students of OLMC School!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews

On Monday, November 13th, the students of OLMC School will bring home their Progress Reports.  As parents/guardians, you are encouraged to discuss with your child his/her progress and assist them in setting some new goals for the remainder of Term One.  You are also encouraged to attend the Parent-Teacher Interviews to be held on Wednesday, November 15th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, to speak to your child's teacher about the successes or concerns you may have regarding the Progress Report. The partnership between home and school is crucial for a child's success in education. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to provide the best possible Catholic education to our students.

PD Day on Friday, November 17, 2017 - NO SCHOOL

Please note that this Friday, November 17th is a Professional Development Day and as such, there will be no school for students.  We will see our OLMC students back on Monday, November 20th.  We hope everyone enjoys a safe and fund day!