We Grow: In knowledge. In love. In faith.
Mrs. L. Domoslai 3722 Centennial Drive Mr. S. Figora
Principal Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Vice-Principal
Newsletter #18 (306) 659-2068 (fax) June 3, 2011
Today we conclude our week of celebrating the gift of Catholic Education in our school. Throughout this week we
reflected on the themes of hospitality, understanding, wisdom and gratitude.
Lord, let us continue to open our hearts to your love. May Your Spirit help to guide us and be aware of your
many gifts. May Your love inspire us and Your light sustain us.
Tuesday, June 7th ......................................... Blackstrap Camp Presentation – 9:00 AM
Wednesday, June 8th .................................... Track and Field Meet – Field House
Thursday, June 9th ........................................ Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast – 8:00 AM
Thursday, June 9th ........................................ Forestry Farm – Grades K & Pre-K - AM
Friday, June 10th........................................... Grade 8 Retreat – Queen’s House
Friday, June 10th........................................... Jump Rope for Heart – PM
Monday, June 13th ........................................ CDD – No School for our Students
Tuesday, June 14th ....................................... Cardboard Races – Grade 8 – SIAST
Wednesday, June 15th .................................. Forestry Farm – Grade 1 - AM
Thursday, June 16th ...................................... Primary Grades Play Day – PRE-K to Grade 3 - PM
Friday, June 17th........................................... Fun Factory Field Trip – Grade 1K and 2K
Friday, June 17th........................................... Book’n’Breakfast – 8:30 AM – Library
Friday, June 17th........................................... Kindergarten Tea – for all 2011–2012 Kindergarten Students Registered – 10:00 AM
Monday, June 20th ........................................ Grade 8 Farewell Liturgy – 7:00 PM – St. Patrick Church
Tuesday, June 21st ........................................ Aboriginal Day in the Park – Grades K, 1, 2 and 5
Friday, June 24th........................................... Year End Mass – 9:30 AM – St. Patrick Parish
Friday, June 24th........................................... Kindergarten Farewell – PM
Friday, June 24th........................................... Pre-Kindergarten Farewell – AM & PM
Friday, June 24th........................................... Swimming Lawson Heights Pool – Grades 1 – 5
Friday, June 24th........................................... Swimming Riversdale Pool – Grades 6 - 8
Monday, June 27th ........................................ Last Day of Classes for our Students
Monday, June 27th ........................................ YEAR END FAMILY BBQ and Year End Assembly – Everyone Welcome.
A CALL FOR HELP TO GRADE 7 PARENTS – A letter has been sent home with your child about the Grade 8
farewell on June 20th. The Grade 7’s are asked to supply the dainties for the farewell tea and some
volunteers are needed to help serve at the tea. We need parents to volunteer to coordinate and help with
this event. It will be your child’s turn next year so please help out. Please check with your Grade 7
son/daughter for this letter.
TUESDAY MORNING MEETINGS – Every Tuesday morning our staff meets for prayer and to collaborate for student
learning. We ask that on Tuesdays, students arrive at the school a little later – 8:45 a.m. or enter the school through the
mudroom doors and remain in the mudroom as students will not have access to classrooms before 8:45 AM.
Thank you for supporting us in better serving your children.
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
Jump Rope for Heart will be held Friday, June 10th at Father Vachon School. This will involve grades Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Thank you to all who sponsor our children for this skipping event. If you have not already returned your pledge package
PLEASE do so by Monday, June 6th.
GRADE ONE STAR READERS
Congratulations to the following students who have read 80 books: Emma E.
Congratulations to the following students who have read 80 books: Kiarah F.
Congratulations to the following students who have read 100 books: Gavin H.
Congratulations to the following students who have read 100 books: Julia N.
Congratulations to the following students who have read 100 books: Owen K.
NUT ALERT – We have a number of students at our school that are highly allergic to peanuts and nut products. Anaphylaxis
is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes. Because of the seriousness
of this danger, we ask that you are careful to avoid sending food to school that contain nuts. A reminder that if you have a child that
needs medical treatment that is life threatening, please contact the principal at the school. Thanks for your understanding and
Please notify the office (659-7210) if your child is away from school. Please leave their name, their grade, their teacher’s name and a
reason for the absence. Thank you.
MILK SALES: Milk is sold at Father Vachon School daily. Milk may be purchased for 75 cents each or a milk card can be
purchased for $15.00.
REGISTRATION IS ONGOING FOR KINDERGARTEN.
Thinking about Kindergarten for next fall? It’s time to register for Kindergarten at Father Vachon School !
Kindergarten Registration is ongoing. If your child turns five on or before January 31, 2012 he/or she is eligible to start Kindergarten
in September 2011. Registration forms are available at the Office. If you know of people in the neighbourhood who will have a
Kindergarten age child next year, please pass this information to them. Please call the school at 659- 7210 for more information about
our school and how to register. To learn more about Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and our programs, check out www.gscs.sk.ca
Father Vachon Kindergarten Tea will be held Friday, June 17th at Father Vachon School at 10:00 AM. We look
forward to meeting our next year Kindergarten students and welcoming new families to our school.
Father Vachon Kindergarten Farewell– will be held Friday, June 24th at Father Vachon School. We will enjoy
goodies and a program as our Kindergarten students move on the Grade 1! Welcome to all parents, grandparents
PLAY DAY – We have scheduled a Play Day for grades Pre -Kindergarten to Grade 3 on the afternoon of Thursday, June 16th. The
students will participate in various events. A concession organized by the Parent Association will be available. Please call the school
if you can help. If not, just come out to watch the excitement.
The Father Vachon School Track Meet was held Friday, May 27th at Father Vachon School. All students for Grades 4 – 8
participated. Thank you for your show of great sportsmanship.
The Catholic Schools Track Meet is scheduled for – Wednesday, June 8th at the Field House. If your son/daughter has qualified for the
meet, a note would have been sent home.
Also thank you to all staff involved for the time you have spent with our track athletes.
LIBRARY BOOKS – Each year we have many missing library books. Could you have a look around the house for any overlooked,
overdue library books! Please return all books by June 13th. Thanks.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – JUNE 27, 2011:
We have been receiving phone calls regarding the end of the school year for 2011. The last full day of classes for our students is
Monday, June 27th. Report cards will be sent home with students on June 27th at the end of the day. If you know that your child
will be absent on this day PLEASE send a self addressed stamped envelope for each individual child to school so that your child’s
progress report may be mailed to you.
YEAR END MASS
We will celebrate our year end Mass on Friday, June 24th at 9:30 AM at St. Patrick Church. Everyone is welcome!
SPEED ZONES - The 30 km/h speed limit is in effect from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, September to June – including
statutory holidays. School zones are marked by reflective, fluorescent yellow-green signs, and begin at these signs, and end at a sign
indicating a greater speed limit (normally 50 km/h). The city will be monitoring the effectiveness of school zone speed limits to allow
for additional education and enforcement in problem areas. It’s up to you to obey the rules of the road and drive courteously. Twelve
seconds – the difference could save a life.
STUDENT PLACEMENT IN CLASSROOMS
Students will be given their classroom placement in the fall. We carefully consider several factors regarding the placement of
students in classrooms. Social dynamics and student interactions are important considerations. Please understand that these
placements may be tentative, depending on the number of new registrations in the fall. If you feel you have relevant information
regarding your child that will assist us in our placements, please do so in writing and pass our way. If you have any questions please
contact Mrs. Domoslai at the office.
STUDENTS LEAVING FATHER VACHON SCHOOL
If your child will not be returning to Father Vachon School in the fall, please notify the office. If your child will not be attending one
of the Saskatoon Catholic schools, it is necessary to request a “Release of Information” form from the office. This form must be
completed and taken to your child’s new school. The Office Coordinator of your child’s new school will send the form our way,
requesting your child’s cumulative file.
FATHER VACHON BOOK ‘N’ BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Book’n’Breakfast is an activity held in the library to promote literacy and literature. On Friday, June 17th students are
invited to come to the library after 8:30. We will read some stories and when possible have guest readers. After, the students
are welcome to have a snack and juice. We are hoping to continue this program throughout the year. Please read your
newsletters for our upcoming dates. We look forward to seeing you there.
Mrs. Ketterer and Ms. Bergerman
FATHER VACHON BLUE BAG READING PROGRAM
Tuesday, June 7th – Take home reading program ends. Please ensure students return their blue bag and books that day. We
encourage the children to keep reading at home each evening using books from their homes or the Public Library.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL NEWS
We are now accepting nominations for the 2011-2012 School Year for: Treasurer, Chair and other elected members.
Nominations are at the office.
Elections will take place at the AGM on Monday, September 12, 2011.
STAFF FOUNDATION NEWS
STAFF FOUNDATION NEWS:
Our Staff at Father Vachon School will be promoting the Foundation by supporting casual days on Fridays. Staff is able to wear jeans
on Fridays for a donation to the Foundation.
PACIFIC HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NEWS
Pacific Heights Community Association’s Garage Day Sale!
Are you planning a yard/garage sale this spring? Schedule it on June 4 and take advantage of extra publicity for your sale
along with all the others going on in and around Pacific Heights on that day. There will be a concession run by the Scouts
(weather permitting), and the Community Association will be putting up signage to indicate what streets/crescents have sales
going on. To register your sale, please call Irene at 382-9101. There is no fee to register your sale – we just want to know how
many homes are participating.
BETHLEHEM STARS NEWS
The STARS summer volleyball camp is being held at Bethlehem High School on August 17th and 18th, 2011. 9:30-noon and 12:30-
3pm daily for kids K-Grade 6 and will be challenged according to ability. The focus is on fun and fundamentals. Healthy snacks, t-shirt
and prizes are included. Check out the website for more information and registration forms: http://blog.scs.sk.ca/st_joseph
1. College of Kinesiology – Children’s Activity Camps
Ages 5 to 12
July 4th, 2010 to August 26th, 2011
With almost 20 different sports and activities for your child to choose from! Including:
Lacrosse, Volleyball, Basketball, Gymnastics, In-line Skating, Mountain Biking, Wall Climbing, and Touch Rugby, just to
name a few.
Register Early! Camps will fill quickly.
To register or for more information: 966-1001 www.usask.ca/kinesiology
2. SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT THE YWCA – You love your Children but you DO feel the need to see other people.
July 4 - August 26th · 830 - 430 · Monday-Friday. TO REGISTER OR FOR MORE INFORMATION stop by the YWCA
front desk or call 244-0944 ext. 100.
Runamuk Ages 6 (born in 2005) to 8 · Weekly Rate $185 · All Weeks
Make new friends and come together to appreciate our best friend, Mother Earth. Activities include environmentally focused
crafts, guest speakers, outdoor games, swimming and tons more!
Eco-Uniquo Ages 8 – 12 · Weekly Rate $185 · All Weeks
GreenGirls Ages 9 – 13 Girls Only · Weekly Rate $195 · July 11–15; 25–29 & August 8–12
For girls only! Recycled fashions, karaoke, a trip to the Mendel to feed your inner artist and
discussions about personal safety, healthy relationships, and all things girls.
FitKids Ages 9 – 13 · Weekly Rate $195 · July 4-8;18-22 & August 15-19
Learn all about how healthy eating and fitness can be fun. Working with a Kinesiologist, the kids will learn about how the
body works and great ways to keep it healthy and strong.
Early bird discount: $25 off before May 31st - 10% discount off each subsequent camp if you register your child for more
than one week. Before and after care available 730-830 and 430-530; $25/week. Drop in Rate - $50/day.
3. Bishop Klein CSCC – First Annual Flea Market & Trade Show - Saturday May 28th, 2011 @ 8 am - 2pm. Bishop Klein
Community School Gym - 1121 Northumberland Ave.
4. Saskatoon Youth Soccer Inc. Proudly Presents:
What: PotashCorp Soccer Kids In the Park Program
When: July 6th – Aug 25th Mon to Fri 11:00am - 7:00pm
Where: Travels to Various Playground & Youth Centre Sites Citywide
Cost: Free Drop-In for Ages 4 – 12 (Playgrounds) & Ages 12 – 18 (Youth Centres)
Contact: Saskatoon Youth Soccer 975-3413 or www.saskatoonyouthsoccer.ca for a complete schedule after Mon June 27th!
Some special aspects of the program are:
- The four program leaders are certified coaches; one is a former U of S Mens Soccer Huskie player and the others are premier
female soccer players!
- Focus is on instilling fun and being active through the largest growing sport in Canada ~ soccer!
- The program will be travelling to all 45 neighborhood playground sites & 11 youth centre sites in Saskatoon city-wide
between 7 to 11 times each throughout the summer.
- Focus is to bring soccer to the communities to eliminate transportation and financial barriers to sport!
- Partnered with the City of Saskatoon playground and youth centre programs.
- Program is fully funded by grants from the Community Initiatives Fund, City of Saskatoon and our major community
5. Got Art? Become a vendor at Broadway Art Fest 2011! We have created a limited number of vendor locations to be filled by
talented Saskatchewan artists! Please visit our homepage at www.onbroadway.ca for an Artist Vendor License application
and info package. You may also call 664-6463 or pick up an application at 813 Broadway Avenue. Deadline for registration
is June 10, 2011.
6. DUNDONALD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - Indoor Soccer Registration
Date: August 29th & 30th, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Dundonald School, Large Gym
Additional information on our website at www.dundonald.ca
The indoor soccer seasons runs from October 2011 to March 2012.
7. The Salvation Army in Partnership with The Potash Corp is pleased to announce Food-On-The-Move. This program brings
bag lunches for students under the age of 16 to the spray parks in the inner city. The lunches are delivered in the afternoon.
The parks that are scheduled are:
A.H. Browne Park in Mayfair
Dr Seager Wheeler Park in Westview
Archibald McDonald Park in Massey Place
Meadowgreen Park in Meadowgreen
Optimist Park in Riversdale
Westmount Park in Westmount
West Nile Virus – Reducing the Risk
West Nile Virus (WNV) is a virus that can cause disease in people, birds, horses and other domestic animals. This virus is spread by the bite of an
How is West Nile Virus prevented?
There is no approved vaccine for West Nile Virus.
Personal protective measures include:
wear light-coloured, loose fitting clothes with long sleeves and pants when spending time outside use mosquito repellent that contains DEET when
you are outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk do not use insect repellents on infants less than 6 months choose 10% DEET or less for children aged 6
months to 12 years choose up to 30% DEET for 12 years and over pregnant and nursing mothers consult your physician make sure that window and
door screens fit tightly and are free from holes.
Reduce mosquito populations by:
Draining any standing water (such as old tires, wading pools, eavestroughs). Empty and clean bird baths twice a week, aerating ornamental ponds
and stocking fish that eat mosquito larvae, covering rain barrels with screens, mesh size should be less than 1.5 mm, keeping grass cut short keeping
swimming pool covers free of stagnant water. For more information contact Public Health Services Disease Control Department at 655-4612.
There is nothing better than a nice, cool refreshing drink after being outside in the sun or after an activity. For many families, it can be confusing
which fluids are healthy and which fluids are full of sugar.
Drinks that are full of sugar may cause:
less calcium and other nutrients in your diet, weight gain because of high calories and tooth decay.
Try to avoid pop, sports drinks, vitamin-enriched or flavored waters, energy drinks, fruit punch, fruit cocktail or candy-bar flavored milk. These
fluids are often full of sugar and some even have caffeine, which children are sensitive to.
Diet drinks should also be avoided as they are very sweet due to the addition of artificial sweeteners and may also contain caffeine.
Drink water anytime!
Try serving water at temperatures that you and your family enjoy. Add-in some tasty flavors like orange slices, limes, lemons, cucumbers or mint.
Other nourishing fluids include milk or small amounts of 100% fruit juice with no sugar or sweetener added.