20 Cranbrook Street                     Kingston, Ontario                   K7M 4M9
             Principal: Judy Hay                                               Tel: (613) 389-2800
                                                                               Fax: (613) 389-9551

                                   FIRST DAY NEWSLETTER

September 1st, 2009

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

Welcome back to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. I hope your family had a relaxing summer! Our staff returns to
school well rested and excited about offering another year of quality Catholic education to your children. I look forward
to meeting those who are returning and, for the first time, students, parents and guardians who are new to our school

Staffing/Grade Assignments

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back Mr. Ray Kuntz (Junior Kindergarten), Mrs. Christina Harper-
McCormick (Grade 5/6), Mrs. Lesley Nightingale (Educational Assistant), Mrs. Diane Hicks (Educational Assistant),
Mrs. Nadine Webb (Educational Assistants). Welcome to Mrs. Laurie Day (Grade 3) and Educational Assistants –
Ms. Kristen Brewer, Ms. Laurie Brill, Ms. Jenna Childerhose and Ms. Emily Quinn.

Class assignments for the 2009/20010 school year are:

Junior Kindergarten “B”             -           Mr. Ray Kuntz
Senior Kindergarten “A & B”         -           Ms. Janice Blackmore
Grade 1                             -           Mrs. Susan Hamilton
Grade 2                             -           Mrs. Wanda Bracken
Grade 2 /3                          -           Mrs. Vicki Whitaker
Grade 3                             -           Mrs. Laurie Day
Grade 4 /5                          -           Ms. Susan Clarke
Grade 5/6                           -           Ms. Heather Burns
Grade 5/6                           -           Mrs. Christina Harper-McCormick
Grade 7                             -           Mrs. Mary Ottenhof
Grade 7/8                           -           Mrs. Colleen Purcell
French as a Second Language         -           Mme Nynke Hoedeman/Mme Charmaine Bullett
Special Education Resource          -           Mrs. Beverley Majoros
Life Skills Developmental Centre    -           Mrs. Linda Jane Marshall

Our Educational Assistants for this year are:

Ms. Kristen Brewer                              Ms. Laurie Brill
Ms. Jenna Childerhose                           Mrs.. Diane Hicks
Mrs. Karen Houston                              Mrs. Ann Lajoie
Mrs. Lesley Nightingale                         Ms. Emily Quinn
Mrs. Terry Sheats                               Ms. Sandra Sutton
Mrs. Nadine Webb

                  Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
                  151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario K7R 4B2 (613) 354-2255 / 1-800-581-1116 Fax: (613) 354-4772
Mrs. Teresa Burns returns as our school Secretary, Mr. John Nolan continues as our school Custodian,
Mr. Hans Geris stays on as our evening Cleaner, Mrs. Aggie MacDonald as our Learning Resources Assistant,
Mrs. Krista Fenwick as our Speech/Language Asst. and Mrs. Paula Johnson-Young as our Child and Youth Worker.

Father Brennan, our pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church continues to give us guidance and spiritual direction.
We are blessed to have him as part of our school/parish community. Our first school Mass is Wednesday, September 16
at 9:30 a.m. You are encouraged to join us each month for Mass.

We have a super school team and I wish to thank them in advance for all of their hard work on behalf of our students!

Senior Kindergarten

Senior Kindergarten students begin Tuesday, September 1, 2009.

School Start/Finish Times

9:00 a.m. – Entry bell
10:40 a.m. -10:55 a.m. – Recess
12:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Recess
3:30 p.m. - Dismissal

Family Information Forms

Your Family Information Form will be sent home with our second September newsletter. However, it is critical that we
know right away about any special medical conditions such as bee or peanut allergies or asthma so that our staff can be
prepared in the event that something happens. If it is necessary for your child to have medication at school or if you need
to leave an Epipen at school for allergy purposes, Board policy requires that you and your doctor complete and submit the
appropriate medical/consent forms to the school. These are available at the office and we would be happy to assist you in
completing them.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is a NUT-FREE school.

We would also ask that you indicate on the form if your child is to do anything other than take the bus or walk home at
the end of the day. For example, if your child is to walk to a babysitters or is to be picked up by someone at the end of
the day on a regular basis, please indicate this on the form. In the interest of reducing the possibility of confusion and the
risk of sending your child to the wrong place, any change to this regular arrangement must be made in advance in
writing. We are always putting the safety of your children first and appreciate your co-operation in this matter!

Similarly, you are reminded that our Board’s Safe Schools Policy requires all visitors to the school to check in with Mrs.
Burns at the office to sign in and obtain a Visitor’s Pass. This allows us to keep track of who is in the school at any given
time and provides additional security for our students. This ensures that classes are not interrupted and enables teachers
to continue to provide quality instruction to students.


Please find attached a letter from the KFL&A Health Unit regarding H1N1. We will continue to update you with
information as if becomes available.

                   Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
                   151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario K7R 4B2 (613) 354-2255 / 1-800-581-1116 Fax: (613) 354-4772
School Agendas

Once again, the school has purchased Student Agendas for students in Grades 1 – 8.

Agendas help students to organize their time and set priorities. Students develop good work habits and study skills when
they use their agendas to record upcoming tests or assignments, homework due dates as well as extra-curricular activities
and sports events. A consistent study routine/schedule at home each day and faithful use of the agenda by parents as well
as students can make a great difference in student achievement! The agenda is also an excellent tool for teachers to
communicate with parents and for parents to keep in touch with what is happening in their child’s class. For our younger
students, you will find important newsletters and notices in the plastic pouch at the front. We will also use the agendas to
record student lates each day.

Because it is vital for every student to have an agenda, we are asking for $5.00 for each agenda from parents (to a
maximum of $10.00 per family). We would appreciate it if you could forward payment to your child’s teacher as soon as
possible and don’t forget to look for and initial the agenda each night.

Advance Notice - School Open House and Professional Development Day

Our school Open House will take place in the evening on Thursday, September 24 from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. This is a
good opportunity to come out and meet old friends and our staff members. The following day, Friday, September 25th,
is a Professional Development Day.

We look forward to having a very successful and enjoyable school year.


We are so delighted with the wonderful, professional landscaping at the front of the school. I extend my appreciation to
Mr. Mark Wensing and his company for donating shrubs, plants, soil and many hours of manual labour in creating such
beautiful gardens. Thank you very much.

Youngest and Only

We have decided to change the way our information is sent home. Instead of sending it to the oldest student in the family
we will now send it with the youngest.

Beginning with our October newsletter we will only be sending it home with families that have requested a “hard copy”.
Otherwise it will be posted on our website for you to download at home.

To access our electronic newsletter

Open your Internet browser. Type in
On the right hand side of the page you will see “Newsletter”. Click on the newsletter you wish to read.

We will continue to send home the monthly calendar for you to post.

Yours very truly,

Mrs. Judy Hay

                    Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
                    151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, Ontario K7R 4B2 (613) 354-2255 / 1-800-581-1116 Fax: (613) 354-4772

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