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									                                                                                            ISSUE 1

                                                                                 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
                                                                                       2008



                Message from Administration
                                                                                 4525—49 Street N.W.
                to St. Vincent Families
                                                                                 Calgary, Alberta
                                                                                 T3A 0K4


                                                                                 Phone: (403) 288-8141


Dear Parents and Friends of St. Vincent de Paul School:                          WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE

We would like to thank all of the parents that joined us at our Opening
                                                                                 Staff List........................... 2
Celebration at St. Luke’s Parish. It is always great to have the entire school
community together to celebrate our faith. We extend our thanks to Father        Homework Tips ............... 3
David for his message about our patron Saint.                                    Counselor’s Chat ............ 4
                                                                                 Library/Athletic................ 5
October is a very busy month with many events and activities planned. Check
                                                                                 LINKages/Charity ............ 6
the calendar of events in this newsletter.
                                                                                 Academics ..................... . 7
All parents are welcome to join us at our next School Council meeting on         School Council/Nurse... . 8
October 8th at 9:15 a.m.                                                         School Calendar.............. 9
                                                                                 Email form…………….…10
Here’s to a great month!

Sincerely,




Luigi Fortini                                     Alex Kingston                  Feedback Question
Principal                                         Vice-Principal
                                                                                 How was your child’s start
                                                                                 up this year?
                                                                                 Call us or e-mail us at
                                                                                 st.vincent@cssd.ab.ca




                CALGARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT
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                                          ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SCHOOL
                                                   STAFF LIST
                                                   2008 – 2009
                                  ADMINISTRATION
                                  Principal ....................................................... Luigi Fortini
                                  Vice Principal ................................................ Alex Kingston
                                  Counselor ....................................................... Nicole Lefaivre


HOMEROOM TEACHERS                                                                         ADDITIONAL TEACHERS
Kindergarten (a.m. only) .............................. Lori Bothwell                     Elementary Music ............................................Adeline Ridley
Grade 1 ............................................................ Marlana Gordon       Art ......................................................................Andrea Dosne
Grade 1/2 ........................................................ Diane Stinert          Foods & Fashion ..............................................Silvia Ghidina
Grade 2 ............................................................ Erin Kolla           Applied Technology........................................Pat Graham
Grade 3 ............................................................ Maria Venturo        Jr. High P.E........................................................Lisa Guderyan
Grade 4............................................................. Sandra Sambucci      Band…………………..………………Malcolm Mackenzie
Grade 4 ............................................Angela Sirianni-Kinnaird              Elementary........................................................Crystal Bertsch
Grade 5 ............................................................ Claire Hlousek       Junior High........................................................Jennifer Quong
Grade 6 .......................................................... Ian O’Neill            E..S.L. Teacher..................................................Elisé Saraceni

Grade 7DOS ................................................... Andrea Dosne
Grade 7JAM ..................................................... Shannon James
Grade 7NIC ..................................................... Paul Nickerson
                                                                                          SUPPORT STAFF
                                                                                          Secretary.......................................…………Jan Moskwa
Grade 7WHI.................................................... Raquel Whicker
                                                                                          Clerk Typist..................................…………Lesia Hildebrandt
                                                                                          Librarian ........................................…………Michelle Catonio
Grade 8MAR.................................................... Daralee Martell
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................……Louise Crowe-Swords
Grade 8RYB..................................................... Peter Rybicki
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................………….Barbara Fiselier
Grade 8TOM................................................... Erin Tomaszewski
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................………….Donna Charron
Grade 8WOIT................................................. Greg Woitas
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................………Phyllis Kruszelnicki
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................…………Colleen L’Henaff
Grade 9BOL .................................................... Karin Boldt
                                                                                          Special Ed. Assistant....................…………Jill Wyatt
Grade 9MIL ...................................................... Robert Miller
Grade 9SIR ....................................................... Mary Sirianni
Grade 9TATE .................................................. Stephanie Tate
Grade 9VIN...................................................... Brad Vinnell             Noon Hour Assistant.................………….Beril Kenny
                                                                                          Noon Hour Assistant.................………….Pauline Malig
ES1 ............................................................. ……Stephanie Shlahetka   Noon Hour Assistant.................…Michelle White-Hanson



ACADEMIC SUPPORT TEACHERS                                                                 CARETAKING STAFF
Resource Support........................................... ..Brenda Sledzinski           Head Custodian...........................………….Mike Pritchard
J.H. Learning Support ..................................... ..Nancy Schmaltz              Night Custodian ..........................………….Stephen Au
                                                                                          Night Custodian ..........................………….Anna Bindas




                                                 Please note: All staff can be reached by e-mail as everyone is
                                                 online. Feel free to contact the staff electronically as follows
                                                 (all lower case):

                                                             first.lastname@cssd.ab.ca
                                                      (e.g. luigi.fortini@cssd.ab.ca)
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NEWS ABOUT STUDENT ABSENCES                                       HOMEWORK TIPS
Parents please note: When your child is late or absent        Homework is a fact of life. Here are some positive reasons for
from school the office must be notified prior to their        doing homework.
absence/late with the student’s name, homeroom and
                       reason for absence. Feel free to           •     Homework encourages you to practise skills you
                       call the office the evening before               have not fully mastered.
                       and leave message on the                   •     It gives you opportunities to review skills you might
                       answering machine or in the                      forget.
                       morning before class begins. It is         •     It enriches your store of general knowledge.
                       imperative that we are contacted           •     It teaches you responsibility.
                       prior to their absence otherwise           •     It allows for tasks that are too time consuming to
                       time is wasted trying to locate                  finish during regular school hours.
                                                                                    So stop making excuses
                       them.
                                                                                                 and
Also, if you need to take your child out of school during                                   JUST DO IT.
the day, please write a note in their agenda and have them        Make homework your first priority before TV, time with
waiting at the office for pick-up. Paging the classroom for       your friends, extracurricular or even a job.
your child interrupts class instruction. Remember to sign
your child out in the “Student Sign-out Book” before              Parents are encouraged to access our Homework
taking them out of the school.                                    Hotline at: www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/stvincent

                   PLEASE NOTE                                    Although many students define homework as “the work
                                                                  not completed in class”, there are many activities that
In response to the increasing number of families who are          can be considered homework. Activities such as
schedule vacation s or student activities during school           reading, playing scrabble, certain card games,
days, please note this clarification regarding attendance         educational computer games, word games, memory
and the student’s responsibility for catching up on the           games, and number games are different ways of
concepts that are missed during absences.                         reinforcing your child’s learning.
Any student who is absent due to vacation or a non-school
                                                                  Time Management Skills
activity during school days is recorded as having an
unexcused absence in the student’s permanent record. If
                                                                  •     Look at the big picture and plan accordingly.
the student is going to miss school for a vacation, the
                                                                        Meals, sleep, family time, recreation time and study
parent/guarding must discuss the rationale for the
                                                                        time are all important.
absence with the principal.
                                                                  •     Prioritize your work.
It is unreasonable for parents to expect that when                •     Do the hardest tasks first when you are fresh and
students miss school for an extended period of time, they               ready to work.
will be able to catch up in all areas when they return.           •     Make efficient use of class time.
Teachers are not responsible for assigning homework prior         •     Leave room for the unexpected – be flexible.
to the student’s absence, although they may choose to             •     Back plan – start with the due date and plan what to
indicate the concepts that will be missed during unexcused
                                                                        do on each of the days leading up to the final due
                                                                        date.
absences. Students will be held responsible for catching
                                                                  •     Think up ways to speed up the process of some
up on the work they have missed upon their return to
                                                                        tasks, particularly if it is a task you do often.
school.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at           If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
403-288-8141.                                                     me at St. Vincent de Paul School at 403-288-8141.


                         Mr. L. Fortini    Mrs. A. Kingston   •       Ms. Nicole Lefaivre, Counselor
                           Principal         Vice-Principal
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Counsellor’s Chat                                                    SCHOOL COUNSELLOR ACCESS:
                                                                     Students and parents can make an appointment to see me. If it
with Nicole Lefaivre                                                 is an emergency I will see you right away. If not, I will see you
                                                                     as soon as possible.
School Counsellors Are:
 Professionals who are trained to help others realize the full       CONTACT:
potential as human beings by helping people to:
                                                                     St. Vincent de Paul School at 288-8141 if you would like any
                                                                     further information.
•   relate effectively with others
•   maximize their academic potential
•   deal effectively with personal
    problems which impede educational                               CCAT TESTING—Grade 4 and 7
    achievement, career development
                                                                    In October, our Grade 4 and 7 students will be writing the
    and social growth                                               Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT). These written tests
•   acquire the knowledge, skills,                                  will be administered beginning October 15 under the direction of
    attitudes and habits necessary                                  Mrs. Lefaivre, our school’s Guidance Counselor. It will not be
    for the world of work                                           necessary for students to study special material prior to the test.
•   provide information regarding
    available education and treatment                               The purpose of the test is to provide further information for
    services                                                        making professional educational decisions regarding
•   help students assess strengths and                              individualized instruction and screening for further assessment
    develop a positive attitude                                     and/or intervention.
•   help students transition into junior




                                                                    W
    and senior high school
                                                                                      elcome back! It’s that time of the year
                                                                                      again. Time to organize yourself so you
                                                                                      get your homework done, make all soccer
What Does a Counsellor Do?                                                            practises and games plus get to your guitar
                                                                    lesson on time. Noting that students who take an
                                                                    organizational approach to studying generally do better, St.
Consult with school staff and parents                               Vincent de Paul staff is attempting to teach organizational
regarding:                                                          skills through the health curriculum. One such teaching
                                                                    venue is the school agenda. The successful
•   attendance                                                      implementation of the planner will result from a team
•   academic achievement                                            approach. Active support of staff, parents and student will
•   student physical and emotional well being                       yield the best result.
•   school adjustment
•   conflicts between home and school                               •    Students are encouraged to enter all assignments,
•   the school resource team                                             record personal and social information and
                                                                         commitments in order to avoid conflict.
Coordinate:                                                         •    Parents can be actively involved in the education
•   the guidance and counselling program
                                                                         process of their child by reviewing the agenda with
•   educational and occupational information                             them and sharing strategies on how to use it
•   special programs                                                     effectively.
•   community resources
•   individual and group counselling                                •    Teachers can actively encourage the use of the
•   referrals to system personnel                                        agenda for assignment and record keeping.
•   high school registration                                        Through consistent use, the daily planner can help
•   community of caring                                             reinforce the teacher’s instruction, stimulate development
                                                                    of student’s organizational plan, and expand study skills.
CONFIDENTIALITY:
                                                                    Agendas are available for students from grades one to nine.
 In general what the students say is kept confidential unless the   If a student should lose their agenda, there is a $10.00
student is in danger to their person or others.
                                                                    replacement cost.
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LIBRARY NEWS                                                         ATHLETIC NEWS
Wake up . . . READ . . . make coffee . . . READ . . . sit outside
                                                                     September is done and Vikings athletics is in full swing. The
on the deck . . . READ . . . off on the
                                                                     180 runners that will represent St. Vincent at the Cross-
boat . . . READ . . . drink lemonade . . .
READ . . . throw some food on the BBQ .                         ..                        Country Championships are in the midst
READ . . . sit on the swinging chair . . .                                                of their final preparations before race
READ . . . get PJ’s on . . . READ . . . sleep.
                                                                                          day. The big event takes place on
That was a typical summer day for me                                                      Monday, October 6. The location is
(well, maybe not everyday)! How many books did you read
                                                                                          Canmore Park, which is on the west side
this summer??
                                                                                          of 10th Street N.W. across from
It was a slow start for the library this year . . . Many
                                                                                          Confederation Park. Grade 9 boys run
apologies . . . But we are now up and running full steam
ahead. All your children get to enjoy our library at least                                first at 12:00 p.m., followed every 15
one period in a 6-day cycle. This is great news for me!!             minutes by the next group, finishing up with the Grade 7
Unfortunately, I am only here at school until 2:00 p.m.
                                                                     Girls at 1:15 p.m. We need at least 18 parent volunteers, so
                     everyday so there are a few classes I
                                                                     look for a permission slip to come home with your runner this
                     don’t see regularly. For the new students
                     at our school, our library is open every        week.
                     day at 21:15 for our use to catch up on
                                                                     Volleyball season is also in full swing. The
                     homework, study or read a book.
                                                                     Senior Boys team, coached by Mr. Rybicki,
                  Every year I organize a Book Fair and
Book Swap. This year we will again host Owl’s Nest                   sport a 6-1 record, their only loss coming
Bookstore for our Book Fair. The Fair coincides with our             in a hard fought battle in the finals of the
November/December Parent-Teacher interviews. Please                  St. Joan or Arc Tournament. The girls are
make sure you stop by the library to check out the amazing
                                                                     currently 6-0, having won the St. Joan of
titles.
                                                                     Arc Tournament, defeating St. Greg’s 2-0
Also, sometime in early Spring we will have our 4th Annual
                                                                     in the final. The Vikings are at the Bishop
Book Swap and Sale. Date to be announced.
                                                                     Carroll feeder school tournament this
I hope all of you have an amazing year and travel through
many exciting pages!!                                                coming weekend, and our 15th Annual Viking Invitation begins
                                                                     on Monday, October 6 here at the school. The girls play on
Good reading to you.
                                                                     Thursday, October 9, the boys on Friday, October 10, and
                                                   * Mrs. Catonio
                                                        Librarian    the playoffs go on Saturday, October 11. Go Vikings!

                                                                                    Also, look out for an information package that
                                                                                    will be going home in the next couple of weeks
                                                                                    regarding Karate. Every three years our
                                                                                    Junior High students receive instruction from

PAPER RECYCLING VOLUNTEERS                                                          the Goju-Kai Karate School. The cost is $20
                                                                                    per student and they will receive six full
Thank you to those parents who have come forward to help
                out with our school’s paper recycling. So                           classes of instruction. This unit begins on
                far we have two volunteers who come on                              November 19 and runs until December 6. It is
                Fridays to collect our paper recycling;              an awesome opportunity for many to try something new!
                although we could always use mare hands
                                                                     Until next time...
                to help. If you are interested, please
                contact Ms. Whicker at the school.                                                                    Mr. B. Vinnell
                                                                                                     Physical Education Coordinator
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LINKages                                                     SCHOOL WEAR
                                                             This year St. Vincent de Paul students will
The LINKages program is off to a great                       have the opportunity to order school hoodies.
start The program coordinators had a
                                                             The hoodies will be black with a full zipper and
very hard time choosing the 26                               orange writing. They will have the Viking
students who would be partnered with                         crest on the front and the word “Vikings” on
12 seniors. I would like to take this                        the arm. The cost per hoody will be $35 each.
time to say “thank you” to all who                           Order forms will be going out on October 2,
applied. If I could have taken all or you in the program I   2008.
would have…


The schedule this year is as follows:                        HELP THE NEEDY
                                                             St. Luke’s “Help the Needy” Food Bank drive is beginning at our
    Oct. 7—training at school                                school on October 1. Students are asked to bring in items for
    Oct. 21—orientation at Brentwood                         our Thanksgiving donation. We ask that all donations be at the
                                                             school by October 9. Our Leadership students, with the help
    Nov. 4 —1st visit
                                                             of Miss Martell, will be collecting the items from the classes
    Nov. 25—2nd visit                                        and preparing our donations.
    Dec. 9 — 3rd visit
                                                             Here is a list of some of the needed items.
    Jan. 6 — 4th visit
    Jan 20 — 5th visit                                        Cold Breakfast Cereal (Box         Macaroni
    Feb. 3— 6th visit                                         Hot Breakfast Cereal (oatmeal)     Spaghetti
    Feb. 17— 7th visit
                                                              Packages Hot Breakfast             Spaghetti Sauce (can/jar)
    Mar. 3 — 8th visit
                                                              Pancake Mix                        Canned Fruit
    Mar. 17 — 9th visit
                                                              Pancake Syrup                      Canned Fruit
    Apr. 7 — 10th visit
    Apr. 28 — 11th visit                                      Jello Powder/Puddings (box)        Rice (1 kg)

    May 12 — 12th visit     Wind-up and Farewell              Peanut Butter                      Sugar (small)

                                                              Jam                                Cake Mix (box)
Visit day is on Tuesdays. Pick up at St. Vincent is 10:45     Crackers (box)                     Coffee (300 gm) or Teabags
and pick up at Brentwood is 12:00. The program runs
                                                              Packages Dried Soup Noodles        Fruit Juices (1L)
approximately one hour.
                                                              Soup (cans)                        Bathroom Tissue (rolls)

                                                              Vegetables—Variety (cans)          Toothpaste (tube)

                                                              Pork ‘n Beans (cans)               Handsoap (bar)

  LUNCHROOM NEWS                                              Cooking Oil                        Shampoo/conditioner

  Due to health and safety concerns, we unable to             Tuna                               Laundry Soap (3 kg)
  offer student access to                                     Salmon                             Dish Detergent
  microwaves or hot water at
                                                              Sardines                           Cookies
  lunch time. Please take this into
  account when planning and                                   Canned Ham                         School Snacks

  preparing lunches for your                                  Canned Meat                        Kraft Dinner
  children. Sorry for the                                     Hamburger Helper
  inconvenience.
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     MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST STRATEGIES                             JUNIOR HIGH ACADEMIC
                 Ten Steps to Success!                           RECOGNITION CRITERIA
1.   Make sure you nave studied. If you are prepared, it will    Based on feedback from parents and
     reduce STRESS!                                              students, as well as information from our
2.   Read all of the choices, even if one seems correct right    feeder high schools, we have undertaken a
     away.                                                       revision of our criteria for academic
3.   Eliminate the answers that are wrong. Try to get a          recognition awards. For the 2007-2008
     “good” 50/50.                                               school year, the standard for students to receive
                                                                 Academic Recognition Awards is as follows:
4.   Choose the best answer. Sometimes more than one
     answer can be correct, but one will be a best choice.               ⇒ In the five core subjects (Religion, Language
5.   Don’t get bogged down on one questions or you may not                    Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social
     finish the test. After a couple of minutes ‘flag’ the                    Studies) – no mark below 80%
     question and move on.
                                                                         ⇒ In all subjects – no mark below 70% and no
6.   Go back to the flagged questions and complete those.                     work habit rubric assessment of less than VG
7.   If you don’t know an answer, try to take an educated                     (very good).
     guess.
                                                                 It is hoped that this new criteria will simplify the process
8.   DON”T leave blanks unless the teacher says it is right
                                                                 for recognizing solid academic performance and will
     minus wrong.
                                                                 clarify the expectations for students. Recipients of
9.   Take a few minutes to check your answers and eliminate      Academic Recognition Awards will be recognized at
     careless errors.                                            student assemblies after each reporting period. We will
10. Rule of thumb: Your first answer is usually right!           continue to recognize student achievement in athletics,
                                                                 arts and non-academic areas via our year-end awards
                                                                 celebration in June.

HEALTH AND SAFETY
                                                                                          St. Vincent de Paul Administration
                      The Health and Safety Committee is
                      hosting Child Safe Canada to offer
                      “Home Alone Safety” program on
                      October 28 and 29. It will run over the
                      lunch hour. Forms will be sent home
                      with students aged 10+ (younger siblings
                      7+ may also register).

The Red Cross Babysitting Program will be offered January
19-23 and will also run over the lunch hour. Participants must
be at least10 years old to register. Forms for this program
will be sent out in the New Year.                                PARKING LOT
If anyone has questions or concerns, feel free to contact        Parents please refrain from picking up or dropping off
Alyson Laursen at alaursen@shaw.ca or Celeste Zimmerman at       students in our parking lot. It is a very unsafe practice.
celestezimmerman@shaw.ca.                                        Also, keep crosswalks and “no
                                                                 stopping” zones clear. The Calgary
                                                                 Police Service has been contacted
                                                                 regarding these matters. Tickets
                                                                 may be issued.
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VOLUNTEER CORNER                                                SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS

There are many ways for you to become an involved parent        School Council is delighted with the great response to our
at St. Vincent de Paul. Room reps are still needed for          “parent input initiative”, becoming known as our PIPEline
several classes and, as more programs get under way, your       (Parents Inspiring Parent Engagement) line of
help will definitely be needed. Please contact your             communications.
homeroom teacher, your classroom representative or the          To date we have received responses from almost 300
school office for more information.                             families, with a few more forms trickling in every day.
                                                                Thank you so much to all of the parents who have been
Some of the opportunities include assisting with paper
                                                                willing to provide their contact information so that we might
recycling (one/week), Linkages (senior’s program), Run Club,
                                                                assess parent opinion as needed throughout the coming year.
special lunches, as well as other lunch hour programs.
                                                                An overwhelming majority of parents have provided email
                                           Kerri Paviglianiti   contact information which we anticipate will make our
                                      Volunteer Coordinator     communication easier and save trees. We are working
                                                                diligently to have our electronic PIPEline up and running soon.

                                                                Thanks again to all of you!
HOJA                                                                                                     Cathy Heatherington
On October 9th, we welcome HOJA, the Canadian a cappella                                                       School Council
group to our school. This group tours across Canada, sharing
songs and a message. CDs and posters will be available for
                                                                THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
purchase during the lunch hour from Oct. 10th – 17th. Each
CD is a cost of $10.00 and posters are $2.00. The               IN YOUR SCHOOL
performance will run from 2:00 -3:00. We welcome you to         Hello! My name is Elizabeth Keys and I am
join us for the performance and look forward to a great         pleased to be the public health nurse in your
afternoon.                                                      child’s school this year. I work for the
                                                                Calgary Health Region out of the Northwest Community
More information is available on their website
                                                                Health Centre and have a wide scope of practice, which
www.fatcatuniverse.com
                                                                includes working with various NW schools and in the well
                                                                child vaccination clinics at our health centre.

                                                                What does a school nurse do?
                                                                    Participate and partners with the school in health
                                                                    promotion activities
                                                                    Provides support to teachers and families in health
                                                                    related issues
                                                                    Immunizes for prevention of contagious diseases
                                                                    ● Grade 9 students can expect letters and consents
                                                                        to be sent home closer to November/December

                                                                I invite you to contact me at any point through the year with
                                                                your ideas on how we can support a healthy school
                                                                environment. Thoughts, questions or concerns are welcomed
                                                                via email or my private voice mail.

                                                                Being healthy makes learning easier and more enjoyable!

                                                                                  Mrs. Elizabeth Keys, RN, BN
                                                                                  Public Health Nurse
                                                                                  Northwest Community Health Centre
                                                                                  Phone: 403-943-9774
                                                                                  Email:
                                                                                  Elizabeth.Keys@calgaryhealthregion.ca
                                                         St. Vincent de Paul
                                                       SCHOOL CALENDAR
                                                              2008-2009
OCTOBER
6-11  Vikings Invitation Volleyball Tournament
7     LINKages training—11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in Library                FAITH DAY CELEBRATION
8     School Photos                                                   Monday, November 3, 2008
8     School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library
10    Thanksgiving Celebration at 9:30 a.m. in Gym
                                                                                 On Thursday, November 3, 2008 all
13    Thanksgiving Day Holiday - No Classes
21    LINKages orientation at Brentwood Seniors Residence                        employees of the Calgary Catholic School
28-29 Home Alone—12:00 p.m. in library                                           District will be attending our annual District
                                                                                 Faith Day celebration.
NOVEMBER
3     Faith Day - No Classes - District Wide
4     LINKages—First visit                                            The theme of this celebration is “Called to Peace and
5     School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library                     Justice and Led by the Good Shepherd: We love!” This
7     Remembrance Day Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Gym                     is a wonderful opportunity for District staff to come
10    Professional Development Day - No Classes                       together as one and celebrate our faith journey. On
11    Remembrance Day – No Classes                                    Faith Day there will be no classes for students of the
25    LINKages
                                                                      Calgary Catholic School District.
28    Report Cards Sent Home
DECEMBER
3     School Council Meeting—7:00 p.m. in Library
4     Advent Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. in Gym
4     Parent/Teacher Interviews - Classes as usual during the day.
      5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
5     Parent/Teacher Interviews - No Classes for students.
      9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
      1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 9    LINKages
11    St. Francis Drama Production, “What If” - 10:45 a.m. in gym
19    Christmas Holidays Begin - Noon Dismissal
JANUARY 2009
5      School Re-Opens
                                                                                 U of C Gifted Centre
30     Professional Development Day - No Classes (K-9)                         Super Saturday Programs
FEBRUARY                                                               The University of Calgary is excited to announce
4      School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library                     their Fall line-up for SUPER SATURDAYS
12     Teachers Convention - No Classes
                                                                       starting in October.
13     Teachers Convention - No Classes
16     Family Day Holiday - No Classes                                 Programs will run for 6 weeks on Saturday
25     Ash Wednesday Liturgy – 9:30 a.m. in gym
                                                                       afternoons at the U of C (in the Education
MARCH 2009                                                             Bldg.) and they are offering something for all
4      School Council Meeting—7:00 p.m. in Library
                                                                       grade levels from Grades 2-9.
13     Report Cards Sent Home
19     Parent/Teacher Interviews - Classes as usual during day                  Dreaming in Colour (Gr. 2-3)
       5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                MatheMAGICS (Gr. 4-6)
20     Parent/Teacher Interviews - No Classes for students
       9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.                                                  Amazing Animation (Gr. 4-6)
       1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.                                                   Art of Spilling (Gr. 7-9)
APRIL                                                                           Historical Halloween Party (Gr. 7-9)
1        School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library                   For more details and to print a registration
9        Passion Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Gym
9        Easter Holiday Begins - Noon Dismissal                        form, visit the link at:
20       School Re-Opens                                               http://gifted.ucalgary.ca/children
MAY
1        Professional Development Day (No classes)
6        School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library
14       Marion Celebration at 9:30 a.m. in Gym
18       Victoria Day - No Classes
JUNE
3        School Council Meeting—9:15 a.m. in Library
29       Year End Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Gym
29       Last day for students - Full day of classes - Report Cards

Please note: Dates and events are subject to change.
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