Thunder News Flash – June 18, 2022

June 17, 2022
  • Being Health Aware

    As we move from Public Health Orders to being “Health Aware”, here are some important reminders:

    • complete a daily health check with your child – please click here to see the most up-to-date information regarding this
    • monitor your children regularly for symptoms of illness – if they are sick, they should stay home.  Please click here for information about testing for COVID-19
    • follow all of the provincial restrictions that are currently in place – please click here for the latest information
    • follow all of the travel guidelines put in place federally – please click here for the latest information
    • if you would like your child to wear a mask at school, please ensure they bring at least one mask with them to school each day
    • seek reputable sources of information about COVID-19, such as the BCCDC, including how to protect yourself, your family and your community, and what to do if you suspect you have the virus by clicking here
  • Happy Father's Day

    We wish all dads and grandfathers in our school community a very happy Father’s Day on Sunday.  We hope you are spoiled by your children and have a wonderful day.

  • Parent Participation Reminder

    This is a reminder to please log all of your Parent Participation hours through the school’s portal.  This can be found on the school’s website by clicking here, or at the bottom of this News Flash.  Please note the deadline to complete your 20 hours of Parent Participation for the 2021-2022 school year has now come and gone.  If you had difficulty completing your hours, please contact Mrs. Sask by email by clicking here

  • Food Drive Extended

    St. James & St. Ann’s School is collecting donations of non-perishable food items that we will give to support the homeless in Surrey, through NightShift, as well as the poor and migrant workers in Abbotsford, through St. Ann’s St. Vincent de Paul.  We have extended the deadline by one more day, and will continue to accept donations until the end of the day on Monday, June 20th.  We are particularly looking for the following items:

    • large jars of jam
    • large jars of peanut butter
    • bags of rice
    • canned soups, vegetables, etc.
    • cereal
    • baking supplies such as flour, sugar, cake mixes, baking powder, etc.
    • dry pasta
    • Kraft Dinner

    Let’s make summer a time when those in need don’t have to worry about their next meal.

  • Upcoming June Events

    June continues to be a very busy month with many activities and events planned.  Here is some information to help you plan for the remainder of the school year:

    Celebration of Gifts – Monday, June 20th:

    We are continuing the tradition that we started last year, honouring each one of our students for the gifts that they have, as well as their areas of excellence at school.  However, this year we are excited to let you know that we will be able to invite family members to be guests at this wonderful celebration.  Each class will come to the Gym at a specific time, and each child will be called up to receive their certificate.  Please note that the Grade 7 students will receive their certificates at the Grade 7 Farewell on June 23rd.  The schedule for the day on Monday, June 20th is as follows:

    • 8:40 – Grade 1
    • 9:25 – Grade 5
    • 10:10 – Kindergarten
    • 10:55 – Grade 4
    • 11:40 – Grade 3
    • 12:25 – Grade 6
    • 1:10 – Grade 2

    Parents are welcome to come for their child’s scheduled time, or for the whole day, as we know that our students deserve an audience as their gifts and areas of excellence are celebrated!

    Grab & Go Gratitude – Thursday, June 23rd:

    The school staff would like an opportunity to thank all of the parents for the amazing support you have given us during the 2021-2022 school year.  From 8:00am – 8:30am we will be stationed in the Drop Off Lane, handing out coffee and homemade treats to all the parents – our small way to say that we appreciate everything you do for your children and all of us.  Just like a drive through, without the window!

    Grade 7 Farewell – Thursday, June 23rd:

    We will be celebrating our Grade 7 students with a special “farewell event” on Thursday, June 23rd, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  This evening is for the Grade 7 students and their families, and will begin with Mass at St. James Church, followed by a dessert celebration.

    Step Up Day – Friday, June 24th in the afternoon:

    Students who will be in Grades 1 – 7 next school year will have the opportunity to “step up” to their new grade for the afternoon.  This is always a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn a little bit about their future grade, meet next year’s teacher and participate in some fun activities.

    Rag & Bag Day – Monday, June 27th:

    Each student is asked to come to school on June 27th with a rag and a sturdy bag.  They will use the rag to wash down their desk and chair, and help to clean up their classroom.  The bag will be used to pack up and bring home all of their belongings, as the school year comes to a close the next day.

    Last Day of School – Tuesday, June 28th – dismissal at 11:30am:

    Tuesday, June 28th is the last day of school as the 2021-2022 school year comes to an end.  We will attend Mass as a school, and we invite parents to join us for this special celebration where we send off our Grade 7 students, ask our Grade 6 students to take over the leadership role at the school, and say goodbye to a number of staff members and families who are leaving the school.  After Mass we go back to the school to watch our yearend slide show, and then the students return to their classrooms to collect their final Progress Reports.  It is always a bittersweet day at school, but we look forward to the many adventures that are to come!

  • Spaces Available for 2022-2023

    While we had a very successful re-registration of our existing students, and will be welcoming many new students to the school in September, there are still some spaces available for the 2022-2023 school year.  If you know of any families who are considering sending their children to St. James & St. Ann’s School, we have a few spaces available in Kindergarten and Grades 5 and 6, and limited space in Grades 2 and 7.  The Application Package can be found on our school’s website or by clicking here

  • Abbotsford Judo Club's 40th Anniversary

    The Abbotsford Judo Club will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this summer on Saturday, July 16th.  They will be having an open house style event with free Judo classes, Judo demonstrations, outdoor activities, food and more.  For more information, please see their poster by clicking here

  • Consignment Sale

    Are you looking for some used uniform pieces to add to your child’s selection of items to wear next school year?  We will be having a huge sale of used uniform pieces on June 23rd and 24th – some items will be marked down to very affordable prices, and other items will be for sale by donation.  Items will be available to look at from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on each of those days.  We look forward to helping you get some great bargains!

  • Positions Available on the Regional Education Committee

    There are two positions available on our Regional Education Committee (REC) for parishioners from Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish, as well as one position available for parishioners from St. Joseph’s Parish, Mission.  These positions are for two year terms, and fulfill your Parent Participation hours.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the REC, please contact our Chairperson, Tasha Mijinke, by clicking here.  

  • Meals for Moms

    Have you experienced the joys (and exhaustion!) of welcoming a new baby into your home and would like to help a young family as they walk that journey?  We are gathering a list of people who would be willing to bring a dinner to a family from St. Ann’s Parish in the first few weeks of bringing home a baby.

    How does it work?

    When a baby is born, we will send out a notification to the list of volunteers and then you can pick a day that suits your schedule to cook or buy a dinner for the family.  You would then deliver the meal to their front door during a time frame that suits you and them (i.e. between 3-5pm).  There should be no need for you to go into their home, so for those who are still taking precautions for COVID, it is quite low risk.

    If you are able to bless a young family during this special time in their lives, please contact Angela Veters & Maria McHugh by email by clicking here or calling 778-982-1353 and we will add you to the list.

  • Shopfunds Gift Card Fundraiser - THANK YOU!!!

    Thank you for supporting our last fundraiser for the 2021-2022 School Year.  We had over $10,000 in orders!  By just buying gift cards at face value, you have helped raise almost $500 for St. James & St. Ann’s School!  The PFA is working hard to have your orders ready for pick-up this coming week.

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    Thank you for your support!