Thunder News Flash – September 25, 2021

September 24, 2021
  • Updates From Fraser Health

    The Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health held a special webinar this week and asked that all schools pass on the following information to their parents:

    • if your children feel sick, use the Daily Health Check App and, if it is recommended, you must get them tested for COVID-19
    • whole school notifications will be implemented again soon
    • if sudden shifts are seen in cases, there may be further restrictions coming
    • there should be a FAQ document coming out soon from the Ministry of Education which will help to clarify things around whether a Christmas concert, for example, is a school activity, or if it falls under the Events Order, which would then require the BC Vaccine Card being checked
    • if we want schools to remain open and safe, we must increase the vaccination rate for those who are eligible
  • Truth and Reconciliation Week

    We will be participating in Truth and Reconciliation week from September 27th – October 1st, with the following taking place:

    • Monday, September 27th – the students may wear an orange accessory with their school uniform.  This could be a bracelet, a sticker, a necklace, a hair band, etc.  
    • Tuesday, September 28th – as this is our picture day, we would ask that students come to school in their full uniform.  Teachers will be giving students special stickers that say “Every Child Matters” that they can put on their uniform
    • Wednesday, September 29th – this will be a dress down day, but in order to participate students must wear something orange – this could be an orange shirt, orange pants, orange shoes, etc.  It could also simply be an accessory that is orange.  Please note that as always, the students must be dressed appropriately with no spaghetti straps, no short shorts, no ripped jeans and no clothing with inappropriate logos or sayings
    • Thursday, September 30th – this is just a reminder that there is no school on September 30th, but you are asked to spend time at home focusing on Truth and Reconciliation – resources will be emailed to parents next week
    • Friday, October 1st – the students may wear an orange accessory with their school uniform, or they could wear the sticker that they were given on Tuesday

    During this week, in each classroom, time will be spent learning about Truth and Reconciliation in age-appropriate ways.  Using story books and chapter books in the older grades, the students will learn about how every child matters.

  • Plumber Needed

    Calling all parents – are any of you plumbers by trade?  We need some plumbing work done at the school, and are hoping that one of our school parents is able to take on this job.  If that is you, please call the school at 604-852-1788.

  • Uniform Socks

    Please note that in our Uniform Policy, which can be found by clicking here, it states that socks may only be black or navy.  Girls may wear navy or black knee high socks or navy leotards.  

  • Picture Day - September 28th

    Individual pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 28th.  Please note that our photography company, Lifetouch, has very strict health and safety protocols they will put in place to ensure the safety of everyone.  After picture day, parents may order pictures online using the information found on your Picture Day order form.  School sweaters should be worn for these photos, but may be removed after the photo is taken if it is a warm day.

  • Work Bee - October 2nd

    The next Work Bee will take place at the school on Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  If you are scheduled to work at this Work Bee, or are planning to attend, please bring a rake, cordless blower if you have one, gloves for inside or outside work and a mask.  Your help with maintaining the school and grounds is most appreciated.

  • Hot Lunch Starting in October

    We are happy to let you know that we will be using Google Forms for you to order Hot Lunch for your children.  No more paper forms!  We are also happy to tell you that we will be offering some Gluten “Smart” options as well.  A link to the Google Form will be sent out to each family by email on Monday, September 27th.  You will need to complete a separate form for each one of your children that is ordering, and then the information will be collated from these forms.  Please note that as you all completed Direct Debit forms for this purpose with your Registration Package, the money will simply be debited from your bank account on the 15th of each month.

  • Parking at SJB

    If you are choosing to park your vehicle at SJB either in the morning, or after school, please note that if you are exiting from their north lot you may only turn right during specific times of the day.  There is a new sign posted at that exit that indicates a right turn only.  This new procedure has been implemented for the safety of everyone.

  • Meet The Olympians

    The Abbotsford Judo Club & Judo BC will be hosting an event at SJB on Friday, October 1st from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.  At this event, we will be having Canada’s first two female Olympic Judo medalists from the Tokyo Olympics.  The event will consist of a short Judo demonstration, followed by the two Olympians sharing their stories about starting Judo, going to the Olympics and coming home with a medal. Students will also be able to get photos and autographs with the athletes.  For more information, please click here.

  • Walk and Pray

    Abbotsford is such a beautiful city, but as you look around, there are people with needs as diverse as the population.  St. Ann’s Parish is joining many other Christian churches to unite our prayers together for the people who live, work and study here from September 26th – October 2nd.  Please join us in praying for the street where you live, work, or travel or those around the school.  If you are able to walk or drive along the street as you pray, you may notice little clues to what sorts of needs there are, but rest assured, God will hear your prayers from home too!  For further information and to sign up for your street(s), please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Maria McHugh by clicking here

  • Eucharistic Adoration

    St. Ann’s Parish will be having an intense prayer Adoration on September 26th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.  A small gathering will follow with a maximum of 50 people.  Please click here to see the poster that contains more details about this prayer opportunity.

  • St. James Parish Moms Catholic Study Group

    Attention moms of young, school-aged children!  Have you wondered what Catholic Social Teaching is, exactly?  A beautifully written new Endow study unpacks the history and meaning behind the phrase, helping us understand this important part of Church teaching.  Journey with us every second and fourth Wednesday 12:15pm – 2:15pm in the Mount Joy Chapel starting September 29th until January 26th.  $25 for a digital copy of the study or $50 for a bound copy.  Please arrange for your own childcare as there is none provided.  Pre-registration is required and limited spots are available.  Contact Winsome Rauch by email by clicking here for more information, and click here to learn more about Endow studies.

  • Thunderwear Update

    First we couldn’t find yeast, toilet paper, flour or disinfectant wipes on the store shelves, as they were out of stock.   Then new vehicles were not available because of a computer chip delay, and they now suspect that tires might be the next item that we have to wait for.  But the biggest inconvenience when it comes to product delays… our Thunderwear pants!  It seems that too many people have been living the comfortable life in sweatpants, and now our Thunderwear pants are going to be delayed due to shortages in stock.  In the meantime, if the weather is cold, please have your children substitute either blue or black sweatpants for their Thunderwear pants.  Hopefully our patience won’t be in short supply!!

  • Daily Health Check

    Please complete a Daily Health Check with your child each day before they come to school.  The easiest way to do this is to go to the BC K-12 Health Check website by clicking here.  Please also remember that adults and children in Grades 4-7 are required to wear masks in indoor spaces, and children in Grades K-3 are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well.  These proactive steps will help us all remain safe and healthy.

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