May Newsletter 2018

posted May 1, 2018, 1:40 PM by St. Luke ‎(Nepean)‎ School

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May  2018

Spiritual Theme: Sent to be the Good News’ Luke 4:14-20

Our Motto: Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Principal: Chris Risto

Vice Principal: Julie Fortier

Superintendent: Ben Vallati

Trustee: Spencer Warren

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A Catholic Education Week Prayer

“God of mercy

, We thank you for the gift of Catholic education. We walk in faith and thanks, guided by those who have gone before us, who nurtured and sustained Catholic education. Inspired by our Catholic Graduate Expectations, we acknowledge that the promise of Catholic education is within us, that it is a promise that we live out in our families and communities and that it is a promise that we proclaim in acts of justice and compassion in word and deed. We make this prayer that we may live out the promise of Catholic education for many more years to come Amen”.

Catholic Education Week (Monday, May 7th- Friday, May 11th)

Catholic Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of our Catholic schools. More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community. Our community participates in planned special activities at all grade levels and in all schools. Everyone is welcome to join us in events taking place throughout the week.
Monday, May 7th   
-Launch of Education Week
-St. Luke Spirit Day- wear your St. Luke clothing or school colours
-Painting of Reconciliation Room windows (on-going throughout week)
-Grade 6 students visiting K-5 classes to teach about Bear Witness  Day (on-going throughout week)

-Launch of Mental Health Week (21 Day Mindfulness Rocks)

Rebecca Lira, both Grades 2 teacher and founder of business, Mindfulness Rocks will be coming to our St. Luke School to launch the Mindful Moments Challenge with her beautiful mindfulness rocks. For the launch, Rebecca Lira will…Introduce the children to mindfulness using playfully painted rock characters to describe the various roles of the parts of the brain. She will then engage the children in dialogue about the importance of daily mindfulness and teach the children and the teachers how to take a Mindful Moment (at least 2 minutes of CALM - be still, be quiet and close your eyes. She will then conclude the presentation with the unwrapping and unveiling of our first school mindfulness rock , in this the rock becomes the mindful, spiritual theme of the day that teachers can connect to any lesson.

Tuesday, May 8

-Grade 6 visit to St. Mother Teresa High School

-OCSB Special Olympic Swim Meet hosted by the OCSB Special Education and Student Services Department


Wednesday, May 9th
-“Bigger Than That” - Bullying Prevention and Youth Empowerment Presentation for grades four, five and six students at 1:30 pm (Sponsored by our CSC)


-Bullying Prevention and Youth Empowerment Presentation for parents and guardians (“Bigger Than That”) at St. Mother Teresa High School (CSC) from 7:00-8:30 PM



Thursday, May 10th

-Open House from 8:00 am - 9:00 am All are welcome!

-Refreshments provided by our Catholic School Council from 8:00 - 9:25 am

-Catholic Education Week Liturgy at 9:30 am hosted by the Kindergarten Team

Bear Witness Day is about raising awareness about Jordan’s principle. Jordan was a Indigenous child born with a complex medical disease. He never was able to leave the hospital to go to his home. The Federal and Provincial governments argued about who would have to pay for his medical needs at his home. Due to the arguing, no one paid for Jordan’s medical needs and unfortunately Jordan passed away at age 5. Just because Jordan was Indigenous and lived on a reserve, he did not get health care at his house.   Students are encouraged to bring a stuffed bear and a Toonie to donate to First Nations Caring Society today. To learn more about Bear Witness Day, please visit the link below:


Friday, May 11

-Big Kid Entertainment presents Hansel and Gretel at 1:15 pm (K-6 students)

-Closing out Catholic Education Week, the 23rd Annual Choral Celebration will host choirs from several Ottawa Catholic schools, sharing selected songs with a large audience. St.Luke’s Choir will be singing at St. Paul’s High School starting at 12:00pm. All parents are welcome to attend. Reminder that parking is limited.

-Bear Witness Bingo (K-6)


ECO UPDATE: Thank you families for our first ever plastic bag grab challenge.T​he school collected 4000 plastic bags that will be sent to Trex, a company that makes garden furniture and decking out of single use plastic films.  In ​M​ay​,​we receive the results of our province wide challenge to see which school wins the ​T​rex ​B​ench and ​t​he $1000 cash prize.


Sports Update

Thank you to Mr. Bruno and to Mrs. Ellacott and Mme.Boudreau for coaching the boy’s and girl’s basketball teams! Both teams played very well and represented St. Luke with great pride. Well done!


Planning Ahead: Are you moving?

To assist us in our planning for the 2018 – 2019 school year, kindly let us know if you are moving and therefore will not be returning to St. Luke in September. Please send a note to the school, or call Mrs. Soula Pezoulas, our Office Administrator, indicating the new school which your child or children will be attending. Thank you for your help.


Kindergarten Registration

Our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening will be held on Thursday, May 17th from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Although our school board designates a week for kindergarten registration in January, we are happy to welcome and register any child at any time for full-day Kindergarten. Additional information as well as a registration package is available HERE.

Please help us inform others by telling your friends and neighbours!


Preparing for EQAO Assessment

Grade 3 and grade 6 students will be completing the EQAO Assessment this month. Please note the following dates and ensure your child(ren) are present:

Grade 3 EQAO dates: May 28th - June 1st

Grade 6 EQAO dates: May 23rd, 24th and 25th

Please have a look at the EQAO WEBSITE for additional information and parent resources.


Please note that Friday, May 18th is a P.D. Day. There is no school for students. In addition, Monday, May 21st is Victoria Day and the school will be closed. Have a great long weekend! ____________________________________________________________

A Message from our Catholic School Council

Hello St. Luke Families,

Thank you to everyone that came out to the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” workshop that was given by The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa Carleton (LDAO-C).  It was an amazing workshop that gave everyone a better understanding of what it is like to have a learning disability and how support those that have one.

Our next PRO Grant event is on May 9 at 7pm at St. Mother Teresa Catholic High School.  This is a powerful and entertaining educational school program that is designed to prevent bullying, build self-confidence & resiliency, Promote inclusion, provide and open communication platform, make goals and dreams come true and empower children.  For further information and to register, please visit

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30pm.  This is open to parents/caregivers within the St. Luke Community. We look forward to seeing you there.

Last but definitely not least, a HUGE THANK YOU to the many volunteers that have helped with the various events that we have held.  Without your support and dedication, we would not be able to run the events that we do. We, the St. Luke Community, appreciate you very much!

Thank you and have a safe and happy month of May!

St. Luke Catholic School Council

Please visit our school WEBSITE for additional information throughout the year as well as a calendar of events. Follow us on TWITTER and be sure to visit our FACEBOOK page!


St. Luke School, Nepean

60 Mountshannon Drive

Nepean, ON  K2J 4B8

Phone: 613-825-2520
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