Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Pizza Lunch

Pizza Lunch

Our next Pizza Lunch will be this Wednesday December 18th, 2013. 

Please note the week of January 6th, a new pizza order sheet will be going out to students for the months of March to June.  Due date for those orders will be February 7th, 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all staff, students and parents of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Thank you OLMC CSAC

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Parents Newsletter January

November Minutes

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Catholic School Advisory Committee

Draft Minutes : November 6, 2013

Attendees (in order of sign in sheet): Monica Corazza, Shannon Coulson (teacher rep), Vicky Walker (VP), Josephine Zappa, Michelle Grineau, Diane Luu, Emily Stramacchia, Kelly Marietti, Jennifer Palko, Claudia Armstrong, Gloria DiMario, Kevin Bellaire, Candice Fader

ABSENT: Lisa Saab, Jennifer Pavao

6:08 – Meeting called to order.  Vicky began with a prayer

Agenda – Approved by Josie Zappa.  Seconded by Claudia Armstrong

Minutes from October - Approved by Emily Stramacchia.  Seconded by Josie Zappa

Principal’s Report – Kevin Bellaire

·         Outdoor Classroom and Blessing Ceremony

Very smooth plant day.  ERCA was outstanding.  Father Mike and Mr Mike Seguin (superintendent) were in attendance.  Jan Geffs did a tremendous amount of work on the school end to plan and organize the day of the plant and the ceremony.

·         Bus evacuation was successful and ran smoothly with so many buses available.

·         Numeracy Pals PILOT began at OLMC on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school (for grade 3 and 4 students).  Presented by a trained tutor volunteer.  Must present program as instructed.  Numeracy pals goes for six week long rotation.  Partners are made based on abilities, not grade. Questions presented by CSAC – is long division being presented?  Review of material – Mr Bellaire will look into the presented material.

·         Boys soccer team won the “A” Division championship

·         Oct 30 – Bishop Fabbro talked openly with the grade 5 and grade 6 classes, and answered questions that were presented by the students.  Well received presentation

·         Oct 31 – Spirit Assembly went well with slight technological difficulties

·         Nov 4 – ALL staff received EPI Pen training

  •   Enwin is to present on Nov 6 (Wednesday) to the entire school (grade appropriate presentations)
·         Nov 7 – Early Years Training all day, all ECE’s and teachers to attend

·         Nov 8 – IB program from Assumption will present to the Grade 8 students

·         Nov 11 – Muskoka Woods Presentation for grade 8 students (OLMC attends Muskoka in the springtime)

·         Nov 11 – Progress reports go home: Nov 13 – Interview night.   Teacher’s will send home interview request forms earlier to make scheduling easier.  JK/SK will have open concept classroom visits

·         Nov 18th – Grades 3-6 will attend a Numeracy Workshop

·         Nov 25th – Holy Names High School will present to grade 8 students re: Pathways for their academic success

·         Nov 27 – Holy Names High School will return to present to the grade 7 students re: Career choices, background, knowledge...

QUESTION : How do Parents get this Information?
ANSWER: Holy Name High School offers a Parent Information Night to give parents opportunity to see the high school pathway options.

·         Nov 28th – Immunizations (Hep B, HPV)

·         Busses at dismissal are now lined up in 2 staggered lines that reduces the amount of adults cutting through and prevents cars from exiting OLMC prior to the buses.  Seems to be safer and more efficient.  Mrs Coulson noted the 2 bell system is much better, safer and offers opportunity to get more “Classroom Housekeeping” completed

MIX UP – Oct 31, 14 kindergarten students missed a bus due to an assembly, rain and an Occasional Teacher in the class.  All was cleared with the parents and bus company.

Treasurer’s Report :Josie Zappa

A detailed Fiscal Statement was presented to the CSAC for the last year (as of July 31, 2013)

A detailed Halloween Social financial statement was presented.  A profit of $925.40 was made.  No reservation or deposit for the Ciociaro Club has been made (Often $500.00 deposit) at this point.  Members are looking into other venue locations at this time.

An October report was presented – Balance of $32 472.09 as of October 31, 2013-11-06

Chairperson Report

·         Emily asked how to spend the Canadian Tire Money from the house league containers.  CSAC decided to spend it on outdoor equipment – PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

·         Harvest Fresh Update – For the entire 2012-2013 year, $58 614 was spent on Harvest Fresh meals.  CSAC received $2920.00 back (%5)  CSAC will look into other options for the school in order to generate more income and provide new choices for our students

·         HARD STOP ON ALL MONEY ORDERS (PIZZA, HARVEST FRESH, ETC) WILL NOW BE ENFORCED (Special Exceptions  made for new students enrolling in OLMC)

Michelle Grineau asked CSAC to look at St Anne’s French Immersion School’s Blog.  The CSAC’s blog is much more detailed and we could use this as a model.

·         Kelley M brought forth magazines that are now posted on the blog. 

·         There is a parent committee within WECDSB that deals with grants, information, etc.  Positions are open (However, deadline was extended due to the fact that our meeting was now)

·         Halloween Social – 165 adults                     159 kids       We had many donations and a lot of help.  As brainstorming occurred to boost teacher participation, it was suggested to offer a gift certificate to spend in the classroom for best costumed teacher.  ALSO – EARLIER NOTIFICATION OF SOCIAL (perhaps in June).  Also – teacher’s may be invited after dinner to just drop in.  There needs to be some altercations to the flyer to include end time, DRY event, and student’s must be accompanied by an adult.  We made twice the amount of money on ticket/raffle.

Pizza Lunches – Michelle Grineau

·         2 stations throughout the school

·         Should run much smoother

·         A few complaints re: Warm Juice.  Juice has never been refrigerated so will continue to serve juice as is. 

·         Extra pizza will be served in the staff room

**  Craft Lunches will begin in January  **  Police Clearance is needed.  $20.00 with a letter from Mr Bellaire

It was suggested that grade reps should present themselves to the teachers that they are representing.  They should also have a clear understanding of what their role is.

By-Laws need to be reviewed and adapted to suit our needs.  This will be done in December


Our last Principal Profile was created in 2005.  All members are to submit ideas to Monica Corazza via email so she can compile a new profile for December.  Monica asked that all submissions be in by Nov 15, 2013

Fundraisers – School Fundraisers should reflect student Achievement if that is the priority of the Annual Learning Goal for OLMC.  Technology is the way that education is moving, more money will be given to this to “enrich learning”. 

Since many parents are unclear of how technology can support education, it was suggested that Mr Angus have an open concept library to show some of these apps that support education on the IPads that were purchased from CSAC during the parent-teacher interviews.  Mr Bellaire will look into this idea.

CSAC needs to identify main fundraisers and when they are happening – Are we to do separate fundraisers or a joint fundraiser with the school?

Sub-Committee may need to happen in order to gather information of different ideas.

Budget Issues – need to have a clear goal for money

·         As in previous years, CSAC may donate money to two different schools.  It was suggested to donate to new schools that have not received funding.  Some schools that are in need are:

*St . John’s, St Angela, St Jules, OLPH, Our Lady of Lourdes, *Immaculate (*= 2012 recipients)

A decision will be made in December

Meeting Brought to a close by Emily at 8:40 – Seconded by Monica Corazza at 8:40

Monday, 18 November 2013

Pizza Lunches

2nd Pizza Lunch of the Year

Our next Pizza Lunch will be this Wednesday November 20th.  
Thank you to all our OLMC families for making this fundraiser a success.  Last month 77 Pizzas and 410 cinnamon sticks were supplied by Capri Pizzeria.

Thank you to all volunteers behind the scenes collecting and counting the orders and those who volunteer their time to come out to serve the pizza.  A special thanks to all staff and students for their continued support of this fundraiser.

A special thanks, to Kelly and Mary Anne, who just this year retired their duties as Volunteer Pizza Lunch Organizers.  Well over 800 pizzas were served by these two ladies last year alone.  Thank you for your years of commitment to OLMC.  

For those parents who wish to volunteer for Pizza Lunch or Craft Lunches, please leave your name and number at the office.  

Thank you OLMC CSAC (Catholic School Advisory Council)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

CSAC – Catholic School Advisory Committee

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Minutes of Meeting: Monday October 7, 2013

Attendees (In order of Sign In): Kevin Bellaire (Principal), Vicky Walker (Vice Principal), Kelly Marietti, Diane Luu, Claudia Armstrong, Monica Corazza, Josephine Zappa, Jennifer Pavao, Emily Stramacchia, Michelle Grineau, Gloria DiMario, Lisa Saab

ABSENT: Shannon Coulson (teacher rep), Candice Fader

 6:05 – meeting called to order.  Vicky Walker began with a prayer
Kevin Bellaire addressed issues regarding the elected chair (Monica Corazza).  Due to a conflict of interest (a board employee), two co-chairs were elected to work collaboratively on CSAC – Emily Strammachia and Kelly Marietti.  This amendment would replace the position of Vice-Chair for the year, and bylaws would be addressed next meeting.  Monica Corazza has accepted the position of secretary (formerly Kelly Marietti’s position).  All in attendance agreed with the change.  Passed

Minutes Reviewed- some changes to corrected – Halloween Social from 2012 has an overall loss of $75.00 due to the $500 deposit for the 2013 Halloween social.

-       Kevin Bellaire is the new principal – not “present”

After those changes, the minutes were approved unanimously and Accepted.

Principal Report – OLMC is up to 8 buses this year (from 7 last school year) and we are using two different companies.  Some glitches are still being worked on (parents trying to cut through parked busses, parents trying to cut off busses at dismissal), but with time and monitoring, dismissal is improving

-       Tree plant by landscaping company (Classic Landscaping, uncle of Saab family)

Will occur on Wednesday Oct 16, and the school wide tree plant will happen (with assistance of ERCA and Mrs Geffs) on October 17.  The morning is the plant and the afternoon is slotted for mulching.  The specific details have yet to be finalized. The City of Windsor is currently being contacted to deliver tree logs for seating of the outdoor classroom.  DAD’s are being encouraged to help pound in the posts from 3:30 until done.

-       Thursday prior to Thanksgiving is the Mass at school.

-       OLMC has been informed that an audit will be held during the near future.  All fiscal information must be disclosed (including CSAC)  Josie Zappa has passed all documents to Mrs Walker on behalf of OLMC

-       PA Day – October 11th (teachers are off site, support staff on site)

-       October 29th – Cross Country Meet at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Malden Park

-       October 30th – Bus Evacuation Drill for entire student population

-       November 4th – Epi Pen on-site training for staff

-       November 11th- Progress Reports going home

-       November 13th – Parent-Teacher interviews

-       4 students have received IPADs for their academic success.  Mr Angus and classroom teacher will help with the transition

-       November 6th – ENWIN utilities will be doing 4 presentations (Grade appropriate) regarding conservation and safety of our utilities


Treasurer’s Report – as of 30/09/2013 (Prepared by Josie Zappa)

Balance (as of Sept 30, 2013)             $14, 387.34

Books Balance                                       $15, 550.34

Outstanding chq #65 (minuteman press)     78.82
Outstanding deposit (HST rebate)     $  1, 241.82
                                                           $14, 387.34

Mr Kevin Bellaire had clarified the role of CSAC – an advisory panel of parents that will assist by acting in the best interest of our schools.  All decisions must be approved by the principal (on behalf of WECDSB) after careful discussion with CSAC.  We are to work as a team.

Pizza Lunches

Michelle Grineau is organizing volunteers for the Wednesday Pizza lunches.

-       501/640 students participated in Pizza Lunches

-       SCAC will cover the cost for 5 students who need financial assistance. Those student names will not be made public.

It was agreed as a council to welcome all parents who are willing to assist (with last year records as well) to help. No criminal record checks needed because there is not a direct interaction with student. Harvest Fresh will also have volunteers helping in classrooms in order to speed up the process to ensure that teachers get their 40 minutes of lunch.  Craft Lunches do require a police record check.

Harvest Fresh – Emily Strammachia will be collecting and tallying Harvest Fresh orders.  Kevin has requested a breakdown and Emily will ask Harvest Fresh for documents.

Hallowe’en Social Report (Lisa Saab)

-       Flyers to go out this week $16/adult  $8/student   Under 3 = free
-  the MAGIC CLOSET is donating a party as a door prize
-       Cupcakes are needed (Betty Crocker + frosted prior to party)
-       Linda D’Alosio will be decorating and setting up hall
-       DeGooey’s nursery is able to get us pie pumpkins at $1.00 / pumpkin. Motioned by Emily Stramacchia to purchase them on behalf of CSAC, seconded by Jen Palko – Passed Unanimously
-       Suggestions made to ensure that music is appropriate (radio versions)
-       Donations are STILL WELCOMED (Diane Luu was able to bring in 2)
-       Jen + Kelly asked for $150 allowance for basket raffle (as last year)  Motioned by Kelly M, Seconded by Josie Z - Passed Unanimously

Bylaws & Principal Profile

The Council was given a drafted bylaw document to review (a collaborative document from various Catholic schools) and change or alter as we see necessary next meeting.  A Principal Profile update is also required and Mr Kevin Bellaire will look into this to find OLMC’s past document to model.

 The secretary will attempt to send out the draft minutes with ample time to correct it in order for each monthly meeting to review and accept the minutes as presented.

Other Business

 Spitfire Day – January 16, 2014

-       Ideas of 28 students carrying the flag and perhaps the choir singing

-       5:30 pm tailgate room (DRY EVENT) with pizza, snacks and pop

-       Ticket sales begin at end of NOVEMBER

 Bestseller Books were presented as a fundraising ideas.

 Meetings 1x/month – TUESDAYS – 6:00pm

 Next Meeting: Tuesday November 5th, 2013

 Motion to Adjourn – Jennifer Palko, Seconded by Lisa Saab   8:05p.m.


Hallowe'en FunFest Video

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013


The Flower Sale went very well.  Thanks to all who supported our Parent Council and their continued efforts.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013



Hello OLMC Families,

The OLMC Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) has some new and exciting updates that we would like to take the time to share with you …

Our PAC has recently voted to improve our outdoor space to make it more enjoyable and accessible to our children.  This initiative involves the mulching and tree planting of 3 specific areas, the creation of an outdoor classroom, numerous new seating areas consisting of benches, logs and rocks, 2 new junior soccer fields and a beautiful walking trail.

Please take the time to visit our PAC bulletin board located at the front of the school for a detailed plan as well as regular updates and progress reports.

We will also be replenishing the classroom bins with outdoor activities such as soccer balls, basketballs, chalk and other outdoor items.  If you would like to donate any new or gently used items to help in this area, please drop them off in the office.

There will also be some upgrades to the technology in the school beginning in the fall.  Our tech-team will be advising the PAC as to the needs necessary to keep our children as updated as possible.

We are pleased to offer our families the opportunity to fundraise with us in our Flower Sale.  We will be sending home an order sheet shortly with flowers available for purchase through De Goey's Nursery … please watch for this information to come home soon.

Mark your calendars for June 6th !!
We are so excited to be holding our first annual Bowl-A-Thon.  Come out and support us and have some fun … details will be coming soon

PAC would like to thank you once again for your tremendous cooperation and support throughout the year.  

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Minutes from February 5, 2013 Meeting

Attendance; Rita Pallisco, Vicky Walker, Danielle Bonnevie, Kelly Russett, Monica Corazza,
Emily Stramacchia, Romina Tortola, Josephine Zappa, Lisa Saab, Michelle Grineau, Kelly

Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 by Kelly Russett

Minutes from January approved by Emily Stramacchia, Seconded by Josephine Zappa

Vicky opened with a prayer

 President s  Report

   Concerns brought to the attention of our PAC president regarding the parkway
construction (Pollution/Traffic). Kelly wrote to the DRIC inc and received a response that basically addressed the fact that there was no more damage done than normal. No Noise barrier is necessary or warranted.  Rita and Vicky stated that once the construction continues and is more visible toward the students, reminders about safety and stranger danger will continue. Environmental contact is KATIE DICKS – 1-877-937-5929
   Teresa Tomeo was well received from the Holy Names family of schools. She is scheduled to return in April to continue discussions of Media Influences, however it will be a parent only evening.

 Treasurer s  Report

   Balance as of January 31 $23 433.18 Only thing to still be removed from account
is the $600 for the two schools from Christmas time.

 Principals  Report

   OLMC blog is up and running (411 visits to date)
   Reports go home, followed by Parent-Teacher interviews Feb 7th
   P.A Day – staff is receiving training in Mental Health issues in children (focus: Anxiety), bullying and accessibility for school communities
   3 new moms on staff: Mrs. Prestia (girl), Mrs. Bakic (boy) and Mrs. Keane (son)
   Ms. Massara – recovering from surgery
   JK registration is in planning mode. All suggestions were considered and are used for the new JK registration format. Idea: Passport to Education.

Mascot, choir, iPad station and Translators are all expected to create a welcoming environment.
   Ash Wednesday – launch of coin drive for a school in Tanzania. Mass is at 2:00pm
   Basket Bonanza will return the week before Easter
   3 issues of Bullying from Dec-Jan  Dealt with by administration
   Walking path b/w our yard and Mitchell Cres to be checked by City for safety of students (Icy) – call 311 if dangerous

Other News

   WWJD – Wednesdays
   Vicky Walker is in process of going through Grant information and begin application process (TD, Toyota, Scotts Miracle Grow)
   Craft Club – 136 kids in total HUGE SUCCESS
   Discussion held about SK readiness for Gr 1due to conversations on the street about Full Day Learning. Concluded with discussion is welcomed by JK/SK teachers once a time is scheduled
   Lice? – if a student is affected, note is sent to entire class and Rita checks class and siblings.
   Sanitation of desks at lunchtime? – discussion about handwashing importance.
   Sign In + Visitor Sticker is still in force
   Fundraising committee is still meeting in order to create opportunities to raise funds in order to improve our school yard
   To encourage a positive cougar attitude / Future Possibilities:
   Valentine Father Daughter Dance – 2014
   Teacher/Parent Events (games, etc...)

Meeting called to a close by Emily Stramacchia Seconded by Lisa Saab 8:05 pm