Welcome to Our Lady of Wisdom School Website
Our Lady of Wisdom School serves all of the K-6 Catholic students in Chestermere. Our school motto is “Accept, Achieve, Aspire”.
We are part of the Calgary Catholic School District. Our district mission is Living and Learning in our Catholic Faith.
Our next two Volunteer Orientations will be on Friday, February 27th at 9:45am and Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00pm.
Wednesday, February 25 is Pink Shirt Day. All students and staff, as well all members of our community, are invited to wear a pink shirt on this day. This is a day set aside to raise awareness about bullying. It is a great opportunity to talk about what bullying is, and what bullying is not. It is also a great opportunity to talk about ways we can be involved, from the dangers of being a passive bystander, to the right (and wrong) ways to stand up for someone, to things we can do as parents and schools to help protect our children from being bullied (or being bullies).
A fantastic resource about bullying is the book The Bully, The Bullied, and The Bystander by Barbara Coloroso. There are also many websites that have fantastic information as well.
Please click below to see more information on the following topics:
What is Bullying
What is Not Bullying
What is the Difference Between Teasing and Taunting
How Parents Can Help Protect Their Children From Being Bullied
We began our Lenten Journey on Ash Wednesday, February 18. The liturgy was led by Mrs. Schatz pm kindergarten class and Mrs. Raposo’s grade 6 class. During this liturgy we all received ashes on our forehead in the shape of a cross. This is to remind us that we come from ashes and to ashes we will return.
Father John reminded us that Lent is like a spring cleaning for our souls. During this time we prepare to walk with Jesus on his final journey to crucifixion. As Catholics we are called to 3 things during Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. It is a time to be more prayerful and reflective, perhaps receiving the sacrament of reconciliation during these weeks. Many are familiar with the fasting, or giving up or sacrificing, part of Lent. Finally, we are called to share our time, talent, and treasure to give to others less fortunate during these weeks. We are all called to participate in our own way in Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving throughout Lent.
In February and March we will be focusing on the Community of Caring value of Caring. We launched this theme on February 4 with our BFG (Big Family Group) Activity. Working with our family groups, students talked about caring, what it looks like, what it sounds like, and what it feels like. Together they read stories about caring and watched videos about caring. Then they created a “Caring Chain”. Each student wrote on a colored paper something they will do that is caring. Examples included helping a friend who is hurt, giving a compliment to someone on their new clothes, or passing the puck to a friend to help them score their first goal. All of the papers were then linked together in a paper chain. These paper chains are hung in different places around our school and are fun to read!
Students also watched the kid president video “20 Things We Should Say More Often” You can watch the video by clicking here. We then created a banner in the foyer asking students and staff to post what they suggest are the caring things we should say more often. What would you add to the list?
On Valentine’s Day, someone in the school pulled off a major “Random Act of Kindness” by writing and distributing a valentine card to every staff and student in the building signed from “a friend”. We are still wondering who is responsible; what a wonderful example of caring in our community.
We challenge everyone to think of the ways that you can show caring in your homes, at work, and in our community.
February 11th is our next Spirit Day. Staff, students and parents who will be volunteering are encouraged to wear Red, Pink and White.
There are no classes on February 12th and 13th due to Teachers’ Convention as well as on February 16th for Family Day. Classes resume on Tuesday, February 17th. February 17th is Shrove Tuesday. As part of tradition we will be serving pancakes to students. Please note that having over 650 students means that we will be serving pancakes throughout the morning so some students may not get theirs until 10:00. Please ensure your child has a healthy breakfast so their learning is not impacted.
Jersey Day Prize Winners
Today we showed our school spirit by participating in Jersey Day! It was awesome to see so many students and staff join in the fun with their favourite team shirt. We saw shirts from all kinds of teams in sports like soccer, hockey, and football. We had a random draw from all students participating for tickets to this Saturday’s Calgary Hitmen Hockey game. Thank you to our friends at the Calgary Hitmen for their donation of tickets. Congratulations to our winners: Matteo, Alexander, and Morgan!
Parent and Trustee forums are opportunities for school councils and CSSD trustees to get together to lean and discuss important topics. The following forum is open to all parents, not just school councils. There are two opportunities: We are part of forum 2, which meets tonight, and are also welcome to attend forum 1, which meets on Thursday evening. Times, locations, and dates are confirmed below.
ANXIETY AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS
Anxiety is a normal part of being a human being serving to protect individuals from harmful aspects of the environment. Too much anxiety, however, can and does interfere with learning. In this presentation we provide an overview of how the brain responds to anxiety and how that in turn impacts learning. We will provide specific examples of what parents can do for children and youth in response to anxiety.
Sharon Friesen, PhD
Werklund School of Education
Professional & Community Engagement (PACE)
University of Calgary
Gabrielle Wilcox, PsyD, NCSP, RPsych
School and Applied Child Psychology
Werklund School of Education
University of Calgary
Forum 1 –January 29, 2015 – Bishop Grandin HS (111 Haddon Rd. SW)
Forum 2–January 27, 2015 – Bishop McNally HS (5700 Falconridge Blvd. NE)
Please click HEREto view the agenda
Wednesday, January 28th is our next Spirit Day and will be Jersey Day. Staff and students are encouraged to wear jerseys or shirts from their favourite sports team.
On Thursday, January 29th our School Council is hosting Family Movie Night. Doors open at 6:00pm. The movie Big Hero 6 will start at 6:30pm. This is a free event for families of Our Lady of Wisdom. There will be popcorn, juice and water for sale in the canteen. Please bring blankets or pillows to sit on.
We will be holding our next Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, January 22nd at 8:30am.