May I wish you all a blessed, safe and prosperous 2020. Students are now well into their regular routines. Grades 8 to 12 exams commence Thursday, January 23. I encourage you to speak with your son or daughter and help him/her develop a realistic plan of study that will adequately prepare them to do their best. Please see “ Study Skills Tips” in this newsletter.
The teachers are available to provide extra support. Encourage your child to take advantage of this offer. Please have your child attend Study Hall before or after school to prepare for exams.
We look forward to meeting prospective students and their parents at 7:00 p.m. for our Public Open House on Wednesday, February 5 ( grades 7-12) and on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. (K-6). Please tell your relatives and friends about this opportunity.
Our Basketball teams will commence their regular season play in early January. Good luck to all of our Basketball players. We encourage you to come out and cheer on our squads, Go Patriots!
Nick Sagriotis, Vice Principal (7-12)
Volunteer at St. Maurice
Parents and other adult volunteers play important roles in many areas of the school’s effective operation. Parent volunteers are involved in helping to supervise field trips, acting as coaches for sports teams, helping out at special events, etc. Parents are required to make prior arrangements with the teachers or the administration in order to volunteer at the school. All visitors to the school (including parent volunteers) must report to a school office immediately upon entry.
All adults who wish to volunteer in the school must obtain a Child Abuse Registry Check form from either of the school offices and return the completed form to the school office for processing well in advance of their volunteer work in the school. There is no charge for this check when submitted by the school for its volunteers. It may take up to 6-8 weeks for the process to be completed by the proper authorities, so please complete the required paperwork as early as possible. A cleared Child Abuse Registry Check will be held as valid for three years for volunteers. Please call to speak with or to leave a message for Ms. Johnson (204-453-4020) if you wish to determine when your previous Child Abuse Registry Check submission will expire; she will call you back with the date by which you must renew your check.
Adults wishing to volunteer at St. Maurice School are invited to leave their name and area of interest with Mrs. Langstaff or Mr. Lomonaco for sports, Mrs. Jorgensen for the Library, or Mrs. Oneschuk for all other volunteer opportunities.
The SMS Parent Guild is always seeking volunteers for their events and activities … contact the Guild by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website at https://www.stmauriceparentguild.ca/
Huge thanks to all those who have volunteered in the past! This year’s students and staff look forward to having you as a volunteer too!
Speech and Debate News
Senior Division – Grades 10-12
This year’s senior debate club consists of the following members:
Vaibhav V., Esha K., Victoria R., Melani F., Raj G., Muleya M., Marvelous A., Chanda M., Adi C. and Marco R..
In the first half of the year St.Maurice participated in three tournaments, which included:
· The Rupertsland Tournament, where both Melani and Vaibhav earned top 10 finishes in debating. In addition, Melani qualified for the National Public Speaking Contest and Vaibhav captured first place in the Impromptu category.
· At The Garden City Invitational Tournament, the team of Marvelous and Chanda placed 2nd in the Novice Category, While Raj earned a top 10 finish in the Open category.
· Finally, at this year’s 42nd Annual Senior Douglas Campbell Public Speaking Contest, (hosted by St. Maurice), award winners included Esha, who secured the Silver medal in Poetry and Peroration, with her grade 12 colleague Vaibhav capturing the Silver medal in Impromptu speaking.
Our senior speakers and debaters are looking forward to a much needed holiday and the second half of the competition season, which will re-commence in February.
Mr. Shaun McCaffrey,
Head Coach – Speech and Debate