Meet the Teacher Evening

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The school’s annual “Meet the Teacher Evening” began at 7:00

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Immaculate Heart of Mary School held its annual “Meet the Teacher Evening” (formerly known as the “Orientation Evening”) on Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. This event, which is held every year during the third week of September, is not intended to be a parent/teacher night where specific concerns about a child are discussed. Rather, it’s meant as an opportunity for parents to learn more about school policies and to give them a chance to meet informally with the teachers.

 

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Grade 8 students greeted parents as they entered the school

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The evening began in the school gym where Mr. Picklyk, the school’s principal, welcomed everyone and then invited Sister Anne Pidskalny, the school’s director to say the opening prayer.

 

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Mr. Picklyk (top photo) and Sr. Anne (bottom photo)

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Mr. Picklyk again welcomed everyone, especially all the new parents, and indicated that the school is the only Ukrainian Catholic school in the province. It’s also the longest continuous running mission of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate in the world (the school has just started its 109th year). There is currently only one Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate working at IHMS for the 2014-15 school year – Sister Anne Pidskalny, SSMI (the Kindergarten and Sadochok teacher).

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Mr. Picklyk during his presentation

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Mr. Picklyk then introduced the school’s current staff for 2014-2015, including this year’s one new staff member – Miss D. Bacon. Unfortunately, Miss Bacon was absent that evening because of illness.

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A few of the IHMS teachers sitting in the front row

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Mr. Picklyk went on to list the members of the appointed Board of Trustees. Members of the school board (the “Board of Trustees”) are not elected – they are individually selected by the school administration. Most school board members were not in attendance, and the few that were present appeared to be attending in the role as parents to meet with their child’s teacher.

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Mr. Picklyk then spoke briefly of the ongoing effort to relocate the school to the 7 acre parcel of land at 2501 Ferrier Road. Although work continues to happen behind the scenes, there didn’t seem to be anything new to report about the relocation. However, it should be noted that an organization known as “Lubov” (Ukrainian for “love”) has been created by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate to help in the capital campaign.

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lubov9 The Lubov SSMI Foundation was created to provide financial support to educate the young, provide spiritual comfort to those in need, nurture the lonely, care for the sick, and provide comfort to the elderly.

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One of the current projects that the Lubov Foundation is working on (in collaboration with the school) is a musical play entitled “The Perogy Supper Miracle” which will be playing in the newly renovated Metropolitan Theatre on Sunday, November 2nd. A few members of the IHMS community will be involved in the play, including Mrs. Stanowych (the school’s Music and Ukrainian teacher), and Nina H., a grade 7 student who was selected after auditioning in front of writer/producer Danny Schur for the part.

Click here for more information or to buy tickets to “The Perogy Supper Miracle”.

 

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Mr. Picklyk also introduced the elected members of the Parent’s Guild, with Mr. Rick Buchan as the president. Mr. Buchan spoke briefly about the role of the Parent’s Guild in the school. All parents with children enrolled at IHMS are automatically members of the Parent’s Guild. Its main role is fund-raising. Mr. Buchan asked the parents to make an effort to attend the monthly meetings, which are held at the school and are usually less than an hour in length. He also noted that free baby-sitting is provided for parents who bring their children, and that the next Parent’s Guild meeting is scheduled for October 9th.

 

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Mr. Buchan, president of the IHMS Parent’s Guild

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Next, Mr. Picklyk introduced the IHMS student council, including Josh T., the newly elected president. Josh spoke briefly about the student council’s fundraising efforts throughout the year, including the “Show and Save” coupon books currently on sale in the front foyer. The cost is $20 per book, and they will remain on sale until Monday, October 24th.

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Student council president Josh T. (top photo) and members of the student council selling “Show and Save” coupon books (bottom photo)

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Next, Mr. Picklyk talked about the school website, bringing attention to the calendar and school newsletter. The calendar and newsletter are sent home with the children each month, but can also be printed out from off of the website.

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noparking4 The  protocol for dropping off and picking up students in the back lane was addressed with a Power Point presentation. It gave a visual representation of where parents can and cannot park.  Parents are strictly forbidden from parking almost everywhere in the back lane. It’s school policy and a city bylaw. No matter how tempting it may be, parents cannot park along a neighbour’s garage, and they cannot park in front of the “No parking” signs along the fence.

Also, if a parent stops in the back lane along the side of the school, and if that parent leaves their vehicle, that vehicle is considered to be illegally parked according to city bylaws and may possibly be ticked.

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An image projected on the gym wall during the PowerPoint presentation showing parents where NOT to park

 

Mr. Picklyk then made a quick reference to some of the more important points in the student handbook, including school uniform rules, volunteering, and healthy eating practices (Halloween and Valentine’s day will be “candy free days”). Since many students at IHMS have food allergies, students are asked not to share food or bring birthday cakes to school.

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Mr. Picklyk then dismissed everyone from the gym, and parents were free to visit the classrooms. There were 2 classroom sessions, and each one was 20 minutes in length.

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Parents leaving the gym for the classroom sessions

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During these sessions, teachers gave a short presentation to the parents on the type of work they were planning to do. There was also plenty of time for the teachers to answer any questions that the parents might have about the curriculum or classroom rules.

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At the end of the evening, refreshments were served in the gym. Coffee, tea, and juice were available, as well as an assortment of baked items supplied by the grade 3 and 4 classes.

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Parents and their children enjoying refreshments at the end of the evening