Dress Down Day TOMORROW (Friday, October 25th), and FORMS

Hi St. Brigid Families!

Our Halloween Fundraiser is well underway and we wanted to give you a few updates on milestones, and a request:

1.  DRESS DOWN DAY TOMORROW (Friday, October 25th)!!  Students can wear what they want to, within TCDSB guidelines.  Favorite colour(s) encouraged!

2.  Donation Forms received by TOMORROW will be counted towards % participation in the fundraiser for each class.  The class(es) with the highest % participation will get to choose Ms. Blanchet and Ms. Sobol’s Halloween costumes!!  The choices are: Elsa and Olaf; Dorothy and Toto; Thing 1 and Thing 2; and Mario and Luigi.  The kids are excited to find out who wins tomorrow – don’t forget to send yours in! 

3.  IF YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE AN ONLINE DONATION but didn’t send in an orange paper form to let us know, please do so!  Or, send in a note or email us if you no longer have the form.  There is a bit of a delay between making an online donation and it being registered on our list of donors, and we want to make sure we get the numbers right for the class participation reward TOMORROW. Thanks for your help!! 4.  To ensure we include all donors up to October 22 in the Early Bird draws, we will do those in a few days.  

Thanks again for your generosity!  Keep the donations coming!  

CSPC Fundraising Team

CSPC Halloween Fundraiser and Dance Party!

Hi St. Brigid Families!

Halloween is coming soon, and like last year, the parent council will be running a Halloween Fundraiser.  This is a “just ask” fundraiser, no selling anything, and it all ends with a dance party for the kids during school hours on Halloween day.  All funds raised will go to school-related events/items for the kids; look for the orange paper in your child’s school bag for more details!  Apart from pizza we hope this will be the only fundraiser of this type that the parent council will need to run this year – please give what you can!

As an incentive, we are offering some fun prizes:

  • EARLY BIRD DRAWS ON OCTOBER 22: $50 Cineplex gift card, as well as a few toys (thanks to Spin Master for donating the toys!)
  • Silly hat/hair day on MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, if we get to $3k by this Friday, October 18
  • Dress down day on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 if we get to $10k by Thursday the 24th
  • The class with the highest % participation (donate what you can) gets to pick Ms. Blanchet and Ms. Sobol’s Halloween costumes!

Online donations are encouraged, and if you donate online you will receive a tax receipt.  PLEASE NOTE: on the paper form that went home the online donation instructions mention a dropdown menu that says “St Brigid C.S.”.  This has been changed slightly, so the dropdown you select should say “St Brigid Parent Council”.

Lastly, we will need some help from parents with the Halloween Dance Party:

  • Decorations (donations): if you have any spare decorations to donate, please send them in to the office.  In addition to general donations, we are looking for donations of orange and black streamers.
  • Decorations (loans): if you have any larger decorations, e.g. inflatables that you would be willing to loan for the dance they could be picked up morning of and dropped off after the dance on Oct 31.
  • Volunteers: volunteers are needed for set-up/decorating on Oct 30, 7-9 PM. We also need 2-3 volunteers to help with the event itself during the day on Oct 31.  If you can help, please email stbrigidcsac@gmail.com

Thanks for your help and generosity!!

CSPC AGM – Thursday, Sept 19th

Welcome back! We hope you’ve all had a great summer. For those new to St. Brigid, welcome!

Our CSPC (Catholic School Parent Council) AGM will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm in the school library. We are looking for volunteers to join a dynamic team where the goal is to make St. Brigid the best place for all our kids! Please consider joining the CSPC.

All are welcome to attend.

Pizza lunch is now open for ordering!

The first pizza day will be next Tuesday, September 24th and you can order all the way to February 4th.  EXCEPTION: Tuesday, November 12th will be a sub day. 

Orders can be placed using Munchalunch (www.munchalunch.com/schools/stbrigid).  For returning parents, please update the teacher info for this new school year. To setup a new account, instructions to register or for ordering can be found here.

Please note that if your child misses school on a day that pizza was ordered for them we will consider it a donation to the school.

Please consider being a pizza volunteer!

It takes only 3 volunteers to help distribute up to 650 slices of pizza each week. The commitment is less than 1 hour, (10:30am-11:20am) on Tuesdays.  You can sign up here!

End of Year Thank You’s!

Dear St. Brigid Families,
That’s a wrap! Thanks to everyone for supporting, participating and volunteering at all our CSPC initiatives this year!!  We couldn’t do it without you!!
Big shout out to:

– All the weekly Pizza/Sub Day volunteers

– Daily snack program volunteers

– Mr. Mould’s Skate Day volunteers- Halloween dance volunteers

– Ping Pong night volunteers

– Pancake Tuesday volunteers

– STEAM night volunteers

– Everyone that came to the CSPC meetings

– Fun Fair volunteers…especially the small, but mighty sub-committee

– All the student volunteers!  Especially for Fun Fair, STEAM night and all the babysitters!

…And all the family members & babysitters that help behind the scenes so volunteers can help our school!

More specific Thank You’s for recent events:

Staff Lunch – June 21

On Friday, June 21st, we held our annual St Brigid Staff Appreciation Luncheon.  It was a smashing success! Thank you to all the food, drinks, and money contributions – we had a beautiful spread with ample amounts to serve everyone and more! 

We also said good bye and presented parting gifts to Mrs. Wakeham, Mrs. Cuthbert, Signora Cataldo, and Mr. Hogan on behalf of St. Brigid’s parent community. They’re going to be missed and we wish them all the best. All the staff were also given an herb plant for the summer. 

The teachers and staff genuinely expressed their sincere thanks and we wish you were all there to see it.  Your generous contribution made it all possible, thank you so much for your effort. 

Please see below for some photos of the event, and to see the awesome caricature of Mr. Hogan drawn by grade 8 parent Elaine P.  Thanks so much for doing that on short notice, Elaine!! 

Fun Fair

Our annual Fun Fair was held on Friday, June 14th.  The weather held out and we were blessed with a successful Fun Fair!  Thank you to everyone that came out to the Fun Fair!  

And a special thank you to: 
1) RBC – Mark and his volunteers contributed their time and energy and also made their annual $1,000.00 financial contribution!

2) Davidson’s Valu Mart – for donating drinks!

3) Steve’s Quality Deli & Meats – For a discount on their burgers and for doing the BBQ’ing and prep for our Fun Fair!

4) Spin Master Toys – for their donation of toys, and Chiung-Ling Sararas for arranging it!

5) Elizabeth Rowe – for donating and prepping all the popcorn!  

6) Carter’s Ice Cream – for their prize donation

7) Silly Goose Kids – for their prize donation

8) IGS Computer Systems – for their raffle donation

9) Oaks ‘n Acorns – for their raffle donation

10) Little Robot Friends – for their raffle donation

11) Lisa Feil Payne, Chartered Professional Accountant – for her raffle donation

12) Manalco Constuction – for the silent auction donation

13) Flourishing Sprouts – for the raffle donation

14) All the St. Brigid families that donated to the Silent Auction, Mason Jars, Bake Sale, Raffle, blue and white sale, etc! 

15) Ms. Blanchet, for donating the most popular raffle prize of all – VP for a day!

16) Mrs. Holder, Mrs. Ross and Ms. Blanchet, for baking cakes, organizing the cake design contest, and decorating with each grade

17) Kristen Hawkeswood and Julie Mastrantonio, for making all the cotton candy ahead of the Fun Fair

18) All the volunteers on the day of, especially the AMAZING student volunteers

19) Mr. Hogan and Ms. Blanchet, for their support, and the teachers who helped run the recognition ceremony

20) The Fun Fair committee!

We raised over $7000 that will go towards playground improvements, and the grade 8s raised about $1000 for their grad festivities!

Fun Fair – Friday, June 14th!

Fun Fair 

Our annual Fun Fair is Friday, June 14th from 5pm to 8pm, rain or shine! We are excited for what we have planned for this year including games, inflatables, “see and touch” display of interesting animals, recognition ceremony for our school teams, and so much more.

How can you help contribute to its success? Here are 5 ways:

1. Donate your time. We need 60+ volunteers the day of the fun fair for set up, helping with games, selling tickets and clean up. The shifts are one hour in length. Please email Shelley Dempsey at shellers_ca@yahoo.ca by FRIDAY, MAY 31 or sign up here. 

2. Donate gift cards in denominations of $5-$10/card for the raffle. We are putting together two “gift card baskets”, one for young children (eg. Silly Goose, Mastermind, Carters Ice Cream) and one for older children (eg. Face to Face Games, Pizza Nova, Indigo, Cineplex etc). Drop off your gift cards (or cash and we will buy the gift cards) at the office to the attention of Lisa Payne by FRIDAY, MAY 31. Or you can contact Lisa directly lisapayne@sympatico.ca.

3. Donate your navy and white clothing to the Navy and White Sale. Please launder any donations and drop off at the office by FRIDAY May 31. The sale takes place in the gym and all items sell for $2 each.

4. Donate your clutter. Take a jar (clean, recycled jars are good) and fill it with treasures/trinkets. This is a fun one, be creative! Examples from past fairs are jars filled with lego pieces, art supplies, buttons, candy, Magic cards etc. Bring jars to the office the week of JUNE 10th. 

5. Donate baked goods for the bake sale. Do you have a nut-free recipe that everyone loves? Make a batch for the bake sale. Bring in baked goods the day of the fun fair, FRIDAY, JUNE 14th! All proceeds will go to the Grade 8 graduation.

**NEW THIS YEAR**  You can pre-purchase your tickets (in packs of 22 for $20) online at MunchaLunch!  Go to the “Fundraising Open” top menu item and select the quantity of sets (22 tickets per set) you would like.  Pay as you would for pizza lunch!  Your pre-paid tickets will be ready for pickup at the pre-purchased ticket table on the day of the Fun Fair.  Advanced ticket sales will end on Monday, June 10th.  Sorry, no refunds.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on June 14th.