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Welcome to Week 34!  We have three full weeks of school left prior to heading into our last scheduled days and tutorial days.  Your continued commitment to our students in helping them end on a successful note is much appreciated.
 
Please keep Denise Liu and her family in your prayers.  Denise graduated in 2001 and suddenly lost her mother, Rose Liu, this week.  May perpetual light shine upon Rose and may she rest in peace.  Amen.
 
Thanks to all staff and students for contributing to our civvies day fundraising collection for “Aid to Women”, and a special thanks to Wendy Cassibault for co-ordinating the event.  This year’s “Respect for Life” week posters depicted key celebrities such as Sidney Crosby with the caption, “One life can make a difference.”  I was reminded of the impact one person can have on Friday when I had the pleasure of attending a fundraising event for a group of teachers who will be travelling to Kenya in July to assist with teaching practices.  The keynote for the event was Craig Kielburger, who has certainly made a difference in the world.  I proudly listened to Craig begin his motivational speech singing the praises of the staff at Mary Ward.  Your dedication and commitment to student learning reaches far beyond these school walls, and it is important for you to know the impact you have on our young people and the consequential difference you are making in the world.  Kudos to all!
 
Congratulations to the Music Department for treating all participants to a most enjoyable 20th Annual Spring Concert.  Their patience and devotion to our students certainly shone through as they confidently displayed their talents for all to hear.  Thanks to Vince, Rick, and Maura for preparing their students to be talented performers, to Peter Hathway for his technical expertise and leadership with the student tech crew, to Len for acting as a very efficient house manager, to Eileen and Tamara for coordinating the refreshment sales and to Karen Erle, Wendy Jones, Mike Kennedy, Marg, and Jen Wisniowski for supervising students.  Thanks, also, to Anne Bolger and John Volpe for their countless hours volunteering for the band and choir, and to our volunteer tutors including Ted Cabanes, Michael Carabine, Kirk Chau, Timothy Ip, James Kalisz, Wilfred Lee, and Tobin Lew.  The night was certainly one to remember.
 
My apologies to Keith Harrison who was left off the list of instrumental people who lent their time and expertise to preparing and showing last week’s Art Show.  His help is very much appreciated, and we are fortunate to have him on staff.  Although “The Tempest” has subsided, some of the after-effects of the storm will be displayed at Scarborough General Hospital’s Art Show.  The show opens Wednesday for artists, parents, and other interested art-lovers.  Please see John Notten for further details.
 
As we continue to relish in the Mary Ward Planet’s success in this year’s Toronto Star High School Newspaper Awards, we learn that Grade 9 student Nairy Khodabakhshian, who earned 2nd place in the Column/Opinion Writing, was selected to attend a journalism writing workshop in Ottawa May 28-29.  Congratulations to Nairy, and thanks to The Planet’s staff moderators, Michelle Albert, Marissa, and Nicole for guiding Nairy and submitting her piece.
 
Senior badminton team members Raymond Fung, Eric Wong, Judy Tan, and Iris Fok represented the TDCAA at the OFSAA Badminton Championship in Stratford, Ontario.  Over two days, the boys faced stiff competition, played well, and won one game in the C draw.  Iris and Judy made it to the quarter-finals in the A draw, the highest level of competition, and won two of their four games.  This was the largest contingent of Mary Ward badminton players to participate in OFSAA, Judy and Iris being the first females to represent our school at this major provincial championship. Congratulations to the players and Coaches Albert, Largo, and Valiulis on this important Wolverine achievement, and special thanks to alumni and volunteer coaches Aaron Vaz and Daryl Lee, and Jason Li for their support at OFSAA and throughout the season.
 
Congratulations to the Varsity Track Team who competed in the TDCAA Championships last week with many Ward athletes achieving personal bests and advancing to the Metro Toronto Regionals this week.  Special recognition goes to the Senior Girls who earned top points and were awarded the TDCAA Senior Girls’ Championship banner.  Coaches D’Agostino and Davies deserve to be proud.  Special thanks to Tony for convening the two-day meet for the TDCAA.
 
Team Cerver (Cerre and F. Dever) continues to lead the Mary Ward hockey pool with 80 points.  However, their confidence has been weakened as they have only one remaining player on their roster.  Back in fourth place, we have Rawsee (the one man show of Jerry Rossi) with 67 points but five players remaining.  It will be interesting to read this week’s update from the guru in the Guidance Department.
 
This Friday, the PHE department will blow their horns for the 25th Annual Wolverine Run.  Please encourage your Grade 9 advisees to do their best and advise all other advisees that they are not permitted to be on the course or at the start/finish line.  Their encouragement can be shared prior to the event during our Extended TA sessions.  Any staff member who is available from 10 – 11:30 a.m. are asked to lend their support to the PHE department in assisting with this event.
 
Best wishes to our students who qualified to participate in Skills Canada’s provincial competition at Kitchener’s RIM Park.  Nicole will be travelling with Kyan D’Angelo, Filip Kapera, Arthur Kurek, Hazel Llanes, and Sasha Sorraine for the three-day competition.  Good luck and have fun!
 
Good luck to the Varsity Girls’ Flag Football Team and Coaches Dever and Paterna as they enter the playoffs this week.  The girls play R. H. King C. I. in the quarter-finals on Tuesday and, if (when!) successful, will play in the semi-finals at MacDonald C. I. on Thursday.  Go team go!!
 
Thanks to all staff who participated in professional development sessions, or took our students on trips last week: Len, Judy, Peter Hathway, Lee, Tamara, and Amy’s ADA 101 and 201 trips to Lorraine Kimsa Theatre, Sal, Violet, Joanna, and the Educational Assistants’ Special Program students’ trip to  St. Patrick’s Mini Olympics, Karen Heisz, Meghan, Kathy Saran, and Anna Sersanti’s participation at the OFSAA Women’s Sports School, Wendy Jones’ ESP Walk for Unity, Dave Emer’s Grade 11 and 12 trip to Local 183, Pierre, Bea, Dana, and Anna Sersanti’s SPH4U1 trip to Buttonville Airport, and Jen Wisniowski’s FSF4U1 visit to Auberge du Pommier.
 
Thanks, also, to the staff that remained behind and covered areas to allow these events to happen.
 
Monday, May 17 is Day 7 and Unit 16 Target Date.  We welcome Kathryn Kelly and colleagues from Greenwood College to learn about Mary Ward and self-directed learning.  Please welcome Kathryn and her colleagues into your areas as they tour with Grade 11 student Melissa Quinn.  Matt, Amy, and Angela escort their HRE3M1/3O1 students on the final Places of Worship trip and Tony, Fred, and Meghan travel with their PPL3O1/4O1 and PAF students to the Lake Ridge Ropes Course.  Nicole and Skills Canada Provincial qualifiers depart for Kitchener at 11:30 a.m., Canada and World Studies’ senior students participate in a debate during periods 1, 2, and 3, and there will be a jobs and volunteering programs information session hosted by Community Road Show during lunch.  Thanks to Lynda for arranging this presentation.  The Music Department hosts a parent meeting for Europe 2011 in the cafetorium at 7:30 p.m. The count-down begins!  Before leaving for the day, be sure to stop by Ward’s diamond to cheer on the Varsity Girls’ softball team in their game against Cardinal Newman.  The girls and Coaches Ireland and McAlpine appreciate your support.
 
Tuesday, May 18 is Day 8.  Keith will travel with the Grade 10 tech students to RIM Park to observe the Skills Canada Competition and Derek, Lee, and Lucy travel to OISE/UT with students in the ESL class to participate in the Asian Heritage Month Symposium.  Patricia is at a Secondary Schools Principals’ Meeting at Msgr. Fraser Norfinch.  If you did not get a chance to cheer on the Varsity Girls’ Softball team and see Coaches Ireland and McAlpine in action, you can do so as they host St. Joseph’s Morrow Park, and you can also catch the Girls’ and Boys’ Rugby teams in play at L’Amoreaux.  The girls host Senator O’Connor at 3 p.m. and the boys host Vanier at 4 p.m.  Coach Peets will be guiding and calling the plays for both teams. 
 
Wednesday, May 19 is Day 9.  Coaches D’Agostino and Davies travel to Etobicoke Centennial Stadium with the track team for the Metro Toronto Regionals.  Good luck to the athletes and coaches.  Karen Heisz will travel with four Green Quest members to Ryerson University’s Youth Water Symposium, Pierre takes the Orienteering Club to Sunnybrook Park for the GTA Schools’ Orienteering Invitational, and CSAC will have their year-end dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This is your final chance this week to catch the Varsity Girls’ Softball team in action as they host Charbonnel.  The girls and Coaches Ireland and McAlpine appreciate your support.   Please make time to cast your vote for TSU’s Executive at the Annual General Meeting at the Ontario Federation of Labour Building from 4 – 8 p.m.  Please refer to information emails sent by Mike Kennedy and Pam.
 
Thursday, May 20 is Day 10.  We will follow an Extended TA to accommodate the final Grade 9 OASIS assembly for the year.  The topic for presentation is “Now What?” and will guide our grade nine students to consider all they have learned and put it into practice for their future at Mary Ward.  All OASIS leaders, along with moderators Jen Hayes, Mary Louise, Mike Kennedy, Dana, John Notten, Marion, Dave Simone, and Kara will also be participating.  The OASIS leaders will be recognized for their contributions this year during a lunch-time celebration in the art room.  Coaches D’Agostino and Davies travel to Etobicoke Centennial with track team members for the second day of Metro Finals competition and Patricia will be at the Areas 9 and 10 Principals’ Retreat at St. Augustine.  Before leaving for the day, please support our school’s Free the Children Freezie sale, “Cool Down Kenya”.  Thanks to Maureen McAndrew for facilitating the students’ fundraising efforts.
 
Friday, May 21 is Day 1.  We will follow the modified schedule outlined below to accommodate SAC Election speeches and voting and the 25th Wolverine Run will have the girls running at 10:20 a.m. and the boys running at 11:20 a.m.  Please advise your grades 10 – 12+ advisees that they are not to be on the course or at the start/finish line.  Mike Kennedy will travel to Spencer Creek with students participating in the Ontario Youth Course Marathon Championships.  Good luck to Mike and participants in this gruelling event.  Patricia is out for her second day of the Principals’ Retreat and “Cool Down Kenya” Freezie sales continue after school.
 
SAC Election Speeches Schedule
 
Extended TA*   8:40 – 10:20 
Period 1          10:20 – 11:05
Period 2          11:05 – 11:50
Period 3          11:50 – 12:35
Lunch             12:35 –   1:20
Period 4           1:20 –    2:05
Period 5           2:05 –    2:50
 
*Two Election Speeches Assemblies in cafetorium; called by junior and senior students; One TA buddy attend each assembly
SAC will put election ballots in TA mailboxes after school on May 20; please have students vote after senior assembly
 
That’s all folks. Enjoy your week, as we look forward to our three-day Victoria Day weekend!