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Welcome to Week 35!  I hope everyone made the most of their long weekend, enjoying the beautiful spring weather and time with family and friends.  I also hope you recharged your batteries in anticipation of this week’s excitement. 
 
We welcome Peter Walther to the Tech Department for the next few weeks.  Peter will be lending his expertise to help students complete their year-end projects.  You can also find Peter, Keith, and students installing the new benches at the entrance to the school.  Thanks to Dave, Keith, and the senior tech students for taking on this project, and to Peter for assisting with the completion.  Please take time to welcome Peter back home to Mary Ward.
 
The Mary Ward students who represented the TCDSB at the Skills Canada Competition at RIM Park in Kitchener/Waterloo last week returned with some impressive results.  With over 1,800 students from all across Ontario competing in events in the trades and technology sectors, our students participated in 5 different events and placed in the top three in 2 of those events. Of the 9 medals that the TCDSB collected, Mary Ward took 2.  Arthur Kurek and Philip Kapera took the Gold Medal in Team Carpentry, Kyan D’Angelo took the Silver Medal in IT Software Application, Hazel Llanes finished 10th among 20 competitors in Web Site Design, Sasha Sorraine place 9th among 14 competitors in Job Skills Interview, and Raymond Fung placed 30th in cabinet making.  Congratulations to all for representing Mary Ward at this high level, and thanks to Dave, Keith, Sandra, and Nicole for preparing them for this event.  A special thanks to Nicole for accompanying and supervising the students during this three-day event.
 
Congratulations to Melvin Roxas, Mary Ward’s recipient for the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario’s Catholic Student Award 2010.  Melvin was an OASIS leader in 2008-09, an OASIS Core leader in 2009-10, a member of OKOF, the Office of Catholic Youth leadership program, and St. Barnabas Catholic Church’s Youth Group.  Melvin will be recognized along with other recipients from across Ontario on October 23, 2010 at the Father Fogarty Awards Dinner.  He is most deserving.
 
Congratulations also to Jacob Fiorino who placed 9th out of 35 students in the Geography Challenge National Final 2010.  Well done!
 
Please note the change in date for submitting units with tests is Monday, May 31.  This gives students three extra days and a weekend to complete units.  Please refer to Derek’s email for further details.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
 
The latest update from the Test Centre indicates 2 244 tests written in the month of May, bringing the yearly total to 18 455, already surpassing the 2008-09 year end total of 17 866.  Thanks to the Lucy Bomba, Angela Bufalini, and Anna Luciano for your hard work.
 
Please ensure your TAs are aware of Maureen Collie’s email pertaining to end-of-year procedures for library materials: 
1. All materials must be returned to the Library by Friday, May 28.
2. The maximum fine for overdue books is $5.00.
3. The fine for lost books is $10.00 (soft cover) and $30.00 (hard cover).
4. Student timetables will not be stamped if books or money are owing.
 
Thanks to Lynda for organizing last week’s Community Road Show.  The variety and quantity of job and volunteering programs are a good resource for our students.  Please encourage your advisees, especially your graduates, to get their Community Involvement Forms completed and submitted as early as possible.
 
The 25th Annual Wolverine Run was a great success with some impressive results.  Thanks to all staff for ensuring non-participating students remained off the course.  Thanks to the PHE Department for organizing this event, and the Special Education Department, along with Derek and Violet, for lending a hand in participating and supervising the event. 
 
The final Grade 9 OASIS Assembly and OASIS Leader Recognition Lunch were exciting and enjoyable events.  Thanks to all involved for their commitment to student leadership and dedication to welcoming and preparing our Grade 9 students.  The OASIS Committee includes Matt, Jen Hayes,  Mary Louise, Dana, John, Marion, Dave, Ryan, and Kara.  Thanks, also, to Vida for assisting with Friday’s luncheon.
If you did not have an opportunity to attend the opening of “After the Storm”, Mary Ward’s art display at Scarborough General Hospital (Lawrence and McCowan), please take time to stop by until the end of June.  The show is exhibiting the work of student artists: Alyanna Alzate, Adrian Amado, Justin Buenaflor, Nicole Caguiat, Cheryl Lee, Mariah Llannes, Michael Manalo, Sonali Menezes, Jordan Munoz, Chris Sequin, Jose Sierra, Tracie Volpe, and Eric Wong.  The senior art students selected the pieces and arranged the pieces in a very impressive and professional display.  It is well worth the visit.
 
Team Steland (Ste. Croix and Ireland) once again took the lead with 86 points in the Mary Ward hockey pool with Cerver (Cerre and F. Dever) a close second with 82 points.  However, Cerver has no players remaining so the pressure is on Rawsee (Rossi) and Emur (Emer) to challenge for top spot.
 
Congratulations to the Varsity Track Team who competed in the Metro Toronto Regionals last week.  Six athletes qualified for the Ontario Finals (OFSAA) being held at the University of Western Ontario, June 3 – 5.  Congratulations to all team members and best of luck to Ketura Mason competing in the Midget Girls 100 m, 200 m, and Senior Girls 4 x 100 m relay, Evander Cobbold competing in the Junior Boys 200 m and 400 m, Olive Alleyne competing in the Junior Girls 200 m hurdles, Claudine Palmer competing in the Senior Girls 100 m, 100 m hurdles and 4 x 100 m relay, and Sophie Angoh, Shereen Harris, and Erica Wright competing in the Senior Girls 4 x 100 m relay.  Congratulations also to Coaches D’Agostino and Davies.  Good luck at OFSAA. 
 
The Varsity Girls Flag-Football Team concluded their season last week, losing in a thrilling Quarter-Final playoff game 25 - 14, to a much physically bigger, first place, undefeated team from R.H. King C.I. The Wolverines finished the regular season in fourth place with a 2-3 record. This was a rebuilding year for the Wolverines, as there were 15 new girls added to the roster. Despite their record, the team was a mighty opponent for all, as all losses were had by the fewest of points.  Thanks to Coaches Dever and Paterna for their commitment to the team during this “rebuilding” year and for their willingness to play all their games away.  We hope to cheer them on next year on the turf field!
 
The Senior Boys Soccer Team came together with some younger talent to create a new team that demonstrated commitment, determination, and passion for soccer. The young team was a bit too green for play-off season, but the strong defensive line and firepower of the forwards shows promise for the seasons to come. Congratulations, boys, on a great season and thanks to Coaches Morra and Vecchiarelli for lending their expertise and support to the team.
 
The Girls Varsity Soccer Team also enjoyed a successful season in the tier one TDCAA league, but lost in the quarter-finals to Senator O'Connor 2-0.  Congratulations to the girls and Coaches Emer, Rossi, and Zabana.
 
Thanks to all staff who participated in professional development sessions, or took our students on trips last week: Mark, Marissa, and Amy’s HRE3M1/3O1 Places of Worship trip; Tony, Fred, and Meghan’s PPL3O1/4O1 and PAF trip to the Lake Ridge Ropes Course; Dave and Keith’s Grade 10 tech trip to RIM Park; Derek, Lee, and Lucy’s participation in OISE/UT’s Asian Heritage Month Symposium with students in the ESL class; and Karen Heisz’s Green Quest trip to Ryerson University’s Youth Water Symposium.
 
Thanks, also, to the staff that remained behind and covered areas to allow these events to happen.
 
Tuesday, May 25 is Day 2.  The Admin. Team will be having a staffing meeting in the morning, and LSSAC will meet at 3 p.m. in the Office Conference Room.  Good luck to the Girls’ Softball team and Coaches Ireland and McAlpine who play Loretto College in the quarter finals at Loretto College, and the Girls’ and Boys’ Rugby teams, along with Coach Peets, who travel to JPII for their semi-final match. 
 
Wednesday, May 26 is Day 3.  We welcome Anna Massimiano and five colleagues from Midland C.I. and Barrie Central C. I. who will be touring the school with student guides Chesca Miranda and Jarvis Noronha.  Please welcome them into your areas and be prepared to answer any questions.
 
Thursday, May 27 is a C Day.  We will follow the schedule below to celebrate our Closing Liturgy on the hill and the SAC BBQ.  Please also note that the WARD final evaluation must be completed.  Please refer to Jen Hayes’ hand-out for further details.  The members of The Planet and staff moderators Michelle Albert, Marissa, and Nicole will be recognized for their Toronto Star Newspaper Awards at the Toronto Star Press Centre, and the Book Club will meet after school.  Please see Maureen Collie for details.
 
 
Final Mass and SAC BBQ Schedule
 
A.M. TA Check-In                                     8:40 – 8:50 
Period 1                                                   8:50 – 9:30
Period 2                                                   9:30 –10:10
Period 3                                                 10:10 –10:50
Report to TA/Call Down                           10:50 –11:00
*Mass                                                    11:00 –12:10
Lunch                                                     12:10 –  1:15
Talent Show/Study Hall/3-on-3 Basketball   1:15 –  2:50
 
 
*Please note that the Test Centre will be closed for the mass
11:00 - 12:10 but will reopen for lunch and the afternoon at 12:10.
 
Friday, May 28 is Day 5.  Please remind your graduating advisees that today is the deadline for accepting university programs.  We wish Melissa Quinn a successful time at the Central Ontario Leadership Seminar at the University of Toronto – Mississauga through to May 30. 
 
 
That’s all folks. Enjoy your week!