School year marks new beginning

“The beginning of this school year offers us a new beginning at OLW. It offers new hope for work well done, new and continued friendships, for fun and learning.
“May this year help us to grow in your graces, Lord. May it bring us closer to being the persons you want us to be. May we bring your love and friendship to others.
“May no one in this school be lonely or left out. May no one suffer because of how others here treat them.
“As we begin this year in hope, in prayer, and in friendship, may you God begin it with us and stay with us throughout.”
This was the message given to students by the staff at Our Lady of the Way as they started the 2002-03 school year earlier this month.
OLW’s teaching staff this year includes Sue Vandenbrand (JK/SK), Linda Budreau (Grades 1/2), Janice Lee (Grades 3/4), and Nicole Wood (Grades 5/6).
Donna Davidson will teach Grades 7/8 on Tuesday, Thursday, and alternate Fridays while Ilene Indian will be there Monday, Wednesday, and alternate Fridays.
Patric Tougas will teach Ojibway, special ed in the mornings, and core French in the afternoons.
David Sharp is the principal.
Support staff include Eileen Armstrong (lunch/library/education assistant); Janet Ellis (lunch/education assistant), Dianna Gamsby (speech/language), Laura Haner (secretary), Elaine Medicine (education assistant), Cindy Mowe (education assistant), and Blaine Frenette (custodian).
A reminder to parents that students who are using the school computers and Internet are required to sign an Acceptable Usage Policy, which is available at the school for you to peruse.
Students will not be allowed to use the computers until this agreement has been signed and returned to the school.
In other news, a contractor has been hired to rectify the water situation at OLW, although the school is hesitant to say exactly when the water will be safe to drink.
OLW has taken all precautions possible to ensure the safety of their students and staff. Each student should have their own bottles and as the bulk bottled water is provided, their containers are filled.
Germicidal soap and/or wipes also are available.
OLW is asking help from parents by sending extra drinks with child(ren) and that everyone be patient until the situation is resolved.
Finally, OLW’s annual Terry Fox run was scheduled to be held today (Sept. 18) after mass. Everyone was welcome to attend.