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Weekly Update: September 14th

“I encourage you to entrust yourselves to the Lord, who is the only one who helps & inspires us to contribute to reconciliation & peace”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

A BIG shout out to our community~ what INCREDIBLE TEAM work!

Thank you to our students for your smiles, laughter and excitement as we begin a new and very different school year! Our students did a fabulous job of learning our new routines and protocols~ helping to keep us all safe!

Thank you to our parents for following our safety protocols on the school yard both before and after school! You were ALL AMAZING!

Thank you to our virtual learners and their parents for your patience as the virtual school prepares to welcome over 4000 students on line on Monday!

Thank you to ALL of our staff for your enthusiasm, energy and excitement in welcoming all of our students and their families back to school!  

This may be a very different year but one thing remains constant ~ we are blessed to live, love and learn in this special community!

Gentile Reminders:

Class Lists & School Reorganization

For the past several weeks, school board staff have been working through a very complex process to establish classes and assign educators to those classes, both for in-school instruction, as well as remote instruction. The task has been very complicated, involving not only our school, but all 46 elementary schools across our district. Ensuring that we have qualified teachers and Early Childhood Educators in place to support both in-class and remote instruction takes time, and the hiring process has been ongoing as we continue to balance staffing needs for in-person classes as well as remote (virtual) learning classes. As a result, we have had to make changes to some of our class placements. This past week we had to reorganize classes from KDG- Gr. 2 and our Gr. 7 & 8s.  Please know that staff have taken great care in creating balanced classes.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we’ve navigated through a very challenging planning process this school year.  

Yard Supervision

Supervision begins at 8:45 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. Please remember if you are using our Kiss n’ Ride, parents must remain with your vehicle. When students arrive prior to our 8:55am warning bell, they will immediately be heading to their line up areas and lining up socially distanced with the peers from their class/cohort.  There will be no free walking or play in the main yard prior to school

All bus students- will have direct entry upon arrival using door 1.

KDG students and parents are asked to follow the directions of your child’s Educator Teams. Thank you for remembering to practice social distancing when dropping your child off.  If you need to speak with the educator team we ask you to park your car and walk your child to their designated area.

Students in gr. 1-3 are asked to come directly to their line up area as per the new protocol. Students only on the playground please, parents are NOT permitted on the main school yard

Students in gr. 4-6 will enter directly through Door 3 upon arrival (between 8:45-8:55am)

All Students in gr. 7-8 (including bus students)  will line up in their designated line up area and wait for their teacher on Monday September 14th. Beginning Tuesday, September 15th they will enter directly through Door 3, and gr. 7 & 8 bus students will then enter through Door 1.

We would ask all parents to remind their child(ren) to ensure all belongings are in their back pack when entering the building as students need to have their hands free for sanitization upon entering their designated door.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update: First Holy Communion

If your child was supposed to participate in the Sacrament of First Holy Communion last Spring, please refer to the following link from the Parish containing important information about Make up Dates:  First Communion Make Up Information

Daily Self Screening 

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. 

If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note, that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE

Lunch Time information:

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. 

As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day.   We would ask that parents and guardians provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.  

School Parking Lot

Please be advised, that the main entrance is for bus pick up and drop off only. We ask parents/caregivers to use the north parking lot only (closest to KDG area.) for dropping off and picking up students or entering the school when parking a vehicle. We would ask that the south parking lot be used for staff only. During “pick up and drop off” for arrival and dismissal, we ask all parents/caregivers to be mindful of our students’ safety and to remain behind the gate and do not enter the playground area. 

Please consider walking your child if possible, the first few weeks of school are typically very busy in all school parking lots. We would ask for your patience & smiles as we all begin a new and very different school year.


Bus Service is scheduled to begin Monday, September 14th, 2020. Parents are asked to visit for more information. Please note this year we have 14 school busses dropping off and picking up our students. Our school parking lot will be extremely busy and we need everyone’s support to ensure student safety.

At the end of the day, all bus students will remain in their classroom until their bus arrives. Staff members will supervise students until their bus arrives.  Once their bus arrives, they will be escorted by staff to their bus. Assigned seating will be provided and students are to remain in their designated seat. Please ensure that your child knows their afternoon bus route number, as this will assist us in our loading procedures.

If there is a change to your child’s after school routine, please inform your child’s teacher.

Dogs Not Allowed On School Property:

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet. Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.  

Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s ‘isolation room’ and we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. 

It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.  

Safe and Caring School

School staff will review the school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning at Canadian Martyrs Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda for gr. 1-8. We would ask you to review and discuss this with your child(ren).

School Communication

We will provide a Weekly Update, which will be posted to the school website and the link will be emailed each Sunday evening. The website will be updated frequently, including the Announcements page, where we will share good news stories. The calendar on the website can be subscribed to, so notifications can be received as dates are added.

Family Information Packages

We will be gathering our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification information as we do annually.

Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency.

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that Canadian Martyrs School strives to be a NUT FREE environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

Visitor Protocol 

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to book an appointment and complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.  

Catholic School Council Nominations *please note revised dates below

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future.  Please note that nomination forms were sent home in the Family Information Packages.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on the School Community Bulletin Board located in the front entrance of the school.  This year, elections for our 2020/2021 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

Nomination Forms Due:   Friday, September 18th  

Profiles Due (if required): Monday, September 21st

Council Elections (if needed): Thursday, September 24th

First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm

Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page. 

Promoting Well-Being

You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles – on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your child needs help.


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Looking Ahead:

“Celebration of Learning” ~ Curriculum Night
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
First Communion Make-Up Date
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day~ No School
Oct 12 all day
First Communion Make-Up Date
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
First Communion Make-Up Date
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Student Led Conferences/ Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 26 @ 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PA Day – Student Led Conferences/Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 27 all day
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