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Weekly Update: September 28th

“Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past, but looks towards the future.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to ALL of our students and staff for your participation in our 1st Spirit Day ~ the school was a sea of RED, BLACK & HEARTS ~ You can definitely tell that “WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL”!

A BIG SHOUT out to all of our parents who wear masks and practice social distancing when dropping off or picking up your child each day!

Thank you to our students and staff for your participation in our Virtual Code of Conduct Assemblies ~ we were very impressed with our students thoughtful questions and insights into understanding the importance of physical distancing during outdoor mask breaks!

Thank you to our staff for all of your thought & energy in preparing for our 1st Virtual Celebration of Learning!

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing)!

Gentile Reminders:

We kindly request that parents who are using the park before or after school with their child take into consideration Public Health recommendations. Please remember you are role models for our students, your children and we need our community to support the directions the school has been given by Public Health to remain open.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update:

Parents of children in Grade 2 and Grade 7 please note this is a sacramental year for your child. Children in Grade 2 can receive First Communion and children in Grade 7 can receive Confirmation. Please note, the parish is working on the registration system and plan for these sacraments, and will communicate details regarding the plan as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the parish team is currently focused on managing the make up dates for those who missed First Communion last year. We must sort that out before we can move ahead with sacraments for this school year.

We appreciate your patience and will have information for you in the coming weeks.

Orange Shirt Day- Wednesday, September 30th

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on Wednesday, September 30th.  Orange Shirt Day annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all.

Overdue Library Books

Parents we need your help! Presently we still have 70 items that have not be returned to our school library due to school closure. We would greatly appreciate if you could take some time to look around your homes for any books that have the Canadian Martyrs stamp. ~thank you!

Catholic School Council 2020-2021

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council;

  • Jenny Baxter
  • Sheila DeSousa
  • Cindy Lewis-Caballero
  • Julie Cecconi
  • Lisa Milroy
  • Nelly Padron
  • Sandy Estrela
  • Victoria Roberts
  • Julie Tippet

Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 5th @6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend ~ if interested, please email our school secretary Mrs. Thompson (  by 9:00am on Tuesday, September 29th, and you will receive an email invite via Teams.

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Daily Self-Screening

UPDATE: On September 16, 2020, the Ontario Government released a new COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools.

COVID-19 Symptoms/Exposure Protocol

UPDATE: As of September 16, 2020, household members and close contacts of a symptomatic individual are no longer required to self-isolate. Siblings of a symptomatic student do not have to be sent home or miss school while awaiting test results for the symptomatic student.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Halton Region Public Health will notify the individual, the close contacts and the school.

Parents are able to access the Daily Self-Assessment for HCDSB students HERE.

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.  

When can a student or staff with symptoms return to school/work?

If the student or staff member is assessed by their health care provider and cleared to return to school, he/she can return to school 24 hours after symptoms have resolved. Medical notes are generally not required for return to school.

If the student or staff member is recommended for COVID-19 testing by their Health Care Provider, and the tests come back negative*, he/she may return to school after symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours, providing:

  • before returning to school.

*Proof of negative tests should not be required for return to school.

Lunch Time:

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.  

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.  

Promoting Well-Being: Family Meal Time

How do family meals impact children’s health?

Eating meals as a family is linked to better food choices and healthier weights in children. Children who regularly sit down to eat dinner with their family eat more vegetables and fruit and less fried foods, sweets, salty snacks and pop.

On the other hand, children who eat in front of the TV tend to eat fewer vegetables and fruit and more fatty foods and pop. Eating in front of the TV can also lead to overeating and a higher risk of being overweight.

Why eat together?

Tradition: Sharing meals with children helps pass along family and cultural traditions about food.

Comfort and security: Children who regularly eat meals with their family feel secure knowing when they will eat.

Learning: Sharing meals and helping with preparation helps children learn more about food. Parents are also important roles models who help children learn about how to make healthy food choices.

Communication: Sharing meals gives the family time to talk and share information about their day.

Tips on planning family meals

Make a plan. Meals should be quick and nutritious. Plan your busy weeknight meals ahead of time and buy the foods you need early in advance. Having a plan and the foods on hand when you need them can reduce mealtime stress and last minute trips to the store.

Be flexible with meal timing. When children are involved in sports or programs during mealtimes, plan to eat your meals when most of the family can be there. You can also take a breakfast, lunch or dinner as a “meal-to-go” and eat at the park, arena, pool or gym.

Involve kids in meal preparation. Kids who help make a meal are more likely to enjoy it and eat it too!

Be a good role model. Plan to serve healthy foods and have your kids see you eat them too. The more times your child sees you eating healthy foods, the more likely they will accept them.

Turn the TV off. Enjoy eating and talking with your family at mealtimes.

The bottom line: Families that eat together eat better! Eating meals together promotes healthier food choices and weights in children. Parents should provide a family meal environment that supports healthful eating. That means eating together and turning off the TV!


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Looking Ahead:

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
Halloween Spirit Day
Oct 30 @ 2:59 pm – 3:59 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
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: September 28th