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Welcome Back Part 2: September 3rd

“The love of Christ, welcomed with an open heart, changes us, transforms us, and makes us able to love.”

Pope Francis


A very special welcome to our new families that are joining our school community!

Please join in me in welcoming the following new staff; Ms. Razniewski, who will be joining our EA Team, Ms. Quinn, who will be replacing Mrs. Schmidt as one of our SERTs & as a .5 PTM, Mrs. Silveira, a DECE joining Ms. Mascarenhas in KDG,  Ms. Langdon in Gr. 1, as Mrs. Christie is on a leave, Ms. Clasen in Gr. 2/3 as Mrs. Toole is on leave, Mrs. Howard in Gr. 4/5, Ms. Paone in Gr. 6, and  Ms. Macdonald in Gr. 3, as she is returning from Maternity Leave.

Thank you:

Thank you to our AMAZING teaching staff who have been in all week preparing a safe & special learning space for your child(ren)!

Thank you to Mr. Silveira, our custodian, who has been ensuring that we have followed all COVID Protocols! The school looks FABULOUS!

Thank you to Mrs. Thompson, our school secretary, who has been ensuring that we have all class lists up to date and that we have a smooth start to the school year!

Thank you to our FANTASTIC EA Team who have been assisting with opening procedures!

Thank you to ALL of our Canadian Martyrs’ Families who have been extremely patient & supportive as we begin a new & another different school year !

Gentile Reminders:

Gradual Return to School for All Students Learning In-Person
We will be easing into the new school year by welcoming students back to school in smaller groups, on September 7 and 8. 

The following schedule will apply for all schools

Tuesday, September 7th        All in-person gr. 1-8 learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school.  At secondary, all other students (remote learners AND in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will be learning remotely from home). 
Wednesday, September 8th          All in-person gr. 1-8 learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will come to school.  At secondary, all other students (remote learners AND in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will be learning remotely from home).
Thursday, September 9th                ALL in-person learners (Grades 1 – 8, 9 – 12) will come to school. 

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education. 

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school:

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students will bring back and forth to school each day. 

Please note, we will be providing A Student Screening Log, that will be stapled into the front of your child’s agenda for your to sign off. On your child’s first day of school, please provide written confirmation that your child has passed the daily screening. You are welcome to print & complete the following form:

First Day Procedures: Gr.1-8

Only one parent will be permitted to enter onto our main school yard to assist your child in finding their teacher. Parents must wear a mask when on school property.

Teachers will be holding up a sign with their name on it in your child’s line up area.

Parents are reminded to MODEL and encourage social distancing expectations.

Parents are asked not to congregate on the other side of the fences that fence off our main yard

Parents are asked to leave the school property immediately after their child has found their teacher and line up area.

Once the teacher has all of his/her alphabetical group for that first staggered day they will lead the class into the school and immediately conduct hand hygiene upon enter the classroom

The best way that you can prepare your child for their “first day”, is to tell them that once you have guided them to their teacher, that you will be immediately leaving as instructed by the Principal.  We have been reminded by Public Health to ensure we do not have large groups of parents congregating.  We appreciate that many of our families may not have seen each other for a long time, However we want to ensure that we can keep all students, staff AND parents healthy. 

After this first staggered entry day, parents are reminded that they are not permitted on the main school yard, between 8:45-3:30pm.  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 their class for Gr. 1-3. Students in gr. 4-8 will enter Door 2 beginning at 8:45 and all Bus Students will enter Door 1 and head to their classrooms. KDG students will enter the KDG gate beginning at 8:40am. Parents are reminded to please park your vehicle and walk your child to the gate.  There will be no free walking or play in the main yard prior to school or after dismissal.

Kindergarten Students

Year 1- JK Kindergarten

Orientation interviews for Year 1 Kindergarten students will take place on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

Staggered entry for Year 1 Kindergarten students will take place on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, 2021. 

All Year 1 Kindergarten students will begin Monday, September 13, 2021.  

Year 2-SK Kindergarten  

Orientation interviews for Year 2 Kindergarten students who are new to the school will take place on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 

All Year 2 Kindergarten students will begin school on ThursdaySeptember 9, 2021

Your child’s teacher will be contacting you this week, if they have not already done so.

Wearing of Masks at School 

Medical masks will be worn by all school staff.   

All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. All considerations for mask exemptions must be reviewed and discussed with the school principal.

Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway, while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding where they will keep their mask when they are outside (ie. pocket, pouch, Ziploc bag)  Upon entering the building, after outside recess & lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal. We would ask that parents take some time to review and practice this routine with your child.

Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – Tip Sheet  

School Bells:

Our bell times have been changed to allow for smaller groupings outside.

Morning Recess:

10:20-10:35 am Gr. 5/6-8

11:00-11:15 am Gr. 1-4/5

Lunch Recess will take place from 11:55-12:55pm

Gr. 5/6-8, will eat from 11:55 to 12:25 and then go outside for the first 30 mins.

Gr.1-4/5 will go outside from 11:55-12:25 and then come inside to eat lunch from 12:25-12:55.

Christian Meditation begins at 1pm for our students in gr. 1-8.

Afternoon Recess:

2:15-2:30pm Gr. 1-4/5

2:35-2:55pm Gr. 5-8

*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.  

Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.  

Considerations for Lunch Prep: 

  • Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.  
  • Sharing food items will not be permitted. 
  • Reusable water bottles are encouraged. 
  • Thank you for your understanding as we limit the number of visits and contacts to our school community to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. 

Student Transportation Schedules

Student transportation will begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 for students with a last name starting with A-K.

Access to student transportation schedules is now available through the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) Parent Portal.

Once you have an account, you will need to add your student using their 9-digit Ontario Education Number (OEN). 

 *Note: If your child has not been assigned an OEN (ie. Kindergarten student) and is eligible for transportation, you would have received a phone call between August 23 – 27 providing you with the transportation schedule. If you did not receive this phone call, please contact HSTS.

 For Parent Portal instructions, please click here.

 Important Notes

Non-medical/cloth masks or face coverings are mandatory for all students while on the bus. 

As the Ministry of Education recommends reducing the number of students on the bus where possible, courtesy seats will not be offered at this time for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students will be assigned seats for the 2021-2022 school year. Seat assignment information will be communicated by your child’s school, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation.

Transportation Resources for Elementary Students

We encourage families of elementary students to view the following videos to learn about school bus safety during COVID-19:

 Kindergarten – Grade 3 students 

Grade 4-8 students

 For more information and resources related to COVID-19 and transportation, please see COVID-19 Transportation Information.  For all other transportation information, please visit

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS)

Drop-off and Pick-up 

As we prepare to welcome students back to school next week, we wanted to review the drop-off and pick-up protocols that will be in place to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community.  

Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children. Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol). 

Morning Yard Supervision begins at 8:45 am. For the safety of your child(ren) we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Children arriving late for school must first report to the office using Door 1. Gr. 1-3 students should be in their line with their class no later than 8:55 am. Students in Gr. 4-8 will be allowed to enter Door 2 beginning at 8:45am. All bus students will enter Door 1 upon arrival and go directly to their class. Our warning bell rings at 8:55am and our day starts promptly at 9:00am.

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”, 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. We kindly request that parents not bring pets on to school property, either before or after school. Please note that this is a Board Directive. Thank you for your attention & cooperation with this matter!

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.

School Items & Lockers

Lockers will be available for use by students this year for outer wear only. Please note, lockers will not be in use the first week. Lockers will be assigned to individual students once we have reviewed our routines. Students are encouraged to bring MINIMAL items with them to school daily to reduce the clutter in the classrooms.  Less clutter means more space to distance our students apart from one another.  Knapsacks will be kept by the students’ desk. 

Even though we are encouraging minimal items at school, there may be some items that you may want to ensure that your child has. Your classroom teacher can provide you with some suggestions during the first week of school. 

Gymnasium & Library

We are very excited as we will be able to utilize both our school gym and library this year! We will have a gradual and safe transition in using both these spaces.

Water Bottles

Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.  

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) during the first week of school. Safe School Divisional Virtual Assemblies will be held the second week of school for students in gr. 1-8.

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.

Catholic School Council Nominations

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.  Nomination forms are available at the front office.

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 2019/2020 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

Nomination Forms Due:   Wednesday, September 15th 

Profiles Due (if required): Thursday, September 16th

Council Elections (if needed): Wednesday, September 22nd

First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th, at 6:30 pm

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

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary medication & forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any updated information for our files. We are aware that Allerject is now available in Canada, and if this your choice of auto injectors please indicate this on the Student Plan of Care.

Please be aware that Canadian Martyrs CES 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 we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter. Your support and attention to this matter is greatly appreciated as we have many students with life threatening allergies.  

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium. Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish

The parish welcomes all staff and students back to school and our prayers are with all of you as you enter another year of learning. We are hopeful that in time the Pastoral Team can visit the classrooms and celebrate masses at school and at the church with your community.

We have had some changes over the summer at the parish:

Fr. John Schnurr, who had served as Associate Pastor for 2 years, was made Pastor and is now overseeing our large and busy parish.

Fr. Gregory Ogorzalek has joined the parish as Associate Pastor. Fr. Gregory has moved from Lublin, Poland to be with us and we are very excited to have him in our parish. He has much experience working with schools and is looking forward to meeting staff and students in the coming months.

Masses have resumed on a regular basis. We require everyone who enters to wear masks, maintain a physical distance and follow all required Covid protocol. In the coming months we will be reintroducing some liturgical ministries, the weekly bulletin as well as other parish groups and ministries.

Altar Servers are needed at all masses. If your child is in Gr 4 or up and wants to be part of this ministry, please contact the parish office or see the website for information. Training for this ministry starts in October.

Please pray for the students who missed First Communion and Confirmation last year as their sacrament make up dates are scheduled for the fall. We pray that the do not get cancelled again!

Students in Grade 2 this year will be eligible to receive the sacrament of First Communion and those in Grade 7 can receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Information about the sacrament program for 2021-22 will be sent to parents via the school in the coming weeks and posted on the parish website. Please be patient as we are focusing our attention on the missed sacraments from last year and will then turn our attention to this year’s planning.

For more information on the parish and what is currently happening please check out our website:

Have a safe and joyful final weekend of the summer break!

The Parish Team:

Fr. John Schnurr, Pastor

Fr. Gregory Ogorzalek, Associate Pastor

Mrs. Arden Ouellette, Lay Parish Minister

Promoting Well Being:

How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child (


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Looking Ahead:

First Day Gr. 1-8 Students A-K
Sep 7 @ 4:58 pm – 5:58 pm
First Day of School Gr. 1-8 L-Z Students
Sep 8 all day
All Gr. 1-8 Students Return
Sep 9 all day
ALL KDG students attend
Sep 13 all day
Intermediate Safe Schools Virtual Assembly @ 11am
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Junior Safe Schools Virtual Assembly @ 1pm
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Primary Safe Schools Virtual Assembly @ 10am
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Picture Day- Postponed
Sep 24 all day
Make Up Date First Communion
Sep 25 all day
Celebration Of Learning/ Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30pm
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
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