Welcome to the 2021 school year! We are so excited to welcome back all of our Holy Rosary families, and we extend a warm welcome to the many new families joining us this year. Our Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School community welcomes you and we look forward to a wonderful school year together. Please find some helpful tips and key pieces of information for the start of the school year. Posted on our website, and in an email sent to families earlier this week, are additional helpful tips and school start-up information.
Gradual Return to School for All Students Learning In-Person
School begins on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 for students surnames A-K and
Tuesday, September 8th, 2021 for students surnames L-Z
We will be easing into the new school year by welcoming students back to school in smaller groups, on September 7th and 8th.
The following schedule will apply to all schools:
|Tuesday, September 7th||All in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school. Kindergarten Orientation Meeting –Year 1 (& new Year 2)|
|Wednesday, September 8th||All in-person learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will come to school. Kindergarten Orientation Meeting –Year 1 (& new Year 2)|
|Thursday, September 9th||ALL in-person learners (Grades 1 – 8, 9 – 12) will come to school. Kindergarten – Year 2 and ½ of Year 1 students September 10: Kindergarten – Year 2 and ½ of Year 1 students|
Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening – Action Required
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 Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
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.
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Lunch Times (new): 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Lunch A – Grades 1-4
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch B – Grades 5-8
OPENING DAY PROCEDURES FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
- On the first day of school Grade 1 to 8 students will assemble outside on the back playground by their grade/teacher sign posted. Students will be greeted by their classroom teacher and escorted inside the school at the bell. Parents are kindly asked to stay outside once the students have been escorted into the school. Students are encouraged to line up on a ‘class dot’ – and wear masks/social distance.
- Should it be raining students in Grades 4-8 are to go directly to their classrooms and Grade 1-3 students will meet their teacher in the gym. Staff will be available to support student entry.
- Tentative Class placements for students will be made available on Friday, September3rd after 3:00 pm. The process to access this information has changed this year.
Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will not require your child’s OEN number. Details can be found on our website and the HCDSB website.
Parents are reminded that as our numbers are continuously fluctuating this week and on into the first month of school, changes to these class placements may occur. These placements are TENTATIVE and, therefore, may change. Class placement changes will not be made at this time. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
END OF DAY PICK UP PROCEDURES:
The safety of your child(ren) is our number one priority and it is for that reason that we are seeking your assistance at the end of the day when picking up your child(ren). Parents/Guardians, we ask that you please stay off the pavement area at the end of the day when picking up your child(ren). This will help us to ensure the safety of our students. Kindly wear a mask and social distance when picking up your child. It is important for everyone’s safety not to congregate around the school and give students access to pass through to meet parents or board the bus.
- Parents/Guardians are asked to stay behind the fence on the east side of the pavement area (Church side) or at the back of the pavement area by the creative playground and basketball courts.
- Children will be dismissed out the back doors; younger students (grades 1-3) will be walked out by their teacher and handed off to their parent/guardian/caregiver etc.
- Students in Grades 4-8 will be dismissed by their teachers and will proceed on their own to the agreed upon pick up area or will walk home if that is the arrangement in place. Siblings are encouraged to pick a designated area on the pavement where they can meet daily before proceeding home.
Please ensure your children know how they are going home on the first day of school and for the first week – especially if this will differ from their regular arrangements. A note to the teacher would be helpful on the first day. Thank you.
NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF BUS STUDENTS
Student transportation information is now available online at www.haltonbus.ca. Kindergarten students will be provided with a bus tag. For students in Grade 1-8, please take note of your child’s/children’s bus number and kindly record it on a cue card or piece of paper. We would appreciate your assistance in sending this note to your child’s/children’s teacher on the first day of school. This will help to facilitate our dismissal procedures at the end of the day. Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.
Students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be provided with a student agenda during the first week of school. Once again, the cost of the agenda has generously been covered by our Catholic School Council and the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus. On behalf of the HR school community thank you Council and Knights!
We are fortunate to have these agendas, and will use them for the following reasons:
To teach and develop organizational skills
To enable students to manage their time and assignments more effectively
To build and maintain communication among students, parents and teachers
To improve learning and achievement
To maintain a Catholicity focus
Please take the time to view our school website for key HCDSB and school updates: https://elem.hcdsb.org/holyrosaryburlington/.
Please enjoy these last beautiful days of summer holidays with your families.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful and safe year!
Mrs. R. LoPresti & The Holy Rosary CES Staff