“Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” Joel Osteen
It has been a great first week back to school. We welcomed many new students in Junior Kindergarten and throughout the school. We remind students that “Every Day Matters!” and daily attendance is of the utmost importance.
Thank you to all student, families, and staff for an amazing start to this school year. We appreciate all the support, understanding and collaboration. It will definitely be an awesome year!
Thank you to all the families who have returned all the forms back to the homeroom teachers. If you still have not done so, please return with your youngest and/or only child as soon as possible.
Welcome to our Year 1 and 2 Kindergarten students as they fully start on Monday.
Kindly remember that no pets are allowed on school property, this includes all schoolyards. Moreover, if you are visiting the school, please report to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor sticker. We ask that if your child is late or leaving early, please check in with your office. Parents and guardians are asked not to directly go to their child’s class, rather either drop off or pick up the student at the main office. This ensure the safety of all of our students. Thank you!
Safe and Caring/Code of conduct School Assemblies: Students from grades 1-8 gathered to review the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at Holy Rosary-Milton Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Grade 7 & 8 parents can view this on our school website. Please review and discuss this with your children.
Lunch Days: Pizza, Milk, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady Programs will begin in few weeks. Please return all forms as soon as possible to help plan for numbers and orders. THANK YOU!
PA Day: Please note that Monday, September 16th is a Professional Activity Day.
Family Information Packages: We have sent home our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification form. A copy of the Holy Rosary-Milton Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda and also on our website https://elem.hcdsb.org/holyrosarymilton/code-of-conduct/ or visit our website under “Safety and Wellbeing”. 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 Holy Rosary-Milton 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.
Before/After School Parking and Office Contact: Please remember when dropping off your child that you park your car and walk your child through the parking lot. No cars are allowed to drive through the main loop, as it is a Bus Zone Only. Please adhere to the signs posted and the Bus Only markings on the loop.
If you do not wish to park your car and walk your child, you may drop off your child by the path/gate on Woodward. Every morning Mrs. Gibson places pylons to ensure student safety when walking through the path. A third option, is using the Marion Courtyard parking lot, and dropping off your child by the south school gate.
Please continue to refrain from using the accessible parking spots in the front of the school as drop off zones especially for the kindergarten students. These spots are reserved for persons with special passes to use. It is unfortunate if those people who these parking spots are intended for are not able to use them while the spots are being used for drop off zones.
If there are any changes to your child’s schedule, please send a note in advance to your child’s teacher. HRM office staff always tries their best to answer all incoming phone calls, especially between 2:30-3:30pm.; however, due to the high volume at times, we experience difficulties. Moreover, it is hard to accommodate last minute changes as the school bell is ringing and/or buses are leaving. During arrival and dismissal time, our wonderful office staff is working hard to meet the different needs and demands; we appreciate your understanding and patience.
Lunch Drop-off Procedure for this Upcoming School Year: Our School office has undergone some renovations over the summer months, which we are very excited about; this also resulted in some changes. Starting on Tuesday September 3rd, the Student Lunch Drop-off table will be located in the main foyer to the right of the painting of our Lady of Perpetual Help. Please feel free to write your child’s name on their lunch and leave it on the table. Moreover, if you wish to wait for your child to either provide them with their lunch or to pick them up for lunch, please continue to sign them out at the main office, and wait for them in the main foyer, as we have new benches for your use. We wish that these new changes will better serve you and the students while ensuring that we maintain the right level of traffic in the main office.
Yard Supervision: Supervision begins at 8:50 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. Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. We would like them to be in line with their class at 9:05 am. Please remember that only staff and students are allowed on school yard after 8:50 to ensure students’ safety.
SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting is here https://elem.hcdsb.org/holyrosarymilton/2018/11/november-5th-safearrival-student-attendance-management-system-starts/
The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and we are happy to announce we are using the new automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival.
The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:
- using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
- by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
- by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line Grade 7 Immunizations: All Grade 7 students will be offered vaccines through school-based immunization clinics again this year. The Region of Halton Health Department administers this voluntary immunization program. All forms are due to the school office by Thursday September 12th. The first scheduled date is Monday October 8thwill be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating. 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: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf
- SafeArrival 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.
Expected Uniform Attire: ISW is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from ISW is the expectation for students. Jogging pants and legging are not uniform items, unless used for gym classes. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.
Grade 7 Immunizations: All Grade 7 students will be offered vaccines through school-based immunization clinics again this year. The Region of Halton Health Department administers this voluntary immunization program. All forms are due to the school office by Thursday September 12th. The first scheduled date is Monday October 8th will be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating.
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: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf
Curriculum Night: We hope you to see you at the Curriculum Night on Thursday September 19, at 6:30pm and then classroom visits beginning at 6:45 pm. Each session is 15min in length. We will have two sessions that night.
Catholic School Council: 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. First Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 pm. All parents are welcome to attend regular Catholic School Council meetings. Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page. The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Library.
Roots of Empathy: Mrs. Paul, the school’s CYC is looking for a family with a newborn who is interested in joining our Roots of Empathy program. If you have a newborn child and are interested, please view the attached poster and contact Mrs. Paul at the school. ROE_baby_recruitment_poster.pdf 1
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 kid needs help.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES