Thank you all for a wonderful first week at school. We have all managed to adjust to the return to school and hopefully the weekend will have recharged our weary souls. This update will help to clarify some routines and procedures and keep parents in the loop of all that is happening.
Welcome Back BBQ / Meet & Greet
We hope you to see you at the Welcome Back BBQ and Curriculum Night on Thursday September 13th from 5:00-8:00pm. Curriculum Night presentations run from 7:00-7:25 and from 7:30-7:55pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Supervision begins at 8:05 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 8:20 am.
Safe and Caring School Assemblies
Students from grades 4-8 gathered to review the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda. Please review and discuss this with your children.
Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Please note that police checks can now be done on-line at www.haltonpolice.ca – Police Records Check
Please note that Monday, September 17th is a Professional Activity Day. There is no school for students on that day.
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 2018/2019 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:
- Nomination Forms Due: Friday, September 14th
- Profiles Due (if required): Monday, September 17th
- Council Elections (if needed): Thursday, September 20th
- First Council Meeting: Monday, 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.
Family Information Packages
We have sent home our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification form.
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.
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 Our Lady of Fatima 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.
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. The first scheduled date is Thursday October 4th will be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating.
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
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES