Weekly Update: September 21-25
Thank you all for a wonderful first week at school. The teachers were very excited to have their classes filled with students. Thank you for following our new COVID protocol on the school property. Together, we will continue to keep one another safe.
As has been communicated over the past couple of weeks, the school and school board have adopted some changes to the school environment to protect our students and our staff from COVID-19.
- When dropping off your child(ren), please use the Kiss N Ride lane.
- When picking up your child, please remind your child of the meeting point you used last week. Keep your meeting point the same to ensure a consistent routine for pick-up.
- Review with your child, proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, on a regular basis. Handwashing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, scrubbing their hands with sanitizer, and sneezing or coughing into the elbow of their shirt is very important in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Please review the videos which were sent out last week.
- Masks and containers should be sent in with your child. Containers should be paper, ziplock or plastic so your child can place it during lunch and snack times when their mask will not be on. Continue to practice putting on and taking off their mask safely.
- Parents will not have access to the school during the day. Therefore, students will be required to bring their lunch bag with a lunch and snacks with them each morning.
- Please send your child to school with a re-usable water bottle so they can use our water filling stations. Water Fountains are closed for use.
Parents/guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for school. Please note: this is the ‘new’ screening tool so bookmark the page on your phone so you can complete the self screening everyday with your child(ren) before they come to school.
What happens if my 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 complain of, or show, signs/symptoms of being unwell during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent/guardian can pick them up. Immediate pick up must be arranged by parents/guardians. It is very important that you have alternate arrangements in place, in the instance that you are not able to pick up your child(ren) personally, or in a timely manner.
To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, please do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell before coming to school.
As you know, all students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 are required to wear non-medical masks/face coverings. When picking up or dropping off your child to the school property, please ensure you are maintaining physical distancing from others and/or wearing a mask. Students should wear a mask once they get to school property.
Welcome Meet & Greet and Curriculum Night
This year our Curriculum Night will look at little different. Instead of gathering and meeting, parents will have the opportunity to meet with your child(ren)’s teacher virtually. Curriculum Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 24th. If you have not done so already, please click on the link below and fill out the survey before 11:45 pm tonight. Once the survey completes, you will receive a TEAMS invite for the meeting.
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. As you would have seen this past week, your child has been assigned a line on the pavement. They will go to their line, social distanced from one another and then their teacher will lead them into the school when our bell in the morning rings at 8:17. If your children are walking to school, please see that they 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.
Agendas have been given out to students. Please use School Cash-Online to make your payment of $7 for the agenda. Any of our students who have chosen virtual learning, can pay for their agenda and call the school to arrange for pick-up.
Student Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda. Please review and discuss this with your children. There is a spot in the agenda that both you and your child can sign off that you have reviewed these expectations. Teachers will continue to review the Code of Conduct with their students during the first couple of weeks of school.
There are still a few outstanding library books, please check your closets and rooms for school books. Please return any library books the students might still have at home. There is a bin outside the Library doors where they can be returned.
Family Information Packages
Our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification forms will be sent home this week. Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency.
- New for COVID-19 will be contact tracing information sheets, please complete these forms accurately.
Please ensure you have returned the necessary medication for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office. If you have not done so already, please email Mr. Fitzpatrick with any changes to contact information 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.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES