Weekly Update: September 28-October 2
Thanks for another great week at school. Thank you for following our new COVID protocol on the school property. Together, we will continue to keep one another safe.
We will continue to remind staff, students and parents of our new protocols. 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.
Thank you to all parents/guardians for performing daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms before leaving for school. We appreciate you helping our school in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please note: here 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.
Orange Shirt Day
On Orange Shirt Day, marked every year on September 30th, we recognize the harm residential schools did to children’s self esteem and well-being. This day also honours those that survived, remembers those that did not, and recognizes the on-going effects of intergenerational trauma. Wearing an orange shirt is a visual reminder of our shared past and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It is an opportunity for schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. On Wednesday, we encourage all staff and students to wear an orange shirt.
Welcome Back to School Liturgy
Last week Father Jim joined us for our Virtual School Liturgy. Thank you to our Grade 8 students for participating in the virtual liturgy. The students did an amazing job with the readings. Thank you Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Szwed and Mr. Filipiak for preparing your students.
Welcome Back Video
We hope you were able to watch our Welcome Back Video from our staff. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, please click the link below.
Student Code of Conduct Assemblies
Last week, Mrs. Varano and Mr. Fitzpatrick conducted Virtual Code of Conduct Assemblies for our Grade 1-8 students. During each assembly we were able to go over our new COVID Protocol as well as some of the regular code of conduct items. Please read through the first few pages of the agenda.
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.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES