Weekly Update: September 14-18
Thank you all for a wonderful first week at school. Although it was a staggered entry, it was so nice to see our students face to face once again. Things around the school look a little bit different but we will continue to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff. We will continue to remember we are In This Together. This update will help to clarify some routines and procedures and keep parents informed of all that is happening.
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. Parents will not be able to exit their car. Students will go to the pavement and find the pylon with their teacher’s name on it.
- 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 bag, ziplock bag or plastic container so your child can place their mask in 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.
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. There will be 3 Virtual Presentations from teachers. First will be 6:00-6:30, the second will be 6:30-7:00 and the third will be 7:00-7:30. We look forward to virtually 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. 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.
At this time, we are not accepting any parent volunteers within our school. Please stay tuned for information once we are able to accept volunteers in our school. Please note that police checks can now be done on-line at www.haltonpolice.ca – Police Records Check
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.
If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted. This year, elections for our 2020-2021 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:
- Nomination Forms Due: Friday, September 18th at 4:00 pm, emailed to Mrs. Varano
- Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 22nd
- Council Elections (if needed): Tuesday, September 29th
- First Council Meeting: Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm – we anticipate that meetings will happen virtually this year.
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.
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
Follow us on Twitter @OLFMilton – 1179 followers and counting!
Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES