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Weekly Update for September 21

Thank you for a great first week!

  • We appreciate your continued support as we practice our school procedures and routines to keep everyone safe. Students have done an excellent job wearing their masks and adapting to the new routines. This week we have mastered our new morning line up and school entry routines, and we have had our first opportunity to play on the field.
  • You can help us keep the students safe by reminding them to follow the rules and maintain safe distancing in every setting. You can also help us by staying off the school yard as much as possible during drop off and pick up, and by maintaining a safe distance from other parents, staff, and students when you are on school property. As well, please remember that the front driveway and walkway are both closed during afternoon dismissal to accommodate our buses.
  • Students will have received their board-issued black cloth masks this week. In some cases, teachers have asked students to keep them in their desks as a back-up, and in some cases students will have brought them home. Please ask your child’s teacher if you have any questions about these masks or would like to see them.

Daily Screening Tool

  • The Ministry of Education has updated the COVID-19 digital screening tool for schools. Please continue to use it daily to decide if your child can come to school, if he or she needs to stay home, and if you need to seek further medical attention for your child.

Safe Arrival

  • Please remember that we need to know where our students are each day. You can use the SchoolMessenger system to report absences and appointments. If we don’t hear from you, we will call you, your emergency contacts, and then the Halton Regional Police to ensure that your child is safe.
  • If your child arrives late, he or she will need to come to the front doors to be buzzed into the school. Please remember that due to COVID-19 we are not permitting parents or guardians to enter the building at this time.

Welcoming Our New Staff

  • We are happy to be welcoming some new staff members to our building this year! Ms. Romanowicz and Mlle Miron are joining our teaching staff, and they will be teaching arts/Kindergarten/Gr 5 Extended French and Gr 4 French/Gr 6 Extended French respectively. Ms. LaFleur, Ms. Resendes, and Ms. Debosky are joining our special education department, and Mrs. Winegarden will be looking after our library. Ms. DiBlasio will be teaching online but staying in our school community. Finally, Mrs. Clasper will be helping us keep things running smoothly in the office. I know that you will join us in making them feel a part of our OLP community.

Student Information Forms

  • Please note that student information forms and medical forms were due back to school this week. If you have not yet returned them, please do so as soon as possible.

Agendas

  • Students in Grades 1-6 have been issued agendas. Agendas are intended to provide families and staff with a means of regular daily communication. The cost of the agenda is $8 and we would ask you to please pay using SchoolCashOnline by Friday, September 25.

Code of Conduct

  • Each year we have Code of Conduct assemblies to review our rules and expectations with the students. We focus on how we can demonstrate respect for ourselves, for one another, and for the school building and community. This year the assemblies will be virtual so that students can hear and participate from the safety of their classrooms. If you would like to review the school’s rules and Code of Conduct for yourself, it has been updated on the school website here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/ourladyofpeace/code-of-conduct/
  • We will also be adhering to our Distance and Digital Code of Conduct for any of our online learning opportunities this year.

Sacraments for Students in Grade 3

  • If you would like your child to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist through St. Michael’s Parish this fall, please contact the parish as soon as possible to arrange for your time to celebrate these important occasions.

Duty to Report

  • Please read the attached document that explains our staff members’ responsibilities to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect to the Children’s Aid Society:

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