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The First Day of School!

Good morning to all our St. Anne families,

We hope you have enjoyed the “final week” of summer holidays, and you are all excited for the return to in-person learning at St. Anne. For our in-school learners, the health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our first priority. Our school board is working very closely with Halton Region Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and followed so that our students and staff can enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment this year. To ensure this, the HCDSB has decided to return gradually to school, where our in-person learners will attend on either Tuesday, September 7th OR Wednesday, September 8th for their first day of school. Please review the information below once again:

Staggered Start for In-Class Learners (students coming to St. Anne School):

Tuesday, September 7thOnly students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school. These students will return to school on Thursday, September 9th.
Wednesday, September 8thOnly students in Grades 1 – 8 with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will come to school on this day and will return to school on Thursday, September 9th.
Thursday, September 9th   ALL students in Grades 1 – 8 attending in-class instruction will come to school altogether.

On your specific first day of school on Tuesday OR Wednesday, teachers will meet students in our “Zones” spaced out on our back playground before the start of school in the morning at 8:30am. Specific Zone areas will be marked on the pavement. For your “Zone #” for that first day morning drop off only, please see below:

ZONE 1: Mrs. Mallett (Gr1/Rm 203) Mrs. Maher* (Gr1/Rm 108) Ms. Bolzan (Gr1/Rm 109)ZONE 2: Mrs. Lupo (Gr2/Rm 215) Mrs. Guinto (Gr2/Rm 216) Mrs. Carbone (Gr2/Rm 217)ZONE 3: Miss Longo (Gr3/Rm 219) Mrs. Forsyth (Gr3/Rm 220) Mrs. Forbes (Gr3/Rm 202)
ZONE 4: Mrs. Keogan (Gr4/Rm106) Ms. Pinto (Gr4/Rm 221)ZONE 5: Mrs. Zutt (Gr1/2 Rm 107) Mrs. Wybraniec (Gr2/Rm 204) Mr. Ciavarra (Gr5/Rm 206)ZONE 6: Mr. Driscoll (Gr6/Rm 207) Mrs. Martin (Gr6/Rm 210) Ms. DiGiulio (Gr6/Rm 205)
ZONE 7: Mrs. Staples (Gr7/Rm 201) Mr. Osadciw (Gr7/Rm 218) Mrs. Cirinna* (Gr7/Rm 211)ZONE 8: Mr. Walmsley (Gr8/Rm 212) Ms. Galasso (Gr8/Rm 209) Mr. Campanelli (Gr7/8 Rm 208)ZONE 16 (Behind Portables): Mrs. Driscoll (Gr4/P3) Mrs. Leone (Gr4/P2) Mrs. Leyland (Gr4/P1) Mrs. Raleza (Gr5/P4) Mrs. Stribbell (Gr5/P5) Mrs. MaGarrey (Gr5/P6)

*Mrs. Maher and Mrs. Cirinna are currently on a medical leave. LTOs will be assigned to these classes.

This morning drop off will be just for Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Following the guidelines from Halton Public Health, once again we ask that only one parent accompany students to school to help keep our numbers down and avoid congregation. In instances where we cannot remain physically distanced, masks will need to be worn by everyone. Masks will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday for those that forget to bring their own.  All future drop off/pick up areas will be similar to last year, with students entering directly into the building through specific doors and exiting out specific ones. These drop off and pick up doors and areas will be reviewed with your children by their teacher and communicated to you this coming week.

Kindergarten Students:

Parents of children attending Kindergarten (Year 1 and 2) have received previous communication about the staggered entry process for Kindergarten students. As a reminder, Year 1 (JK) and NEW Year 2 (SK) scheduled orientation meetings will take place on Tuesday, September 7th, and Wednesday, September 8th. All Year 2 (SK) students will begin on Thursday, September 9th. Year 1 staggered entry will take place on Thursday, September 9th, and Friday, September 10th, and will be further communicated to parents by the Kindergarten educator team. All Kindergarten students will begin instruction altogether with their full class on Monday, September 13th, 2021.

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education.

1.  Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats:

  • email results to classroom teacher;
  • show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR
  • complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day.

Updates from the HCDSB will be posted on their website at: www.hcdsb.org/return-to-school/.  

Class Placement Information:

Class placements are finalized after making adjustments based on new registrations coming in this week and the reduction of students due to moves. The official final class placements for our school will be available, today, Friday, September 3rd after 3:00 p.m.  

·    Parents and guardians will be able to access the class placement for each child, using your child’s Office 365 email and password. You will not require your child’s OEN number.  See step-by-step instructions.

·    If your family is new to HCDSB, your child(ren) will not yet have an Office 365 email. In this case, you will receive an email from our school with your child(ren)’s class placement(s).


PLEASE NOTE THE MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD: Due to the timing and complexity of the process this year, schools will not be able to accommodate requests for changes to class lists.We trust our parent community will continue to be supportive of the extensive process which we follow in creating our classes. It is important to note we draw upon the collective expertise of the school staff who best know the overall needs of our students. Parents can help make the uncertainty of class placement less anxious for their children by accentuating the positive aspects of class placement.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support!  We recognize the inconvenience that the gradual return to school may create for some families and we hope we can make this as smooth as a transition back to school as possible for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you all as we return to school in the most positive and healthiest way possible!

Melanson, BrianThe First Day of School!