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Weekly Update: September 27 – October 1

” Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. “

Psalm 127: 3

Covid-19 Screening

Please ensure you are completing the daily self-assessment for your children, using the COVID-19 School Screening tool. If your child is experiencing symptoms before school, please do NOT send your child to school and follow the advice given in the screening tool.

Drop off and Pick Up

For the safety of all, when dropping off and picking up your children from school, please avoid coming onto school property during school hours.

Mask Wearing

Please encourage your child(ren) to wear a mask when they arrive on school property in the morning and that the mask is not removed until after they have exited the yard at the end of the day. We thank you for your support.

Staggered Dismissal Times

To minimize congestion in the yard, we continue to dismiss students to their parents at the following staggered times:

  • 3:30 – Kindergarten
  • 3:35 – Primary
  • 3:40 – Junior classes inside the school
  • 3:45 – Portable classes and Intermediate

We ask parents to wait outside the gates on either side of the school, or on the grassy field at the back of the school at both drop-off and dismissal. Teachers will ensure students are released when parents are within sightline. For the safety of all our students, we ask that all parents remain off the asphalt at the back of the school until all students are dismissed.

Orange Shirt Day: Thursday, September 30

Orange Shirt Day (September 30th) is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.  September 30th falls during the time of year when Indigenous children were taken away to residential school.

The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school. The message that Phyllis wants to pass along on Orange Shirt Day — and every day — is that every child matters.

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day in place of their uniform shirt in solidarity with those who have been affected by residential schooling in Canada.

Student Well-being

We wish you to be reassured that student safety and well-being is our number one concern. Over the course of the year, we will be working with our Child and Youth Counsellor to implement programs that promote student mental health.

Family Information/Consent Forms

This year the Family Information/Consent Form is being collected electronically.  Parents are asked to complete the form as soon as possible, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

School Council Nominations

The School Council is an advisory body to school administration, and as such, has the opportunity to share their input on a number of Board initiatives and ideas throughout the year.  Each year a new school council is created to reflect the new school year and new school community members.  We have many new families to our school community and would like to invite interested parents/guardians in serving on this year’s Council.  If you are interested in joining the council this year, please review the following HCDSB School Council Policy (I-23) and complete the form below. The form is due by Monday, September 27th, 4:00 PM. We are tentatively scheduling Monday, October 4th as the date for our first council meeting.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School Council Nomination Form

Esposito, YolandaWeekly Update: September 27 – October 1