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Weekly Update Sept. 13-17

We are very excited to welcome back all students to St. Catherine of Alexandria tomorrow.  We believe and are confident, that this school year will provide your child with many new challenges, opportunities and memorable experiences. On behalf of the staff, we extend good wishes for an exciting and successful school year dedicated to providing all our students with the best possible educational opportunities as we model ourselves in Jesus our Lord and Savior.

BEFORE STUDENTS COME TO SCHOOL

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all 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. 

The following are the instructions that will be provided to parents in an email going out this evening: 

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

The screening will indicate one of two results:

  • Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.
    • Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

  1. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher.  Students will be provided with a Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, on the first day of school.  Students will bring the completed form back and forth each day.

REPORTING ABSENCES  

The Safe Arrival Program is designed to ensure that your children arrive safely at school each day. We appreciate your diligence in reporting daily absences. Please report your child’s absence one of three ways: the School Messenger mobile app, SchoolMessenger website: go.schoolmessenger.ca, and by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505. 

 Please note that parents must sign up online using an email or phone number that has been provided to the school.  Once an absence has been reported, you will receive a message confirming the details by email and push notification to SchoolMessenger app, if set up.  

Please note that new Ministry requirements pertaining to student absences require school personnel, including school secretaries, teachers and school administration, to follow up with parents on prolonged student absences or patterns of frequent absences. Further, our Safe Arrival program obligates school staff to reach out to Halton Police Services if a child is unaccounted for, so please help us avoid this drastic and upsetting measure by communicating all absences clearly through the above-mentioned systems.  Thank you! 

LATE ARRIVALS  

ALL students who arrive late for class must report to the office for a late slip. All students should arrive in time to line up with their class in the school playground. Our school warning bell rings at 9:03 a.m. at which time students are expected to form class lines so that they are ready to enter classrooms at 905 a.m. to begin their instructional day promptly at 9:10 am. Please help your child to arrive on time on a daily basis.   If your child is late, he or she must enter the school at the main doors. They will be signed in and escorted to their classroom using the shortest route. Parents will not be able to enter the school with their child(ren).  AS THE PARKING LOT IS A BUSY PLACE IN THE MORNING, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY SO YOUR CHILD IS NOT ARRIVING LATE. Arriving on time consistently is an important life skill – please help instill this habit into your child’s routine.   

If School Messenger is not active, please call the school and report your child’s absence.

As you know, at the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians are asked to complete a hardcopy information/consent form for each child enrolled in our school.

Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

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.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Thank you for completing the Family Consent/Information Electronic Form.

 MEDICAL UPDATE

There are a number of students who attend our school who have a severe life-threatening allergy to peanuts, other nuts or substances or insects. In addition, we have a life-threatening allergy to Sesame. Commonly referred to as anaphylaxis, this is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes without medical intervention.  Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we request that you choose to send foods with your child to school that are free from peanuts or nut products. The children are informed not to share their snacks with other children. Communication will be sent home to those classes that have children with severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts/nuts/other substances requesting that no snacks or lunches be brought in with those products. 

From time to time, parents would like their child’s class to share in a special event such as a birthday by sending in baked or store bought goods.  While well-intentioned, this creates the potential exposure to food allergens for our students and does not promote the healthy eating atmosphere that we are promoting at school.  Please do not send or bring store bought or baked goods to school to share with the class – we simply cannot allow it.  There are other ways to celebrate your child’s milestones such as a selection of pencils, pens, or stickers.  Thank you! 

Awareness and Prevention: The best medical advice in prevention is to minimize the allergen in the school setting.  We work to provide a safe environment for the child by enlisting the support of the parents and students of the school by helping to make the classroom and school as realistically as possible a “minimized allergen environment”. This means that each child entering the classroom/school is asked to bring lunches and snacks free of any peanuts or nuts. This includes products that look like peanut butter. Though it sounds simple, it means that no peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies be brought to school. It means you should read the labels of other foods like muffins, donuts, granola bars and cereals before you put them in your child’s snack. If your child eats lunch at home and has eaten peanut butter we request that she/he washes her/his hands prior to coming to school. If you have caregivers who provide lunches or snacks to take to school, we encourage you to share this information with them  

The students in the school with food allergies are under a strict regime of never sharing snacks with other students, only eating was brought from home, never sharing utensils, and wearing an auto-injector device containing a life-saving medicine around their waist at all times.  Also, please try to pack litterless lunches to reduce the amount of waste we produce.  Kindly take the time to pack healthy snacks and lunches in reuseable containers. 

MEDICATION 

From time to time students need to take medication during the school day.  Please note that we cannot dispense medication of any kind without authorization by the parent or guardian.  The office has a special form that must be completed prior to the administration of any medication by school personnel.  Please remember that any medication must be stored in a properly labeled container.

KISS AND RIDE AND SCHOOL PARKING LOT

In order to keep your children as safe as possible in and around the school parking lot, we are requesting your continued cooperation with our Kiss “N” Ride program. Parents who choose to drive their child(ren) to school are asked to enter the parking lot and proceed along the side of the school and drop the child(ren) off on the sidewalk. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has their school materials ready and are sitting on the right side of the vehicle are appreciated. Please do not park and get out of your vehicle in the Kiss “N” Ride lane. If you need to get out of the vehicle, please park in an open space in the parking lot and escort your child to the nearest sidewalk.

CAR TRAFFIC AT SCHOOL

As our school population has continued to grow, the number of vehicles around the school at entrance and dismissal times has also grown. Please remember that we must place student safety and patience above convenience. With well over 700 students, our school has students who are walking, biking, using scooters, using the Kiss “N” Ride, crossing the street, using the buses etc. to get to and from school. It is all of our responsibility to keep them safe. If at all possible, if you can avoid using a vehicle to pick up your child, it would be appreciated. If you must drive, please consider parking on a nearby side street and walking onto school property to pick up your children.

Please be aware that at no time are we to allow cars to enter the front driveway. This area is for school buses and emergency vehicles only. If you are picking your child up for lunch or an early appointment, please take the time to park your vehicle in our parking lot and walk into the school.

DOGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Pets are a wonderful addition to a family.  If you are walking your child to school with your pet, please do not bring the pet onto school property. Animals are not permitted on the school property. 

DUTY TO REPORT

In continuing to ensure our duty to keep your child safe this year, please see the attached letter.

Duty to Report

ATTENDANCE LETTER TO  PARENTS

Please refer to the attached letter sharing the importance of student attendance throughout the year.

Attendance Letter to  Parents

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATION FORMS

                             St. Catherine of Alexandria

CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

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       NOMINATION PACKAGE 2021-2022

DATE OF DISTRIBUTION:

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

DUE DATE FOR NOMINATION FORMS:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021.

Catholic School Advisory Council Nomination Procedures         September 2021

The Education Act, Regulation 612 and 613 (rev. 2000, 2010) pertaining to “School Councils” set out specific requirements regarding the composition of school councils and the election process.  One of the requirements of the regulation is that a school council must be in place within the first 30 days of each school year.

At ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA Catholic School, we invite you to consider nominating yourself, or another parent candidate to be a member of our Catholic School Council.  Please select and complete the attached form and forward it to the attention of Mr. v. Monaco, Principal, by Friday, September 17, 2021.  The principal will confirm the receipt of the nomination.

The date of the first meeting will be Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. on TEAMS. All are welcome!

We look forward to working closely with the new St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School Council, as a supportive team of individuals dedicated to children and the preservation of Catholic Education, and to a fulfilling and productive 2020-2021 school year!

Mr. V. Monaco                        Mrs. J. Foster                         

Principal                                                 Vice Principal

Halton Catholic School Council Elections Nomination Form

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School:  St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Elementary School

Candidate’s Name:  __________________________________________________________

Address:  _______________________________________________________________

Home Phone:  ____________________   Business Phone: _________________

E-Mail Address:  _____________________________

(sign in appropriate areas)

Elected Positions

  • In accordance with the Halton Catholic District School Board Policy on School Councils, I declare that I, ____________________________ am eligible to become an elected member.  (see attached Operating Policy 1-23)

                                           Signature:  ____________________________________

All Positions

  • If elected, I fully understand and agree to support my roles and responsibilities as a member of this Catholic School Council, as outlined in the Halton Catholic District School Board Policy on School Councils and in the Halton Catholic School Board Operations Manual on School Councils. (see attached Operating Policy 1-23)

                                           Signature:  ______________________________________

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT OF NOMINATION FORM

This form must be completed in full and submitted to the Principal of the School by 3:35 p.m. on:   SEPTEMBER 17, 2021. 

Please expect to receive confirmation of your nomination via e-mail and/or telephone.

PLEASE RETURN BY SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

Weekly Update #2: September 13-17     

We are very excited to welcome back all students to St. Catherine of Alexandria tomorrow.  We believe and are confident, that this school year will provide your child with many new challenges, opportunities and memorable experiences. On behalf of the staff, we extend good wishes for an exciting and successful school year dedicated to providing all our students with the best possible educational opportunities as we model ourselves in Jesus our Lord and Savior.

BEFORE STUDENTS COME TO SCHOOL

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all 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. 

The following are the instructions that will be provided to parents in an email going out this evening: 

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

The screening will indicate one of two results:

  • Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.
    • Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

  1. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher.  Students will be provided with a Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, on the first day of school.  Students will bring the completed form back and forth each day.

REPORTING ABSENCES  

The Safe Arrival Program is designed to ensure that your children arrive safely at school each day. We appreciate your diligence in reporting daily absences. Please report your child’s absence one of three ways: the School Messenger mobile app, SchoolMessenger website: go.schoolmessenger.ca, and by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505. 

 Please note that parents must sign up online using an email or phone number that has been provided to the school.  Once an absence has been reported, you will receive a message confirming the details by email and push notification to SchoolMessenger app, if set up.  

Please note that new Ministry requirements pertaining to student absences require school personnel, including school secretaries, teachers and school administration, to follow up with parents on prolonged student absences or patterns of frequent absences. Further, our Safe Arrival program obligates school staff to reach out to Halton Police Services if a child is unaccounted for, so please help us avoid this drastic and upsetting measure by communicating all absences clearly through the above-mentioned systems.  Thank you! 

LATE ARRIVALS  

ALL students who arrive late for class must report to the office for a late slip. All students should arrive in time to line up with their class in the school playground. Our school warning bell rings at 9:03 a.m. at which time students are expected to form class lines so that they are ready to enter classrooms at 905 a.m. to begin their instructional day promptly at 9:10 am. Please help your child to arrive on time on a daily basis.   If your child is late, he or she must enter the school at the main doors. They will be signed in and escorted to their classroom using the shortest route. Parents will not be able to enter the school with their child(ren).  AS THE PARKING LOT IS A BUSY PLACE IN THE MORNING, PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY SO YOUR CHILD IS NOT ARRIVING LATE. Arriving on time consistently is an important life skill – please help instill this habit into your child’s routine.   

If School Messenger is not active, please call the school and report your child’s absence.

As you know, at the beginning of each school year, parents and guardians are asked to complete a hardcopy information/consent form for each child enrolled in our school.

Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

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.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Thank you for completing the Family Consent/Information Electronic Form.

MEDICAL UPDATE

There are a number of students who attend our school who have a severe life-threatening allergy to peanuts, other nuts or substances or insects. In addition, we have a life-threatening allergy to Sesame. Commonly referred to as anaphylaxis, this is a medical condition that causes a severe reaction to specific foods and can result in death within minutes without medical intervention.  Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we request that you choose to send foods with your child to school that are free from peanuts or nut products. The children are informed not to share their snacks with other children. Communication will be sent home to those classes that have children with severe life-threatening food allergies to peanuts/nuts/other substances requesting that no snacks or lunches be brought in with those products. 

From time to time, parents would like their child’s class to share in a special event such as a birthday by sending in baked or store-bought goods.  While well-intentioned, this creates the potential exposure to food allergens for our students and does not promote the healthy eating atmosphere that we are promoting at school.  Please do not send or bring store-bought or baked goods to school to share with the class – we simply cannot allow it.  There are other ways to celebrate your child’s milestones such as a selection of pencils, pens, or stickers.  Thank you! 

Awareness and Prevention: The best medical advice in prevention is to minimize the allergen in the school setting.  We work to provide a safe environment for the child by enlisting the support of the parents and students of the school by helping to make the classroom and school as realistically as possible a “minimized allergen environment”. This means that each child entering the classroom/school is asked to bring lunches and snacks free of any peanuts or nuts. This includes products that look like peanut butter. Though it sounds simple, it means that no peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter cookies be brought to school. It means you should read the labels of other foods like muffins, donuts, granola bars and cereals before you put them in your child’s snack. If your child eats lunch at home and has eaten peanut butter we request that she/he washes her/his hands prior to coming to school. If you have caregivers who provide lunches or snacks to take to school, we encourage you to share this information with them  

The students in the school with food allergies are under a strict regime of never sharing snacks with other students, only eating was brought from home, never sharing utensils, and wearing an auto-injector device containing a life-saving medicine around their waist at all times.  Also, please try to pack litterless lunches to reduce the amount of waste we produce.  Kindly take the time to pack healthy snacks and lunches in reusable containers. 

MEDICATION 

From time to time students need to take medication during the school day.  Please note that we cannot dispense medication of any kind without authorization by the parent or guardian.  The office has a special form that must be completed prior to the administration of any medication by school personnel.  Please remember that any medication must be stored in a properly labeled container.

KISS AND RIDE AND SCHOOL PARKING LOT

In order to keep your children as safe as possible in and around the school parking lot, we are requesting your continued cooperation with our Kiss “N” Ride program. Parents who choose to drive their child(ren) to school are asked to enter the parking lot and proceed along the side of the school and drop the child(ren) off on the sidewalk. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has their school materials ready and are sitting on the right side of the vehicle are appreciated. Please do not park and get out of your vehicle in the Kiss “N” Ride lane. If you need to get out of the vehicle, please park in an open space in the parking lot and escort your child to the nearest sidewalk.

CAR TRAFFIC AT SCHOOL

As our school population has continued to grow, the number of vehicles around the school at entrance and dismissal times has also grown. Please remember that we must place student safety and patience above convenience. With well over 700 students, our school has students who are walking, biking, using scooters, using the Kiss “N” Ride, crossing the street, using the buses etc. to get to and from school. It is all of our responsibility to keep them safe. If at all possible, if you can avoid using a vehicle to pick up your child, it would be appreciated. If you must drive, please consider parking on a nearby side street and walking onto school property to pick up your children.

Please be aware that at no time are we to allow cars to enter the front driveway. This area is for school buses and emergency vehicles only. If you are picking your child up for lunch or an early appointment, please take the time to park your vehicle in our parking lot and walk into the school.

DOGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Pets are a wonderful addition to a family.  If you are walking your child to school with your pet, please do not bring the pet onto school property. Animals are not permitted on the school property.  We appreciate your cooperation.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATION FORMS

We invite all families at St. Catherine of Alexandria to consider joining the Catholic School Council. All forms are due to the office no later than 3:35 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021.

DUTY TO REPORT

In continuing to ensure our duty to keep your child safe this year, please see the attached letter.

ATTENDANCE LETTER TO  PARENTS

Please refer to the attached letter sharing the importance of student attendance throughout the year.

Foster, JudyWeekly Update Sept. 13-17