You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on our way! ~ Dr. Seuss
NEW SCHOOL YEAR!
A new school year is upon us! New beginnings come with excitement, curiosity, and sometimes trepidation. We take comfort in knowing that Jesus walks with us as we journey forward into a new school year, guiding our minds and hearts as we strive to learn and love in His image.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 1-8
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 for students in Grades 1 – 8. Students can arrive at school between 8:25 and 8:40. Students in grades 1 – 8 can proceed to the playground, their teachers will be waiting to greet them there. For this first day only, parents are welcome on the playground.
Please ensure our Primary teachers (grades 1 – 3) know your plan for dismissal on the first day (walking, bus, YMCA).
In the event of bad weather, Grade 1 – 8 will meet teachers in the gymnasium.
Kindergarten interviews for Year 1 (JK) students and Year 2 (SK) students new to St. Elizabeth Seton, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3rd and 4th, 2019. All Year 2 students will begin school on Thursday, September 5th while our Year 1 students will have a staggered entry on either Thursday, September 5th or Friday, September 6th. Please see the “Welcome Back” post for more detail.
If you have a concern with your child’s class placement I am happy to discuss it with you, however, I will not be able to address changes to class placements until after the first week of school. The volume of calls during the first week of school is extremely high, and as I am sure you can appreciate, our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our students and supporting them in settling into their new classroom environment. One of the goals of education is to develop resilient children who are able to adapt to change and cooperate with different groups of people. While our parental instincts are often to stick to what is familiar, as educators, we often find that the children who achieve best are those who can make new friends easily and find common ground with others. Children thrive with lots of friends and our teachers are experts in helping little ones develop their friendship skills. Often a tearful child on the first day of school is excited to share with parents the names of their new friends in a few short days. Sometimes waiting out the tears is the best support we can provide for our children.
One of the greatest indicators of student success is regular attendance at school. When students are absent for long periods of time or are frequently removed from school, the resulting anxiety and lack of seamless instruction can leave serious gaps in their learning and create social difficulties. For your children’s success and well-being, please make school attendance and arriving on time a priority in your home.
As with all schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board, we use the Safe Arrival Program at St. Elizabeth Seton. The purpose of this program is to ensure that your child has arrived safely at school.
The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:
- using the SchoolMessenger®mobile app
- by logging into the SchoolMessenger®web site
- by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line
Learn more about how to report your child’s absence.
Click on the FAQ for more information about how to use the new SafeArrival student attendance management system.
The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival will enhance our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.
If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger system will begin automative calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
Your assistance and co-operation with morning drop off and evening pick up is essential to ensuring the safety of all our students. The Kiss & Ride drop off lanes are at the sides of the school (please do not drop off students in the front as this is our bussing lane). The drop off lanes are to be used for a quick drop off and pick up. Parents cannot exit their car in these lanes and go to the gate to drop off or greet a child. If you need to get out of your car, you need to use one of the parking spots available. Parents should drop off their child at the gate and not stay in the playground area, this is to ensure the safety of our students. Thank you for your cooperation with our parking lot guidelines.
If your children ride bicycles to school, we remind you to ensure that your children’s bicycles are roadworthy, that your children are familiar with the rules of the road, and that their bicycles conform to local municipal by-laws with respect to licensing, operation and equipment. All students need to wear helmets when riding a bicycle. They must ride them to the edge of school property and then walk.
FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGES
We will send home our Family Information/Consent Form, Registration Verification Form and Physical Activity Form on the first day of school (September 3rd). These forms should be found in your child’s agenda or backpack. A copy of the St. Elizabeth Seton Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda for your review with your child(ren).
Please complete and return all forms to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency.
Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files. Thank you to the families that have already dropped off these items.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance.
Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.
The Board makes available an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company. Participation is voluntary and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced (ex. $33.00 per year depending on plan chosen).
The insurance agreement is between the parent or guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
St. Elizabeth Catholic School Council nomination forms are available for you to pick up in person from the main office. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 13th.
We are very grateful for the parent volunteers who have helped make St. Elizabeth Seton the wonderful school it is! If you wish to volunteer (or continue to volunteer), please find the volunteer declaration form in the family information packages going home on Tuesday and return to the office as soon as possible. This declaration form is for those volunteers who already have a criminal reference check on file with the office. If not, please use this link to apply online for a police check and vulnerable sector screening: Police Record Check
You will have a chance to meet our staff and visit your child’s classroom at our Curriculum Night which will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 pm. Parents are invited to gather in the gym and then visit their children’s classroom for presentations.
OUR PARISH ~ St. Paul Parish Update
Catholic Schools in the Halton Catholic District School Board have traditionally been blessed to have very strong relationships with their neighbourhood parish like we are at St. Paul the Apostle Parish. St. Paul the Apostle Parish ( www.stpaultheapostleburlington.com ) welcomes back all staff & students for the 2019-20 school year. The Parish Team: Father Ed Henhoeffer (Pastor), Father John Schnurr (Associate Pastor) and Mrs. Arden Ouellette (Lay Parish Minister)
We encourage families to participate in the life of the parish, through attendance at weekend mass as well as involvement in parish groups and ministries. Please join us in the parish hall on Sunday October 6th following the 9am and 11am masses when we host Welcome Sunday. Along with refreshments and fellowship, this day provides a chance to see exhibits for all ministries and groups. Parishioners can inquire about volunteer options, faith study events and/or social activities that make up the parish community. There are a variety of opportunities for all age groups and interests.
Parents of students in Grades 2 and 7 will receive information about registration for participation in the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation for this coming year. Classroom teachers will distribute this information directly and it is also posted on the parish website.
Important Parent Meetings for both sacraments are scheduled as follows:
First Reconciliation/First Communion meeting – Wednesday September 25th @ 7:00 pm
Confirmation – Wednesday October 2nd @ 7:00 pm
Altar Server Ministry is seeking new members. Students in Grades 4 and up are welcome to participate in this ministry, assisting at the Table of the Lord during Sunday masses and special liturgical celebrations. Training is provided. Please see the parish website for details and registration forms.
Opening School Mass: On Tuesday, September 24th at 10:45 am we will be celebrating Mass together with Fr. Ed at St. Elizabeth Seton in the gym to mark the beginning of the school year. All are welcome to attend!
If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to register!
Step 1: Please visit: https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com
Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Today” and following the steps.
Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the “Click Here” option, sign in and add each of your children to your household account.
School Cash Online provides parents with easy access to make online payments for a variety of student activities, providing greater flexibility and control on how payments are made to the school.
Please see the School Cash Online letter that outlines the purpose and benefits of using this form of payment.
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