Let us ask for grace to live this year with the desire to take others to heart and to care for them. ~ Pope Francis
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all our St. Elizabeth Seton families. We hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed quality time with family and friends.
St. Elizabeth Seton Feast Day- January 4, 2020
January 4 is the feast day of our Patron Saint St. Elizabeth Seton. She is known as a patron Saint for the beginnings of Catholic education as she opened the first free Catholic school for girls in the United States. St. Elizabeth Seton did charitable work devoting much time working among the poor. She was known to be kind, patient, and courteous. We admire St. Elizabeth Seton for modeling the virtues of “courage, temperance, faith, love, and service to others.” We will celebrate our Patron Seton as a school community with a liturgy in her honour on Thursday, January 16 @1:15 p.m. As always, families are welcome to join us for this special celebration of our faith.
Back to School Routines
A new year and new beginnings! As we enter a new year, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school each day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should avoid coming to the office to call home for pickups and forgotten items. Writing a note in the student agenda about early pick-ups and having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!
We will be having Safe School Code of Conduct Assemblies with the students on Tuesday, January 7 for Gr. 1-8 students to remind them of important routines and our expectations for conduct.
Supervision in the Morning
Please remember for the safety of your children, that morning supervision in our playground begins at 8:25 AM. Students should not be arriving before this time. To avoid being late, please ensure that children are dropped off in time for our 8:40 AM bell.
Being on time for morning routines is important to set students up for academic success for the school day. When pupils arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. This can significantly reduce achievement, regardless of academic ability. Your child may also feel awkward arriving in the classroom when everyone else is settled. Furthermore, when one pupil arrives late, it disrupts the entire class and the teacher – everyone’s education is compromised.
Teaching your children the importance of routines and commitment will help them to succeed in life. Thank you for working in partnership with us.
Appropriate Outdoor Wear
It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget those indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!
As per our Board’s Administrative Procedure VI-39, when the temperature is above -15 degrees Celsius, children will be outside for 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon recesses, and for 40 minutes during the lunch hour recess. When the temperature is between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, the students will be outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. When the temperature falls below -20 degrees Celsius, the children will be kept indoors.
This is a reminder that we are a uniform school. Please follow the policy by ensuring students are in full ISW uniform. Non-uniform sweaters and hoodies cannot be worn inside during the school day. Thank you for your co-operation!
Reminder Lunches and Snacks
Please be aware that we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) We appreciate avoiding fast food drop-offs where possible that cannot guarantee to be nut-free. Thank you for your continued cooperation in supporting healthy eating and ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.
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