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January 25, 2019 Update

January 27 is the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  This date has been designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Awareness Day, as a way for all of us to develop an understanding of what St. Pope John Paul II described as “the inhumanity with which the Jews were persecuted and massacred,” during the Holocaust in Europe.

Unfortunately, the kind of thinking that allowed that to happen still exists in our world and we all have a responsibility to try to change it. What we often call “The Golden Rule” is a good guide for our lives: we should treat everyone the way we would like to be treated. We all know that we are supposed to treat others fairly: bullying, picking on people because they are different from us, any behaviour that acts out the belief that we are better or more important than others, goes against what Jesus teaches us. This doesn’t mean we have to be best friends with everyone, just that we treat everyone fairly, politely and with respect, everywhere and all the time.

As a community, the partnership between home and school should always reinforce this positive message with our children, using the example that Jesus provided us with.  Let us all remember that we have been created equally, and in the image of God.

Our updates for the week of January 28, 2019 are below:

We welcome Ms. Morassutti, our new office assistant, to St. Francis of Assisi on Monday, January 28, 2019.  Ms. Morassutti will be at our school on Mondays, Wednesdays and alternating Fridays.  We thank Mrs. Nizic and Mrs. Robling who have assisted our school as temporary office assistants prior to Ms. Morassutti joining our staff;

With the recent winter weather that we have experienced, a reminder about bus cancellations:

  • The decision to cancel bus operations is made by the Halton Student Transportation Services, not St. Francis of Assisi School;
  • If a bus route is not operating in the morning, it will not operate in the afternoon, even if driving conditions improve throughout the day.
    • If your child’s bus transportation has been cancelled, but parents / guardians have opted to drive them to school, you are also responsible for picking your child up from school at the end of the day;
  • Questions, concerns or comments that parents / guardians have regarding the cancellation of bus transportation should be directed to Halton Student Transportation Services via

A reminder that supervision of students prior to the commencement of the school day does not begin until 8:55am.  Unless your child is required to be at school early for a team practice or additional academic support, students cannot be inside the school or in the school yard until a staff member is present at 8:55am.  Your support is appreciated;

Please be reminded that the school parking lot and driveway are for staff members and visitors who will be parking and entering the school.  Parents/guardians are not to park, drop off your children, or drive-through this area from 8:45am – 9:15am and from 3:30pm – 4:00pm.  We understand that this is not the most convenient system for all families, however, it is the safest system for all of our students.  Your understanding is appreciated;

Our major school fundraiser this year will be a chocolate sales fundraiser.  More information will be shared in the coming weeks, however, you can learn more here:  Chocolate Fundraiser;

Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately to participate fully in all school activities, including recesses.  These expectations include:

  • Kindergarten:  Full winter wear including jacket, snow pants, boots, hat and gloves
  • Grades 1 – 6:
    • Full winter wear including jacket, boots, hat, gloves.  We recommend that all children in grades 1 – 6 wear snow pants while outside for recess.  If students wish to access the field and enjoy the snow, they must be wearing snow pants
  • Grades 7 – 8:
    • Full winter wear including jacket, hat and gloves.  We recommend that all children in grades 7 – 8 wear boots while outside for recess.  If students wish to access the field and enjoy the snow, they must be wearing boots

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2019, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2019. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2019.  You can learn more about the registration process here:  Kindergarten Registration;

Our school is a busy place!  For your planning purposes, please find a list below of upcoming activities and events at our school:

  • January 30, 2019 – Grade 4, 5, 6 and Structured Teaching Class trip to Raptors 905 game
  • February 1, 2019 – PD Day
  • February 4, 2019 – Monthly liturgy at 9:45am, Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30pm
  • February 5, 2019 – Chocolate Fundraiser Assembly at 9:30am
  • February 6, 2019 – Grade 8 Graduation Photos
  • February 7, 2019 – National Sweater Day and Ignite Student Leadership Team trip to Dr. Simone Warehouse
  • February 8, 2019 – Chocolate Fundraiser boxes go home to families
  • February 15, 2019 – PD Day
  • February 18, 2019 – Family Day
  • February 20, 2019 – Term 1 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning sent home
  • February 25, 2019 – Chocolate Fundraiser ends
  • February 26, 2019 – Kindergarten and Grade 2 Dental Screening
  • February 27, 2019 – Pink Shirt Day

Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Grade 4, 5, 6 & Structured Teaching Class Trip to Raptors 905 Game
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Grade 8 Camp Tanamakoon Trip – Second Installment Due
Jan 31 all day
Professional Development Day – Report Card Writing
Feb 1 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chocolate Fundraiser
Feb 5 all day
Chocolate Fundraiser Assembly
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Chocolate Fundraiser
Feb 6 all day
National Sweater Day
Feb 6 all day

February 7th is officially National Sweater Day!   We will be helping to conserve energy by lowering the temperature at our school and encourage students and staff to bundle up in your favourite sweater!

Chocolate Fundraiser
Feb 7 all day
Chocolate Fundraiser
Feb 8 all day
Elementary PrincipalJanuary 25, 2019 Update