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September 13, 2019 Update

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us. – Pope Francis – 

Thank you to all of our parents/guardians who were able to join us for our Curriculum Night and Community BBQ yesterday evening. We appreciate the partnership and commitment of all our families to to build a safe, supportive and inclusive school community that encourages our students to achieve, believe, and belong.


During dismissal at the end of the day, student safety is our priority. Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for respecting our arrival and dismissal procedures. For those students who are not assigned to a bus, our preference would be for those students to walk home from school to promote an active lifestyle and avoid congestion around our building.

However, if you must pick your child up we kindly ask that you avoid parking on, or blocking access to, private property along Duncan Drive.  In particular, please avoid parking in the private parking area of the townhouse complex on Duncan Drive directly across from the school.  We received a concern from the residents of the complex that families from our school are parking in their designated spots.  We thank you in advance for respecting the property of our community neighbours.


Are you a proud parent with a new baby?  Will your baby be 2-4 months old in October?  If so, you and your baby could be a Roots of Empathy Family.  Roots of Empathy is a program for elementary school children.  The program’s aim is increase empathy – the ability to understand how another person feels.  Children learn how to care for and respect each other, which leads to fewer incidences of bullying and aggression.

Our school is hoping to identify a family who would be interested in becoming a Roots of Empathy Family.  The program works as follows:

  • A baby with one or both parents visits one of our classrooms over the course of the school year
  • The visits are about 30 minutes long, once a month starting in October
  • The program helps our students to learn about a baby’s needs, how babies develop, and lets the students observe the loving relationship between parent and baby

Should you be interested, please contact our school’s Child and Youth Counsellor, Ms. Devin Misener.  You can learn more about the Roots of Empathy Program at https://rootsofempathy.org/


The great gift of our faith unites all of us. At St. Francis of Assisi School, we would like to encourage our students to share their cultural heritage with our school community by leading our school in prayer at the beginning of the day.  Please complete the brief online response to identify your child’s interest in this opportunity here:  Student Prayer Leadership


Please be advised that milk from our vending machine is currently unavailable.  We are working with our supplier to maintain our previous partnership, however, we are also exploring other options to ensure families are able to purchase milk for their children while at school.  Your patience and understanding is appreciated.


We continue to search for lunchtime supervisors at St. Francis of Assisi School, which is a paid position and requires a daily commitment from 12:10pm to 1:10pm. Should you be interested, please contact the school office.


School agendas have been distributed to all kindergarten to grade 8 students.  To assist with the cost of these agendas, we asked that all families purchase an agenda via School Cash Online for $7.00 per agenda.  Your support is appreciated;


Our first Professional Development Day will take place on Monday, September 16, 2019, classes will not be held this day as our staff will be engaged in professional learning related to school improvement planning;


We welcome Fr. David Walter to our school on Thursday, September 19, 2019 to celebrate our opening school mass at 10:00am.  All family members are welcome to join us;


School Photo Day will occur on Friday, September 20, 2019;


Our School Cash Online site has had the following items added for parent consideration:

    • Pizza day – Mondays – first pizza day is October 7, 2019
    • Salad day – Wednesdays – first salad day is October 2, 2019

School Cash Online can be accessed via the following link:  School Cash Online;

We will also continue to offer lunch selections from Lunchbox Orders this year which are now available for purchase.  Orders for these lunches are placed independent of the school.  We are offering Subway on Tuesday and Friday, and Swiss Chalet on Thursday.  You can access the Lunchbox Order program here:  Lunchbox Orders;


We are looking for parents who are interested in joining our Catholic School Council.  Nomination forms have been sent home this week with each student.  Our nomination period has been extended to Wednesday, September 18, 2019.  Please contact the office if you require a nomination form.  You can learn more about the role of our Catholic School Council here:  Catholic School Council;

Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Sep
20
Fri
School Photo Day
Sep 20 all day
Sep
23
Mon
“Fill the Net” Food Drive Challenge
Sep 23 all day

To make a difference in our community and celebrate the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey from our town, our school will be conducting a ‘Fill the Net’ Food Drive Challenge.  Food donations will be collected to ‘Fill the Net’. Please give what you can. Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Sep
24
Tue
“Fill the Net” Food Drive Challenge
Sep 24 all day

To make a difference in our community and celebrate the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey from our town, our school will be conducting a ‘Fill the Net’ Food Drive Challenge.  Food donations will be collected to ‘Fill the Net’. Please give what you can. Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Jersey Day
Sep 24 all day

To celebrate that Rogers Hometown Hockey will be coming to our community on October 5/6, 2019, students are invited to celebrate their spirit by wearing their favourite athletic jersey to school on September 24, 2019.  If students don’t have a jersey, we encourage students to wear red and white as we aim to “Paint the Town Red and White” leading up to the festival weekend.

 

Sep
25
Wed
“Fill the Net” Food Drive Challenge
Sep 25 all day

To make a difference in our community and celebrate the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey from our town, our school will be conducting a ‘Fill the Net’ Food Drive Challenge.  Food donations will be collected to ‘Fill the Net’. Please give what you can. Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 25 all day

Rowan’s Law Day was established in 2018, and will be observed across Ontario on the last Wednesday in September each year.

Rowan Stringer loved rugby. A competitive and keen athlete, she was captain of her high school’s team. In the week before her last game, Rowan was hit twice in the head while playing, likely sustaining a concussion after each blow. Tragically, in May 2013, 17-year old Rowan died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby.

We all have the responsibility to recognize the signs of a concussion which include headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, memory loss, nausea, light sensitivity, drowsiness and depression.

If you are ever hit in the head while playing, it is important stop, sit, and find an adult to help you.

Sep
26
Thu
“Fill the Net” Food Drive Challenge
Sep 26 all day

To make a difference in our community and celebrate the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey from our town, our school will be conducting a ‘Fill the Net’ Food Drive Challenge.  Food donations will be collected to ‘Fill the Net’. Please give what you can. Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Grade 2 and 4 Trip to Halton Water Festival
Sep 26 all day
Sep
27
Fri
“Fill the Net” Food Drive Challenge
Sep 27 all day

To make a difference in our community and celebrate the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey from our town, our school will be conducting a ‘Fill the Net’ Food Drive Challenge.  Food donations will be collected to ‘Fill the Net’. Please give what you can. Every single donation helps, and together we hope our combined donations will make a real difference for those in need.

Sep
30
Mon
Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters
Sep 30 all day

In honour of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day will be observed on September 30, 2019.  Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Elementary PrincipalSeptember 13, 2019 Update