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September 6, 2019 Update

Discern pathways where others only see walls..recognize potential where others see only peril. ~ Pope Francis ~

Our first week of school has been extremely successful.  Many thanks to our school community for all of your support.

Thank you for all of the warm greetings, supportive conversations, and best wishes for the school year that our staff members have had with parents and guardians this week.  We appreciate the trust you place in us to care for your children each day.

Thank you to all of our parents and guardians for respecting our arrival and dismissal procedures.  A reminder that adults cannot enter the kindergarten or main school yard, and can only access the main office during school hours.  We will endeavour to dismiss the children in a timely manner, however, please be assured that younger students will not be dismissed without an adult or caregiver present.

St. Francis of Assisi’s commitment to catholicity and student engagement continues this year by assisting our students to articulate the grade specific Focus on Faith Themes and Essential Questions, how they relate to scripture, and how we can put them into action in our lives.  During the month of September, we concentrate on the Catholic Graduate Expectation of Being a Discerning Believer.  You can learn more about this monthly focus here: September Focus

We have several items to update our community on this week:

A reminder that student verification and consent forms were sent home with each child this week.  Please return these to your child’s teacher promptly;


Please ensure that all medical forms and medication that may be required to be administered at school is sent in to your child’s teacher by Monday, September 9, 2019;


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 annual Community BBQ and Curriculum Night will occur on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  Visit your child’s classroom, meet their teacher and learn about the curriculum they will explore this year. Take the opportunity to reconnect with friends and families from our school, end enjoy some fellowship together with food available for purchase from food trucks provided by the Gotham Grill.  BBQ style food, finger foods, and mexican cuisine, along with frozen treats will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30pm.  Classroom presentations begin at 6:45pm;


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;


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.  You can learn more about the role of our Catholic School Council here:  Catholic School Council;

Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Sep
5
Thu
Kindergarten Students – Staggered Entry Plan
Sep 5 all day
  • Staggered entry for year 1 (JK) students
    • One-half of year 1 students attend school on Thursday, September 5, 2019, the second half of year 1 students attend school on Friday, September 6, 2019. A schedule will be provided.
  • All year 2 (SK) students attend school beginning Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • All year 1 students attend school beginning Monday, September 9, 2019
Sep
6
Fri
Kindergarten Students – Staggered Entry Plan
Sep 6 all day
  • Staggered entry for year 1 (JK) students
    • One-half of year 1 students attend school on Thursday, September 5, 2019, the second half of year 1 students attend school on Friday, September 6, 2019. A schedule will be provided.
  • All year 2 (SK) students attend school beginning Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • All year 1 students attend school beginning Monday, September 9, 2019
Sep
12
Thu
Community BBQ and Curriculum Night
Sep 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our annual Community BBQ and Curriculum Night will occur on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  Visit your child’s classroom, meet their teacher and learn about the curriculum they will explore this year.

Take the opportunity to reconnect with friends and families from our school and enjoy some fellowship together.  New this year – food available for purchase from food trucks provided by Gotham Grill!

The night begins at 5:30pm with our food trucks available in the school yard.  Classroom presentations begin at 6:45pm;

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.

Elementary PrincipalSeptember 6, 2019 Update