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September 18, 2020 Update

God is not afraid of new things

Pope Francis

We would like to thank our families for a great first week back. We are so proud of our students who are adjusting to our new normal and doing their best to learn our new school routines, procedures, and protocols. 

Daily Self-Screening

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC)
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
  • If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted.

The Government of Ontario has also created an online COVID-19 School Screening website here:

Arrival and Dismissal Routines

  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.  
  • Supervision begins at 8:55am. Students enter the playground and walk to their blue line where they will wait for teacher direction before entering our school. We follow a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time.  
  • Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning at their assigned gate.
  • Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.  
  • Before and after school Kiss and Ride is available on Duncan Drive. Parents should stay in their vehicle.  Staff members are stationed to help guide your children on the sidewalk to the playground.  If your child requires assistance to exit the vehicle, we ask parents to help their child(ren).
  • Please ensure that your child knows (or their teacher knows via the D2L or e-mail), what your dismissal plan looks like. 
  • Dogs on school property – Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.


Children from K – Grade 8 are to be wearing a mask at school.  Face shields may be worn in addition to masks but not as a substitute. During outdoor recess breaks children will not be required to wear their masks, however, they can choose to wear a mask if they wish.   All students have been provided with a non-medical mask, along with a plastic bag to store their mask at their desk when not in use. We promote proper hand hygiene when “donning and doffing” masks (putting masks on and taking them off).  We are aiming to prevent cross-contamination and to preserve the integrity of the mask for your child’s safety.  Families should consider providing an additional mask for children in case a back-up mask is needed during the day and to facilitate every day washing of a cloth mask.  Please review Halton Region Tip sheet for use of Non-Medical Masks.

Visitor Protocol

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   

All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.   

Lunches and Water Bottles

A reminder to ensure that your child(ren) is sent to school with enough snacks, lunch and a reusable water bottle each day. With our COVID-19 protocols, parents are unable to visit the school to drop items off for students. Your support with building these lunch and snack routines with your child(ren) is appreciated.

School Day Hours

Our 9:10 a.m. bell time will remain the same, however students will enter the building using a staggered entry plan.

Morning Recess:

10:30am – 10:45am – Grade 1 to grade 3/4

11:10am – 11:25am – Grade 4/5 to grade 7/8

Lunch occurs from 12:10pm – 1:10pm

Afternoon Recess:

1:50pm – 2:05pm – Grade 4/5 to grade 7/8

2:30pm – 2:45pm – Grade 1 to grade 3/4

Each class from grade 1 – 8 has been assigned a 20 minute period in the morning, along with a 20 minute period in the afternoon for Outdoor Learning. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor learning each day.

Safe Arrival / Reporting Absences

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 automatic calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.  

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. Using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. By logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. By calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

Learn more about how to report your child’s absence here:

Virtual Curriculum Night

Our annual Curriculum Night will occur on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year.  Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher, view the classroom via a virtual tour, and explore the curriculum your child will learn this year.

Our event will be organized using our class Brightspace D2L courses.  Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.

Student Information Packages

All students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will receive a package of information and forms that parents/guardians must review and return to school. These forms include:

  • Student Registration Verification – please make any necessary changes or updates and return to the school
  • Family Information and Consent – please complete and return to the school
  • Consent to Travel to Holy Cross Church – please complete and return to the school
  • Technology and Digital Citizenship – please complete and return to the school
  • Catholic School Council Nomination Form – Learn more here:
  • Curricular Physical Education – please complete and return to the school

Please ensure that these are returned to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday, September 25, 2020.

School Cash Online

School Cash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees. Now, with a few clicks, you can pay for your child’s yearbook, class trips and so much more from your own home. All you have to do is register an account, attach your children and in no time you will be able to make payments online. You can sign up or confirm your account details here:

Need to Contact a Teacher?

The staff of St. Francis of Assisi have started to connect with families via phone or email. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 24 hours. If you have a concern regarding your child, the first call needs to be directed to the classroom teacher. All our teachers have come to St. Francis of Assisi highly recommended. When it comes to your children, they are the ones best suited to listen to your concerns and determine the appropriate next steps. Please do them the courtesy of a phone call or email should a concern arise.

Duty to Report

Within our school board, every person who has reason to believe that a child is or may be abused or neglected must report his/her suspicions directly to the Halton Children’s Aid Society. You can learn more about this responsibility here:

Holy Cross Parish

Sharing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist at Mass on a regular basis, is a valuable part of your faith development.  We are blessed to benefit from the dynamic and apostolic relationship with the Pastoral Team at Holy Cross Parish.

Fr. David Walter – Pastor

Fr. Hayden Starczala – Associate Pastor

Phone (905) 873-1887


Mass Times:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Sunday at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm

Online Mass: Online Mass will stream at 6:00am at  You don’t need a Facebook account to view them.  The videos will also be saved for future viewing if you are unable to view them live, and will be available all day for you to view at your convenience.

School Calendar

Never miss an important date. You can subscribe to our School Calendar. Click here for instructions.

Our calendar for the week of September 21, 2020 is below:

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 acknowledged on September 30, 2020.  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. If possible, students are encouraged to wear orange articles of clothing on this day.  This is not a spirit day – students can wear orange as a sign of support for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 4 all day
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 12 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual Curriculum Night
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our annual Curriculum Night will occur on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year.  Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher, view the classroom via a virtual tour, and explore the curriculum your child will learn this year.

Our event will be organized using our class Brightspace D2L courses.  Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.

All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Inuit Day
Nov 6 all day

On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples in our community and across the country

National Aboriginal Veterans Day
Nov 8 all day

This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Aboriginal contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Remembrance Day
Nov 11 all day
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day

Louis Riel was a great Metis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.

Elementary PrincipalSeptember 18, 2020 Update