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November 20, 2020 Update

“Differences are a richness, because I have something and you have something else, and by putting the two together we have something more beautiful, something greater. Diversity is not something to fear, but is the path to improvement, to be more beautiful and richer”

Pope Francis

COVID-19 Reminders

The Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework has five levels. Halton Region is in the Red level (Control). 

It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and we must work together to keep all of our students safe at St. Francis of Assisi School.

Santa Claus Parade

The Lions Club of Georgetown is inviting all residents to Trafalgar Sports Park on Saturday, November 21, 2020 for this year’s “Drive-Thru” Santa Claus Parade. Families are asked to plan their visit based upon last name:

  • A to G: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
  • H to M: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • N to T: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • U to Z: 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Progress Report / Kindergarten Communication of Learning / Interviews

The Elementary Progress Report for grades 1 – 8 students, and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations will be issued on November 24, 2020. The reports will be sent home to parents / guardians via email using our School Messenger service.

Parents / guardians will be able to schedule an interview with your child’s teachers during the evening of Thursday, November 26, 2020 and during the day on Friday, November 27, 2020 which is a designated Professional Development Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams or through a phone call. To book an interview, please follow the instructions provided here:  Interviews. 

The opportunity to book an interview will close at 9:00pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

  • If you have requested a phone interview, your child’s teacher will contact you at the phone number provided at the time requested.
  • If you have requested a virtual meeting through Microsoft Teams, your child’s teacher will send you an email invitation using the email address that you provided when booking your interview time. The email will contain the link to virtual meeting, no software or program is needed to be installed in order to join the meeting. Simply click on the link provided in the email

Gift Card Drive to Support the Georgetown Bread Basket

Recognizing our call to supporting those in need especially over the holiday season, schools and community partners are invited to engage in charitable drives that are keeping with COVID-19 restrictions. The Georgetown Bread Basket is in need of numerous items to support our community.

We are asking all students and families, both conventional and virtual learners, to consider donating a gift card for a local grocery store (Metro, Superstore, Sobeys, FreshCo) to the school. Gift card donations will limit the handling, storing, cleaning, and distribution of items that a traditional food drive would require. Our school will collect the donated cards, organize them by store, and deliver them. The Georgetown Bread Basket will use the cards to purchase items that they are in desperate need of. 

To donate, simply purchase a gift card of any amount and place it in a plastic sandwich bag and have your child bring the card to their teacher. For virtual learners, please have a parent/guardian deliver the card in the plastic bag to the school during school hours. Ring the doorbell, and Ms. Nieuwendyk will collect the card from you. Thank you for supporting our community during these challenging times.

Inclement Weather Reminders

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our board website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations? Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Virtual Book Fair

Our Virtual Book Fair will take place from November 23 – 30, 2020.  Our wonderful librarian, Ms. Ruppel, has provided the following details:

  • November 23-30
  • Online Only
  • All orders shipped directly to student’s homes
  • Shipping is free if spending over $35.00, otherwise shipping is $6.00 per order
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 will be a free shipping night from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Anyone can order – parents, grandparents, friends, coworkers!

The link to access the virtual book fair is:  https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5150920

Poinsettia Sales

The opportunity to purchase a poinsettia in support of our Catholic School Council will close on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Midnight. Proceeds from our sale will go to support the Georgetown Bread Basket.

Arrangements will be available for pickup from from Thursday, December 10, 2020 to Thursday, December 17, 2020.  Learn more here: Poinsettia Sales

Upcoming School Calendar

Jan
27
Wed
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all day
Feb
4
Thu
Waste Free Lunch Day
Feb 4 all day

According to the Recycling Council of Ontario, the average student‛s school lunch creates about 30 kilograms of waste per year. This means that the average school can produce over 8,500 kilograms of waste every year just from student lunches!

Often our lunches contain single-use plastics, which we put into the garbage. These end up sitting in our landfills.

Waste free lunch days are when we don’t make any garbage from our lunches/snacks.

How do we do this?

  • Use tupperware containers, thermoses, water bottles, reusable utensils (forks and spoons).
  • Make sure we recycle properly (pop cans, yogurt cups)
  • Make sure we compost correctly (food scraps)
Virtual Liturgy – Who is the Holy Spirit?
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Feb
5
Fri
Professional Development Day: Report Card Writing
Feb 5 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Feb
16
Tue
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
Feb
17
Wed
Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins
Feb 17 all day
Mar
3
Wed
Virtual Liturgy – Who is God?
Mar 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mar
4
Thu
Waste Free Lunch Day
Mar 4 all day

According to the Recycling Council of Ontario, the average student‛s school lunch creates about 30 kilograms of waste per year. This means that the average school can produce over 8,500 kilograms of waste every year just from student lunches!

Often our lunches contain single-use plastics, which we put into the garbage. These end up sitting in our landfills.

Waste free lunch days are when we don’t make any garbage from our lunches/snacks.

How do we do this?

  • Use tupperware containers, thermoses, water bottles, reusable utensils (forks and spoons).
  • Make sure we recycle properly (pop cans, yogurt cups)
  • Make sure we compost correctly (food scraps)
Mar
15
Mon
March Break
Mar 15 all day

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