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September 10, 2021 Update

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

Daily Self-Screening and Confirmation

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 School Screening Tool

For the first two weeks of school ending Friday, September 17, 2021 (unless directed otherwise by the Ministry of Education), confirmation of screening must be submitted daily to classroom teachers through:

  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device; OR
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR
  • Complete the Confirmation of School Screening log that was sent home with each child this week

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.

Masks

Children from K – Grade 8 are required to wear a mask at school.  During recess breaks and outdoor learning time children will not be required to wear their masks. 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.

Medical Perils

If your child has a medical plan of care, please remember to send in all medical items (i.e. epi-pens, inhalers) and the signed medical forms to the classroom teacher next week.

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.

Catholic School Council

The inaugural Catholic School Council meeting for the 2021-2022 school year is scheduled to take place on Tuesday October 5, 2021 beginning at 6:30 pm. At this time, council meetings will be conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams. Please visit our Catholic School Council web page HERE for additional information about the role of the Catholic School Council. You can access this year’s election package, including access to the online nomination form as well as election information and procedures here: Catholic School Council 2021-2022

School Day Hours

Our morning entry bell rings at 9:10am and students enter the building using a staggered entry plan.

Morning Recess:

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

11:10am – 11:25am – Grade 4 to grade 8

Lunch occurs from 12:10pm – 1:10pm

Afternoon Recess:

1:50pm – 2:05pm – Grade 4 to grade 8

2:30pm – 2:45pm – Grade 1 to grade 3

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:  Safe Arrival System

Virtual Curriculum Night

Our annual Curriculum Night will occur on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year.  Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher, learn more about classroom routines and procedures, 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.

Family Information and Consent Form

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

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: https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

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 hoursIf 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.

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

Phone (905) 873-1887

Website: www.holycrossrc.com

Mass Times:

Saturday at 5:00pm

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

You can also join online at the parish Facebook Page or Youtube Channel

School Calendar

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Sep
13
Mon
All Year 1 Kindergarten Students Attend School
Sep 13 all day
Sep
22
Wed
Curriculum Night
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
29
Wed
Electricity Safety and Conservation Presentation
Sep 29 all day

Halton Hills Hydro, in partnership with Electricity Safety & Conservation, will support our students understanding of electrical safety & conservation in the school and home, and outdoors around utility poles, towers and substations.

Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.

Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.

What is Rowan’s Law Day?

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

For more information on our concussion protocol, visit our Board’s website.

Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day

If possible, students are encouraged to wear orange articles of clothing on this day, however, please note that this is not a spirit day. We ask students to wear orange as a sign of support for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people

School Liturgy
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Oct
4
Mon
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 4 all day
Outdoor Liturgy for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
8
Fri
Professional Development Day
Oct 8 all day

October 8 – Faith Day

November 26 – Progress Reports / Kindergarten Communication of Learning Interviews

January 28 – Report Card Writing

April 25 – Provincial Priorities

June 6 – Report Card Writing

Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
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