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September 17, 2021 Update

Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”

― The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume One: Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

Parking Lot Safety

Our school parking lot is closed to parents/guardians from 8:45am – 9:15am and 3:30pm – 4:00pm.  The allocated parking spaces are for staff members only. Please use the short term parking that is now available on Sinclair Avenue.

We continue to observe many students and their families walking in-between cars and through the parking lot to access the school yard. A reminder that children are to walk along the sidewalk to the front of the school, then to the school yard. Please do not have your child walk through the parking lot as we have numerous buses that drop off children each morning. Once your child has safely entered the school yard, please continue with your day and leave the parking lane so that additional families can utilize this space.

Virtual Curriculum Night

Our annual Curriculum Night will occur next 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.

2021-2022 School Staff

Room 113 – Kindergarten – A. O’Donnell and S. Vincec, DECE (Long Term Occasional for S. DiRenzo)

Room 114 – Kindergarten – M. Sequeira and L. Boudreau, DECE

Room 115 – Kindergarten – C. Reitzel and P. Costa, DECE

Room 102 – Grade 1 – B. Chaffay

Room 104 – Grade 1/2 – E. Carter

Room 101 – Grade 2 – H. MacLean

Room 103 – Grade 2/3 – E. Wilson

Room 105 – Grade 3 – K. Samson

Room 130 – Grade 3 – J. Brunato

Room 106 – Grade 4 – T. Patzelt (Long Term Occasional for T. Fargiorgio)

Room 108 – Grade 4/5 – M. Moore

Room 107 – Grade 5/6 – S. Macchione

Room 109 – Grade 6/7 – A. Fitzgerald

Room 110 – Grade 7 – A. Taylor

Room 111 – Grade 8 – S. Logozzo

French as a Second Language – R. Amorim

Planning Time – J. Purdy, E. Brasil, M. Garbos

Special Education

  • K. Janjevich and D. Dos Ramos (Special Education Resource Teachers)
  • A. Mclean, (Special Education Teacher, Structured Teaching Class)
  • L. Ashley, K, English, H. Klack, L. Lannan, A. White, O. Fisher, B. Rorke, and S. Boateng (Educational Assistants)

Library Technician – N. Markotic

Child and Youth Counsellor – C. Ryrie

Custodial – D. Mazuran, T. Knowles

Office Administration – C. Nieuwendyk

Principal – M. Witter

Orange Shirt Day

The focus of our 2021-2022 Pastoral Plan is Truth and Reconciliation. Calls to Action #62-65 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission specifically detail the process of reconciliation through education. On September 30 will we observe Orange Shirt Day with our students. 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. Our classroom teachers are building an understanding with our students about the Indigenous Grandfather Teaching of Truth along with, in an age appropriate way, impact of the Residential School system on Indigenous Peoples in Canada. On this day, Ms. Logozzo’s grade 8 class will lead a school-wide virtual liturgy.

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.

Family Paint Night

Families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.

As this event does conflict with our school’s Curriculum Night, the live event will be archived on the Grandmother’s Voice Youtube Channel for families to access at a later date. For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

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.

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.

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

Daily Self-Screening

As of Monday, September 20, 2021 students are no longer required to present evidence of completing the self-screening process. However, for the safety and well-being of all students and staff, 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.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Cleaning Protocols

As per the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Reopening Plan, along with guidance and directives from Halton Region Public Health, St. Francis of Assisi School continues to implement enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the school day. These include:

  • All high-touch points* will be disinfected twice daily or when visibly dirty.  ​
  • Disinfectant wipes and no-touch disinfectant spray will be provided in the classroom and library for disinfection of high-touch items in the classroom throughout the day. ​
  • Staff rooms will be cleaned daily in the evenings. Disinfectant wipes or no-touch disinfectant spray will be provided for intraday disinfection, as required. ​
  • The gymnasium and any shared equipment will be disinfected between each class using the space.​
  • Hand hygiene and disinfection station resources will be inspected daily and restocked as needed. ​

*High-touch points include doorknobs, light switches, push plates, panic bars, handrails, elevator buttons, faucet handles, flush handles, stall latches, product dispensers, paper towel dispensers, benches and bottle fillers.

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 Photographs

Heath and safety protocols around school photographs continue to be developed between our school board and Halton Region Public Health. As such, our school photograph day, tentatively scheduled for September 24, 2021, must be rescheduled to a later date. Details will be provided once available.

Lunch Program

We are working on confirming an optional lunch program to offer our families through Lunch Box Orders. The program is tentatively set to begin in late October, and we plan to offer pizza from Pizza Hut on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with sandwiches from Subway on Wednesdays. More details will be provided when available.

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Curriculum Night
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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.

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
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
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

Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Liturgy – Grandfather Teaching of Respect
Oct 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Witter, MarkSeptember 17, 2021 Update