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September 6, 2021 Update

Discern pathways where others only see walls…recognize potential where others see only peril. 

– Pope Francis –

We begin to welcome our students back to school this week, with several reminders and procedures to share with families for our return to school. The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our first priority. Our school board is working very closely with Halton Region Public Health to ensure health and safety protocols are in place and followed so that our students and staff can enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment this year.

Our staff are looking forward to welcoming our students back to instruction and remain committed to providing a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. We look forward to creating and maintaining a strong sense of community and welcoming spaces in our school.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy return to school for all.

The St. Francis of Assisi Return to School Plan can be viewed here.

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 TBD (Educational Assistants)

Library Technician – TBD

Child and Youth Counsellor – C. Ryrie

Custodial – D. Mazuran, T. Knowles

Office Administration – C. Nieuwendyk

Principal – M. Witter

Daily COVID-19 Screening and Confirmation

As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education. 

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school.

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device; OR
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students will bring back and forth to school each day. 

Please note, the school will provide a Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which will be sent home with each student. We kindly ask that you sign off daily. On your child’s first day of school, please provide written confirmation that your child has passed the daily screening, or you are welcome to print and complete the daily screening log here: Daily Screening Log.

Entrance and Exit Routines

We are kindly asking that all families who can walk to school create this routine for our students. The footprint of our school is not designed to have numerous cars parking to drop off children. As a reminder, the supervised area to drop children off is on the sidewalk of Duncan Drive. Our school parking lot is closed to parents/guardians from 8:45am – 9:15am and 3:30pm – 4:00pm.  Short term parking is available on Sinclair Avenue.

We remind all families 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. 

The following drop-off and pick-up protocols continue to be implemented this year to help minimize contacts and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community:

  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.
  • Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol).
  • For grades 1-8 students, when your child arrives at school, they must have their mask on and proceed to the blue line that has been designated for their class (cohort). Staff members will assist with this process at the beginning of the year. Students must remain on their blue line until the school day begins, they may not walk around or play in the school yard. This procedure is in place to keep all student with their cohort once they arrive at school. Students will line up to enter our school, and we will be implementing a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time.
  • We have established designated entry and exit doors for your child’s class (cohort).
  • Each kindergarten class will be provided with an individual gate for drop off and pick up. Kindergarten students will arrive with their mask on and enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.
  • 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 permitted on school property to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • At the end of the day, students who are walking home or being picked up by a parent/guardian must be met at the school entrance/exit on Duncan Drive.

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 on the first day of school.

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.

Attendance Matters

St. Francis of Assisi School is dedicated to helping your son or daughter develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities.  The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them.

As parents/guardians you have many responsibilities towards your child. One responsibility is to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn. In fact, it is the  law. The Provincial Education Act states that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years is required to attend school every day from the first school day in September until the last school day in June.

Please visit our website here to learn more about how our school will assist families to build the routine of regular school attendance.

Meet our Child and Youth Counsellor – Ms. Ryrie

The staff members of St. Francis of Assisi School understand that mental health and well-being are key conditions for students to learn and flourish. We are committed to lead with compassion and empathy, and take action to address equity within mental health and well-being. Our staff also protect and promote student mental health by providing caring learning environments. An important member of our team is our Child and Youth Counsellor, Ms. Ryrie. Although she is new to our school, Ms. Ryrie will be working diligently to develop relationships with our students so that all of our children know who she is, and how she can help. You can learn about Ms. Ryrie and some of the resources she has prepared to share with our school community below.

School Calendar

Labour Day
Sep 6 all day
First Day of School for Grades 1-8 Students
Sep 7 all day
Kindergarten Entry Interviews
Sep 7 all day
Kindergarten Entry Interviews
Sep 8 all day
First Day of School for All Year 2 Kindergarten Students and First Group of Year 1 Students
Sep 9 all day
First Day of School for Second Group of Year 1 Kindergarten Students
Sep 10 all day
All Year 1 Kindergarten Students Attend School
Sep 13 all day
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.

Witter, MarkSeptember 6, 2021 Update