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October 1, 2021 Update

Monday, October 4, 2021 is the feast day of the patron saint of our school, St. Francis of Assisi. On this date, the church commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment.

Pope Francis serves as an excellent role model for our staff and students.  When he selected his name after our school’s patron saint, Pope Francis reminded us to not be afraid, and to serve.  He encourages us to be humbly attentive to the truth, goodness, and beauty that come from God alone.

With inspiration from Pope Francis, each day at St. Francis of Assisi School our students are reminded to use the gifts that God has given them, and to not be afraid to dream of great things.

On this day, our school community will gather together for an outdoor liturgy, lead by our Pastor Fr. David Walter, at 10:00am.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

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: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If Your Child Feels Unwell at School

Based upon the current directives from Halton Public Health should your child experience or report any of the following symptoms while at school, we are required to contact you to pick up your child:

  • Fever and/or chills – Temperature of 37.8 degrees/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup) – Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions)
  • Shortness of breath – Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell – Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea – Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions

What Should You Do Next?

  • Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.
  • Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  
    • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
    • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
    • are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Catholic School Council

In accordance with Ministry of Education Regulations, the following nominees have been acclaimed to a position on the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Council for the 2021 – 2022 school year:

  • V. Santaguida
  • M. Paterson
  • Z. Sholdra
  • K. Micalizzi
  • F. Geeves
  • W. Locke
  • P. Rygus
  • A. Harris
  • K. Corkovic
  • TBD – Parish Representative
  • TBD – Community Representative
  • C. Reitzel – Teaching Staff Representative
  • C. Nieuwendyk – Non-Teaching Staff Representative
  • M. Witter – Principal

Our Catholic School Council will have its first meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. In accordance with Public Health guidelines, the meetings will currently be held virtually. You can learn more about the role of our Catholic School Council here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stfrancis/about-our-school-council/ We thank all of the parents/guardians who have kindly volunteered their time to serve on our 2021-2022 Catholic School Council.

Appropriate Outdoor Wear

With Fall comes a variety of weather conditions that can change drastically throughout the day.  Our outside playground tends to be windy and cool. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have appropriate clothing to participate fully in all learning activities. Physical Education classes continue to primarily take place outside, along with our outdoor learning periods. 

Digital Learning and Citizenship

Our Catholic Graduate Expectation of being a Responsible Citizen teaches our students the importance of acting morally and to accept accountability for their actions. While online, students should reflect on their online behaviour and ask themselves:

  • Are my posts online reflective of my Faith in God?
  • Do I think about the ongoing digital footprint that my online activity creates?
  • Do my social media posts show the world that I respect myself and others?
  • Do my online words and actions show that I care about others and know that we are all created in the image of God?
  • Do my online actions demonstrate that I believe in forgiveness, and that I am forgiving and never vengeful online?

Using these expectations applies to any online presence and interactions. As always, we look to our parent community to be partners with their children on any virtual platform/ social media, always monitoring their use, including their posts, sites they are visiting and individuals and/or sites they are interacting with online. Please take the time to talk to your children about online safety rules and review digital citizenship responsibilities. 

School-Based Immunization Program 2021-2022

As you may know, in past years, the Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, some students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. 

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize

World Teachers’ Day

World Teacher Day is celebrated annually on October 5. The ​​theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future”. The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teacher’s day in respect of their determined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. You can learn more here: World Teachers’ Day

School Photographs

Our school board, based upon consultation with Halton Public Health, has shared that schools can now begin to book school photography sessions.

To ensure the continued safety of our students, all infection, prevention, and control measures that are required by Halton Public Health will be in place, including:

  • Photographers will be wearing PPE at all times
  • Photographers will disinfect any common touch point areas in between students
  • Photographers will maintain a minimum of 2 metres of distance between students and staff members
  • Students will be photographed standing, when possible, to avoid common touch points
  • Students may remove their mask only for picture taking, and will sanitize their hands before and after having their picture taken
  • No group class photos will be taken, a composite photo will be compiled using each individual student’s photo
  • The order process for parents will be conducted online and in a paperless manner

Our school photograph day will be Thursday, October 28, 2021

Professional Development Day – Friday, October 8, 2021

Please note that Friday, October 8, 2021 is a Professional Development Day and classes will not be held. Our staff members will be participating in faith formation activities this day.

Upcoming School Calendar

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
Oct
20
Wed
Liturgy – Grandfather Teaching of Respect
Oct 20 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
21
Thu
Advanced Placement Program Meeting for families of Grade 8 Students
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer university-level content to students in secondary school. Students in AP and Pre-AP programmes study topics in greater depth, providing an opportunity for enhanced learning.

The rich course material, classroom discussion and unique assignments typical of AP courses help to develop the knowledge and the critical thinking skills in students that are university bound.

AP is recognized by post-secondary institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide, including 90% of north American colleges and universities.

What is Pre-Advanced Placement?

Pre-AP is an advanced series of courses for students to help begin preparing for university and is designated to be a rigorous preparation for AP courses in Grade 12.

The courses are intended to be challenging, but the benefits to students are well worth the extra work.

Learn more here:  Christ the King Advanced Placement

Oct
27
Wed
Dress Purple Day
Oct 27 all day

Every October, Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families through the provincial Dress Purple Day campaign.

Students are invited to wear purple articles of clothing on this day.

Oct
28
Thu
School Photograph Day
Oct 28 all day
Grade 9 Information Night for Families of Grade 8 Students
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
29
Fri
Hallowe’en Outdoor Dance
Oct 29 all day
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