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October 7, 2021 Update

May you always remain thankful for the gift of your life, and never take for granted the miracle of each breath you take, for your life is God’s gift to you.

May you always remain thankful for the beauty of creation, and never take for granted clean air, green trees, and drinkable water, for they, too, are God’s gift to you.

May you always remain thankful for family and friends and never take for granted their kindness and caring, for it is God who is working through them, showing his love for you.

May you always remain thankful for your clothing, food and shelter and never take these for granted, for God has asked each of us to be his hands and feet; to reach out and share with those who have less.

May you always give thanks in your heart, in both good and difficult times, and may you never take anything for granted.

May you share your blessings with others, and know that God loves you

Teresa Cosentino
Peterborough, Victoria & Northumberland CDSB, 2010

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:

Please note, the Government of Ontario School Screening Tool was recently updated. Kindly ensure that you familiarize your family members with the guidance within this tool and follow the generated instructions.

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

All students have been provided with an approved mask by the school board. However, an additional mask will be provided should a student arrive at school with a non-approved face covering.

As a reminder the mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Lunch Protocols

For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch period. We are kindly asking that students not make plans to leave the school during the lunch hour to visit the mall for lunch. Your support is appreciated.

We are working through the health and safety protocols and will begin to offer an optional lunch program this year through LunchBox Orders beginning the week of October 25, 2021.

Our initial lunch offerings will include:

  • Tuesdays – Pizza Hut
  • Wednesdays – Subway
  • Thursdays – Pizza Hut

More details will be shared prior to the program beginning. All LunchBox Orders are organized through School Cash Online.

School Cash Online

Paying school fees online is fast and easy and can be done from any computer or smartphone.  Getting setup up is three simple steps:

  1. Create Your Profile: Go to Click on “Register”.
  2. Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.
  3. Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.

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 2020 – 2021 school year:

  • V. Santaguida – Co-Chair
  • K. Micalizzi – Co-Chair
  • M. Paterson – Secretary
  • Z. Sholdra – Ontario Association for Parents in Catholic Education Representative
  • F. Geeves, W. Locke, P. Rygus, A. Harris, K. Corkovic – Parent / Guardian Representatives
  • TBD – Parish Representative
  • TBD – Community Representative
  • C. Reitzel – Teaching Staff Representative
  • C. Nieuwendyk – Non-Teaching Staff Representative
  • M. Witter – Principal

Our Catholic School Council had its first meeting on October 5, 2021. You can learn more about the role of our Catholic School Council here:

Hallowe’en Costumes

We look forward to celebrating Hallowe’en with our students on October 29, 2021, and invite our students to wear a costume, or orange and black clothing, on this day. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols within the school, costume props and masks cannot be brought or worn to school this day. While we want to enjoy the day, we still must follow Public Health protocols by wearing masks and exercising appropriate hand hygiene.

At St. Francis of Assisi School we strive to ensure that our students see themselves and their classmates reflected in their studies. Our students and families should expect their interactions within our school community to leave them feeling accepted for who they are. We encourage everyone to reflect critically and be mindful of cultural appropriation as you select a Halloween costume. Please review our full website post on Hallowe’en costume expectations here: Equity and Inclusive Education – Hallowe’en Costume Selection

Hallowe’en Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

Hallowe’en Outdoor Dance

Weather permitting, our Catholic School Council members will be organizing an outdoor Hallowe’en Dance for all our students on Friday, October 29, 2021. By hosting our dance outside, we can ensure that all health and safety protocols and public health measures are safely adhered to. Each Kindergarten to grade 8 class will be provided with a 30 minute period to go outside and enjoy some fun and fellowship in their costumes. This event is not a fundraiser for our school. We want to treat our students to a fun experience to reward their perseverance over the last two years.

Help Needed! Do you have access to or can provide the school with items such as hay bales, corn stalks, Hallowe’en decorations etc. that our council members could use to decorate our school playground for our Hallowe’en Dance? Kindly contact Mr. Witter at the school if you can assist with our decoration planning.

Red Cross Safety Courses

The Canadian Red Cross is offering virtual fall safety courses for grade 1 – 8 students. The courses being offered are:

  • Kids Safety First – First Aid for Kids Workshop.  For all grade 1, 2 & 3 students the First Aid for Kids program is a fun workshop that includes topics such as: what’s in a first aid kit, calling EMS, identifying poisons & dangers, cuts/scrapes, nose bleeds, & burns. The cost is $25.00
  • Kids Safety First at Home All by Myself & First Aid for Kids Workshop.  For all grade 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 students the First Aid for Kids program is a fun workshop that includes topics such as: what’s in a first aid kit, calling EMS, identifying poisons & dangers, cuts/scrapes, wounds, nose bleeds, burns, & choking.  The workshop also teaches participants how the rules change when home alone, the home alone checklist, walking home from school safety & more. The cost is $45.00
  • Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course.  For grade 6, 7, & 8 students interested in becoming a skilled babysitter.  Topics included everything from diapering, first aid, safety tips, rights & responsibilities, and safely finding babysitting jobs.  The cost is $65.00

To register, contact Catherine McEwen at 905-877-4490

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

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
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

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.

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
Hallowe’en Outdoor Dance
Oct 29 all day
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Chef Melani Bastians Visit for Grade 8 Students
Nov 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our grade 8 students will meet Chef Melani Bastians while she demonstrates the process of preparing and cooking a meal, and speaks to our students about career opportunities in the Culinary Arts.

This event is provided by the HCDSB Pathways and Student Success team.

Witter, MarkOctober 7, 2021 Update