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November 12, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures

At St. Francis of Assisi School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following:

  • Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play.
  • Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover our nose, mouth and are tight to our chin.
  • Maintaining physical distancing by respecting the personal space of others

Kindly ensure that you remind your child of the importance of complying with the safety measures that are in place when they are at school.

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/

Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Learn more here: Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 21-27, 2021 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021 our students are encouraged to wear as much pink as possible to show that St. Francis of Assisi School promotes peace and a school environment free of bullying.

Student Census 2022

The Student Census 2022 will be implemented February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive).

All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 8
    To be completed by parents and guardians

Learn more here: Student Census 2022

Progress Reports, Kindergarten Communication of Learning, Interviews

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. On November 24, 2021 the Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8, and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home electronically to all families. Please click here to learn more about the reporting process.

Parents / Guardians have the right and responsibility to participate actively in your child’s education.  As such, interviews with your child’s teacher(s) will be offered Thursday, November 25, 2021 during the afternoon/evening, and Friday, November 26, 2021 during the school day as this is designated Professional Development Day.

All families have been emailed home a link to request your interview time and delivery format (virtual or phone). Please ensure that you respond to this survey by November 18, 2021.

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application

In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton beginning January 3, 2022.

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 

Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca

Elementary School Intramurals and Interschool Sports

We are excited to share that intramurals and interschool sports will be returning to the Halton Catholic District School Board! All grade 1-8 students will be offered the opportunity to participate in an intramural program with their classroom cohort beginning December 6, 2021. Permission forms have been sent home.

Interschool sports will also return, beginning with the elementary school volleyball season beginning on December 2, 2021. Interested students in grades 6-8 will receive more information shortly.

We thank all of our school staff members who have volunteered to provide these opportunities for our students!

Poinsettia Sales Program

The Catholic School Council has partnered with Terra Greenhouses in Milton to offer families the opportunity to purchase a Christmas poinsettia arrangement this year. Please click on the following link to learn more about this opportunity: Poinsettia Sales Program

Virtual Book Fair

Offered in partnership with Scholastic Canada, our virtual book fair will provide parents / guardians and students the opportunity to choose the stories that will inspire them to read independently. More than ever, families are looking to enhance their home libraries while experiencing the fun and familiarity of an event to celebrate literacy.

  • All orders placed online will be shipping to the school free of charge.
  • All orders will be individually wrapped with an invoice for either the student or parent/guardian to pick up. 

Our Virtual Book Fair will take place November 22 – 28, 2021

Link to our Virtual Book Fair:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5167946

Upcoming School Calendar

Nov
16
Tue
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day
Louis Riel was a great Metis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Nov 16 all day
Nov
17
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Nov 17 all day
Nov
18
Thu
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Nov 18 all day
Nov
19
Fri
The Great Gulp!
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Staff and students will take a synchronized gulp of tap water to raise awareness about drinking water and the importance of reducing single-use plastic waste by using a reusable bottle.

Here are some quick facts about plastic single-use water bottles:

  • 80% of plastic water bottles are not recycled.
  • only 9% of all plastic in Canada is recycled – the rest ends up in the landfill.
  • One million plastic water bottles are bought every minute around the world. That’s 20,000 EVERY SECOND.
  • one billion plastic bottles are sent to landfill every year – and that’s only in Ontario!

You can see from these stats that bringing our own reusable water bottles from home is extremely important, and teaching our students the effects of plastic water bottles on our planet is even more important.

Nov
21
Sun
Poinsettia Orders Due
Nov 21 all day

Please refer to the following link:  Poinsettia Sales

 

Nov
23
Tue
Lunchbox Orders – Boston Pizza
Nov 23 all day
Nov
24
Wed
Lunchbox Orders – Subway
Nov 24 all day
Pink Day
Nov 24 all day

On this day, students are encouraged to wear as much pink as possible to promote our commitment to peace and school environment free of bullying!

Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 21-27, 2021 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Progress Reports Grade 1 -8, Kindergarten Communication of Learning Sent Home
Nov 24 all day
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