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.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
November 5 – 11 is Veterans’ Week in Canada. This is a time where we honour those who have served our country, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.
As a school community, we will come together in prayer to honour those who have served our country when Mr. Patzelt’s class leads our virtual Remembrance Day observance. You can learn more about how you can observe Veterans’ Week as a family here: Veterans’ Week.
On behalf of our school community, our Catholic School Council has purchased a “Lest We Forget” wreath which will be placed at Remembrance Park in Georgetown. The memorial will be filled with commemorative wreaths – a visual tribute to honour Canada’s Veterans, and a reminder that we must ‘never forget’.
Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund
On Remembrance Day, each of our students will be provided with a poppy to wear. We are kindly asking each student to consider bringing a donation of $1.00 or $2.00 next week to support the the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund to assist Canada’s Veterans and their families. Your consideration is appreciated.
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.
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:
No Hate in Halton
We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launched during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:
- Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
- Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
- Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
- Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
- Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate motivated incidents.
Indigenous Awareness Month and Treaty Recognition Week
November is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board. Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.
Days of Importance
- Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 1-7, 2021 to educate students about the importance of treaties. St. Francis of Assisi School is situated on the lands of Treaty No. 19, which was entered into agreement on October 28, 1818.
- Inuit Day, November 7, 2021. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples.
- National Indigenous Veterans Day, November 8, 2021. This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
- Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2021. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.