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Weekly Update — Sept 21-25

STAFFING UPDATE

Please join the SJOA staff and students on congratulating Mrs. Pitt on becoming Vice-Principal for the Virtual School.  Mrs. Pitt will bring her online experience and expertise to the new virtual school as she continues her leadership journey with HCDSB.  Mrs. Pitt will be missed in the office and in the hallways of SJOA and we want to wish her all the best in her new assignment.

SUPERVISION BEFORE SCHOOL DAILY

A reminder that our warning bell rings daily at 8:40 am with a final bell at 8:45 am.  There will NOT be teacher supervisors on the yard as we have moved to a free entry process this year.  A reminder that no student should be on property prior to 8:30 am.  Once again, as mentioned above, when students arrive on property after 8:30 am daily, they must immediately enter the building and make their way to their class.  Teachers will be on supervision in the hallways to ensure students are not congregating in the hallways and adhering to all the safety measures.

Catholic School Council

Parents who are interested in becoming a member of the Catholic School Council are asked to please email Mr. Laratta. Catholic School Council nomination forms will be emailed out to those interested.  Our council meeting will be held virtually until further notice using Microsoft Teams.  Our first council meeting will be on Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  Virtual invites will be sent out this week. 

Sacramental Preparation and Information

Grade 2

First Reconciliation & First Communion 2021 Information Package

Grade 3 Communion

First Communion 2020 Information Package Grade 3

Grade 7 Confirmation

Confirmation 2021 Information Package Gr. 7

Parent Communication

We have decided to not move forward with student agendas.  In order to communicate with staff, we ask that you please use emails, which can be found on the school’s website.  As well, classroom teachers will be communicating the use of D2L or Google Classroom and how to access it.  Please feel free to also call the school and a message will be relayed to the teacher, who will return your call in a timely manner. 

School Messenger App

Downloading and using the School Messenger App is the FASTEST and EASIEST way to report your child’s absence to the school.  If you have not downloaded this app already, we ask that all parents please do this before the start of this school year.  The instructions can be found by clicking on the following link https://bit.ly/2FdKOOd

Allergies and Anaphylaxis

As we begin our new school year, we remind all members of our community that we strive to minimize allergens that pose life-threatening symptoms for students. Keeping our students safe is paramount and we ask that parents carefully pack their children’s lunches.  We have several students in our school who live with severe life-threatening allergies to peanuts, nuts, egg, seafood and other foods (anaphylaxis). All snack and food items should be nut free, as well as any particular items that are identified by the classroom teachers (i.e. sesame seeds). Likewise, we ask that that no substitute nut spreads (peabutter, wow butter, etc.) be sent to school as they smell and look exactly like peanut butter. Please continue to choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks (from home and restaurants) to school, keeping in mind specific allergies in your child’s classroom. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats from home for the class.  Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of all students.  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 periods. 

 Parents and Visitors in the School

This school year, in an effort to minimize contacts and help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitor access to our school.   All visitors, including parents and HCDSB staff who are not assigned to our school, will require approval and pre-screening before entering our building. Only visits that are deemed absolutely essential will be approved – e.g. visits by the Fire Marshal’s office or by public health. Where possible, meetings or visits will be conducted virtually.  Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   We appreciate your patience and understanding as we do all we can to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.   Please understand that you may be refused entry into the school.  We encourage you to call the school AND to leave a voicemail if no one answers the phone right away.  The voicemail is checked throughout the day.  This is the best way to get information to our office staff and/or your child’s teacher.  Teachers will be providing you with their email addresses early in the school year and this too is an effective form of communication between parents and staff. 

What happens if your child feels unwell at school? 

It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.  Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s ‘isolation room’ and we will contact the parent or guardian to come and pick them up. It is very important that we have current contact information for all our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information. You could call our main office number or email our Secretary, Mrs. Freeze, at freezev@hcdsb.org

Parish Information

https://www.saintmatthew.ca/

Have a great week!!

Upcoming Events:

Sep
30
Wed
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Oct
7
Wed
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
8
Thu
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
9
Fri
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
10
Sat
World Mental Health Day
Oct 10 all day
Oct
12
Mon
Happy Thanksgiving
Oct 12 all day
Oct
14
Wed
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
15
Thu
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
16
Fri
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
21
Wed
Grade 8 Parent Information Night for IB Program at STA Oct 21
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
27
Tue
Dress Purple Day
Oct 27 all day

Students are encouraged to wear Purple to support individuals and communities who play important roles in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families

Oct
30
Fri
Spirit Day — Halloween Costume
Oct 30 all day
Nov
2
Mon
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
4
Wed
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
5
Thu
Loyola Grade 8 Parent Information Evening
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please visit the Loyola website to access the Virtual Meeting

https://secondary.hcdsb.org/loyola/

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update — Sept 21-25