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Weekly Update Oct. 26-30


Once again, our fundraising initiatives are dedicated to supporting our students and their learning experience at SJOA.  All proceeds of our fundraising will be used to purchase technology and school beautification.  Here are 2 options that can be shared with family and friends to help support SJOA’s goal of raising $10,000. 



HCDSB Donation System

  1. Enter your donation amount
  2. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Joan of Arc
  3. Under “Tribute Information” please select “In honour of”
  4. Under “Honoree Name” indicate Student Name – Dance-a-Thon
  5. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you

Halloween Update

On Friday, October 30th, 2020 staff and students are encouraged to show their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costume or wearing orange and/or black.  Parents and students are reminded to be mindful of our Catholic learning environment and the well-being of our students when selecting costumes. As a result, we ask that students do not wear/bring masks, weapon replicas, costumes which violate our dress code, and any other costume that would be considered inappropriate or against our Catholic values.  Suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume:

  1. Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or traditions of the culture that I am borrowing my from?

Students will have the opportunity on this day to dance and participate in class activities.  Should weather permit, students will have the opportunity to dance outside with their classmates. Students can bring a few treats to have in class on this day.  Please remember that SJOA is a peanut/treenut free school and all snacks are to be school safe.  Remember NO SHARING OF SNACKS.  Looking forward to a SPOOKTACULAR day!!

Reminder about Lunches/Snacks: Please not Peanuts, Treenuts and Seafood

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, 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, fish). 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 remember that there are no food celebrations in class. 

Loyola Info Night

Attention all Grade 8 Parents.  Loyola will be hosting a virtual Parent information night on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 @ 6:30 pm.  Information can be found on the Loyola website @

Grade 3 Communion Dates

Reminder to all Grade 3 students and parents of your Communion date and times for the week of November 2nd to November 7th. Please visit the St. Matthew Parish website at

Fire and Lockdown Drills

In accordance with board policy and procedure we are required to practice 3 fire drills and 2 lockdown drills each term.  Over the past 2 weeks, we have completed these drills with success.  All staff and students responded to the warnings in accordance with SJOA’s fire and lockdown procedures and staff will continue to review these procedures throughout the year. 

Mask Reminders

Just a gentle reminder to all parents and guardians that masks are required when entering school property (fence line, parking lot, building).  When waiting near the gates at the beginning of the day or at dismissal, please ensure that masks are worn until you enter your car off school property.  These safety measures are in place in accordance with Halton Public Health and SJOA/HCDSB COVID-19 return to school policy and procedure.  Remember we are all in this together!

Safe Arrival Program

It is essential that all absences are reported to the office in a timely manner. Please use the absence reporting email link, which can be found at the bottom of our homepage, to report your child’s absence. In some cases, numerous unsuccessful attempts are made when calling cell, work, home and emergency contact phone numbers. As per board procedures, Halton Regional Police must be called after many attempts have been made, to ensure student safety. Please continue to follow our established procedures around student safe arrival.

Self-Assessment Screening Tool

The Ontario government has released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children.  Please use the October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children tool before leaving for school each day.  

Have a Great Week!

Upcoming Events:

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
Spirit Day — Halloween Costume
Oct 30 all day
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Treaty Recognition Week
Nov 1 @ 1:00 am – Nov 6 @ 1:00 am
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm
Loyola Grade 8 Parent Information Evening
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please visit the Loyola website to access the Virtual Meeting

Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm
Inuit Day
Nov 6 all day
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm
Catholic School Council
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Angel Wish Tree
Nov 15 @ 7:00 am – Dec 4 @ 7:30 am
Anti Bullying Awareness Week
Nov 15 @ 7:00 am – Nov 21 @ 8:00 am
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