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Weekly Update Nov. 9th to 13th

Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence.  May that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all people and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Fundraising Update

Thanks to our parent community for their generosity.  This year we raised $2660. All funds will be used to purchase new technology, school beautification and outdoor equipment. These purchases would not be possible without your generous donations.  Remember Fundscrip will be available to families all year by using accessing the following link — https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/M4UMV8

Over the course of the year, Fundscrip will offer promotions that can benefit both families and the school.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving!  Look at what is being offered this month Fundscrip Promotions

Grade 3 Communion

Please join me in congratulating our Grade 3 students who have received the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist this past week as celebrations were held at St. Matthew Parish on Thursday and Friday.  We want to thank the Mrs. Fairfield, Ms. Ferrelli and Father Allen for preparing our students over the past few months. 

Virtual Remembrance Day

Please join us virtually for our annual Remembrance Day liturgy on Wednesday, November 11th @ 10:45 am.  A link will be sent to all families. 

Virtual Family Fun Night

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, November 19th, we will be hosting our first-ever SJOA Virtual Family Trivia Night! Starting at 7:00pm, we will be playing 3 separate Kahoot games, each with unique themes.  Winning families will receive a pizza dinner delivered by Mr. Laratta.  Make sure to sign in on the 19th to join in on the fun.  Don’t forget to tag us @sjoa5 using the hashtag #SJOATriviaNight2020

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!

Safety

We would like to remind parents, guardians and family members that there are No Dogs Allowed on school property (fence line, sidewalks, parking lot, blacktop and grass area) unless it is a service animal wearing appropriate vest and/or harness, during drop off and pick up time.  We encourage students to walk to and from school when possible and at times this means bringing the dog, however, we ask that all dogs/animals remain off school property during this time. 

Late Arrival

A reminder to families that school begins at 8:45 am.  Students are aske to arrive to school between 8:30 and 8:45 am.  Arriving at school on time will teach children the importance of punctuality.  Insist that your children leave the house in time to arrive at school at least five or ten minutes before the bell.  The time spent in the school before class begins is a transition time that allows your child to reconnect with classmates and to refocus on school.  

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:

Nov
9
Mon
Catholic School Council
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
11
Wed
Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Nov
15
Sun
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
Nov
16
Mon
Louis Riel Day
Nov 16 all day
Nov
18
Wed
Virtual Author Visit— K-6
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Nov
19
Thu
Family Fun Night — Virtual Trivia Night.
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
24
Tue
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Nov
26
Thu
CIVVIES DAY — HOODIE THURSDAY
Nov 26 all day
Parent Teacher Interview
Nov 26 @ 3:30 pm – 8:50 pm
Nov
27
Fri
PA DAY — NO CLASSES FOR STUDENTS
Nov 27 all day
Parent Teacher Interview
Nov 27 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Nov
29
Sun
First Sunday of Advent
Nov 29 all day
Dec
2
Wed
Virtual Advent Mass
Dec 2 all day
Dec
3
Thu
International Day of People with Disabilities
Dec 3 all day
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