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Weekly Update Feb 1 to Feb 5

The Month of February is about love. This means that we strive to develop in ourselves the habit of thinking, speaking, and acting from an attitude of care and positive regard in all our encounters and circumstances. We become aware of our negative moods and choose not to act out of them. We choose to set aside the harsh word. We refuse to allow our anger to inhibit our compassion or capacity to forgive. We deliberately search for ways to be helpful to others.

Black History Month

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.  Throughout the month, SJOA will be participating in a variety of online activities presented by the SAIDAT SHOW.  Students will have the opportunity to listen about diversity and Black History through a series of videos and activities that are both engaging and energetic. 


Just a reminder SJOA families that Fundscrip is still available to all SJOA families and families.  With purchasing items online, you will have the flexibility of receiving your e-gift card and ordering your groceries with a few simple clicks.  The program is available to everyone who has already registered or by simply clicking on the link below.  Remember, for every purchase made, SJOA will receive a donation from Fundscrip.


A Reminder that Friday, February 5th, 2021 is a scheduled PA DAY.  There will be no synchronous or asynchronous instruction delivered to students on this day. 

Winter Water Safety

The safety and well-being of our students and families is always our greatest priority, and we work closely with our partners to share important information to help keep our community safe. As the province-wide lockdown continues and families are exploring ways to stay active outdoors, the risk of water-related incidents are increasing.

Conservation Halton and the four municipalities in Halton have issued some important reminders and water safety tips to help keep our families safe during the winter months. 

Some of these measures include: 

  • Keep family members and pets away from all bodies of water. 
  • Don’t follow pets or people on the ice or attempt to rescue – call 911 for assistance. 
  • Avoid recreational activities in or around waterways and check with your local municipality for alternative outdoor skating opportunities. 
  • Recreation of any kind is not permitted on stormwater management ponds. These areas can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all times. 

Please take a few minutes to share these important reminders with your children. For more information, please read the joint News Release.

Register your Child for Kindergarten
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as
they interact with one another.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2021.

For more information on how to register your child:  Register Your Child

Remote Learning Extended

The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.  

What we know at this time:

  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
  • Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.

Updates & Additional Information 
We will continue to share any new updates from the Ministry as they become available, in the following ways:

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.
When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.
If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.
Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.
We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Communication During Remote Learning

A reminder that if you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to call the school or email our office staff:

Mrs. V. Freeze –

Mr. N. Laratta –

School Uniform Provider
We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership with also provide our families with more flexibility when ordering, improved availability, and reduced costs.

We encourage you to register to be notified of school uniform details, updates on your shopping options, and access to sales throughout the year. In addition to a custom website built specifically for our school, two retail stores will be available in the Halton Region. These school uniform retail spaces are being launched for the first time in Canada to maximize health, safety, and customer experience. Both stores are located in SmartCentres for more convenience including ample parking and the ability to do other errands in the same complex. They’re both over 7000 square feet of space to ensure safe physical distancing measures are in place, in addition to multiple formats to shop including self-serve and 1:1 appointments. The stores will also feature integrated technology to allow for curbside pickup, order & ship, and more. And they’ll feature a made-in-Canada section featuring domestically manufactured navy and white options.  McCarthy Price List

Halton Resources for Families

Stay Healthy and Safe

Upcoming Events:

Catholic School Council Meeting — 6:30pm -8:00pm
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PA Day — No School for Students
Feb 5 all day
Spirit Day — Paint the Town Red
Feb 12 all day
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
1st Day of Lent
Feb 17 all day
Ash Wednesday
Feb 17 all day
History Comic Art Virtual Workshop –Gr. 2-6
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am
1st Term Reports go Home
Feb 24 all day
Pink Shirt Day
Feb 24 all day

We invite staff and students to wear a “pink shirt”. Pink Shirt Day began as a youth-led initiative to support a peer who was being bullied, and it remains a call to youth to take a stand against bullying behavior. The pink shirt acts as a symbol, but it is up to everyone to take action! We here at SJOA stand united against bullying!

Uniform bottoms must be worn.


Council of Chairs Meeting via Teams
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb 26 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Orders Due
Mar 12 all day
Mar 15 – Mar 19 all day

In keeping with the forty-day Lenten season of Almsgiving, our school will be holding a food drive to support those less fortunate than us within our community. Our Food Drive will look a bit different this year. Due to COVID, no food donations will be brought into the school, instead, laundry baskets will be left outside the front of the school the week of March 15 for parents to drop off donations. Items that needed most are: canned fruit of any type, fruit cups, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, green peas), canned tomato products (whole peeled tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce), canned fish (especially salmon and sardines) and shampoo. Thank you for your continued support of this worthwhile cause.

KAHOOT Family Night — Details to Follow
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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