Latest news

Weekly Update Mar. 8-12

We pray for the Church throughout the world: that she may be a sign of God’s love for all people and a beacon of hope for all who are in need.

Purdy’s Chocolate Easter Fundraiser

Just in time for Easter, St. Joan of Arc is offering a fundraising opportunity with Purdys Chocolatier.  If you’d like to support us by purchasing some very sweet Easter treats for friends, family and yourself, please click the following link:  https://fundraising.purdys.com/1314781-83375

After you have signed in you can purchase chocolates or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign. Here’s a quick link to the catalogue for all your browsing needs:  https://adobe.ly/3aiFcziAll Orders are due on Friday, March 12th, 2021.

Lenten Food Drive

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 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

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 16th@ 7:00pm.  More information will come out this week.

Fundscrip

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. 

https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/M4UMV8

St. Matthew Parish

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  https://www.saintmatthew.ca/   

https://www.youtube.com/saintmatthewparishoakville

Voluntary Testing

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. We are writing to let you know that the first round of testing for your child’s school will be available on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  

  • Voluntary, targeted testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 
  • At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option becomes available in the future, we will notify staff and families.    

When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?

At HCDSB, the testing will be conducted using a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model, where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week. 

The first round of testing for the St. Ignatius of Loyola Family of Schools will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School.  The St. Ignatius of Loyola Family of Schools includes:

  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School
  • St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Mary Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School

Booking an Appointment to Get Tested

Staff and parents/guardians are encouraged to pre-register online my.thrive.health.  In order to register, you will need to provide this unique registration code for your school: HaltonC-hubsite5 

Participants are also able to walk-in to the location during the allocated testing time.  Please read the attached letter from LifeLabs for additional information: COVID-19 testing in Ontario schools_LifeLabs – Loyola FOS.pdf 

Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:

  •  they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
  •  they receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR 
  •  it has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of Friday, February 19th, 2021.

Masks

Students in Grades K – 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles.  Students will be required to wear masks outdoors during recesses where multiple classes are outside together.  Students will continue to remain in their class cohorts while outside at recess and to maintain physical distancing from each other.  As students will be wearing masks outside at recess, they will be asked to bring additional masks to school if their mask gets wet, damaged, or soiled at recess.  For students who do not have an extra mask, they can approach staff for an extra mask when needed.  Staff will provide daily opportunities for mask breaks (i.e., DPA activities outdoors with one cohort at a time and students can maintain physical distancing) with considerations made for appropriate mask storage and hand hygiene.

Self-Screening Tool

All staff and students are required to complete the daily screening prior to attending school.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Congregating

A gentle reminder to parents and students not to congregate before and after school.  Students are reminded to return directly home after school. 

Parents

A 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!

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

Student Attendance

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:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

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. 

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Mr. N. Laratta

Upcoming Events:

Mar
12
Fri
Purdy’s Chocolate Orders Due
Mar 12 all day
Mar
15
Mon
FOOD DRIVE
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.

Mar
16
Tue
KAHOOT Family Night — Details to Follow
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
17
Wed
St. Patrick’s Day — Spirit Day
Mar 17 all day

WEAR GREEN

Mar
24
Wed
World Down Syndrome Day — Rock Your Socks Civvies Day
Mar 24 all day
Parent Information Meeting for Students with Special Education Needs Entering Kindergarten
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The meeting will be facilitated by Special Education staff, where they will share information about their individual roles, and supports and services offered by HCDSB. Parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Special Education staff, and learn more about the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Parents/guardians who have already registered their child for Kindergarten will be sent a link to the meeting via email from their child’s school. If you have not yet registered for Kindergarten, please contact the school for the meeting link.

For more information on the Special Education Program at HCDSB, please visit the HCDSB website.

 

Mar
26
Fri
Civvies Day and Hat Day
Mar 26 all day
Mar
29
Mon
GRAD PHOTO DAY
Mar 29 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Delivery Days
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – Apr 1 @ 2:30 pm
Apr
2
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Apr
4
Sun
Easter Sunday
Apr 4 all day
Apr
5
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day
Apr
6
Tue
World Autism Day — Civvies Day — Wear Blue
Apr 6 all day
Apr
12
Mon
April/Spring Break
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – Apr 16 @ 11:45 pm
Apr
19
Mon
Transition to Remote Learning — No Synchronous or Asynchronous Instruction
Apr 19 all day
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Mar. 8-12