“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.”
~ Kailash Satyarthi
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Staff and Students are encouraged to wear Orange on Thursday, September 30th to remember the harm residential schools did to children of Indigenous descent. Students are encouraged to wear an ORANGE SHIRT on this day to continue to raise awareness of Truth and Reconciliation. This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of the residential school system for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people today.
Terry Fox Run/Walk at SJOA
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School is proud to be participating in this year’s Terry Fox School Run on Wednesday, September 29th! We will also be having a RED and WHITE spirit day to honour this great Canadian hero!
Let’s get our fundraising going and show everyone how we can “try like Terry”!.
Donate to: http://www.terryfox.ca/StJoanofArcCESOakville.
Together, we can all make a difference.
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate them about the dangers of head injuries. The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
The Thanksgiving food drive is an annual tradition here at St. Joan of Arc. This year, we will be running our food drive a little differently in the hopes of seeing many of our families face-to-face to build and foster community. Our food drive will take place on Saturday, October 2nd from 9 am-12 pm. We invite families to drop off non-perishable food items at the front of the school during this time. Looking forward to seeing many of you there supporting families in our local community!
Terra Cotta Cookies
This year SJOA will be offering Terra Cotta cookies twice a week beginning on October 12th. Parents will have the option to purchase cookies and/or juice as an added snack on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our launch of this new initiative begins this week, as orders are already coming in for our Thanksgiving Treat Day on October 7th. All orders need to be completed through School Cash Online using the following link, https://www.schoolcashonline.com/
Mental Health Resources
How to support a Mentally Healthy return to school
Catholic School Council
Thank you to all who have expressed interest in joining the St. Joan of Arc Catholic School Council.
First Council Meeting: Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm
All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings. Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page. The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online.
Parish information and Sacraments
Father Allen has updated our website with information outlining easy-to-follow steps for parents for online registration. Please access the parish website www.saintmatthew.ca to register your child for the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation. The direct links are:
www.saintmatthew.ca/communion (Grade 2 Students)
www.saintmatthew.ca/confirmation (Grade 7 Students)
www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations (Grade 3 & Grade 8 Students)
Final preparation and review meetings were held this week for families of those children who prepared for First Communion and Confirmation last year but opted to defer the celebration due to the pandemic. All families are expected to complete the registration and date selection process outlined in the many communications sent out by our pastoral team. Recordings of the meetings, as well as all the pertinent information, can be found on our website. Visit: www.saintmatthew.ca/postponedcelebrations. We begin celebrating liturgies next week, and they’ll continue until just before November.
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, seafood, and eggs (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 no substitute nut spreads (pea butter, 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.
Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the measures we will have in place in our schools to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PPE is protective clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. PPE can include gloves, masks, face shields, gowns, safety shoes, etc.
Wearing of Masks at School
- Medical masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff.
- All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school.
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 of 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 or email our Secretary, Mrs. Freeze, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Messenger App – Absence Reporting
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
We would like to remind parents/family members that there are NO DOGS ALLOWED on school property or on our playground as these areas are for students and staff only. Thank you for your cooperation.
Parking Lot Safety
This is a very important reminder to please continue to use caution and be aware as you are driving into/out of our parking lots at the school. Please be aware that many students are walking on the sidewalks before and after school. Likewise, we respectfully ask parents to keep their children close by while walking to/from school on the sidewalks and remind them to stop at driveways to check for vehicles about to turn in or out.
How can you improve children’s mental health? Parents can nurture a child’s mental health by building a close relationship with them, providing structure and boundaries, fostering independence, encouraging social connections, teaching healthy habits and modeling positive behavior. Below you can find a resource put together by School Mental Health Ontario that can help you support a mentally healthy back to school for your child.