🎃🎃🎃 Are your kids ready for some spooktacular fun? 🎃🎃🎃
Our annual Halloween Dance A Thon is returning this year on Friday, October 29th so please mark your calendars.
This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are counting on you to make it the most successful one yet! An email was sent out to families last week.
Halloween at SJOA
On Friday, October 29th, 2021, 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 that 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:
- Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
- 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. All students are welcome to wear costumes.
Please mark your calendars as Photo Day will take place at St. Joan of Arc next Wednesday, October 20th, 2021. Photographers from Lifetouch will be on-site to take individual student photos. Please note that photographers must meet COVID-19 restrictions including being double vaccinated, masking at all times, and must pass the daily COVID-19 screening tool to enter the school.
Terra Cotta Cookies
This year SJOA will be offering Terra Cotta cookies twice a week beginning on October 12th as a portion of each cookie and juice sale goes back to the school. All orders are complete, and students have been receiving their treats on Tuesday and Thursday. We look to continue this fundraiser in the new year.
Hot Lunch Program
This year we are happy to announce that our lunch programs will resume. We are in the process of securing vendors and ordering information and will have this out to the community in the coming days. Thank you SJOA Catholic School Council for all your hard work behind the scenes getting everything together.
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 next 2 weeks, we will complete these drills.
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. We would also ask that parents/guardians please wear a Mask when on school property. We strive to maintain this practice to ensure our students and staff remain safe.
Mental Health Update
Individuals and families have experienced the pandemic in unique and varied ways. For some, significant changes to daily routines, a sense of isolation and loss, and various other factors may have led to new or increased mental health concerns. Emotional and behavioral difficulties can arise at any time and can affect anyone. It is important to consider signs that could indicate that your child is struggling with an emerging or escalating mental health problem. Identifying problems early, and providing caring support, goes a long way towards prevention and/or worsening of difficulties. For more information on how to better help/support your child/children, you can check out the resource created by School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) at the link copied below.
For the first time in many weeks, this weekend included only ordinary things. Weekend Masses, confessions, a wedding, but no celebrations of Confirmation or Baptism peppered throughout, wherever we can find room in the calendar. It was a welcomed opportunity for Fr. Patrick and I—and the volunteers who back us up—to catch our breath. September was an exhilarating month, and it’s a significant accomplishment to be up-to-date with Confirmations (the last of the certificates was mailed out yesterday). October will round things out by bringing countless now-Grade 3 students to the day of their First Communion on weekends as full as the last four. It’s also the month we’ve chosen to welcome, in a special way, the young people of our parish preparing to celebrate sacraments in the new year. We’ve invited all our candidates (more than 600 in total) to attend a weekend Mass of their choosing from Oct. 16 to Nov. 7. At each of these celebrations, we’ll offer a special blessing and give the worshipping community the chance to show them and their families a sign of their welcome in our midst. Will it add a minute or two to Mass? Sure. Will it get repetitive? Absolutely. These are the realities of a young and vibrant community, and they’re great ‘problems’ to have. It’s our obligation to hand on the Gospel, and to do so with joy and enthusiasm. Here’s an easy opportunity to do just that. Clap loudly and congratulate any candidates seated nearby!
~ Father Allen Varlaki
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 email@example.com.
Staff and students are encouraged to dress up.