We are so excited to be able to offer a lunch and milk program again at St. Joan of Arc. Our Catholic School Council has been busy behind the scenes trying to find the safest options for our students and staff. As per the communication that was sent out last week, we will be using LunchBox this year to coordinate our lunch and milk orders. This will make it easier for parents/guardians, as you can log into your School Cash Online account, and order lunch and milk for your child(ren). This new system will allow more flexibility as you are able to select the frequency of your orders, as well as cancel (within specific timelines). In recognizing that there may be safety concerns around food handling, we have sourced vendors who will ensure that all food is prepackaged in individual containers (e.g. pizza in slice boxes, and subs pre-wrapped with the student’s name on them). This will eliminate volunteers or staff needing to handle your child(ren)’s food. The best part – every item you order results in money going back to OUR SCHOOL!! It’s a win-win situation!
Angel Wish Tree — St. Vincent dePaul Society
Since the onset of the pandemic, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at Saint Matthew parish has been exceptionally busy serving 155 families in the Glen Abbey neighbourhood. In the past 8 months, we have seen a 50% surge in calls for assistance. We know that the needs of our neighbours will only increase along with the rising COVID numbers, continued job instability, and the arrival of the Christmas season. This year, due to Covid, we have had to make some changes to our traditional Angel Tree program, but rest assured, we are still committed to helping the community as we have so generously in the past. This year Saint Vincent dePaul is requesting if you are able, donations of grocery and gift cards from the following locations:
- $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart
- $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons
As students bring the gift cards into class, they will be given an angel to decorate and place on our Christmas Tree. To celebrate the generosity of the St. Joan of Arc family, we will be having a virtual assembly where we will showcase the tree with the various Angels kids have attached before dropping off the gift cards to St. Matthews. One way in which we could help the families in our community in addition to raising funds for our school is through FundScrip. All the gift cards mentioned above can be purchased online through FundScrip and while receiving the full value of the gift card, a percentage will be donated to St. Joan of Arc. You do not pay extra for the donation!
Instructions on how to register and purchase cards through FundScrip are provided. Click HERE
Please note that processing and shipping times can take 1.5 – 2 weeks so, in order to get the angels to the school in time for the virtual assembly by December 16th, you should plan to place orders by November 30th/December 1st.
Thank you for helping our neighbours in our community!
Bullying Prevention Week – Nov. 12th to 19th
Bullying prevention and awareness week is from November the 12th to November the 19th. Every year, HCDSB participates in National Bullying awareness week. By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, our schools will be affecting positive change in student learning, achievement, and well-being by promoting a safer learning environment, which is essential to their success. Bullying prevention and intervention promotes the development of healthy relationships. The goal is to help ensure that all students have healthy, safe, respectful, and caring relationships with everyone in their lives. Students who foster these types of relationships will be less likely to bully others, more likely to support students who are bullied, and better able to reach their educational goals. Preventing bullying and creating a safe and accepting school climate is something we strive to achieve every single day in our school community! For more information about bullying and bullying awareness and prevention, you can visit the link copied below…
If your child needs to contact you, they can do so, with teacher permission by coming down to the office to make the call. I kindly ask that parents/guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.
Mental Health Update
Returning to school after the summer break was an adjustment, even under normal circumstances. This year brings additional challenges and stress because of COVID-19. It’s important to acknowledge that returning to school felt quite different this year, whether it was returning to in-person learning or remote learning. For more information on how to help support your child and/or children, you can check out the link copied below. https://smho-smso.ca/blog/supporting-mental-health-and-wellness-during-the-return-to-school-tips-for-parents-and-families/
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 or you are 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!
Dressing for Winter Weather
With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!