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Weekly Update February 17

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.”

~Pope Francis

Happy Family Day and welcome to the third week in February! We had a wonderful day celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday and it was great to see the students decked out in the red, white and pink in honour of the occasion and we raised almost $500 in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you for your generous support.

Labour Negotiations Update

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.

Please note that there may be picket lines present at our school location, which may impact traffic flow and cause potential minor delays in our school parking lot.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

Parking Lot:

In conjunction with our Catholic School Council, we continue to look for ways to reduce the congestion in the parking lot. Pylons have been placed to indicate that cars are not to be exiting the parking lot onto Brant Street during busy times before and after school. The front of the school is a bus zone and cars are forbidden from stopping and dropping off in this area. A visual has been provided below to show the flow of traffic.

Please note that safety is our main concern in our parking lot and that while every person’s time is valuable it does not take precedence over the safety of our students. Patience and respect are our guiding principles when using the parking lot. Thank you to all for your assistance in this very important matter.

Cell Phone Use at School:

Please note that there has been an increase in the number of students accessing social media, specifically TikTok, during the school day. This is particularly distressing as students are sneaking into unsupervised areas, washrooms, supply rooms, etc to film the videos and post them, which poses a safety risk.

Like all schools we try to instill in our students an understanding of both the benefits of electronics and the dangers that they pose. Digital citizenship and learning to be an effective contributor in the digital world are taught as part of our daily lessons and a component of our Catholic Graduate Expectations. At the beginning of the year we asked all parents and students to sign off on the following policy:

Students who bring personal electronic devices to school are to store them in a secure location, such as a locker. In order to maintain order and safety of our students, all students are to use the school phone to contact parents and/or caregivers during the instructional day, with permission from the teacher. Devices are to be turned off during the school day, unless otherwise permitted for educational purposes and under the direction and supervision of a teacher. Any unauthorized use of photographic, video, audio or other electronic communication devices is strictly prohibited on all School Board property and during any school related event. The Board and St. John School does not accept any responsibility or liability for any items brought to school.

This means students are not to be:

  • Texting anyone for any reason during the day.
  • Are not to using social media for any reason during the day.
  • Are forbidden from taking any pictures on their devices, on school property.
  • Are only permitted devices when directly supervised by a teacher.

Any violation of this will result in a ban from devices at school. Please note that personal posts that impact the moral tone of the school or demean students can and will result in consequences and could lead to suspension. Thank you for your continued support in this very important matter.

Important Reminders:

  • Students are still encouraged to sign for the St. John Talent Show if interested.
  • Monday, February 17th is Family Day. School is closed.
  • Term 1 Report cards go home on Wednesday, February 19th. Please sign and return the bottom portion of the report and the white envelope to the classroom teacher.
  • The school will celebrate Pancake Tuesday and Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 25th. Please send a note to the classroom teacher regarding allergies for pancake Tuesday or if you wish to have your child exempted from pancakes. Mardi Gras dance will take place in the afternoon.
  • Ash Wednesday will take place on February 26th at 9AM at St. John Church. Mass will be hosted by our grade 4 students. All are welcome to join us as we begin our Lenten journey.

 Have a wonderful week!

Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the amazing things happening at St. John. I am pleased to see our followers growing as we tweet out the learning taking place throughout the school!


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