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Weekly Update June 22

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”

~Author Unknown

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dad’s, stepdad’s and grandfathers in our St. John Community. May your day be blessed with peace and love.

Well it’s hard to believe but we have made it to the last week of school! It has been a year of many ups and many downs, but it will be a year none of us ever forget. I would like to take the time to thank people who have made our year possible.

  • Thank you to all the parent volunteers! Without you there would be no trips, no pizza days, no dance-a-thons and no fun! You exemplify the home-school connection in your words and in your deeds and for that we are very grateful.
  • Thank you to the members of our Catholic School Council. You give of your time and your energy to work to make St. John the amazing school it is. You are the voice of the community and you represent it well. A special thank you to Jason Crawford who served as our chair this year. Jason has spent many years serving this community and it is with sadness that we wish him farewell as he leaves the St. John community.
  • Thank you to Father Bob and the St. John parish for supporting us on our faith journey.
  • Thank you to the amazing staff at St. John. Every day you walk through the doors and you put our students first. You teach them, you coach them, you care for them and you make them feel heard. Thank you for giving your time and energy to make sure that every child feels that St. John is a welcoming and loving place.
  • Lastly thank you to all of you. Every day you put your faith and trust in us and send us your children. For that we are forever grateful.

Important Reminders:

  • If you have not signed up for a curbside pickup time please do so immediately. Pickup of student items will happen Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Instructions are listed below. Please follow the health and safety guidelines sent with the original email.

Curbside Pickup Sign-up:

Please read the information carefully in this email as it pertains to the safe pickup of student items within the school. Bookings to pickup the items will be done through the same company that does our parent teacher interview bookings in November. Here is the information for signing up for a time:

1. Go to the scheduling webpage at https://sjes.parentinterview.com/  
2. Enter the Access Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”
     Please make a note of your Confirmation #
3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”
4. Click on your student’s grade range
5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to attend the school
6. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)
7. Print out, email or copy down your appointment time

The Access Code for this term is:
stj2020
Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community.

Report Card Information:

This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on June 24, 2020

Accessing Your Child’s Report Card
As an added measure of security to protect your child’s privacy, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. You will find your child’s OEN number on a previous report card.  

The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards. 

 About Your Child’s Elementary School Report Card
As a reminder, no student’s mark should be negatively affected by performance during the school closure period due to COVID-19. 

As a result of school closure, the Kindergarten Communication of Learning and Report Card for Grades 1-8 will reflect the learning demonstrated from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13. Evidence collected during the school closure period that shows improvement in learning may be taken into consideration when assigning a final grade/mark.  

In such cases where there is insufficient evidence of learning in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), the code “I” may be used on a student’s report card and the following statement may be included: Due to the school closure period, there is insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.  

Ratings for Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect the period from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in Learning Skills and Work Habits demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the student’s benefit. 

Questions About Your Child’s Report Card?
As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card. 

Planning for 2020-2021

As you are aware the Minister of Education released the preliminary plans for the next school year this week. Information at this time still remains uncertain as to the look of school in September. I assure you that HCDSB will be communicating with you over the summer as plans become more finalized. Please know that the safety and well-being of students and staff will be at the centre of the plan and I look forward to welcoming you back to school in September!

I wish all of you a wonderful week and an amazing summer. Please stay safe, be well and may God bless you all!

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update June 22