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Weekly Update September 13

“Enjoy every step you take. If you’re curious, there is always something new to be discovered in the backdrop of your daily life.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Well, we made it through the first week back and how wonderful it has been to have everyone in the building again!

A BIG shout out to our community for your incredible teamwork! We are blessed to live, love and learn in this amazing community!

Thank you to our students for your smiles, laughter and excitement as we begin a new school year! Our students did an awesome job of learning our new routines and protocols and helping to keep us ALL safe!

Thank you to our parents for following our safety protocols on the school yard both before and after school!

Thank you to ALL our staff for your enthusiasm, energy and excitement in welcoming all our students and their families back to school! 

Important Reminders:

  • Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 23rd. A school wide virtual meeting will begin at 6:30. Individual teacher presentations will take place virtually at 7PM and 7:30PM.
  • Friday, September 24th will be our Terry Fox Run and celebrated as a non-uniform Red and White Day. More information to follow.
  • On Sunday, September 26th our students who had First Communion postponed last April will be celebrating their sacrament with their family at St. John Church. Many blessing for this special group as they take this next step in their Faith journey.
  • Thursday, September 30th is wear Orange Day in support and recognition of Every Child Matters and Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Day. This day will be dedicated to our own reflection and commitment to promoting Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. There will be a school wide virtual liturgy hosted by Mrs. Fisher’s  grade 7/8 class.

If you haven’t had a chance to view Dr. Meghani’s webinar Preparing for a Safe and Healthy Return to Schoolplease take the time to do so as it providesinformation on how the HCDSB has prepared for a safe and healthy return to school with guidance from Halton Region Public Health.

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Parents will be required to provide Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Screening for their child until September 17th. A Student Screening Log, email to teacher, student device pass or a printed copy of your pass is required to be presented daily before entering school.

Family Information / Consent Forms

Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.

You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.

Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.

The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues
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Catholic School Council Nominations

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Please email and a nomination package will be sent to you electronically.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

Nomination Forms Due: Friday September 24th

Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday September 28th

Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th

First Council Meeting:  Wednesday October 6th at 6:30 pm

Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page.  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. 

Drop-off and Pick-up 

We ask that only one parent or guardian come onto school property to drop off and pick up children. Parents and guardians are asked to drop at the gate and immediately vacate the area to avoid congestion. At this time, parents will not be permitted to enter school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol). 

Caregivers and students are asked to be masked during pick up and drop-off as these are busy times and we cannot guarantee a socially distanced environment. Thank you for your continued support in keeping everyone safe!

Yard Supervision

Supervision begins at 8:15 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Students are asked to come directly to their line up area.

Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip.

Safe and Caring School

School staff will review the school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning at school. The Code of Conduct can be found here. We would ask you to review and discuss this with your children. Safe and Caring School Virtual Assemblies will take place on Tuesday, September 14 for grades 1-8.

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be a NUT FREE environments. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf


The staff of St. John will be reaching out to parents in the next week. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours. Contact information fro staff can be found here.

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can safely attend school. Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the great things happening at school!

Safe and Caring School Assemblies
Sep 14 all day
Virtual Curriculum Night
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Catholic School Council Nomination Due
Sep 24 all day
Terry Fox Run – Red and White Non-Uniform Day
Sep 24 all day
First Communion (rescheduled from April)
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day
Nation Truth and Reconciliation Day- Wear Orange in Support of Every Child Matters
Sep 30 all day
School Wide Liturgy
Sep 30 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
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