“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
~ Mother Teresa
Welcome to the last week of October. It is hard to believe we have finished the first 2 months of school already!
A huge thank you to all the staff at St. John that have worked tirelessly to make the return to school as normal as possible. Students centred clubs and teams include: Volleyball for grade 4-8, Book Club for grades 5-6, Eco Club for Grade 1-8, Choir and our Grade 7-8 Social Justice Club. We are blessed to be a place where students have the opportunity to grow academically, socially, physically and spiritually.
- Students are reminded to bring reusable water bottles to school daily. Water foundations are not accessible due to public health restrictions, but water bottle filling stations are located on both floors.
- Students are expected to be in line and ready to enter class at 8:30am at the latest. We have noticed an uptick in late arrivals. All students entering the front doors after the bell rings are marked late. Students arriving late are often flustered and missing important starts to the day. Please make every effort possible to arrive for school on time.
- Pizza Day orders continue on School Cash Online until Friday, October 29th. Please contact the office should you need financial support.
- This is the last week to support our October Food Drive in support of the Burlington Food bank. We hope to surpass a 1000 items!
- Picture Day is BACK!! Monday, November 1st will be picture day at school. Students are expected to be in full uniform.
- Thursday, November 11th will be our Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony hosted by Mrs. Hinkley’s Grade 7’s. The liturgy will begin at 10:45am. A link will be sent to the whole community for those who wish to join us.
Spooktacular Halloween Dance-a-thon:
It’s finally here!!! On Friday we will be celebrating Halloween at St. John!! All students are welcome to wear costumes or black and orange. Dance performances by students will be filmed and presented in individual classes and each class will have a gym time for their class to get their groove on. Should the weather hold out we will take the party to the playground to maximize the fun in a safe way! Please note that we ask families to not send in Halloween Treats to share with the class. The school will purchase School Safe Cookies for every student to help celebrate the day in a safe way.
Costume considerations to be safe at school:
Costumes must not:
- Impair vision or breathing, there are no masks as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;
- Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
- Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;
- Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;
- Be revealing or suggestive;
- Include weapons or replica weapons;
- Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up
- Please take special care to make sure that costumes do not appropriate other cultures, or represent stereotypes that are offensive or thoughtless in nature.
- Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.
- Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.
The Spooktacular Halloween Dance-a-thon will coincide with our School Fundraiser, which is a donation Campaign. Our Goal is to raise $7500 this year to support student led initiatives. Looking forward a “spooky” Halloween!
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.
Reminder that when entering school property all students and caregivers need to be masked as we cannot guarantee social distancing during busy drop off and pick up times. Thank you for your continued support in this matter.
Public Health Update for Schools
- This Public Health Update for Schools contains information, updates and resources from Halton Region Public Health on a variety of program areas.
- Previous editions of the Public Health Update for schools are available on the School Years Program webpage.
- Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com call 311.
Halton’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information webpage includes information on:
- frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in schools and childcare;
- educational materials for parents; and
- the Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)webpages.
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!