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Weekly Update – Sept 14 – 18, 2020

“I’ve always loved the first days of school better than the last. Firsts are best because they are beginnings” ~ J. Han

Cashless School

To maintain our safety protocols, we are no longer accepting cash payments. Please make sure to sign up or update your Cash OnLine account in order to be ready for any school activities or fundraisers.  You can access the Cash OnLine system from our school’s website.

Pets on school property

For the safety of all students, pets are not permitted on school grounds.  If you are walking your pet, please plan to drop off and meet your child at the end of the day on our city sidewalks.

This also includes allowing pets in our fenced off play area before and after school.  Please be respectful that students do use this area and for health and safety concerns it should not be used as a leash-free area.

Daily Self Screening

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE. 

School Lunches and Snacks

As posted on our School Website under “Medical Conditions,” we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis).  Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

St. Joseph Tips

With school back in full swing, we thought that it would be fun to share some fun facts about schools. Did you know that…

  • 150 years ago there were one-room schoolhouses, especially near the farms or small towns where most families lived. The teacher would stand at the front where there would be a big blackboard. The students might have rows of desks or just benches to sit on.
  • Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million US children to and from school every weekday. That’s a lot of buses.
  • In Chile, summer vacation lasts from mid-December to early March, meaning Chilean children are off for about 12 weeks. And in Ethiopia, vacation is 12 to 15 weeks, depending on the school.
  • The biggest school in the world (in terms of pupils, not area) is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India.  The school was set up by the Ghandi’s in 1959 and has more than 32,000 students!
  • Pencils are not only good in the classroom, but they can be used in zero gravity, upside down and even underwater.  The average classroom pencil can write approximately 45,000 words (or draw a line that is 56 kilometres long). That’s a long life!

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Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Sept 14 – 18, 2020