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Weekly Update – Sept 13, 2021

“Follow your own star, it will guide both near and far” ~ Diwa

International Dot Day

September 15th is International dot day. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. 

Daily COVID Screening

The  Ministry is requiring school boards and schools to implement the daily on-site screening for all elementary and secondary students for the first two weeks of the school year  (i.e.,  September  7  –  17,  2021).

Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

  • Parents/guardians/students  must  complete  the  Ontario  School  Screening  Tool  each  morning  prior  to or  upon  arrival  for  each  student. 
  • Daily On-site  Confirmation  of  Screening  for  Students  Attending  In-Person  
  • Students  will  be  required  to  show/provide  their  classroom  teacher  confirmation  of screening  in  one  of the  following formats:
    •  Email results  to  classroom  teacher  
    •  Download  pdf of results  and  provide  to  classroom  teacher  
    •  Students  can  show “pass”  confirmation  on  their  personal device
    •  Printed  copy of the  screening  tool indicating  the  current  date  and  a  “pass”
  • Students  only  attend  school if a  “✅” is  obtained.   Students with  COVID-like  symptoms  or  who  receive  an  “X”  indicating  “Do  not  go  to  school” must remain  home  and  isolate  as  instructed.

Morning Crosswalk

We are encouraging all families to use the crosswalk at the front of the school. This crosswalk is supervised by staff to ensure student safety. Please follow parking lot etiquette when enter and exiting our school space.

Curriculum Night – save the date

Our virtual curriculum night will be on Thursday, September 23rd. More information to follow.

Change in dismissal

If there is a change in your child’s dismissal routine (i.e. walking home vs bus or vice versa) OR if they will be leaving early, please remember to write a note in your child’s agenda or email your child’s teacher PRIOR to the start of the school day.  If they attend the YMCA or any after-school programs, please notify the appropriate personnel.  Make sure to discuss pick-up time and location with your child in order to minimize any concerns.   

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.

Congregating 

 
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our school and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school.  
 
As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop-off and pick-up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained. 

Elementary Student Lockers 

The use of lockers and cubbies is permitted for the 2021-2022 school year.  

  • To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers. 
  • Students are assigned an individual locker.
  • Student personal belongings to include essential items only (e.g., backpack, clothing, outerwear). 
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place to avoid congregating in the hallways. 

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.

St. Marguerite 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!

For more fun facts visit https://www.todaysparent.com/family/activities/back-to-school-10-fun-facts/#gallery/back-to-school-10-fun-facts/slide-9

Snyder, SoniaWeekly Update – Sept 13, 2021