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Weekly Update – Sept 20, 2021

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” ~ A. Einstein

International day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. 2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.

Fox Sighting

We seem to have a fox that enjoys our schoolyard. Foxes out during the day are no cause for alarm. Both red and gray foxes live among us in cities and towns, where scavenging for food makes life easy. They generally avoid people, but the lure of easy food, such as pet food or unsecured garbage, can result in yard visits. Usually, the best thing to do is leave foxes alone. Please note that the fox seems to enjoy the west area parking lot.

Curriculum Night

Thursday, September 23rd is our curriculum night. Teachers will send a link to join the class Microsoft Team presentation. There will be two sessions that families can join at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Student Agenda Gr 1-6

All students in Grade 1-6 will receive a school agenda. Payments are available on your Cash OnLine account.

Daily COVID 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.  ​ 

Student leaving during the day

We are requesting that parents limit the times a student will be leaving early during the day. Please notify the classroom teacher via email by 8:30 am stating the time your child is to meet you. Students leaving school outside of normal dismissal time should be picked up at the front doors to the school only. Students must inform the secretary when they are leaving.

Please be aware that students will not be allowed to leave the school without a note/email from the parent/guardian. In addition, the office must be aware if students are to be picked up by anyone other than the parent/guardian.

Bus Route delay Information

Parents and guardians are encouraged to subscribe to receive bus route delay notification emails. To subscribe please follow this link

A reminder to all students who ride the bus that masks are mandatory. Please do not remove your mask until you have exited the bus.

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus, and Premium. Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

St. Marguerite Tips

All children, especially young children, thrive when parents set boundaries and expectations.  Knowing what is and is not acceptable, understanding the limits of what is tolerable and sensing their parents are in charge provide children with a sense of confidence and higher self-esteem.  When parents take on a leadership role their children are calmer and the family flourishes.  (From Teresa Hartnett, Hamilton Diocese Family Ministry Office)

Snyder, SoniaWeekly Update – Sept 20, 2021