“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.” ~Matthew 24:32
We would like to thank all of you for a wonderful year working together for the success of all students. We wish all of you a blessed summer holiday and look forward to seeing everyone in September.
Congratulations to our Grade 8 Graduates. We are proud of all that they have achieved and wish them all the best as they transition to high school. May God bless you and keep you safe as you continue to let your light shine!
Reminders: Students’ Belongings Pick-Up and Return of Technology and School Resources – June 28th and 29th
A reminder that this Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th are asynchronous days. Teachers will post asynchronous, independent work on their class D2L shells. Please note there are no Microsoft Teams meetings on Monday and Tuesday. The posting of asynchronous work will facilitate the curbside pick-up process. Please refer to the email previously sent outlining our St. Mary plan and schedule for each class curbside pick-up and drop-off.
Medical Perils – Returning Students
For parents of students with medical conditions and allergies – Student Plans of Care as well as any medications that remain at school can be picked up from your child’s classroom teacher at the Curbside Pick-Up and Drop-Off this Monday and Tuesday. If you are unable to attend your child’s scheduled time, please contact the Office for alternate arrangements.
Tuesday, September 7th, Back to School Grades 1 – 8
On your child’s report card is an OEN (Ontario Education Number). As of September 2nd, you will be able to log onto the board’s website and access your child’s class placement by using the OEN. As registrations continue to come in, please set your children up for success by explaining that class placements are subject to change based on enrollment. At any given time, it may be necessary to re-organize classes within the school to meet Ministry of Education standards. Please be mindful that many hours of care have been put into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of our students.
- Click on the “Schools” tab at the top of the page
- Click on “School Listing”
- Click on “Elementary Class Placement”
- Scroll down to St. Mary School
- Enter OEN, click search
- Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed
Kindergarten Staggered Entry
A reminder to families with students in Kindergarten that we have a staggered entry. Tuesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 8th are dedicated for parent interviews with the educator teams for students new to kindergarten. There is no instruction on those days. Thursday, September 9th half the Year 1 students and all the Year 2 students attend school; Friday, September 10th the other half of the Year 1 students and all the Year 2 students attend school. Monday, September 13th full entry for all kindergarten students. An email will go out to kindergarten families early next week with additional information.
There will be early dismissal on Tuesday, June 29th. The school day will end at 1:55pm.
Summer Mental Health Supports
The HCDSB is offering a variety of summer mental health supports. Please open this link for full information: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/mental-health-wellness/summer-support-program-for-mental-health/
HCCF Golf Tournament
Calling all golfers! Don’t miss out on the HCCF Golf Tournament! The HCCF supports families in need within the HCDSB. For more information please open this link: https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/
If your child(ren) will not be returning to St. Mary in September, please email Mrs. DaSilva at DaSilvaO@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we continue to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.
School Bus Courtesy Seat Application on Hold
Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and we will communicate any changes.
As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/
St. Mary Tips
Summer Safety Checklist for Kids
Summer means lots of kids will be playing outdoors. As always, it’s important to keep kids safe while they’re having fun. Here are some key tips to keep in mind for kid’s safety over the summer months:
1. Practice sun safety by wearing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
2. Protect against bugs.
3. Prevent dehydration by ensuring frequent water breaks throughout the day.
4. Don’t forget helmets for the whole family. A helmet should be worn whenever riding anything with wheels, such as a scooter, bicycle, skateboard, or roller skates.
For more great tips visit https://www.verywellfamily.com
We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.
K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod