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Weekly Update – September 3rd – Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all our students and families! We thank everyone for their continued patience as we prepare for our students return to school. While our return may seem or look different from years past its important to note that the staff of St. Nicholas are committed to a positive and safe return for our students.  

We would like to thank all the staff of St. Nicholas for their continued presence, professionalism and desire to push all boundaries to overcome the challenges we have all faced over the last 6 months. The safe return to school has been our top priority – it’s important to note that many of the decisions, planning and preparations that are being implemented align with the Return to School document that the HCDSB shared with families. We at St. Nicholas have reviewed the document as well as our own site-based protocols with both our Health and Safety team and our established Return to School committee consisting of both staff and parents of St. Nicholas.

 Looking ahead while there may be some apprehension about the return – families are reminded that the school is available to support in any capacity – please reach out to the school administration. Please take the time to read all areas of this communication as it will address many questions families have with the return to school.

On behalf of the staff of St. Nicholas Catholic School, we would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year!

Class Placements for All Gr. 1-8 Students – Delayed

Please be advised that you will be able to access information about your child’s class placement on Friday, September 4, 2020, after 9:00 a.m. (This is delayed until further notice – St. Nicholas will notify families when classes are ready).  This information will be available on the Board’s website at: On the Home page, please click on the “Schools” tab and then on the “School Listing” tab in the drop-down menu.  You will be directed to the school listing page. Once you have arrived on this page, please click on “Class Placements”, beside the appropriate Elementary school name.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to access this information, you will require your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which can be found on his/her report card.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s class placement, please contact the school office.

Kindergarten Students

Parents of children attending Kindergarten (Year 1 and 2) will receive communication directly from their assigned homeroom teacher. We will be staggering the entry process for all Kindergarten students. Year 1 and 2 orientation will take place on Tuesday, September 8th, and Wednesday, September 9th. Year 2 students will begin on Thursday, September 10th. Year 1 staggered entry will take place on Friday, September 11th, and Monday, September 14th, and will be further communicated to parents by the Kindergarten educator team. 

All Kindergarten students will begin instruction with their full class on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Medical Concerns

If your child has a medical condition, the existing Student Plan of Care will be sent home for you to review and updated during your child’s first week back. Families are reminded to please send a 2nd epi-pen with your child to give to the homeroom teacher. Please ensure that the epi-pen is labelled clearly with your child’s name. If your child has had a change in their condition over the summer, please inform the school prior to students returning.

Gradual Return to School for Elementary Students

As was communicated earlier the Halton Catholic District School Board will stagger the entry of all students in Grade 1-8 to help ease the transition for our students and ensure a safe and healthy return for all. Please reference the following schedule for your child’s return next week:

Wednesday, September 9th Only students in Grades1-8 with surnames beginning with letters A-F will come to school

Thursday, September 10th– Only students in Grades 1-8 with surnames beginning with letters G-N will come to school

Friday, September 11th– Only students in Grades 1-8 with surnames O-Z will come to school

Monday, September 14thAll students in Grade 1-8 attending in-class instruction will come to school. Remote learning will begin for students learning from home.

Looking ahead…families will be notified when class lists are ready. Further communication will be emailed to families addressing COVID protocol at St. Nicholas including first day procedures.  We wish everyone a safe weekend.

Mr. Cacciola & Mrs. Spotswood

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