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Weekly Update Nov. 30-Dec. 4

The Season of Advent

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity.

Literacy Advent Calendar – This will be attached in the email. Please enjoy the activities with your family.

COVID-19 Reminders

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and we must work together to keep all of our students safe at St. Francis of Assisi School. Under the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework, Halton Region continues to be in the Red level (Control) zone.

Additional Public Health Measures that all community members are asked to review so that you can protect yourself, protect others and stop the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Organized public events and social gatherings: 5 people indoors, 25 people outdoors
  • Sports and recreational fitness: 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors, games and scrimmages are prohibited
  • Food and drink establishments: 10 patrons seated indoors, 4 persons per table, limited operating hours
  • Meeting and event spaces: maximum of 10 patrons seated indoors limited operating hours
  • Personal care services: services requiring removal of face coverings prohibited

Interviews

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. St. Francis of Assisi School and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to experience academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the conferences’. Feel free to call your child’s teacher at any time with comments or questions you may have.

Waste Free Lunch Days

According to the Recycling Council of Ontario, the average student‛s school lunch creates about 30 kilograms of waste per year. This means that the average school can produce over 8,500 kilograms of waste every year just from student lunches!

Often our lunches contain single-use plastics, which we put into the garbage. These end up sitting in our landfills. Waste free lunch days are when we don’t make any garbage from our lunches/snacks. 

How do we do this?

  • Use tupperware containers, thermoses, water bottles, reusable utensils (forks and spoons).
  • Make sure we recycle properly (pop cans, yogurt cups)
  • Make sure we compost correctly (food scraps)

The first Wednesday of each month, beginning with Wednesday, December 2, 2020 have been designated as Waste Free Lunch Days at St. Patrick School.  

Winter Clothing Reminders

Families are reminded of the following winter dress expectations of our school.  For children in Kindergarten, full winter wear including boots, snow pants, etc. should be brought to school at all times.  For children in grades 1 through 8, full winter wear is also recommended, however, all students are expected to have winter boots at school as our recess, lunch and outdoor learning periods take place on our school field. Your support is appreciated.

Attendance Matters

Attendance at School Matters!  St. Patrick School is dedicated to helping your son or daughter develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities.  The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them, and ensure that your child attends school regularly.  You can learn more about our school’s expectations with regards to attendance in our feature section. 

Elementary Student Lockers

As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:

  • Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY. 
  • Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
  • To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
  • Students are assigned an individual locker. Students are not to share a locker unless they live in the same household and are in the same class.
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.

Emergency Procedures:

Every year St. Patrick School takes part in mock drills for fire, hold and secure and lock down. We have participated in fire mock drills this year, and this week we will have two mock drills for lockdown. Students are asked to be quiet, and give their full attention to the staff who will direct them for their safety. There will be a sign on the front door of the school stating that we are having a drill. Please be aware that we will not be opening the school doors to anyone during this time.

Comuzzi, Mary-CatherineWeekly Update Nov. 30-Dec. 4