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Last Weekly Update of the 2020-2021 School Year

St. Paul Weekly Update – June 22-26, 2020

Hopefully you are getting a chance to enjoy the sunshine on this first official weekend of Summer!  This week marks the last week of the school year…and what a year it has been!  Thank you all for your support, patience and resiliency…we are truly blessed with a wonderful Community – home, church and school.  Please review the important information below.

On behalf of the staff and students of St. Paul, I would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Mrs. Patterson as she is retiring at the end of this school year. Her love and dedication to her students was evident each and every day during her time here at St. Paul School – over 35 years of teaching!

We also wish all the best to staff that are moving on to different schools at the end of this school year.

  • Ms. Cooke (Kinergarten ECE)
  • Mr. Santarelli (SERT)
  • Mr. Ciavarra (Grade 7)

Best of luck to our Grade 8 graduates as they say goodbye to the staff and students of St. Paul School. May your Virtual Graduation day (Monday, June 22nd) be a memorable one and may the blessings of our Lord guide your feet as you embark on new and exciting paths. God bless you!

And finally… Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s today! Thank you for all you do!  May your example of faith and love continue to shine, and may your strength and wisdom grow each day. 

DISTRIBUTION OF REPORT CARDS:

Collecting data on student achievement is meant to identify student and school strengths and needs. By our Catholic nature, we aspire to help students become who God intended them to be. In the collection of data, we come to know more about our learners and how best to support them in achieving – academically, socially and spiritually. We strive to ensure our assessment and evaluation is fair, equitable and inclusive as it is essential to the achievement and well-being of all students and the school community.


Final Report Card:
This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. 

Accessing Your Child’s Report Card:
As an added measure of security to protect your child’s privacy, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. You will find your child’s OEN number on a previous report card.  

The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards. 

About Your Child’s Elementary School Report Card:
As a reminder, no student’s mark should be negatively affected by performance during the school closure period due to COVID-19. 

As a result of school closure, the Kindergarten Communication of Learning and Report Card for Grades 1-8 will reflect the learning demonstrated from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13. Evidence collected during the school closure period that shows improvement in learning may be taken into consideration when assigning a final grade/mark.  

In such cases where there is insufficient evidence of learning in a particular subject or strand (including math strands), the code “I” may be used on a student’s report card and the following statement may be included: Due to the school closure period, there is insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.  

Ratings for Learning Skills and Work Habits will reflect the period from the beginning of Term 2 to March 13. Teachers may choose to include comments on growth in Learning Skills and Work Habits demonstrated during the school closure period when it is to the student’s benefit. 

Questions About Your Child’s Report Card?
As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card. You are also welcome to contact the school administration with any questions or should you require further clarification. 

Courtesy Seats on School Buses for the 2020-2021 School Year:

Families with children who take the bus to school are advised that the application process for receiving courtesy seats on school buses will be delayed for the 2020-21 school year. Due to physical distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may not be possible to grant courtesy seats or the process may be delayed for next school year.
However, parents and guardians can continue to submit a Courtesy Seat Application, and will be notified via email once a decision on this process has been made.
Please note that there is no guarantee that a courtesy seat will be offered if you submit an application, or if your child had a courtesy seat in the past. Visit the Halton Student Transportation Services website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca
 

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton!


Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food.
From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take them! 
For more information and to find out ways to donate, please visit: www.food4kidshalton.ca

Grade 8 Graduation Reminders:

We are so proud of our Grade 8 Graduates and look forward to celebrating with them this week!  Please review previous Graduation emails sent to grade 8 families for student-specific details.

We remind our Grade 8’s of all that we have planned for them next week:

  • Monday, June 22 at 6:30pm – Pre-recorded Virtual Graduation Ceremony (link will be sent to you)
  • Tuesday, June 23 (various times) – Diploma and student item curbside pick up (only grade 8 students and their siblings at pre-scheduled time)
  • RAINDATE? – we are monitoring the weather for Tuesday. If the weather does not cooperate – we will communicate a raindate for our Curbside Graduation by Monday afternoon.

Student Belongings Curbside Pick-Up:

Based on the recommendations of Health Canada regarding physical distancing and in consultation with Halton Region Public Health, our school staff have organized a pick up and drop off of items during the last week of school – June 22-25.

Please note that all devices will need to be returned by the end of June, unless students are enrolled in a summer learning program and they require the device for learning.

Your pick-up/drop off date and time at the school is organized by family surname:

AREA 1 – Drop Off (along the exterior gym wall)

  • Technology (devices) borrowed, Special education equipment, Sports uniforms/equipment, Musical instruments, Library books and textbooks

AREA 2 – Pick Up (between main doors and flagpole)

  • Personal belongings from desks and cubbies and/or lockers (locks may have to be cut in the event the teacher does not have the correct combination)
  • EpiPens® or other medications

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE:

The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance.

Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.

The Board makes available an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company. Participation is voluntary, and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced ($17.00 to $32.00 per year, depending on the plan chosen).

The insurance agreement is between the parent or guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437)

TALENT SHOW:

St. Paul Student’s Got Talent! – Let’s see it one more time!

SUMMER:

It is hard to believe we are headed into our last week of the 2019/20 school year. As a community, we are blessed with dedicated staff and parents who are committed to ensuring that, together, we make a difference in the lives of our wonderful students! Thank you all again for a great year. Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Summer!

N. Costa

Elementary PrincipalLast Weekly Update of the 2020-2021 School Year