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St. Paul Weekly Update: September 13-17

We did it!!!!!!! That was a great start to our first few days of the 2021-22 school year. We are so excited to welcome ALL (365 – WOW!) students back for our first FULL week of school.

As each new school year begins, we welcome new staff to our community. I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome these wonderful people to St. Paul School.

  • Ms. Veenendaal – Library Tech
  • Ms. De Francesco – CYC
  • Mr. Badeau – Grade 4/5
  • Ms. Lucchetta – Grade 2
  • Ms. Vrbensky – Grade 2/3
  • Madame Arce – FSL
  • Ms. O’Coin – SERT
  • Ms. Merritt – SERT
  • Ms. Drotar – EA

Please continue to scroll down to see some important messages as we begin out first full week.

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Parents will be required to provide Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Screening for their child beginning September 7th to September 17th. A Student Screening Log has been handed out to all students for you to verify their screening~ please continue to sign off on this each morning before sending your child to school.

St. Raphael Parish Update:

Due to the school closure in the Spring, the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation have been rescheduled for this Fall. Our Grade 3 students and our Grade 8 students are preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, respectively. A special thank you to Father Francis for organizing this once again. Please contact the Parish if you have any questions. 

Duty To Report and Attendance:

Please click and read these important letters as we begin this new school year.

Family Information/Consent Form:

Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online. Thank you to those families who have already submitted.

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card. Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration. The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy: The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues: If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to

Catholic School Council Nominations:

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Please email Mr. Costa at and a nomination package will be sent to you electronically.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

  • Nomination Forms Due: Friday, September 24th
  • Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 28th
  • Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th
  • First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm

Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page.  All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online. 

Bus Students:

Access to student transportation schedules is now available through the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) Parent Portal.

Once you have an account, you will need to add your student using their 9-digit Ontario Education Number (OEN). 

*Note: If your child has not been assigned an OEN (ie. Kindergarten student) and is eligible for transportation, you would have received a phone call between August 23 – 27 providing you with the transportation schedule. If you did not receive this phone call, please contact HSTS. For Parent Portal instructions, please click here.

Important Notes

  • Non-medical/cloth masks or face coverings are mandatory for all students while on the bus. 
  • As the Ministry of Education recommends reducing the number of students on the bus where possible, courtesy seats will not be offered at this time for the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • Students will be assigned seats for the 2021-2022 school year. Seat assignment information will be communicated by your child’s school, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation.

Transportation Resources for Elementary Students

We encourage families of elementary students to view the following videos to learn about school bus safety during COVID-19:

For more information and resources related to COVID-19 and transportation, please see COVID-19 Transportation Information.  

For all other transportation information, please visit

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS)

Drop-Off and Pick-Up:

We kindly ask that only one parent or guardian come onto school property (Gates or Back Field Area) to drop off and pick up their child(ren). Parents and guardians are asked to remain off the school blacktop unless they are picking up/dropping off their Kindergarten child from room 7. At this time, parents will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol). 

Visitor Protocol:

All visitors must be pre-approved by the School Principal and/or Vice-Principal prior to their visit. For the safety of our students and staff, we are limiting visitor access to our school for the 2021-2022 school year.  

Visitors who are granted approval will be required to complete an online screening form prior to arriving at our school. Once inside, all visitors will be required to wear masks.   

A few important notes about the Visitor Protocol: 

  • Parents/guardians will need prior approval from the School Principal or Vice-Principal to drop off items during the instructional day.    
  • Students will be dismissed at school exits; parents/ guardians who need to come into the school will require approval.   
  • Students learning remotely who may be participating in any extra-curricular activities are required to follow the Visitor Protocol. 
  • Community coaches are required to follow the Visitor Protocol. 
  • Board office staff or any staff not assigned to a school, occasional staff, and unpaid learners (such as student teachers) are required to follow the Visitor Protocol. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to ensure a safe and healthy return to school for all.     

Yard Suprevision:

Supervision begins at 8:25 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your child(ren) leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Students are asked to come directly to their line wearing a mask as per last years routing. Students only on the playground please.

Children arriving late for school must report to the office for a late slip.

NO Dogs On School Property:

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

Water Fountains and Reusable Water Bottles: 

Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.  

  • Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students.  
  • All water fountains will be wrapped and/or made inoperable.  
  • Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.  

Safe And Caring School:

School staff will review the school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning at school. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda for gr. 1-8. We would ask you to review and discuss this with your child(ren) during the first few weeks of school. Safe and Caring School Virtual Assemblies will take place in the coming weeks.

Medical Perils:

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be a NUT FREE environments. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

Concussion Protocol:

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at: Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

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.

Promoting Well-Being:

Back to School AnxietyAn overview of What you will learn:

  • Why do some kids become anxious about starting school again?
  • How can parents help their children overcome back to school anxiety?
  • What are signs that an anxious child might need more support?

Please use the following link to learn more:

Back-to-School Anxiety | Child Mind Institute

Have a great day!

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

ALL JK and SK Students in School Together
Sep 13 all day
Catholic School Council Nominations Due
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day
Orange Shirt Day – Uniform bottoms please
Sep 30 all day

Every Child Matters – September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually. We come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Virtual Curriculum Night
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
First Communion – Rescheduled Grade 3’s
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Picture Day – Grades K-8
Oct 7 all day
PA Day – No School for Students
Oct 8 all day
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