Dear St. Scholastica Families,
Please be sure to review the following updates for this upcoming week found below:
ISW WINTER UNIFORM SALE
ISW (our school uniform provider) will be having its annual winter sale from February 1st-8th. This Winter Sale event will apply to in-store, as well as online purchases. Please find a flyer advertising this sale attached below.
BUS ROUTE TIME CHANGES
Halton Student Transportation Services has received correspondence from the Town of Milton regarding traffic issues in front of some of our Milton schools during arrival and dismissal times.
Because of this, HSTS has been asked to adjust some bus route times to help alleviate some of the congestion. This is especially important for our two bus runs in the afternoon that are shared between St. Scholastica and St. Benedict schools. Please note that some minor changes (2-3 min), and some larger (5 min) for nearly every run have been made. All bus families should review bus times online to necessitate any changes in home/work routines that will be necessary. Parents are reminded, that HSTS asks that all parents be at the stops 5 to 10 minutes prior to their pick-up and drop off times to ensure they don’t miss the bus departure/arrival.
THESE CHANGES WILL BE EFFECTIVE AS OF WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020
Bus Families should log in to the HSTS web site to check for any changes:
Parents will need the OEN (found on the report card), enter their house number, school and grade. They will also need to click the check box ‘I’m not a robot’ and follow the instructions if requested.
ONTARIO ENGLISH CATHOLIC TEACHERS ASSOCATION (OECTA) LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4th , 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.
KISS AND RIDE FOR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
Parents of Kindergarten students are reminded, YET AGAIN, that the Kiss and Ride lanes are not to be used to drop off Kindergarten students. If you have a child in Kindergarten that is being dropped off before school hours, parents are reminded that they must park the vehicle in a designated parking spot or in a legal road parking location and walk the Kindergarten child to the gate of the Kindergarten yard. Our two Kiss and Ride staff supervisors are responsible for keeping the Kiss and Ride lane moving, assisting Grade 1-8 students exiting the vehicles, and ensuring that these students make their way safely into our main Grade 1-8 yard. We have had a number of new staff members join our Kiss and Ride supervision team in the morning and I have recently reviewed with them, as well, the importance of consistency with these practices. We need everyone’s help in following the routines and procedures of the school as this models for your children the expectations of following rules and also helps to keep all of our students safe.
NATIONAL SWEATER DAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2020
Students are welcome to wear a cozy sweater with their uniforms.
National Sweater Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and energy conservation, and show how together – classroom by classroom, school by school – we can be a part of the solution. We can make an impact beyond National Sweater Day by reflecting on our personal carbon footprint and making personal commitments in our own lives to help keep climate change in check. Collectively, we can have a powerful impact. Don’t forget to wear a cozy sweater with your uniform on Thursday of this week!
PA DAY IN FEBRUARY
February 14th is a designated Professional Activity Day for our school board. There will be no school for students on this day.
VALENTINES DAY AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
As there is a PA Day on Friday, February 14th, St. Scholastica will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 13th. Children are allowed to exchange Valentine’s Day cards if they wish but we are asking families to please not send in candy treats on this day. We do have children at our school with life threatening allergies who we need to keep safe. We also would like to honour the rights of parents who choose to monitor closely the sugar intake of their children. If you or your child wishes to bring in small gifts or tokens with their Valentine’s Day cards we are asking you to please consider stickers, erasers, pencils etc. as alternatives to candy treats.
FAMILY DAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2020
The basic purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life and to provide a holiday in the otherwise holiday-vacant, three-month span between New Year’s Day and Good Friday. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013.
School children and private-sector workers get Family Day off, but as the holiday is a provincial and not a federal matter, federal workers do not get it off. Despite most people being off work to spend time with their families, post offices are still open as are public transportation facilities, though sometimes on a reduced schedule.
On Family Day, many take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day.
PROMOTING WELL BEING: Winter Attendance Matters!
This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school. So can the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.
These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.
- Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.
- Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.
“Help your child learn to persevere. Today, they learn to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, they will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to their dreams.”
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