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Weekly Update: Week of September 21st, 2020

Dear St. Scholastica Families,

What a fantastic start to the school year!  We are all so happy to be back.  Although it has been a very different start to the school year, our students have had an opportunity to visit with staff and reconnect with friends.  As we continue to grow, we welcome all the new families to our St. Scholastica school community.   

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through all the protocols and procedures that continue to change from day-to-day to ensure we apply the most current information from Public Health. 

COVID UPDATE (Self-Assessment Tool)

The Ministry has updated a self-assessment tool which is comprised of a few questions, and once completed, you are provided with direction as to your next steps. This can be accessed through the link provided below.  Please use this tool as a daily self-assessment tool for your children before they leave your home to go to school.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

MEDICAL UPDATE

Please ensure that you have sent in an extra EpiPen for your child with anaphylaxis.  Our procedures require that all students who are anaphylaxis MUST have two EpiPens at school.  One must be worn by the student and the other EpiPen will be stored in the office in their student file.   Please look at and record the expiry dates so that you can provide a new one should it expire within the school year. 

KISS-AND-RIDE

Thank you for your patience regarding the Kiss-and-Ride.  It has been a great success!  We will continue to monitor the process and make any changes as we go.  Student safety is our number one priority at St. Scholastica.  We have observed the following two things occurring in the kiss-and-ride that we feel needs attention:

  • Please do not pass other cars.  It is a single lane throughout the entire route once you enter the school.  Parents/guardians are crossing the parking lot, and many have pre-Kindergarten aged siblings who might run across the parking lot out of excitement to see their sibling.
  • Please do not put your car in reverse for any reason.  Please be patient and wait for the car ahead to move forward.  Students and parents/guardians are constantly moving in and out of your view, so this presents an added safety concern.
  • Please continue to be patient!  We recognize this will be difficult at times as the mornings have many surprises for which we find difficult to plan.  This will be even more true for the days when the weather is a challenge (rain, snow, slush).  We are so happy about the positive response we have received.  We are doing our best to support both the safety of our families, as well as our staff. 

WEARING MASKS

Thank you, parents/guardians, for wearing your masks at the fence.  Although we recognize this is not a protocol, it is important for all our students to see us modelling the behaviours we ask of them.  At the end of the day during pickup, many parents/guardians are congregating and not social distancing.  When we are not able to social distance, we are required to wear masks.  This will take the guesswork out of looking around to see if you and others are socially distancing.  Things are going well, and we would like to ensure we continue to move forward.  The success of this continuing is dependant upon all of us as a family working together!

SCHOOL CASH ONLINE

All payments for items purchased through the school – hot lunch days, trips, fundraisers etc. can be paid using our online money collection service called School Cash Online.  If you haven’t already registered for this service, please do so today by following the steps below:

Here’s how:

Step 1: Please visit: https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com

Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Today” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the “Click Here” option, sign in and add each of your children to your household account.

REPORTING YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE

If your child is going to be absent or late, we ask that you please report this to the school.  When a child is absent from school, our main office staff conduct their “Safe Arrival” program.  Any undocumented absences will warrant a phone call to parents to determine the whereabouts of the missing child.  If a parent can not be reached, the emergency contact people listed on file will be contacted.  If parents OR emergency contacts can not be reached in an appropriate amount of time, the school will call the police and initiate a missing child protocol.  You can report your child’s absence by calling our school (905-864-0344) and leaving a detailed message with the child’s name, grade, teacher, date and reason for absence or you can report this simply by downloading the School Messenger App.  Instructions for downloading the School Messenger App can be found on our website as a “Featured Story” that is entitled, “School Messenger App: Three Ways of Reporting Your Child’s Absence.”

BUSSING

As we continue to work with Halton Student Transport Services to provide a seamless transition from school to home, we recognize there might be a minor situation that arises from time to time.  Should a situation arise regarding the bus such as a delay and/or cancellation and you are not able to get through to the office, please reach out to HSTS directly by following the link below:

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you interested in being a member of our Catholic School Council?

Our Catholic School Council is a group of elected parent representatives who work, in conjunction with the school Principal (and where appropriate the HCDSB) to promote the best interests of the school community and focus on student achievement and care of physical assets. The objectives of the Council are to connect home, school, the church, and community by establishing and maintaining good communication and participation in education among these stakeholders.  Catholic School Councils are not a place for parents to vent a personal agenda but for members to work together to focus on student achievement, care of physical assets and parent/school connections for the WHOLE school community.

If we are permitted to host events at school this year, our Catholic School Council will reach out for volunteers to support students and staff with special event days and fundraisers.  In order to volunteer for various events running in the school, you do not need to join the Catholic School Council in order to do this. 

Those interested in joining the Catholic School Council must understand that this is an elected position and that the goals of the Catholic School Council are those as outlined above.

If you would like to be considered for the Catholic School Council, please contact the Principal (Sweeney-hurde@hcdsb.org) so that a Catholic School Council nomination package can be sent to you.

FAMILY INFORMATION FORMS

This week the youngest or only child in each family will come home with a large envelope that has many important forms that need to be completed and returned to the school.  Please note that we require these forms be completed and returned to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, September 30th.

GRADE 1-8 STUDENT AGENDAS AND PAYMENT

Also, on the first day of school, every student in Grade 1-8 came home with a student agenda.  We are collecting $8 for these student agendas and this can be paid using our School Cash Online system.  The agenda letter is attached.

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: Week of September 21st, 2020