Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.~ St. Teresa of Calcutta
First Week Back!
Thank you to all students, parents and staff for a successful first week back to school. It has been my pleasure to meet many of you as I join this new school community.
We will endeavour to provide regular communication between home, school and parish to support students and families. Please be sure you are receiving St. Teresa of Calcutta School emails and that you:
- Check our website https://elem.hcdsb.org/stteresa/ regularly for updates
- Follow us on Twitter @MotherTeresaOak
This week’s update is fairly lengthy; however, there are many details to share to ensure a safe return to school.
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. Student Screening Logs have been provided. Please continue to sign off on this each morning before sending your child to school.
Family Information / Consent Forms
Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.
Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!
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. Please check your email for further tips to support completion of these forms.
Catholic School Council Nominations
Nomination Forms Due: Thursday September 23, 2021
Please click here for more information that was posted this week!
Arrival and Dismissal routines
- We ask that only one parent or guardian is on school property to drop off and pick up children. Thank you for wearing your masks as you walk your child(ren) to the gate.
- Supervision begins at 8:05 a.m. Students enter the playground and walk to their line where they will wait for teacher direction before entering our school. We follow a staggered entry into school to limit the number of students in our hallways at one time.
- Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning at their assigned gate.
- Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). As per Public Health, no gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.
- Before and after school Kiss and Ride is available. Parents should stay in their vehicle. Thank you for driving slowly!
- 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.
Supervision begins at 8:05 a.m. 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 children leave home with ample time
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. Safe and Caring School Virtual Assemblies will take place the week of September 13th for grades 1-8.
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.
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: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf
Need to Contact your Teacher?
The teachers of St. Teresa of Calcutta School will be reaching out to parents over the coming weeks. Teacher email addresses are listed on our website. Our staff will endeavour to reply within 24 hours. If you have an urgent concern then you can call the main office at 905-825-6382. Further details regarding classroom communication will be shared during our Curriculum Night on September 22nd. Due to CoVid restrictions this event will take place virtually this year. Our event will be organized using our class Brightspace D2L courses. Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher.
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. Please see here for more information on the HCDSB website.
Safe Arrival and Reporting Absences
The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival will enhance our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.
If a child is absent and the office has not been notified the SchoolMessenger system will begin automatic calls to you, if there is still no answer we are required by law to call the police.
The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:
- Using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
- By logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
- By calling into an interactive toll-free phone line
Learn more about how to report your child’s absence here: Safe Arrival System