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Weekly Update – Jan 3rd

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Return to School Update – Jan 5th

As per the recent Ministry announcement, students are expected to return to school on Wednesday, January 5th. Please review the Board’s messaging on this government announcement found here.

Happy New Year!

Thank you Lord for giving me the brand new year ahead.

Help me live the way I should, as each new day I tread.

Give me strength and courage, so a shoulder I might lend.

The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things.

Each new day filled with joy, and happiness it brings.


Happy New Year to all our St. Vincent families.  We hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed quality time with family.

Daily Conifrmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place upon the return from Christmas Break until further notice under the direction by the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 
  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (if a teacher chooses this option, this will be given to your child after the first day of school)

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

Back to School Routines

A new year and new beginnings! As we enter a new year, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pickups or forgotten items. Writing a note in their agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!

We will also be having Code of Conduct assemblies with the students during the first two weeks of January to remind them of these important routines and expectations.

Appropriate Outdoor Wear

It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget those indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!

Uniform Policy

This is a reminder that we are a uniform school. Please follow the policy by ensuring students are in uniform, including sweaters. The tops need to be McCarthy provided wear, and students are expected to wear navy bottoms (which can be from another store). Please visit our website here for more details. Thank you for your co-operation.

Reminder Lunches and Snacks

Please be aware that we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis).  Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts.  (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge.  Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.)  Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

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