Monthly Archives: October 2018

Halloween Reminders……

Hello Families,

As we prepare for Halloween fun on Wednesday, we ask that you be mindful of the following:

  • Students are encouraged to wear non-violent themed costumes
  • Please avoid overly scary costumes
  • Props/weapons or small accessories should stay at home
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged costumes
  • Teachers decide when their class will wear or model costumes

Teachers will go over trick or treat safety rules, but parents are also encouraged to do so at home this week. This includes what children should do if they find a needle while out in our community “trick-or-treating”. Please see the attachment for help reviewing this at home.

Found_Needle_Poster

Masks will be worn at the teacher’s discretion such as for a photo or costume parade. They will not be worn in class or out at recess.

Some families generously bring in treats to share. We ask that you please do not send “home baked” treats – this is a safe schools concern (Allergies from baked goods, peanuts, etc.). You may also consider a healthier option like a pencil, eraser, or stickers if you are sending something in as the kids always get plenty of treats on Halloween.

We look forward to a great day. Wednesday’s Dance-a-Thon is our main fundraiser for the year. We will have lots of fun and we thank you for your support.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Pizza Day Reminder……

Hello Families,

Just a reminder that our First Pizza Day of the year is this Thursday. See the details below for more information.

Needle Concerns……

Hello Families,

Today there have been numerous questions and social media posts about needles found on our school yard.

We thank you for your patience as we took the time to investigate the matter and clarify the information before sending this NewsWire.

Please note the following…..

As per our safety procedures:

*School staff located and removed the needles well in advance of students arriving at school

*Public health was notified

*The City of Cambridge was notified

*Cambridge Police were notified

The issue of discarded needles is ongoing, and it affects our entire community, not just our school.

As a proactive measure our school and the board spent $15 000 to clean out the forest at the back of our property. This has proven successful as there has been almost no after-hours activity on our property this year.

In the spring we worked with police services to conduct a safety audit of our property. We are working on opening more sightlines by trimming additional trees in alternate areas and plans are being looked at for some additional fencing to deter the after-hours activity on our property.

We are all concerned about student safety and doing everything we can within our ability. The procedures we have in place have been effective.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please fee free to contact:

  1. Public Health about their Free Needle Program (519) 883-2267

  2. The City of Cambridge about their Safe Needle Disposal Program (519) 623-1340

  3. Cambridge Police – Non-Emergency line (519) 570-9777

Please review the information in the attachment with your family.

Found_Needle_Poster

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

 

Government Consultation/Survey……

The government has launched consultations on education reform. There will be three ways for people to participate:

  • An online submission form, available now, that allows people, organizations or groups to provide their views on any of the consultation topics. Submissions can also be sent to the ministry by emailing fortheparents@ontario.ca or auservicedesparents@ontario.ca.
  • An online survey that will be available soon in English and French, with questions that relate to the key themes below.
  • Telephone town halls across Ontario, with separate town halls in English and French. The telephone town hall discussions will be aligned with the themes discussed in the survey. The dates and times of these town halls will be posted on ca as they become available.

The consultations are intended to focus on the following topics:

  • How to improve student performance in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM);
  • How our schools are preparing students with needed job skills;
  • What more can be done to ensure students graduate with important life skills, like financial literacy;
  • How to build an updated and age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like sexual health education, mental health and the legalization of cannabis;
  • What measures can be taken to improve standardized testing;
  • What steps schools should take regarding the use of technology in classrooms, such as the use of cell phones; and
  • What elements would participants like to see included in the Ministry of Education Parents’ Bill of Rights.

For up-to-date information on all of the ways people can participate, please visit fortheparents.ca. We look forward to your participation in this consultation process.

Sincerely,

Nancy Naylor

Deputy Minister

cc:

Martyn Beckett, ADM, SAD

Denys Giguere, ADM, FLTLAD

Denise Dwyer, ADM, IEWB

Richard Franz, ADM, SPIRD

Shirley Kendrick, ADM, SSFSD

Debra Cormier, Director, FSB

All Regional Managers

 

Happy Thanksgiving from St. Anne……

Hello Families,

Thank you to everyone for your generous donation to out food drive. We wish everyone a restful, faith filled Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff