Monthly Archives: April 2021

Attendance….

Hello Families,

While we know that online learning brings challenges, this is school right now.

Work counts. Attendance matters.

Attendance Late Chart

So, we remind you please to create a good daily routine that includes logging on, on time. If your child is absent for the day, you still need to call in to the school and leave us a message.

As you are aware, consistency of learning is a vital part of a child’s continuous learning progress.  It will be difficult for your child to progress to the best of their ability if they are constantly trying to catch up on missed schoolwork.

The Education Act of Ontario – Sections 21 to 30 clearly indicates that every child of compulsory school age must attend school regularly.  Right now, that means online.

WHY SHOULD YOUR CHILD REGULARLY ATTEND AND ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME – EVEN WHEN SCHOOL IS ONLINE

  • Students who are continually late miss an important part of the day. First thing in the morning, teachers go over the timetable for the day, often take up homework and frequently give out and collect paperwork.  Coming in 15 or 20 minutes late creates disruption for the rest of the class and interrupts the lesson which has already begun.
  • The student starts the day behind and often stays behind for the rest of the day. In addition, knowing that he/she is going to be late, rushing and often not eating properly make for a bad start to the day for all concerned.  The student arrives stressed and embarrassed to come in after everyone else.
  • Obviously, there are valid reasons for being late such as medical/dental appointments but sleeping in because the alarm didn’t go off is not a good reason.
  • Coming to school on time is an important habit to develop and will ensure success at school and at work in the future.
  • Many high-school and post-secondary courses are, or will be online. Developing positive online work habits now will only benefit your child later in life.
  • Many jobs and careers are computer based with lots of time working online. Again, developing positive online work habits now will only benefit your child later in life
  • Something to think about: If a child is late 5 minutes every school day, he/she will miss a total of 650 minutes of instruction. This has a significant effect on academic success and success in life.

We know that you share the same concerns about your children’s academic outlook so we thank your for your support.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS – even online…

Please check out the attachment……

Update – Next block of remote learning…

Hello Phoenix Families,

 The School Board has determined that Monday (tomorrow) will operate like a “snow day”.  Teachers will post some work for students to engage with on their Google Classrooms/D2L.  Students will be required to login, access the work, complete it and submit it back to the Google/D2L platform as required.  There will not be live teaching on Monday. Teachers will use the day to make the transition to full remote learning to begin Tuesday.

Live remote lessons will begin Tuesday.  Please note we will follow the regular school day, work counts, and attendance is taken. Starting Tuesday, you will still need to call into the school if your child will be absent from remote learning as with any other school day.

If you are still in need of a Chromebook to access learning, please notify your child’s teacher. Chrombooks will be available starting Wednesday and your child’s teacher will confirm when it is ready for pick up.

Please note that with several classes still isolating, some staff are as well. Staff isolating may not provide live remote lessons until their isolation is complete and they will let you know if this applies to your child’s class.

Working together let’s hope this next block of remote learning is brief and we can safely return back to school together again soon.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

COVID Outbreak VOC….

Hello Families,

Please see the attached letter from Public Health.

Parent Letter COVID-19_Outbreak_ (002)

In addition to the confirmed variant of concern (VOC) we communicated, there has been an additional positive case within a class cohort. Public Health is further communicating an outbreak. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have defined a school outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.

This class will continue to self-isolate as per Public Health direction.

No additional classrooms or cohorts will be dismissed.  No further action is required for the current classrooms that have been dismissed. We are working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.

Public Health is required to post all school outbreaks on their website.  They will be updating this tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.  It will include the school’s name and number of cases.

Please call Public Health with any questions.

We know that managing COVID cases has been a challenge for everyone. We thank you for your support and understanding.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

COVID Outbreak…..

Hello Families,

Are a result of our most recent positive case, Public Health will be declaring an outbreak at St. Anne’s Catholic Elementary School. The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have defined a school outbreak as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.

No additional classrooms or cohorts will be dismissed.  No further action is required for the current classrooms that have been dismissed. We are working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in students, staff and the community.

Public Health is required to post all school outbreaks on their website.  They will be updating this tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.  It will include the school’s name and number of cases.

Please review the attachment from Public Health for families.

Outbreak family info

All staff and students directly affected have been, or will be contacted by Public Health. With schools returning to a remote learning block, learning will be able to continue for all students following the April break. Classroom teachers will be in touch with more details about remote learning.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please continue to stay safe.

St. Anne School Staff

Positive COVID Case – April 12…

Hello Phoenix Families,

We have a Positive COVID case at our school. Please review the attached letter from Public Health for some important details.

School_COVID-19_Positive_Case

Please note that NewsWire and SchoolMessenger are our main communication tools. Please remind friends and neighbours to sign up for NewsWire on the school web page. SchoolMessenger is automatically sent to all those in our school Aspen system who are on the contact list for your child(ren).

Public Heath will be calling all those who may have been exposed and considered at risk. A SchoolMessaenger has also gone out to these families and teachers will post on the Google Classroom.

Please follow Public Health directives in the attached letter.

We thank you for your support and understanding.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

CANCELLED – Photo Day…

Hello Families,

We regret to inform you that as a result of the Provincial shutdown and the classification of essential services, our Photo Day for tomorrow is CANCELLED.

This includes photos for students from St. Isidore, grade 8 grad photos, etc.

We are working with the company to reschedule and we will update you as soon as we can.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

St. Anne Update…

Hello Phoenix Families,

We have a few brief updates to share.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our theme day – “beach day” – so dress up for some fun.

There was a date error in our March Newsletter. There is no P.A. Day scheduled for April 23rd. This is actually for 2022 so we were a little ahead of schedule 😊

Friday is our photo day. Grade 8 grad photos will be taken at this time.

St. Ambrose parish has to rescheduled First Holy Communion as a result of the Provincial Shutdown protocols. There are plans to reschedule in June.

Please review the attachment and register if you need a free bike helmet.

Cambridge Bike Helmet Flyer

As of this message being sent, our schools remain open this week and following the April break. Just to be proactive, we have been sending home Chromebooks and we encourage all students to take home personal items. Please watch the news and school messages for any possible updates.

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff

Happy Easter…

Easter Blessings to all St. Anne families.

We hope you enjoy a restful long weekend with your family.

We will see everyone Tuesday, April 6th.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff.

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