Busses still running late…

Red bus is departing now……..

Blue bus has still not arrived but it is coming. There was a mechanical failure and a new bus is on the way……..

Thank you.

Blue and Red bus running late…..

…..there will be delays at the bus stops. The busses are on the way but as of 4:05 have still not arrived at the school.

Thank you for your patience.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

St. Anne Update……

Hello Phoenix Families,

This week we welcomed Mr. Innocent Tchigio to the St. Anne staff as our French teacher 
for Intermediate students. As you may be aware, staffing for French positions in particular 
has been difficult for the last few years. We are fortunate to have Mr. Tchigio now with us 
and working with our grade 7 and 8 students. As he has just begun, there will not be a 
progression rating for French in the upcoming Progress Reports. However, Mr. Tchigio will be 
spending additional time in these classes to gradually make up for lost time.

Please review the following from our Director of Education:

Dear WCDSB Community,

We hope that you continue to be well and that you are enjoying some of the beauty that the 
fall season affords us.  We are pleased that, for the moment, cases seem to be slowing 
provincially and in the region, and in general, currently we are seeing fewer cases in our 
schools.

This letter brings a few important updates of which we would like you to be aware as they 
are important to your understanding as to how things are unfolding and precautions we wish to 
continue to enforce, so that we may continue on a safe, healthy and positive path as a 
community.

Screening

As we have shared before, please know that one of the most important things you do each and 
every day is to complete the screening tool before you as a staff member or student 
(or parent of a student) arrive at school.  Any individual who fails the screener or who is 
symptomatic in any way should not be reporting to school.  That is part of our collective 
responsibility to one another. 

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

Vaccination
We have started our conversations with Waterloo Region Public Health about vaccination for 
our 5-11 year olds but at this point, things are still in the planning and approval stage.  
As updates become available and we have specifics to share, we will be in touch as promptly 
as possible.

Testing
On October 28th, the government did share additional updates in relation to program with PCR 
testing and rapid antigen testing (“Test to Stay”).  In both cases these programs feed from 
pilot programs in the province,  and will be utilized when deemed necessary.  Both are in 
relation to when there are positive cases being experienced in a given school community.  
There are specific criteria tied to their use and are not general surveillance/screening 
tools.

Sports / Athletics
As reported in my last letter, we have been pleased to see the return of athletics and sport 
to our schools and for inter-scholastic play to have returned for those age 12 and older.  
The criteria to play is full vaccination and/or proof of a negative test.  This strategy is 
being used in a very targeted way for students who are not able to use our other usual 
strategies to ensure their safety – that is – they are unable to ensure masking and social 
distancing.  We have been heartened by how well received the return to athletics has gone, 
and remain enormously grateful to our (coaching) staff for supporting this “return to 
play/competition”.  The tests we were able to provide, through the support of a local 
partner, are no longer available to us.  At a provincial level, informed by the Chief Medical 
Officer of Health, they have indicated we are no longer able to access or provide the tests.  
We are disappointed by this decision as we did feel it was a safe and equitable way to 
deliver sports.  Our policy that a player /athlete must be fully vaccinated or provide 
evidence of a negative test has not changed.  Families will now have to source the tests.  
Below we provide some links where those purchases may be made.  Of course, vaccination 
remains an option.

https://rapidtestcanada.ca/product/covid-19-rapid-test-maple/

https://rapidtestandtrace.ca/

Inclement Weather Protocol
Every year at this time we like to share some reminders about protocols for snow days.  As 
you know – there are sometimes days in the winter when we have to cancel bussing due to the 
weather and unsafe driving conditions for our buses.  In the past, if roads were still 
passable, we would leave schools open.  On those days however, we often pooled classes based 
on the number of staff who fully attended and the number of students.  This year, as was the 
case last year, that is not possible due to our covid cohort- related restrictions.  In 
consultation with the public board, with whom we share bussing, when we cancel buses, we will 
close schools and have a remote learning day.  Your teacher will communicate with you in 
advance so you know where to look for school work for the day and protocols on such days, but 
in broad terms, the teachers will post work in the morning, no later than 9:30 a.m. and 
students will work on their own timing in their home.  It will allow all students to access 
some learning and we will be continuing to keep one and all safe.  We realize it may not be 
a perfect solution and learning day, but bus snow days rarely were.  We apologize in advance 
for any inconvenience and hope that we are not in this situation too often.

Potential Travel
A reminder that students under 12, travelling with vaccinated parents do not have to 
quarantine per se, but they are not allowed to return to school until 14 days from return 
have passed.  This guidance is found on our webpage.  This is federal policy we are sharing.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-student-screening-and-testing/

Please review our full Operational Guidelines to ensure you understand how we are continuing 
to ensure a safe and happy school experience for all.

We are grateful for your support and partnership as we navigate this unique year.

Sincerely
Loretta Notten
Director of Education

Photo Re-Takes and Conferences…

Hello Phoenix Families,

Our Photo Retake Day is booked for Monday, November 8th. If you missed photos or need 
retakes, each class will be called for a time. Dress for the day if your child will be 
participating and let your child’s teacher know in the agenda or an e-mail.

Progress Reports go home on November 18th. Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will be booked 
for November 25th. They will be remote again this year. Your child’s teacher will be in touch 
about booking a time.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

COVID Update…

Hello Phoenix Families,

COVID numbers remain relatively low in the Region and School Board.

We use the “School Screening” as our tool to determine if a student or staff member is eligible to attend school each day. Please continue to complete the school screening for each child, each day. This is making a significant difference in keeping us all safe.

If a sibling is experiencing any new COVID symptoms or awaiting test results, then any unvaccinated siblings also need to stay home until test results are received.

Please note that if students travel out of the country, now or during the Christmas Holidays, unvaccinated students are required to remain at home from school for 14 days, even though the requirements from the airport or border may be that they do not have to “quarantine”.

As the numbers remain relatively low, things may change.  Please continue to complete the school screening, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the main office.  We can always walk-through individual situations together.

Be Well,

St. Anne School Staff

WCDSB Student Census……

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have our WCDSB Student Census beginning in just over 2 weeks. We invite you to please have a look at the census here https://www.wcdsb.ca/student-census/

The purpose of the WCDSB Student Census is to eliminate systemic racism and advance racial equity in the WCDSB as authorized by the Anti-Racism Act in s.7(2).  The WCDSB Student Census is a confidential and voluntary survey for all students from Grades 4 to 12 that students will complete with their classroom teacher during class time.  The results and analysis of the census will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of students within the WCDSB and of the cultural, social and demographic makeup of our students.

The WCDSB Students Census is voluntary. Any student may choose not to participate, to stop participating, or to skip a question at any time. Additionally, parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age can ask that their child be exempt from participating in the census. As part of our communication campaign, information has been distributed electronically by school Newswire, on our website, and on social media.  As you will read within the Student Census information, there is an OPT out opportunity, this process is explained within the link. The OPT out option is available until October 25th should parents choose this.

We look forward to sharing the results from the Student Census as it becomes available.

CSAC……

Hello Families,

We have rescheduled our opening CSAC meeting for Thursday, October 14th @ 7:00. This we be an online meeting over Microsoft TEAMS. Please e-mail Mr. Noonan (james.noonan@wcdsb.ca) if you would like a link to join.

CSAC’s goal is to help parents to keep informed on educational matters in an open forum. CSAC is also involved with a variety of fundraising initiatives. All money raised goes back to our school to support our students and student learning.

CSAC meetings are open to all parents with children attending our school. All parents and teachers are invited to attend, however only CSAC members are eligible to vote on Council matters.

The members of CSAC include the Principal, Vice-Principal a teacher representative, and parent representatives. Elected positions from the parent representatives include the Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary. Other positions available include the Fundraising Chair and Special Lunch Chair. If you would like to take on one of the elected roles, we welcome your commitment. You will be required to attend our meetings and report on your responsibilities as necessary.

If you would like to be nominated for a CSAC executive role, please email Mr. Noonan (james.noonan@wcdsb.ca) and he will share the nomination form (Chair, Treasurer, Secretary). We are looking forward to a very exciting year.

Kindly,

St. Anne CSAC

Reminder….

Hello Families,

A friendly reminder that tomorrow is a P.A. Day and there is no school. Monday is a holiday.

We will be collecting for our food drive into next week if anyone still has donations. We thank you for your generosity and support.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

 

 

With Thanks…

Hello Families,

With Thanksgiving weekend upon us, we give thanks for being back together as a school community. We are thankful to have the energy of the kids back in the building and being able to learn alongside them. We are thankful for a community that has supported one another as we live and work though this pandemic. We are hopeful that we will all remain safe and that in the months to come we will once again be able to gather and celebrate like we have in the past.

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving weekend, we bow our hearts to You and pray. We give You thanks for all You’ve done, especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son. For beauty in nature, Your glory we see, for joy and health, friends, and family. For daily provision, Your mercy and care, these are the blessings You graciously share. So today we offer this response of praise with a promise to follow You all of our days.

Amen.

Please also see the letter from the Director:

Thanksgiving Letter Oct 2021

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Construction…

Hello Families,

The City informed us today that beginning tomorrow there will some construction on Elgin St. near the the school. There is scheduled work on some of the sidewalk and possibly some road work. This may cause delays.

We thank you for your patience.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

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