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Halloween Fun…..

Hello Families,

With Halloween just a week away we would like to share the following:

Halloween celebrations will be teacher organized in each classroom cohort.

  • Students are encouraged to wear non-violent themed costumes. Please avoid overly scary costumes.
  • 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
  • Orange and black is a good idea for older students
  • Teachers will go over trick or treat safety rules, but parents are also encouraged to do so at home this week.
  • Treats: Please do not send treats this year. The school is providing one small bag of treats that have been safely packaged.
  • Health and safety masks will still need to be worn. If there is a mask with your child’s costume, it can be worn for photos etc., with teacher permission

We thank you so much for all the support this year.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Kindly,

St. Anne School Staff

Plaid Phoenix 7

New masks for all students……

Hello Families,

Today we handed out additional masks for each student. The Ministry has provided one black mask and the school board has provided three additional grey masks. You can still use your own. These are additional makes to help with making sure each child has a clean one ready for school use.

Don’t forget to use the COVID screening tool each day. Public health has updated the tool.

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

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

Catholic School Advisory Council……

Hello Families,

Each year our Catholic School Advisory Council (SCAC) looks after many important events at our school. While this year will unfold with different expectations, we are still looking for parents who may like to help out.

Each year our Executive is made up of the “Chair”, Secretary and “Treasurer”. CCAC runs events like our fundraiser, and hot food program to raise funds for various initiatives.

Our first remote meeting will be Tuesday, October 27th @ 7:00 p.m. If you would like to be considered for one of the executive positions, please e-mail Mr. Noonan (james.noonan@wcdsb.ca). Meetings will be held remotely over the Microsoft “TEAMS” program. Mr. Noonan will need your e-mil in advance to add you to the meeting invite. You need the TEAMS program to participate.

Our first meeting will be to determine our executive, and discuss the main fundraiser for the year. Meetings are held a minimum, of four times a year and are typically an hour or less in length.

Thank you for your consideration.

St. Anne School Staff

Classroom Reorganization……

Hello Families,

We have a very important update to share with you. Over the past several weeks, registration at the WCDSB’s remote school, St. Isidore, has significantly increased. Close to 30% of our school population has opted to attend at St. Isidore.

To support the staffing increase at St. Isidore, the WCDSB has created a staffing surplus at many schools, including St. Anne. As a result, our Vice principal and two classroom teachers have been reassigned.

This staffing surplus means we are required to move some classroom teachers into new grade assignments. Furthermore, many of our students will be moved into new class settings.

While we most certainly understand that a change in classrooms comes with challenges, the numbers are such that we have no other option.

The staff have worked hard to create updated class lists that will come into effect on Tuesday, October 13th. Teachers will be outside greeting students and to show classes where to line up.

You will be receiving a letter later today if your child is moving classes.

This classroom change will take effect on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

For those families who may wish to consider attending St. Isidore moving forward, please note that the next opportunities for registration are as follows:

Opportunity to Change Date the Change of Class
would Take Effect
Window Opens to request a change Deadline for Requesting Change
 

Following Progress Reporting Period

November 23, 2020 November 4th
9 a.m. 
November 06, 2020
6 p.m.
 

Following Distribution of First Provincial Report Card

February 16, 2021 (day after Family Day Holiday) January 27th
9 a.m. 
January 29, 2021
6 p.m.

We thank you kindly for your patience and understanding as we work thought this transition together.

Be well,

St. Anne School Staff

St. Isidore Announcement……

Attention parents and students who will be joining 
St Isidore Catholic Remote School after Thanksgiving.

To ensure you can join your remote class next week, 
please take some time now to make sure you know your login 
and password and that you can access your Board email and 
GAFE account.

St Isidore Teachers and Administrators will be contacting you 
through email to provide you with important information 
regarding your virtual class, so it is important that you can 
access this.

Please note - invitations to your class may not come before 
Monday, October 12.

Thank you,

St. Isidore Staff

Orange Shirt Day……

Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system 
for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the 
history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. 

The phrase "Every Child Matters" reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our 
communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an 
opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices 
that may impact our children/students.

Thank you.

New Update: If my child feels sick at school……

Hello Families,

Our new reality includes constant updates from the Ministry, Public Health, and the School Board. 
We are working hard to keep you updated as we get new information on our end.

Last week we sent you an update about what happens when your child feels sick at school.

At that time – any school-attending sibling(s) or parent(s) of ill students were required to “self-isolate” 
at home until their ill sibling / child had either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor 
to return to school — and were free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

Our procedures remain the same:
  1. The classroom teacher will contact the office and the student will come down.
  2. A staff member from the office will escort the student to our isolation room where we will discuss how they 
    are feeling and gain insight as to what their symptoms might be.
  3. The student’s temperature will be taken with our contactless thermometer.
  4. If they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (which in some cases can mirror other illnesses), we will be 
    contacting parents to come and pick up the child immediately.
  • Parents, please have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” in place in case your child needs to be picked up during the 
    day.
  1. When you come to pick up your child, we will be speaking to you about the symptoms that we see and we 
    will in most cases encourage you to take them for a COVID-19 test. You also have the option of, and we 
    will encourage you to, take them to a Health Care Professional (e.g. family doctor, nurse practitioner, 
    walk-in clinic, etc.)
NOW — any school-attending sibling(s) are allowed to attend school so long as they are asymptomatic themselves 
and will rigorously “self-monitor” for the onset of COVID-19 symptoms. This means a sibling will NOT be sent 
home at the same time as a child who may not be feeling well. However, their ill sibling must still self-isolate 
until they have either received a negative COVID-19 test OR been cleared by a doctor to return to school – and 
are free of COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours.

PLEASE NOTE — Symptomatic children or school staff who have a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their 
infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days, (and their household contacts) must still self-isolate 
pending the test result of the symptomatic individual, and must not attend work or school until the symptomatic 
individual(s) receive a negative test.

We do want to continue maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all our students, so we also 
encourage all families and individuals to use the Ontario government’s school screening tool, available at: 
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The screening tool is also available on our WCDSB homepage at https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Thank you,

St. Anne School Staff
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