School News & Announcements

April 9 is Grade 6 photo day and retake photo day.

posted Apr 1, 2021, 12:20 PM by Kerry Clarke

If your child missed picture day or you would like to request a retake please fill in this form.

Rockstar and Airband Day

posted Mar 24, 2021, 10:03 AM by Kerry Clarke

Friday March 24th is Rockstar and Airband day to raise money for our Lenten Project.  We're raising money to purchase water purifiers for indigenous communities.  Everyone deserves clean drinking water.  One water filter costs $98 and our goal is to purchase 20 purifiers.  Please make a donation at school cash online.  Thank you.

Friday, March 12 PJ and Movie Day

posted Mar 8, 2021, 8:42 AM by Kerry Clarke   [ updated Mar 8, 2021, 8:43 AM ]

Friday is PJ and Movie Day.  Don't forget to donate through school cash online to help raise money for water purifiers.
Thank you for your help.  

Crazy Hair Day

posted Mar 4, 2021, 10:56 AM by Kerry Clarke

Friday March 5th is crazy hair day to raise money for our Lenten Project.  We're raising money to purchase water purifiers for indigenous communities that lack proper infrastructure for clean drinking water.  One water filter costs $98 and our goal is to purchase 20 purifiers.  Please make a donation at school cash online.

St. Francis of Assisi Christmas Raffle

posted Dec 10, 2020, 8:37 AM by Kerry Clarke   [ updated Dec 10, 2020, 8:38 AM ]

Buy your raffle tickets through school cash for a chance to win the Grand Prize - a PS5!!

Many additional prizes of products and services, generously donated by our local business partners, to be won as well!!

Parent/Teacher Interviews

posted Nov 5, 2020, 11:21 AM by St. Francis of Assisi School

 Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held online on Thursday, November 12th.


Please click on the link below to find your child's teacher to book an interview time.

Report Cards Parent/Teacher Interviews


Progress reports will be ready on the parent portal on Nov 10.  

Poppies for Remembrance Day

posted Nov 5, 2020, 11:06 AM by St. Francis of Assisi School   [ updated Nov 5, 2020, 11:08 AM ]


  Poppies will be handed out to every student at school on Wednesday, November 11th.  You can make a small donation at school cash online.
Thank you.

Terry Fox Run

posted Oct 7, 2020, 11:35 AM by Kerry Clarke

Tues, Oct 6th - Thurs, Oct 8th  Terry Fox Run: This year we will be staying on school property and running around the pit behind the junior yard. Teachers have signed up for a specific day & time, weather dependant and will let you know when that will be.   To make a donation on behalf of your family we have created an account directly with the Terry Fox Foundation. Please use the following link to donate: St. Francis of Assisi Donation Page  Unfortunately we cannot accept cash or cheques this year due to health and safety protocols. Thank you for your support of this wonderful cause! 

School Council & Other Updates

posted Sep 24, 2020, 10:41 AM by Michelle McGarry

Sept 21

Good evening,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and was able to enjoy the great weather. There are a lot of updates and I have attempted to be brief!


School Council & Nominations

School Council is getting ready for it’s the first meeting of the school year which will take place next Monday, September 28th beginning at 7:00PM. Our Council is a dynamic group of adults and we welcome any parent who would like to join our discussions.   This year, we will be using Google Meet.  Half an hour prior to the meeting, I will send out the link to all of the parents in the same way I am sending this email out.

At this time in the year, we are also calling for nominations for the elected positions. If you would like to nominate yourself please use this St Francis Nomination Form and email or return it to me by this Friday, September 25th.  A reminder that current school council members need to fill out the form yearly.  Positions with only one nomination are acclaimed. We will be ready to hold a confidential virtual vote in the case that more than one person is interested in a position. More information can be found about councils through our  OCSB link and the Ministry of Ontario link

Participating in Your Child’s Education

Our educators are busy getting their workspaces ready so that you can have access to the main themes that are being explored at school any time you would like. They will be updated often throughout the year. Additionally, they can be used if your child is home sick or waiting for their COVID test results or a family member's results. In the next week, educators will send an email to you in regards to how to access these workspaces and how to best contact them. Your children can show you as well. We feel this communication, along with the welcome to school video, is a great replacement for our typical Curriculum Night.  As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact the specific educator to set up a time to talk.

In addition to the class-specific workspace, here is an excellent resource that guides you to all of the other online resources available to our OCSB students. It is definitely worth an in-depth look!


School, Home & Parish Connection:

Here is a welcome video from Fr. Anthony Nwohiri Welcome.MP4! There is also information about sacramental preparation, live-streamed weekly masses and a wonderful prayer for us from Father. 

Thanksgiving Mass will be live-streamed from the Parish on Thursday, Oct 8th @11am and thus will be accessible for both our in-person learners and our virtual learners. The Parish will keep the link on the website for extended viewing.  


Traffic Safety Reminder Directly from our School Resource Officer Constable Porteous:

With the re-opening of schools this September there are a few challenges around traffic during morning and end of day parental taxi services.  I know that it can at times be frustrating navigating for parking or getting to work on time but the few seconds saved rolling through a stop sign is not worth the risk of hurting a child.  I would like to provide the following to parents to consider. Please keep in mind that all of these laws are in place to ensure peoples' safety:

a.  drivers must stop for a school crossing guard and wait for them to clear the intersection.

b.  please make a complete stop at stop signs and ensure no students are making a dash to cross.

c.  vehicles are not allowed to park within 15m of an intersection.  This is primarily to ensure safe sightlines and room for vehicles to negotiate the intersection safely.

d.  driveways cannot be blocked.  Nor, can vehicles park within 1.5 m of a driveway

e. please obey all parking signage.


Student Safety While Walking or Biking to School:

This year many of our students are choosing to walk or take their bikes to school.  While we encourage students to get fresh air and be physically active, we would like to remind them of some important safety considerations.

  • Plan a safe route and stick to it.  Students should walk and bike using well-traveled and familiar routes.

  • Adopt a buddy system.  Students are encouraged to walk or bike with a sibling or a friend.

  • Cross at intersections, look left and right before crossing, obey "walk" and "don't walk" signs.  Don't assume drivers will stop, make eye contact and clearly indicate that you are going to cross. If riding a bike, get off and walk the bike across the crosswalk.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Texting and wearing headphones or earbuds while listening to music can prevent students from noticing what is going on around them.

  • Know what to do when approached by a stranger.  Students should exercise caution when approached by strangers.  They are reminded not to speak to or get into a vehicle of someone they do not know. 

  • Report any suspicious activity to a trusted adult. 

The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. If your child walks or bikes to school, please take a few moments to review these precautions with them.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Student Face Shields

The Ministry of Education has provided us with small face shields for students in grades kinder to 3. Please inform the school if you would like your child to wear one. The face shields will be worn home every day and should be cleaned daily with soap and water and left to air dry.


COVID Testing Results

We are very grateful for how diligent our community has been to keep their children well and thus the entire community well.  It definitely is a team effort!  Please speak to your child about the importance of drinking lots of water and eating well to help avoid itchy throats, upset stomachs or headaches that may come from being back at school and wearing a mask all day. When your child tests have come back we are finding that it is easiest for you to take a picture of the results and send an email to the school (Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca). Ms Kerry and I deal with a large volume of this information on a daily basis and this will greatly help us!

OCSB Specific COVID Related Information from OCSB:

With all the information to navigate during this pandemic, we wanted to make it easier for parents to find the information they’re looking for, so we launched a new section of our website called OCSB Supports. Here you will find the most up to date information from the school board related to all things COVID-19 (student cases of COVIE-19, staff cases of COVID-19, classes closed due to COVID-19, cohorts closed due to COVID-19, schools closed due to COVID-19). It will be updated daily.

Updating Student Contact Information:

Parents are asked to check the parent portal at https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/   to verify the information we have for your child is correct. Any information that needs to be changed, please email the school (Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca).  Here is a blank Blank Student Verification Form so you can be reminded of what type of information you have had to provide in the past. 

Bus Seats:

A reminder that if your child has a seat on the bus but you don’t plan on them using it this year, please inform OSTA by using this website. Then set a reminder for next Spring to put them back on the bus if you wish at that point.


As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact me at michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca.

Take care and stay well,

Michelle McGarry


Fantastic First Week!

posted Sep 24, 2020, 10:39 AM by Michelle McGarry

Sept 10



We had a fantastic first week thanks to everyone’s patience and cooperation!

 

Thank you families for all you did to educate your children around the importance of social distancing, proper handwashing and proper mask-wearing!  It is evident to all of our staff that you have been very diligent with this.  A strong partnership between home and school is even more important as we work together to keep everyone healthy and it is evident we are all doing our part.

 

The bus is starting up this coming Monday so be sure to check their website for pick up and drop off times.  Students who are busers came home today with a new tag on their bag. We have assigned seating on the bus to ensure that siblings are sitting together and that we have maximized, to the extent possible, the spacing between students. Please educate your children regarding the importance of sitting in their assigned seat each day both on the way to school and again on the way home. If you are going to continue to walk them to and from school, please let your teacher know so that they won’t put them in the bus line on Monday.

 

We will be having a practice fire drill this coming Friday (weather permitting). We have been given permission to stagger this practice so only small groups of children will be in the hallway at one time.

 

Take care everyone and I hope you have a great weekend!

Michelle McGarry


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