School News & Announcements

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


School's About to Start!

posted Sep 24, 2020, 10:37 AM by Michelle McGarry


Sept 4th

Good Afternoon,

We are ready and so excited to welcome students into our building or “see” you virtually next week! It has been a long time and we miss you and hope everyone is well.  Apologies that this has taken me longer than expected to send all of this information to you. We have been working diligently to ensure we have a safe and smooth return for students and staff and I wanted to ensure this communication is comprehensive.  Please watch this important FRA  - Welcome Back Message that will also give you some new information on how our Kiss N’Ride will be running this year. 


Understanding that this year will look different, we wanted to ensure everyone continues to receive the most up-to-date information. Here are great links for your reference:

-Our  Return to School Plan,  Back to School Frequently Asked Questions  and our  School Year Calendar

-Ontario School Transportation Authority (OSTA)’s return to school transportation information

Ottawa Public Health routinely updates its website regarding school-related topics. You can find detailed information on everything from ventilation to screening practices to how to contain community spread. 

-Ottawa Public Health’s Responses to FAQ from Schools and School Boards.

  

Teaching Assignments, Student Schedules:

Today, or at some point this weekend, you will be receiving a “Welcoming Communication” directly from your child’s teacher whether they are attending school in-person or virtually. This is to help you get to know a bit about them and the new expectations, as well as to help your child have less anxiety coming back to school.

First Day of School:

Let’s all collectively pray that it will not rain on the morning of your child’s first day!  We have created this Welcome Back to St. Francis book that explains in student friendly language what school will look like when they return. We encourage you to read the book with your children as it may answer some of the questions they may have about their return to school this year. Our focus during the first week will be to build community, focus on following the new routines and hygiene lessons.


Tuesday, Sept 8th & Wed, Sept 9th all kinders and grade 1 - 3 will attend school: Educators will all be on the Primary Yard with class lists. Parents will drop off their child at the side gate  and they will walk to their teacher. Kinder parents can walk their child directly to the appropriate door.  There will be extra staff to help your child find their teacher. On the first day, staff will put a colour tag on each child’s backpack to help remind them which door to walk through each time they enter or exit the yard.  At 9:15 the classes will begin to walk into the school. The typical daily routine will be for the students to go directly to their designated door, sanitize their hands (staff will be there and we will have sanitizer), staff will check to ensure they have their mask on properly if they are wearing one and then they will walk directly to their classes. Teachers will be in their rooms each day to greet the students. 

Wednesday, September 9th - all students: Primary teachers will be out again and Junior teachers will be on the junior yard to welcome all students. Same procedures as Tuesday.

Previously I stated that families could accompany their children on the yard, but I have subsequently learned that is not allowed. Kinder and Primary aged children will need to be dropped off at the side gate and junior students on the junior yard. Beginning Thursday the Primary & Junior children will need to walk directly into their assigned door and to class between 9:00 and 9:15.  Beginning Monday, Sept 14th Kinder children will enter the yard through the side door.

New Daily Morning Routines for In-Person Learning:

1.In order to ensure the safety of everyone, we ask you to complete the OPH Screening Tool for Students daily and follow the resulting directions. You are responsible for screening your child. We will not be screening students before they enter our building but instead will be relying on families.  When in doubt, please keep your child at home. During the first week of school, educators will provide them and families with directions on how to access some of the learning from home. If your child is missing school but is well enough to do work, you will be able to access some of the classroom assignments virtually.

2. Please be sure to pack lunches that students can unpack themselves as there will not be any grade 6 lunch helpers for the grade 1 - 6 students. Kinder students will continue to have help from an educator but will still need to manage their lunches independently to help support social distancing. Remember that your children will be bringing home all of their lunch garbage and recycling. We apologize in advance for the mess but we don’t want students up and walking around the classroom.

3. If you have purchased a device for your child to use, this is fantastic because it will not be shared with other students! It will travel back and forth between school and home each day so please ensure that it is charged. During recesses, the doors to our classrooms will be locked so the device will be safe. Please ensure that your child returns their borrowed device and cord to school on the first day. If your child will be using one of our devices, they will be cleaned with Oxivir before being shared.

4. Please ensure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. We will be spending increased time outside for physical activity and learning time. You will learn below about our staggered pick-up which will result in your children being outside everyday rain or shine. 

5. Please leave extra time to bring your child to school so you can park your car and walk onto school property. Here is your link to our St Francis Walk-A-Block Map.  Although the Kiss N’Ride will be open at the beginning of the day, we anticipate there will be a lot more cars since buses aren’t in operation until Sept 14th and most likely with decreased ridership. Currently, we do not have staff to monitor the crosswalk so PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR CHILDREN IN THIS AREA.  

6. Please pack at least two masks. One for indoors and one to wear as they transition onto and off of the yard. Please have a system in place so that your child knows where to place his/her mask while on the yard. If it gets dirty outside they will have their clean one inside. As for students in Kindergarten to grade 3, the OCSB strongly recommends that all students wear a mask both on the bus and in the school. Please see the latest update from Ottawa Public Health related to questions about face masks.


Late Drop-Offs: OPH has been very clear that we can’t allow anyone in the school but essential workers. When you come to the main entrance, Ms Kerry (our wonderful OA) will speak to you through the intercom. She will enter the information about the late in our attendance system and then buzz your child into the school. They will need to wait by the main office until they can be accompanied to class.


Early PIck-Ups: For appointments, please arrive at the school with have enough time for Ms. Kerry to buzz the classroom and your child to come to the main entrance. We do not have a large enough entrance to have children waiting for parents and be properly supervised to maintain appropriate social distancing. Keep in mind, there will be many times that your child will be on the yard and teachers won’t be able to escort them back to class to get their items thus it is crucial that you communicate in advance with the teacher the time that you would like to pick up your child up, as in past years. Each teacher will inform you of how to best communicate this information.


Meetings with Staff Including Myself: Due to OPH guidelines, we will need to have these meetings virtually through Google Meet or by phone. If you would like to meet with me, please email me directly at michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca.  


Keeping our Cohorts Small: Your child will remain with their class for the entire day including recess and lunch. French teachers will come into their class. Recess will take place on the yard with their teacher.  During snack and lunch times, there will be a teacher that supervises between three classes. At all times in the day (except dismissal) there will be no more than 3 classes at a time on the yard. Students will be expected to follow the markings on the yard to stay in a certain area and play with only members of their class. Bathroom trips will be recorded for the entire school so as to ensure we can have appropriate contact tracing completed should the need occur. Floor stickers will support students to physically distance. 


What if my child becomes sick at school?

A great suggestion from OPH is “Students should be made aware, in age-appropriate and non-stigmatizing language, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19 and should be instructed to speak to a staff member immediately if they feel ill.”  If students identify they are not feeling well or an educator notices they are not well, they will come to have a rest in our Health Room. An educator, wearing full PPE, will monitor them and I will call you to come and pick your child up. Thus, It is strongly recommended that guardians/parents develop a plan now for prompt pick-up at the school should the unfortunate happen. We have one health room and may need to place suspected ill students in the same room while awaiting parent’s arrival. We can provide a mask if they don’t have one and will ensure physical distancing.  A reminder that if your child has seasonal allergies to please get a letter from their doctor.


What are the pick up procedures?

 As a parent myself, I know these changes will affect the flow of your day but safety is our main concern. We really appreciate your flexibility.


  1. We will be staggering the end of day. Here is a chart to explain:

 Grade Pick Up Time PIck Up Location
 Kinders 3:15 - 3:25 KA & KB from the class door. Only adults of these students will be allowed on the yard.

KC at the side gate. They will wait in the gazebo.

 Gr 1 - 3 

3:25 - 3:40


 At the side gate. Please ensure you are physically distancing yourself. You can stand along the Kiss N’Ride. All adults are asked to ensure there is enough space for the child to exit the gate and walk to their parent.
 Gr 4-6 3:40 - 3:45 Same as above

Note: for Grade 5 or 6 students who have written permission to walk home by themselves, they will be dismissed from the junior yard at 3:45.

  1. Thus we can not use the Kiss N’Ride at the end of the day due to our staggered departure. We have closed the parking lot & Kiss N' Ride at the end of the day. The cars would not move fast enough and we would have a big line up of students waiting together. Thank you for  parking your car and walking onto our yard.  Remember our parking lot will be closed to ensure a safe departure of all students.



We are in this together! We will be called on to seek innovative solutions to challenges we never imagined a year ago. This is a time to “Be Community” in words and actions. We need your continued patience and support as we develop our new school policies and practices to ensure the safety and success for all of our students and staff. As we put these procedures in place we may have to make changes.  We have planned as much as we can and are ready to see our plan in action. Our students are very dear to us and, with your collaboration, we will have a wonderful school year!  One thing that has not changed and that will remain a constant is our focus on student well-being and learning.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Kind regards,

Michelle McGarry (Principal) & Ms. Kerry (OA)


Preparing for the 2020/2021 School Year

posted Sep 24, 2020, 10:14 AM by Michelle McGarry

Good Morning


As you are aware, there are many items that we are continuing to work on addressing as we prepare for the 2020/2021 school year. Understanding there is a lot for families to do, here is what we know so far and I will follow up next week with additional information. We appreciate your patience with this year’s unique start up and are having many conversations about what will work best for our school community.


What supplies will my child need if we have chosen in person learning?


Please note that children will not have access to cubbies. All bags will be kept in the student’s personal space. Please label everything to the extent possible.


Here are our suggestions:


  • Individual hand sanitizer bottles that can be independently refilled with our school supply if needed

  • 1 or 2 cloth or disposable masks (please wash frequently) for gr 4 and up (spare kept in a paper bag or envelope). We suggest looking into something that will keep the mask around their neck  safely when they aren’t wearing it (when they are eating and out on the yard) so that the mask will stay clean and they will always have it handy to put on as they finish recess and enter the building. A reminder that students in kinder to gr 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear a mask.

  • Healthy and nut free food: Students will need to be able to manage all containers. All garbage will be placed back in the lunch bag and sent home so that they will not need to walk to the garbage can or recycling bin. Water bottles will be able to be filled at hallway drinking fountains or in the classrooms.

  • If possible items to support individual calming methods at their spot  (colouring pencils and colouring pages, favourite books to read, knitting, pictures of their favourite places of pets to look at while deep breathing…)

  • Any individual items that they may want to use during  recess

  • Headphones 

  • A Touchscreen Chromebook that has a camera is suggested but definitely not a must. Please ensure it is fully charged daily as we don’t have many outlets in our classrooms and we need to limit students walking around. 

  • Students will not require a change of shoes. This will be revisited in the winter months.

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather as we plan to have many outdoor classrooms available during the fall. If your child is unable to independently zipper or button clothing please choose alternative clothing. This will be revisited in the winter months

  • We would also highly suggest that you purchase pens, pencils, erasers, markers/ pencil crayons, appropriate scissors and a glue stick for your child and have it organized in a pencil case. We do have supplies that we can give out but we did not purchase an amount last year to provide for each student. A pencil sharpener will be a necessity for every student.

  • Kinder students will be asked to provide a few more items (most likely a yoga mat) and this will be communicated shortly.



In the meantime please prepare your children for school in the following ways

- putting on, taking their mask off  and storing it safely (here is a video and another to help with mask wearing)

- wearing a mask for long periods of time

- proper handwashing as part of their daily routine (Advice from WHO)

- appropriate distancing strategies that work for your child

- being able to manage keeping their items organized in their backpack

- being able to manage their lunch and dressing  independently

- practicing individual calming or taking a break methods that can take place in their area


What if my child has a persistent runny nose or cough?

If your child has known seasonal allergies or a cough related to asthma or other known conditions, please send a medical note to the school (attention your classroom teacher) indicating these symptoms can be expected for the child during attendance at school. Without proper documentation, you may be asked to come and pick up your child and keep them at home until symptoms subside. More specific details will be shared with you regarding the new protocols for illness once we receive them from Ottawa Public Health however, I wanted to give families some time to get this letter prepared in advance of school beginning.


Does your child have an epi-pen, inhaler, need to take medication during the school day or have any other life threatening condition that the school needs to be aware of?


Here is the link to all forms necessary should your child have any of the following: Asthma, Concussion/ Head Injury, Diabetes, Epilepsy & Seizures, Life Threatening Allergies or any other Life Threatening  Condition. 


As this is the first year that parents have access to these forms, I have endeavoured to answer all of the questions here. If there is an area of the plan of care form that you require educator’s to fill in, please leave it blank, we will fill it in and send it back to you to initial that portion of the form.

  • Your child’s Ontario Education # can be found on any report card. 

  • Designated eating area inside the school building: All children will only eat in their classrooms

  • Location of auto injectors one should be worn on the student and one in the office

  • Safety measures are steps families do to ensure the child does not need the medication that can be replicated in a school setting

  • Individuals with whom this plan of care if to be shared: We would like you to indicate all educators who work with the student (teachers, EAs ECEs), principal, principal designate, OA, supply teachers

  • It is highly encouraged that students keep an inhaler located in the office in addition to the one in their bag

  • Any OSTA forms will be filled in by the school using the information you provide on the other forms. 

  • We will continue the practice of discussing the plan of care with the families of children with complex medical needs as we have done in past years.


Medication and the appropriate accompanying forms can be dropped off at the school beginning Monday August 24th up to the day before your child begins school. Inhalers and epipens can accompany the child to school on the first day if parents chose this option. Please remember to get your doctor to sign the Request and Concent to Administer Medication forms. All Plan of Care forms will need to be completed this year with Plan of Care Annual Review Sheet being started next year.


Any other assessments your child has received?

If you have any new assessments for your child (educational, occupational therapy, speech) please hand them in to your educator team who will then consult with our resource staff.


What are the drop off procedures?

Please note will not be screening students before they enter our building but instead will be relying on families to screen each child each morning to ensure that sick children do not enter our building. More specific guidelines will be coming from OPH before school begins.


When students arrive at school they will go directly inside by their designated door between 9:00 and 9:15. They will be required to use hand sanitizer and ensure their mask is on properly before entering the building. My email next week will clearly indicate the designated door.


Walkers/ Bikers: are asked to come onto our school yard as close as possible to their designated entrance door. For the first week, family members are welcome to walk their children to the designated door, support them with our new entrance protocol and say goodbye there. We will monitor the amount of people that will gather safely in these areas and may continue this procedure throughout the year as an incentive for families to park off of school property and walk their children to the school. 


Arriving by car: The Kiss N’ Ride will be operating each morning however, staff will no longer be able to help with unbuckling or putting on backpacks. We will happily open their door for students and ask that parents unbuckle students from inside their car. We have made some adjustments to our parking lot entrances and exits to improve traffic flow. These will be communicated next week. 


Busers: Students in grades 4 and up will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus. There will be assigned seats and siblings will have to sit together. For more important information please continue to check their website or sign up to receive their updates. Currently, I am unsure if all of our buses will be arriving at the school at the same time and departing at the same time. 


What are the pick up procedures?

We are in discussion concerning this. We may have to stagger the pick up times and the location for pick up in order to follow OPH guidelines. This may result in pick up times beginning at 3:30 for some students. Currently the Kiss N ’Ride will continue to be open at the end of the day. This will be revisited on a continual basis and may need to be closed if it is taking too long or proper physical distance can’t be maintained. Again , staff will only be able to open and close vehicle doors. Everyone is highly encouraged to develop a routine of parking on the nearby streets and walking to pick up their child at the designated spot.



Visitors, Volunteers and Parent Access: Currently visitors and volunteers  will not be permitted on school property unless you have an appointment approved by a staff member. Parent access for lates and early pick up will be addressed in an upcoming email.  If you are coming  into our school, you must self-screen prior to entry, and wear a mask. 


When will my child start school?


Grade Level

Start Date

Junior Kindergarten

Thursday, Sept 3rd & Friday, Sept 4th

We will contact each family through email to schedule a time to meet prior to each student starting. This will provide time for us to get to know you and your child better to help ease their transition. Please note their first day may not be for the full day.

Senior Kindergarten & Gr 1 - 3

Tuesday, Sept. 8th

Gr 4 - 6

Wednesday, Sept 9th


School Cash Online


School Cash Online is the method that we use for all payments at St Francis (i.e. Spirit wear). It is also a notification system to tell you when the deadline for purchasing items. You will need to register by  going to https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com. Please note that we do not have a student fee.                                                           


The OFFICE will open  Monday, August 24 @ 9:30 am.


Many thanks for your patience, flexibility and kind words during this unusual start up! If you have any questions/ suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me (michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca )or the school office (Francis.Assisi@ocsb.ca )


Warm regards,

Michelle McGarry (Principal), Ms Kerry (OA)


Week #9 of Distance Learning

posted May 26, 2020, 5:12 PM by Michelle McGarry

Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope this email continues to find everyone well.  We are disappointed to hear that we will not be meeting as a community again this school year but understand everyone's health is of utmost importance during this time.

Apologies for the later than usual communication but I was hoping to have a firm plan to share with you regarding when and how you can come and pick up your child’s shoes, clothing, and medication.  We thank you for your continued patience with this process as we work to ensure it goes safely and efficiently.  Once Ottawa Public Health and our Board give us the go-ahead, we will ask you in advance to fill out a small form to determine if you will be coming to pick up items. As well, if there are items besides shoes, clothing, or medication that you would like at this time, there will be a spot to indicate this as well. The information will be used to plan our timing more closely as we schedule the families by last names. We do not want you waiting in long line ups, large gatherings or have to come to school multiple times depending on how many children you have. We honour the fact that you have been working from home and supporting your children’s mental health and learning since March. 

Upcoming Events

We would like to invite all of our families to a live-streamed year-end Mass with Fr. Anthony. This will be occurring on June 12th @11:00. As I did with the Catholic Education Mass, I will provide the link closer to this event. We are grateful for our Parish to be hosting this event for us and the surrounding schools!

We will be having a virtual Leaving Ceremony taking place on Friday June 19th at 11:00 for our grade 6 students and their families.  More details about this event and class-specific year-end celebrations during the last week of school will be sent directly to these students in the coming weeks.

As always, please be sure to maintain contact with your child’s educators and myself should you have any questions or suggestions. Please also take the time to fill out the Board survey that was sent to you today. Your feedback helps us improve during this unprecedented time and it helps us when we hear from you.

Messaging from St. Francis School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to be shared on our website and our twitter account @AssisiOCSB  Should you wish to communicate with me, email is the best method. 

I hope and pray that you continue to be healthy. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Take care,

 Michelle McGarry and St Francis Staff


Week #8 of Distance Learning

posted May 26, 2020, 5:11 PM by Michelle McGarry


Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope everyone had time this past long weekend to enjoy the wonderful weather and take a break from supporting your child’s learning. Many thanks for your ongoing support as we continue to work together during this unprecedented time. Our Board has prepared a #ocsbHowTo YouTube playlist for parents/guardians, these micro-videos answer some commonly asked questions from our OCSB parent community surrounding resources and OCSB digital tools. As well, our Board’s firewalls will only work when students log in when using their student account. Here is some information on how to Keep Google Accounts Separate in Google Chrome to support with sharing of computer devices.

An expected announcement tomorrow should bring further information regarding when schools will reopen. We have been busy planning for our grade six leave taking and for the 2020/21 school year.. This past week we shared information on how to prepare for Kindergarten with our families that will have enrolled in JK for the fall.


We hope you’re doing well and free from worries and the health concerns brought on by Covid-19.Do stay in touch with the school. Messaging from St. Francis School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to be shared on our website and our twitter account @AssisiOCSB Should you wish to communicate with me, email is the best method.

I hope and pray that you continue to be healthy. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Take care,

Michelle McGarry and St Francis 

Staff

Week #8 of Distance Learning

posted May 26, 2020, 5:09 PM by Michelle McGarry

Hello St Francis Families!

A very special Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers!

I hope this message continues to find everyone healthy and navigating these unusual times as best they can. It has been over 8 weeks since we have seen each other in person and had a solid routine. We miss you and can’t wait until we meet again in person. To celebrate #Ignite Hope for this year’s Catholic Education Week, with Mrs Harrington’s expertise, we made this video describing our hopes for your family and to remind you to hope in the Lord because He is mighty and good! He is by our side through our worries that we have been experiencing these last two months and He will guide us.


Emma Paxton, Creator emma@imagistic.co.uk   

Used with permission

Need Some Support?

Our educators are available to support distance learning, suggest routines and strategies for work completion and answer and questions you may have around learning and technology. The Ottawa Catholic School Board also has supports for students and their families through mental health professionals such as social workers and psychologists. Should you require access to board staff supports, or find yourself in need of anything, please send me an email at michelle.mcgarry@ocsb.ca. 

The Catholic School Parent Association has some online events that may be of interest to parents. Registration and topics are released weekly and will be held on May 14, May 21 and May 28 at noon each week. See CSPA to register. These are online events and a LINK will be sent to all those who register. Questions can be sent to ottawacspa@gmail.com.

Reimbursements:

You may have noticed that you have been reimbursed for the money you have paid for milk.  In the coming week, Ms Kerry will also be reimbursing you for pizza and school clothing.

Requests to Obtain Your Child’s Items from the School:

I can completely understand that there are items in the school that your child has been missing for the last two months.  Unfortunately, we can’t go into the school to find your items or let you come and pick them up until we have approval from Public Health.  We should soon hear from the government regarding the timeline for reopening schools and then we will plan from there. 

Stay in Touch

Do stay in touch with the school. Messaging from St. Francis School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to be shared on our website and our twitter account @AssisiOCSB  Should you wish to communicate with me, email is the best method. 

I hope and pray that you continue to be healthy. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Take care,

 Michelle McGarry and St Francis Staff


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