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


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