Monthly Archives: November 2020

Inclement Weather Days

While the first official day of winter is still a few weeks away, the early snowfall has given us pause to plan early for inclement weather and potential bus cancellations. As student safety and well-being is always our priority and given the unique and additional challenges that Covid19 presents (such as cohorting) there are important changes to our process when student transportation has been cancelled. For the 2020/2021 school year in the circumstance when transportation is cancelled due to weather and road conditions, all schools will be closed to both students and staff.

As each classroom teacher has established a Google Classroom  site, teachers will utilize their LMS (Learning Management System) to post work by 10am on the closure day. Students will be provided with asynchronous student work. The normal bell times will be followed to allow students to contact their teacher on the closure day either through the LMS or through other appropriate means, such as email.

Thank you for everyone’s understanding and support as we continue to provide learning for our students

November Reminders/Updates

Hi Tigers!

Picture Day: Friday, November 27

Just a quick reminder that Friday, November 27th, is our school picture day.

Lifetouch has been our board approved photo provider for many years, and we are glad to be welcoming them to our school. Please know that all COVID protocols will be followed. We will only be taking individual student photos; there will not be a class photo taken this year.

 

Tree of Hope

Dear Families,

Christmas is a time for giving and helping the less fortunate. This year, St. Vincent de Paul School is participating in a “Tree of Hope” drive to help the community around the school. We would greatly appreciate your support and contributions to this very worthy cause. Together, we can make a difference in so many lives this Christmas.

We are collecting for a local Women & Children’s Shelter in Waterloo Region:

This year we will be collecting items for a local shelter that houses women & children under 6 years old.  Many of the families that they see make up the working poor, have escaped abusive relationships, or are starting over with very little. They have exhausted all other available supports trying to provide shelter and basic necessities for their babies and children. 

Here is a list of the items:

**Please note that due to health regulations,  all items must be NEW.**

  • NEW Toys for children under 6
  • NEW warm clothing for children under 6 (mitts, hats, coats, snow pants, boots)
  • Diapers & Pull-ups (all sizes) **huge need**
  • Baby wipes **huge need**
  • Baby Formula- powdered and liquid
  • New bath towels, washcloths, etc.
  • Shampoo\Conditioner for mom & kids
  • Soap\Body Wash for mom and kids
  • Women’s non-slip soled slippers
  • Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Conditioning lip balm
  • Laundry soap
  • New bed linens (all sizes)
  • New pillows
  • Personal hygiene products (feminine hygiene, toothpaste, deodorant).

 

Please send all items by Wednesday, December 15th, 2020. Your help and support is greatly appreciated

**Our school will be following specific COVID guidelines when collecting these items. Students will bring the items that they have donated down to the front foyer directly. The items will sit there until they are dropped off at the shelter. **Students will not have contact with any of these items**.

Thank you & God bless!

Sincerely,

The Staff & Student Leadership Team at St. Vincent de Paul School.

Winter weather has arrived!

Remember: All students will be going outside for every recess and therefore, need to be dressed appropriately. This includes our Intermediate students. We will follow our Inclement Weather protocol which is linked below, and summarized

  • We will reference weather.ca for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N1R 7C3) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.
  • Students cannot arrive on school property prior to 8:45 am as there is no supervision on the yard or in the building prior to this time. Students will not be allowed in to the building prior to 8:45 am on extreme cold days.

It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.

  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snow pants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child, we are happy to help out.

Reminder: Visitors and Parents

Parents are valued members of our school community but given the many increased steps that are being taken to minimize contacts in our school, parents should refrain from entering the school unless they have prior approval to do so. All parents who do have permission to enter the building should always wear a medical grade mask when entering the building, follow all protocols regarding physical distancing and hand hygiene, and complete the self-assessment checklist before entering the school building.  As well, all parents who enter the school building must sign in.

Parking Lot Safety

Just a reminder to all families that the driveway and parking lot is closed every day from 8:45-9:00 a.m. and 3:30-3:45 p.m. The only vehicular traffic permitted will be buses and school transportation vehicles. Thank you for keeping everyone safe!

Bus Cancellations and School Closures

As communicated in our Director of Education’s November update, when buses are cancelled, schools will also be closed for a remote learning day. Your child’s teacher will post work in the morning, no later than 10 am on their Google Classroom so students can work on their own timing in their home. November Update to WCDSB Community Nov 20th 20 (002)

 

 

 

 

Reminder: Student Dismissal and School Yard

Hi Tigers

During our school day, we continue to work hard on making sure that all public health recommendations are being followed.

We are looking for your support to remind your children that mask wearing and physical distancing measures are required at all times, including after school. When students are dismissed at 3:30, we are requesting that once students leave school property, that they do not return to play on the school yard. As cases continue to rise in the region, we are hoping to decrease the amount of children meeting/playing unsupervised after school hours and not  following the public health mandated guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support in helping keep our school community safe!

Important Dates: PD DAY on Monday, November 23 and Progress Reports Go Home Today

Happy Friday Tigers!

Friday, November 20, 2020 (today) is Progress Report Day! Your children will be bringing home their progress reports today. Please take some time with them to discuss the comments that are on them and highlight their strengths – they have many! Also, take a look at them and set some goals for the remainder of the term…4 weeks before Christmas and 5 weeks after is a lot of time to work on those goals before the First Term Report Card.

Monday, November 23, 2020, is a Professional Development Day. There is no school for students. Our entire staff will be engaging in PD for the day and we look forward to seeing all of you back on Tuesday of next week.

Have a great weekend Tigers!

Student Dismissal: Important Reminders

Hi Tigers

During our school day, we work hard on making sure that all public health recommendations are being followed.

We are looking for your support to remind your children that mask wearing and physical distancing measures are required at all times. If your children choose to come back to the school yard, after the dismissal bell, they are not being supervised by school staff and public health guidelines mandate proper physical distancing and mask wearing.

Thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Daily Screening

Dear Tiger Families,

Thank you for all you are doing in order to keep our students and school community safe!

We would like to kindly remind parents to continue to complete the COVID-19 school and child care screening found our our website daily and also to send your child(ren) back to school only when they have been symptom-free for a full 24 hours.

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

 

SVDP Updates – Inclement Weather, Dogs on the Yard, & Fundraiser Update!

Hi Tiger Families,

Just a few updates from the main office.

Inclement Weather Expectations

  • Teachers will continue to encourage a lot of outdoor learning and daily physical exercise.  Being outside allows our kids a break from their masks (physical distanced) and allows the opportunity to move and breathe in the fresh air. Physical Education classes will take place outside when possible.
  • Students should come to school expecting to participate in physical activity every day both inside and outside.  Appropriate clothing at school is always required (e.g., running shoes, clothing for colder weather, etc…)
  • We will endeavour to have students outside for all three recess whenever possible – even in the colder and wetter weather.  Please ensure your child has the clothes he/she needs to be outside. 
  • As you know, our school yard has been divided into zones this year to allow for physical distancing and to maintain cohorts as per Public Health guidelines.  Students will play in their own zones whenever possible, even though sometimes the field does get wet. Students are encouraged to stay away from the mud and puddles, which can be difficult at times 😊.
  • Students may bring certain (soccer ball, skipping rope) items to school to play with at recess times.  They all have been instructed what type of play is allowed on the yard. Please refer to the Operational Guidelines on the Board website for more information.
  • Please remind your children the importance of practicing physical distancing at all times, especially on the yard when not wearing a mask.

Dogs on the yard

  •  Just a reminder, dogs are not allowed on the school yard. We ask that if you are coming to pick up your child at the end of the day, please refrain from bringing your dog on to the school yard.

Update from your Catholic School Council:

We hope everyone is being safe and doing well! We just wanted to provide a quick update regarding our Dance-a-Thon fundraiser that occurred last school year, right before the COVID shutdown.

Due to a number of our prizes being affected by continuous COVID shutdowns, we have had to change some of our top prizes.

  Original Prize and Dollar allocation Revised prizes
1st place $350 Great Wolf Lodge $350 Visa/Mastercard gift card
2nd place $250 Canada’s Wonderland $250 Visa/Mastercard gift card
3rd place $150 Kingpin Gift Certificate $150 Visa/Mastercard gift card
4th place 60 minute ice rental at Kitchener Aud $100 Visa/Mastercard gift card
5th place 2 tickets to Kitchener Rangers $50 Visa/Mastercard gift card
DRAW Every $5 is one chance to win a Chromebook Remains the same
DRAW Every 50: was Raptors 905 Signed Baseball

 As we are unable to facilitate our raffle draws, the next top 20 winners will receive a gift basket.

The prize winners will be announced on Friday this week!

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with the many new items that we are working through this year.  It may be very busy Tigers, but “We Got This!”

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