St. Edith Stein Newsletter

September 2022

"To Have a Friend You Must Be a Friend"

Principal - K. Ferrao

Head Secretary - M. van Putten

Superintendent - Dr. M. Lewis

Trustee - B. Corbet

Parish: St. Josephine Bakhita

Pastor: Rev. M. Villanueva

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Catholic Education Prayer

We are many; we are one; we all form the body of Christ

Lord, when we see the one before us, let us reverence your presence within;

when we listen to one another, let us hear with our hearts;

when we reflect on each encounter, may we discern to understand;

when we learn from those around us, let us respect our differences with joy;

and when we act, may we be kind and generous to all,

for each person is a member of your body, with all that they are.

We are many, we are one.


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Welcome back! As we begin our journey into a new school year, be extend our appreciation to the St. Edith Stein community for your continue4d kindness, understanding and support. Thank you to our custodians, Mr. Matoni and Mr. Tigani working tirelessly throughout the summer to ensure that our school is a clean and safe place for all. Welcome back to Mrs. Madore - it's great to have you back in the building. We are also grateful to have wonderful educators who have given of their time to prepare for your child's entry into a new school year.

We welcome all who are new to the St. Edith Stein community with open hearts. A special greeting is also extended to our Junior Kindergarten students who are starting school for the first time. may you begin your journey into learning with experiences that will bring lasting and joy-filled memories.

To all families who are suffering due to illness or have experienced hardships, know that we are here for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's grace and peace be with you to support you with your challenges.

Please join us in welcoming our new staff members:

Ms. Sajatovic (FSL/Planning time), Ms. Neiva (Planning time) and Dr. Sinclair (Psychologist). We also welcome Mr. Cordeiro back to fill in for Mrs. Belsito. Welcome to the team!!

We are able to welcome parent volunteers once again. In order to volunteer in school or for events (such as the Terry Fox Walk) and field trips, potential volunteers must submit a criminal reference check (CRC) with the vulnerable sector checked. If you would like to get a CRC, please contact the school or your child's teacher and a letter will be sent home. Staff will let you know when opportunities to volunteer become available.

We look forward to creating an exciting learning environment for all of our learners. Our staff is dedicated and committed to working with parents, the parish and community partners as they support students in their quest for a Catholic faith-based education. Together with our Parish team, our Catholic School Council, our Superintendent Dr. Lewis, our Trustee Brea Corbet, our support services team (Dr. Agarwal (Social Worker), Dr. Sinclair (Psychologist), Mr. Wilson (Child and Youth Worker) and our Speech and Language Pathologist (TBA), and you, the parents, our school will work to support the well-being and achievement of your children. Please note that you can follow us on Twitter @SteinDPCDSB for a window into learning at our school. Links to our newsletters and updates will be emailed out and available on our website at

May God continue to bless you, your children, your families and friend throughout the 2022-2023 school year.


K. Ferrao


Letter from Fr. Mark about First Reconciliation and First Communion registration

Please read the attached letters and register your children for sacraments as appropriate as soon as possible. The church will be able to determine dates for sacraments as soon as registration is complete.

The Virtue for September is "Faith"

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It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.

(Pope Francis)

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A New Beginning

Before the first day of school, you will receive an email through school messenger providing you with the name of your child's teacher.

All students in SK to grade 8 will start school on September 6th. Kindergarten educators with contact parents of JK students to explain the procedures for starting school for the first time. JK students will have a staggered entry into the school year. All students from JK to grade 8 will be in attendance on September 9th. Please note, all class placements are tentative. It is possible that we may undergo a reorganization of classes September 19 depending on class sizes.

What you will see on the first day of school

From 8:45-9:00 a.m. Mrs. Habashy and I will be at Kiss N Ride assisting students and parents by directing them to the area in which they will gather with their teacher. We will also direct students taking the bus to their assigned areas. Teachers will meet students in the designated areas in the school yard rain or shine. Parents may not accompany students to their classrooms.

SK students - meet educators in the Kindergarten fenced in area at the front of the school

Grade 1-3 students - meet teachers on the pavement in the playground.

Grade 4-6 students - meet teachers on the soccer field.

Grade 7 & 8 students - meet teachers on the school baseball field.

Problem? If you have a question on the first morning, please talk to a staff member. There will be extra staff to assist with students.


Please do NOT PARK OR STOP your car for extended periods in the Kiss N Ride lane at anytime. Please observe parking signs on the road and in the school driveway. Beginning on the second day of school, September 7th, the parking lot at the side of the school will be closed from 8:45-9:00 am. so that we can ensure student, parent, and staff safety. Please drive slowly when driving through the school driveway and parking lot. Please take care as we would like all to be safe at all times.

Kiss N Ride

Please use the kiss n ride lane (middle lane) for dropping off grade 1-8 students. Students must be able to independently exit cars, not requiring assistance to get out of car seats or exit vehicles. Do not drive through the bus lane. Note that students will not be allowed to cross the bus lane when the bus is entering or leaving this lane. As soon as the bus stops, they will be permitted to go to the kiss n ride lane to meet parents. Do not stop in the drive through lane. This lane is for those who have already picked up or dropped off students to use to exit the school. Teachers supervising Kiss N Ride are there to ensure student safety. As you enter, move all the way up (don't leave spaces greater than a car length between your car and the car in front of you). If your child is in kindergarten, you will need to park safely so that you can assist your child with getting out of or into their car seats and getting their belongings together. Should you enter the side parking lot just before 8:45 a.m., you will likely need to wait to exit when it is safe to do so (there are no students crossing).


Beginning on the first day of school, the parking lot will be closed from 3:30-3:40 p.m. Once there are no more students crossing, the parking gate will be opened to allow cars to exit. Teachers of students in JK-gr 3 will be with their students to ensure that they are picked up by an adult/older sibling/babysitter. Ensure the names of those picking up your child are listed on the contact list with the office. Teachers of students in grades 4-8 will walk their students to their dismissal doors and ensure that their students have left school property. Students are not permitted to hang around with friends playing basketball outside after hours unsupervised.

The first day of school is often a day when parents enjoy taking photos of their children to keep their memories of these times. Please be reminded that you are not allowed to photograph or video any child other than your own on school property. We discourage photography on school property due to privacy and safety concerns. Except for the first day of school when parents want to see who their child's teacher is, parent/guardians are not allowed on school property to observe students before school, during recesses or at lunch time. School property is private property. Our boundaries include both the baseball field and the soccer field adjacent to the pavement. We strive to maintain a safe environment at all times for our staff and students.

Open House

We invite you to come with your child(ren) to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers on Thursday, September 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. More information will be sent home shortly.

What Do Students Bring With Them?

Each student should arrive at school with a full, reusable water bottle along with snacks and lunch each day. Due to COVID restrictions, parents will not be permitted to entry to the school to drop off lunches for children. In case of emergency, we will meet you at the door to get your child's lunch and place it on the table for your child to pick up at lunch time. Please put your child's name on their lunch. If your child forgets their lunch, we will contact you. If children will be going home for lunch, it is our expectation that your child will go directly home and then return to school in time for the afternoon classes to begin. A note will go home on the first day of school that you may sign to give your child permission to go home every day. Intermediate students must have a signed note from parents to leave school property for lunch. In this case, they are encouraged to return to school after eating their lunch.

Single use plastics

Please ensure that your child has the appropriate cutlery required to eat their snacks/lunches. Keeping the environment in mind, we will not be providing plastic forks/spoons for students to use.

Face Masks

Using face masks is optional for both staff and students. We respect the personal decision of each of our staff members and students to wear or not wear masks. Medical grade and N95 masks continue to be available for staff members. Student masks are also available for students who request them.

Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter

Please click below to find Trustee Brea Corbet's newsletter.

Verification Forms

In the event that your child becomes ill at school or is injured in an accident, it is imperative that we contact you or a person designated by you as an alternate. Our information on file must be accurate and current. Forms will be sent home following reorganization. Please note the PA day for reorganization is Monday, September 19th. Upon receipt of the form, please update phone numbers, sign and return forms as soon as possible. It is crucial that you contact us with any changes as soon as they occur. Note, people who have permission to pick up your child from school must be listed as contacts on this verification form.

Reporting absences

Please report absences using the School Messenger. This system was implemented last year and can be accessed through their Toll-Free phone number: 1-844-435-3440.

If you are new to the school or have not set up School Messenger, please click on the following link:

This will take you to the school board website to find the information and videos you may need to set up the absence reporting system. Note please report absences by 9:00 a.m. After 9:00 am., please call the school at 905-824-5777.


Visitors, please begin your visit by signing in at the office. We will contact those you have appointments with and direct you accordingly. Please sign out before you leave.

Child Safety

The Child and Family Services Act compel educators to report any issues that may compromise a child’s welfare. If a staff member suspects any issue that may affect a child’s safety, then the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) must be contacted. It is not the role of the educator to investigate. That is CAS’s role.

Allergies in the Classroom

As we begin a new school year, we would like to inform you that St. Edith Stein is an allergen aware school. There are pupils and staff in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as dairy, egg, peanut and nut products. Exposure to even the smallest quantities can cause severe life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings, medications, and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. We at St. Edith Stein School would appreciate the cooperation of the entire school community by NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain nut or nut byproducts which could potentially harm a pupil. Please make sure that all of your children’s caregivers are aware of the food restrictions. Please do NOT send food for birthdays or special occasions. We look forward to your co-operation in making this a safe year for all of our pupils.


If your child has a medical condition, or develops one in the years after registration, please ensure that the school is aware of it by submitting the proper forms and medication as soon as possible.

Parents are responsible for ensuring that all medications and forms are updated for any student who requires medication to be administered at school. If your child requires medication, please have the necessary forms completed and return them, along with any medication, to the office as soon as possible. Please remember to check the expiry dates of all medication before bringing them to school. We are currently in the process of verifying all prevalent medical conditions for our students. Paperwork required to keep up-to-date records has been sent home to parents/guardians requiring updates. Please do your part to ensure school records are up-to-date for the safety of your child(ren) by submitting forms in a timely manner. Your continued attention to your child's health and safety is much appreciated.

Head Injuries

When a student receives an injury/bump to the head (however minor), it is a Board Policy that we inform parents. You will be contacted by phone, a phone message will be left at one of your contact numbers or a note will be left in your child’s agenda if you are unavailable. This is precautionary only and we ask that you check your child when they get home for any signs of a concussion or illness. Agenda’s should be checked by parents daily for this reason, as well as to check for any notes from the teacher or office. A copy of the concussion brochure is always available on our school website.


STOPR - Transportation Procedures

The distance criteria for transportation eligibility must be more than:

  • 1.0 kilometer Kindergarten and Grade 1

  • 1.6 kilometers for Grades 2 – 4

  • 2.0 kilometers for Grades 5 – 8

  • 3.8 kilometers for Grades 9 – 12

If your child is moving to grade 2, grade 5, or grade 9 in the 2022-2023 school year, their eligibility status for transportation may be changing. Eligibility information can be accessed at the website noted below.

All transported kindergarten and grade 1 students are required to be met by a parent/caregiver when disembarking from their bus on their return trip from school.

Contacting STOPR

Internet: This website provides up to date delay and inclement weather cancellation information in addition to policy, procedures and frequently asked questions Please consider registering for notice of alerts regarding issues such as buses running behind schedule. The STOPR website also allows parents to access information specific to “what school do I attend” and “am I eligible for transportation”. This site also provides parents access to specific bus stop location and pick up and drop off times for their children if eligible for transportation. At this time, you will have to apply for courtesy seats. Courtesy seats are generally not given until after the fourth week of school.

Telephone: STOPR: Phone: 905 890-6000

Toll free: 1-800 668-1140

St. Edith Stein Catholic School Council

We are grateful to all parents who continue to give of their time to support the school by participating as members of our Catholic School Council (CSC). Join me in thanking the members of St. Edith Stein's 2021-2022 Catholic School Council:

Co-Chairs: Patricia Pancras & Rana Barbuc

Treasurer: Kathy Roach

Secretary: Bella Stanger

Parish Representative: Vanessa D'Silva

OAPCE Representative: Sigrid D'Mello & Michelle Gomesz

Other Voting members: Jazmin Carvajal, N. Lobo, Jessica Rosario, Anne Sol Cruz, Dharshini Tarcisius-Mitra, and Fabian Trevisani

Elections for the 2022-2023 Catholic School Council will take place on Monday, September 26th, 2022 @ 7 p.m. This meeting will be held in-person in the library. Should you wish to participate virtually please email to request the link for this meeting closer to the date of the meeting and one will be provided.

Please consider participating as a member of the 2022-2023 Catholic School Council. A letter regarding Catholic School Council with an accompanying nomination form will be sent home with youngest and only students during the first week of school. Please return nomination forms on or before Friday, September 23, 2022 for consideration.

Student Accident Insurance

The Board takes every precaution to provide a safe learning environment for students, but accidents can and do happen. Some families have private accident insurance which is able to respond to costs arising from injuries. However, many families do not.

As required by the Education Act and the Ministry of Education, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board annually provides parents with information about cost-effective student accident insurance coverage via your child. Although enrollment is voluntary, the board strongly encourages parents to take advantage of the inexpensive insurance coverage, especially if their child/children participate in sports, excursions/field trips, or, if parents do not have dental insurance coverage.

Parents alone have the right to insure their children. An acknowledgment form(GF401) has been sent home with the accompanying brochure. Thank you for signing and returning the form (for participation in sports, etc.) indicating your awareness that the board does not provide insurance and that you have received the insurance brochure. It is a requirement for the participation in excursions and/or extra-curricular activities. Below you will also find a link to this brochure.

Click here for insurance brochure

Insure my kids information for parents/guardians.

Important Dates


6 - Welcome back!

8- Feast of the Birth of Mary

8 - International Literacy Day

19- PA day - Reorganization of Classes

21 - International Day of Peace

22 - Open House

23 - Last Day to submit nomination forms for Catholic School Council

23 - Terry Fox Walk

26 - Catholic School Council Meeting & Elections @ 7:00 p.m.

28 - Picture Day

30 - National day for Truth & Reconciliation - Orange Shirt Day


5 - Mass @ 9:30 a.m. in the gym (Parents/guardians welcome to attend)

10 - Thanksgiving

24 - PA Day

26 - Picture Retakes

Personal Electronic Devices (P.E.D.s)

Bring Your Own Devices

Our vision of education in Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools is rooted in the gospel values of faith, hope and love. All sectors of society, including the education sector, must work to keep pace with our rapidly changing world. Our teaching and learning environments - our schools and classrooms - must continue to change and adapt to ensure that our students continue to succeed. Our students and staff are already engaged as 21st century learners, living and shaping ways of being, becoming and belonging in our world. St. Edith Stein School is a PED ready school. DPCDSB Personal Electronic Device Use form with Wi-Fi Network Student Agreement will be signed for all new registrations. It is also be available on our website for download. Please read it over and have yourself and your child sign it so that they may bring their devices to school to be used for educational purposes as directed by staff.

Personal Electronic Devices on Board Premises and/or Board Sanctioned Events for Educational Purposes:

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board acknowledges the value of the use of technology for learning. Students are permitted to register and use personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board premises and/or board sanctioned events for educational purposes, under the direction of staff and only with parent/guardian permission (GF 066, Network User Application and Agreement). Students may register their PED for the purpose of connecting to the board wireless network. Students are required to adhere to the student “Personal Electronic Device Used with WI-FI Network Student Agreement” and the “Network User Application and Agreement.” Please be advised that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will not be responsible for any cost incurred through the use of personal data plans.

PEDs are to be used responsibly and should not interfere with learning; their use must comply with the Catholic Code of Conduct, board policies and procedures. Any personal communications (i.e., phone calls, text messages, etc.) will continue to be directed through the main office. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a loss of PED privileges and/or any other consequences deemed necessary by school administration.

The school principal may authorize limited acceptable uses of personal electronic devices during school-sanctioned activities for a specific designated purpose outside of instructional spaces and/or in common areas.

Students are responsible for the safety and security of PEDs at all times and the Board assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen devices.

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School CashOnline

Don't Forget to Get yourself set up on School CashOnline as we are no longer able accept cash payment.

Please follow the link below to register online - it takes less than two minutes!

You will need your child’s name and date of birth. Use of student number is optional.

Should you encounter any difficulties, you can use the parent help desk at 1 (866) 961-1803 or the support link on the school cash online website.

PAY WITH: Credit Card or Debit Card

1. Create Your Profile:

Go to and click on "Get Started Today".

2. Confirm Your Email:

Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.

3. Add a Student

Click "Add Student" and fill in the required fields with your child’s details:

1. School Board name

2. Select a school

3. Legal First Name

4. Legal Last Name

5. Birth Date (Month/Day/Year)