Ross Report

Newsletter March 2021

Dear Families,

It seems that spring has been around the corner all winter and now that March has begun, it is! There is much to celebrate throughout the school and in every home throughout our community. Whether it is mastering that new word list, participating in class more often, finishing a book, finally accomplishing a key math concept, or knowing all the letter sounds in the alphabet, each accomplishment is worthy of recognition. This is all done of course, with the added layer of following the Public Health guidelines to stay as healthy as possible!

The staff at Ross is dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of students so that we can encourage them to meet even greater challenges. With the recent distribution of term 1 report cards, we hope that you will take the time to celebrate with your child(ren) their successes. Please spend a moment at the end of each day, before the last light is out, to look in the mirror and say, "I am a great parent." Your efforts deserve recognition too!

Sincerely, and from one proud principal,

Mrs. J. Donato

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Virtual Speaker Series- Technology Use and Teens' Mental Health

Wednesday, March 10th, 6:30-8pm

This is an online event.

The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is excited for March. The committee has a packed month, with 3 different presentations to look forward to in the PIC Virtual Speaker Series.

PIC kicks off March with Natasha Parent, a doctorate researcher from University of British Columbia, on Wednesday, March 10th at 6:30p.m. Natasha will explore how COVID-19 has impacted teens mental health, while highlighting the role of technology use and screen time in fostering their feelings of connection to others. Applying a developmental framework, we will discuss how using technology can help teens meet their social goals and contribute to their overall wellbeing, while also touching on how to identify those who may be at risk. In addition,

This webinar will feature some useful tips on how to help teens navigate their screen time and discuss some of the cutting-edge work that's currently being done in the field.

Please go to\tml to register for this informative webinar. Stay tuned for upcoming presentations later in March!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

What's been happening in February?

Kindergarten Registration at the DSBN

Hi, I'm Barkely!

Normally I’d invite you inside one of our Kindergarten classrooms so you and your child could look around with me, but to keep each other safe, we have to wait to do that another time. What I can do is help you find all the information you need to register your child for Kindergarten at the DSBN! I put it on for you. It has important information like:

· How to register your child online

· A video about a typical day in Kindergarten

· A Kindergarten classroom 360° virtual tour

· An e-book about how I overcame my first day fears

Register today at I can’t wait to meet you and your child at school!

Our Ross Virtual Spring Talent Show is COMING!

We would love to see your dancing, singing, magic trick, musical talent, etc... The sky's the limit! You can share your very special talent with us virtually. Start thinking about it now! Please send a 2 minute (or less) video to by Friday, April 9th. Only one video per student, please!

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For Parents from the Niagara Region Public Health...

COVID-19 – Understanding the local stats

Did you know Niagara Region updates Covid-19 case and vaccination statistics daily? Please visit for up-to-date information regarding daily Covid-19 case counts, active cases by municipality, and new daily Covid-19 vaccinations delivered to Niagara Region residents.

COVID-19 – Safe storage of masks

Proper handling of a face covering is important to protect you from this virus. If the face covering is doing its job and blocking the virus from infecting you, or others around you, it may have the virus on it after use. To safely store your face covering, fold the outside of the face covering in on itself, so only the inside of the face covering is facing outwards. Store it in its own bag or container before placing it into your pocket, purse or vehicle. Discard the bag or clean and disinfect the container after use. To read more about masking please visit

Healthy Eating – quick and easy breakfast tips

Now that students are back to in-person learning, their food routine might look a little different

• If your child is not hungry when they wake up, have them take something to-go

• Having a source of protein can help maintain energy levels throughout the day (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, hummus with fresh veggies, lower fat yogurt with fresh fruit

• Choose foods with higher fibre – higher fibre products will have more whole grains listed near the top of ingredient list (e.g. apples, Bananas, whole wheat pasta, multigrain cereal, sunflower seeds, raisins

For quick and easy breakfast ideas visit,

Niagara Parents Promo

Children come in different shapes, sizes and grow at different rates. A child’s growth depends on genetics (how their parents grew). Your child may be taller or shorter, bigger or smaller than other children. Height and weight changes generally follow a regular pattern that is right for your child. Do you have questions about your child's growth and development?

Connect with Niagara Parents to speak with a public health nurse:

From Niagara Nutrition Partners...

March 8th - March 11th, Niagara Nutrition Partners will be holding their second annual virtual Little Big Crunch, in celebration of FoodShare's Great Big Crunch, in support of Student Nutrition and the universal access to quality foods in schools that every child deserves. With the help of Niagara Catholic District School Board, DSBN, Niagara Public Health, United Way and MANY others, NNP and their community partners will be sharing little big crunches all week long on their social platforms - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Families can join in the fun by taking a quick video or photo of their own little big crunches and sharing them on their social media, tagging NNP @niagaranutritionpartners as well as @NiagaraCatholicDSB and /or @dsbniagara, using the hashtag #littlebigcrunch.
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