St. Paul Catholic Elementary School

SEPTEMBER NEWS 2021

St. Paul Catholic School

At St. Paul, we are called to work in partnership with home, parish, and community on our journey to understand and live the way of Jesus Christ.

Prayer for a New School Year

Lord, we thank You for this new school year and for all the opportunities we will have to learn and grow with one another. We ask You to fill us with the wisdom and joy of Your Spirit. May everything, we do begin with Your inspiration and be guided by the Holy Spirit. We make this prayer to You through Christ our Lord. Amen
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Beloved Children of God

This year's school board theme "Beloved Children of God" calls us to celebrate the inherent dignity of each person who is created in the image and likeness of God. Our staff and students will be learning many songs about this theme beginning with the 2021-2022 theme song, "Who You Say I Am."
Who You Say I Am Lyric Video - Hillsong Worship

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Our staff is so excited to welcome back all of our St. Paul families.


Our students’ health and wellbeing are a priority at St. Paul Catholic School. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we will continue hygiene routines that are based on directions from Public Health:


  • Hand sanitizing and washing will be a regular part of our daily routine. Students and staff will sanitize their hands every time they enter the classroom or enter the building.
  • Students should have a refillable water bottle that they can fill at our bottle filling stations. Please ensure that your child’s water bottle is clearly labelled.
  • Staff and students in grades 1-8 must wear a mask in class and on the bus. Students may remove their masks when they are outside learning or playing. Students will continue to keep distanced as much as possible.
  • Students in kindergarten are not required to wear a mask, however, parents may choose this option for their child as they are highly recommended.
  • Similar to last year, to minimize contact risks, parents will be met at the front door when dropping off or picking up students.
  • Please see our Board's Reopening Plan at https://www.alcdsb.on.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=412&ListID=eb94186a-5de4-4323-8069-4482d49e690f&TemplateID=Announcement_Item#/=.


We look forward to greeting students and families again. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Together, we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.


Yours in Catholic Education,

Lori Bryden

Principal

Our School Team

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for children. Our school team is ready to make this year the best for your child(ren).

Mrs. K. Pearson-Secretary

Mrs. L. Bryden-Principal

Mr. M. Sammon-Custodian

Mrs. D. Sammon-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. V. Gibson-Early Childhood Educator

Mrs. A. Nuvoloni-Grade 1 Teacher

Mr. D. Pokotylo-Grade 2/3 Teacher

Mr. S. Garrison-Grade 4/5 Teacher

Mr. C. Stevens- Grade 6/7 Teacher

Ms. S. Coulter- Grade 7/8 Teacher

Ms. J. Kenny-Educational Assistant

Ms. K. Huras-Youth Worker

Ms. C. Fisher-Itinerant Arts Teacher

Ms. S. O'Meara-Special Education Resource Teacher

Mr. K. Dupuis-French As A Second Language Teacher

Ms. S. Desrochers-Learning Resource Assistant

Mrs. M. Miller-Lunch Supervisor

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Our New Playground

We are very excited that the opening of our playground will happen soon! As we await its completion, you will notice that there is fencing around the playground for everyone's safety.

Thank you to Amy Mignault and our Catholic School Council for all of the work designing and fundraising for this playground as well as planting and watering the trees this summer. Special thanks to Mr. Sammon, Mr. Mignault, and Mr. Murphy for their dedication to watering as well.

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SAFE ARRIVAL AND CHANGES TO END OF THE DAY ROUTINE

If your child is absent, please call the school at 613-542-6101 and leave a message. Please notify the office if there are changes in your child’s regular bus or pick up routine as soon as possible.

Morning Drop Off and End of Day Pick Up

For the safety of all of our students, we ask that students not enter the school yard until 8:15 am when the gates will be opened. Supervision begins at 8:15 am.


At the day of the day, students who are walking home on their own will be asked to gather at the front of the school and walk in the designated walk across the road when deemed safe by the supervisor to do so.


Thank you for your assistance in helping to keeping everyone safe!

Daily COVID-19 Screening

  • All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending their Catholic school.
  • The Provincial Government online screening tool for school and child care is available here, and will be updated throughout the year.
  • Any staff and/or students experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.
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Food Allergies

Our school is a nut free school! We ask that all snacks and lunches are free from nuts and peanuts.

We also have students in Kindergarten who have allergies to sesame seeds, dairy and egg. We have students in Grade 1 who have sesame seed allergies. These allergies are life-threatening. Therefore, we ask that there are no foods in snack nor lunch items that contain these products in Kindergarten (no sesame seeds, dairy or egg) and in Grade 1 (no sesame seeds)

Anaphylaxis and Medications

It is important that the school is aware if your child has a severe medical condition. School staff may only administer medication to students with written authorization from the parent/guardian and the prescribing physician.

Please contact the school to discuss your child’s medical condition and to obtain the Medical Information and Consent forms. All medications must be clearly labelled and stored in the main office.

Parish and School Partnerships

St. Paul Catholic School works in partnership with St. Joseph's Parish to develop our children’s faith life. Monsignor Lynch will continue to provide spiritual support and guidance to our school community. Although we cannot celebrate the Mass as a school community at this time, we continue to teach our children the tenets of our faith through our Religion and Family Life programs as well as our daily interactions.

Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation

More information will be available in the next few weeks concerning the Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation.
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Catholic Graduate Expectations

Each month our students will be focusing on one of the Catholic Graduate Expectations. During September, our students will showing how they can be A Self-Directed, Responsible, Lifelong Learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.
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St. Paul Catholic School Council

St. Paul Catholic School is blessed to have such an active school council. Our Catholic School Council plays an important role in our community as they work closely with staff to support the faith, social, and community building aspects of our children’s school life. All parents/guardians are invited to the meetings and are encouraged to become involved.

Our first Catholic School Council meeting will be a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. A link to the meeting will be sent via School Messenger as well as posted to our website.


Elections for executive positions on our Catholic School Council will be held at this meeting. Parents/Guardians who are interested in fulfilling one of the executive positions should complete and return the paperwork to the school.

Terry Fox Run

We believe in putting our faith into action at St. Paul Catholic School! Our students and staff will be proudly participating in the Terry Fox Run on Friday September 24, 2021. This year's theme is "Try Like Terry." More information will be sent home through school messenger.

School Cash On Line

St. Paul Catholic School will continue to offer School Cash Online, which provides you with the convenience of paying online for school items such as field trips, hot lunch, milk orders, school supplies, etc. School Cash Online is our school’s preferred method of payment and is a great way to pay without the need for cash or checks. Please follow the link below to register online – it takes less than five minutes! Once you have registered your child, you will be able to see when they have a new item posted online for purchase. You also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school expense due, so you don’t have to worry about missing the deadline.


To register for school cash online please go to: https://schoolcashonline.com/Home

September Milk and Hot Lunch

Milk will begin on Mon. Sept. 20 and Hot Lunch will begin on Wed. Sept. 22. All information may be found at School Cash Online.

Accident Insurance

Every year the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board makes available to all families a Student Accident Insurance Plan on a voluntary basis. Our School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school property or during school activities, including extracurricular sports.

To help protect your family, it is recommended that you consider obtaining student accident insurance, which provides coverage for these types of costs. As a convenience to you, the Board has made an arrangement to offer student accident insurance through insuremykids® program.

If parents or guardians wish to purchase coverage, please do so directly online at www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-5437. The insurance agreement is between You (the parent or guardian) and the insurance underwriter, Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada.

KFLA Public Health Information

Dental Screening-JK, SK, Grade 2

All students in JK, SK, and Grade 2 will be taking home a letter from KFL& A Public Health about dental screening as these students have not had dental screening due to the pandemic closures. Parents and guardians are asked to review this information.

A dental screening date at the school is forthcoming.

Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and HPV Immunizations-Gr. 7 and 8

All Grade 7 and 8 students who missed these vaccinations are eligible to receive these vaccines at school on December 2. More information will be sent home closer to the date.

Please note that participation in this program is voluntary but highly recommended by Public Health.


For further information, please visit the KFLA website www.kflaph.ca/SchoolImmunizations or call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 or 1-800-267-7875.