St. Joseph Elementary School

September 2021

School Information

Address: 249 Church Street, Mississauga, ON, L5M 1N1

School Phone Number: 905-826-4422

St. Joseph General Mailbox: St.JosephESMississaugaInfo@dpcdsb.org



Principal: A. Cavaliere

Administrative Assistant: I. Carabetta

Catholic School Council Chair: D. Gusic

Superintendent of Schools- Mississauga North: M. Lewis

Trustee Ward 6 & 11: L. del Rosario

Associate Pastor: Rev. P. Dobson, St. Joseph Parish


School Hours:

St. Joseph School Hours for the 2021-2022 school year are:

Morning entry: 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

AM Recess: 10:09 a.m. - 10:24 a.m.

Lunch: 11:48 a.m. - 12:48 p.m.

PM Recess: 2:12 p.m. - 2:27 p.m.

Dismissal: 3:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,


I trust that students, staff and parents have had the opportunity to enjoy time with their loved ones this summer and that everyone is eager to get back to school.


As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new families to the St. Joseph Community! We look forward to supporting your child(ren)'s spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual development!


We would like to introduce our new faculty: our Grade 6/7 teacher, Ms. Borges, LTO for Ms. Ohinski; our Grade 4/5 Teacher, Mr. Rizzo, LTO for Ms. Barranca; Ms. Fenn, our Grade 4 Remote Teacher, and Ms. Cuff, our Planning Time teacher. More than ever, we look forward to our continued work with St. Joseph Parish through Fr. Paul Dobson and Fr. Michael Corpus, our involved Catholic School Council, our hard working Trustee Luz del Rosario, our new Superintendent Martine Lewis, and supportive parents during these difficult and challenging times.


Thank you to our custodians, Mr. Kippen and Mr. Kolodziej, who worked diligently over the summer to clean and prepare the school for September and to the staff who came in to set up their classrooms. As we begin our learning journey, know that we will do our best to promote the academic, spiritual, social and emotional growth of our students.


To all of our students in school or virtual, we look forward to living our motto, "We C.A.R.E, Catholic Community, Acceptance, Respect, Excellence" as we begin this very unusual year.


God bless,

Ms. Cavaliere

A Prayer for Students

Lord, thank you for the unique gifts of every child as they transition into a new school year. Fill each student with fresh enthusiasm and a heart that's excited to learn and grow. Surround them with your enduring love. Give them confidence and grace, equip them with the ability to persevere through trials. Bless their teachers with wisdom, understanding, and a heart to serve, so they embark on the journey together.


Amen +

September's Virtue of the Month is: Faith

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Faith

Together in Faith

Faith is the great virtue of believing in God and trusting that God is with us. A faithful person believes that we are created, guided by and destined to be reunited with God. A faithful person believes that God's plan for us includes the right to be safe, especially at school.


A faithful person:

  • prays regularly and reverently
  • learns from Scripture stories
  • honours people's God-given names
  • assumes that there is good in everyone
  • accepts the God-given worth of themselves and others


Let us now pray... for the grace and strength to be people of faith- people who can truly believe that God's plan for us includes the right to be safe at school.


Amen +

St. Joseph Parish Information

Address: 5440 Drurie Road, Mississauga, ON, L5M 2J5

Parish Team:

Pastor: Fr. Paul Dobson

Associate Pastor: Fr. Michael Corpus

Deacons: George Jurenas & Lionel Gomes

Parish Staff: Ann Cavallin, Michele Mullins

Office Phone Number: 905-826-2766

First Day Procedures for Grades SK to 8: Tuesday, September 7th

As we prepare for reopening of schools and the safe return of your children, we continue to follow the direction and recommendations of our Public Health authorities regarding the safety and well-being of all of our students. Over the first few weeks of school, we will be reinforcing health and safety protocols and routines with students. Many of these routines and protocols are the same as last year.


Students in Full Day Kindergarten

Year one Kindergarten students will participate in a staggered school entry. Your child's teacher will book a telephone appointment to discuss your child's transition.


Class Assignments and First Day of School

By Monday, September 6th, students and families will receive a notification from School Messenger indicating their teacher's name and class assignment. We are asking that only one parent accompany children to school to reduce congestion and support physical distancing.


Students in remote classes can anticipate an invitation to their Google Classroom via their board email. Due to last minute class changes, this may come on the morning of Tuesday, September 7.


When you arrive at school on your first day, you can expect to see classroom teachers spread out across the yard with signs indicating their names. Staff will be available to support students/families who are unsure of their class placement or did not receive the notification via School Messenger. Staff members will be assist in directing students to the appropriate area. School staff will also greet any students arriving via school bus and supervise them as they meet their classroom teacher.


Student Materials and Lunch

Each student should arrive at school with a full, reusable water bottle along with snacks and lunch each day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents will not be permitted entry to the school to drop off lunches for their children. 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 to their own home and then return to school. Students should not be going to lunch to with their friends. When outside, students remain in their own cohorts.


Masking and Hand Hygiene

Finally, please be reminded that all students from kindergarten to Grade 8, as per the direction and recommendations from the Ministry of Education and our Public Health Authorities, will be required to wear a mask that covers their mouth, nose and chin while in school. Clear or "Mingle Masks" are not permitted. Parents are encouraged to send children with at least two clean cloth masks each day along with a bag or container, labelled with the child's name, to store the masks. For more information on the Student Mask Protocol, please visit:

https://www3.dpcdsb.org/Documents/Student%20Mask%20Requirements%20and%20AccomodationsFINAL.pdf

If you choose to provide a clear plastic face shield for your child, please note that the shield must be worn in addition to a mask- a shield will not replace the need for a cloth mask. Although hand sanitizer will be available at the school, students are permitted and encouraged to bring their own unscented hand sanitizer for their personal use.


Parents/guardians will have until 3:00 p.m. on September 7th, if they wish to change learning modes for their child (i.e., from in-person to remote or from remote to in-person). No changes will be considered after this date. The next and last opportunity to change learning modes will be February 2022.


We are very excited to finally return to face-to-face learning environment. We care deeply for your children and want to ensure that this entry process provides a safe, caring and faith-filled environment for your child's return.


Thank you for your continued support!

Daily Active Screening and Verification

Daily Active Screening and Verification

As per the Ministry of Education guidelines and supported by our local health authorities, daily active self-screening is mandatory for all students and staff. Please complete the screening each morning. Verification will be taken each morning during attendance.

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

Students will have two options to show they have taken and passed the assessment


  1. Students can take a screenshot on their phone or device and show it to their teacher
  2. Hold up a card with a green checkmark. Parents can print their own from the attachment or they can be available at the school for students. Please let us know if you require this option.

In the event that a student cannot provide verification that they have passed their daily self-screening, the parent/guardian will be contacted to verify that their child has passed the active screening, or they must make arrangements to pick up their child.

DPCDSB School Re-Opening Protocols

Some highlights of Back to School Protocols listed on the webpage include:


  • Elementary School Entry and Exit
  • Student Mask Requirements and Accommodations
  • Region of Peel Public Health -Recommendation for Mandatory Masking for Students in Kindergarten
  • School Case Contact Outbreak Management
  • Cleaning and Shared Resources
  • Lunch and Nutrition Programs
  • Assemblies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music Education
  • Masses/Sacramental Preparation and Priest Visit
  • Daily COVID Screening for Elementary School Students


Please click on the link below for the DPCDSB webpage for up to date information on school reopening plans.

Transportation Updates

Transportation Eligibility

Please note, we currently have 6 bus runs assigned to our school. All eligible students who meet the distance criteria have been assigned a bus seat. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all bus students must be assigned a bus seat. Teachers on bus duty will be available to remind students of their bus seat number on the first few days of school. They will be required to sit with their sibling or peer in their cohort. Please remind your child to stay in their assigned seats.


If your home address or sitter details have changed during the summer, please notify the school so that we can make changes to our system. Address changes typically take about 5 days to to update in our system and may result in transportation services not being available for your child during the first weeks of school.



Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, courtesy seats will not be available for the 2021-2022 school year.


The distance criteria for transportation eligibility is:

  • more than 1.0 KM from the school for FDK to Grade 1
  • more than 1.6 KM from the school for Grades 2 to 4
  • more than 2.0 KM for Grades 5 to 8


If you would like to opt-out of bussing for this year, or AM/PM only, please contact the main office to obtain a form. Please note, you can update your child's status at any time by contacting the school or the STOPR at 905-890-6000. You will need your child(ren)'s student identification number found on their report card.


Please check the STOPR website for bus route details for St. Joseph Elementary School

https://www.stopr.ca/Pages/default.aspx. Please check your child's agenda during the first week of school for any bus change notifications.

Back To School Supports for Your Child

Help Your Child Manage Back to School Anxiety

Some kids squeal about the start of the new school year. Some who refuse to admit the day is coming, and soak up the last few days of summer. While there are some students who show back to school anxiety.


Here are some tips on how to support your child...

https://imperfectfamilies.com/how-to-help-your-child-manage-back-to-school-anxitey/

Back to School Tips for Parents

We know parents/guardians are feeling unprecedented stress and are worried about their child's mental health and well-being as they start a new school year. Here are some strategies for making these strange and uncertain times a little less overwhelming.


Click on the link for the Back to School Tips from CMHO.

https://cmho.org/back-to-school-tips-for-parents/

Office Reminders

PA Day: September 20th

There will be a Professional Activity Day on Monday, September 20th! Students do not attend on this day. Teachers will be involved in faith-based activities and professional development.

Student Monitor Position Available

Our student monitors help to support supervision during the lunch hour. This is a paid position. You will require an updated Vulnerable Sector Check and complete a hiring package. If you are interested, please inquire with the main office for more information.

News from our Catholic School Council

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Catholic School Council

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board recognizes the importance of the partnership of schools, parents/guardians, the Church, and the community in creating a positive learning environment for students. The purpose of the Catholic School Council is through the active participation of parents to improve pupil achievement and to enhance the accessibility of the education system to parents.




Our First Catholic School Council Meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom platform. (A Zoom link will be shared at a later date)


If you are interested in representing the 2021-2022 Catholic School Council, please complete and return the attached nomination form to the main office. Alternatively, your child can pick one up from the school on your behalf. Nomination forms are due by Friday, September 24th at 4 p.m.

Community Resources

PLASP Child Care Services

PLASP Child Care Services is now accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 school year. Please visit www.plasp.com for registration information.