La Salle Family Update (Gr.7-12)

March 12, 2021

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Dear La Salle Families,

With the arrival of March, we look forward to some longer days as we "spring forward" and welcome more sunshine and the sense of renewal that spring often brings. We also recognize that students, staff and families are feeling some "COVID-fatigue." Research shows that the first anniversary of traumatic events can be a time of heightened anxiety, stress and worry, and we are at the one-year mark of the beginning of COVID lockdowns and school closures in our province. It is very natural to feel tired and on-edge right now; sometimes just realizing that this is a normal, human reaction to a traumatic event is reassuring. Below is a link to a short message from Kevin Cameron, who is the Executive Director for the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response, describing the way that many of us are likely feeling right now, and the reasons why:

Thank you for your continued support,

Ted Holden, Nastasia Kostovolos, Michelle Sousa and our La Salle Team

Update on March Break and Timetables

The Provincial government has changed the dates for March Break. It will now be Monday, April 12th to Friday, April 16th.

For Secondary, This has necessitated a change to the octomester or block timing, as follows (changes in bold):

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This Week at La Salle

March 12 ~ Grade 8 and 9 Mental Health Day

Looking Ahead:

March various dates ~ OSSLT

March 22 ~ Term 2 IEP's go home

April 2nd ~ Good Friday

April 2nd ~ World Autism Awareness Day

April 5th ~ Easter Monday

April. 8 ~ Block 6 Exam Day

April 9 ~ Block 7 Begins

April 12-16 ~ Spring Break (postponed from March)

La Salle Intermediate (Gr. 7 & 8) Spirit Week (March 15-19)

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Get information about reopening schools and child care centres, and find resources to support students during COVID-19covid 19.

School screening guidance has been updated by the Ontario Government. In short, new guidance recommends that a student with any Level 1 symptoms (Primary Symptoms) and the whole household isolate until a COVID test with a negative result is obtained.

Also, for students exhibiting 2 or more Level 2 symptoms (Secondary Symptoms) the child and the whole household remain isolated until a COVID test with a negative result is obtained.

KFL&A Public Health Immunization Announcement

KFL&A Public Health will be postponing the enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act for this school year and will not implement suspension actions this spring. Nevertheless, we ask that parents report any required vaccine(s) that a student has already received by the proposed deadline of February 18th, 2021.

Students missing vaccines, can see their regular health care provider as soon as possible and then update their record with KFL&A Public Health.

Students without a health card or doctor can book an appointment to receive free vaccines at KFL&A Public Health clinics. Go to // to book an appointment.

We recognize this may be a stressful time however we encourage families to provide the requested information due to the heightened importance of protecting against vaccine preventable disease outbreaks in our school communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Withdrawal

Withdrawal dates typically occur within 5 days of the issuing of the first (mid-term) report card. For the 2020-21 school year, course withdrawal dates have been determined based on completion of approximately 75% of the total course.

The course withdrawal date for Block 6 is March 19.

For students who withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course after the posted deadline or “drop date,” the course would be recorded on their Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

Fundraising Opportunity for La Salle Families

Support La Salle Athletics or the La Salle library by buying gift cards through our Fundscrip program! See details here: It is not too late for this holiday, there are electronic gift certificates that come right away! For answers to any questions, email

Do you know that we have a fundraiser that gives back 80% of the raised funds to your family as a credit towards future school athletics fees or school trips? Watch this one minute video to see how:, See details here:

For answers to any questions, email

Thank you for any help to promote this program!




What if my child is late or needs to leave early?

If your child is late for school, please call the school (613-548-4393 for Secondary 613-542-9733 for Intermediate).

In order to limit the number of parents on school property, we ask that students leave early only if it's absolutely necessary, e.g., for an appointment. Parents are asked to wait outside to pick up their child.

Be Prepared for Bus Cancellations or Delays

Tri-Board Student Transportation has indicated there will likely be more bus delays and cancellations this year due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation to and from school is not guaranteed. Families should have a backup plan to transport their student(s) to school, and to arrange child care where required, if their bus is cancelled for any reason and they cannot transport their student to school.

Families should ensure they are signed up to receive direct notifications, either by email, or Tri-Board’s app. Delays and cancellations are also posted to Tri-Board’s Twitter account.

A reminder that all absences should be reported using SafeArrival, including when buses are cancelled. Families can report their child's absence in SafeArrival using one of the methods below. Please do not call the school directly. To ensure student safety, automated calls will continue to go out to households when a student absence is not reported. If your child has an appointment and will be arriving late, please enter the absence and when your child arrives at school and checks in at the office, their absence will be changed to late.

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School Messenger

SchoolMessenger App: Download the SchoolMessenger App to stay connected. Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app. *New families will be able to create their account after the first day of attendance.

The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account.
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Mental Health and Wellness Support

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVID-19.

At Maltby, Children and youth from ages 0 - 18 and their families or caregivers can receive free access to evidence-based resources including counseling, therapy and intensive services.

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La Salle Leadership Students Mental Health PodCast

Students taking care of each other with excellent strategies and tips about Mental Health and Healthy Living.
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