St. Edith Stein Newsletter

April 2023

"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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A Message from the Principal

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

We begin this month with Holy Week. On Holy Thursday, "Jesus gave a new commandment, Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34) Ms. Blazevic has been working with her grade 7 & 8 students to prepare a presentation of the Stations of the Cross for all to see. We look forward to this experience on Holy Thursday, in the afternoon. All are welcome to attend. Please arrive beginning at 1:15 p.m. Sign in at the office and then proceed to the gym.

Thank you to Mrs. D'Souza for sharing love with others by organizing the Food Drive for Eden Food Bank. Thank you to all of our families that were able to donate to help others in need. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the Eco team and to Mrs. Ribeiro and Mme. Habashy for organizing the Great Gulp and the Big Crunch. Thank you to Silva and Sons for providing apples for everyone for the event.

Thank you to Mme. Habashy, Mrs. D'Souza, Mrs. Ribeiro, Mrs. DeMelo and Mrs. Di Vito for coaching the chess team. Our primary students placed 4th in the Mississauga North competition. Their medals and the ribbons for the Junior and Intermediate participants will be awarded at our Virtue assembly on April 21st in the afternoon.

In the days following the Resurrection, we live in the presence of our risen Lord. We are called to see the world through the lens of the resurrection - a world where people know that Jesus came to forgive us and open the gates to heaven. We are no longer in the tomb, but will rise again.

On behalf of the staff of St. Edith Stein School, I wish you a very blessed and holy Easter. Let us celebrate God's love for us, and the new life that comes with the dawn of Spring.

God bless,

K. Ferrao


Stations of the Cross

Ms. Blazevic's class will be presenting the Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday, April 6, during the school day. The presentations will take place at 1:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to be part of the audience for either of these presentations. To do so, you will need to sign in upon entry and go directly to the gym, beginning at 1:15 p.m.. The chairs at the back will be for parents, with an area in front of parents for students in other classes. Note, parents are reminded that you may take pictures of your own child only. Please do not photograph and post pictures of other students.

Recognizing Virtues and Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in Students

Below you will find the names of the students that best demonstrated the virtue of RESPECT and the OCSGE I CARE". May their actions inspire others to demonstrate virtues and OCSGEs in action. (These awards were presented at the Virtues Assembly in March.
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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.

Late to school?

Students need to arrive at school before the bell rings at 9:00 am. We have been having a number of students who are arriving late. Please help your child to be on time to school as lost minutes leads to lost learning .
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Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter

Click below to download Trustee Brea Corbet's newsletter.
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Our Eco Team's Challenge for Earth Month:

All classes are invited to create a jingle, video, poster, or other creative presentation to inspire everyone to do something to reduce, reuse and/or recycle. The challenge closes on April 21st and the winning class will be announced at our Liturgy of the Word during Education Week. Go Steiners - let your creativity be an inspiration to all!
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Participate as a Family in a Community Event

The Lisgar Resident's Association is planning a Community Clean Up event for Saturday, April 29, 2023 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please see the poster below for more information.
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Catholic School Council

We are grateful to the parents and guardians that volunteer their time to be on our Catholic School Council.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, April 24th @ 7:00 p.m. in the library. All parents and guardians of current students are welcome.

Our Lady of the Cape, Queen of Canada

With the assistance of the Rosary Apostolate, we will be celebrating Our Lady of the Cape, Queen of Canada on May 4th - see times below. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come for the celebration. This title refers to the statue of Our Lady currently located in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. She is the Queen of intercessors calling all to pray through the power of the rosary. She is Canada's national Madonna, pointing to the need for our nation to be consecrated to her. She has been canonically crowned twice, given the titles Our Lady of the Cape, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Canada.

Approximate times for celebrations:

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023

Primary Celebration (Kindergarten - grade 2/3) - approximately 9:10-9:50; Junior/Intermediate Celebration (grade 3/4-8) 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend. An email with confirmed times will be sent home prior to the event.

April 26 is Administrative Professional's Day

A special thank you to Mrs. van Putten for all she does to support students, staff, parents and guardians. We are truly blessed to have her at St. Edith Stein.


The province has designated May 11-June 14 as the time for administering EQAO provincial e-assessments to in-person learners in grade 3 and grade 6. Our grade 3s will complete these assessments from May 31st -June 7th and 6 students will complete them from June 5-8.

There are 2 components to the test - Language and Math. The language component is divided into four sessions ranging from 15-35 minutes long. The math component contains 4 sections designed to be completed in about 30 minutes. Below, is a button with a link to a video created for parents and guardians about EQAO primary and junior division assessments.

Preparing your child for EQAO

It is important that you take time to talk to your child and help them reduce anxiety related to any type of assessment situation. On the EQAO website there are sample questions (they will be participating in a sample test with their teacher). Ensure that your child gets enough sleep, eats a nutritious breakfast and is well hydrated. It is important that your grade 3 or 6 child attend daily and on time for the testing period (May 31- June 7).

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Lost and Found Items

We continue to have a number of items in our Lost and Found. Often students remove coats, gloves, etc. when they are outside and fail to pick them up and take them inside with them. If your child is missing any clothing (sweatshirts, coats, etc.) please write a note in their agenda to remind them to check the Lost and Found so that these times may return to their rightful owners.

Dental Screening

In an effort to improve the health of students, Peel Public Health is providing free dental screening at St. Edith Stein for students in grades JK, SK, 2, 4, 6, 8 on April 17, 18, 2023. Please note that screening may be completed earlier than the expected end date. What is a school dental screening?

•It is a quick assessment by a Registered Dental Hygienist who will take a look inside your child's mouth. A separate, sterilized mouth mirror is used for each child.

•It identifies children who may be in need of dental care.

•After the dental screening, a form with the results will go home with every child screened. If a child is identified with a dental condition requiring immediate dental treatment, the parent may be contacted by a dental staff member. A re-screening maybe required.

•If the parent cannot afford to take their child to the dentist, the child may be eligible for free dental care through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

•A dental screening does not replace a regular dental visit .If you do not want your child to be screened, please visit the web portal at or call 905-799-7700 ext. 5622 by April 14, 2023.For more information, call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit

Community Thrive Newsletter for April

Planning for the 2023-2024 School Year

Staff work together to determine class placements in May of each year. This is a complex process done in consultation with teachers, support staff and administration. In each class we strive to balance learning styles, gender (when possible), learning needs and abilities. If you, as a parent or guardian, wish to provide input into this process on behalf of your child, please take into account the following guidelines:

  • Input must be in written form to Ms. Ferrao no later than April 28, 2023. Letters can be sent to the school office or emailed to
  • Frame your request in terms of educational contexts, e.g. your child's learning needs/style; information not already known to the school, tips on what has worked best for your child in the past
  • Please do not make requests for individual teachers. You may give names of a friend or two...extensive lists of friends will not be considered
  • There is no guarantee that requests will be fulfilled, but all will be considered.

Combined Classes

Combined classes have become a reality in Mississauga schools. As staff prepare class lists they consider many factors. Within Ontario all schools are bound by a teacher pupil ratio. This is particularly evident as we strive to meet a hard cap of 20:1 in the primary grades. Until we finalize our enrolment in September, all class arrangements and teacher placements will be tentative.


We are in the process of planning, staffing and organizing classes for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are planning to move and leaving St. Edith Stein in September, please email Mrs. van Putten. She can prepare a student transfer form which will serve as an introduction to your new school and will enable the receiving school to request student records from us.

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Catholic Education Week: May 1-5

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Secondary Summer School for Grade 8s only

New this summer!
We will be offering current Grade 8 students the opportunity to obtain one secondary credit (GLD2O4) in Secondary Summer School. This program is fast paced and runs through the full month of July. Information has been forwarded to all Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Registration is now open and closes on June 9, 2023.

Classes start on July 4, 2023.

Classes finish on July 31, 2023.

Classes are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Course option: GLD2O4

Credit: 1
Secondary Summer School offers credit courses at eight locations – Father Michael Goetz, John Cabot, St. Marcellinus, St. Joan of Arc, Loyola, St. Roch, Holy Name of Mary and St. Marguerite d’Youville.

DPCDSB students must register through this link.

Mental Health Resources for Students and Families

Kids Help Phone

• For children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20

• Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being

• Phone and online via web post or live chat

• Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Free, anonymous and confidential

Call: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868


• For people between the ages of 17-25

• For post-secondary students in Ontario

• Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being

• Free, confidential and anonymous helpline

• Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Call: 1-866-925-5454

Mental Health Helpline

• All ages

• Provides information about counselling services and supports in your community

• Listens, offers support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals

• Provides basic education about mental illness

Call: 1-866-531-2600

School Mental Health Ontario also has resources available for students, parents and families on their website at

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Allergies in the classroom

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.

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.

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.

Accident Insurance Brochure

Click on link to access information regarding student accident insurance.


This year's grade 8 graduation ceremony will take place on June 22 @ 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Families are welcome to attend. In addition the grade 8s will have a luncheon and dance earlier in the day. Details will be sent home closer to the time.

Kindergarten Celebration of Learning

We will celebrate the learning that has taken place in kindergarten on June 23 in the morning. The exact time will be communicated closer to the time. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Important Dates


2- Palm Sunday

6 - Holy Thursday;

7- Good Friday

10- Easter Monday

11- Rosary Apostolate;

14 - Eastern rite Good Friday; Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive Session 1 (a.m.); Intermediate Boys Basketball tournament

16 - Eastern rite Easter Sunday

17, 18 - Dental Screening (JK, SK, gr 2, 4, 6, 8)

18 - Intermediate Girls' Basketball tournament

21 - Virtues Assembly (p.m.); Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive session 2 (a.m.); Intermediate Family of Schools basketball tournament

24 - Catholic School Council Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the library

26- Administrative Professional's Day;

27 - gr 5/6 & 6/7 @ Silvercreek

28- Gr 3 @ Swim to Survive session 3 (a.m.); Practice for grade 2s & 7s receiving sacraments @ St. Josephine Bakhita Church 9:30-11:30 a.m.

30-May 5 - Catholic Education Week


1-5 - Catholic Education Week (CEW)

1-5 - Mental Health Week

1- Ms. B's class @ Provincial Skills workshops; 4/5 @ Country Heritage Park

2- International Worker's Day; School Liturgy of the Word for CEW @ 11:00 a.m. in the gym

3- Wellness Wednesday; a.m. practice for Celebration of Mary of the Cape; p.m. livestreamed mass with the bishop for Catholic Education Week

4 - Celebration of Mary of the Cape, Queen of Canada

6 - Sacrament of First Communion @ 12 noon @ St. Josephine Bakhita Church

9 - Sacrament of Confirmation @ 6 p.m. @ St. Josephine Bakhita Church; gr 3/4 @ Riverwood a.m.

11- Gr. 1 & 1/2 @ Riverwood

18- 5/6 & 6/7 @Silvercreek

22 - Victoria Day

26- Intermediate Mississauga North Family of Schools soccer tournament

26- Virtues Assembly


1 - Intermediate trip

8 - Year End Mass

12 - PA Day

15 - Mississauga North Family of Schools Track & Field

21 - Virtues Assembly

22 - Grade 8 Graduation 6:30 p.m. in the gym

23 - Kindergarten Celebration of Learning (a.m.);

27 - reports go home

30 - last day of classes

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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)

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