St. Vital Newsletter

September 2021

We're Back!

Great to be back at school! Our custodial crew has done an amazing job at getting the school ready for students and staff over the summer. It is so nice to have our people back in the building. As we enter a new school year here at St. Vital School you will notice some new faces. Welcome to our new students and staff. The school year started off nicely with the staggered start, allowing a gentle reentry for students and staff to become reacquainted with one another and classroom routines. As we enter the new school year we will be able to revisit some activities that we were not able to do last year due to COVID with the necessary safety precautions put in place. All of us at St. Vital are grateful to reconnect with our students and families mask to mask, looking forward to a new year of possibilities!

Meet the Staff

School Information

Bell Times


8:45 - Morning Bell

8:50 -Announcements

10:30 -Recess Bell

10:45 -Return to Class

11:45 -Lunch

12:35 -Warning Bell

12:40 -Classes Commence

2:10 -Recess

2:25 -Classes

3:27 -End of Day

Safety Plan

Living Sky School Division has shared with families and posted on the division's and schools' websites their Safety Plan. Be sure to review it in order to be informed. Some of the main points applicable to our school are:

  • Masks must be worn in the building with mask breaks provided at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
  • Those who are ill are not to come into the building until they are symptom free.
  • Students or staff who become ill during the day displaying COVID-like symptoms will be sent home.
  • Proper hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing will be taught and enforced.
  • Social distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • Masks do not need to be worn outside at this time.
  • Band, choir and physical activities may resume in accordance to the Safety Plan


The Saskatchewan Health Authority will be coming into our building to have a vaccination clinic for our students born in 2009 or later who are interested, Friday, September 17th @ 2:00pm.


We are very hopeful that everyone will do their part to help keep our students safe and healthy this year. We really enjoy having them in our building.

Attendance

We love having your child at school to connect with them and support their learning. Attendance at school is a key to their success. Please ensure that you have them at school on time. For those days that your child is not going to be at school please call the office, communicate with the classroom teacher, or enter the absence in Edsby. Edsby is a tool that can be used for viewing your child's progress, communicating with the teacher, and entering your child's attendance. You can use it online or access it through a phone app. If you are having difficulties using Edsby please contact the school office for support.


If your child is late coming to school please have them enter through the main doors. They can ring the doorbell for entrance and then they will be marked as present at the office.


If you are needing to pick up your child during the day call the office or ring the doorbell when you arrive. The office will notify the classroom and your child will meet you outside.

Bus Students

Bus lists are still being established and we should have a final list from transportation soon. In the mean time, especially for our young riders, please have their bus pass handy so we can assist them in finding their bus line at the end of the day and that they are getting on the correct bus. For those student who are not riding due to sports or after school arrangements please communicate this to the office so the bus supervisors and drivers are aware and we are not looking for missing students.

Cellular Phones

Use of cell phones by students is a great tool for communication with family and as a learning tool. Student use of phones will be limited to the classroom in agreement with their classroom teacher. A cell phone usage agreement has been sent out and needs to be signed by both student and parent for our students in Gr. 4-7. This agreement outlines the expectations and responsible use of the cell phone at school.


Cell phones will not be used while on school grounds without teacher supervision. The reason for this is:


  • We want to promote positive face to face interactions.
  • We want to avoid potential misuse of the device that goes against St. Vital's beliefs and values.


If there is an infraction the following will happen:


1st infraction - student receives a warning and is asked to put their phone away.

2nd infraction - cell phone is given to the teacher and will be returned at the end of the day. Parent will be notified.

3rd infraction - cell phone will be handed in to the office. Student will need to make arrangements with their parent to pick it up.

Lunch and Snacks

Be aware that we are a nut free school. This is to accommodate staff and students who have nut allergies. As well, for health reasons we do not allow sharing of food during lunch and snack time. Please take time to talk about this with your child. When making lunches for your child/children please make sure that they are bag lunches as there are no microwaves.

Bus Lane Use

Just a reminder that during the school day the bus lane is to be used by Buses Only. The purpose of the bus lane is to provide our students a safe place to use the bus. Parents picking up and dropping off are to use the parking lot or may park across the street. The town has painted a cross walk for students and families to use to give them a safe place to cross at the beginning and the end of the day. Please do not cross through the bus lane as this is also dangerous with the buses passing through. We ask that you help us to keep our students safe.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange shirt Day will be observed at our school Wednesday, September 29th. It is a day when we honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools across Canada.



The “orange shirt” in Orange Shirt Day refers to the new shirt that Phyllis Webstad was given to her by her grandmother for her first day of school at St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia. When Phyllis got to school, they took away her clothes, including her new shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has always reminded her of her experiences at residential school and, as she has said, “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.” CBC Kids


Classes will be doing various activities to learn about and honour those who went to residential schools.


September 30th is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. To honour this day there will be no classes. Take time to discuss and learn about the importance of recognizing this day with your family


Click here to learn more about Phyllis, her story, and the stories of others who were sent away to residential schools.

Sacramental Preparation

Our Gr. 3 & 4 students who were not able to receive their sacraments last May will be receiving them October 24th. More information to follow. For those families with children who may have missed out on receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, please connect with the school or church to help support you and your family with this.

Sports Are a Go

We are fortunate enough to be able to move ahead this fall with sports. Our St. Vital students have a boys and girls soccer team Grades 5-7, as well as, a Cross Country team consisting of students in Grades 3-7. The Cross Country team is going to three meets this season; Unity, Wilkie and Districts. The Soccer teams are competing against the Light of Christ Schools, with game night being on Tuesdays and final tournament on October 14th. Please contact the coaches with any questions and be sure that your athlete has given you their note with the schedule.


Cross Country Coach - Mrs. Cawood

Girls Soccer Coach - Mr. Cawood & Miss Lorenz

Boys Soccer Coach - Ms. Dale & Mrs. Nichol

Terry Fox Run

The week of September 20th to September 24th students at St. Vital School, will be learning about Terry Fox and his cause. There will be an assembly launching this on Monday. Students will be creating bulletin boards recognizing people in their life who they will be running for. Tuesday is "Toonie for Terry" Tuesday. We are asking students to bring in a donation in honour of Terry's efforts in finding a cure for cancer. Money raised will be donated to his cause. Wednesday, students will be writing a journal entry to write about a hero they have in their life. On Thursday, students will be making a book mark. Friday is the wrap up to the week and students will be doing their run/walk for Terry or their special person. During the walk they will also be doing a scavenger hunt.

Party In the Park

We are inviting all families to come and meet the St. Vital Staff Wednesday, September 22nd from 8:15am-9:00am. All staff will be outside to greet and meet you. Some of our School Community Council will also be present to introduce themselves to you and possibly recruit you. There will be treats and some activities for all. We look forward to seeing you.

School Community Council

St. Vital's School Community Council is ready to go for the 2021-2022 school year. They will be introducing themselves and asking for your support at our "Party in the Park" on Wednesday, September 22nd starting at 8:15 until 9:00. They will also be promoting their Annual General Meeting which will be October 13th at 7:00pm in the St. Vital School library. All are welcome to come. During this meeting we will be determining our council executive and possibly electing for the positions of Chair, Co-chair and Secretary. We will also be reviewing our School Learning Improvement Plan and setting some goals for what the council would like to do to support it throughout the school year. Those people attending please come only if you are healthy. When you enter the building you will need to wear a mask, sanitize and sign in. If you are not able to make and wish to be part of the SCC please call the school office or join our next meeting, which will be posted.