St. Vital News

September 2020

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all students and families. It has been an interesting start to a new school year; new procedures, new ways of learning, new students and new staff. With the new comes the excitement of possibility and new opportunities for learning, engagement and community. Custodial staff and teaching staff have been working hard to prepare a safe learning environment for students. Teachers are working towards developing an online presence either through Seesaw or Google Classroom for communication of learning and activities with their students and families. Communication will also continue through our Facebook Page and our school website.


Staff are looking forward to working with the students and our School Community Council (SCC) to re-imagine what is important to St. Vital and the school community; how can we keep what brings us joy in a safe way and what can we introduce. At this time we are limiting activities, extra curricular sports and clubs, outside guests, and off campus excursions until safety can be ensured. We also welcome your creative ideas. These can be shared with the classroom teacher and there is always a spot for you with the SCC!


As we gain momentum and learn more about school operations this year, we will communicate updates with you. This is done through School Messenger, classroom teachers, St. Vital Facebook, and our school Website. Newsletters will be digital this year. Paper copies will be given only if requested. If you are needing more information please contact your classroom teacher or the school. We will be happy to answer any of your questions.


After a long six months the staff feel blessed to have their students back, to see how much they have grown and to continue building those relationships with them. I look forward to meeting everyone and working with the St. Vital School and Church community. Cheers to a new year!


God Bless,


Mrs. Natasha Nichol

Meet the Staff

School Information

Bell Times

8:45 - Entry Bell

8:50 - Classes Commence

10:15 - First Recess

10:30 - Second Recess

11:45 - Lunch/Recess

12:35 - Warning Bell

12:40 - Classes Commence

2:00 - First Recess

2:15 - Second Recess

3:27 - Dismissal



To reduce the number of students on the playground first thing in the morning, please bring your children as close to 8:45 as possible. Students are also welcome to go home for dinner.

Attendance

This year Living Sky School Division will be using Edsby. Edsby will allow you to access your child's marks and attendance. You are also able mark in planned absences for your child is a neat feature. You should have received a notification from Shannon Lessard of Living Sky School Division office. If you are needing help accessing please contact your classroom teacher or the school office.


Late Attenders

If your child is late coming to school they will still need to enter through the main doors. As part of the safety plan our front doors are locked. Students can knock on the door or office window or parents can call the office, phone number on the door. They will be let into the building and will be marked late


Early Pick Up

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

Contacting Student

Student learning is very important. If you are needing to make contact with your child during school hours we will take a message at the office and have them call you at the next break. There will be exceptions if need be.

Lunch and Snacks

There will be no microwaves this year in accordance with our Safe Reopening Plan. It is recommended to bring a bag lunch or precooked food with healthy food and snack options. Send food in containers your child can open. Sharing food is not allowed for safety and health reasons.

Update Student Information

Notes have been sent home requesting the following information:

  • Demographics
  • Media Release Form
  • Responsible Use of Technology Agreement
  • Letter of Fair Notice
  • Self Declaration for new registratns.

These notes are due back Friday, September 18th. If you have not received these please contact your child's teacher.

Cellular Phones

Use of cell phones by students is a great tool for communication with family and as a learning tool with classroom instruction and the creation of projects. Student use of phones will be limited to the classroom in agreement with their classroom teacher. There will be a cell phone usage agreement which will be signed by the student, parent and teacher, which will outline the expectations and responsible use of the cell phone at school.


Cell phones will not be out during recess and noon hour. The reason for this is:


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

Safety Precautions and Procedures During COVID


  • Mask wearing has been good. Reminder all bus students must wear a mask on the bus. All staff and students grades 4-7 must wear a mask in the school. Breaks from wearing will happen when distancing and/or front facing can occur.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing
  • Encourage distancing
  • Please practice and review at home
  • Sent out Friday, September 11th. Please see attached link. Be sure to keep your child home if they are sick.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is will be observed on Wednesday, September 30th. It is a day when we honour Indigenous children who were sent away to residential school schools across Canada.


The "Orange Shirt" 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 orange shirt. It was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange has alwyas reminded her of her experiences at a 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." CBCKids


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


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


If families are wanting to order an Orange Shirt from the website proceeds go to the organization. Link is below:


http://www.orangeshirtday.net/en/cad/product/orange-shirt-2020-119187.html#!

Terry Fox Day

Terry Fox wanted to run across Canada to raise money to cure cancer. He ran his last miles September 1, 1980. This year celebrates 40 years of his legacy. St. Vital will be doing their part to help Terry Fox's cause in the fight against cancer. St. Vital Staff and Students will be doing different activities to support the cause.

  • Toonie for Terry; bring a toonie to school and your name will go into a draw sponsored by Concern for Youth
  • What's Your 40? - there will be different activities done throughout the school with a focus on the number 40.
  • Staff and Students will be going for their walk on Friday, October 2nd.

September at a Glance

September 8th
  • Staggered starts

September 14th

  • PK staggered start
  • All students Gr. 1-7 attend full time
September 18th
  • Kindergarten - all students

September 21st

  • PK starts with all M/W students in attendance

September 22nd

  • PK start will all T/Th students in attendance

September 23rd

  • Early Dismissal 2:00pm

September 28th

  • No Classes for Students

September 30th

  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Grade 6 Immunization

October 2nd

  • Terry Fox Walk