St. Patrick Catholic School

Weekly Bulletin-September 10th, 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 14th- Meet the Teacher 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, September 23rd- Parent Council Meeting - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 28th- Orange Shirt Day
  • Wednesday, September 29th- Terry Fox Run
  • Thursday, September 30th- No School- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
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Meet the Teacher

Meet The Teacher Night will be on Tuesday, September 14 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We want to offer the opportunity for parents to safely meet their child’s teacher and see their classroom. We ask that all visitors respect the rules laid out for the night.

  • Each time slot will be 10 minutes long, 8 minutes in the classroom and 2 minutes to enter and exit the school. Please respect your allotted time. You will meet the teacher and have a short checklist of activities to do with your child.

  • Exit and enter through your child’s door.

  • All visitors to the school must wear a mask

  • Maximum of two parents per child.

  • There will be a max. of three families in the classroom at a time.

  • We ask that only children registered at St.Pats attend.

  • If you have more than one child at our school, chairs will be set outside the classroom for them while they are waiting for their appointment.

Please sign up using the following link:

https://www.schoolinterviews.ca/code?code=uuw82

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DAILY CHECKLIST

Please review this document if your child becomes ill.

COVID RE-ENTRY PLAN

Respiratory Etiquette- NEW Guidelines effective Tuesday, September 7th


K- grade 4 and all staff


  • Masks must be worn in all common areas, hallways, foyers, lunchrooms, libraries and in areas where social distancing is not possible. Masks may be removed in classroom when students are seated. Students may remove their masks outside and during physical activity while still trying to practice physical distancing.



Enhanced Cleaning Protocols


  • Daily cleaning for all areas of the school, washrooms and high touch surface areas will be cleaned several times a day.
  • Deep cleaning with our healthcare grade system when students are not present.


Hand Hygiene


  • Students and staff will continue to make hand sanitizing and washing hands part of their daily school routine. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the school and at all entryways.


Cohorts


  • We will continue with grade cohorts within the school. Cohorts will be larger when outside and cohorted by grade levels. The zones will switch monthly as to allow both outside cohorts access to all the fun areas of our schoolyard.
  • Bathrooms will continue to have a procedure to limit the amount of students in the bathroom at one time.
  • Physical distancing will continue to be practiced and encouraged within the confines of the classroom and other areas within the school.
  • At this time there will be no school wide assemblies.


Responding to Illness


  • The AHS screening tool for COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be part of our everyday school routine. If your child is symptomatic they are not to come to school that day. The screening tool will be listed below. Please print it off and have it somewhere visible in your home.
  • Should a student develop symptoms of illness at school, parents will be notified and advised to pick up their child as soon as possible. Students showing symptoms waiting for pick up will be asked to put a mask on if not already wearing one. Please make sure to update your emergency contact as symptomatic students will need to be picked up from school in a timely manner.


School Access


  • It is required that visitors to the school wear a mask.
  • Parents and visitors are permitted to enter the school provided there is a valid reason. We ask that student pick up and drop off happen outside their designated entry and exit doors. Gatherings outside classrooms or hallways isn't to occur.
  • Visitors to the school will need to check into the office on arrival and check out on departure.


Water Fountains


  • All water fountains will be closed, however water fillable stations will remain open to fill

    personal water bottles. Student may bring in their own personal water bottle; filled from

    home or from a water filling station at the school.

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Every morning and throughout the day our students have the opportunity to access some healthy snacks to fuel their brain and body. We do receive grants to run this program but are also looking for monetary donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation to this program please reach out to the office.
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Learning Distribution Grant

This year in addition to building our classroom communities, our Grades 1-3 teachers will work with students to assess and address any potential setbacks in literacy and math learning. Each year, we use the EICS Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks to determine areas which require focused support and set learning goals. However, the disruption to in-class learning during the Covid-19 pandemic may have resulted in some of our students not attaining the skills they would have in a regular year. As a result, targeted literacy and math assessments designed and supported by the division will be used with all students in Grades 1-3 as an extension to the classroom processes already in place to identify students who require additional intervention to develop their skills and close gaps.


Alberta Education has provided funding to support schools with staffing and resources for these supplementary interventions. Students in Grades 2-3 will complete specialized assessments in September and students in Grade 1 will be assessed later in the school year. Interventions in both groupings will begin shortly afterward the assessments are complete. Students identified as requiring additional support will receive 30 hours of supplementary programming in literacy and between 20-30 hours of support in math in small group formats from specialized intervention teachers. During and after the intervention period, student progress will be monitored and communicated with classroom teachers and parents. A final communication of gains will also be provided to Alberta Education.


ST.PATS PART PLAY IS UP AND GOING!

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School Zone Safety Tips for Schools

Tips for parents:

  • Consider parking farther away from the school and walking with your children. There are benefits to this beyond safety, including health and wellness and time to connect before and after school, while also enjoying the outdoors.
  • If your children will be walking to school, consider pre-planning a walk route with them to give you peace of mind. Or help gather a small group of close friends to walk together while remaining physically distanced.
  • Parents need to be extra vigilant when driving in school zones. Avoid distractions, slow down and watch for children. Remember to be patient and courteous with other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Reminders for students:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when crossing the street and avoid distractions like hand-held devices or ear buds.
  • This is an exciting time for you to reconnect with friends and make new ones. Remember to catch up and visit with them in a safe place, not while crossing the street.
  • Use crosswalks or street corners for crossing the street and always avoid jaywalking.
  • Use the three Ps when crossing the street: point, pause and proceed. POINT your arm to indicate to drivers that you wish to cross, PAUSE to check for traffic, making eye contact with drivers, and when it is safe to cross, PROCEED to walk, paying attention and checking as you’re crossing.
  • If AMA School Safety patrollers are at the crosswalk, please give them space to do their job and always continue to look while crossing.
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SCHOOL COUNCIL MTG-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd

Our first School Council Meeting (AGM) is Thursday, September 23rd @ 7pm. You are encouraged to become involved! Please consider!


Link for the meeting will be sent at a later date.

SCHOOL OFFICE REMINDERS...

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS

The office hours are: 8:00 - 3:30 during scheduled school days.


NOTE: Phones will not be answered during lunch time (12:00 - 12:30) please leave a message and Ms.Miller will return your call as soon as she can.


Remember to phone and book an appointment if you need to come into the school @ 780-672-2177.

END OF DAY PHONE MESSAGES TO STUDENTS

If you have a message to pass onto your child for end of day arrangements please call the school office no later than 2:45 pm .


It is very difficult to find a child once they have left the classroom at the end of the school day.

PARENT/VISITORS - SCHOOL ACCESS

All visitors should not enter the school without an appointment.


If entry is needed, screening protocols are required. All visitors will need to use the self-screening tool, wear a mask, hand sanitize and sign-in at the office as a record of all school visitors must be kept. If items are forgotten or need to be dropped off they can be left at the front office.

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DROP-OFF/PICK-UP PROCEDURES

DROP PFF/PICK UP

STUDENT ENTRANCES


Please use the following designated entrances for your child. See MAP.

These entrances are to be used for morning arrival (drop-off), recesses, and departure (pick-up) in the afternoon. The front entrance will be designated for our PRE-K and ECS students.


South Front entrance- PRE-K, Kindergarten

N.East entrance (Gr. 3/4 portable wing)- 3G, 3E/C,3BOH, 3B

S.East entrance (directly adjacent to STAFF parking lot)- 2W/H, 2L,2M

North entrance (Gr. 3/4 portable wing)- 4K, 4Kucy, 4S

West entrance (Gr. 1 wing)- 1B,1W, 1E


ARRIVAL


Students who arrive on the bus will go directly to their designated entrances where they will see a marked pylon and will line-up with their homeroom. Students who get dropped off by families should arrive no earlier than 8:15 and proceed to their marked line up. Students will wait in line until their teacher signals them into the boot room to sanitize and proceed to homeroom. With rain/inclement weather, staff will be available to expedite this process where students would access classrooms earlier.


**Late students will be required to enter through the front doors. Proceed directly to office to check in.**

DEPARTURE


Under the direction of their teacher, students will stagger exit from their respective entry point at the end of the day. Bus students will report directly to respective bus line-ups and parents picking children up can wait outside of entrance or at a designated meeting spot (arranged with your child).


PLEASE NOTE: We have NO OUTSIDE SUPERVISION available earlier than 8:10 am.

SCHOOL PATROL-in front of school

We do have our Gr. 4's provide crosswalk patrol in front of the school but this likely will NOT occur for a few weeks until they have been properly trained. Please be careful using the crosswalks as our front street (53 Ave) is very busy before and after school.

NO PICK-UP/DROP-OFF FROM STAFF PARKING LOT

Dear Parents,


Please make alternate plans for pick-up/drop-off location as our Staff parking lot is no longer available as an option. This area has become far too congested in the past and is an extreme OH&S concern. Please look at streets/locations that are close to your child' designated entrance where you can safely guide them.. While we understand that this takes away some convenience, we are more concerned about the safety of your children. Please see the attached pic showing some highlighted safe alternatives considerations for drop-off/pick-up.


Thank you for you attention to this.

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****PLEASE STAY CLEAR FROM BUS LANES AT THE BEGINNING OF OUR DAY AND AT THE END OF OUR DAY*****

PARISH INFORMATION

Welcome Father Kris

Hello parents! I’m sure you’re wondering about the celebration of the Sacraments for your children…

For those who were prepared last year but missed out on the celebration, we’re frantically trying to get things in order to do all of that before the end of September. Stay tuned to your emails for more details soon.


For children turning 7 or older this year you will be preparing for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion. For children turning 12 or older this year you will be preparing for Confirmation. Look to the school newsletter and the parish bulletin in the new year of when and how to register for that.

Have a blessed school year!


Fr. Kris

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION

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