ES Update

August 26, 2021

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 31 ~ Grades 1, 3, 5 - First Full Day of School (2, 4, 6 stay home)

Tuesday, August 31 ~ Kindergarten Orientation Meeting by appointment

Wednesday, September 1 ~ Grades 2, 4, 6 - First Full Day of School (1, 3, 5 stay home)

Wednesday, September 1 ~ Kindergarten Orientation Meeting by appointment

Thursday, September 2 ~ All grades 1 to 6 student to attend

Thursday, September 2 ~ Parent Information Evening ~ Grade 1 to 6 (see below)

Need to know

Parent Information Evening ~ Grade 1 to 6:

The Parent Information Evening is on Thursday, September 2. This is an important evening to meet all of your son’s teachers and learn about the curriculum. Reminder that this evening is for adults only, students do not attend. One family member per student. Masks mandatory.


The evening will begin at 5:30pm for grades 1, 3, and 5 and 6:45pm for grades 2, 4, and 6. Here is the schedule for the evening including locations AND entry & exit doors. The evening will start promptly at the assigned hour and we ask that you leave immediately at the end of your session in preparation for the next group. We ask for your understanding and full cooperation to make this evening a safe and successful opportunity to meet the teachers in person. Please remember to wear your mask and physically distance.


Please note that again this year, the schedule and all Parent Information Evening course outlines will be available online only. The QR code/link will be included in next week’s update to access the course packages for your son’s grade. Please take a moment to read. Paper copies will not be handed-out. Sessions will also be recorded and posted at a later date.


Staggered Start ~ First Days of School

In order to help students adapt to the new routines outlined, we will have a staggered entry by grade during the first week of school. We invite ONE adult per child to accompany their child into the yard to meet their new teacher. Everyone must wear a mask at all times. Thank you for your understanding and compliance. See below for particulars for each grade.


  • Grades 1, 3, 5, Tuesday, August 31 at 8:30 for the full day (grades 2,4,6 to stay at home)

    • Grade 1 should enter the Old Boys’ (East) yard through the Argyle gates

    • Grade 3 should enter through the Arches (near the Veritas statue) and gather at the south end of the Guzzo (West) yard

    • Grade 5 should enter through the back alley next to the police station and gather at the north end of the Guzzo (West) yard


  • Grades 2, 4, 6 Wednesday September 1 at 8:30 for the full day (grades 1,3,5 to stay at home)

    • Grade 2 should enter the Old Boys’ (East) yard through the Argyle gates

    • Grade 4 should enter through the Arches (near the Veritas statue) and gather at the south end of the Guzzo (West) yard

    • Grade 6 should enter through the back alley next to the police station and gather at the north end of the Guzzo (West) yard. Remember to bring phys. ed. gear!


  • All Elementary School on Thursday, September 2 for the full day. Students should be dropped off (and picked up) as per the times and locations in the blurb below as we begin our regular daily routines. Parents must remain on the sidewalk at arrival and dismissal.


Arrival and Dismissal Times and Locations:

  • Maternelle ~ enter & exit through 442 Argyle (7:50-8:00am & 2:30-2:40pm)

  • Grade 1 ~ enter & exit through Old Boys (East) Yard (8:05-8:10am & 3:15-3:20pm)

  • Grade 2 ~ enter & exit through Old Boys (East) Yard (8:15-8:20am & 3:25-3:30pm)

  • Grade 3 ~ enter & exit through archway by Veritas sign (8:05-8:10am & 3:10-3:15pm)

  • Grade 4 ~ enter & exit through archway by Veritas sign (8:15-8:20am & 3:15-3:20pm)

  • Grade 5 ~ enter & exit through laneway by Police/Fire Station (8:20-8:25am & 3:20-3:30pm)

  • Grade 6 ~ enter & exit through laneway by Police/Fire Station (8:10-8:20am & 3:25-3:30pm)


Student Absences or Lateness: Please notify the School by 8:00 a.m. (Ms. Manal, ext 2235 or manalm@selwyn.ca), should your son miss morning attendance for any reason. If a student must arrive after the start of classes, Grades 1 through 6 students should use the Lucas front door and proceed to check in with Ms. Manal.


Canadian Government Travel Protocols: Please refer to COVID-19: For unvaccinated children under 12 without symptoms and travelling with fully vaccinated parents or guardians for information regarding travel outside of Canada. Please scroll down and pay special attention to the section titled “What your child cannot do for the next 14 days” for particulars on his return to school after travel.


Homework on Google Slides: Starting September 13, grades 1 to 6 parents and boys will be able to access their homework through google slides. Please note that the link will go live Monday. If boys are away for a prolonged period of time, we will proceed with a conversation with the family on how best to support a child at home.


Snacks and Lunch: Please pack your son healthy snacks. For now, grades 3 through 6 will eat in Coristine Hall. Grades 1 and 2 will be provided lunch by our cafeteria and eaten in designated classrooms, similar to last year. Please check out the lunch menu.


After-school Programme (ASP): The ASP program will be offered to a limited number of students at the beginning of the school year for those families needing after school care. The program will begin on Tuesday, August 31. Clubs will begin towards the end of September. More information to follow.


Just In Case You Missed It:

The August Mailing ~ August 12th Update included important information including items such as PVA News; epipen protocol; The Argyle Shop (SHS uniform store); bus service; updating contact information.


The August Mailing ~ August 19th Update included important information including items such as Face masks; Daily Morning Covid Check tool; No Drop-Offs please; SHS Important Dates ~ Revised Edition; SHS Calendar

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