St. Edith Stein Newsletter
"To Have a Friend You Must Be a Friend"
Head Secretary - M. van Putten
Superintendent - Dr. M. Lewis
Trustee - B. Corbet
Parish: St. Josephine Bakhita
Pastor: Rev. M. Villanueva
A Message from the Principal
We have had an amazing year at St. Edith Stein! Through the willingness and caring of our most dedicated staff we were able to offer extra-curricular experiences for students in our post-Covid environment. Students had opportunities to participate in chess, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, cross-country track and field, and choir. As a caring community of Catholic parents, guardians, students, staff and parish we are very proud of our accomplishments.
Our staff worked diligently to create a faith-filled environment that supported and nurtured well-being and academic achievement. Thank you to our Catholic School Council who continually support all school efforts and give of their time freely to do so. We are grateful to have Mrs. van Putten as our Head Secretary. As the first person who sees all who enter, she is often the face of the school - her commitment to the school and professionalism and care for staff, students and the community are very much appreciated. We thank our Head Custodian, Mrs. Madore, and our night custodians, Ted and Mike, for their due diligence and collective effort to create a safe and clean environment for all. To our student monitors, Mrs. Davidson, Mrs. Pingitore, and Mrs. Vicente, (as well as Mrs. Trevisani, Mrs. Ojeda, and Mrs. Wolf on occasion) we are blessed to have you come and spend your lunch hours in our school, ensuring the safety of our students as they ate lunch and went outside for recess. On behalf of the staff and students of St. Edith Stein, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to our support staff Jessica McNichol (social worker), Sara McDonald (psychologist), Robynn McGroarty (speech and language pathologist) and Patrick Wilson (child youth worker) for continuing to support students and families in need. To our grade 8s we extend many wishes for countless blessings as you begin a new chapter in your learning journey. We are very proud of the Graduating class of 2023. To those who will be leaving St. Edith Stein, to pursue different programs at other schools and to those who are leaving because they have moved, we extend our warmest wishes and thank you for your contributions to our community.
Thank you to Fr. Mark for providing spiritual leadership and to Cecilia for keeping our students connected to the parish by ensuring that students were prepared to receive sacraments and being available as a liaison with St. Josephine Bakhita Parish.
Heartfelt gratitude to all parents for your ongoing support, kindness and respect. May we always look to the cross as the sign of God's love and mercy for all. May the Spirit always guide our actions so that we respond to others with that same love and mercy. We pray that all experience safe, healthy, relaxing summer filled with many joyful memories. May you return renewed, rejuvenated and ready to experience the joy of learning once more.
Parting is Bittersweet
Friendship Celebration (Year-End Mass)
Safety Concern - Driving into the School Parking Lot
Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Liturgy of the Word
Recognizing Virtues and Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in Students
If you are new to the school or have not set up School Messenger, please click on the following link: https://www3.dpcdsb.org/parents/absence-reporting
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?
Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter
Lost and Found Items
Community Thrive Newsletter for June
Library Books and Textbooks
Grade 6/7 and 7/8 Edwin Collection
We are now in the process of preparing to collect all Edwin devices and components assigned to our Edwin students. All Edwin devices need to be returned to the school by Thursday, June 15, 2023. If your child has been assigned a school Edwin device, please return the Edwin Chromebook with its charger and cord to the school by the collection date. All chromebooks should be fully charged before returning them.
The Edwin device and it’s charger with cord will be inventoried upon return. If the Edwin device or its charger and cord are lost, the school will contact partns and guardians regarding replacement fees as stated in the Edwin User Agreement. If a device is returned damaged, it will be sent in for repair. If it is deemed to be damaged beyond repair, the parent or guardianl will be contacted to arrange for reimbursement as per the Edwin User Agreement that was signed before the deployment of the device.
UV rays can cause:
premature skin aging
We are reminding students to take precautions to protect their skin while outside during Spring and Summer. The following suggestions are provided to help protection:
- Wear protective clothing
- Wear a hat
- Wear sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection
- Wear sunscreen that is SPF 15 (sun protection factor) or more. Use a sunscreen that says 'broad-spectrum'. It will screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply 20 minutes after being out in the sun to ensure even application of the product and better protection. Don't forget your lips, ears and nose. These parts of the body burn easily
Parents are encouraged to reinforce these strategies with their children on a regular basis.
SUMMER - Exposure to Extreme Heat and Sunshine
What is the UV index?
The UV index indicates the strength of the sun's UV rays under clear sky conditions. The index ranges in scale from 0 - 10. The higher the value of the index, the more intense the ultraviolet rays are. The UV index may vary from day to day with changes in the ozone layer (the thinner the layer, the higher the index). Much larger variations occur as the UV changes with the seasons and time of day. The UV index is calculated daily by Environment Canada using ozone and weather information.
What does the UV index mean?
The UV index has become as common a guide to daily decision making as the temperature forecast. The following table explains how the index can be used in setting limits for sun exposure:
UV Index Category Sunburn Time
Over 10 Extreme Less than 15 minutes
7 - 9 High About 20 minutes
4 - 7 Moderate About 30 minutes
0 - 4 Low More than one hour
The typical mid-summer UV level for Peel is 8.0. The period of greatest risk is between May and August of each year.
In addition, we take into consideration the humidex.
What is Humidex?
Humidex is a measure of how hot we feel. It is an equivalent temperature intended for the general public to express the combined effects of warm temperatures and humidity. It provides a number that describes how hot people feel, much in the same way the equivalent chill temperature, or "wind chill factor," describes how cold people feel. Humidex is used as a measure of perceived heat that results from the combined effect of excessive humidity and high temperature. The Weather Service of Environment Canada uses humidex numbers to inform the public when conditions of heat and humidity are possibly uncomfortable. According to Environment Canada, extremely high readings are rare except in the southern regions of Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec. Of all Canadian cities, Windsor, has had the highest recorded humidex measurement of 52.1 degrees Celsius on June 20, 1953.
The following are the humidex guidelines from Environment Canada:
Range of humidex Degree of Discomfort
Less than 29 Celsius No discomfort
30 to 39 Celsius Some discomfort
40 to 45 Celsius Great discomfort; avoid exertion
Above 45 Celsius Dangerous
Above 54 Celsius Heat Stroke imminent
If humidex readings reach the mid to upper 30's, then we decrease or modify outdoor activity depending of factors such as age, health and physical condition of the person.
We encourage students to:
- Bring and drink plenty of clear fluids and utilize water fountains
- Bring and use sunscreen (SPF 15 minimum)
- Wear light, layered clothing including a hat while outdoors
When the Region of Peel issues Heat Warning:
We decrease the amount of time spent outside and decrease the amount of physical activity outside depending on the type of activity and other factors such as age, health and physical conditions of the person.
Plan for relief from heat inside:
The library is generally cooler than most other rooms in the building. Teachers are welcome to rotate their classes through the library if they need relief from the heat.
We also have room 102 available on the main floor for classes to use if need be. Room 106 is also available for classes to use in the afternoon on a rotational basis.
X Movement is Back This Year!
Medication Pick Up
Last Pizza Day
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
School Bus Transportation
Transportation is determined as follows:
JK- Grade 1 - more than 1.0 km from school
Grades 2-4 - more than 1.6 km from school
Grades 5-8 - more than 2.0 km from school
Questions or concerns?
call - 905-890-6000
Please have your child's OEN (Ontario Education Number) ready when calling. STOPR will not be able to give out student information without it. You can find the OEN number on the report card or by contacting the school.
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.
Allergies in the classroom
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.
Click on link to access information regarding student accident insurance.
1 - Intermediate trip; Gr. 3 EQAO testing
2 - Gr. 3 EQAO testing
5 - Gr. 3 & 6 EQAO testing
6 - Gr. 6 EQAO testing; Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
7 - Gr. 6 EQAO testing
8 - Year End Mass
12 - PA Day; School is closed
15 - Mississauga North Family of Schools Track & Field Meet; LAST PIZZA DAY
16 - Celebration of the Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus
19-21 - X-Movement
20 - X Movement Parent Engagement 6-7 p.m.
21 - Graduation Luncheon (11:30-2:15) Ceremony (6:30)
22 - JK/SK Celebration of Learning @ 10:45; virtues assembly (p.m.)
27 - Playday; reports go home
28 - Playday rain date
30 - last day of classes; last assembly a.m.; clap out for grade 8s @ 3:15 p.m.
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 https://dpcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ 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)
***4. Ensure that you have Notifications turned ON so that you are aware of items as they are logged in (e.g. Pizza days, ice cream days, trips, etc.). ***