St. Edith Stein Newsletter

June 2023

"To Have a Friend You Must Be a Friend"

Principal - K. Ferrao

Head Secretary - M. van Putten

Superintendent - Dr. M. Lewis

Trustee - B. Corbet

Parish: St. Josephine Bakhita

Pastor: Rev. M. Villanueva

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A Message from the Principal

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

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.

God bless,

K. Ferrao


Parting is Bittersweet

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to welcome Mrs. Ribeiro to our school. She covered a grade 2/3 class when Mrs. Tullo was hired to replace Mrs. Wallace as Mrs. Wallace retired. Mrs. Ribeiro dedication to St. Edith Stein school encompassed extended beyond the classroom. She contributed greatly to the positive school climate by giving of her time to support extra-curricular activities, at a time when we are returning to offering these opportunities to students in a post-Covid reality. Mrs. Ribeiro coached chess, helped to direct the choir (taught the choir how to sign a song, "I'm so Blessed"), co-lead the Eco team and uploaded more than enough points to support the school in maintaining our Platinum level for Eco Schools, and coached Track and Field. We will miss her presence in our school Mrs. Ribeiro's last day with us will be June 16, 2023. Mrs. Tullo will return from her maternity leave and take over the class on June 19th, 2023. We look forward to meeting and working with Mrs. Tullo. We wish Mrs. Ribeiro many blessings in everything she does moving forward and look forward with hope for an opportunity to be able to work with her again.

Friendship Celebration (Year-End Mass)

Parents and Guardians are invited to join us for our Friendship Celebration - Our year-end mass in which the grade 8s hand over the reigns to the JKs. It is a beautiful and meaningful liturgy. Thank you to Fr. Mark for allowing us to create a liturgy that speaks to the children in our school.

Safety Concern - Driving into the School Parking Lot

Everyone is reminded to drive carefully as you enter the driveway of the school. Our drive way is a ONE-WAY Driveway. We have one entrance and one exit. In the interest of keeping everyone safe, we are respectfully requesting that drivers follow the signs that indicate NO ENTRY and ONE WAY.

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

During the month of June, we recommit ourselves to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a profound symbol in our faith of God's love for each of us. God loves us unconditionally - just as we are. We are called to love and celebrate one another with care, compassion, and respect. Prayers and novenas are powerful. Attached you will find a copy of the prayers for the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to pray together as a family.

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Liturgy of the Word

We will be having a Liturgy of the Word (not mass) to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It will be celebrated on Friday, June 16 at 10:50 a.m. in the gym. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend. Thank you to Mrs. Vago and her class for helping with this liturgy.

Recognizing Virtues and Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in Students

Below you will find the names of the students that best demonstrated the virtue of LOVE and the OCSGE "I am a Believer". May their actions inspire others to demonstrate virtues and OCSGEs in action. (These awards were presented at the Virtues Assembly in May.
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Reporting Absences

Please report absences using the School Messenger. This system was implemented last year and can be accessed through their Toll-Free phone number: 1-844-435-3440.

If you are new to the school or have not set up School Messenger, please click on the following link:

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?

Students need to arrive at school before the bell rings at 9:00 am. We have been having a number of students who are arriving late. Please help your child to be on time to school as lost minutes leads to lost learning .
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Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter

Catholic School Council

We are grateful to the parents and guardians that volunteer their time to be on our Catholic School Council.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. in the library. All parents and guardians of current students are welcome.

Lost and Found Items

We continue to have a number of items in our Lost and Found. Often students remove coats, gloves, etc. when they are outside and fail to pick them up and take them inside with them. If your child is missing any clothing (sweatshirts, coats, etc.) please write a note in their agenda to remind them to check the Lost and Found so that these times may return to their rightful owners.

Community Thrive Newsletter for June

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Congratulations to the St. Edith Stein Class of 2023! We will celebrate your graduation with a luncheon and dance in the gym on Wednesday, June 21. Our graduation ceremony will be held in the gym starting at 6:30 p.m. on the same day. We look forward to celebrating with our grade 8s!

JK & SK Celebration of Learning

A very special Celebration of Learning for our JK & SK students will be held on June 22nd. Details will be sent to parents of SK students shortly. We look forward to celebrating all that they have learned in 2 years of our FDK program as they transition to grade 1.

Library Books and Textbooks

All library books are due in the school on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Look in all places around your homes to see if you have any items belonging to the school. Students should also return textbooks so that we can account for the number of textbooks required for next year. Your assistance in ensuring that everything is returned is greatly appreciated.

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.

Sun Safety

We all enjoy working, relaxing and playing outside on a sunny day. The warm rays of the sun feel good. Overexposure to the sun can cause skin damage.

UV rays can cause:


skin cancer

eye damage

premature skin aging

Safety Tips:

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

The main risk of hot summer weather is that of exposure to ultra-violet (UV) rays which is a risk factor for the development of skin cancer and cataracts in later life. The UV index is the measure commonly used in Canada to assess the risk on a given day.

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!

X-Movement is back this year! They will be facilitating sessions with classes from June 19-21 inclusive. On June 20th we will have a parent engagement night from 6-7 p.m. with the energizer from X Movement. It promises to be a very active session once again. In addition, the ice cream truck will be here for a special treat to cool off after the evening event. Mrs. van Putten will enter an item into school cashonline for families to purchase ice cream or snow cones for $2 each. The ice cream truck will be here from 6:45-8 p.m. Please ensure that your notifications for School Cashonline are turned on so that you do not miss the item. We will have the event outdoors on the pavement if the weather cooperates. If not, it will be in the gym. This proved to be an extremely enjoyable event last year... looking forward to seeing you all again. Thank you to the Catholic School Council for using the Ministry funding to pay for this event.
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Medication Pick Up

We ask parents to pick up their child's Epi-pen, puffer or medication on the last day of school - Friday, June 30th, 2023. Any medication left in the office at 3:00 p.m. will be sent home with the student. Thankyou for your diligence with this matter.

Combined Classes

Combined grades continue to be a reality at our school. Class lists for the 2023-2024 school year are extremely tentative. Many factors were taken into consideration when deciding class placement, including but not limited to: gender ratios (where possible), academic abilities, social interactions, students with different learning needs, etc. Please be advised that there is no intention on our part to make any child's school year unpleasant. That said, there are circumstances that may make it difficult to accommodate requests. We respectfully request that parents not ask for specific teachers in their letters to the school. Declining enrolment in the Board and the primary class size cap imposed by the provincial government result in additional combined grades. All placements are tentative and reorganization may be necessary. The reorganization of classes will take place on Monday, September 18, if necessary.

Last Pizza Day

The last day for Pizza orders is Thursday, June 15th. Parents and Guardians are reminded to send lunch with their children on the last Thursday of the month.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

June 6 is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Please take the time to thank our crossing guard for working to ensure the safety of all who cross the busy street in front of our school before and after school each day.

School Bus Transportation

Parents are responsible for their child's transportation needs in September unless they are eligible for 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.

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Allergies in the classroom

St. Edith Stein is an allergen aware school. There are pupils and staff in attendance who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods, such as dairy, egg, peanut and nut products. Exposure to even the smallest quantities can cause severe life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe and life threatening allergic reaction. The most common allergen triggers are food, insect stings, medications, and latex. An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems. We at St. Edith Stein School would appreciate the cooperation of the entire school community by NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain nut or nut byproducts which could potentially harm a pupil. Please make sure that all of your children’s caregivers are aware of the food restrictions. Please do NOT send food for birthdays or special occasions. We look forward to your co-operation in making this a safe year for all of our pupils.

Head Injuries

When a student receives an injury/bump to the head (however minor), it is a Board Policy that we inform parents. You will be contacted by phone, a phone message will be left at one of your contact numbers or a note will be left in your child’s agenda if you are unavailable. This is precautionary only and we ask that you check your child when they get home for any signs of a concussion or illness. Agenda’s should be checked by parents daily for this reason, as well as to check for any notes from the teacher or office. A copy of the concussion brochure is always available on our school website.

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.

Accident Insurance Brochure

Click on link to access information regarding student accident insurance.

Important Dates


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.

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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 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.). ***