St. Edith Stein Newsletter

December 2022

"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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We are now in the season of Advent. The 2023 theme for Catholic Education Week is "We are many, we are one". As we enter this season of Advent we are reminded that together we are one and together we can work to make this world a better place. In order to do this, our actions for peace must be rooted in the power of love and the power of truth for the purpose of making love and truth known. May the Spirit of Christ guide us to understand that when we see each other as peacemakers, we can make the world a better place.

We wish Mrs. Wallace many blessings as she begins a new chapter in her life. She has decided to retire. We are grateful for 26 years of dedicated service to the St. Edith Stein community. After 26 years here, Mrs. Wallace considers the St. Edith Stein community to be her second family. We will let you know when she is able to come in to celebrate her retirement with her. Mrs. Carley Tullo has been hired as the permanent teacher that will take her place. Mrs. Tullo is presently on maternity leave until June 5th. Mrs. Ribeiro will continue to teach the class until Mrs. Tullo returns to work.

Our intermediate volleyball teams worked diligently to improve their skills throughout the volleyball season. We are proud of their ability to work as a team and represent St. Edith Stein well in all of their games. Congratulations to the Girls' team for qualifying for the Mississauga North Family of Schools Tournament. Thank you to Mr. Ivano and Mrs. Di Vito for coaching and taking the time to provide this opportunity for students.

Thank you to Mrs. Ejzenchart and Mr. Ivano for beginning to coach our intermediate soccer team. Hopefully an early start will allow them to develop as a team before their tournament in the spring.

Thank you to Mrs. Thrasher, Mrs. Di Vito and Mrs. Vago for leading the Youth Faith Ambassadors (YFA). Our YFA have been busy planning activities to bring school spirit and joy to all. More information about activities is provided below.

Thank you to Mme. Habashy and Mrs. Ejzenchart for their work with our Eco team. Currently the Eco team leads the recycling program. They are also working on a goal for the school to help maintain our platinum Eco School status.

Thank you to all families for your support for the Scholastic Book Fair. With your help, we were able to raise $624.23 for the library.

We continue to work in partnership with Fr. Mark at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish to meet the spiritual needs of our school. Our advent mass will take place on December 8 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at school, in the gym @ approximately 9:30. Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend.

We wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! May the blessings of Christmas be with you and your families throughout the new year.


K. Ferrao


The Virtue for December is Hope

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception School Mass

Feel free to join us for our school mass on Thursday, December 8 @ approximately 9:30 a.m. in the gym. Mass will begin when Father Mark arrives.

Single use plastics

Please ensure that your child has the appropriate cutlery required to eat their snacks/lunches. Keeping the environment in mind, we will not be providing plastic forks/spoons for students to use.

Trustee Brea Corbet's Newsletter

Please click below to find Trustee Brea Corbet's newsletter.

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.

Christmas Concert

We are inviting you to the St. Edith Stein School Christmas Concerts:

Date: Thursday, December 15

time: 1:30 p.m. - Student body show (and parents who cannot attend the evening show)

6:30 p.m. - Parents & Guardians

We are asking that families bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Eden Food Bank.

Students are asked to meet their teachers in their classrooms at 6:00 p.m. Please do not reserve a seat for your school-aged child(ren) as they will have already seen the concert during the afternoon performance. A reminder to all: We recognize that parents want to take photos/video of their child(ren) for their personal memories. Do not post any videos/photos of anyone else's child(ren) on any social media site as not all students have permission to have their photos posted.

We have a limited capacity for the number of people we can have in the gym when we are using chairs. As such, we are asking parents/guardians to limit the number of guests to 2-3 per family. Except for the front row seats that will be raffled, seating will be on a first-come-first seated basis. Doors will open for seating at 6:00 p.m. Please do not bring food or drinks into the gym.

After the concert:

Thank you to the Catholic School Council. They will be providing Carnation 5-Ingredient hot chocolate for attendees in the foyer. They will also provide a vanilla Christmas Tree cookie (nut-free) that will be distributed to students in their classrooms following their performance on stage.

Coming soon through School cashonline:

Tickets for Front Row seats will be raffled as a fundraiser for Share Life. Raffle tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Successful families will be contacted and seats will be reserved for them.

St. Edith Stein Catholic School Council

We are grateful to all parents who continue to give of their time to support the school by participating as members of our Catholic School Council (CSC). Join me in thanking the the following people for agreeing to be members of St. Edith Stein's 2022-2023 Catholic School Council:

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 @ 7 p.m. This meeting will be held in-person in the library.

Raptors 905 Anti-bullying Game

On February 8, students in grades 2-8 will be going to see the Raptors 905 game at The Paramount Fine Foods Centre. Tickets are already open for purchase through school cashonline. The deadline (which cannot be extended) for purchasing tickets is December 8th. Parents and guardians wanting to volunteer to supervise are encouraged to get their Criminal Reference Checks (CRC) with the vulnerable sector check completed a.s.a.p. Permission forms will go home shortly with a space for volunteers to sign up. We will notify volunteers once volunteers have been selected. In order to be selected, your CRC must already be on file at the school. Should you need a letter to get a CRC for a volunteer please call Mrs. van Putten at the school and she will send it home with your child.

Youth Faith Ambassador Activities

Candy grams

From Monday, December 5th-Friday, December 16th students can purchase candy grams for their peers for 50 cents each. Please use school cash online to purchase your candy grams. Candy grams will be delivered the week of the 19th-22nd.

If your child is in FDK or grade one, please send a list of names of who your child has purchased their candy grams for. This way your child’s teacher can ensure your child’s friends get their candy canes. All proceeds will go to ShareLife.

Giving Tree

From Monday, December 5th-Friday, December 16th we will be collecting any new socks, hats or mitts for our Giving Tree. We are in need of both adult and children sizes. These items will be sent to our parish, St. Josephine of Bakhita to support needy families. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.
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Christmas break - Friday, December 23, 2022 - Friday, January 6, 2023 inclusive

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It's Cold and Flu Season!

Cold and flu season is here, and it is already a bad one. We want to remind parents/guardians that before heading to the emergency room, book an appointment with your family doctor or at your local COVID Cough and Cold Flu Clinic.

If you’re unsure if you need to take your child to the emergency room, you can:

o Call your primary care provider

o Call Health Connect Ontario (formerly TeleHealth) at 811 or chat online with a nurse 24/7: Health Connect Ontario | Health Connect Ontario (

o Use the online symptom checker at Sick Kids: Virtual Urgent Care | SickKids

Don’t forget to continue practicing other protective measures such as hand washing, avoiding touching your face, staying home when ill and masking for 10 days after being symptomatic to help protect your children, yourself and others from viruses that are circulating.


Visitors, please begin your visit by signing in at the office. We will contact those you have appointments with and direct you accordingly. Please sign out before you leave.

Child Safety

The Child and Family Services Act compel educators to report any issues that may compromise a child’s welfare. If a staff member suspects any issue that may affect a child’s safety, then the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) must be contacted. It is not the role of the educator to investigate. That is CAS’s role.

Allergies in the Classroom

As we begin a new school year, we would like to inform you that 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.


If your child has a medical condition, or develops one in the years after registration, please ensure that the school is aware of it by submitting the proper forms and medication as soon as possible.

Parents are responsible for ensuring that all medications and forms are updated for any student who requires medication to be administered at school. If your child requires medication, please have the necessary forms completed and return them, along with any medication, to the office as soon as possible. Please remember to check the expiry dates of all medication before bringing them to school. We are currently in the process of verifying all prevalent medical conditions for our students. Paperwork required to keep up-to-date records has been sent home to parents/guardians requiring updates. Please do your part to ensure school records are up-to-date for the safety of your child(ren) by submitting forms in a timely manner. Your continued attention to your child's health and safety is much appreciated.

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.

Click here for insurance brochure

Insure my kids information for parents/guardians.

DPCDSB French Immersion Program 2022-2023

DPCDSB currently offers the Grade 1 French Immersion Program at eight school sites. Students registered in this Grade 1 program will spend 90% of their year learning in the French language. All subjects and activities in the French Immersion classroom, except for Religion and Family Life, will be delivered in French. In Grades 2 and 3, 70% of the instruction will be in French, with the proportion of English increasing to 50% in later years. This means that after at least 3,800 hours of French instruction by the end of Grade 8, students will be able to participate adequately in French conversations and develop intercultural awareness of French-speaking communities.

Virtual information sessions for parents/guardians will be held on two different evenings based on region of interest. We ask that parents/guardians attend only one of the following online sessions:

Tuesday, December 6, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

Brampton/Mississauga Locations:

Our Lady of Providence

St Angela Merici
St Joachim
St Pio of Pietrelcina

Meeting link: Microsoft Teams Online Meeting

Thursday, December 8, 2022 @ 7:00 p.m.

Mississauga locations:

All Saints
Divine Mercy
St Elizabeth Seton
St Gregory

Meeting link: Microsoft Teams Online Meeting

Note about Microsoft Teams: For optimal access, use a computer device (desktop, laptop or Chromebook) or use the Microsoft Teams App.

Important Dates


8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - mass @ 9:30 a.m. in the gym

13- Rosary Apostolate visits classes

15 - Christmas concert @ 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

22- last day of classes before the break

23-Jan. 6 inclusive - Christmas break (return to school Jan. 9)


9 - Welcome back

10 - Rosary Apostolate Visit

19 - virtues assembly

20- BRAVE Antibullying workshops - gr 4-8

23 - PA day reporting

24 - Grad photos

30 - Catholic School Council Meeting @ 7:00p.m.


1- group/class photos

2 - First day of Term 2; staff meeting

14 - Rosary Apostolate visit; reports go home

16 - Interview night (interviews are mandatory)

17 - PA day - interviews

20 - Family Day

22 - Ash Wednesday

24- Virtues assembly

Personal Electronic Devices (P.E.D.s)

Bring Your Own Devices

Our vision of education in Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools is rooted in the gospel values of faith, hope and love. All sectors of society, including the education sector, must work to keep pace with our rapidly changing world. Our teaching and learning environments - our schools and classrooms - must continue to change and adapt to ensure that our students continue to succeed. Our students and staff are already engaged as 21st century learners, living and shaping ways of being, becoming and belonging in our world. St. Edith Stein School is a PED ready school. DPCDSB Personal Electronic Device Use form with Wi-Fi Network Student Agreement will be signed for all new registrations. It is also be available on our website for download. Please read it over and have yourself and your child sign it so that they may bring their devices to school to be used for educational purposes as directed by staff.

Personal Electronic Devices on Board Premises and/or Board Sanctioned Events for Educational Purposes:

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board acknowledges the value of the use of technology for learning. Students are permitted to register and use personal electronic devices (PEDs) on board premises and/or board sanctioned events for educational purposes, under the direction of staff and only with parent/guardian permission (GF 066, Network User Application and Agreement). Students may register their PED for the purpose of connecting to the board wireless network. Students are required to adhere to the student “Personal Electronic Device Used with WI-FI Network Student Agreement” and the “Network User Application and Agreement.” Please be advised that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will not be responsible for any cost incurred through the use of personal data plans.

PEDs are to be used responsibly and should not interfere with learning; their use must comply with the Catholic Code of Conduct, board policies and procedures. Any personal communications (i.e., phone calls, text messages, etc.) will continue to be directed through the main office. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in a loss of PED privileges and/or any other consequences deemed necessary by school administration.

The school principal may authorize limited acceptable uses of personal electronic devices during school-sanctioned activities for a specific designated purpose outside of instructional spaces and/or in common areas.

Students are responsible for the safety and security of PEDs at all times and the Board assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen devices.

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School CashOnline

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)

Recognition for Virtue Certificates & Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations

We recognize 2 students from each class each month for demonstrating the Virtues of the Month and 1 student from each class for demonstrating the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation. We thank these students for being positive role models and leaders in their classrooms.
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