Happy Spring to our St. Francis Catholic School Community.
Congratulations to our Grade 7 students who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, April 15th and to our Grade 2 students who will receive the sacrament of First Communion on Sunday, April 22nd at St. Ambrose Parish. We wish our Grade 7 and Grade 2 students many blessings, as they continue to journey in life and strengthen their faith.
Jesus, our friend and Saviour, rose from the dead on that first Easter and forever changed the world for us. We rejoice in the new life that Jesus brings to us. His resurrection gives us hope. At Easter time, we are invited to reaffirm our belief and resurrection. You are invited to join us as we celebrate our Easter Mass on April 11th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Parish. Please note that if it rains on this day, the Mass will be held in our school gym.
During the week of April 9th, please visit our Board Website at www.wcdsb.ca to check out St. Francis School as one of the featured schools. We have a lot to celebrate: a school community actively engaged in learning, growing in resiliency and displaying a growth mindset while modelling the Image of Jesus through words and actions.
We wish Mrs. Neves a Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 25th and thank her for all her work and commitment to St. Francis. We appreciate all that she willingly and generously does for us.
As we continue to grow as a Catholic School Community, let us continue to live as Christ lived. To spread the kingdom as Jesus did is to live with compassion for others.
PA Day: Friday, April 13
Friday, April 13th is a PA Day. There will not be any classes for students on this day. Staff will be engaged in Professional Development Activities.
Catholic School Council
Our next council meeting is on April 18th at 5:30 p.m. in the library.
Families are reminded to please return the blue T-shirt form to indicate your child’s size. There is no cost for its purchase.
Moving from the Area for September
If you are planning to move from the area, and have not yet informed the school office nor completed the green form that went home, please do so as soon as possible. Your prompt attention to this form would be most appreciated.
Please note that St. Francis students do not have to register at St. Vincent School. The information from our students will be forwarded to the new school. Information as to the start time on Sept. 4th at the new location on Faial Road will be communicated at the end of the school year.
- Family Math Night and BBQ, May 10th
- School Closure Celebration, June 20th
- Final School Mass, June 22nd
Safety ~ What Children Should Know to Stay Safe
On occasion there are reports to schools and to the police of people who approach children on their way to and from school. It is important that we take some proactive steps to educate our children on how to deal with these situations. As a school staff, we do discuss “street proofing,” however, we know that these discussions also need to take place at home. Below is some information to consider when talking to your son/daughter:
- Walk to and from school with a friend.
- Walk in well-lit areas and never take shortcuts.
- Make sure parents/guardians know where you are and what time to expect you home.
- If you are home alone, never open the door to a stranger or tell someone on the phone you are alone.
- Never go into the home of someone you don’t know.
- Never approach someone in a vehicle you don’t know.
- If you feel scared or uncomfortable, get away as fast as you can, and tell a trusted adult. Go to a neighbour you know, a friend or a Block Parent.
Safety ~ Facebook Tips
A speaker at seminars, Chris Vollum, became a Facebook expert when his Grade 8 daughter asked to set up a Facebook account because “everyone else had one.” Mr. Vollum set up his own profile and tested all the privacy settings before he gave his daughter permission to set up her own profile. These are some of his top privacy tips:
- The Facebook experience begins with “Adding a Friend.” Before Adding a Facebook Friend, ask yourself: “Would I trust this person to the level that I’d leave them alone in my home with mine and my family’s most valuable possessions and information?” If they don’t pass the Trust test, don’t add them.
- Any online profile created, on any site, should reflect respect, and act as “Your Best Foot Forward.” Facebook is about choices. The choices made reflect who you are, what you think about in the world, and what you value, as does the quality of your Friends’ List.
- Facebook archives all information you add to your profile. Never add telephone numbers or your home address to your profile. Also, every word you add into the “Edit Your Profile” section turns into searchable keywords throughout Facebook. While many people value the ability to be searchable on Facebook (people wishing to find old friends, networking) as a rule, less information is always safer.
- Don’t post any pictures that are embarrassing that could lead to you, or others, being cyber-bullied. Photos can be copied and stored by another person and used in another venue, when you least expect it. Also, consider whether to “tag” your Friends in any photos, as depending on their Privacy Settings, that photo will be sent out to their Friends’ News Feeds – and beyond. Ask their permission to tag.
Safe Schools Team ~ Virtue of the Month
For April, the focus of the month is “Respect Yourself and Others in the School Community.” When students display this quality, they treat others how they want to be treated; take care of their own things and things that belong to others; speak politely and kindly to others including peers, staff, volunteers and visitors to the school. These are the look-fors the staff will be observing when recognizing the student of the month for April.
Safe Schools Team ~ Good Deeds
As part of our Good Deeds Initiative, every time a student receives a Good Deed Coupon, he/she also receives a pompon to drop into our showcase that is in the hallway on the way to the gym. Once the pompoms reach different increments, we will celebrate together as a whole school community. We have already had our Pizza and Popcorn Day in December, and are looking forward to a possible trip to the Movies.
Photographs and Digital Memories
Parents/guardians are asked to be mindful when taking photos and/or videos of their children during school related events (ie. assemblies). As we are part of the digital age, we ask that photos and/or video clips not be posted on the internet (You Tube, Instagram) out of respect and privacy of other families within our school community.
Medication at School
If you will require your child(ren) to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you require an “Administration of Oral Medication Form” for your child(ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication. The medication is to be kept in the office cabinet, and must be administered by one of the staff.
Nutrition Bits ~ Applesauce as a Snack
Pack applesauce in individual containers for the lunch box. Individual containers can be frozen and popped in the lunch bag the night before. Don’t forget to pack a spoon. Stir in cinnamon for a flavour boost. Freeze in ½ or 1 cup portions; keep on hand for baking apple muffins and breads.