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November News

May we daily live the peace we pray and hope for in our world.”

As the first term continues to move along, it is quite apparent that St. Francis Catholic School is a dynamic place to be. Students are actively engaged in their learning, and model the Image of Jesus through their interactions with one another in the classroom and out on the yard. Students most definitely demonstrate their gift of self to each other, as was evident in their generous contributions to our Terry Fox Campaign this year ($2161.50). Congratulations are extended to Dwayne who earned the Terry Fox t-shirt for bringing in the highest amount of pledges.

Our school wide Remembrance Day Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10th at 10:30 a.m. in the gym. All are most welcome to join us.

For this school year, Officer Mike Douglas will be on site once a month to visit classrooms. He will spend time in the classrooms working with the classroom teacher. This is a great way to help promote a positive connection with youth while in the schools. We welcome Officer Mike to our St. Francis Community.

As we celebrate the month of November, let us remember the individuals who have died in war, and for the families who suffer the loss of their loved ones. Let us also remember in our prayers, our own family members and friends who have gone before us, and ask all those in heaven to pray for us.

Peace be with you, R. Bumbacco Sodaro, Principal

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St. Francis Drawstring Bags

We have drawstring bags with our St. Francis Logo for purchase via Cash on Line. They are available in black and pink and the cost is $10.00.

Candies for Canadian Food for Children

As a way of sharing our good fortune with others in need, we will be collecting candy from Halloween to donate to children in developing countries. When a child has been starving he/she often may lose the desire to eat even when food is presented. The sweet flavour of a candy can entice these starving children to eat again. Canadian Food for Children sends these candies over to children in many countries. The candies need to be hard (like suckers) and individually wrapped. (Chocolate and gum will melt on the trip overseas.) Students are asked to consider donating some items from their Halloween treats. Donations will be accepted at school until Nov. 10th. There will be a white pail in each of the classrooms for collection.

Professional Activity Day

Friday, November 17th is a PA Day. There will be no classes for students on this day. Staff will be involved in professional development activities.

Progress Reports: Grades JK/SK to 8

Progress Reports are being distributed on Tuesday, November 7th, and this is the home copy. Kindly ensure that the envelope is returned to your child’s classroom teacher. Parents/guardians are asked to sign the original copy of the progress report at the interview.

Parent/Teacher Interviews: Grades 1 to 8

Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 3:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interview time assigned for each student in Grade 1 to 8 is sent home with the progress report to the youngest child. Please contact the office or your child(ren)’s classroom teacher, if you are unsure of the interview time assigned. Please note that interviews are welcome at anytime throughout the school year to discuss progress, next steps and celebrate student achievement. Interviews for JK/SK students will be held on a different date to which information will be communicated by the Early Years Team.

Catholic School Council

St. Francis Catholic School Council will continue to provide excellent support to meet the needs of our students, and indeed the entire school community. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 15th at 5:30 p.m. All are most welcome to attend.

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Thank you for your support of our Cookie Dough Fundraiser. The last day for ordering cookie dough on line is November 16th. Delivery of the cookie dough orders is scheduled for Dec. 6th.

Special Lunch Days

LunchBox Orders are on Wednesday’s featuring local restaurants (, and Domino’s Pizza is offered on Monday and Friday’s. Please be careful of the deadlines for placing orders via Cash on Line.

Safety of Our Students

On occasion, your child(ren) may indicate that a “Lockdown Practice” or a “Tornado Drill” was called at school. Please be assured that the safety of all students is paramount, therefore, we have these practices/drills, similar to a “Fire Drill” to ensure that as a school community we can respond quickly. Please feel free to contact the school office if you have any questions. We will continue to practise with our students throughout the year. Again, we have these practices so to ensure the safety of 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.

 Safety of All ~ Peanut Butter and Substitutes

We have some students in our school who have an allergy to peanut butter. There is a product on the market, “School Safe Soy Butter Spread” that is available to consumers. There may be other similar products on the market as well. Should such a product be brought to school that looks, smells and tastes like real peanut butter (but isn’t real peanut butter), it places staff in a position of having to decide definitively if the product is or isn’t real peanut butter. Board members are not qualified food experts. Therefore, as directed by the board, all peanut butter substitutes are to be treated in the same manner as real peanut butter. Please do not send these items


A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused from a fall or blow to the body. It is extremely important to seek medical attention if signs or symptoms of a concussion are present: ringing in ears, headache, fatigue, irritability, vision imbalance, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, nausea, vomiting. For more information on concussion and injury prevention, please visit,

If a student happens to get a bump, blow or jolt to the head at school, a phone call will be made to parents/guardians to determine one of the response options:

  • Come to the school and assess student
  • Pick up student
  • Provide permission for student to remain at school

A copy of the Symptoms/Sign form and Parent Handout will be sent home to all students if there is a bump, blow or jolt to the head while at school.

Visitors and Volunteers

Parents/guardians who wish to speak with a staff member during the day, including before school begins in the morning, are asked to wait until the office has notified the staff member. We respectfully ask that you please do not go directly to the classroom.

Similarly, parents/guardians are asked to not go onto the school yard while students are outside. Students and staff may not know you; for the safety of all, please check in at the office.

Throughout the day, schools often have many volunteers/visitors who enter the school. The Board policy is that all volunteers/visitors to a school must sign in at the main office when they arrive, and sign out when they leave the school building. A name tag is also to be worn so that school personnel and students can identify the volunteer/visitor as someone who is “safe”. This policy is designed to protect children from coming into contact with a stranger, and your understanding is most appreciated.


Please note that no electronics are to be brought to school (iPod’s, mp3 players, gaming systems, etc.). Cellular phones are not permitted to be used at school during any school time, including recesses. If students require cellular phones specifically for safety reasons, to and from school, the students must be sure that the cellular phones are placed in a safe location and turned off.

Electronics that are found at school will be removed from the student, and forwarded to the office. The items will be returned to the student after a parent/guardian has been notified. A parent/guardian will be asked to come to the office to pick up the items, as these items will not be returned directly to the student.

There will be opportunity for students to bring personal devices such as laptops, Ipods, and tablets to class for instructional purposes (ie. research) under the direction of staff who have assigned the work. These devices are for classroom use only. Students are required to complete the form, “Students Acceptable Use of Outside Technology Equipment/Student Personal Electronic Device Consent Form” which is kept on file for the school year. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged personal devices.

 Digital Images

Our students and staff enjoy opportunities to share some of their activities with parents/guardians, and the school community through teams, clubs, and special events. Many of these are “memory making” for families and as such photographs are often taken. We ask that families exercise their discretion when taking photographs or videos at school events and consider the privacy of other students who may also be present in those pictures. We would appreciate if families not upload images of students other than their own to the Internet (e.g. YouTube; Facebook). Your cooperation is appreciated.

Safe Schools Team ~ Virtue of the Month  

As part of our St. Francis school community, each month there is a “quality/descriptor” that is a focus and fostered throughout the school. For November, the focus of the month is making good choices in the classroom and on the school yard. When students display this quality, they demonstrate the ability to think through the consequences of their choices; make choices that are positive, selfless, consider the feelings of others and follow the rules/procedures. These are the look fors/expectations the staff will be looking for when recognizing the student of the month for November.

 Nutrition Bits

A chocolate covered granola bar with marshmallows and chocolate chips is more like a chocolate bar. If you’re buying granola bars to boost your child’s nutrition, look for this information on the Nutrition Facts panel:

 Serving size (or per 1 bar): 30-40 grams

Fat: 5 grams or less; Trans fat: 0 g; Fibre: 2 g or more; Sugars: 8-12 grams (some bars have fruit so their sugar content will be higher.)

If you can’t find a granola bar that is similar to these criteria in the cereal section of the grocery store, try the health food section …you are able to get some other products to choose from in the same price point.