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September Newsletter


Home of the Lions, 1968-2018

September 2017

Greetings to our School Community,

It is with great pleasure that this letter is written to begin another school year. A warm welcome is extended to the parents/guardians and students who are returning to St. Francis Catholic School, as well as to the many students and their families who are new to this school community. The staff has been preparing for our students, and it is with much anticipation that we have waited for the start of this school year.

A sincere thank you is extended to our custodial staff, Mr. Hookey and Ms. Beaudry for their work as they prepared the school community for the fall term. Thank you to Mrs. Neves, our school secretary, for her work in the office as we prepare for start-up.

Our new bell times:

8:45 a.m.                                  Start Time

9:55 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.          Morning Recess

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.        Lunch

1:50 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.            Afternoon Recess

3:15 p.m.                                   Dismissal


Please mark Thursday, September 14th on your calendar for our Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Please come out to meet your child’s teacher and see his/her classroom. It is our hope that many parents/guardians will take this opportunity to visit the school to meet the staff.

Our first Catholic School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 5:30 p.m. in our library. And, our Opening School Mass will take place on the Feast of St. Francis, Wednesday, October 4th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Ambrose Parish. If it rains on this day, then our Mass will be held in our school gymnasium. All are most welcome to attend.

With our school closure June 2018, we look forward to building upon what we already have in place and creating many more positive memories to celebrate our “gem” of a school community. We look forward to celebrating 50 years of St. Francis, as we prepare to amalgamate with St. Vincent de Paul School, Sept. 2018. Our Celebration of St. Francis School is scheduled for June 20th in our school gym from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; please mark this date on your calendar.

St. Francis Catholic School Staff

Mrs. Woodman                                                 Junior/Senior Kindergarten

Mrs. Morrison                                                   Junior/Senior Kindergarten

Mrs. Fernandes                                                 Designated Early Childhood Educator

Miss Henning                                                    Designated Early Childhood Educator

Ms. Fink                                                           Grade 1/2

Mrs. Correia                                                       Grade 2

Miss Wood                                                       Grade 3

Ms. Leis                                                            Grade 4

Mrs. Areias                                                         Grade 4/5

Mrs. Beamer                                                      Grade 5/6

Mrs. Giosi                                                          Grade 7

Mrs. Kroetsch                                                    Grade 8

Mlle Sliter                                                        FSL

Mrs. Johnson                                                  Planning Time

Mrs. Van Trigt                                                   Special Education

Mrs. Aquilina                                                     Educational Assistant

Mrs. Lubinski                                                   Educational Assistant

Mrs. Maw                                                            Educational Assistant

Mrs. Gouveia                                                    Lunch Hour Supervisor

Mrs. Petch                                                        Lunch Hour Supervisor

Ms. Lawrence                                                     Library Technician

Mrs. Neves                                                          Secretary

Mrs. Bumbacco Sodaro                                    Principal

Mr. Hookey                                                         Day Custodian

Ms. Beaudry                                                        Evening Custodian


Cash on Line

If you have not yet registered for “School Cash on Line” please see the flyer that was sent home on the first day of school in your child’s envelope; or visit

  • Select the “Get Started Today” option
  • Complete the 3 registration steps

Mailing List: Newswire, Electronic Office Newsletters, Tweets

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Parking Lot

The safety of the children at St. Francis Catholic School is our primary concern. When dropping off children at the front of the school, please remember that vehicles are not to remain running while parents/guardians enter the school. Please refrain from parking in the parking areas designated “no parking,” as indicated by the markings on the pavement. It is also important that the designated fire routes are clear so that emergency vehicles can respond immediately in case of an emergency. Parents/guardians are free to park at the side parking lot as spaces are available keeping in mind that vehicles cannot be blocked.

City of Cambridge Anti-Idling By-law 164-09 and School No Idling Zones

The City of Cambridge has enforced its Anti-Idling By-law whereby there is a one minute idling time limit. Enforcement staff will issue tickets within School and City Hall No Idling Zones for persons parked and idling. It is anticipated that enforcement staff will concentrate on drop off and pick up times at the schools, as these times were identified as having the highest levels of emissions. There are exemptions for engaged emergency or work vehicles, or vehicles in the process of using a lift for persons with wheelchairs or other mobility assist devices. The by-law defines the School No Idling Zone as the property and parking lots as well as the adjacent streets to the school parcels. If you have any questions, please contact the school and/or the city of Cambridge.

Health Forms

If your child has a severe allergy or health concern, please visit the office to ensure that the necessary medical forms are completed. To ensure that we have up to date information on all of our students who have severe allergies or medical concerns, parents/guardians are asked to visit the school office this week to complete the necessary forms. If you have completed a form last year, and your child continues to have an allergy or health concern, we ask that you complete the necessary forms again for our 2017-2018 school year.

Due to allergies and asthma, it would be most appreciated if perfume scented aerosols not be used at school. As well, a reminder that we have several individuals within our school who have a peanut allergy, therefore, please do not send any foods that contain nut products to school. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Student Agendas

Students in Grades 1-8 receive an agenda and the student portion cost is $4.00 to be paid through Cash on Line. Parents/guardians are asked to review the 8 pages at the beginning of the agenda regarding our school procedures and board policies, and to sign the agenda to acknowledge the content has been read and discussed at home.

Safe Schools Team

As part of our Safe Schools Team, our goal as a school community is to continue to track the behaviour at recess and in the classroom, so to work collaboratively with parents/guardians and students to address the reason for the behaviour and supports that may be required to de-escalate the behaviour. To track the behavior, all staff has Green Slips to record incidences that are then forwarded to classroom teachers. When a Green Slip is given, this information is communicated to the parent/guardian via a label in the agenda book. The following chart indicates the common consequence for students if 1 to 3 Greens Slips are received for the same student. Please note that every month, the Green Slips start anew.


Green Slip


Common Consequence
#1 Walk with Staff at AM Recess
#2 Walk with Staff at AM and PM Recess; Office Detention
#3 Parent Meeting with Classroom Teacher, Principal, Student

Behaviour Supportive Interventions: nature of misconduct, seriousness, frequency will determine consequence

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 September, the focus of the month is being a responsible Christian in the classroom and on the school yard. When students display this quality, they demonstrate their ability to be responsible for what they say, what they do, and what they have. These are the look fors/expectations the staff will be looking for when recognizing the student of the month for September.

As we begin this school year, our last year together at St. Francis, we look forward to working together with our school community. Together, let’s CARE more than others think necessary. TRUST more than others think wise. SERVE more than others think practical. In doing so, with God’s blessings, our most precious gifts, our children, will grow to be the best they can be.

Sincerely, RomaLee Bumbacco Sodaro, Principal