First Week Success!
Our Dragon Community had an AWESOME first week of school. A huge Thank You goes out to our fantastic teachers who made this memorable start possible and to our students for coming to school excited for school and ready to learn. We’re already making great memories. We cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for us! Way to go Dragons! Check out our first day back on CTV news.
Just a reminder that all Kindergarten students will be in class on Monday as our regular schedule begins. It was great seeing all of our new Year 1 students come in last week with their parents and joining their Year 2 friends. What an exciting time for our newest Dragons!
For the safety of our students the gates in the parking lot will be closed at 9:05 am to limit traffic movement while students are coming to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
Remembering Tania Yonan
As many of you know Tania Yonan a grade eight student last year died tragically in a
boating accident over the summer. We are hosting a liturgy to celebrate her life on September 17th at 4:15 pm. Due to public health restrictions we can only accommodate 50 people so we will be broadcasting virtually on Google Meets. You will need to be logged onto your child’s account if you wish to join us. Here’s the link: meet.google.com/xcj-hwhv-tvj
Bring your Own Device:
We are encouraging students in all grades to bring their own Chromebooks, Laptops, and devices to supplement their learning. We will be leveraging digital tools in all classrooms to help students be better prepared for distance learning if that becomes a reality and to minimize use of manipulatives that are handled by students. As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. WCDSB families have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.
Devices for Families in Need: Free learning device/computer offerings for low income families:
Visit our web site to learn more about the programs and devices that are available for purchase through STAPLES and Dell.
Orange Shirt Day
Just so you can prepare. St. Dominic’s will be celebrating Orange Shirt Day on September 3
0th. Orange shirt day’s purpose is to recognize the legacy of the Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students. Let’s turn the Dragon’s Den ORANGE!
Nutrition For Learning
St. Dominic School is very fortunate to be able to offer the Nutrition for Learning program again this year. Nutrition for Learning provides our school with healthy snacks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The program will begin the week of September 21st, so please be sure to pack your child enough snacks until we start receiving our food. Soon you will see the Nutrition for Learning Toonie Postcards coming home with your child. Please consider taping a toonie to the postcard to help fund our schools program. We appreciate all of your support!
It is our goal to continue to provide a warm, welcoming and safe learning environment for all. The entire school community will be participating in various safety drills this upcoming week including both fire and lockdown drills. Please continue to talk to your children about the importance of safety in a school environment. We take a lot of pride to ensure that we offer a safe environment and will continue to support students through this lens. Our first drills will take place on Tuesday, Sept 10th. Ask your child(ren) how they went!
Parent Drop Off and Pick Up
Thank you parents for helping this past week with drop-off and pick-up during this new norm. Moving forward we would like you to say goodbye to your children along the fence line of the kiss and drop and staff parking lot, or along the community pathway. Thank you to our parent community for keeping our Kiss and Drop area a safe place for student pick-up and drop off. Please have your child(ren) arrive at the school after supervision begins in the morning (9 am). The safety of your child(ren) is our main concern.
Lunch Drop off
We are asking parents not to drop off lunches at the school as we try to limit the number of community members in our facilities. Only in extenuating circumstances will this be allowed. Safety is our number one priority.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer pizza lunches at this point due to public health restrictions.
ALLERGIES, MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL ALERT
If your child has an allergic reaction to any food or insect, please contact the main office and ask for an Administration of Medication: Epipen form. We ask that all children who require Epipens carry them on their persons (not in their backpacks) at all times. In addition, we ask that all children bring a spare Epipen to school in the event of an anaphylactic reaction and a second dose is required.
If your child has an illness, a medical condition or a physical disability that may require monitoring/awareness/a special response in an emergency, you are asked to contact the main office. We will send a Medical Alert form home. We will also request a meeting to develop a protocol for your child while at school or at a school related event.
According to Board policy, school staff or volunteers should not be involved with the administration of medication. However, the Board recognizes that on occasions, schools will need to be responsible for students who are receiving medication, or who under certain circumstances may require an emergency re
sponse to a severe allergic reaction. If your child requires such medication, please contact the main office and ask
for an Administration of Oral Medication form. This form MUST be completed before any medication may be administered!
Dates to Remember
Tuesday September 15- Fire Safety Drills
Wednesday September 30 – Orange Shirt Day
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