Welcome to the 2017-2018 School year!
A warm welcome to those families with children beginning school for the first time, those new to our school and those who are returning. I trust that the summer has given you time for relaxation and renewal. I look forward to a wonderful year with many opportunities for learning and growing and I hope you will feel comfortable and involved with your child’s learning throughout the year. May God bless all of us who work, pray and learn together with new friendships, successful learning, good health and happiness.
A few important notes for this school year:
Calendar of Events: If you want to be aware of important school-wide dates, please check the calendar on the website. You can also add the calendar to your phone by using the following link:
Safe Arrival: A reminder to please phone in your child’s absence or lateness at (519) 622-6100. Our answering service is available 24 hours a day. Messages are picked up between 8:10-4:10.
Student Transportation: Check the STUDENT TRANSPORTATION website at www.stswr.ca (you can subscribe right on their website and receive emails directly!) OR check the board’s website at www.wcdsb.ca and click on Delays/Cancellations.
School Forms: The first weeks of school are hectic! We as a school need to send home many pieces of literature for parents to read. Some paperwork NEEDS to be filled out and returned to school. We ask that you please pay close attention to this request and be prompt in collecting the required information and return it to school as soon as possible. We need to have current information on each student, so that it will facilitate matters in keeping the lines of communication open between school and home and when trying to contact parents in cases of emergency.
Student Absences: It is very important that we know where your children are for their safety. If your child is going to be absent or late, please call the office at 519-622-6100 and leave a message. If we have NOT heard from you, we WILL call you at home and/or at work. If we are unable to locate anyone in regards to your child’s whereabouts, our next step may be to phone the police.
Dogs on School Property: Dogs are not permitted on school property. If you need to bring your dog to pick up or drop off a child please ensure you do this OFF school property. Please consider the safety of our children and ensure that dogs are always on leashes and kept under control.
Bikes and Scooters: If your children are bringing their bikes to school, they MUST have and use their BIKE HELMET and a LOCK to ensure their safety. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen bicycles/scooters. Bicycles and scooters MUST be walked on school property. A scooter rack is being installed, shortly after our portable is installed.
Volunteers in the School: We welcome and encourage volunteers in our school. As a Catholic school system, we value the additional expertise and the positive school/community partnerships fostered by volunteers. Our school requires a police record check every year for regular volunteers. See the office for a letter to assist with the cost.
School Agendas: All students from Grades 1-8 have received a student agenda. The cost of the agendas are $6.00 per agenda. The student agenda enables the student to learn valuable organizational skills and it is often used as an important communication tool between parents and teachers. It also contains our School Handbook, Dress Code, Code of Conduct and other important information. Please review the school handbook pages at the front of your child’s student agenda so that we can work together to promote a positive and safe environment for all.
Picking up students early: If you are picking up your child early from school, please ensure there is a note in your child’s agenda. You can meet your child in the office area. Adults picking up children MUST sign them out of the office.
Safe and secure schools: To ensure the safety and well being of all students, visitors, parents, guardians and others MUST report to the main office and obtain a VISITOR’S badge. A pass can be obtained by signing in at the office. Remember, parents, visitors, etc. are NOT permitted to be on the school yard during recess and lunch breaks. Please report to the office.
Peanut and nut free environment: We have students and staff who suffer from anaphylaxis. We ask that you DO NOT send any food items that contain peanuts or nut products to school OR any peanut butter substitute. While there are products that look like peanut butter, smell and taste like peanut butter but are not made of peanuts or nuts, we ask that you DO NOT send these products to school. We are not able to differentiate between real and “fake” peanut butter.
Yard Supervision: Our yard supervision starts at 8:35. Please have your children arrive at the school AFTER 8:35 am.
Parking Lot Safety: All parking spaces on school property are reserved for staff of St. Margaret CES, the WCDSB and the YWCA Daycare only, at any given time of the day. From 8:35-8:50 and from 3:20-3:35 daily, parking lot gates will be closed and there will be no vehicular traffic on school property. Students who are not eligible for bussing are deemed to be within walking distance of the school and are encouraged to walk. If parents/guardians choose to drive their child(ren) to and/or from school, they MUST find parking along one of the neighbourhood streets for student drop-off and pick-up. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in keeping our students safe.
School Council Meeting – Sept 25, 2017: We are looking for new members to support our Council. Please join us and learn more about our school and community! A letter and nomination form was included in your child’s first day package. Our first meeting will be Monday, Sept 25 at 6:15 pm.
St. Margaret Open House: Please join us on Wed, Sept 13, 2017 for our Open House. Parents/guardians and students are invited to visit their classrooms from 5:00-6:30 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and to connect with other wonderful community members. There will also be a computer set up at the front of the school so that parents can sign up for Newswire and Cash Online. Spirit Wear samples and orders will also be available.
School Updates and Reminders: Sign up for Newswire at our school website: https://stmargaret.wcdsb.ca/. Signing up is easy. Enter your email and you will receive a confirmation that you are connected. Any updates will be sent straight to your email.
Register for School Cash Online: https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. There are many updates, permission forms and opportunities for you to pay online securely with a credit card or an e-cheque.
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