Welcome back Suns! We extend a special welcome to the families and students who are new to our school community and a welcome back to those who are returning. As always at Saint John Paul II Catholic School, our staff will strive to continue to work collaboratively with you and continue to develop our students spiritually, academically, socially, physically and emotionally.
Each school year start-up brings some unexpected changes in terms of enrollment. As a result of families moving out of our school community or registering at our school over the summer, we appreciate your patience during the first week of the school year.

Safe Arrival Program
A reminder to please phone in your child’s absence or lateness: (519) 742-7378.
Our answering machine is on 24 hours a day!

Follow us on Twitter! @SJPsuns to share good news items and highlight student life at our school. Tweets will come out often! Stay in the know!
Please join our Newswire mailing list by signing up on our Website! Visit https://sjp.wcdsb.ca/ and scroll to the Newswire link at the bottom of the home page.

School Cash Online
Have you registered for School Cash Online? Saint John Paul II accepts all payments online for agendas, field trips, extra curriculars, etc. Please visit https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com to register your child.

Thank you again to our Catholic School Council for covering the majority of the cost of the agendas again this year. We will be asking that each student from Grade 1-8 brings $6.00 to help cover the cost. This can be done through School Cash Online. In the agenda you will find information about our school. Please make sure that you read this information with your child, and sign page eight. These agendas are important learning tools for your son/daughter and serve as a means of communication between you and your child’s teacher. Please check them regularly with your children. Over the next couple of days teachers will also provide guidelines for their use in the classroom. We appreciate your patience as we experienced a delay in receiving the junior and intermediate agendas from the supplier.

Open House Meet the Teacher, Book Fair and Food Truck Rally
Mark your calendars and join us for our Open House/Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 11th. After visiting your child’s classroom be sure to visit our annual Book Fair in the library. Students will have an opportunity to preview and shop at scheduled times with their class.  Thank you for supporting our Learning Commons! Food trucks will be here too for you to purchase dinner, a snack or dessert. There will be a volunteer sign-up sheet at our School Council table – if you are interested in helping – there is no obligation to being on this list, you just receive first-hand information of School Council events and you can pick and choose according to your schedule.

Say Cheese!
Picture Day is Tuesday September 11. Lifetouch will be at our school to take individual photos of students and class photos. Visit ‘My LifeTouch’ and use Picture Day ID: QX108325Q0 when prompted to begin your order.

Important Forms
We ask you to complete the forms you received in the Sneak Peak package and return them to the classroom teacher September 14. Please examine the Student Information Verification Form very carefully and make any necessary changes, so that we can be sure we have the most current and accurate records on hand. This information can be invaluable to the school if an emergency arises. If changes occur during the school year, please inform the office and the classroom teacher immediately.

Looking Forward to Important Dates:
September 3 – Labour Day
September 4 – First Day of School
September 4 – Scheduled JK visits
September 5 – All SK’s attend today
September 11 – Picture Day
5-7pm Open House Meet the Teacher, Book Fair and Food Truck Rally
September 17 – Grade 8 Parent Night 5:30-7:00 in the gym
September 18 – First School Council Meeting 6:30pm in the library
September 21 – PD Day – No School for Students
September 24 – Thanksgiving Food Drive begins
September 28 – Terry Fox Walk

Thanksgiving Food Drive
As the season of Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, we are reminded of all the blessings God has given to us. We are also reminded of the many that struggle to provide for their families. We are asking for your generosity and your giving spirit in helping us share what we have with others in the community. From September 24th until October 10th we will be having a non-perishable food drive by collecting food for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you in advance for helping us with this initiative!
Mrs. Richter, Mrs. Saltarelli, Mrs. Crowley and Mrs. Lehmann

Terry Fox Walk
Our annual Terry Fox Walk to support Cancer research will be on Friday September 28th. When Terry dipped his leg in the Atlantic Ocean on April 12, 1980, he could never have imagined that more than 4,300 schools in Ontario would make his cause their own every September and drive Cancer research forward with a determination that matched his own.
With the generous support of our school community, Saint John Paul II has raised $14,438.89 to date! To simply the donation process, we are accepting donations through School Cash Online. Thank you in advance for your continued support! Your Terry Fox Team, Mrs. Gaspar, Mrs. Savarin and Mrs. Huehn

Safe Pick up and Drop Off Areas / School Parking Lot
Please pay close attention to the signage on the streets when you are dropping off and picking up your children. There is no stopping and no drop off/pick up in front of the school. For your safety, please make sure that you and your children are crossing the street with the crossing guard in front of the school. We have been encouraging your children to do this but we need your help to be a role model.
The school parking lot is for staff parking only. The driveway in front of the should not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point for safety reasons. Only parents of children in OWL Daycare should be accessing this driveway and parking spots and should have an OWL Parking Pass visible in their vehicle.

Bussing Information
If you are a parent of a bused student and have questions about pick up and drop off times, check your child’s busing details on the transportation website www.stswr.ca. You will need your child’s OEN # to access their information which you can obtain off their report card. Busing routes and times can change depending on new students being added or new areas on the bus route. Please do not assume that your child’s bus information will remain the same as the previous school year.

Medication at School
If you will require your child to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (e.g., Tylenol, Advil, etc.), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office, our board website 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

We have several students and staff attending Saint John Paul II School with a severe allergy that can cause an anaphylactic reaction. All of us need to do what we can to provide these members of our community with a safe learning and working environment. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we respectfully ask that you do not send food products that contain peanuts, peanut butter or nut products, remembering to check ingredients carefully. WOW butter and other peanut substitutes are also not permitted. Other allergies will be dealt with on an “as needed” basis.

Nurturing a Catholic Community
Saint John Paul Catholic School is blessed to have the support of Father Allen, Seminarian Patrick, and Pastoral Ministers Bernadette and Sarah, and the St. Anthony Daniel Parish staff. The parish team is excited to see staff and students again as the school year begins. Fall is a great time for connecting with the parish as so many ministries and events start up in the weeks ahead. Please take time to browse the parish website https://stanthonydaniel.ca/. Throughout the year, we will keep you informed of our Masses and celebrations. We look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate our Catholic faith traditions.

WCDSB Concussion Policy
Recent Research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child’s cognitive and physical abilities. Parent and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students and staff prevent, recognize and respond to concussions. We will continue to inform parents immediately if your child has experienced a head injury.

Fire Drills, Lock downs and Tornado Procedures
For each school year it is mandatory that schools carry out multiple Fire Drill Evacuations, a tornado drill and a lockdown drill prior to the end of December. Students must wear their inside shoes at all times.

Playground Structure Use and the Extended Day Program
We offer the Extended Day Program at school from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. At times, the creative playground is used by the students enrolled in the program for physical activity and games. As such, the creative playground will be off limits for students not enrolled in the program from until 6:00 pm. Parents and students who are not in the program are welcomed to use the creative playground after 6:00 pm only. Thank you for your cooperation.

Visitors in the School
Parents/Guardians are asked to help make our school a safe one by remembering our safe school dismissal guidelines. The Board policy is that all visitors to a school must sign in at the main office. This policy is designed to protect children from coming in contact with a stranger. If you are coming to school during the day to meet your child(ren), please go directly to the office to sign in. If you have something that you need to get to your child throughout the day, please come to the office and we can get items delivered to them. Your understanding is much appreciated.

Parents and Pets on the Yard
Adults on the school yard can pose a great safety risk. We are asking for your continued help and support by dropping your children off in the morning and letting them find their friends on the yard. We would ask that parents then wait, if you feel you must, behind the yellow lines near the parking lot and sidewalk. We need parents to stay away from the playground equipment. Please do not bring dogs onto the schoolyard. Your understanding and cooperation are most appreciated.

Suspected Child Abuse
The Child and Family Services Act requires by law that “members of the public” including professionals who work with children have an obligation to report promptly to the CAS if they suspect that a child may need protection. It is the role of the CAS to investigate such reports. Should a report be made to the CAS, please know that we are complying with the law in the child’s best interest.

School Closures or Evacuation
If the school should close due to some other emergency, i.e. power, heat or water failure, a phone relay system will be in place. Once you have been contacted regarding the closure time we will then follow the directions given by you regarding inclement weather. If immediate evacuation of the school is required, the students will evacuate to Chicopee Hills Public School on Lackner Boulevard.

Communication Guidelines for Parents/Guardians
At Saint John Paul II Catholic School, we encourage a cooperative, constructive and respectful approach in resolving concerns with students and adults.

Waterloo Catholic District School Board Policy:
Step One:
– Speak to the teacher, issue resolved.

Step Two: (if not resolved)
– Speak to the principal
– If you have not spoken to the teacher, the principal will ask you to do so.
– The principal will involve the teacher in the discussions.
– The principal may request, at any time in the process, that you put your concerns in writing.
– The principal may involve, at any time in the process, others who may be helpful in resolving the concern; supports from the school board, employee group representatives, the local parish, and community agencies.

The role of Trustee: You may contact the trustee at any time. The trustee will direct you to follow the process outlined above.

The role of Catholic School Council: Catholic School Councils were established to advise the principal on matters such as the school curriculum and the school code of behaviour. Catholic School Council meetings are not forums to discuss individual parent-teacher issues. If these matters are brought to any school council member or any school council meeting, the concern is to be referred immediately to the principal.

Council Corner
The purpose of the School Council is to improve students’ achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. School Council also contributes to the fundraising efforts in the school and helps to organize volunteers for various events and activities. Ultimately, we support and encourage ways to enhance the educational experience of our students. This is a great way to strengthen the partnership between home and school. Each meeting includes updates and a discussion of issues or concerns that have arisen over the previous month. There is also a report from the principal and vice-principal.

In the usual course, meetings fall on the first Tuesday of the month (except September) at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  All parents are welcome.  All parents are encouraged to come out and get involved with our vibrant school community at our first meeting on September 18 at 6:30pm. You can contact Dawn Shuh, School Council Chair (dshuh@millerthomson.com), Stephanie Sawyer, School Council Vice-Chair (stephaniesawyer@hotmail.com) or Rodney Eckert, Principal (Rodney.Eckert@wcdsb.ca).

The personal advantages of becoming a school council member include:

  • contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement;
  • being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued;
  • having a mechanism through which to express opinions;
  • being kept informed about what is happening at the school, the board and at the provincial level of education.

Parental involvement in a child’s education has been shown to have a significant effect on his/her achievement.

school council   =    parents helping students

Extended Day Program
Saint John Paul II is offering the Extended Day Program again for the 2018-2019 school year. To register visit www.wcdsb.ca and follow the Extended Day Program link to 2017-18 Registration.

Extended Day Programs…
– Are led by knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators
– Operate from 7:00am to school starting bell time and school ending bell time to 6:00pm.
– Are offered at your child’s school providing convenient, consistent programming for parents and children
– Allow for full time schedules or part-time schedules that follow a weekly recurring set of days
– Are available for an affordable fee offering a variety of payment methods, including most major credit cards
– Are eligible for Region of Waterloo child care subsidy
– Have ongoing registration throughout the school year

Would you like to know more about WCDSB Extended Day Programs?
Email extended.day@wcdsb.ca or call 519-578-3660

If you have any questions about any items listed,
please contact the main office at 519-742-7378.