Good day SUNS Families and Friends,

Congratulations to our Grade 3 students who celebrated their First Communion today!  Due to the pandemic, our former Grade 2 students now Grade 3 students finally celebrated their special sacrament today!

Thank you for the generosity of our families when giving to our Terry Fox Walk this year as we adapted to our new circumstances.  With your help, we raised over $1,600 for the Terry Fox Foundation! 

Just a reminder to please continue completing the COVID-19 Self Assessment before leaving the house in the morning and ensure the office has the most current contact information for your family.  Public Health will be updating the self-assessment which will make it easier for families.  Please continue having daily conversations with your child(ren) about safety such as mask-wearing, hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Please read all the items shared today as some are very important: Covid-19 Parent/Caregiver information, immunization information, bus information.  

Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!

#We’re in this together 


Monday, October 5

  • World Teachers’ Day! Thank you to all our wonderful educators!

Tuesday, October 6

  • Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 7

  • International Walk to School Day – Many iWalk events take place today to celebrate walking together. This day reminds us that all kinds of people all over the world walk to school in all kinds of environments.
  • Rowan’s Law DayRowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety.

Thursday, October 8

  • Practice physical distancing

Friday, October 9

  • Professional Development Day for Staff – no school for students

 


COVID-19 Parent and Caregiver Information (Updated and shared this week)

 My child was sent home from school with COVID symptoms / My child has COVID symptoms. Now what?

  • Your child should self-isolate at home and get tested.
  • Click here for information about the assessment centres. Your child should continue to self-isolate while awaiting their test results.
  • Household contacts do not need to be tested unless they also have symptoms.
  • The guidance for when your child can return to school and what other household members are required to do while awaiting the test results will depend on if your symptomatic child had a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or have travelled in the past 14 days. See the guidance below for further direction.

Guidance for symptomatic children with known exposure or recent travel

  • If your child has a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days your child and all other household members are required to self-isolate while waiting for the test results.
    • Negative Test Result: Despite the negative test result, if there is a reason requiring continued isolation (travel or close contact with a confirmed case) your child must self-isolate for 14 days from their last exposure. Household members can return to school or work and should self-monitor as long as they themselves did not travel or have close contact with a confirmed case requiring continued self-isolation.
    • Positive Test Result: If the child’s test result is positive, their return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health. Self-isolate while awaiting direction from public health.
  • If the child is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has a known exposure, the child and all household members must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset or from their last exposure, whichever is longest.

Guidance for symptomatic children with no known exposure or recent travel

  • If your child has no known exposure or recent travel, your symptomatic child should self-isolate and stay home from school while awaiting their test results. Household contacts can continue to go to school or work and self-monitor.
    • Negative Test Result: If the child’s test result is negative, they can return to school when their symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours. Note: Mild symptoms known to persist in young children (e.g., runny nose) may be ongoing at time of return to school if other symptoms have been resolved and there is a negative test.
    • Positive Test Result: If the child’s test result is positive, their return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health. Self-isolate while awaiting direction from public health.
  • If your child has no known exposure or recent travel and you believe your child’s symptoms are related to an existing or other illness, you can see a health care provider for clinical assessment. If a health care provider provides an alternative diagnosis, your child can return to school when symptoms are resolved for at least 24 hours. Household contacts should self-monitor.
  • If your child is unable or unwilling to go for testing or see a health care provider, your child must self-isolate for 14 days from symptom onset. Return to school can occur after 14 days, provided their symptoms have been resolved for at least 24 hours. Household contacts would self-monitor.

Someone in my household has COVID symptoms. Now what?

  • If someone in your household has one or more symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and get tested.
  • Household contacts do not need to be tested unless they also have symptoms.
  • The guidance for you will differ depending if the symptomatic household members had a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days. See the guidance below for further direction.

Guidance if your household member has a known exposure or recent travel

  • If the symptomatic household member has a known exposure to a case of COVID-19 during their infectious period or has travelled in the past 14 days all household members are required to self-isolate while awaiting the test results of the symptomatic individual.
    • Negative Test Result: If the test result is negative, household members can return to school, as long as they themselves did not travel or have close contact with a confirmed case requiring continued self-isolation.
    • Positive Test Result: If the test result is positive, the return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health.
  • If the symptomatic household member is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has a known exposure or recent travel, all household members must self- isolate for 14 days from symptom onset or from their last exposure, whichever is longest.

Guidance if your household member has no known exposure or recent travel

  • If the symptomatic household member has no known exposure or recent travel, household members can continue to attend school and should self- monitor.
    • If the test result is positive, the return to school date and further testing of household contacts will be determined by public health.
  • If the symptomatic household member is unable or unwilling to go for testing and has no known exposure, household members should self-monitor.

 


Important Immunization Information from Public Health for Grades 7 and 8, and Kindergarten

Public Health will be offering drive-thru immunization clinics for students eligible to receive their school program vaccinations. This includes students who missed their follow up vaccines during the 2019/2020 school year and those eligible in 2020/2021 to start their immunization series. 

Clinics will be offered at the Medical Centre at the Boardwalk, located at 435 The Boardwalk, Waterloo starting in October.  Options will be made available for those unable to attend the drive-thru clinics. Details will be provided to you when you receive your phone call to book an appointment.   

The immunization clinics will be offered first to the Grade 7 and 8 students from 2019/2020 who did not complete their immunizations. School program immunizations for the 2020/21 cohort of Grade 7 students will begin in early January 2021. Clinics will extend through the summer months.   

Parents/students will be contacted directly to book these appointments between October and December.   Please do not call the Public Health office to book your appointment.   

School program vaccines are also available through local health care providers.  Please call your health care provider if you wish your child to receive their vaccine using this route. 

Parents/students are able to access immunization records and submit immunization information via ICON. Details can be found on our website. Public Health can be contacted for assistance or if students do not have a health card at 519-575-4400 ext.5001.  

Details and directions regarding the catch-up clinics and the 2020/2021 school year immunizations are also posted on our website (https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/school-immunization.aspx). 

If your child has received their vaccinations or if you need to access your child’s immunization record, please visit our Public Health website (www.regionofwaterloo.ca/updateimmunizations) or call 519-575-4400 ext. 5001  

Grade 7 & 8 Parent Letter (Please click link to view)

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Immunization Kindergarten Infographic (Please click link to view)

PHE Welcome to Kindergarten Infographic print

 


Bus Transportation

If your child(ren) is/are using bus transportation, please review the following:

To ensure that a safe and secure environment is maintained, a school bus will be treated as an extension of the classroom. Improper conduct may result in the withdrawal of riding privileges by the school Principal, Vice-Principal, or Bus Driver.

As Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region and the School Boards share the responsibility for the comfort and safety of all students who ride on school buses, any student whose conduct endangers the safety or interferes with the comfort or dignity of others may have her/his riding privileges revoked. 

Procedure

Students must:

  • Be at your assigned pick up location (5) minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.
  • Choose the safest walking route to and from the bus stop and keep well clear of the travelled roadway and private property while waiting for the bus, and maintain proper physical distancing.
  • Make sure traffic is clear or stopped when crossing any roadway.
  • Line up and board the bus in an orderly manner.
  • Masks are required on the bus.
  • Take your assigned seat promptly and stay in your seat until the bus comes to a complete stop at your destination. No standing, kneeling on seats or turning around in seats to talk to others behind you. No switching of seats.
  • Place nothing in the aisle. Hold books, lunch boxes and other items on your lap.
  • Sports equipment, such as hockey sticks, skateboards, scooters, etc. are not allowed on the bus.
  • Keep arms and head inside the bus at all times.
  • No shouting on the bus or bothering other riders. Keep your hands, items, and unkind words to yourself.
  • If on leaving the bus it is necessary to cross a roadway, do so when the stop arm is extended and the red signals on the bus are flashing and traffic is stopped and follow the signal of the bus driver.
  • Students will be allowed to leave or board the bus only at their regular stop (i.e. at school and at home stop).
  • Students will be allowed to ride only the bus assigned to them.

Conduct on the School Bus

  • Every student is responsible to the Principal or Vice-Principal for their conduct on a school bus—Education Act Requirements for Students – Reg. 298, s. 23 (4c)
  • Students must act appropriately and respectfully so as not to endanger the safety or comfort and dignity of themselves or others.
  • Students are to obey the Bus Driver. School bus patrols are there to assist the bus driver and report any students to the driver, Principal or Vice-Principal.  Bus Patrols assist in case of emergency procedures and their instructions should be followed in such circumstances. Bus Patrols may remind students to sit properly to assist the bus driver.

Thank you for reviewing these procedures and conduct with your child(ren).


Bring Your Own Device

The following information is to help families learn about the Board’s Bring Your Own Device and Purchase Program Partnership with STAPLES and Dell for Learning devices.

WCDSB has made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety of current technology. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks and Windows 10 Cloudbooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tools in the classroom.

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 available for purchase through STAPLES and Dell.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/elementary-programs/byod/


Umbrella Project Theme for October ~ Gratitude

Focus your mental efforts on the positive using gratitude. 

Does your child struggle with more of a focus on the negatives than the positives?  Daily gratitude can help set a more positive tone, boost self-esteem and improve their mood and outlook

Check out our video this week to learn more about how this can be applied. 

Until next time, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project


Recess Activities

Students are currently permitted to bring their own skipping ropes and soccer balls to school for recess use only.  Please ensure that the items are in a bag when brought to and from school.  Students are responsible for sanitizing their items.  Basketballs are not permitted at this time.


Student Absences

If your child is absent from school, please notify the school as soon as possible.  The school answering machine is available 24/7 to take your messages: 519-742-7378.  When you leave your message, please provide the following information:

  • Your child’s first and last name
  • Your child’s grade and teacher’s name
  • Date of the absence (and if longer than one day)
  • Reason for the absence – i.e., sick with a cold, sick with allergies, going for a COVID test, going to the doctor, upset stomach, lack of sleep, etc.

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