Good afternoon SUNS Families and Friends,

Can you believe that our second month of school begins this week? Thank you for making our first month a success!  Thank you also for your generosity when giving to our Terry Fox Walk this year as we adapted to our new circumstances.  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.  If you complete the assessment and it indicates to get tested for COVID, especially if one or two symptoms are present, contact your doctor before getting tested.  Having daily conversations with your child(ren) about safety such as mask-wearing, hand hygiene and physical distancing goes a long way to keeping our school environment safe for everyone.

Thank you for all your support this month! #We’re in this together

Monday, September 28

  • Registration closes at 6:30 p.m. today to register for virtual learning or to register for in-school learning


Tuesday, September 29

  • Practice physical distancing 


Wednesday, September 30

  • Orange Shirt Day in support of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous peoples ~ Every Child Matters


Thursday, October 1

  • International Walk to School Month begins (iWalk)


Friday, October 2

  • National Custodial Workers Day ~ Thanks to our school custodians for helping to keep our school clean and safe for us

WCDSB – St. Isidore Virtual School ~ Entering From or Returning to In-School Learning – CLOSES SEPTEMBER 28th at 6:00 p.m.

The following is a link to the important dates and the form should you want to switch to virtual learning or to switch to in-school learning – Entering From or Returning to In-School Learning.  Virtual learning or in-school learning would start on October 13th.  

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day!

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 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. 

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of changemakers. 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.

This link gives the story of Phyllis Webstad, who started the campaign.

Background information on Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters

Umbrella Project Theme for October ~ Gratitude

What is Gratitude and how will it help my child?

Welcome to Gratitude month at The Umbrella Project.  This month your child will be learning all about Gratitude in their classroom.  

Gratitude is the skill that helps us recognize all the things we have, instead of focusing our energy on the things we don’t have or the things we can’t control.  Our brains naturally pick up and focus more on threats and negatives than positives.  This deeply rooted survival mechanism helped our ancestors dodge danger and avoid life-threatening situations.  

Unfortunately, this bias to the negative can work against our day-to-day mental health and to counter this we need to make sure we help our children see the positives as often as possible. Practicing gratitude is a great way to accomplish this positive focus and prime our brains for a happier outlook. It also helps us show our appreciation and return kindness given to us. Teaching your children to be thankful for what they have, what others do for them and expressing these feelings is a powerful, positive coping strategy that can get them through many of life’s difficult days, strengthen their relationships and protect against anxiety and depression. 

Make gratitude visible and easy to express

Watch this week’s video for some tips on how to make gratitude accessible in your home. 

Here’s to being grateful, 

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Responsible Use of Electronics (Cell Phones and Computers)

Here are some helpful tips to keep your children safe and accountable when using electronic devices:

  • Educate your child BEFORE they get a device on how to properly use it. It‘s important that your child understands that it’s rude to take (or share) embarrassing pictures of friends with their devices or to use those devices to gossip about others. They should also be aware that once a picture or message is out there, you cannot take it back.  A device’s access to the internet makes it more difficult for parents to oversee their kid’s activities and easy to get into trouble. 
  • Teach your child to refrain from texting a friend if they’re in a fight or are angry with one another. Ask your child to wait until they’ve calmed down, and then encourage them to work things out in person or over the phone.
  • Your child should know that sometimes messages are misunderstood because of a lack of context. The message recipient can’t see the sender’s facial expressions or hear their tone of voice. Jokes and sarcastic comments may cause hard feelings if they’re passed along in a message and misunderstood.
  • Speak to your child ~ As parents, how many of us know who are our children’s best friends? Who is their least good friend?
  • Parents should have access and all passwords to your child(ren)’s electronic devices.  Perform ‘random checks’.
  • Keep computers and cell phones in a public place in the house and out of the bedrooms.  Clearly define the screen time between education and pleasure, and have set times when it’s appropriate to go online and when it’s not.  Buy a cheap alarm clock.
  • Work with service or content providers to investigate and remove any offending content.

Electronic devices are a privilege, not a right. Devices should be regarded as a privilege, and your child should know that bad behaviour will result in the loss of that privilege. Remind your child that part of the responsibility of using an electronic device like a cell phone or laptop is following etiquette rules. That’s the responsibility of growing up. Don’t be afraid of ‘disappointing’ or ‘upsetting’ your child.  You are the parent and they will get over it.

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.

If your child is ill and you do not suspect COVID, we recommend you contact your doctor and ask their advice before getting a COVID test.

Article on the Correlation between Vitamin D levels and COVID-19 Outcomes

Please click on this link to an article written by Dr. Julie Mardian, ND, on the current studies and information surrounding the benefits of vitamin D especially in relation to COVID-19. 

Vitamin D for Immune Support


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