St. Edmunds Newsletter – October 2020
It’s been an exciting first month of school and students are settling into routines! In October, we give thanks to God for this wonderful autumn season and all our blessings. We are grateful to be back at school, learning and supporting each other. Thank you to all our parents who attended our virtual Meet the Teacher Evening. We had a successful turnout and appreciated having the opportunity to present to you.
This month our teachers will be preparing our students to celebrate Thanksgiving. We encourage you as a family to pray and help those in need. Thanksgiving encourages us to move beyond being thankful to having an active concern for the poor. Many of us perform works of mercy by sharing what we have and making the world a more welcoming and safe place for all. On behalf of the staff I would like to wish all our St. Edmund’s families a blessed Thanksgiving.
Congratulations to all those students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past weekend. May you continue to be a witness to Christ and grow in faith with the gifts of the Spirit.
Let us also pray for our First Holy Communicants who will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist this weekend. Special thanks for Fr. Steny, for his spiritual guidance, Mr. Dotto, Mrs. Oman, Mrs. Lorezca for preparing the students, as well as Nora and Christian for the liturgical music, and Flory and Robert for assisting with setup and sanitizing.
Daily Health Check
Last week, an updated form was sent home by email. Please continue to monitor your child’s health each day before coming to school and continue to remind your children about the importance of proper handwashing and refraining from touching their noses and mouths.
When Parents Have Concerns – If at any time you have a concern regarding your child, a school event, a staff member, or an incident that happened, we ask that you please come and speak with your child’s teacher. The only way that concerns can be effectively resolved is through open communication between home and school, resulting in accurate information being shared, and an informed understanding of your concern.
Parent Participation & Volunteers
We are in the process of making adjustments to parent participation positions due to the COVID protocols. Please go to our website Parent Participation Login to check for opportunities to fulfill your participation obligation. If you require assistance with your login, please contact the office. Thank you to Mrs. Rosa Dente who has been working on the administration of the program.
We are all excited to use our new outdoor learning space!
Note: All volunteer positions that are directly involved with students require a Criminal Record Check. If you have previously applied for a CRC, it is valid for 5 years. If you are unsure or are new to the school and would like to volunteer, please see Mrs. deFreitas in the office. Thank you for helping making our students’ safety a priority.
We are so grateful to all our parents who have been assisting with our crosswalk supervision to ensure everyone’s safety before and afterschool!
Our annual Walk-a-thon, which is traditionally held on the first Friday of October, will be postponed until the Spring. More information will be sent out in the new year.
Individual Photo Day
Artona Photographers will be here to take individual student photo on Tuesday, October 13th (right after Thanksgiving weekend). All students are to wear their full school uniform on this day (sweaters, hair accessories for girls in school colours required).
A reminder to label all clothing items with your child’s full name as many students share the same first name or initials. We look forward to your continued support in doing your utmost to ensure children are dressed appropriately (for rain or shine) each day.
In order to facilitate our new routines and procedures, students in Grades 2-7 are requested to wear their gym strip underneath their uniform on gym days. They will get changed in the classrooms and leave their uniforms at their desks before proceeding to the gym.