Welcome to St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year!

Whether your child is returning to St. Brigid or attending for the first time, we are excited that you will be part of the Celtic family community.

Our goal is to create a Christ-centred, positive, encouraging and stimulating learning environment for our students so that each child will have the opportunity to learn, experience and grow to his or her potential.

We believe that to achieve the most fulfilling and rewarding education for your child, we must work together as a team. Children’s attitudes, values, and self-concepts are molded at home and at school; therefore, a positive and mutually supportive home/school partnership is essential to encourage learning, skill development, self-discipline, responsibility, respect for self, others and the environment, appropriate values and a sense of self-worth.

We look forward to your continued support throughout the year!

 

Two Important Updates:  

 

1.  Confirmation of Screening:  Schools are required to confirm student screening for the first two weeks of the school year (through to September 17th).  The implications of this direction are as follows:
  1. A WCDSB message will be sent to all student homes at 5:30 a.m. reminding parents to complete the screening process for their child – and a link to the screener will be also contained in the message.
  2. On September  7th parents will receive a one-page yellow sheet that has 8 days listed where they can sign that they have completed the screener for their child (covering Sept 8th – 17th).  The sheet is to be sent back and forth from school and home. Teachers will verify the screening each morning. 

 

2.  Masking:  Masking is required for all students as per the Ministry, WCDSB & Public Health.  Students who arrive at school without a mask will be provided one, if a student declines, the school is directed to call home to request a pick up.  

There are frequent mask breaks built into the school the day allowing for children to remove their mask outside and when eating. Exemptions to masking requires an Exemption Request that has been approved by the WCDSB. 

Thank you to families for co-operating with the above requirements to assist with the health and safety of all students and staff.

 

School Start Up Information!

First Week Schedule

Monday, September 6th: Labour Day (no school)

 

Tuesday, September 7th: Grades 1 to 8 students return to school and attend everyday.. There will be pre-arranged JK (and NEW SK) student/parent visits with their classroom teachers.

 

Wednesday, September 8th: All SK students return to school.

 

Thursday, September 9th: Friday September 10th: pre-scheduled groups of JK students will begin.

 

Monday, September 13th: ALL students will attend together! 

 

First Day Procedures for Grades 1 to 8

 

Our school day begins at 8:35am and ends at 3:05pm. Just before the morning bell, students in grades 2-8 will line up, physically distanced, with their teacher in their designated zone. Grade 1’s will gather at the front entrance.  

We will have large pylons and signs and staff will help guide students to where they need to be.  We kindly remind parents that being on the blacktop or anywhere on the schoolyard is not permitted. Parents are valued members of our school community, however, as you can appreciate safety comes first. Please wear a mask when dropping off/picking up and know that our Celtic team will take good care of your children!

Classroom Assignments

Families should have been able to log into School Cash Online/Aspen by now find classroom teacher information. Otherwise, class assignments will be shared with your child when they arrive Tuesday. Please know that class lists continue to be tentative due to ongoing registrations and evolving enrolment. Staffing and classroom changes will be directed by the Board office. This process may occur during the first two weeks of school which may lead to classes being revised. Our staff takes great care in considering students’ needs when creating class placement! Our goal is to place a child where they will achieve the most success, both academically while trying to balance their social and emotional development. A balanced class reflects the diversity and needs of our school community and all of our students. In order to maintain the integrity of classroom cohorts, there will be no class change requests accepted. Thank you in advance for understanding, it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher. Working together as a home-school partnership will allow for a positive school start-up and all of our staff work hard to help your children thrive!

Transportation

Information from the bus transportation company about your route is now available. If you are unsure about your bus information, please visit www.stswr.ca where you can access your bus information by using your student login portal. If you are new to the website, you will have to create an account through the website. Please remember that all Kindergarten students must be met by a parent/guardian when transitioning from the bus.

Fall Weather

Being outside is one of our opportunities for mask breaks.  Therefore we will be spending a lot of time outdoors this school year.  Please ensure your child is dressed for all kinds of weather including the hot sun, light rain, and the cold months of the winter.  Even if misting or light drizzle we will try for even as little as 5-10 minutes, as this is our opportunity for fresh air, movement and a mask break.  

Once again, please have your child dress for the weather including outdoor and indoor shoes.  Thanking you in advance!

Parish Update

Parents will receive information from our parishes to register for the appropriate Sacraments this coming year.  

Families who have expressed an interest in the Catholic faith as they are attending St. Brigid Catholic School should call the school for updates regarding baptism, First Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation.

 As a Catholic School community we look forward to continuing our celebration of our faith in monthly liturgies, daily prayer several times a day and Christian Meditation each afternoon.

WCDSB Update

You may find the updated Covid Operational Guidelines here:  Operational Guidelines (wcdsb.ca)

 

God Bless, 

Sincerely,

Tanya Hunter