News Flash Week of February 22nd

posted Feb 24, 2021, 12:47 PM by Kim Jimmo

St Clare’s News Flash

Week of February 22nd

Please ensure that you complete a self-assessment using the Public Health School screening tool before you send your child to school each day.

Week of February 22nd-            Gospel theme for February - ‘LOVE’ 

Monday, February 22


Tuesday, February 23

STEAM WEEK -Technology

Wednesday, February 24

Pink Shirt Day (Bullying awareness)

STEAM WEEK- Engineering

Thursday, February 25

Deadline for registering for virtual classes


Friday, February 26

FSL Pathways for Grade 3 and 6 students are due


*Litterless Lunches - A reminder to parents: Due to Covid restrictions, students are asked to continue to bring home all containers and recycle in their own home rather than at school.


March 15-19 - Spirit Week - details to follow

**NEW** Provincial and OPH Guideline:

The province has changed its screening tool to go back to one symptom so that if a student has only one symptom, the child needs to stay at home. The OPH screening tools have been updated. If your child has even 1 new or worsening symptom, then they must isolate for 10 days or until they receive confirmation of a negative test or alternate medical diagnosis.  This single-symptom criteria applies provincially.  And now all household members of that person who has a symptom and is isolating and being tested, must also stay home until the symptomatic person receives a negative test result or an alternate medical diagnosis. 


Lenten Project

We will be supporting the Cumberland Resource Center Food Bank.  Donations will be accepted through Cumberland Resource Centre.  More information to come. We will not be collecting cans, packaged food etc.

Reminder: FSL Pathways for Grades 3 and 6 Students

Important information regarding your child’s French Pathway was sent via School messenger February 18th.  It is due on February 26th.  Please check your email.

A Parent Guide

🤔"But I don't speak French."

This guide contains practical suggestions for parents to enhance their child’s learning in French.  It reaffirms the message that parents/guardians don’t need special skills to help their child learn French.

Supporting Your Child’s Success in French Immersion and Extended French (Elementary Schools) - A Parent Guide  

OCSB Virtual School for 2021/2022

New OCSB Virtual Academy for next year

It is hard to believe that we are already talking about the next school year. Last Friday, the school board sent a message to all parents regarding the establishment of permanent virtual schools (Feb 12th Message). Parents have been asked to identify whether they wish to register their child(ren) in the virtual option described.  It is important to note that choosing this option is a year-long commitment. 

We know that, understandably, there may be some apprehension about making a commitment at this point in the school year.  You know your child(ren) best and know if they would thrive in the virtual learning classroom.  Each family’s circumstances are unique.  We do want to ensure, however, that you are aware of a few key pieces of information.  

Some things to consider:

  • The Board’s virtual academy is being established as a permanent option.  It is here to stay, and will remain an option even after the COVID-related changes are phased out.  

  • If you choose virtual learning your child will become a student at that school. Your child would not be a St. Clare student for the 2021-22 school year. Of course, next year at this time you could opt to re-register for the 2022-23 school year at your home school.

  • If you select the virtual option for 2021-22 now, but change your mind at a later point (prior to or during the 2021-22 school year), you can request to come back to your home school. However, the request will be treated as a cross-boundary transfer request and could only be approved if space was available.  There is a strong likelihood that space would not be available. 

  • The virtual learning model for next year will be synchronous, as was the case this year. 

  • There are no system or inclusion classes being offered at the virtual academy.

  • There will be Resource support available through the virtual academy.  The virtual academy will have its own dedicated Resource teachers but no educational assistants will be assigned to the virtual academy.

If you do not fill out the form provided by the Board, it will be automatically assumed that you are returning to face-to-face learning at your home school next year.

The deadline for completion of the virtual academy form is firm. It is February 25th. You only fill in the form if you are committing to the Virtual school for the whole year next year.

Remember to be COVIDWise:

• W – Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when you cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet)

.• I – Isolate yourself from others when you are sick (and get tested promptly if you have COVID-like symptoms).

• S – Stay two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household.

• E – Exercise proper hand hygiene; wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer

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