Monthly Archives: June 2020

Thank you Angel Families!

Good morning Angels,

It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that I write this final Angel Update for the 2019-2020 school year.

What a year 2020 has been!  This will be the year that we continue to talk about moving forward. We would never have anticipated this ending to your school year but we are pleased to announce that all of our Angel staff and students kept on soaring through this time of turmoil and uncertainty!

Monday night was an amazing sight to see as we participated in our Grade 8 Drive-Thru Celebration and Virtual Graduation.  Seeing all our students dressed up with their families, coming for the last time to St. Michael’s was emotional, but also memorable.  Physical distancing prevented us from saying goodbye and good luck the way we wanted to but my hope is that all of our graduates felt the care and compassion of the staff in celebration of this major accomplishment.  We know that our graduates will continue to thrive in high school next year!

It has also been such a pleasure to welcome you back into the school community to pick up your student belongings and to get a chance to say goodbye to staff as you start your summer vacation.  As people of faith, we are “Called to Belong” and we have truly tried to gather as community virtually through our online learning platforms, on Twitter and through Newswire communication.  The hope is that you were still able to feel that connection of belonging to our amazing St. Michael Community.  We want all of our students to know that they belong here with us and will continue to be included in all aspects of school life.

We couldn’t be prouder of our families for surviving and thriving during this time.  The persistence of parents who navigated the online world to ensure that their children continued to learn did not go unnoticed.  We appreciate all of the efforts you took to connect and reach out during these last 3 months.  We know it has not been easy, and the entire St. Michael staff would like to thank you for all of your hard work!  Our staff had a significant learning curve, and you met them with patience and kindness as we learned together through this phase of distance education.  We are truly grateful and would like to thank you for supporting us and trusting us to take care of your children.

As we get ready for the long, hot days of summer, we pray that all our our families get to enjoy the outdoors with each other, engage with nature, read books, play board games and most of all enjoy each other’s company.  We cannot wait to have you back to school as quickly as possible, healthy and happy!

Continue to look for Newswires throughout the summer as information about the school start up becomes available.

We know that whatever obstacles are placed before us – that we can navigate them and move forward together as a school community.  We will also ways be stronger together.  It’s been another wonderful year of amazing Angels and amazing Angel families!  Continue to be safe.

God Bless,

Heather Papp – Principal

RE-OPENING SURVEY – Please let us know if you plan on returning!

To help with planning for the fall, we are asking families to complete an online survey: School Re-Opening Survey June 2020 . The survey will remain open until June 30th  and we only require one survey to be completed per family. There are some translations available of the survey which are accessible at the top right of the page when you open the survey. We hope to gain some insights in to how families are feeling about school in the fall.

Thank you for taking time to complete the survey.

School Re-opening Survey June 2020

ANGEL UPDATE

Collection of Student Belongings

Parents and students came to school this week to collect their belongings that had been left in the school since before March Break. This was a great opportunity for staff to say Hello and see their students one last time before summer. Thanks to all who came out! We loved seeing those smiles – even if they were under masks!

Unity Bracelets

A couple of weeks ago we surprised our students with a unity bracelet.  You either received this via the mail or were able to pick it up at school.  This bracelets represents the unity that we feel our community holds – even though we are physically apart right now – we are all connected.  I wanted our students to understand that when they see the symbol of the bracelet and wear it around their wrist that they are part of a larger group – a group of staff and students that truly care about who they are and love them unconditionally.  Please continue to wear them proudly and we hope to see them on your wrist in September!  Thank you for sending in your photos of your children wearing the bracelets – take a look at some of the smiling faces below!

Grade 8 Virtual Graduation and Drive Thru Celebration

What an amazing night for our Grade 8 graduates.  We celebrated in style with our very own Mr. Radu spinning some tunes and our staff ready to cheer our graduates on as they celebrated the end of the elementary school journey!  The smiles say it all!  We are so proud of you as a class of 2020 and cannot wait to see what your future holds!

         

School in September

As you may have heard, school in September is probably going to be different than Septembers of the past. The Ministry of Education stated this week that there are 3 possible scenarios for return to school in the fall, with no concrete plans yet established. Please continue to monitor our school website and Newswire for the latest news as it becomes available.

DO THESE SHOES BELONG TO YOU….

We have a few shoes that were left in classrooms and in our lost and found.  I wanted to offer one more chance to see if they can find a home!  If any of these shoes look familiar to you, please come by the school tomorrow from 9-12 to pick up.  After 12 noon tomorrow – all remaining items will be donated to charity.

Thank you!

BUSING INFORMATION FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Hello Angels!

Please see the information on how to access busing information for NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.  It is very important to log in and verify the time and location of your child’s bus for next year as they do change slightly from year to year.

Transportation details for the 2020– 2021 school year will be available in the third week of August.

Parents can login and view your child’s transportation details by going to www.stswr.ca and following these easy steps:

  • Click on “Student Login”
  • Enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN)
  • This can be found on your child’s report card
  • Numbers only, no space, no dash
  • Enter your child’s birth date
  • Enter your child’s street number
  • house number only
  • Select the school your child is attending from the drop down menu

Please note: any address changes must be done through your school. If you are moving this summer or change caregiver arrangements for the fall, you should communicate the change of address to your child’s school before the end of the 2029-2020 school year.

You can also visit www.stswr.ca to see bus delays and cancellations, subscribe to receive e-mail notifications for late buses and closures and follow us on Twitter.

LAST DAY FOR STUDENT BELONGING PICK UP! 9-1pm

Please be reminded that today is the last day for student belonging pick up.  The school will be open and ready for you!  All items that have not been picked up with be donated to charity.  Looking forward to seeing you!

Belongings and Report Card Pick Up – Last Day Tomorrow

Good afternoon

It has been so nice to see so many faces over the past 2 days!  Tomorrow will be the last opportunity to drop over to the school to pick up report cards and student bags.  Staff are ready to greet you at the front of the school between 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please return any textbooks, library books or other items to the school.  If you are leaving our school and you have a school Chromebook, please return it.  Those who currently have one and are coming back in September you can hold on to it over the summer.

We encourage masks, social distancing and quick pick up is mandatory – now is not the time for lingering or waiting for friends.  We appreciate your co-operation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

See you tomorrow!

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