Introducing Our Early Years Team
Meet Vanessa Eugenio (Teacher)
Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Vanessa Eugenio and I am one of the Kindergarten teachers here at St. Michael. I have been in education for eleven years and absolutely love the curious minds of our youngest learners. I hope you like to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy because that’s all part of learning. I cannot wait to meet you. We are going to have lots of fun this year!
Meet Susan Janzen (DECE, Extended Day Program)
Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Susan Janzen and I am an Early Childhood Educator. I have been part of the WCDSB family for almost 11 years. Although this will be my third year at St. Michael School, both of my children attended from JK to grade 8. I have been blessed to be part of the Angel Community both as a parent, and now as staff. I look forward to meeting your family and getting to know you as we share this journey together!
Meet Patricia Staples (Teacher)
Hi there! My name is Patricia Staples and I am the planning time teacher for Kindergarten! I have been teaching for 22 years and this is my third year as a St. Michael Angel! I hope you like to move your bodies, sing, dance and learn about keeping our body healthy and strong! I can’t wait to meet you all!
Meet Sandra Santos (DECE, Extended Day Program)
Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Sandra Santos and I am an Early Childhood Educator.
I have been a part of the St. Michael School Community for 11 years. I am blessed to work with young children every day. I look forward to meeting you and your children. We will have a wonderful year together of playing, learning and growing!
Meet Marina Jacob (Teacher)
Hi Everyone! I am Marina Jacob and this will be my fourth year teaching Kindergarten at St. Michael’s school. I taught in primary for a long time, and finally had a chance to return to the Early Years! I am blessed to once again be teaching with a team of amazing educators in a wonderful school community. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you!
Meet Tammy Cassel (DECE, Extended Day Program)
Hello, my name is Tammy Cassel and I am a mother to three wonderful boys. I have been working in the education system for the past thirteen years. This will be my third year working with the wonderful staff at St. Michael School. I look forward to meeting all of our wonderful new students who will join our family in September.
Each Kindergarten classroom has an individual washroom and classroom sink. We encourage students to frequently use the washroom throughout the day and to wash hands as often as necessary (ex: before snack/lunch, after coughing/sneezing). We do have a water fountain close by in our hallway, but it is still best that students bring a water bottle every day.
With current concerns over COVID-19, we will do our best to implement the cleaning practices shared by the Ministry of Health in order to ensure we protect the health of the students and teachers in our school (ex: increased frequency of hand washing and physical distancing).
If your child has any health concerns (ex. Asthma, allergies, etc), please inform the school Principal and our Early Years Team as soon as possible.
Please note: Our school board has a nut-free policy. Please be prepared to send foods that do not contain any nuts or nut products. This also includes nut substitutes.
“Cash Online” is a system we use to collect money (for school lunch days, field trips, etc.) and to sign permission forms. Families will be required to sign up for Cash Online in September. Here is the link for Cash Online if your family is not already signed up: https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
“Newswire” is a mailing list to receive news releases, school updates, activities, and opportunities (ex: fundraising initiatives). To sign up for St. Michael Newswire, check out our school website at https://stmichael.wcdsb.ca/ and scroll to the bottom and click “Subscribe to our news events”.
To sign up for the school board Newswire (WCDSB), check out the WCDSB website at https://www.wcdsb.ca/ .
Suggested School Supplies
- Large backpack
- Lunch Box with snacks and lunch (reusable containers)
- Reusable container for beverages
- Comfortable clothing for indoor and outdoor play & learning
- Indoor shoes for gym (all of their footwear should be velcro)
- Change of clothes-Just in case!
Getting Ready For School
Check this list to see if your child is “ready” for school!
Is your child:
- able to interact and work cooperatively with others
- able to listen and follow some directions
- able to share
- able to see and hear clearly
- independent regarding washroom routines
- Can other adults understand what your child is saying. (hearing and vision check-ups are highly recommended BEFORE September)
Talk about school and get excited for what it will be like! This is going to be a great experience!
- Visit: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/
- Login with the following (all lower case):
- Once you’ve logged in, click the following links to read the books:
• Bear and Lolly: Off to School
• Boomer goes to School
• A Pocket Full of Kisses