Hello Thunderbird Families,

“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems with joy” –  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

We hope this finds you and your family well. What an amazing first month back to school! Our Thunderbirds are soaring and settling very well! As always thank you so much for your continued support! 

Below you will find our monthly newsletter. There are many things you need to be aware of. Please take some time to read through our newsletter carefully. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or the office. 

We would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for each child every day. Please ensure you are following the steps on the COVID daily screener. The screener will help guide you to what your next steps are. Completing the screening, wearing masks, maintaining proper hand hygiene, and distancing are all ways we can help to keep the children in our care and our community safe.

 

Covid Corner:
On a day-to-day basis COVID questions come up and we wanted to clarify everything so protocols around ill students are clear. Please note, that oftentimes things change throughout the school year, we will do our best to keep you up to date. Please read below so you are informed of the expectations, thanks.

Current COVID symptoms that would see a child kept home, sent home and requiring a test?

  • Fever and/or chills Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)- Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions they already have)
  • Shortness of breath; Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions they already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions they already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions they already have

What is not a currently recognized send home or stay home worthy symptom?

Runny Nose, Sore throat, Headache, Extreme tiredness, Muscle aches

Even before COVID, we have always expected you to keep your child at home if they were feeling unwell. During the pandemic this is critical. The following is how we handle situations if we have a child with COVID symptoms at school.

  • Children are only being identified as ill based on the COVID symptom criteria listed above. Outside of that list, unless your child is feeling/looking really unwell we will not call you to pick them up based on any of the no longer recognized symptoms.
  • If a child has a currently recognized symptom; just like last year, the child will be brought to the office, parents are called and the child sent home. To ensure the safety of our community, we will suggest that you take all siblings home.
  • Once the child is at the office a member of the administration team will wait in a space away from other students until you come.
  • It is essential that you or a family member comes to get your child quickly. 
  • If ever in doubt, complete the screener and follow what it says.
  • We respectfully ask that you keep your sick child(ren) at home.

Please make a point of regularly checking your email, especially over the weekends, as we will contact you immediately if Public Health contacts us with any COVID-19 classroom isolation directive

 

St. Daniel School Family Handbook:
Many times families are wondering what the procedures are for specific things that may come up at school. We highly encourage our families to review the items on our website as this is where most things you will need to know for the school year are. On our site is our parent handbook. We have linked to the section that is important for you to review not only as parents/guardian but with your kiddos. This way everyone is on the same page with our school expectations, thanks! Link Here

 

Pizza Friday is Returning!
We are pleased to be able to offer our Thunderbird families the option to purchase Pizza lunch every Friday throughout the school year. Our pizza lunch day will begin Friday October 15th and run until June 17. Please note that you MUST have your order in on Wednesday to ensure your order is received. Pizza is payable through School Cash Online. We cannot accept cash and no late orders will be accepted. Thanks for your support.

Wait, that is not all…..

We are super excited to bring back our family pizza nights! This is a school fundraiser that will run on: October 13th, 20th and 27th. $5.00 from each pizza purchase goes directly back to our school to help support student based initiatives. Please see the link to our flyer with more details:  Link Here

School Spirit Wear:

Hi Thunderbird families, it’s Bolt here! I am super excited to share with you that you will have the opportunity to purchase other spirit wear clothes for your Thunderbirds to wear on our Spirit days or any other day of the week. I love seeing you soar through the halls proudly wearing the t-shirt I gave you! Keep spreading your wings and soaring with pride, Thunderbirds! More info to come soon!

 

 

 

Teacher Communication:
Teachers are not available by email or phone while they are teaching. Our work environment is very different from a corporate setting so please do not expect the classroom teacher to be on their email during the work day. If you need to get a message to a classroom teacher “on the day of” you should send in a note and/ or leave a voicemail for Mrs. Rossiter early in the morning and she will share the message on your behalf. We are doing our best to provide a healthy working and learning environment for all our community members and appreciate your proactive help to ensure this reality. For a staff list please Click Here

 

Fall Food Drive:
We have collected so many fall food items, thank you! We have a healthy competition going on between all of our classes. If you remember from our last communication the class that brings in the most food items will win a secret prize! Our goal is to reach at least 500 items and we are will on our way. You still have time to donate, our food drive ends on Thursday October 7th. The plan is to donate to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Community Fridge KW  

The following are the food items that are needed:
Canned Veggies, Pasta, Canned Fruit, Cereal, Canned Beans, Rice, Soup, Dry Beans, Canned Pasta, Instant Potatoes, Canned Meats Dessert Mixes (cakes, cookies, brownies). Thanks to Mr. V, the Intermediate students and the St. Daniel Student Activity Council for organizing this event! Way to go!!

 

 

School Advisory Council:
We will have our first Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 5th virtually through Microsoft Teams at 6:30 p.m. Families who submitted and/or received a nomination have been notified. A link to the online meeting will be emailed to members before the meeting. Should families who are not on council want to attend the meeting, you can request the link by contacting the office.

 

 

Fire/Lockdowns/Tornado Drills:
It is the time of year where we will be practicing our fire, lockdown and tornado drills. These are essential and enable our students and staff to go through the motions of what they need to do in these emergency situations. 

 

 

Parking/Pick-Up/Drop Off:
A friendly reminder to please refrain from parking or dropping your child(ren) off at the community center parking lot or standing and waiting on the community center walkways. They do have programs running and need their patrons to have easy access to both their outdoor and indoor facilities/grounds.

If you are looking for parking, feel free to use the large church parking lot or park along Midland Drive observing the city road signs and fire hydrants. If you or your child has mobility concerns and need parking accommodations please let us know, we are here to help. If the path is difficult for you to navigate please feel free to arrange a meeting spot with your child(ren) on the city sidewalk along Midland Drive.

If you are picking up your child early or would like to have your child come off the bus at the end of the day for you to pick up at school please give us ample notice so we can have your child waiting and ready for you. Thanks so much!

 

Lunch & Recess Breaks:
We need your help with reminding your children that they need to continue to maintain their distance when playing on the school yard and keep their hands to themselves. We fully understand that children are developing their independence, finding and exercising their voice, all of which we support. However, with this comes the challenging of the rules in place to keep our community safe. 

Our goal is to keep all of our community safe. It is becoming increasingly difficult to do so when the children refuse to follow the rules in place. Can you please regularly sit with your child(ren) and review our school “I Can” agreements: Link Here. We recognize that the children are just having fun and we want them to, but by playing safe. The staff have been reviewing all sorts of fun safe games such as Simon says, running races, hide-n-seek, hopscotch, wax museum just to name a few. Thanks for your support!

 

 

Nutrition for Learning (NFL):
Our “Nutrition for Learning” program will be up and running shortly. We have the snack program each morning, and each classroom has a variety of snacks for the students to choose from. If you would like more information or are interested in how you can help please follow the link: Home – Nutrition for Learning

 

 

 

School Forms:
If you have not already, please make sure you have completed all back to school forms as they were due to be completed by Wednesday, September 29th. If you are NOT registered for School Cash Online please call the office 519-893-8801 for assistance.

 

 

 

The Umbrella Project:

Welcome to the Umbrella Project! The Umbrella Project is dedicated to helping families better navigate the ups and downs of life while building the important skills that help us thrive in all types of weather. We call these skills Umbrella Skills because much like an umbrella, they help to protect us when life is rainy and challenging. We want children to feel empowered in all kinds of weather instead of spending their lives trying to avoid the rain.

Please take 2 minutes to watch this quick video that will help you understand how your child’s wellbeing grows and develops through practice

Each month, as a school, we focus on providing practical classroom tools to build a different skill that the research shows us is an important piece of our umbrella of wellbeing. We are excited to provide you with lots of options and ideas to support these important skills at home. Parenting energy is precious and we really can not do it all. What we can do is recognize our children’s strengths, the holes in their umbrellas and the parenting tools that will best help us support them as individuals to become stronger and more resilient in the face of life’s challenges.

For the month of October our school focus will be on Empathy. Each week students are recognized for their dedication to the skill we are focusing on. At the end of the month two students from each class are recognized, their photo is taken and they are given a certificate to celebrate and acknowledge all of their efforts. Their photo is displayed in our faith hall so we can celebrate them and recognize their accomplishments as a community.
A little about Empathy … empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and understand what they may be feeling. It is a key ingredient to successful relationships with our friends and family. High levels of empathy result in lower levels of conflict and better problem solving. It also helps us make new friends, keep the ones we have and build a stronger social network. 

Having a strong social network helps us live longer and is one of the best predictors of our health and happiness. Each month we will share the theme and a link to simple steps you can use at home to build your child’s umbrella skills. The following is the link to our October theme: Empathy: Link Here