First Day - IMPORTANT Reminders

posted Sep 6, 2020, 9:25 AM by Tania Gamache   [ updated Sep 6, 2020, 9:26 AM ]

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It’s hard to believe that the first day of school has finally arrived!  Our staff are very excited to welcome K to 3 students on Tuesday and ALL students K to 6 on Wednesday.

Please remember busses are not running until September 14th. Visit OSTA Parent Portal for more details.

Effective this year, the laneway in front of the school and parking lot will be CLOSED between 9:00 and 9:30 and again from 3:30 to 4:00. For the safety of your children, your cooperation with this new change is very important.  Once the busses are up and running, we will have a combination of busses and special transportation vans both entering and exiting the laneway and for this reason it will be closed all year. 

Parents PICKING UP & DROPPING OFF are encouraged to park on side streets and use the crosswalk on Jeanne D’Arc consistently. It is staffed everyday with an OCSB crossing guard for the safety of your children.  Children will enter and exit the school yard via the kinder yard or through the back field of the school.  No students will be allowed to exit/enter the school yard by the parking lot.  Directional flow is key in helping us ensure students are safely distanced and stay safe this year! Families with accessibility passes will have access to the parking, but will need to enter and exit the school yard in the same fashion (through kinder yard). Again, your cooperation is GREATLY appreciated as we navigate this new normal together.

All students will be considered WALKERS for the first week of school.  Kinder students can be picked up in the kinder yard. All grade 1 to 6 students will be dismissed to the back of the school. To ensure proper distancing, we need parents to wait away from the school on the GRASS/PAVEMENT line for their child.  

For this first week while busses are not running, students will be dismissed to the back of the school at the following times:

3:30pm - JK/SK and Grade 1

3:35pm - Grade 2 and 3

3:40pm- Grade 4, 5 and 6

3:45pm- Junior students who walk home alone 

MASKS:  Grade 4 and up a mask is mandatory. K to 3 a mask is optional. If your child is wearing a mask to school, they will be required to keep the mask with them at all times, even during recess.  So please discuss options with your child as to where he/she can keep his/her mask safe/clean during outdoor play if he/she chooses to remove it while outside. (eg. fanny pack, clip to shirt etc.).  

I look forward to seeing and meeting all or your children very soon!

With gratitude and appreciation, 

Tania Gamache (Mrs. G)

Principal of this GREAT school

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