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Committed to a vibrant Catholic education, we ensure quality learning experiences through community partnerships that nurture each student in body, mind and spirit and embrace the teachings of Christ, giving witness to Gospel values.
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St. Anthony's Church
Mass

Sunday Masses
Saturdays 5pm
Sundays 9am and 11am
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Virtue of the Month:  

Reverence and Respect

Respect/Reverence is valuing ourselves and others as unique persons, created and loved by God.  It is also caring for the environment as God's gift to us.  We respect God when we have a prayerful reverence and awe for God's greatness and goodness.    
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Please join us for our next Recognition Assembly:
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2017-2018 School Schedule

8:35-8:50 Morning Supervision
8:50 Entry Bell
8:50-9:30 Period 1
9:30-10:10 Period 2
10:10-10:50 Period 3
10:50-11:20 Morning Recess
11:20-11:35 Morning Nutrition Break
11:35-12:15 Period 4
12:15-12:55 Period 5
12:55-1:15 Period 6
1:15-1:45 Afternoon Recess
  1:45-2:00 Afternoon Nutrition Break

   2:00-2:40 Period 7
2:40-3:20 Period 8
3:20 Dismissal Bell
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Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

  We have been working for weeks now getting ready to welcome you and your child/ren to the school.  Paint has been touched up and the school thoroughly cleaned.  We are proud of the environment we have created, a place we hope children will want to attend.

We have had 2 new Gaga Ball pits and a 30' x 30' sand box added to the playground. We continue to grow so have converted the library to a classroom and installed 2 new portables.  Library will become "portable" and move between classrooms until we receive an additional portable.

We have many new staff as well as many returning.  We also have our new Vice Principal, Mr. Papy Mukenge.  He has been Principlal of an international school in Cairo for the last 4 years.  I am sure in no time you will be as fond of him as I already am.  We have the same philosophies and visions for our school.  We are both here to meet should you have a concern or information you feel we should have.  We are all feeling blessed to have the opportunity each day to get to come and support the learning of your child/ren in partnership with you.

Our plans are to make this our BEST YEAR yet!

Sincerely,
Janey Campbell

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Ontario Drug Benefit Program
Free Prescription Medications

Ontario

Beginning in January 2018, the province will be offering free prescription drug coverage at no cost for children and youth aged 24 and under, regardless of family income. 

Enrollment in OHIP+ will be automatic based on age. There is no application to join and no upfront costs to obtain eligible medications. Those who are eligible for OHIP+ will only need their health card number and a valid prescription.

It is important that all eligible potential participants are aware of and use the new OHIP+ program, as soon as it is available, to fill necessary prescriptions that will make and keep their families healthy.

For more information visit :

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ttps://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus

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Are you the Parent or Caregiver
of a 3 or 4 year old?


Let's learn clinics

“Let’s Learn” Kindergarten Registration in Grey and Bruce Counties will happen this Fall 2017 for school entry for September 2018, for all children born in 2014 (Year 1, formerly Junior Kindergarten) and for those children born in 2013 (Year 2, formerly Senior Kindergarten) who are not already registered.

Early registration gives you time to learn what you can do to help your child get ready for school. At registration, you and your child can meet school staff, visit the school and learn about community resources in your area.

New research tells us that the first five years of life are key to children’s healthy brain development and learning. In fact, by age three a child’s brain is twice as active as an adult’s. Make the most of this important time! Spend time talking to, listening to and playing with your child. Help a new generation of children spread their wings and soar through life.

Dates for Kindergarten Registrations can be found on the link below.

Let's Learn Kindergarten Registrations 2017

☺Let’s Learn… about school
☺Let’s Learn… about healthy growth and development
☺Let’s Learn… about community resources
☺Let’s Learn… with our children

Visit our website or like us on Facebook for more information!

letslearnbrucegrey.com

facebook.com/letslearnbrucegrey


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Launch Pad
Youth Activity and Technology Center

Launch Pad

Blink. There goes summer!

We hope that everyone was able to get out and enjoy our wonderful Canadian summer with lots of laughs, swims and adventures. Now that school is back we are ready to get started on our Fall programs, which will start in October.

Take some time to browse the catalogue, but make sure you register as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out on any of these fun and valuable experiences! 

Launch Pad Fall Programs Overview Fall 2017
Launch Pad Program Catalogue Fall 2017 

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Is There a Chef in the House?

Chef


St. Anthony's Cookbooks for Sale!
$5


St. Anthony's Cooking Club from 2016-17 has put together a very tasty collection of recipes to raise funds for this year's Cooking Club. For $5 you get quick and easy time-saving recipes you or your emerging chefs can follow with ease using simple ingredients.

Payment may be made at school or through School Cash Online.  

All funds go directly to purchasing food for this year's recipes.


To purchase a recipe book please contact the school office or Mme Travale or Mme Marcotte at the school.  (519) 396-4330


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Mathletics Challenge

Math

The Georgian Bay Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario will be holding this year’s Mathletics Challenge at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre on Saturday October 14, 2017. All students in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in the event, which will feature engineering questions requiring math skills. Students may participate as individuals. Prizes will be awarded. 

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: Sign in at 9:30 a.m. Competition finishes at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre

Cost: Event is free, but all participants must be pre-registered.

Eligibility: All students currently in Grades 7 and 8. 

For more information, please see the attached poster.

To register, please visit the Professional Engineers Ontario, Georgian Bay website.

Direct any questions to: Rudresh.pandya@brucepower.com

Registration deadline is Sunday October 8, 2017.
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3rd Annual Neon Night Run
Saturday September 30, 2017

Neon


Local youth fundraising for South Bruce Grey Health Centers Volunteer Program

Both races start at 7:30pm.

Click link for more information:

3rd Annual Neon Night Run

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Kincardine Power Basketball
Basketball


Get ready for Kincardine Power's first OBA season!

Kincardine Power Basketball

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COPA for Kids Aviation Program

COPA for kids

Become a Junior Aviator!

Click on the following link and go to Page 2 of the document for more information:

COPA for Kids Aviation Program

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Healthy Food for all

School Breakfast Program

Breakfast Program is for Everyone!

Breakfasts will begin the second week of school.  We offer nutritional foods that meet government requirements.  This program really is for all children.  Mornings are the most important time for children to eat.  Some children may have eaten at home but due to a long bus ride or growth spurts they are still hungry.  Some children have trouble eating first thing and need a little more time before they feel they can eat.  Please give your child permission to have something to eat when they feel they need it.  We know children cannot learn if they are hungry.  Thank you!

We are also looking for parents volunteers in the mornings to help set up and clean up.  Please contact Dashka at (519) 441-2742 if you would like to volunteer.  

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Safe Arrival Program

    walk to school

Please don't forget to call the 24hr Safe Arrival Program at (519) 396-7763 or text the Remind number before 9am whenever your child is away from school.  See below for more information about Remind.

This is a program we have in place to ensure the safety of our students.  When you contact us, please state the child's first and last name, their teacher's name and the reason they are away.  The Health Unit requests that we track any sickness so please provide  this information when you call.  Many thanks for this as it saves time for the office having to make follow-up calls to your home or emergency contact numbers.  

Parents/Guardians, on days when there are no buses but the school is still open and your child usually walks to school but you choose not to send them, please remember to call our safe arrival number or test the school Remind number. 

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Remind
We are continuing with Remind this year.  Remind is a great media tool which enables you to receive text messages from the school to your device or receive email message about the many things that are happening at the school.

If you would like to receive a text message, please text to (519) 488-9376 and then text the message @saupdate.  Once you have done this you will receive a welcome text later that day to let you know you have successfully joined.

If you wish to receive information via email, visit the link:

www.remind.com/join/saupdate.

Remind will be used to inform parents of upcoming assemblies, Masses, snow days, PJ days and other school events.

Remind is a two-way communication tool for Safe Arrival when you send us a text about your child's absence.  You will not receive a response but rest assured we are getting this information.  If we do not receive it, we will contact you, inquiring about your child's absence.

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Custody

If there is a custody or separation agreement in place in your family, please ensure the school has a current and complete copy.  These are secured and confidential, but in order for us to be able to follow them we need a copy.  In all circumstances we strive to remain neutral.  If you are an access parents and would like a copy of the report cards sent to you, please contact the office so we can put this in place.  All copies will be sent home with the student unless we are notified otherwise.  
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Please Sign in

Sign In

Parents, please be aware that we have a visitor sign-in policy.

There is a small table in the entrance-way with a sign-in book.  We   respectfully ask that you simply sign the book and then check in at the office before heading to a classroom.

If you are picking up your child you do not need to sign in.  Simply come into the office and the teacher will be contacted from there and your child sent down.  When your child is in school, all time is valuable teaching time and we are trying to minimize classroom interruptions.  We have put this in place for the safety and security of all students and staff.  If you are at the school in the capacity of a volunteer, we ask that once you have signed in and checked in at the office, you wear a volunteer tag which lets us know that you have signed-in.

We thank you for your understanding in this matter.
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Scent-Free School

Scent Free

We are a scent-free school.

We ask that students and anyone who comes into the school please refrain from wearing perfumes and colognes.  

Thank you for your cooperation in the safety and well-being of our staff and students.
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Administration of Medication

Medication

If administration of medication is required by the school, we need appropriate documentation signed by the parent/guardian and the child's physician.  According to Board policy, staff may not administer any medication without this documentation.  

All medication is to be delivered to the school by the parent and the medication must be in the original container from the pharmacy.  All medication that students are required to take during school hours must be stored safely in the school office (other than inhalers).

Prescriptive and non-prescriptive medication forms are available at the school or on our Website.
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Nut-Free School!

nut-free
nut free

A friendly reminder that our school is nut-free.

Please do not send your child to school with items such as peanuts, peanut butter, Nutella, granola bars containing nuts, etc.  Please read all labels before sending food to school. 
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End of Day Routine

If your child is in Kindergarten to Grade 3, end of day pick-up will take place at the side of the school in the fenced area.  At 3:20pm there will be staff on duty to dismiss your child.  This can be a very busy time of day, especially when the children and parents are new to the school.  We ask for your patience during this time and to please make sure that your child does not leave the school without being signed out.

Safe dismissal is just as important as safe arrival. 
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Student Agendas
Student agenda

A reminder to parents that we once again strongly encourage the use of the student agendas.  These agendas are an excellent organizational tool that helps students with the day-to-day workload and deadline dates.  They help children improve their efficiency as a student.  The cost is $5.  These agendas also contain important Board and school information for you, as well as your child.  Please pay with School Cash Online.  
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School Cash Online

School Cash Online

We are very excited to go online for school purchases including agenda, welcome back picnic, milk, pizza, field trips, etc. 
You can have one account for all your children, even if they are in different schools within our Board. 
Easy.  Convenient.  Fast.  
Please click below to sign up.

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Let's Learn Clinic
Kindergarten Registration


Let's learn clinic

Let's Learn Kindergarten registration in Grey and Bruce Counties will happen this fall for all children born in 2014 (JK) and for those children born in 2013 (SK), if not already registered in JK.  

St. Anthony's School Let's Learn Clinic will be
Thursday October 19, 2017 from 3-7pm.  

Early registration gives you time to learn what you can do to help your child get ready for school.  At  registration, you and your child can meet school staff, visit the school and learn about community resources in your area.  

New research tells us that the first 5 years of life are key to children's healthy brain development and learning.  In fact, by age 3 a child's brain is twice as active as an adult's.  Make the most of this important time!  Spend time talking to, listening to and playing with your child.  Help a new generation of children spread their wings and soar through life.

Please call the school prior to October 19 for your registration package and appointment time.  (519) 396-4330.

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10th Annual Diocesan Celebration of Catholic Education
Thursday September 21, 2017

BGCDSB

On Thursday September 21, 2017, the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board is hosting the 10th Annual Diocesan Celebration of Catholic Education at Sacred Heart Parish, Walkerton.

As a community of faith, we will come together with representatives from the Diocese, St. Jerome's University and the 7 Catholic School Boards within the Hamilton Diocese for this very special celebration.

At 4:30pm members of the Bruce Grey community are encouraged and most welcome to join us for a Eucharistic celebration with His Excellency, The Most Reverend D. Douglas Crosby, OMI, as a sign of their support for Catholic education in the Hamilton Diocese.  Reception to follow Mass.

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Busing Information

Bus

Did you know that you can subscribe to get electronic bus cancellation notifications?  You must re-subscribe every school year.  Email subscriptions are purged every summer and subscribers are asked to re-subscribe to ensure an accurate list of email addresses every year.

Anyone can subscribe for email notification for general notices, school closures and route cancellations and delays.  You must first confirm that you have a valid email address.  To subscribe go to https://www.mybrucegreyschoolbus.ca and click on Delays & Cancellations (top right corner), then click on the Subscriptions icon.  Under Other Options click on Subscribe.  Enter your email address and press the Subscribe button.  Our automated system will send you an email confirmation containing a link that you need to complete the subscription process.  

When you receive that confirmation email, click on the Confirm link and enter a password beside New Password, then enter it again.  You should receive a message on screen thanking you for confirming your subscription and saying you can now login to manage your subscriptions.  

For more information go the the Transportation Consortium website at www.brucegreyschoolbus.ca and click on Subscribe for Delays and Cancellations.  We will also continue to use Remind to notify parents as early as possible.  

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Emergency Response Plans

All Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board schools have Emergency Response Plans.  These plans provide guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and students when an emergency occurs and include procedures for a Lockdown, Hold and Secure, Bomb Threat or Severe Weather.

Lockdown - initiated when there is a major incident or threat of violence within the school or in relation to the school.

Hold and Secure - used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation outside the school building.  During a Hold and Secure, the exterior doors remain locked until the situation is resolved.
 

During a Lockdown, the school office becomes the “command post” and it is important to keep the phone lines clear for emergency use and to allow administration time to work with police to manage the incident. We ask parents to please be patient and to refrain from calling the school when you are notified of a Lockdown Procedure.

Please keep in mind that our Lockdown procedure specifies that“cell phones are not to be used unless communicating vital emergency information (excessive cell phone use in other violent incidents has shut down access to vital communication lines).“

Information will be communicated as quickly as possible to parents and with as much detail as possible depending on the circumstances. Again, please be assured that procedures are in
place and staff are trained to respond to ensure the safety of your children at all times.
 
We practice these situations at least several times each year so students are well prepared and learn the procedures and routines of these situations so in the event of an emergency we will all respond appropriately ensuring the best outcomes for all. Please discuss these potential situations with your children and stress that there is no reason to be fearful but we do need to be prepared.
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Calling all Volunteers!
Volunteer

Volunteers help make our school a great place to learn.  In light of this, we are asking for volunteers for the coming school year.  

This could include assisting teachers with student success, reading with students, helping with various class fundraisers and school trips and even serving on Parent Council.

Please call the school if you are available to help us.  

If you are interested in helping with our Breakfast Program please email Dashka Steven at jeff_dashka@hurontel.on.ca or text/call her at (519) 441-2742.

All volunteers will require a police check.  

Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.
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School Safety
Safety first


If dropping off/picking up your child(ren) between 8:30-9:00am and from 3:00-4:00pm please use the Church parking lot to ensure their safety due to the traffic from incoming buses.

If your child(ren) walks to school and needs to cross the road please ensure that your child(ren) is informed about using the cross-walk when crossing the road as the snow banks are high at this time of the year and may pose a safety risk.

Let's all work together to keep our children safe!
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Student Use of Electronics at School

devices

We encourage students who wish to bring their electronic games and cell phones to school to leave them in their backpack or classroom.  Students will not be allowed to play with their games at recess time.  We want to encourage healthy, active play outside.  Due to the Privacy Act students will NOT be allowed to take pictures on the school yard with their own personal devices.  Pictures will be allowed only with our school camera.  A reminder that students are not to use their cell phone to call or text home and must make alternate arrangements.
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Class Excursions
field trip


Students and parents are reminded of our "No slip - no trip" policy.  The official Board permission form must be signed for each class excusion or your child will be unable to participate.  Students will not be able to phone parents and receive an oral approval at the last minute.  Such events should be in the student's planner, giving parents plenty of prior notice and students time to hand in the completed forms.  In order for these trips to take place, we must also ensure we have enough parent volunteers to assist with supervision.  Please continue to be generous with your time and help with a class trip for your child(ren) this year.
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Email Lists for Newsletters/Updates

In the interests of time and caring for our environment, we would like to ask you to accept your newsletters in an electronic form.  This format allows us to save trees and the time it takes to photocopy all those pages and distribute them to the classrooms.  To ensure this happens, please sign and return the SPAM letter that was included in the take-home package the first week of school.  If you absolutely must receive a paper copy please let us know.  Thank you for your consideration and understanding.  Don't forget - grandparents can also receive our newsletters by email - simply forward us their information and we will include them for future newsletters.
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New Inclement Weather Policy snowflake
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Please Take Note!

On inclement weather days St. Anthony's will remain open when buses are cancelled unless a school closure is announced.  When rural bus routes are cancelled and weather conditions allow for dedicated in-town bus routes to still run, the following routes will operate to St. Anthony's:

#103
#189
#190

All other in-town stops on other bus routes will not be picked up.  Decisions will genuinely be made based on the safety of students and staff.  Thank you for your understanding.

If you are concerned about whether your child's bus will run, please listen to the radio or check: 

www.brucegreyschoolbus.ca

Follow the link named Bus Cancellation Website.  We are Zone 8. 

To automatically receive an email each time a new posting is made just press the "Follow" button at the bottom of the screen and enter your email address.  You can also follow on Twitter and RSS.  To subscribe to receive an email notification or Tweet when buses are cancelled.  Go to:

http://stscgb.wordpress.com/

These sources of information are accurate and up-to-date.

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