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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:  

Responsibility

Responsibility
is saying “Yes” to God’s call to serve others, by using fully our gifts to complete tasks in a trustworthy, committed way.
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Parent/Teacher Interview Information
Parent Teacher Interviews

We will be holding Parent/Teacher interviews at the school on Thursday November 23, 2017 from 3:30-8pm and Friday November 24, 2017 from 8:50am-noon.  

This term you will be able to schedule your interviews online.  If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child's teachers, please follow the instructions below.  

You will be able to make appointments from November 6 at 8am until November 22 at 1:59pm.  

Instructions

1.  Go to the St. Anthony's scheduling webpage at https://stanthonys.parentinterview.com.

2.  Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click "Sign In".
Please make a note of your Confirmation #.

3.  Fill in your contact information and click "Continue to make appointments".

4.  Click on the name of the teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment.

5.  Click on "Available" for a time at which you wish to meet.  

6.  Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet with.

7.  Click on "My Schedule" (top left of page).

8.  Print, email or copy down your schedule and bring it with you.

The Parent Code for this term is:
sa2017
Please do not share this code with anyone outside your school community.

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on "Delete" beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time.  If you need help using the service please email support@parentinterview.com.

If you do not have access to the internet at home or in the workplace, please call parentinterview toll-free at 1-866-810-0076 and someone will be happy to make your appointments with you.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Outdoor Clothing
HatMittens

Just a reminder to please dress your child with clothing for the cold weather.  Hats, mittens, snowpants, scarf, coat and winter boots are essential with our open field playground.  An extra pair of socks and mittens is always a great idea.
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Hometown Christmas
Friday November 17, 2017


Tim Hortons

Have a hot drink and support our Breakfast Program!

On Friday November 17 join the fun in downtown Kincardine for Hometown Christmas from 5-9pm.

Grey Bruce Eat and Learn  

Look for the Tim Horton's truck to make a purchase of a hot drink.  All proceeds go to our local school's Breakfast Programs.  Treat yourself...help our children!
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Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser

Orders will arrive at the school on Thursday November 9, 2017.

Please pick your order up between 3:15pm and 5:30pm.  Thank you so much for your support.  We hope this fundraiser not only raised money for the school and supported our local producers, but was a good value for families.
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Christmas Shoe Boxes

Christmas Shoe Box

This year our school is doing Christmas Shoe Boxes.  Each class has two boxes:  one for a girl and one for a boy.  If you wish to donate items you can send them in with your child or drop them off at the office.  

Boxes are being picked up on Tuesday November 14, 2017.

Thank you for your support in helping others over the holiday.

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Sugar and Hyperactivity
Sugar

http://www.parenting.com/article/sugar-does-it-make-kids-hyper

"Numerous studies have confirmed that sugar does not cause hyperactivity.  In fact, a few drops of sugar water (a half teaspoon in an ounce of water) can soothe a fussing baby.  When sugar enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain, it temporarily increases calming neurochemicals, such as serotonin.

That's not to say you're just imagining those post-birthday-cake meltdowns.  The problem is what happens when blood sugar levels rise too high.  The body responds by producing a large amount of insulin, a hormone that sweeps sugar out of the blood and into body cells.  Blood sugar levels may then drop so quickly, your child may feel shaky or sluggish.  Not surprisingly, low blood sugar levels can trigger a craving for more sweets, which creates a vicious cycle of sugar highs and lows.

If you child tends to have post-sugar meltdowns, you can prevent them by tempering the amount he gets at any one time - controlling portion size, diluting fruit juices, choosing treats low in sugar - and by making sure he eats something heartier along with sweets.  Protein (cheese, soy, beans, meat, nuts) and fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) help slow the rise and fall or blood sugar levels."

Thank you for helping us create a productive learning environment by monitoring the amount of sugars students intake before and while at school.  We remind you of our request to send no more than one sugar snack per day.  

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Healthy Grub Tub:
Donations Needed


Healthy Grub Tub

For the last two months the Kincardine Municipal Airport has been donating apples to our Grub Tub.  Now that apple season is over, we need donations to maintain our Healthy Grub Tub.
 
Please notify the office if you would like to help keep this important program alive.  Once you contact the school, we will assign a day that works for you to donate on.
 
Thank you for your on-going support with this.
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Friday Night Futsal
Just Show Up!
Futsal
Starting Friday November 3, 2017
6:30-8pm
Kincardine District Secondary School

$2/player/night
Ages 6 to 14
Boys and Girls are welcome

Shin guards and indoor shoes are mandatory.

Contact John Risorto (519) 386-7235 for more information.
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Author Reading!
Tuesday November 7, 2017


Ellen Rumsey

Ellen Rumsey is a writer who lives in Hanover, Ontario.  She is coming to our school on Tuesday November 7, 2017 to read Finders Keepers, her first children's book.

Finders Keepers is the story of an abandoned little cat in need of a new forever home.  She finds a neighbourhood family that she'd like to keep - but will they keep her?

Over 44 pages filled with delightful, full-colour illustrations and engaging prose, Finders Keepers is for everyone who enjoys a humourous and heartwarming story.

To learn more, visit:

www.purplecatpress.com

Ellen will have copies of this book to sell and autograph during her visit.  

Books are $20 each.

This includes GST and a donation from Purple Cat Press to local rescue agencies.  

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Bruce Power Mathletics Challenge
October 15, 2017

Bruce Power Mathletics

The Georgian Bay Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario hosted the first annual Mathletics Challenge at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre on Sunday October 15.

Over 30 Grade 7 and 8 students from all over Grey and Bruce Counties took part in the challenge that tested their math skills. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and Municipality of Kincardine Deputy Mayor Jacqueline Faubert were on hand to give some inspiring words to the students and an appreciation to the engineers for hosting and to Bruce Power for providing the venue for the event.

Thank you to our St. Anthony's students who came out and represented our school with pride.  

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Reluctance, Resilience and Rejoicing:
Focus on the Family and Faith
Wednesday November 22, 2017

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate Church

Reluctance, Resilience and Rejoicing:  Focus on the Family and Faith is a free event in partnership with the Diocese of Hamilton and school boards in the region.  Guest speaker is David Wells.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 22nd7-8 p.m. at Basilica Church of our Lady in Guelph.  

Jamie McKinnon notes "David Wells has presented at Bruce-Grey Catholic in recent years and is of similar caliber to Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson. You will enjoy hearing him."

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information click on the link below:

Reluctance, Resilience and Rejoicing

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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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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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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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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.

School Cash Online Registration

School Cash Online FAQ

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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 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 excursion 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: 

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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