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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:  

Acceptance

Acceptance is welcoming and including everyone as a child of God; each with differing views, talents and beliefs that bring value to our community life.
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Volunteers Needed

Head lice

Please see the attached request for volunteers.

Lice Check.pdf

Thank you,

Parent Council
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Permission Forms
Permission slip

We have noticed that there are many parents who have not signed our general permission forms needed for this school year. 

Please go to School Cash Online at https://bgcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ to sign the following permission forms:

~Use of Electronic Devices

~Administration of Potassium Iodide

~Personal Information Use

~Walking Excursion Form

Thank you!
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The Promise Project


Introducing The Promise Project:  FREE youth empowerment contest designed for educators that:

  • Teaches students 21st century skills while addressing current and local issues related to youth at risk

  • Empowers students to create a project that aims to solve a social justice issue that’s important to them

  • Provides students the opportunity to enter their promise project into our contest for a chance to win $5000 for their charity or project. 

The Promise Project is a youth empowerment contest for students to get involved and learn about real issues that limit youth potential, in their school or community. It’s incredibly flexible, simple and easy to adopt during any time of the school year.

Our  comprehensive 
toolkit (co-developed with our partners from the Ontario Provincial Police) contains all of the information that your school needs to join and be successful. We also developed and included a youth homelessness curriculum (optional) with our partners from Raising the Roof. 
 

Connect with me if you have any questions.  Registering is easy, do it here today!   It’s also available in French. 

Please share the Promise Project with other educators and schools that you think might be interested.  

We can make a difference in YOUR community – One Promise at a Time! 

Sincerely, Marie

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Marie Roberts
Campaign Director
778-584-5202
marie@thepushforchange.com

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Photos and Photo Retakes

Picture Day

Today your children have been sent home their photo proofs!  Please look for them in their backpacks. We hope you are happy with them. 

Please go online to order your photos (do NOT send cash into the school).  The order deadline is Thursday October 17, 2019 Any orders placed by the deadline will be shipped to the school for free.  There is also an option to deliver to your home for a small cost (or for free if your order is over $50.00).

Note: Photo Re-take Day has been changed to MONDAY OCTOBER 21.  If your son/daughter wants their picture re-taken please have them ready for that day.  There is no form to fill out for the re-take.  They just need to say they want a photo re-take when it is their class's turn. If they are a young student, we advise writing it in their agenda so their teacher knows. 

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Dress Code Survey

Dress Code

St. Anthony's School Advisory Council  would like your opinion about the dress code for St Anthony’s School. This will give us the views of the school community which will be reviewed by the school and the school advisory parent council.  

The survey is in the link below which will be open until Sunday October 20, 2019.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGArOOrKSkxdoAEAwYkn5p_FPkCOG1h1s4I8MOm5mKXzB40g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you for your help.

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Halloween

Halloween

Students are invited to bring their Halloween costumes to school on Thursday October 31.

Costumes are to be labeled in a bag and the students will change into them during the day.  The costume will be returned home at the end of the day.

Please ensure all costumes are compliant with the school dress code.  With costume selection, please be conscientious that the costume is respectful and appropriate for school.  Please note, no masks.  We also ask that you limit treats to only one per day.

Thank you for your help and support,

School Advisory Council
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Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week

The 18th annual Waste Reduction Week in Canada campaign is almost here! Once again, we invite you and the rest of Canada to take action and celebrate with us from October 21 - 27, 2019.

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national year-round program that kicks-off in October and focuses on the circular economy, resource efficiency and waste reduction. Our purpose is to promote individual and collective environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

Held annually during the third week of October since 2001, Waste Reduction Week in Canada, through a coalition of environmental non-profit and government organizations from across the country, also shines the spotlight on conscious consumption and responsible recycling.

For more information click below:

https://wrwcanada.com/en

Waste reduction week.pdf

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Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety

Just a reminder that there are many children traveling through the church parking lot at drop off and pick up.  Please, please, check carefully before moving your vehicle in any direction.

Please pull into a parking space when dropping off or picking up.  This is the safest.  Vehicles that stop in the lane often are in a hurry since other vehicles are behind them and don't look close enough.  If there is no parking space available, park elsewhere.  This way, those who are courteous and park in a parking space can get out as well. 

Thank you for your help and support!

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Registration in Grey and Bruce Counties will happen this fall for all children born in 2015( Junior Kindergarten) and for those children born in 2014 (Senior Kindergarten), if not already registered in JK.

St. Anthony's School’s Clinic will be Thursday October 23, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm.
 
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.

Please call the school prior to October 23 for your registration package and appointment time at 519-396-
4330.
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Cooking Club Fundraiser


Cooking Club

For the 4th year, St. Anthony’s is very excited to be offering a Cooking Club to our students. This club relies solely on donations (huge shout-out to Kincardine Sobeys) and fundraising.


We are having a Pampered Chef fundraiser from Tuesday October 1, 2019 to Wednesday October 30.  If there is anything you need or would like (Christmas gifts, etc.), please consider purchasing using the following link/shopping code. 

Order online at www.pchefparty.ca Party Code: 942317

Please select “ship to host” at checkout to save on your shipping costs.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Current catalogue:


Current customer special:

https://www.pamperedchef.ca/special-offers

Pampered Chef Draw Prizes:

Pampered Chef Draw Prize 1
Pampered chef draw prize 1
Pampered Chef Draw Prize 2
Pampered Chef Draw Prize 2
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2019 OCSTA Short Video Contest

OCSTA is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the Association’s 2019 short-video contest for students in grades 4 through 12 at Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools. 

This year’s theme is:
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In Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation – Christus Vivi – the Holy Father states:

“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life.”

We are a people of hope and that hope is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ. This year we invite Catholic school students to create 2-minute videos to help communities across Ontario to see and experience how that hope is brought to life in Catholic schools.

Submission Guidelines and Form

The contest is open to all students in grades 4–12 at Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.

Students are invited to prepare a 2-minute video that shows how Catholic schools are places where young people encounter the Holy Spirit and ignite hope through the love of Christ.

The video should be uploaded to YouTube where it can be viewed and evaluated for the contest. The unique URL (web address) created by YouTube when a video file is uploaded, is to be recorded on the OCSTA short-video contest submission form.

The submission deadline is December 10, 2019. The submission form is attached but can also be downloaded from the OCSTA website (https://www.ocsta.on.ca/about-ocsta/2019-short-video-contest/).

Prizes:

First Place: $300 Best Buy Gift Certificate
Second Place: $150 Best Buy Gift Certificate
Third Place: $100 Indigo Gift Certificate

1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded at both the elementary and secondary panels.

We thank the students, teachers and trustees of all CDSBs for their support of this contest, which celebrates Catholic education in Ontario.

For more information, please contact:  

Sharon McMillan, Director of Communications, OCSTA
416-932-9460
smcmillan@ocsta.on.ca

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Ontario Youth Arts Program

Ontario Youth Arts Program
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Community Living Ontario Contest

Community Living

Community Living Ontario is inviting students and classes to participate in a contest where students are challenged to send individual stories or poems and classes are challenged to submit a video that show why it’s better when everyone learns together, including students with an intellectual or developmental disability.

The intent is to have students to begin thinking about inclusion and start a conversation about how a diverse class offers a better educational experience for all students. 

Winners can win some exciting prizes, including resources for the classroom, a pizza party, a tablet (for individual entries) and more!
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Scholastic Book Fair!

The Book Fair is returning to St. Anthony’s School!

We eagerly anticipate holding THREE Book Fairs this school year: Friday October 11, 2019 to Wednesday October 23. Friday January 31, 2020 to Wednesday February 12. BOGO Book Fair TBA. Our first Book Fair starts Friday October 11 during regular school hours and will be open late for family shopping on Tuesday October October 15 until 7pm.  It will remain open during regular school hours until noon on Wednesday October 23. Flyers will be sent home with students closer to the big event. Thank you as always for your support for this exciting literary event!

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Dress Purple Day

Dress Purple Day

Every October Children’s Aid Societies across the province raise awareness about the role that adults and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth and families. On Ontario Dress Purple Day, we partner with boards of education, schools and child care to speak up for every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being in all spaces and to celebrate the community that cares for kids.

This year Ontario Dress Purple Day will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Here is a link that provides you with information and resources for the day.  There are also posters that you can download and post.

#BREAKthesilence

http://www.oacas.org/dresspurpleday/

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CWL Spring Rummage Sale

Rummage Sale
The CWL is hosting their Fall Rummage Sale Friday October 25, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday October 26, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
 
Items can be dropped in the Parish Hall on October 18 and 19
after all Masses and October 21 to 24 from 9:00am until noon. Gently used clothing, shoes,household items, books, toys, etc. are all greatly appreciated. Please DO NOT drop off electronics or furniture.

Volunteers are welcome to help sort and price items October 21 to the 25 from 9:00am until noon.

For more information please contact Daphne at 519-396-4576 or
Janet at 519-386-7881.

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First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion
First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation will be Wednesday April 29, 202 at 6:30pm and First Holy Communion will be Saturday May 30, 2020.  Registration forms will be sent home soon.

If your child is not in Grade 2 but would like to receive the sacrament please let us know.
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Pokeman/Trading Cards

Pokemon

Many students enjoy bringing their cards to school to show friends and make trades. This is an opportunity for learning how to make fair and good deals. It is a time to learn that when you make a deal it is done and you cannot change your mind.

We do coach students to make fair trades but cannot police all of this. Please speak with your children about not bringing to school anything that is valuable to them. Bad deals may be made, cards may be lost or cards may be stolen. Bring at your own risk.

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Thank You

Erie Belle

Thank you to the Erie Bell for supporting us for another year
by supplying fresh healthy food for our grub tub!

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Music Program

Music

A huge thank you to parent council for providing us with the funding to have a Music program this year at St. Anthony’s.

So far students have had the opportunity to develop their  understanding of rhythm through Bucket Drumming. There is certainly lots more to come!

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Medical Alert Information

Medical alert

We want your son/daughter to be safe at all times at their school.

If your son/daughter has a major medical concern (ie anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epliepsy) we would like to discuss a plan of care with you in the event of an issue.

If you have not already contacted the school or been contacted by us, please call the office and we will provide the necessary paperwork and set up a meeting to make a plan.

Thank you.

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Gluten Free Pizza
Pizza
Gluten Free Pizza is coming to St Anthony's School!

We have been able to find a source for gluten free pizza on pizza day Thursdays from Pizza Hut. It is being added as a separate option on Cash Online and will begin in October. It will be offered as cheese and pepperoni only.

Please order on Cash Online or call with questions.

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End of Day Pick Up


End of day pick up

If your child is in K - Grade 3, end of day pick up will take place at the side of the school in the fenced in area. At 3:20 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.


In order that we can get the children to you in the most efficient manner please:

Call the office before 2:30 to let us know you will be picking up if this is a change to your routine.

Come to the front of the line to get your child.  We struggle to see you in the back of the crowd and do not want to send your child out without making contact with you.

Make sure that you have made contact with the teacher on duty so we have your child checked off as signed out.

Just a reminder that IF you would like to change your child's regular routine to/from the bus  to/from pick-up, please call the office BEFORE 2:30 of that day.

Thank you for your help in this matter.
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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

We are still in need of volunteers for our Breakfast Club.   Please respond to this message if you are able to help out.  Grandparents are more than welcome to help as well - every volunteer just needs a police check on file with the school.  Without parent volunteers our Breakfast Club is unable to run.

Note: You must have an updated police check on file. If you do not, please contact the school for a letter.

Thank you for considering being a volunteer. This program would not run without our parent volunteers!

Muffin tins

Our Breakfast Club is also looking for muffin tins. If you have any muffins tins at home that you do not use and would like to donate them to the school it would be greatly appreciated. Please send into the office.

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Volunteering

Volunteers

Throughout the year there are many times that we need the assistance of parent volunteers to help with class trips, Breakfast Club or reading programs. In order to volunteer in the school you must have a valid police check done. Once done and submitted to the school, they are good for 3 years from the date of issue. The following years you must fill out an "Offence Declaration" which will be kept on file with your police check.

If you would like to volunteer and you need a police check, please call the school. If you had a police check done in the past year (September - December 2018) we will send an Offence Declaration home to be signed and returned.

Thank you.

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Cell Phones/Technology

Cell Phones

Cell phones and technology are wonderful tools in so many ways.

Students are required to sign a contract which outlines expected behaviour around technology.  Parents are asked to review this with their children and sign the parent portion of this contract.

Students can bring cell phones to school at their own risk and are required to either keep them in their backpacks or on their teacher's desk so they can use them as learning tools when appropriate.

Cell phones are never to be used or taken to the washrooms or outside at recess.  Consequences are outlined in the contracts.  

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Basketball Nets

Basketball nets

We have a had a great start to the 2019-2020 school year.

One thing that would make things better for our students is basketball nets.

Since the portables have moved and the addition is still in our future (hopefully beginning in the spring),  we are hoping to gather some portable basketball nets for the interim.

If you have or know of someone who would lend us their portable net, please contact the school.  

Thank you for your help. 
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School Messenger

School Messenger
Whole school information on upcoming events, reminders  and general communication (eg newsletters) come to you via School Messenger. Communication from the teachers will be coming in the form of class newsletters, agendas (if K-4) and/or telephone until the “class feature” is available on School Messenger in the very near future. Once this feature is activated, you will be notified and teachers will have the ability to give classroom  messages and information via School Messenger.

We are very excited to be able to have one form of communication for all school communication!
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Breakfast Program

Breakfast Program

Breakfast Program is for everyone.

Breakfast bowls 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 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. It is all healthy food.

We know children cannot learn if they are hungry.

Thank you!

We are also looking for parent volunteers in the morning to full and deliver our bowls. If you are able to help us with this program or have a parent, neighbour or friend please let us know.
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Safe Arrival
Safe Arrival
Please don’t forget to call the 24 hour Safe Arrival Program at 519-396-7763 whenever your child is away from school.

This is a program that 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 has asked us to track the type of sickness. Please provide that information when you call. Many thanks for this as it saves time not having to follow up with calls to your home or emergency contact 
numbers and ensures your child is safe. 

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.

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Custody

If there is a custody or separation agreement in place in your family please ensure that 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. Thank you!

In all circumstances 
we strive to remain neutral partnering with both parents which is in the best interest of our students.

If you are an access parent and would like a copy of the report card sent 
to you directly please contact the office. All copies otherwise will be sent home with the student.
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Please Sign In

Visitors Sign In

Parents, please be aware that we have a visitor sign in 
policy.  There is a small table in the entrance 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, there is no need to sign 
in.  Simply come into the office and the teacher will be contacted and your child sent down.

When your child is in 
school, all time is valuable teaching time so we try to minimize classroom interruptions. We have put this in place for the safety and security of our 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, that you wear a volunteer tag.

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 to please refrain from wearing perfumes or
colognes.  Many shampoos and lotions are highly scented, so please look for unscented products.

Many people have allergies and find it very difficult or impossible to
remain in a scented environment.

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 along with the medication to be administered.
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A Nut Free school

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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