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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:  

Forgiveness
Forgiveness
 is giving myself or someone else another chance after doing something wrong, just as Jesus did.
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2019 Earth Week

Earth Week 2019
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FYI

The school is responsible to keep students safe during the school day and in doing so requires the support of parents. 

For the safety of all of our students, we ask that if your child needs to leave the school during school hours that you please make arrangements to pick them up or contact the school with the name of an adult who will pick them up.

Unfortunately,  we cannot accept a note from a parent to allow the child to leave school property on his/her own.

Thank you for your help and support.
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Ladies Night

Ladies Night
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Connor Poetry Prize

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The Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia is excited to announce that the 3rd annual Connor Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions from all over Ontario!

The Connor Prize was established by the late Harry Connor.  He created the Connor Prize to honour his wife Valerie, whose love of the arts and people touched many lives. This tribute to K. Valerie Connor carries her love for the arts into the community.

Valerie Connor is best remembered as a teacher and active community member who volunteered at the Leacock Museum. Val was a part of groups such as the School Belles and the Orillia Fine Arts Association and in her free time she was also a talented painter and poet.

The Connor Prize awards cash prizes to successful entrants, judged by published Canadian Poets, at the Elementary, Secondary and Adult level. There is no fee for entries at the Secondary and Elementary levels. Entries are being accepted now until 11:59pm on Tuesday, April 30th.

Secondary Prize amounts are: $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd.

Elementary Prize amounts are: $75 for 1st Place, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.

Secondary Entries can be submitted here: https://bit.ly/2Cgxa8z

Elementary Entries can be submitted here: https://bit.ly/2VWdTkl

Full rules and regulations are provided at the links above, as well as attached to this email.

Best Regards,

Tom Rose, Collections and Program Supervisor

Leacock Museum National Historic Site

T:705-325-3320
C: 705-238-8124

leacockmuseum.com

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Vision and Learning Therapy

Vision and learning therapy

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3 Habits of Resilient Families

3 habits

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How to Raise Resilient Kids

How to raise resilient

Learn a practical, compassionate approach to parenting that provides strategies and support you need.  

"How to Raise Resilient Kids"
Sarah Rosensweet
Thursday April 25, 2019 6-7:30pm
Sacred Heart School, Teeswater

For more information click on the following link:

How to Raise Resilient Kids.pdf

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for
Mental Health ‘SHARE’ Event
Grey Bruce We CARE

The Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E Project is hosting the 5th annual 'Share' event, addressing youth mental health and wellness. This free event is open to youth and adults.

The theme ‘Strengthening the Core – Brain, Body, and Beliefs’ will bring together local mental health professionals, community members and youth to share their stories and life experiences. Sessions will encourage participants to use activity, discussion and creativity to build our ‘core’.

The not-to-be missed keynote speaker, Asante Haughton, will share his passion for social justice and equity. Asante is a peer worker, poet, thinker and speaker who believes in people, global interconnectivity and positive personal change. Asante is recognized by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as one of the top 150 Difference Makers in mental health in Canada.

The 'Share' event runs 9:00a.m. - 2:30p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the Shallow Lake Community Centre, 550 Princess Street, Shallow Lake. The event is open to youth and adults, there is no admission and a free lunch will be served.

The Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E. Project brings together more than a dozen community agencies and area school boards to support youth mental health and wellness. Their vision is that everyone in Grey Bruce will make a commitment to show We C.A.R.E… Connect with, Ask about, Reach out to, and Engage youth and their families to increase awareness, understanding, compassion and support for youth mental health.

For more information and to register, visit www.WeCareGreyBruce.ca. The website also provides practical tools and resources to support youth mental health wellness in Grey Bruce.

The ‘SHARE’ event is funded by Bruce Power with sponsorship from The Township of Georgian Bluffs and CrossFit Shallow Lake. 

Attachment: We C.A.R.E. Share event poster

For More Information:

Katie Simpson
We C.A.R.E. Project Co-Chair
519-376-2121 x2415

Tina Hamel
We C.A.R.E. Project Co-Chair
519-372-2526 x4258

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First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion will be on Saturday June 8, 2019.

There will be more information after March Break about First Communion preparations.

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Volunteers

Volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers who have supported us so far this year:  head lice checkers, Christmas dinner, Shrove Tuesday pancake lunch, accelerated reading, artisan fair, breakfast program, etc.
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Grey Bruce Health Unit Spring Newsletter

Grey Bruce Health Unit


Please see the link below for the Health Unit's Spring Newsletter.

Grey Bruce Health Unit Spring Newsletter.pdf

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Opioid Fact Sheet

 In light of the 'Opioid Event Alert' received from Public Health this morning, we thought it would be timely to send out the attached Opioid Fact sheet.

Please see this 
Info Sheet
 for information about prescription opioid use. 
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School Messenger
School Messenger
Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Thank you for your understanding during our transition to School Messenger.  We know it has been tricky and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

    We wanted to share with you where we are in our transition and what is to come. At this point, all school (office) messages are going out through School Messenger and you should have been able to choose how you receive messages.  If you are not yet set up the way you would like please contact the office for assistance.

    At this time, classroom teachers are not yet able to create classes in School Messenger.  This is coming but we are not sure when this will happen so some have stayed with their classroom Remind system. If you are not receiving information from the classroom please contact the teacher so they can ensure everyone is informed. Other teachers are using different systems but in order to streamline things as soon as School Messenger is ready all staff will be using this one system.

    If you have any questions please let us know. 

Thank you,

Janey Campbell, Principal
Samantha Pitre, 
Vice-Principal 

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St. Jerome's Trip


St. Jerome's

Our Grade 7/8 students will be going to Waterloo in the spring to stay at St. Jerome's University and participate in the many organized trips in the vicinity.

First payment is due by February 22, 2019.

Information has been sent home with our Grade 7/8 students.  

If you have any questions, please let us know.
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End of Day Routines

In order to keep students safe we follow Safe School's protocols.

We have bus lists for students who are to be on the bus each day and pick-up lists for primary students.  For us to manage this successfully we need your help.

Please do not come early to pick up students unless you have an appointment.  You are welcome to wait for them until the bell rings. End of day is 3:20 and pick-ups before this cause interruptions to learning.

We appreciate your support in this. If you are changing your child's end of day routine (bus/pick-up) please ensure you call the office before 2:30 since bussing lists are being finalized at this time and sent to teachers. Last minute changes create confusion and slow down the busing procedures.

Thank you!

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Green School
Green School

St. Anthony's School prides itself on being a "green" school.  We do this by being conscious of our impact on our planet and trying to recycle and reduce our footprint.

 We are working with our students to learn to sort the garbage.  We also hope to have less garbage come to the school.

You can help by buying things in bulk and using reusable containers.  If we all do this, think of the impact!


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School Messenger

SchoolMessenger

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board is launching the SchoolMessenger Communicate platform to send automated phone calls and emails to parents.

The system will be used for emergencies, school updates, newsletters and Board-wide events.  Your account is a free and easy way to keep connected. 

As a parent/guardian, you are already set up to receive messages by phone or email, however we need you to complete a few easy steps to customize your notifications. 

Please click the link below for instructions:

School Messenger.pdf


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Reminder

School bell


The school day begins at 8:35am with the first bell at 8:45am.  

There is no supervision before this.

We would like to remind everyone that the bell to start our school day goes at 8:45am.  Being at school and ready to start our day starts our students off on the right foot and sets them up for success.

On occasion that your students are late, please remember to have them sign in at the office.

Please ensure your children are dressed appropriately for our cold and windy weather.

Thank you.

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Registration for Kindergarten

Kindergarten

There's still time to register for Kindergarten for September 2019.

Come join our family!

Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) for children born in 2015 and Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) for children born in 2014.  

Contact the school office and register today at 519-396-4330.

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School Messenger

A sincere thank you as we are learning the new communication tool, School Messenger.  You are now able to set your preferences to not receive calls with the text feature turned on.

If you require any support with this, please come in and see us at the office.

IMPORTANT


Since we are moving to School Messenger, we will no longer be able to receive text messages for safe arrival.

Please call the school at 519-396-7763.
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Donating Money to School

Schoolcashonline

How to donate money to your school:

Go to https://www.schoolcashonline.com/.

Sign in.

On top of first page click on "make a donation".

On second page choose amount, school and message as to where you want your money used.  Suggestions include:  breakfast club, playground equipment, library and classroom materials.  

FAQ
1.  How do I make a donation online?

Parents/guardians and members of the community can now donate to school fundraising initiatives online.  If you would like to donate to a particular school fundraising initiative please visit:

https://bgcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Index

Select the school and indicate the purpose of the donation.  

2.  Can I use this donation module to pay for pizza lunches or other school fees?

No.  The online donation module is for charitable donations only.  For school fees, lunches and other activities please click on items in the top right corner of the web page.  

3.  Will I receive a receipt?

Yes.  A charitable donation receipt will be available instantly.  A copy will be emailed to your inbox.  You can retrieve the receipt at any time through your payment history.  

4.  Who can I contact for more information of if I have additional questions?

For all Schoolcashonline inquiries please email:

schoolcashonline@bgcdsb.org.

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Ecoshopp.ca

Green Lunch

Ecoshopp Canada specializes in reusable products and includes free shipping anywhere in Canada.  Ordering is available on School Cash Online too!

Ecoshopp Product List and Order Form
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St. Anthony's School Addition Approved


St. Anthony's School

We are very pleased to let you know that St. Anthony's School has been approved for an addition, including 4 childcare rooms supporting the Early Years program. 

These projects will allow the removal of both current and pending portable classrooms.  

In the January 31, 2018 press release, the Ministry of Education announced a total of $6,287,159 in funding for the project.  $4,169,643 will be used to construct 8 new classrooms, which will add 190 student spaces.  Another  $2,117,516 will be received for the addition of 4 childcare classrooms, adding another 78 spaces.

Our school has had increasing enrolments for over a decade, with 2016/17 enrolment rising to 414 students, putting the utilization of the facility at 123%.  The 8 classroom addition will increase total capacity at the school to over 500 permanent spaces.

Planning and construction will begin in 2018, with the addition and child care spaces to be completed and ready for occupancy in 2019/20.  

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School Attendance Reminder
School attendance

Research has shown a strong correlation between school attendance and student achievement.  In fact, students who miss 10% of school (2 days/month) show negative academic progress.  In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronic absence (Brendan Williams, 2015).

"It is the mission of the BGCDSB to promote a 'culture of attendance' through evidence-based practices and procedures that target a tiered model of support in the areas of promotion, prevention and intervention while viewing student needs from a holistic perspective.  Early identification and intervention, coupled with positive relationships, supports the development of engaged, responsible, self-directed learners and enhances potential for future success."

St. Anthony's School follows this protocol with the goal of working collaboratively with parents to encourage school attendance.

Part of this protocol is that, if a student has 10 unexplained and/or concerning days absent from school, a letter is sent home (Notice 1 - Elementary; Notice 1 - Secondary), including 'Why Worry About Attendance?'.  A formal meeting is requested with the parent and student to discuss support options and responsibilities.  Parents are asked to completed the 'Attendance Difficulties, Parental Questionnaire'. 

In the next few days, we will be sending the Notice - 1 letter to all parents of students that have been absent from school for more than 10 days so far.  Please do not be alarmed, as the goal here is to support you.

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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:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus
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Healthy Food for all

School Breakfast Program

Breakfast Program is for Everyone!

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

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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!

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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 ANY nuts, etc. (not just peanuts).  

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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