“Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need.” (Psalm 23:1)

As we begin our Lenten journey together as a faith filled community, we are reminded of the great sacrifice of Christ and his love for each one of us. This month we celebrate Shrove Tuesday on March 5th, and Ash Wednesday on March 6th. May this Lenten Season be a sacred time for our Catholic school community, and let us take time to reflect on the many blessings that God has given us.

Attendance/Late Check Program: It is very important that if your child(ren) is ill, has a medical appointment, or will be late for any reason, that you contact the school with the necessary information: full name and grade, teacher’s name, and reason your child(ren) will be absent. Our school answering machine is in service 24 hours a day. Please note that we must receive a call from a parent or caregiver for each day that your child(ren) are away. If your child(ren) does not arrive at school, and you have not contacted us, we will attempt to contact you at home or at your place of work. Please keep us updated on current and active phone numbers.

Photographs and Digital Memories: Parents/guardians are asked to be mindful when taking photos and/or videos of their children during school related events (ie. assemblies). As we are part of the digital age, we ask that photos and/or video clips not be posted on the internet (You Tube, Instagram) out of respect and privacy of other families within our school community.

Visitors and Volunteers to the School: Parents/guardians are asked to help make our school a safe one by remembering the following guidelines. Throughout the day, schools often have many visitors and volunteers who enter the school. The Board policy is that all visitors and volunteers to a school must sign in at the main office. This policy is designed to protect children from coming into contact with a stranger.

If you plan to pick up your child(ren) prior to dismissal at 3:40 p.m., kindly come to the main office to sign him/her out. The office will notify the classroom teacher to have your child(ren) come to the office to meet you. This will inform the classroom teacher that your child(ren) is leaving, as per parental/guardian approval. Please do not go directly to the classroom.

Inclement Weather:  In the event of very inclement weather, the Board may cancel school for the day. This decision will be announced on local radio stations, and notices affecting bus cancellations will be given between 6:45 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. Please listen to CHYM FM 96.7, Dave FM 107.5 or Oldies 1090 AM, KOOL FM 105.3, CKCO TV CHANNEL 12 for a decision about bus cancellation or school closure from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Also visit the board website: www.wcdsb.ca. If school buses are cancelled in the morning due to inclement weather, they are cancelled all day and will not pick up students who found other means of transportation to arrive at school.

Parents/guardians are the primary decision-makers regarding the safety of their child(ren). Although schools are open and buses are running, if parents/guardians feel that conditions are not appropriate for their child(ren) to attend school, they have the right to keep their child(ren) at home.

Medication at School: If you will require your child(ren) to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you require an “Administration of Oral Medication Form” for your child(ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication. The medication is to be kept in the office cabinet, and must be administered by one of the staff.