September 13 to 17
There is always good news at SME to put a SMilE (Get it? SME + smile = SMilE) on our faces! We will continue to share these SMilEs, this school year!
Thanks for helping make the first week back to school so great! The students have adjusted wonderfully to the new school year and it almost seems like we were never away! We are off to a great start. Another reason to SMilE!
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Provincial Government has announced it will join the Federal Government in observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. This observance is being held to honour survivors and raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.
Leading up to September 30, St. Mary’s Elementary will continue to commemorate Orange Shirt Day (we will wear orange on Wednesday, September 29) to promote awareness and to honour children who survived residential schools, and to remember those who did not.
Last week Student Data Forms, Technology Agreement Forms and Media Consent Forms were sent home via your child. Please return these to your child’s teacher, if you have not already done so. The information is important for us to update our information that we currently have related to your child.
Our Curriculum Night will be occurring on Thursday, September 16. It will be a virtual event. Your child’s teacher will be sending you information regarding your child’s class prior to Curriculum Night. On Thursday, Sept 16, your child’s teacher will send you a link to their Google Classroom for Curriculum Night and you can join virtually.
Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 3) is from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
Elementary (Grade 4 to 6) is from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
Two times will allow families with children in both primary and elementary classes to attend.
As with a regular Curriculum Night, this session will be an opportunity to answer questions regarding classroom expectations, curriculum and general queries. If you have any questions related to your child specifically, please arrange another time to address these with the teacher.
School pictures are going to be photographed on Friday, September 17. This will be the same format as last year - no payment required in advance. All children will be photographed for school records even if a photo package is not purchased.
There is no supervision of students prior to 8:00 a.m. in the morning or after dismissal in the afternoon. Students should arrive prior to 8:15 and be ready for instruction.
8:00 a.m. Doors open
8:15 a.m. Homeroom bell
8:20 a.m. Instruction Begins
12:05 a.m. Lunch Period Begins
12:55 p.m. Homeroom bell
-2:15 pm kindergarten and grade 3
-2:19 pm grades 1 and 4
-2:22 pm grades 2 and 5
-2:25 pm grade 6 classes
Important Dates in September
September 7 Administration Day (no school for students)
September 8 First day of school
September 16 Virtual Curriculum Night
September 17 Picture Day
September 24 Terry Fox Walk
September 28 PL Day (no school for for students)
September 29 Orange Shirt Day
September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Supports and Help
If you're feeling you need help, reach out:
MH Crisis Line (709) 737-4668/1-888-737-4668 or your local ER.
Kids Help Line – 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
CHANNAL Warm Line – 1-855-753-2560
Doorways Clinics across the province