News and Updates

Update for January 18 to 22

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Daily Screening

-Please complete each morning before school. Daily School Self-Screening Questionnaire

-The questionnaire outlines how people should respond if they note particular symptoms (the list of which has been rearranged slightly), or a combination of symptoms. Ultimately, the message is - if you are sick, stay home.

  • Dismissal

-To mitigate congestion and adhere to COVID-19 protocols during dismissal time, as well as with the winter season approaching, we will now be staggering our dismissal times:

-2:15 pm Kindergarten and grade 3

-2:19 pm Grades 1 and 4

-2:22 pm Grades 2 and 6

-2:25 pm Grades 5 and 5 / 6

-Please be mindful of these staggered dismissal times if you pick up your child.

-During dismissal, physical distancing must be adhered to by family members outside while picking up children. A mask is recommended if you cannot maintain an appropriate distance from other families. Physically distancing and wearing a mask are two simple and considerate things we can do to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We are doing amazing in this province to help slow the spread of COVID.

Access to Building

-Family members are not permitted in the building at this time. If you are picking up your child during the school day, please ring the bell and we will send your child to meet you outside.

IMPORTANT Grade Five Families

An information letter was sent to families of grade five students regarding ICF this past week as well as a presentation about ICF from Mr. Wade and Ms. Victory. Please watch the video at your convenience.

We will be holding a Google Meet on Monday, January 18 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm to answer any questions you might have regarding the program. The link will be sent to families on January 18.

Additionally, if you are unable to participate in the Google Meet, you can call the school anytime to ask any questions you may have regarding ICF.

The deadline for registration for ICF is Friday, January 29.

IMPORTANT Grade Six Families

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will be conducting registration for the Late French Immersion (LFI) program during the week of February 8-12th, 2021. Failure to meet this deadline may result in students not being able to avail of this program. Please note that registration will be completed online via a Google form. The link to this form will be shared with you on February 8.

Please review the letter providing more information on LFI that was sent by Mr. Wade and Ms. Victory on January 11.

For further information about the LFI Program, you are encouraged to attend a virtual information session for parents/guardians. At the information session, you will be given an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the Late French Immersion Program. The time and link for these sessions were also provided in the letter that was sent on January 11.

Sliding in Physical Education Class

Mr. Goosney will be taking students sliding during physical education class on either Wednesday, January 20 or Friday, January 22, depending on conditions. Students are required to wear a helmet for this activity. They must bring the helmet from home and dress appropriately. Slides are provided, but students are free to bring their own.

Education Week

Education Week has always been about celebrating education and the importance of learning. Education week is January 17-23. The theme for 2021 reflects the current circumstances of all our students and educators and asks participants to focus on the 3Rs: Renew. Refresh. Reconnect.

The Great Kindness Challenge Week

We will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge Week from January 25 to 29. More details to follow.

Pink Shirt Day 2021

Pink Shirt day is February 24. It is a date when each year Canadians are asked to take a stand against bullying – and to make that stance public by including an article of pink clothing in their ensemble. We are just giving you a heads up, so if you plan to participate, you can keep it in mind and have your pink clothing ready to go!

Recycling of Beverage Containers

Families can still bring recyclable items to any of the four recycling depots in the metro area and credit the amount of the donations to St. Mary’s Elementary account.

Our account number is the same as our phone number: 753 9892

Have a great week!

SME Administration Team