St. Edmunds September 2019

St. Edmunds September 2019

Welcome Back!!

A warm welcome back to all students and families of St. Edmund’s Elementary School! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer holiday and took the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to welcome you to St. Ed’s for what promises to be an exciting and enriching school year. I especially welcome new families who are joining our community for the first time and wish you the very best in your new start.

We are truly blessed to welcome your children and nurture their spiritual, social, emotional, academic and physical development. St. Edmund’s is a true partnership of home, school, parish and the community. As a team, we will work together supporting all children to reach their full potential.

As partners, we continue our journey of continuous growth and excellence, in making St. Edmund’s a safe, productive and inviting place for students to learn. With a continued focus on inquiry-based learning, we will foster an environment in which children will be encouraged to be creative thinkers and problem solvers as well as advocates of social justice, with Jesus as their inspiration and role model.

With every September comes an opportunity to set new goals and challenges for the coming year. It is my hope that each member of our school community think about how we can connect, care and contribute to make the 2019-2020 school year meaningful and fulfilling.

First Day of School & Kindergarten Gradual Entry

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 is our first day of school. Students in Grades One to Grade Seven will be in session from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Coffee Hour?) Please ensure your child is picked up promptly on both days as staff will be participating in meetings for the remainder of the day. Beginning Wednesday, September 5th, students will be in session from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The gradual entry schedule for Kindergarten students, which is in effect from Wednesday, September 4th to Friday, September 13th, was sent out in June. Please refer to the schedule for the exact times your child will attend. Beginning Monday, September 16th, all Kindergarten students will attend for the full day from 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The school bell schedule/hours of instruction is as follows:

School Bell Schedule

8:45 a.m. School Begins
10:30-10:45 a.m. Recess
12:00-12:20 p.m. Lunch (Students eat in classrooms)
12:20-12:50 p.m. Lunch (Students playtime)
12:50 p.m. Afternoon Classes Begin
3:00 p.m. Dismissal

Regular attendance and prompt arrival at school is important if your child is to gain full benefit from the school program. Please do your best to ensure your child arrives to school on time each day. If your child is going to be late or absent for any reason, please call or email our school office at Students who are late must report to the office for a late slip. If we do not receive a call or email or notification and your child is not at school, we will call to ensure his/her safe arrival.

School Uniform

As we begin the school year, it is appropriate to be reminded that the school uniform be worn with pride and with attention to detail:

  • Sweaters should be in good condition. Holes should be repaired or patched, or the sweater should be replaced.
  • Students should wear proper black dress shoes. Boots or black runners are not permitted. Navy blue dress socks should be worn with dress shoes.
  • Hair should not be dyed or coloured in any way. Hair accessories that tie back long hair should be subdued in nature. (Plain black, blue or tartan pattern)
  • Jewelry must be subdued in nature. Only stud earrings are permitted.
  • Nails should be clear and make-up is not to be worn.
  • PE uniform can be purchased from the school. Other uniform pieces are to be purchased at Cambridge Uniforms. Please ensure all uniform pieces are labelled with your child’s name.

Thank you for supporting our uniform policy and keeping our students looking their best.

Archdiocesan Theme: I Can Do All Things Through Christ

This year’s spiritual theme is “I Can Do All Things Through Christ” and throughout the coming months we will be focusing on how we can grow in our relationship with Jesus. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to prepare for an amazing school year. We hope that students and the community at large will put our faith into action in the classroom, on the playground and at home as we look towards recognizing God’s truth, beauty and goodness in our world.


In order to assist with the communication between home and school, a monthly newsletter will be published and other school updates will be emailed home as events arise. It is important that you read these communications in order to be informed about school policies and procedures as well as notable accomplishments and upcoming events. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, the newsletter and bulletins will be emailed to you. A paper copy will be available at the school office and posted on the Parent Information Board in the school entrance. Please ensure we have your correct email address as well as updated contact information for all correspondence.

Email Communication:

Over the summer Mrs. DeFreitas has collated the emails families listed in the registration forms. These emails have been organized by grade in order to help communication between the school and parents. Families can expect to receive school newsletters, announcements, and program information through email. If your email has changed since March, please notify the office of the change.

Teacher email is for general communication purposes. This form of communication is not a replacement for parent-teacher conferences. The office email can be used for absentee notes or other items relevant to the office staff. You may contact the office at
Periodically through the year, you may receive important updates through the Remind App. These notifications will come to your smartphone to remind you of upcoming important events. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Notices & Forms:

The first week of school is always a time where a large number of forms are sent home and need to be returned to the school. Please use the checklist below to help keep track of what you will need to return to the school.

  • Back to School BBQ
  • Pizza Order
  • General Walking Permission
  • Comfort Kit Notice
  • Athletics Permission for Grade 3-7
  • Walkathon Forms

Visitors in the School

Parents, guardians and volunteers are most welcome at St. Edmund’s School. In the interest of safety and the promotion of student learning, all visitors, including parents, grandparents and volunteers must report and sign into the office. Our staff will provide approved visitors with the appropriate St. Edmund’s identification badge. If dropping off an item for your child or a staff member, please leave it at the office. We do not support the interruption of classes and the learning process, except in the case of an emergency. As we are trying to encourage responsibility and independence in children, we ask that parents avoid carrying backpacks or delivering items directly to the classrooms. The above procedures will help us to maintain a safe and productive environment for all our students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Waste-Free “Boomerang” Lunches

In the interest of being stewards of the Earth as well as not having the ability to handle large amounts of food waste in our garbage, we will be asking students to bring all leftover food back home (like a boomerang) so that it can be put into the compost. Please send school lunches in reusable plastic (no glass) containers, helping to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.

Meet the Teacher Night

On Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm, all parents are invited to come and meet the teachers, staff, and PEC members and hear about the curriculum and goals for the school year. This is an important opportunity for you, as parents, to learn how you can support your children in their learning. Information will be shared about class expectations, routines, and important dates. It is an expectation, as outlined in your parent statement of commitment, that every family is represented at this important meeting. The format will be as follows:

Medical Alerts & Allergies

Ensuring a safe and healthy school environment is a responsibility shared by students, parents and staff. It is important that all members of the school community be aware of their role in promoting children’s safety. We have a number of students in our school who have serious, life threatening allergies to peanuts and nut products. This means that any contact with peanuts, nuts or nut products, in even trace amounts, may endanger a life. We are requesting the assistance of all families to keep our school a peanut and nut aware environment. Please do not send snacks and lunch items that contain nuts or nut oils. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Student Supervision & Traffic and Drop Off Procedures

Supervision begins each day at 8:25a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. It is important that students are not dropped off prior to this time in the morning or picked up after this time in the afternoon. We work very hard at St. Edmund’s to ensure the safety of all students and need your continued assistance. We ask that you be respectful of the parents who are supervising and enforcing the rules that have been established for the safety of all and that you obey the parking/no stopping signs in the neighbourhood. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Sign In / Sign Out & Afterschool Exit Procedures

Students leaving early during the school day for an appointment must be signed out at the school office and signed in when they return back to the school. Please remember that all students will be dismissed at the end of each day from the back school doors that lead into the playground. Please be on time to pick up your children. Any students who have not been picked up by 3:20 will be brought to the front foyer and parents/guardians will have to come to the office to gather their children.

Parent Volunteers

All volunteer positions require a Criminal Record Check. If you have previously applied for a CRC, it is valid for 5 years. If you are unsure or are new to the school and would like to volunteer, please see Mrs. deFreitas in the office. Thank you for helping making our students’ safety a priority.


Our athletics program will begin the second week of school. Please ensure that you return all permission forms on time so that your child is able to participate and join the various teams. We will begin our fall season with Jr. & Sr. Girls Volleyball, Sr. Boys Soccer & Choir (open to students from grades 3-7). Tournament dates and games will be forthcoming once the athletic calendar is set.

Calendar of Events


Save the date! Our first community fun event is Friday, September 20th from 5:00-7:30. There will be lots of good food and fun activities for the children. A BBQ pre-order sheet will be sent home soon.


Our first major fundraiser of the year is our annual Walkathon to be held on Friday, October 5th. In addition to raising funds for our school, it is a fun event for our students and parent volunteers. More information about the Walkathon will be sent home over the next few weeks.


Please refer to the parish website for further information regarding this fun community event on Saturday, October 5th.

With Appreciation

Congratulations to Fr. Steny Mascarenhas on his installation as our new pastor on August 18th. We are grateful for having Archbishop Miller celebrate this special mass and will continue to prayer for Fr. Steny and Fr. Cannio as they lead us in our journey of faith.

  • We are pleased to inform you that over the summer the upper hallway and small hall got a fresh coat of paint (which was needed after last summer’s fire alarm upgrade and P.A. system installation), as well as installing windows on classroom doors and new flooring in the locker room. Many thanks to Mr. Serafino Vignone for coordinating these maintenance projects as well as A-Tiempo Painting & Renovation, Ltd. for the extra effort they provided.
  • Thank you to Mr. Ruben Sarabia and his maintenance team for their continual T.L.C. over the summer to help us get ready for the start of the school year.
  • Special thanks to Mrs. Bayerle, Ms. Brisco, Mrs. Perez & Mrs. Gerhard Laurente who have been coming in over the summer to clean up our front garden.
  • I would also like to thank Mrs. DeFreitas for all the administrative help in these days leading up to our first day back to school and Mrs. Sharp for her help in setting up PPP this year.

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