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Circus Circus

St. James is pleased to announce that we will be staging a musical production, Circus Circus. The show is a musical play for young singers. In the show, the ringmaster has lost their voice and needs someone to fill in. Everyone from the clowns to the lions to the trapeze artists want to be picked, but who will the ringmaster choose? In the end, the problem is solved and everyone learns about kindness and looking out for others.

Auditions will be arranged at recesses the week of January 15-19 and will be open to all Grade 1-3 students.

Please click here for more information and a copy of the permission form. Any questions can be directed tot Ms. Tait Angel at the school.


First Communion/First Reconciliation Information

First Communion and First Reconciliation registrations forms will be sent home tomorrow to our Grade Two students.

There are a number of important dates coming up for those students preparing for the sacraments. Please be sure to add them to your family calendar.

February 8th  @ 6:00 pm – Parent Meeting at St. James (no children please) **Rescheduled**

February 11 @ 10:30 am – St. Francis De Sales Parish Enrolment Ceremony

March 21 @ 6:30 pm  – St. Francis De Sales Parish – First Reconciliation

Sunday, April 29 @ 10:30 – St. Francis De Sales Parish – First Communion

Letter & Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion


September 2018 Kindergarten Registration

Open House Tuesday, January 16, 2016 4:00-5:30 pm 

This is a chance for new students (and parents) to tour our school and meet the Kindergarten Team.  If possible, we encourage you to arrange alternate care for siblings for the Open House Event. Although you are welcome to register children up to the end of August, it is optimal to have your child’s registration package returned as soon as possible (ideally by the end of February) so that we can organize our classes for next year. As well, an early and completed registration will ensure your child is on our mailing list for our Welcome to Kindergarten Evening and the Step Into Kindergarten Program (if applicable). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.


New School Name & Principal Announced

Exciting news was released this morning after last night Board Meeting! Two decisions were made with regards to our new Catholic elementary school here in Smiths Falls.

First, the school’s name will be St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and secondly, Susan Forbes has been appointed Principal of the new school, effective September 1, 2018.

The link below will take you to the official letter written by Director Gartland.

Letter from Director Gartland


Lunch Program Changes This Week

Dear Families,
Due to the snowday today and predicted weather for Friday, please note the following changes with our lunch program:
– Alphabet Soup will be served tomorrow Wednesday at lunch – Thank you Two Guys for being accommodating
– Munch n’ Lunch will be served on Thursday
 
We’ve also been very blessed to have a super generous family offer to buy pizza for all the kids at our school today  as a special treat- thank you!

Christmas Concert Update

The concert that was originally scheduled for this afternoon (Mme. Jordan’s 1/2 Immersion Class, Mr. Smith & Mrs. Sprague’s Kinder class & Ms. Garvin & Mrs. Jordan’s Kindergarten Class)  will now be tomorrow morning (Wednesday, December 20) at 10:30 am.

All other concerts will go ahead as planned.

Mrs. Cyr’s & Mrs. McParland’s Advent celebration will now be on Friday morning at 10:40 am.


Remembrance Day Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following St. James students who won this years’ Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Poster Contest. A celebration will be held at a later date where awards will be presented.

Primary Colour

 1st Place Evie Tsarouhas

Primary Black & White

 1st Place Kearra McEllistrum
 2nd Place Cassandra Del Mundo
 3rd Place Mary Anne Babcock

 

 


SF Police Service & Jack FM – Letters to Santa

The Smiths Falls Police Service along with 92.3 JACK FM are sponsoring the 5th Annual “Letters to Santa” Campaign.

This is a campaign to encourage children to drop off their Letters to Santa at the Smiths Falls Police Station located at 7 Hershey Drive in Smiths Falls. There is an old fashion large Red Mailbox located in the front lobby where children can walk in and drop off their letters.

The campaign is open to all children that know Santa really exists. The letters should be legible and easy to read as they will be read live on the radio on 92.3 JACK FM.

Here is how it works:

The child will either drop off the letters at the Smiths Falls Police Service or they can email them to santa@sfps.ca. Please include “Letter to Santa” in the Subject line if you email the Letter to Santa and a return address as Santa will be mailing letters back to the children!

Letters can be emailed or dropped off any time up until Wednesday December 20, 2017.

Thanks to all participants!


How Long Should My Child Stay At Home When Ill?

We often have parents contacting us in regards to our illness policies. This is the document we use and is produced by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

 Chickenpox For mild illness (low fever, less than 30 spots) – no exclusion as long as your child is well enough to participate normally in all activities; for moderate to severe illness (fever over 38.5C and/or many new sports ) – until 5 days after onset of rash
 Diarrhea Until 24 hours after stools are formed. This may vary depending on cause of illness and the way the disease is spread
 Fifth’s disease “Slapped Cheek” Until your child is feeling well enough to participate normally in all activities (no need to stay away from others). Exclusion is not required because no longer contagious once rash appears.
 Hand/Foot/Mouth Disease Until your child is feeling well enough to participate normally in all activities. Those with mouth sores or oozing lesions should stay away from others.
 Impetigo Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been taken for at least 24hours or until sores are completely scabbed over.
 Measles For at least 4 days after the rash appears
 Pink-Eye Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been taken for at least 24 hours
 Rubella (German Measles) Until at least seven days after the rash first appears
 Strep throat Until the antibiotic prescribed by a doctor has been taken for at least 24 hours
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Until antibiotic treatment has been taken for at least 5 days. If no treatment is given, wait three weeks from onset of illness .

Keep your child home and away from others if he or she has any of these symptoms:

* Fever
 * Diarrhea
 * Rash
 * Vomiting
 * Frequent Coughing or Sneezing
 * Yellow or Green Discharge from the nose, ears or eyes
 * Sore Throat
 Contact your family doctor for diagnosis. He or she will advise you about care and treatment if a communicable disease is diagnosed .

For more information, please call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120.


Las Posada Pillowcases

Each year in lieu of staff presents, we ask parents to donate new items for our Las Posada Bags. Last year with your generosity, we were able to handout 20 bags that held an assortment of new gifts for some of our families and we would love to match or exceed that total for this year.  Some easy donation ideas are: gift cards, small toys, books, puzzles, items for grown-ups, waterproof mitts, chocolate treats… the possibilities are endless and will ensure that all of our families have a wonderful Christmas. Your gifts of heart, hand and money are definitely appreciated and something we should be very proud of as a school community.


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