Good afternoon St. Augustine Families.

With the announcement of the return back to school face-to-face on January 17th, some families are not yet feeling comfortable with this transition. We want to continue the learning for everyone, so at St. Augustine, and at all schools in the WCDSB, we will offer a short window of remote learning, should you wish to choose that option.

What does this look like?You would let the main office know via telephone or email to Angela.Carrollboeyenga@wcdsb.ca or Bonnie.Blackmore@wcdsb.ca  as well as the classroom teacher that you wish your child to remain at home and learn online.  For a 2 week block, from January 17 – January 28, your child will remain at home and connect with the regular classroom teacher at 8:45am and 12:30pm.  This check-in would be for approximately 30 minutes.  During this check-in your child could connect with the teacher, engage in regular morning routines and get clarity on the work that is expected for that day.  The teacher will also mark your child’s attendance.

If choosing online learning, your child will have the option and opportunity to re-join the class in person on January 31, 2022 or remain online for another 2 week block.  Switching formats within the 2 week period will not be permitted.

For those returning to in-person learning January 17th, there is NOTHING THAT IS REQUIRED.

Chromebook Return

 If your child borrowed a Chromebook from school and they are returning to in person learning on Monday January 17th, please ensure that they return their Chromebook on Monday January 17th.  Thank you in advance. 

If your child is remaining online for the next two weeks, please have him/her keep the borrowed Chromebook at home so there is no disruption to their learning.

Cold Weather

It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants, boots, etc.). Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed, so be sure to remind your child to check there if they have lost something. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

When we experience wintry weather throughout the year schools follow School Board policy when deciding to keep students indoors during winter.  When schools are open, special consideration must be given to the safety and well-being of students while they are outside at recess, lunch, or for other outdoor activities.  The following temperatures (including wind chill) and actions should be followed during winter months:

  • NEW TEMPERATURE GUIDELINES: When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C, schools will move to a shortened outdoor recess and lunch period.  This period will not be longer than 15 minutes.  When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students must remain inside.
  • Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the, two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break.  Requests asking students to stay in due to inadequate winter clothing, not liking the cold weather etc. cannot be accommodated.  It is very important for students to understand they will redirected to play outside.  It is imperative that all students come prepared for the weather – especially as intramurals and clubs are on pause.

Currently, we are in line to get a significant amount of snow on Monday so an extra change of clothes might be a good idea!

As we continue to receive information/updates from the Ministry, Public Health and/or Board, they will be shared with our School Community. The support of our school community makes an incredible difference – together we can accomplish amazing things.

Stay Safe Storm!