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Family Communication | Oct 2021

October 15, 2021

Dear STMC Students & Parents,

Keeping students and families informed and up-to-date to what’s happening and upcoming at the school is central to ensuring that the year ahead is as positive for all as it can be.

Stay Connected – Stay Informed!

The pandemic, and our need to respond to it, will continue to drive our ability to hold traditional events and to totally ‘normalize’ our operations to pre-March 2020 levels.  Our approach this year will again require us to be more pragmatic in our planning for most – if not all – of the events that we have calendared.  We will endeavour to communicate with people regarding upcoming events in three ways; via regular emails, via our STMC IOS App (available as a free download from the Apple Store), and via our website and social media platforms. Stay connected – Stay informed!

Key Calendar Events (October 18-29)

Monday, October 18, 2021 – STMC Parents’ Association (PA) Meeting

The October STMC PA Meetings is open to ALL STMC Parents.  The meeting will begin at 7pm in the Library-Learning Commons on the 2nd Floor.  In keeping with our COVID-19 protocols parents are asked to pre-register by emailing the PA Secretary: stmcpasecretary@gmail.com  providing them with your full name.  You will also be asked to sign an attendance sheet and provide COVID contact-tracing information upon entering the library.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – Late Start Schedule

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Grade 9 Parent Meeting @ 5:30pm, STMC Cafeteria [New Date]

We need to limit the attendance to this event and ask that only one family member for each Grade 9 (Grads of ’25) attend this session.  This meeting will be live and in-person and will not be filmed and broadcasted.  Masks are required and a parent/guardian sign-in for contact tracing purposes will be necessary.

Topics: The “Lost Year”… Setting Up for Success – Navigating the weeks and months ahead… STMC Community Development… The Role & Function of our STMC Parents’ Association.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – Grade 8 New Parent Meeting @ 5:30pm, STMC Cafeteria [New Date]

COVID-19 Prevented us from meeting with our New Gr. 8 families as we typically are able to do each June.  We need to limit the attendance to this event and ask that only one family member for each Grade 8 (Grads of ’26) attend this session.  This meeting will be live and in-person and will not be filmed and broadcasted.  Masks are required and a parent/guardian sign-in for contact tracing purposes will be necessary.

Topics: Setting Up for Success – Navigating the weeks, months, and years ahead @ STMC… STMC Community Development… The Role & Function of our STMC Parents’ Association.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 –  Afternoon PLC Pro-D [Early Dismissal Schedule]

As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), we annually conduct our Faith Development Day and one of our six annual Professional Development days prior to start Labour Day weekend and school start-up.  One of our PD days aligns with the Province-Wide PD day in October… one is a school-based PD day in early December… and the two remaining calendared days align with the CISVA’s Catholic Educators’ Conference each February.  We have made the decision this year split our final PD day over the course of the school year by utilizing a series of Early Dismissals.  The two themes for our PLCs this year are Standards Based Grading and Healthy Relationships.

Future Early Dismissal Dates: Nov. 29, Feb. 28, May 12, & June 13

Looking ahead to our early November Calendar!

• Monday, November 8 – STMC Parents’ Association AGM @ 7PM in the Cafeteria
• Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Fallen Knights & Remembrance Day Services
• Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – Parent-Teacher Interviews [No Classes]

Details regarding format, times, and sign-up instructions forthcoming.

• Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Remembrance Day [No Classes]
• Friday, November 12, 2021 – TERM BREAK [No Classes]

Finally, as I have asked in each of my correspondences with you since the start of the pandemic I ask that you pray for the continued good health of our two resident Christian Brothers – Bro. Bassett, Bro. Cass – as well as everyone associated with our St. Thomas More family!

Pax et Bonum!

Yours in Christ,
Steve Garland – Principal, STMC

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