September Newsletter 2018

posted Aug 29, 2018, 5:01 AM by St. Luke ‎(Nepean)‎ School

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September, 2018


Mr. Chris Risto

Vice Principal:

Mrs. Julie Fortier


Mr. Ben Vallati


Mr. Spencer Warren

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 Prayer for our Students on the First Day of School

“Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year. Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me. Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year! Amen”


Although there is still one week left of summer holidays, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our St. Luke families to another year at St. Luke Catholic School! A special and warm welcome to any new families that are joining us this year. You will quickly learn how great of a community St. Luke really is! We trust that you and your families have had a restful, yet fun and exciting, summer holiday. During the past two months, our caretakers have been busy ensuring that the school is ready for students and staff. This week, staff have been eagerly preparing for the new school year. A special THANK YOU to all of our staff for dedicating their time to ensure that the school is ready to welcome students on Tuesday, September 4th.

As educators, we look forward to educating your children, and appreciate that you are entrusting them in our care. This is a privilege we accept with great responsibility and continue to work towards maintaining your trust. Our consistent effort to support our student’s endeavors, academically, socially and spiritually throughout the year, will ensure optimum success for all. It is my honour to serve once again as principal for St. Luke’s Catholic School Community. The entire staff, our Vice-Principal Mrs. Fortier, and I will continue to work in partnership with our students, parents and St. Andrew Parish community members in teaching our students to follow the ways of Jesus through thoughts, words and actions by continuing to demonstrate the Gospel Values at St.Luke Catholic Elementary School.

This new school year brings a new board-wide Spiritual Theme, “Seek Justice, Love Kindness & Mercy, Walk Humbly with God” Micah 6:8. More information about our new Spiritual Theme can be found below. As we begin the new school year as a Catholic school community, we pray for the health and safety of all our families and staff.

Please note that this will be the only newsletter sent home this year. Alternatively, we will be moving towards a Weekly Memo which families will receive weekly, electronically. Weekly Memos will also be posted on our school website under News and Links.  

We wish everyone a wonderful start to the school year and encourage you to become an active part of your child’s academic year. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces in and around the school!

Yours in Education,
Chris Risto (Principal)

Our Spiritual Theme 2018-2021

The Ottawa Catholic School Board has again adopted a Board-wide Spiritual Theme to guide the school board community through the years 2018 to 2021. Our Spiritual Theme “Seek Justice, Love Kindness & Mercy, Walk Humbly with God” enables our staff, students, and community to dig deep into the Gospel to make real and meaningful connections with our everyday lives. This three-year theme will focus on Catholic social teachings to align with global competencies and encourage learners to think globally and act locally.

Year one of the Spiritual Theme will begin in September 2018, with a focus on the “Seek Justice” component. It will enable us to introduce Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as a lens for learning throughout the curriculum. Students of all ages can adopt the Catholic social themes to develop a gospel centred and Catholic worldview. These themes — such as Dignity of the Human Person, Preferential option for the Poor, and Stewardship for Creation, as examples — can be a launching space for Deep Learning to occur.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our staff!

Full-day Kindergarten Team: Mrs. Tracy Bellem, Mrs. Katalin Diaz-Carballo, Mme. Louise Lapointe, Mme. Chantal Verheul, Mrs. Marion Pora, Mrs. Ho, Mrs. Renee St. Amour and Mrs. Diane Brandow.

Primary English Team: Mrs. Cathy Vachon, Mrs. Gayle O’Callaghan, Mrs. Alfea Ellacott, Mrs. Monique Stuyt, Mrs. Sarah Sunderland, Mrs. Colleen Coxall, Mrs. Debbi Milne, Mr. Angelo Bruno, Mrs. Kristin Kelly.

Primary French Team: Mme. Marie Tanguay, Mme. Manon Boudreau and Mme. Kelly Nolan-Tam.

Junior English Team: Mme. Miriam Basten, Mrs. Laura Logan, Mrs. Teri Shurb, Mrs. Amy Agostini, Mr. David Dore.

Junior French Team: Mme. Nancy Lescarbeau, Mme. Christine Cote, Mme. Zoe Morehouse.

Resource Team: Mrs. Ruth Peddle and Mrs. Luisa Mariani

Developmental Education Team: Mrs. Deborah Cox, Mrs. Rhonda Feraco, Mr. Jared Pratt, Mrs. Cynthia Anderson, Ms. Christine Ladurantaye, Mrs. Minda Talany

Educational Assistants: Mrs. Jackie Durkin, Mrs. Iris Luszczek, Mrs. Debbie Bower, Ms. Laurie Rowan, Ms. Erin Duncan, Mrs. Marissa Perrier, Mr. Evan Faux, Ms. Leah Phillips.

Library Technician: Ms. Michelle Sherwin

Custodians: Mr. Keith Barker, Mrs. Yola Ghanem, Mr. Kenneth Deananeas, Mr. Steven Charbonneau.

Office Administrator: Mrs. Soula Pezoulas

Vice Principal: Mrs. Julie Fortier

Principal: Mr. Chris Risto


On the first day of school, students in grades 1 through 6 may enter the school yard between 8:55 am and 9:10 am, where they will meet their teachers. Class lists will be posted. Parents and guardians are welcome to accompany their children into the yard.

Kindergarten students who are attending the first day of school will meet the Kindergarten team in the front of the school between 8:55 am and 9:10 am.

Moving forward, the following drop-off and pick-up daily routines will be in effect. We appreciate your cooperation and support in keeping all of our students safe during both drop-off and pick-up.

Streamlining Drop-off and Pick-up

Once again, we are requesting your support in streamlining the drop-off and pick-up of students, in an effort to enhance everyone’s safety by minimizing vehicle traffic and adults on school property during school hours. Students will be supervised on the yard from 8:55-9:10 am. 

Morning drop-off

Parents who drive their children to school will be asked not to enter or park in the school parking lot. We encourage students who are not provided with bus service to walk to school to minimize vehicle congestion.

Parents who drop off their Kindergarten children will walk children to the south side of the school where they will be met by the Kindergarten team. Parents will not be allowed to access the parking lot, or the laneway at the front of the school, until after 9:10am. We will have pylons up for the first while until parents get used to not using the parking lot or the laneway between 8:50-9:10am.

Afternoon pick-up

At the end of the day, parents will pick all children up at the drop-off zone. Teachers will be handing children directly over to their parents/guardians/caregivers. Parents will wait there, so that we can bring your children to you after having dropped their peers off at Mountshannon Childcare, and then the buses.

If a child arrives after 9:10am, or a parent needs to pick a child up prior to 3:30pm, then of course the parking lot and laneway would be open for you to use.

For the safety of our children, we expect that all adults entering the school or arriving on school property during the regular school day will report to the office, please. Parents are asked to sign in at the front office where they will be given a visitor pass if they are volunteering. Please do not accompany your child to class if they are being dropped off. School staff has been instructed to direct all adults to the office.  Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.


Student transportation information is now available on the OSTA Parent Web Portal. Please re-verify transportation information the week prior to school start-up as stop timings may have changed. Additional information can be found on OSTA’s website.


School Cash Online

We will continue to use the convenience of online payments this year. Please go to School Cash Online to create an account if you haven’t already done so. This will allow you to purchase, Pizza and Subway lunches, milk and an agenda beginning Monday, August 27th.

Register  Online:

      Step 1: Please click HERE

      Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the  


      Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, please select the ‘click  

                         here’ option, login in and add each of your children to your  

                         household account. Convenient, Safe and Secure. PLEASE

                         NOTE: If you have any questions during the registration process  

                         or while shopping online, please contact the Parent Help  

                         Desk by calling 1-866-961-1803 or by e-mailing   


A brief CLIP will give you an overview of the registration and online shopping experience.


St. Luke Code of Conduct

Please review the St. Luke Code of Conduct in the introductory pages of the agenda. Teachers will be reviewing the Code of Conduct this year, as per Ministry policy. Copies of the school’s Anti-Bullying Plan, Code of Conduct, Progressive Discipline Plan, and Equity and Inclusive Education Plan will be available on the school website. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. We thank you for your support.

Dress Code Message

Wearing clothing with culturally insensitive messages or images is not in keeping with our Catholic value of promoting a safe, caring and inclusive school community.  All students are encouraged to wear respectful clothing at all times when on school property or on a school related activity.


School Schedule

8:55 am - 9:10 am

arrival and yard supervision

9:10 am - 10:25 am

block 1

10:25 am - 10:40 am

recess (grades 1-6)

10:40 am - 11:55 am

block 2

11:55 am - 12:55 pm

lunch and recess (grades 1-6)

12:55 pm - 2:10 pm

block 3

2:10 pm - 2:25 pm


2:25 pm - 3:40 pm

block 4

3:40 pm


Catholic School Council

The first CSC meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 pm Elections will take place on this evening. Moving forward, meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of every month. All are welcome to attend. A special THANK YOU to our CSC for organizing the pizza and Subway lunches for our students again this year. Stay tuned for a message from your CSC next week in our Weekly Memo.


Curriculum Program Evening/Open House

Our Curriculum Program Evening will take place on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. From 5:30pm-6:30pm, parents can accompany their child(ren) to their classrooms to meet their teachers, learn about the curriculum expectations at each grade level and find out about school, classroom and yard routines. At 6:30 pm families will assemble in the gym for introductions and a brief presentation by your Catholic School Council. We look forward to seeing everyone!


It is critical that the school be notified of all absences in advance, please. To make it convenient for parents to report absences, we have a telephone answering machine available at all times.  If your child needs to leave the school early for any reason, please send a note to the classroom teacher. Students must be signed out at the office by their custodial parent/guardian.  If a student arrives late, he/she must also report to the office to be signed in.

Sick Children

Children should not be sent to school when they are too ill to participate in all activities planned, including recesses, or when they have a contagious illness, such as a bad cold or flu, please. This is for their health and well-being, and others’. If a student becomes ill during school hours, you will be contacted and asked to pick your child up from the Office. Accommodations can be discussed with the principal in the event of an injury, a long-term disability or where a doctor’s certificate is provided.

Emergency School Closing

Please note that in the event that the school closes because of severe winter weather, fire, etc. it is vital that you discuss with your child where he/she should go if you are not at home during the day.  

Student Verification Form

During the first week of school, we will be sending home a copy of the Student Verification Form for your child.  Please review this information and make the appropriate changes, if needed. It is imperative that the information on this form be accurate so that the school can contact you or your designate in case of an emergency. The copy must be signed and returned to the school immediately for our records.  Should you have a change in address, telephone or caregiver during the year, the school should be notified of these changes immediately, please. If there are custodial arrangements other than joint custody, then we will need a copy of court orders for your child’s file. Again, we thank you for helping us to ensure your child’s safety.


Practice Drills

In order to ensure the safety of all students, we must hold practice drills during the school year.  Three distinct types of safety measures are practiced.

Fire Drill/ Emergency evacuation (6 per year)

We hold 6 fire drills in the course of a school year.  A loud tone sounds, signaling the need to evacuate the building.  All occupants leave the school in a quiet and orderly manner, line up in a designated zone and attendance is taken and reported.  At the end of the drill, students return to classes and are debriefed by an announcement on the intercom. Students could be evacuated at any time.  Should a site evacuation be required, we take refuge at St. Mother Teresa High School. A volunteer phone tree would inform parents.


Should a threat to students and staff be perceived in the school, an announcement is made putting the school in lockdown mode. Students are directed to sit on the floor, against a secure wall, away from windows.  Attendance is taken and recorded. Students are to sit silently until the room is opened by a police officer or school official. Should a child be in the washroom, they are instructed to stand on the toilet seat so the stall appears empty. Students in hallways are to step into the closest classroom before the doors are closed. If a class is in the gym, they move to the change room for security.  If students are in the Learning Commons, they move in behind the bookshelves. If students are outdoors, they move as quickly as possible to our offsite location, Mother Teresa High School. We practice this twice a year, onsite, with the support of our School Resource Officer.

Secure School

A Secure School announcement is made when we need to keep students and staff in classrooms and hallways clear.  Students are to report to the nearest classroom if they are in the hallways or washrooms. Windows are covered and the doors are locked. Attendance is taken.  Regular teaching takes place during a Secure School. An announcement lets the school know things are back to normal and the Secure School is over.

Shelter in Place

We might need to use Shelter in Place when there is a potential threat outside of the school building but no real danger of the threat moving into the school (eg. a wild animal, smoke from a potentially hazardous truck, fire in the general vicinity, threatening weather conditions, etc.). Students are kept on task, and away from windows and doors. The outside exit doors of the school are locked, and no one goes outdoors or is let in the school except by the principal, vice-principal, designate, or emergency responder personnel.


Please: No Nuts or Nut Products at School
There are many students in our school with a severe, life-threatening allergy to either peanuts and/or other nut groups.  Although it is impossible to create a risk-free environment, our school has taken several steps to minimize potential allergic reactions.  We request your cooperation in not sending any peanuts, peanut butter or nut products to school in your child’s lunch or snack. There is a danger of traces of nut products being left on taps in the washrooms, tables, or other common areas.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in protecting these children at risk. For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit their WEBSITE.

Medication Forms

It is Board policy that a Request and Consent for Administration of Medication form be completed before medication can be administered to any student by staff. This form needs to be completed annually. Please let us know if you need a form and we will send one home.  If your son or daughter requires an Epi-pen, it is strongly recommended that there be two at the school: one in the office and one on the student’s person in a fanny-pack at all times.



Want to make a difference in the life of a child?  Volunteer! You could be a parent, grandparent, guardian, or a member of our school community interested in helping children to reach their full potential.  

NEW THIS YEAR: Volunteers provide a valuable service to our children and are very important partners in education.  Specific skill development is not a requirement in becoming a school volunteer; the only requirement is a current VULNERABLE SECTOR POLICE CHECK, as per Board policy.  All school volunteers will be required to produce their criminal reference approvals to the main office. Below you will find the link to download the form. The application can be completed online. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

School letter waiving criminal reference check fee

Online Criminal Reference Form for Volunteering


School Photo Day is Friday, September, 21st. Remember to wear your best smile! Class photos and individual photo retakes will take place later in October.

Come join us on Friday, September 28th for      

our annual Terry Fox Run! Students and staff will be walking, running or rolling in support of Terry Fox. More information to follow.


Please visit our school WEBSITE for additional information throughout the year as well as a calendar with all important dates and times for various events. Follow us on TWITTER and be sure to visit our FACEBOOK page!


St. Luke School, Nepean

60 Mountshannon Drive

Nepean, ON  K2J 4B8

Phone: 613-825-2520
Twitter: lukecarleton