ST THOMAS AQUINAS SCHOOL September 2016 Important Dates: Friday, Sept. 16 Sept 12-17 Sept. 29 Oct. 5 Opening Mass, Jr./Sr. High Awards/ Parent Council BBQ/Grandparents’ Day Missoula Theatre Terry Fox Run Picture Day Office News… We have switched to a new program in the office this year and all of our information was rolled over from last year. Most of the information moved over seamlessly but we have noticed a few glitches, names incorrect, addresses missing, etc. Please make us aware of any errors that you notice on paperwork throughout the year. Attendance: If your child is going to be absent from school please let the office know. You can call in at 780-753-6838 or email [email protected] . If we do not receive an email or a phone call we will be calling you. Website…http://sta.ecacs16.ab.ca We have a new website! On here you will find the student handbook, school calendar and upcoming events. Missoula Children’s Theatre… Missoula Children's Theatre will once again be coming to St. Thomas Aquinas this fall! Our tour directors will be here September 12th to 17thand will be presenting the classic tale "Aladdin". Auditions will be held Monday, September 12th and will take place from 3:30-5:30pm at the school. Once the cast is selected, practices will take place throughout the week to prepare for the show. The final performances will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 3pm and again at 7pm at the Rec Centre. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend! The program is free of charge and we would like to encourage any students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to come out and participate in this wonderful opportunity! Welcome Back… To Mrs. Mercer who will be teaching part time Gr. 1 Mrs. Kohlman who will be teaching Gr. 6 and Mr. Martin who will be teaching Jr. High Math, Gr. 9 Social and some elementary Phys. Ed. Volunteer Drivers… The policy for volunteer drivers has changed. Anyone transporting students must have $2,000,000.00 liability coverage. Friday, September 16… Is a busy day here at STA! At 9:00 am the Opening School Mass will take place at the church. Everyone is invited to attend. Next, the Jr/Sr. High will be having their annual awards ceremony beginning at 11:00 am in the gym. Parents with children receiving an award will be emailed a notice. Following the awards ceremony, the parent council will be offering a free bbq for students, staff and parents. Please come join us for a wonderful day of visiting and celebrating. Finally, the Grade Ones will be hanging out with their grandparents for the afternoon (beginning at 2:00pm) and partaking in a variety of activities. Terry Fox Run… Will be on Thursday, Sept. 29. Elementary Students will begin at 1:30pm. Jr. and Sr. High students will begin at 2:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Yearbook Order Forms… Were sent home on the first day of school. 2017 yearbook order forms due by Sept 30, 2016. Bussing News… Buffalo Trail Public Schools is pleased to announce the addition of our Bus Cancellation Subscription notice for parents/guardians. You need to click on this link http://www.btps.ca/Subscribe.php and enter your route number and contact information. If you want to receive an email and a text when your child’s bus route is cancelled then you will have to subscribe via email and mobile. Bus routes are updated on our website when bus drivers contact our office to let us know their bus will not be running. Their first priority is calling parents, however, this will assist them in ensuring everyone gets the message. Please sign up and use this important tool. LARGE ITEMS and SCHOOL PROJECTS ON SCHOOL BUSES: Large band instruments and sports equipment such as skate boards, hockey sticks, hockey bags, curling brooms, skis, etc. are not allowed on the bus. Small band instruments and skates in a properly secured bag (i.e. not plastic) with skate guards will be transported on school buses. Students must be able to hold all of his or her school items on his/her lap without them projecting out of their seating area, into the aisle or into another student’s space. Items no larger than 13” x 13” x 23” can be carried on the school busses. This applies to regular bus runs. School projects that are too large to fit on a student’s lap or perhaps contain dangerous materials (i.e. cut glass, chemicals, etc.) are not permitted on the bus. Please transport these projects yourself to school for your child(ren) and we have asked teachers to be aware that transportation of such projects may be an issue for some rural students SCHOOL BUS FLY-BY’S/RED FLASHING LIGHT VIOLATIONS: DO NOT PASS a bus when its RED FLASHING LIGHTS are activated. This is illegal and a conviction can mean a $543 fine and 6 demerit points. Yes this a big fine, but the biggest penalty would be having to live with the fact that you hurt or killed a child. Its 30 seconds of your life…it could mean the end of a child’s. REMEMBER LIGHTS FLASHING…NO PASSING! CROSS WALK SAFETY: Please remind your children to use marked crosswalks and the pause, point and proceed method to cross the street to the schools or an intersection if there are no marked cross walks. It is important that students are not walking through park cars or school buses as they are not visible to passing motorists. We wish all our students and their families a happy and successful school year!
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