Help Reduce the Spread of Germs

Hand Hygiene Frequent hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and illness. Hand washing with soap and water and using hand sanitizer (alcohol based hand rub or ABHR) are two effective methods to accomplish hand hygiene. Assist children with hand washing upon arrival at the child care centre. *ABHR should only be used under supervision in child care centres. It should not be used when hands are visibly dirty/soiled or when hands are wet. When to Wash Hands: Before and after handling, preparing and eating food, bottle feeding, using water tables, putting on and removing … Continue reading

Vaping at School – Education.  Warning. Ticket.

Public Health Inspectors surveil periodically for tobacco and e-cigarettes and will educate any students who are or have been associated with vaping on school premises.  This will be the first step in their progressive enforcement for tobacco and electronic cigarettes. St. Thomas Aquinas staff have been diligent in educating all students and families on the vaping.  Synermail, announcements, washrooms sweeps, phone calls to parents and suspensions happen regularly at the school. Please be advised that Public Health inspectors have been authorized to carry out ticketing as vaping inside public buildings is against the law. The set fine for “use of … Continue reading

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting is Here!

We are pleased to announce that as of Monday, November 5, 2018, our school has moved to a new automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, offered through SchoolMessenger®, the company that hosts our parent notification system. The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways: using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line Learn more about how to report your child’s absence. Click on the FAQ for more information about how to use the new SafeArrival student attendance management … Continue reading

St. Thomas Aquinas C.S.S. Receives Bronze EcoSchools Certification in 2017-2018!

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program (from Kindergarten to Grade 12) that encourages our school community to develop our ecological literacy and reduce our environmental footprint. The key areas of focus are: Teamwork & Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship.  Through this program, our students and staff participate in environmental education and practices, developing the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and actions needed to be environmentally responsible citizens.   For more information, please visit: http://www.ontarioecoschools.org/ … Continue reading

Breakfast Program

Did you know that St. Thomas Aquinas CSS provides ALL students with access to healthy food at school? A Breakfast Program has been running in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) since 2006. This program is open to all students free of charge and breakfast is available every morning prior to the start of period one class, Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. All food prepared and served at our Breakfast Program meets Ministry of Child and Youth Services Nutrition Guidelines and follow Safe Food Handling practices. To continue this successful program, we need your help! … Continue reading