Good evening Parents,

I am writing with some updates about life at school, dealing with Illness, The Umbrella Project and Remote Education/face to face changes.

We would describe life at school as “So far so good”. The students are doing a good job of following our safety guidelines and protocols. Please continue to reinforce this at home and remind your children to keep their masks on at school and maintain social distance spacing as they move around the school.

Managing COVID and monitoring Student Illness

Parents are asked to complete the COVID self-assessment for their students before sending them to school:  Please note that if a child is kept home or sent home because of COVID Symptoms, all siblings need to be at home as well. Students can return to school after being cleared by a doctor or Public Health and are symptom-free for 24hours.

Face to Face and Remote Learning
Currently, we have two options for how our students can receive education t  his year and the choice was made via the survey that was sent out by the WCDSB during the summer.  If you have chosen face to face learning at St. John’s but have changed your mind and do not want your child to attend, we want you to know that we respect your decision. Your child has still been placed in a classroom and assigned a classroom teacher.  If they do not attend, they will be marked absent each day.  Phone calls have gone out to check on student safety and family intentions. If you are keeping your children at home, we would ask you complete an “Intent to be Absent” form. This form will ensure your child stays registered and will allow access to the classroom’s Google Classroom so they can access useful resources.
This web page: will be the best place to find all relevant updates including timelines (e.g. when you can switch to remote learning or face to face). For those that missed the original opt-in window, the next chance to select St. Isidore or switch back to Face to Face at St. John’s happens starting September 24th. It is only a 4 Day window, the next opportunity to switch in or out happens in mid-November. It is important to note that there is a very specific timeline for those families looking to make a change in direction, you will have from 9am September 24 and until the registration window closes on September 28 at 6pm

Updates from St. Isidore

61 students from St. John are currently enrolled at St. Isidor, the remote learning school for WCDSB – the following is some key information for St. Isidor students and parents:

St. Isidore has their own webpage. It can be found at

An important Newswire Message from the team can be found here. You should follow them on Twitter. Their Twitter page can be found at



If you were loaned a Chromebook back in the spring for your child to use at home, you are welcome and encouraged to have your child bring that Chromebook back and forth to school. They can use it in both locations; for COVID safety reasons they will be the only student that uses that particular device when at school.

The Umbrella Project
Welcome to the Umbrella Project! September is a time of many mixed feelings as kids head back to school, routines are re-established, and warm summer days cool into fall. While many parents relish the structure of the school year, it also comes with a ramping up of activities, homework, friend dynamics, new teachers and many other things that require our parenting energy.
The Umbrella Project is dedicated to helping families better navigate the ups and downs of life while building important skills that help us thrive in all types of weather. We call these skills Umbrella Skills because much like an umbrella, they help to protect us when life is rainy and challenging. We want children to feel empowered in all kinds of weather instead of spending their lives trying to avoid the rain.
Please take 2 minutes to watch this quick video that will help you understand how your child’s wellbeing grows and develops through practice.
Each month we focus on providing practical parenting and classroom tools to build a different skill that the research shows us is an important piece of our umbrella of wellbeing. We are excited to provide you with lots of options and ideas to support these important skills at home. We recommend you choose the ideas that fit best with your unique family. Parenting energy is precious, and we really can not do it all.  What we can do is recognize our children’s strengths, the holes in their umbrellas and the parenting tools that will best help us support them as individuals to become stronger and more resilient in the face of life’s challenges.
Watch this video from Dr. Jen as she welcomes you to the Umbrella Project.


Have a great evening,

Mr. Paul Gladding                                Mrs. Sherry MacDonald

Principal                                                Vice-Principal