October Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving

posted Oct 6, 2016, 7:00 AM by Sean McGuire

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October Newsletter 2016

In this issue
Principal’s Message

Public Health

Activity Fees

Office Updates

Pow Wow

Board Spiritual Theme

Important Dates

Quick Links

St. Kateri Tekakwitha




Parish Links

Good Shepherd

Principal’s Message

From all of us at SKT we wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving.

God of all blessings,source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.  We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, and for children who lighten our moments with delight. For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,

through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.


Public Health Updates

Tips for dealing with Head Lice

Facts about head lice:

·      Head lice cannot jump or fly.

·      Head lice are spread person to person by direct head to head contact.

·      Head lice do not survive more than 3 days away from the scalp.

·      Head lice do not spread disease and anyone can get them.

You should suspect head lice when you see:

·      Constant head scratching.

·      Scratch marks on or near the scalp.

·      Nits that are glued on the hair close to the scalp.

·      Small bugs in parted hair.

Treat head lice by following these steps:

-Check all close contacts. If one person in the family has lice, others can too.

-Tell the school, day-care, and children’s groups so parents can check their children’s hair. An untreated source can be reason to get lice again.

-Talk to a pharmacist so they can help you choose the right product.

-Give 2 treatments 7-10 days apart. Between treatments, daily nit removal is essential to get rid of head lice successfully. The first treatment will kill head lice but not all the eggs. The second treatment will kill the newly hatched lice missed with the first treatment before they are able to reproduce.

For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health or http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/head_lice

When Should I Keep My Child Home From School?

Many parents struggle with the answer to this question.  As such, we’d like to provide some guidelines to help in your decision-making.

Cold and/or Cough

A sore throat, runny nose, cough and mild congestion are common, recurring symptoms, especially in young children.  More often than not, children are safe to attend school.  Ask yourself: “Can my child still participate in school activities?”  However, if any of these symptoms are accompanied by fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, wheezing or distinct change in mood, please keep your child home until he or she is feeling better.


A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.  If your child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of a fever-reducing medication and without other symptoms, he or she is safe to return to school.  Otherwise, your child is likely fighting an infection, meaning he or she may be vulnerable and/or contagious.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons to keep your child at home.  Both are symptoms of infection that could be spread to others.  A child is safe to return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Sore Throat

A severe sore throat accompanied by swollen glands and/or fever may be indicative of strep throat, which is highly contagious.  A child with strep throat should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Pink Eye

Red, itchy eyes accompanied by yellow or green discharge are symptoms of conjunctivitis (or pink eye).  This condition is highly contagious and spreads quickly through schools.  Once diagnosed, your child should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.


A rash may be a symptom of another infection.  If your child has an undiagnosed rash, please keep your child home until these symptoms clear or until you’ve spoken with the doctor.

Other general symptoms to watch for include: fatigue beyond what you would expect from a mild illness, a pale or tired appearance, irritability or disinterest in normal activities, loss of appetite and any form of pain (earache, stomachache, headache, body ache).  Some of these may be indicative of infection or other conditions that should be checked out by a doctor.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy School Year!

Activity Fees

This year St. Kateri will continue a pay-per-use system rather than an Activity Fee.  There will be no initial fee for families rather students will pay for activities, field trips etc as they occur.  The first fee for families is to cover the cost of the student agendas.  The cost is ten dollars.  You are encouraged register for and to use our School Cash Online.  Please pay online by October 14th.

Office Updates

Drop off and Pick Up;

A reminder to all parents not to use the bus loading zone (i.e. area directly in front of the school) from 8:45-9:30am and from 3:30-4:00pm.  In addition please refrain from waiting in your car in the staff parking area for safety ease of traffic flow.

Did your child forget their lunch?  Homework?  Anything?

In order to minimize interruptions to the class please leave items on the shelf next to the office and your child will come to the office during lunch to collect their belongings.  When possible, please inform your child that you will be dropping items off for them so they are aware to come to the office


Pow Wows

We held our first Pow Wow of the year on Monday, October 3rd and it was a great success.  We plan to have our future Pow Wows on the first Friday of each month.  Students are encouraged to wear their House Shirts on Wednesdays and during our Pow Wows.

Board Spiritual Theme

We held our Thanksgiving Liturgy on Wednesday, October 5th.  Our first opportunity to share our new spiritual theme.  The new spiritual theme is ‘Sent to be the Good News’.  The logo for this spiritual theme denotes the mission of Jesus Christ and the apostles walking the dusty roads of the Holy Land to bring Good News to the world.  This image can remind us of our pilgrimages through this life in walking the road of faith and witnessing this faith to others.  

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Catholic School Council

You may keep up to date with our Catholic School Council by visiting their web page.



Important Dates

PD Day:  October 7th

Thanksgiving: October 10th

Monster Mash:  October 28th


St. Kateri Tekakwitha School

6400 Beauséjour Drive

Orléans, ON  K1C 4W2

Phone: 613-820-2454
Email: Kateri.Tekakwitha@ocsb.ca
Website: kat.ocsb.ca
Twitter: KateriOttawa