Please make note of the following when it comes to headlice.
First and foremost, if your child has headlice, it is very important that you let us know so that we can take precautions necessary to avoid its spread.
For the parents of daughters: we would like to strongly suggest that your girl comes to school in tight braids or a tight bun as this will help to protect the spread of head lice. We do have small elastics in class so if your child comes home with her hair tied back, these elastics are very tight and are best removed by the adult cutting them.
If your child’s class is notified of a case of lice, please check your child’s head/hair carefully. Live lice are tiny, brownish/grey bugs that move VERY quickly through the hair. Nits look like little droplets of glue stuck to hair strands.
Please also note that if your child ever gets head lice, you may want to try this proven to work/inexpensive/natural remedy to kill live lice rather than the over-the-counter lice shampoo: mix ¼ cup of oil (vegetable, olive, baby oil) with ¼ cup of vinegar and shake it up. Work it into the hair and cover head. Leave on for a minimum of two hours (personally, if there are live lice, keep covered overnight). The oil suffocates the live lice and the vinegar loosens up the nits/eggs. Rinse hair using baking soda (to get rid of the oil) and then use regular shampoo.
This remedy is effective, cheap and safe to use on heads.
Then the picking begins – this is the long and tedious work to get rid of all nits before they hatch. Pick every single day until you are certain that no nits remain. This can take up to several weeks.
Repeat the above formula with the oil and vinegar -seven days later. (Nothing will kill the eggs except for picking them out – over the counter lice shampoo may lead you to believe that it kills the nits as well, but it does not). If lice re-occurs it is often because there were nits remaining in the hair.
Please remind your child that their hats/caps are theirs to wear and no-one else’s.
Another important step is to deal with clothing etc. that may have lice on them – everything that your child has touched will need to be taken care of (indoor and outdoor clothes, blankets, stuffies, pillow cases, sheets etc.) This can be done through laundering with hot water and then the dryer. Another option is to place all items in a plastic bag for two weeks.
Lice is not life-threatening but it is very time-consuming to deal with effectively.
The majority of our classrooms are using Microsoft Teams this year for Parent Communication.
If you would like support setting up Teams or familiarizing yourself stop by our Learning Commons
on any of the Dates and Times Below:
Monday Nov 5: 4:30 – 6:00
Tuesday Nov 6: 3:30 – 4:30
Thursday Nov 8: 3:30 – 4:30
Tuesday Nov 13: 3:30 – 4:30
Thursday Nov 15: 3:30 – 4:30
St. Francis Phoenix Spirit Wear will be available to order shortly!
Orders can be placed through cash online or your child’s homeroom teacher.
There will be an opportunity on November 7th from 3:30-5:00 pm to view and try on the spirit wear. Orders are due November 19th with an arrival hopefully before Christmas.
Our first school dance of the year will be on Friday, November 2nd. The dance is open to students in Grades 6, 7 & 8 and runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to dress up for the dance in costumes! There will be prizes awarded for best costume, most creative and best couple costume!
Chips, pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.
Cost for dance entrance is $3.00 with a costume, $5.00 for students who are not dressed up!
First 100 dancers will receive a goody bag!
A number of students have been selected to represent St. Francis de Sales Catholic School at WE Day this year. WE Day is an inspiration event fueled by an educational initiative WE Schools. WE Day allows students to experience an unparalleled stadium-size experience. WE Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers. The stands are packed with young social innovators to honour their contributions and kick-start another year of change.
WE Day takes place on November 14 in Kanata at the Canadian Tire Centre.
We have a excursions planned for Foley Mountain in the upcoming weeks. Grade 7’s will be travelling with Mr. Ellacott on November 1st and the four Kindergarten classes will be November 6 and November 8th.
Cross-Country Running will begin Tuesday, October 9th as an sports opportunity for students in Grades 3-8. Practices will be held at lunch and we would ask that any child participating be dressed in comfortable/athletic clothing that day as well as wearing appropriate running shoes.
|Gr. 3 & Gr. 4||Tuesday & Thursday at lunch||1.7 KMS (approx)|
|Gr. 5 & Gr. 6||Tuesday & Thursday at lunch||2.1 KMS (approx)|
|Gr. 7 & Gr. 8||Tuesday & Thursday at lunch||2.6 KMS (approx)|
Meet information will be sent home as soon as it becomes available from the host school.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Imeson, Mrs. Peladeau or Ms. Polk for further information.
Since we met our goal for Terry Fox, next Friday October 12th we are going to be having a Foxy Soxy Dance Party in the gym in the PM.
Kindergarten students- 1:00-1:30
More information to follow. Please send notes home to parents via teams and agendas and have your students wear their fanciest socks EVER!!!!!! The dance party for kindergarten and primary will be lead by videos from GO NOODLE to keep it structured and controlled!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!