St. Louis Public School 2019-2020 Award Winners!
Parents and Guardians on revised school start dates for St. Louis Public School
August 19, 2020
First day of school for Grades 1- Grade 12 Tuesday, September 8
First day for Kindergarten Thursday, September 10
First day for Pre-K Monday, September 21
For new updates from the Remind App to be sent to your cell phone, send a text to: (754) 333-6859 and text the message @2d406c.
Please call the school if you should have any questions, (306) 422- 8511.
Principal Jaret Nelson
Vice Principal Dianne Broome
Message to Families: School Re-Opening 2020
August 17, 2020
As many of you have been expecting, the enhanced version of our Return to School Plan is ready for sharing and is posted to our website at the link below. Our revised plan reflects the new start date for school of September 8, 2020, maintains a gradual return for students from September 8-11 and includes many additional details as well. The plan provides what we need to create safe and positive learning opportunities but it is likely that we will have new information or changing requirements in the next days and weeks. We will continue to revise our plan so we can provide the best care and learning environments for students and staff. Please stay tuned for school specific details to be shared with families and an updated division plan published before the end of August.
If you have not yet registered your children for school, please register students soon. Registration forms are available on school websites or can be obtained by calling the Education Centre 306-764-1571. School Secretaries are back in schools on August 20, 2020 so please feel free to call your local school and make arrangements registration. Complete and accurate registration information supports careful and responsive school planning.
You know that SRPSD is focused on ensuring the mental wellness and physical safety of your children at school so we can continue to provide excellent learning experiences. Please continue to talk with your children about the start of school, encourage conversation about their excitements and worries, model calmness and openness and practice procedures that will reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Yours in Education,
Barry Hollick, Board Chair and Robert Bratvold, Director of Education
Message to Families: School Re-Opening Update
August 12, 2020
As you may know the next version of the SRPSD School Re-Entry Plan will be published at the end of the day on August 17. That plan will have details about the items below that are more clear now that the provincial guidelines have changed. We wanted to provide as much time as possible for families to review and consider these items in their thinking about returning to school.
- Masks will be required for all staff and for students in grade 4-12 on instructional days.
- Masks will not be required by staff on non-instructional days, and in non-school buildings, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
- Volunteer wearing of masks will be supported in all circumstances.
- Staff and students are encouraged to provide health-approved masks for themselves, but SRPSD will provide them at school start-up and as required.
- Re-usable masks (2 per person) will be distributed to students and staff as the supply arrives and disposable masks will be provided in the meantime.
- Gradual Re-Entry of students in all schools until September 11, 2020
- Schools will divide each class in half (approximately) so half the students in each class will attend on Thursday Sept. 3, Tuesday Sept. 8 and Thursday Sept. 10 and the other half of students will attend on Friday Sept. 4, Wednesday Sept. 9 and Friday Sept. 11.
- Families with multiple children in the same school will have children attend on the same day.
- Gradual re-entry will allow for careful relationship building and mental health care as well as smaller groups to teach and practice new COVID-19 procedures.
- This gradual re-entry is not without implications and challenges for families and we are thankful for the patience and flexibility of parents and caregivers.
- Normal student attendance will resume Sept. 14 unless otherwise directed.
- Remote Learning Access
- Remote Learning opportunities will be provided for students with specific medical needs according to our student accommodation process.
- The accommodation process will include documentation from family’s medical health professional, a review of restrictions and development of a plan by school team, division supports and family.
- Initial questions about student accommodation should be directed to the school Principal.
- Updated Plan will be published at end of day on August 17, 2020
- Our plan will continue to be structured in the way that prioritizes student and staff psychological and physical needs and then great learning experiences.
- Plan will provide direction and some consistency, but will also be emphasizing the ability for local autonomy in schools to create the details for how the division expectations will be implemented.
- We have Division plans in place and we know that school teams will have more detailed plans ready when school resumes to care for mental wellness and physical health and safety of students and staff.
This school year start-up is like no other that we have experienced. We appreciate the conversations with parents who are excited for their children to return to school in a way that is as normal as possible. We also place great value on conversations with parents who expect very different school structures and operations. Talking through perspectives, questions and concerns helps us all to understand each other better and also gain a broader understanding of the challenges we all face. Please remember that you have an outstanding team of caring people in SRPSD to rely on as we navigate these challenges. The best way forward is together.
Look for more information and details when the updated plan is published on August 17, 2020. I encourage you to continue to talk with your children about the start of school, encourage conversation about their excitements and worries, model calmness and openness and practice procedures that will reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Yours in Education,
Barry Hollick, Board Chair and Robert Bratvold, Director of Education
Happy Retirement to our dear Mrs. Alice Finnestad
The staff of St. Louis Public School surprised Mrs. Alice Finnestad with a retirement party on May 29. At 4pm a parade of vehicles drove into Mrs. Finnestad’s yard, honking horns and holding signs. We safely celebrated Alice’s retirement at a physical distance and presented her with a memory quilt displaying her cherished family and many more memorable life moments. After working for 22 years at St. Louis Public School the staff wish Mrs. Finnestad a happy, healthy and wonderful retirement.
Update: Wednesday, April 29/2020
The staff at St. Louis Public School would like to send our well wishes to our families and students in hopes that this update finds you all safe and healthy.
Please see the new registration tab above on our school website to register your son/daughter for the 2020-2021 school year.
Current St. Louis Public School students need not re-register.
If your son/daughter require busing transportation, please fill out the bus request form.
We have also added a COVID-19 tab for additional supports and information for students, families and guardians.
If you should have any questions, please email us.
Mr. Nelson- Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Broome- Vice Principal email@example.com
Mrs. Finnestad- Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear St. Louis Public School Families,
Thank you for the amazing support you have provided to our schools and our staff during this uncertain time. It is during these challenging times that it becomes so clear the importance of relationship and understanding. Thank you for your care and encouragement.
You will know that classes have been suspended indefinitely starting March 20, 2020. We would like to know how long this suspension will last, but we do not have that information. In the meantime, we still have an obligation to have parent teacher interviews in a form that works given the circumstances, after March 30.
You will see an attached email list of your child’s teachers. Please feel free to email them any questions, concerns, or praise between March 30th and April 2nd and your child’s teacher will respond on April 2nd between the hours of 3:30 and 8:30.
Thank you for your support during this challenging time.
Yours in Education,
Jaret Nelson Dianne Broome
Pam Aitken – Paitken@srsd119.ca
Christie Braaten-Ernst – Cbraaten-Ernst@srsd119.ca
Dianne Broome – Dbroome@srsd119.ca
Josh Dueck- Jdueck@srsd119.ca
Beverly Hunter – Bhunter@srsd119.ca
Virginia Kostyniuk – Vkostyniuk@srsd119.ca
Jaret Nelson – Jnelson@srsd119.ca
Bonnie Olexsyn – BOlexsyn@srsd119.ca
Angela Rancourt – Arancourt@srsd119.ca
Bill Wilkinson – WWilkinson@srsd119.ca
Letter to Parents and Guardians of St. Louis Public School students
Tuesday, March 17/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Yesterday, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that all classes in Saskatchewan PreK-12 Schools will be suspended indefinitely, effective March 20, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For the period of March 16 to March 19, pre K-12 classes will wind down. This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts. St. Louis Public School will be open this week for regular school hours until Thursday, March 19. Students are not required to attend these days but our encouraged to arrange to come pick up all of their belongings (clean out their desks/lockers). Please notify the office when you enter and leave our building. We would also ask that students please bring back library books, textbooks or any other school related resources that they may have before Thursday, March 19.
Our Wapiti ski trip has been cancelled, we will send out reimbursements in the mail within the next few weeks.
At this time we do not know when or if we will be returning this school year of 2019-2020. The government announced that every student will receive a final grade based on their current grade, and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate. The Ministry of Education and School Divisions will work with Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Institutions to adapt entry requirements for programs commencing in the next academic year.
If you have any questions in regards to COVID 19 please refer to https://www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.
If you have any questions about education or St. Louis Public School please call the office at 306-422-8511.
Mr. Jaret Nelson-Principal Ms. Dianne Broome- Vice-Principal
Pink Shirt Day with special guest, Saskatchewan Roughrider Jorgen Hus
On Wednesday, February 26 St. Louis Public School was fortunate to have a very special visitor to honor our Pink Shirt assembly. Jorgen Hus, Saskatchewan Roughrider and Red Cross Ambassador talked to students about ways to identify bullying and how to build healthy relationships. Thank you Jorgen Hus!
December Triple AAA Assembly
On Wednesday, December 4, St. Louis Public School gathered for their monthly Triple AAA awards assembly. Many students were recognized for perfect attendance, good academic standing and great attitudes for the month of November.
In the second half of our assembly, St. Louis Public School’s SRC presented the 12 Days of Christmas Activities that will begin December 5 and carry through to December 20. A big thank you to the SRC and Mrs. Kostyniuk for organizing these activities for our school. The following days are listed.
Day 1- Thursday, December 5
Wear your Red and Green Day
Day 2- Friday, December 6
Ornament Colouring Competition
Day 3- Monday, December 9
Fill the Christmas Stocking Day
Day 4- Tuesday, December 10
Find Rudy Treasure Hunt
Day 5- Wednesday, December 11
Reading a Christmas story and wear your Christmas socks
Day 6- Thursday, December 12
Wear your Ugly Christmas sweater (Elf Shelf Store Opens)
Day 7- Friday, December 13
Kristmas Kindness Day (Elf Shelf Store Closes)
Day 8- Monday, December 16
Gingerbread House Decorating Day
Day 9- Tuesday, December 17
Snow Day, Wear White
Christmas Concert (Dress Rehearsal at 1pm, Concert at 7 pm)
Day 10- Wednesday, December 18
Winter Wardrobe Day (wear toques, mitts, scarves)
Day 11- Thursday, December 19
Formal Day (Christmas Dinner) plus classroom caroling
competition and lip synching
Day 12- Friday, December 20
Santa’s in PJ’s (wear PJ’s and a Santa hat)
St. Louis Public School Remembers
On Thursday, November 7, students, staff and community members commemorated Canada’s heroes who fought for our freedom. We would like to thank Mrs. Kostyniuk and the SRC for organizing our Remembrance Day service, and to the Wakaw Legion members and other special guests for being in attendance.
Spooktacular week at St. Louis Public School
This week we celebrated Halloween with our Wednesday evenings dance for Grades 4 to 12. On Thursday, students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 participated in the Costume Parade and a short dance that followed. Great job everyone with your creative costumes and thank you to our SRC for hosting our dance!
Education Week at St. Louis Public School
October 21st to October 25th/ 2019
St. Louis Public School was very busy this past week with many exciting activities occurring daily. We kick started our week by recognizing our bus drivers Bev Parent, Dustin Lussier and Lionel Lepine for everything that they do. Students gifted our bus drivers and gave them a memento to show their appreciation. Also on Monday, students enjoyed a school wide Math Blast where students played educational math games with one another. On Tuesday, students enjoyed hearing traditional Indigenous teachings from One Arrow Elder, Stewart Prosper. Wednesday students from Pre- Kindergarten through to Grade 6 “Dressed for Success”, while Grades 7 through 12 attended the Opening Doors to Tomorrow career fair. On Thursday children’s author Peter Eyvindson visited the school and presented stories from many of his popular books, followed later with students participating in a reading in the dark activity. Lastly on Friday, St. Louis Volunteer Fire Department came to give a demonstration to our students. Paul Davidson shared with students the history of our local fire truck and how it was one of the trucks used during the tragic 911 incident.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in St. Louis Public School’s Education Week to benefit the educational success of our students.
Thursday, October 17th students from Grades 4 to Grade 12 took part in Student Vote. Student Vote is a resource created by Elections Canada which allows students to experience the voting process firsthand and it allows students how to be active and informed citizens. A big thanks to Mr. Dueck for organizing the polling stations in his classroom with his students.
Cross Country Extravaganza 2019
The Cross Country meet was Thursday, October 11th and it was a chilly but exciting day for all in attendance.
Congratulations to a great end of the year race to St. Louis Eagles cross country team. Hip hip hooray to our atom boys runner, Cody Caron and our bantam boys runner, Brydon Boyer.
Brydon achieved a 10th place ribbon this afternoon with a total of 22 runners in his flight!
Great job to both our boys for supporting each other!
Every Child Matters- Orange Shirt Day at St. Louis Public School
St. Louis Public School wearing their orange shirts in remembrance of the survivors and victims of the residential school system.
Here’s to another awesome school year.
“Together we can Soar”
Our opening assembly was organized by our S.R.C. members who did an awesome job.