December 1, 2020

Bonjour Parents and Caregivers,

Sending you warm greetings on a snowy day from St. Francis! The first 3 months of school have passed quickly while we familiarized ourselves with an altered physical learning environment, adjusted to new health and safety standards and excitedly reunited with our students as they embarked on their learning journeys. Our vibrant, faith-based learning community was evident from the beginning as teachers focused on providing academic excellence while addressing student health and wellness and facilitating fun events for the school community including spirit days and seasonal celebrations. We look forward to teaching, supporting and celebrating with our students on their learning and faith development paths in the days ahead.

On behalf of the staff at St. Francis, Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! We wish you and your family a rejuvenating Christmas filled with joy and love and a New Year that brings much happiness and good health. May God bless and keep you safe during the Christmas holidays and in 2021.


Victoria Swejda

Principal's Welcome

August 21, 2020

Hello/Bonjour Parents and Caregivers!

I hope this communication finds you well. As we move closer to start up, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the new principal of St. Francis School. I am excited to be joining the school’s vibrant community and to meet you and your children in the coming weeks. I pray that I can serve you as well as Mme. Denise Selin who will be greatly missed.

Another unusual school year lies ahead of us and I know that you may have many questions and concerns. The Board has posted a helpful document titled NPSC School Re-Opening Plan 2020-2021: A Guide for the Safe Return to our Catholic Schools During COVID-19 which provides a framework of the plan to reopen schools to students and staff in a safe manner. The document can be accessed on the Board website by clicking this link:

As we quickly approach a new school year, a friendly reminder to check your Edsby accounts regularly for new information and important messages from our school. Those of you who are new to our school community and have not yet created an Edsby login are encouraged to check your email for an invitation to join. If you have not received an email with instructions about how to create your login by August 28th, please contact the school office. Edsby is a very important part of our school communication and reporting and it is imperative that all caregivers and students begin regularly logging on prior to the beginning of school.

I am truly looking forward to working together throughout the school year to inspire, nurture and celebrate your child’s learning and faith development at St. Francis School. I hope that you enjoy the remaining days of summer. Stay safe and see you soon!


Victoria Swejda
St. Francis School

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Schools Return to In-Person Learning January 11
On December 21, 2020 the Premier of Ontario announced that the province will be entering into a lockdown beginning December 26, 2020. As part of the safety measures put into place during the provincial lockdown, elementary and secondary schools in our district will be closed and all learning will continue to take place virtually from January 4-8, 2021. Both elementary and secondary schools will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021. Further details regarding virtual learning, distribution of technology and other important information will be available in the near future. Parents are encouraged to continue to check Edsby, the board website and social media for the most recent information from our school board.
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NBPSDHU Information for Parents and Guardians
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Ontario's Covid-19 Self-Screening Tool (Updated October 2)
Ontario has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 screening for students. To access the tool and for more information visit
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