Student Travel Advisory

Dear Parents and Guardians,

With the rising COVID-19 cases across the province and within our city, we are taking additional precautionary measures to protect our students, staff and families.

In accordance with our staff travel advisory memo that was released last week, we are also advising our students to avoid all travel. Students who have travelled outside of the Northwestern Ontario region are not permitted to enter any of our school sites.

Students must stay home for 14 days, be symptom free and follow the guidance of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit before returning to school. The school will provide a return to school date to parents/guardians as per the recommendation of the Health Unit.

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board recognizes some students may have to travel for essential reasons such as medical care or other reasons protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you believe that your child may have such extenuating circumstances, you are encouraged to reach out to your school Principal or Vice-Principal.

If your child has travelled, please follow this process:

  • Do not send your child to school.
  • Contact your school Principal to let them know that your child has travelled.
  • Discuss a work plan for your child with your school Principal.
  • If you or your child are displaying any symptoms, please contact the Thunder Bay District Health Unit for further guidance.

This advisory is to ensure that we all remain safe. The health and safety of our students, staff, families and community are of utmost importance. We must all ensure we do our part to flatten the curve.

2020 Christmas Card Contest

Hello creative friends, are you ready to make the world a little bit merrier?

Let's get started with our 2020 Christmas Card Contest!

This year we will have five winning categories:
Year One and Year 2 Kindergarten. Primary. Junior and High School!

ENTRIES MUST be received by December 10th, 2020.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Must be a student of TBCDSB
  • All artwork must be submitted on an unfolded 8.5x11 sheet or emailed (scanned) to
  • Entries may be landscape or portrait format
  • Entries can be digital artwork
  • All entries must include: student’s name, school and grade on the back of the submission
  • Each winner’s first and last name, grade and school will appear on our Board website and social media channels with their entry.
  • To be considered, submissions must be delivered (emailed) to the Director’s Office on time.
  • Be creative, be fun and let the magic of Christmas inspire you!

• Preference will be given to designs that reflect our Catholic beliefs

School Climate Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have an upcoming school climate survey called Our School Survey for students in grades 4-12. The survey will ask respondents to comment on matters about bullying, equity, inclusivity, and harassment at school in accordance with the Ministry of Education policy #144 “Safe Schools”.

Students in grades 4-6 are asked to complete the Our School Elementary Survey while grades 7-12 students complete the Our School Secondary Survey. The survey will be open to respondents between November 30 to December 18, 2020. Students will complete surveys in class. Student participation is voluntary, however all students are encouraged to participate. All responses to the Our School Student Survey will be anonymous. Students enrolled in Learn@Home (Virtual School) will not complete the survey.

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to complete a school climate survey called the TBCDSB Parent/Guardian Survey.

Click here to begin the Parent/Guardian Survey

Safe School Teams at each school will review and utilize the data from the Our School Survey and the Parent/Guardian Survey to promote and enhance an environment of respect, safety and belonging for all students.

Jerry Izydorczak, our Technology Enabled Teaching and Learning contact will act as our Board’s district contact for the school climate survey.
If you have any questions, please contact him at 625.1512.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this initiative.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Bullying is a serious issue that can affect students’ learning, sense of safety and overall well-being. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying; and bullying in any form is never okay.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week Ontario has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment.

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 15-21, 2020 – Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying, including cyberbullying, and its effect on student learning and well-being.

Attached below is a parent guide from the Ministry of Education.

Positive COVID-19 Cases - St. Margaret School

Please see the latest update from the Health Unit regarding St. Margaret School.

Please click here to see the attached message from The Thunder Bay District Health Unit regarding positive COVID-19 cases at St. Margaret School.

Please click here to view the FAQ from the TBDHU.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all individuals and families affected.

Thank you,

* November 9th Update from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, click here

Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields

Kindergarten to Grade 3 Face Shields

A letter was recently sent home with your child, along with a face shield.

The Ministry of Education provided one face shielf per student, as an additional precaution, they are not mandatory to wear in Kindergarten to grade 3.

If you choose to have your child wear a face shield, they are fairly easy to wear. To ensure your child is protected while wearing one, the panel of the shield should extend well past the chin and curve around the sides of their face, without gaps.

Face Shields will need to be cleaned after every use, each day.

You can submerge the protective panel in warm, soapy water and gently clean the surface with a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse and gently dry your face shield with a soft towel (cotton or microfiber). You can clean the headpiece separately.

For additional protection, you can pair your child’s face shield with a cloth mask, neither precaution is mandatory in these grade levels.

St. Margaret 2020-21 Catholic School Council

Good Afternoon,

I would like to thank all parents and guardians for your support with this year's catholic school council election. On behalf of the St. Margaret School

community, we would like to congratulate the following parent/guardians on being elected to our Catholic School Council.

  • Melanie Anderson
  • Carrie Banning
  • Jennifer Bedard
  • Jaymee Coull
  • Ashley Syrek
  • Jessica Wilhelm-Hamel
  • Ashley Vigneux

We value your commitment and look forward to working with you.


Mr. K. Bragnalo - Principal

New Screening Tool

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There have been updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool.

As of October 1, the government has made updates to their testing guidelines for children.

The main update is a two-tiered approach to symptom management which determines if a student should stay home or receive a Covid-19 test.

Please know the symptom list has been changed, and you can view the new screening tool here.

Please utilize this screening tool each morning prior to your child attending school or childcare.

Thank you,

Learn at Home

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through our Learn at Home setup and virtual instruction.

Please note, many of you have already been contacted, while others are still awaiting further instruction. Please be patient as we are working our way through phone calls, emails and continuing to make contact with each learner. This process is time consuming as it allows both parents/guardians and students to speak directly with their educator and determine needs and requirements.

If you have not yet heard from your school, please do not panic, you will be contacted.

We are building a virtual school from the ground up, and we appreciate your kindness and patience throughout this process.

Thank you,

Everything for Return to School

As we head back to school, please familiarize yourself with our Return to School webpage and resources.

Please remember to complete the daily screening tool with your child(ren).

© Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board 2020