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Letter to Grade 10 Parents 

Dear Parents and Guardians of Grade 10 Students,

We are honoured to welcome your sons and daughters to the  2020-2021 school year at Michael Power-St. Joseph HS. We realize that the students have been home since March Break, and we are making every effort to create a smooth and safe re-entry to the school building.  

The current reality informs our procedures to ensure the health and mental well-being of everyone in the building, as guided by Toronto Public Health. At the same time, Michael Power-St. Joseph staff is a Catholic high school, committed to continuing to nurture the faith life of the community and to foster academic achievement for all of our students. Our staff continuously reviews pedagogical practices to engage students in their learning. While enforcing strict safety measures, our goal is to support students in the joy of lifelong learning.

Health and Safety Information and School Procedures and Policies Attached File:

There will be a great deal of new information related to the MPSJ schedule, school policies, and COVID procedures that requires reading before the students enter the building this week.

Please review carefully, the attached information with your children to ensure that they are prepared for success in this current reality.  The links to COVID screening are embedded in this information.

Also, I am including information on how you will learn where and when to be in class this week:

  1. On the weekend:
  • We have created a Google classroom which will include every student in Grade 10. The administrative team will use this platform to communicate directly to our students, to survey student voice and to post information. This weekend, we will be posting the students’ first online “Getting to Know You” assignment.​​
  • All  Grade 10 students are to log into using their TCDSB school account this weekend.  The passwords are the same as last year.


  1. Day 1: Monday, September 14
  • During the day, Grade 10 – 12 students will receive two emails:

a.       Course 1 teacher  

b.       Course 2 teacher

  • Period 1 teachers will let the students know next steps:

a) What cohort they are in and what day to report to school or to online platform

Cohort A – Wednesday, Sept. 16 – 8:30 – 11:00 am; and Friday, September 18 am

Cohort B- Thursday, September 17 - -8:30-11:00 am

b) What room they are in

c) What their designated door entry will be.

  • Period 2 teachers will let students know next steps:

a.       What class they are in and the code to the online platform that the teacher will be using   -either Google Classroom or D2L

b.       The whole Period 2 class will participate in Synchronous learning sessions for the rest of the week from 12:30 - 2:50 pm


Monday, September 14 - 12:20 – 2:50 PM:

  • Synchronous learning  “Getting to Know You”
  • All grade 10 students are to log into Grade 10 Google Classroom with code: tje27xo
  • Students are to complete the posted assignment
  • Teachers will be online to answer questions students may have


This school opening will certainly be a new experience for all of us, and we are conscious of the fact that it can be even more confusing for students. We will make every effort to answer student questions and make them at ease with the current learning situation.

The two school mottos of the Sisters of St. Joseph and of the Basilian Fathers have never been truer, and will provide wise guidance to all of us in the year ahead.  The attributes of the Basilian Fathers, “Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge” are guideposts for important virtues that will lead us to spiritual wellbeing and achievement. The Sisters of St. Joseph teach us that “The love of Christ has gathered us into one”. While we will not be gathering physically in the next weeks, our focus on coming together spiritually, intellectually and yes, even socially by way of our online platforms, has never been more important for continuing to foster the Michael Power-St. Joseph spirit that has been passed down to us from those who have gone before.

May God bless you and your family as you make a smooth transition to the new school year. We are here to support you in any way we can.



Rose Mary Rossetti