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Weekly Update: February 22nd

Only those able to acknowledge their mistakes and ask pardon receive understanding and forgiveness from others.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

A special Thank you to all of our Families who were able to support our Local Love Day! We raised $350.00 to support our Local United Way!

Thank you to Mrs. Pellegrini’s Gr. 5/6 class for leading us in our Ash Wednesday Liturgy!

Thank you to all the parents & grandparents that were able to join us for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy!

Thank you Mrs.Thompson for your help in the school parking lot each morning and after school in assisting the busses to exit the parking lot safely!

Thank you parents for sending your child(ren) prepared to play outside in the snow each day!

Gentle Reminders:

Term 1 Provincial Report Cards & KDG Communication of Learning

Please look for your child’s Report Card/Communication of Learning via Board email on Wednesday, February 24th. This is a celebration of your child’s growth and next steps! Please note, our staff is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with this report.

UPDATE! Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements 

1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool 

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until: 

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR  
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

 
The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon. 

Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care:https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. 
 

2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household 

The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Remote Learning Survey

This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19,  we implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students. 

At the elementary school level, we launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in person.   

At the secondary school level, we implemented a hybrid instructional model that offers a blend of in-person and remote learning for secondary students. 

On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021. 

At this time, we would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.  

About this Survey  

This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices. 

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary

If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.  

Complete the Remote Learning Check-in Survey  

Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey:    http://bit.ly/Remote-Check-in-FAM  

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.   

If you have any technical questions while completing the survey, please email research@hcdsb.org

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your input is valuable to us, and will help us improve our practices so that we can continue to provide a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging.  ~ HCDSB

School Parking Lot

Please be advised when using our Kiss n Ride Lane, that if you need to walk your child to their area in the morning or pick them up after school, we kindly request that you park your car. Our school parking lot has become very congested due to the snow & the increase in parents driving their child(ren) to school. Please note, that Bi Law Officers may be coming by the school on a regular basis and they will ticket cars in the Kiss n’ Ride who have left their vehicle. We kindly request that you do not enter the School Parking Lot when a Bus is trying to leave, as the snow has left our busses with little area to make the turn when exiting the parking lot. Thank you for your understanding & support in keeping all of our students, parents & staff safe!

Inclement Weather

Parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Dressing for Winter Weather

We kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. We kindly request that all students from KDG to gr. 4 wear snow pants for recess and outdoor lunch time. All students must bring their winter boots each day, as all students will be on the field over lunch hour or recess. ~thank you for your support with this!

PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday February 24, 2021

This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.

Please Do Not Congregate Before or After School
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.

Mental Health Supports
We recognize that the shift from remote to in-person learning can be a very stressful time for many families. As a reminder, parents are welcome to visit our website for Mental Health & Well-Being resources and support. School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of excellent resources to help our HCDSB community navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.

New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions. HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.

We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

Promoting Well Being: How to learn to love Winter!

Winter days are short, but if you spend the season pining away for summer, it sure can feel long. Try this instead: instead of wishing winter away, lean in and embrace it.

Here’s how:

Beef up your winter wardrobe

Whether you’re walking in the rain in Vancouver or shoveling snow in Montreal, the first and most essential step to enjoying winter is to stop pretending it’s not that cold out. Dress for the weather you have!

4 practical tips to keep kids warm and safe during winter play

How to dress for the weather in every season

If you’ve got room in your budget to kit out your whole family in merino wool base layers, awesome. If you don’t, don’t worry: it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to stay toasty on even the most frigid days. Watch the sales or shop secondhand stores, or ask around for hand-me-downs.

If you’re always cold, wear one more layer than you think you’ll need. Pro tip: you’ll never regret bringing an extra pair of socks or spare mittens with you on snowy (or soggy) adventures.

Get outside

It sounds crazy, but you really will feel less chilly if you get active outside every day—even if it’s just for a few minutes. The sunshine, fresh air, and physical activity will also boost your mood and give you more energy too.

10 ways to beat the January blahs through outdoor play

29 fun games kids can play in the snow

Gear up and get out! When you come back home it’ll feel so much warmer and cozier than when you left.

Find a winter hobby you can look forward to

It helps to find an activity you love that’s extra special in winter. Whether it’s skiingskatingtobogganing, snowshoeing, fat bikingwinter hiking, or just creating funny snow sculptures in your yard, keep trying different activities until you find something you can look forward to when the temperature drops.

Starter guide to mastering movement skills on ice and snow

Try this active winter bucket list

Budget-friendly winter activities to do as a family

As long as you’re in Canada, there’s no escaping winter. Why not learn to enjoy it? Learning to love winter now will bring you joy each and every year—and will help your children develop the healthy habits they need to become active for life.

www.activeforlife.com

Looking Ahead:

Feb
24
Wed
Term 1~ Provincial Report Card
Feb 24 all day
Mar
3
Wed
School Uniform Meeting @7pm via Teams
Mar 3 all day
Mar
4
Thu
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Mar 4 all day
Mar
11
Thu
Winter Carnival – Red, White & Black Spirit Day
Mar 11 all day
Mar
15
Mon
School Uniform Vote Announcement – March 15th
Mar 15 all day
Mar
17
Wed
Spirit Day- St. Patrick’s Day!
Mar 17 all day
Mar
18
Thu
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 18 all day
Mar
19
Fri
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 19 all day
Mar
29
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting #4
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
1
Thu
Holy Thursday ~ Stations of the Cross @ 1:15pm
Apr 1 all day
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