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Weekly Update: March 22nd

“Lent is rediscovering that we are made for the flame that always burns: For God, for the eternity of Heaven, and not for the world.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our students & staff for your participation in our St. Patrick’s Spirit Day!

Thank you Kyler M, one of our Gr. 8 students for organizing our St. Patrick’s Day Kahoot Game for our school community ~ our students & staff had a blast playing it!

Thank you to our students for following the Public Health guidelines & our School Protocols to help keep us all safe!

Thank you parents for your support in the Kiss n Ride parking lot ~ It’s been running very SMOOTHLY!

Thank you to our incredible staff for all the care, empathy and love that you show our students each and every day!

Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Information-and-Guidance

Gentle Reminders:

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – What is SEAC?

Did you know that there is a committee in each school board or school authority that provides important and relevant advice on Special Education? This committee is known as the Special Education Advisory Committee or SEAC.  Each school board and school authority in Ontario must establish a SEAC.

Read more at https://www.hcdsb.org/category/seac-soundbytes/

HALTON REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE – Crossing Guards

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind residents that school crossing guards are an important part of safe school zones. They are essential in ensuring that students are able to safely crossroads in designated intersections. Their job can be more difficult if parents and students do not follow their direction.

When approaching an intersection with a crossing guard, remember:

Motorists must stop before entering a crosswalk when the crossing guard has their stop sign up. Please pay attention to the crossing guards when you are driving to and from your child’s school.

Failure to obey a crossing guard’s stop sign is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act and could result in a fine of $365 and 4 demerit points, or more if the offence occurs in a Community Safety Zone.

It is also important to educate your child about the role of a crossing guard. For their safety, encourage them to cross at crosswalks with a crossing guard whenever possible. Teach your child to always stop and make eye contact with motorists before crossing a road to ensure the driver can see them.

These simple tips will assist with keeping the crossing guard, children and pedestrians safe while crossing roads.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

2 District Elementary School Liaison Officers

905-825-4777 ext. 2205

Twitter: @haltonpolice                                    905.825.4777                         haltonpolice.ca

St. Paul the Apostle Parish ~First Communion Update:

Dates & Times of Celebrations:

There are a total of 8 services to choose from:

Saturday, April 24th     @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 1st       @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 8th       @ 1pm & 3pm

Saturday, May 15th     @ 1pm & 3pm

Online Booking:

Each family must register their child for a date and time to receive the sacrament using our Online Booking.

Booking online will go live on March 10th @ 9:00 am and will close March 24th at 6pm.

Parents must book only one date and time for your child; parents with two children receiving the sacrament this year must secure one booking for each child (you will be assigned seats together). Booking will be done on a first come basis.

Parents will receive an email confirming your online booking; if you do not receive an email confirmation please contact the parish office immediately so we can ensure you have a booked date & time.

Cancellations or changes in bookings can only be done by contacting the parish office and cannot be completed online.

Parents will receive a reminder email closer to the date of the celebration. This email will also include your assigned section and pew for seating.

To access the Online Booking please go to the parish website, www.stpaultheapostleburlington.com and locate the Book Online drop down. First Communion booking will not be available on the website until March 10th at 9:00 am.

Confirmation Update:

There will be 6 services with 40 students per service; each student will be able to bring  a sponsor and two guests (presumably parents) – total 4 per pew including the student.

The planned dates are as follows:

May 28th @ 7:00 pm

May 29th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

June 3rd @ 7:00 pm

June 5th @ 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Online booking will be available as of March 26th @9:00am via the parish website:

www.stpaultheapostleburlington.com . Booking will close on April 11th. Please see communication from the parish that was sent to parents on March 4th.

HCCEF 24 Hour Lenten Fast:

“….whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do for me…” Matthew 25:40

This year, Canadian Martyrs School is joining with the Halton Catholic Children’s Fund for the 24 hour to raise money for children and families in our community.  

Please join our journey to support the less fortunate in our community by joining our team as a member or donating to the team to help us reach our goal of $1000.00. 

Team members will be ‘fasting’ from food, or another chosen item (like electronics) for 24 hours from March 30-31. 

Funds go towards supporting your own Halton Catholic community: 

  • Poverty remains a powerful factor in whether a student succeeds in school.
  • Halton families experiencing job loss.
  • Single parent families can’t afford to buy food.
  • Newcomer families are struggling to purchase basic necessities.

Please click on the following link to donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/s/B5THw

Any donation, whatever size is welcome, every dollar counts, thank you for any support you can give!

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. 

Promoting Well-Being – Social-Emotional Learning

A great way to care for your child’s mental health during COVID-19 or at any other time is to focus on social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is how we develop skills to support our mental health and success through life. 

Social-emotional learning skills help us:  

  • Manage stress
  • Identify our emotions
  • Stay positive and keep moving forward
  • Nurture relationships
  • Know and feel good about ourselves
  • Plan and problem-solve\

Social and emotional skills are taught at school. Your child also learns the skills from you and other adults at home. And you can teach them on purpose too.

Activities to try at home that connect to key areas of social-emotional learning

Note: These activities are meant for elementary children. If you have a teen at home, take a look at our COVID-19information specific to secondary students.

Download a PDF file with all activities.

~ https://smho-smso.ca/blog/12-easy-and-fun-mental-health-practices-to-try-with-your-children-at-home/

Looking Ahead:

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
Apr
2
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 2 all day
Apr
5
Mon
Easter Monday
Apr 5 all day
Apr
12
Mon
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 12 all day
Apr
13
Tue
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 13 all day
Apr
14
Wed
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 14 all day
Apr
15
Thu
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 15 all day
Apr
16
Fri
Spring Break April 12-16
Apr 16 all day
Apr
23
Fri
PA Day- no school for students
Apr 23 all day
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