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Weekly Update: October 4th

“We ask for the grace to listen to one another, in order to discern together what the Lord is asking of His Church”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our students & staff for your participation in “Orange Shirt Day” & for demonstrating your understanding that “EVERY Child Matters”! AND a special Thank you to all those families that were able to bring in a toonie to support “Orange Day”!

Thank you to all of our families for your support in participating in our Virtual Celebration of Learning!

Thank you to our students & staff for 3 OUTSTANDING Fire Drills! Our students were absolutely AWESOME regarding our Safety expectations in evacuating the building!

Thank you parents for ensuring that your child packs all the belongings that they will need for the day, before they leave for school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing)!

Thank you parents for ensuring that your child is wearing a mask when they arrive to school each morning! AND Thank you parents for modelling this both before and after school~ we greatly appreciate your support in our efforts to keep all of our students, staff & families both healthy & safe!

Gentle Reminders:

Friday October 8th is a Professional Development Day. There will be no school for our students on this day.

Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving ~ Enjoy your long weekend with your loved ones!

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a Child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

tests negative for COVID-19; OR

are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Parent Consent Forms

Thank you to all of our families who have successfully completed the electronic consent forms. Please note, we still have families who have not completed the electronic consent form. If you have more than one child, the browser needs to be refreshed before completing each form. Please look for a note in your child’s agenda if their consent form is outstanding.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.

You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.

Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.

The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

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St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update:

Make Up Dates for Cancelled 2020-21 Sacraments

As you may recall the sacramental celebrations for the 2020-21 school year ended up being cancelled due to lockdowns. The parish has rescheduled these events. Parents who had children registered for those sacraments in that school year should have received emails from me about these make up dates, and in turn booked their children online for one of our planned celebrations. This is ONLY for those who were in grade 2 or grade 7 last year and whose celebration was cancelled.

The make up dates are:


Friday October 15 (7pm)

Saturday October 16 (11am,1pm,3pm)

Thursday October 21 (7pm)

Saturday October 23 (11am,1pm,3pm)

Sacraments for 2021-22 School Year

The pastoral team is working to develop a full plan for sacramental preparation for the current 2021-22 school year. This plan will include sacramental registration, in class and/or virtual visits by the pastoral team, in person or virtual parent meetings, sacramental retreats (if possible) and sacramental celebrations.

We do not anticipate launching the full plan until the beginning of October.  We ask parents of students in Grades 2 and 7 to be patient as we devise a plan that will meet the needs of our large group of students in our community.

It is our intent to conduct in-service sessions with all sacramental teachers at some point prior to the launch to include the staff as much as possible, ensure a positive and consistent line of communication and to provide teaching staff with all the necessary information and guidance needed to make the preparation a positive and fruitful faith experience for all students.

If anyone has questions regarding the make up celebrations or the planning for the current school year, please contact:

Arden Ouellette

Lay Parish Minister, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 905-332-5115

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting Well-Being:  10 tips for Supporting Kids in Stressful Times

Posted on March 21, 2018 by Tamara Kraszewski, RN

As parents and caregivers, we might see our children’s lives as being carefree and happy. Hey, they don’t have to pay the bills, take care of the household, feed the family or chauffeur people all over the place!

But kids experience plenty of stress. Our kids hear frightening things about our world from social media, their friends at school, or the news in the background. Scary things like school shootings, natural disasters and talks of nuclear war. They even can be worried about those experiencing a tragedy on the other side of the world. Depending on your child’s age, they may have a very limited understanding of things like geography, politics and the likelihood of specific events affecting them.

Add all that to everyday stresses of school and home life. Wow! There IS a lot to be stressed about!

Stress is part of everyday life. It’s our body’s natural response to situations in life; both good and bad. It can help kids develop the skills they need to cope with new situations and build resilience. But children and youth can become overwhelmed with stress. They often have difficulty realizing it and trouble expressing it. This puts them at risk for developing unhealthy changes in behaviour and mental illness.

So how can we as parents support our children through stressful times and reduce their stress?

Here are some useful tips to keep in mind:

  • Check in with your child often: Ask about things that they may be worrying about. Asking open-ended questions encourages them to talk more. For example, instead of saying: “Did you have a good day at school?” Try “What happened at school today?”
  • Listen! Listen to your child without judgement and without interrupting. It’s often at bedtime that kids will want to chat about what’s on their mind.
  • Recognize that children may not have words for their feelings, but instead may show changes in their appetite, sleep patterns and behaviour.
  • Provide your child with the facts. Ask them what they heard about a specific situation so you can correct any misinformation. If you don’t know the answer, it’s okay to say “I don’t know”.
  • Let your child know it’s okay to feel upset, and acknowledge their feelings. You may need to help them in expressing their feelings appropriately. For example, “You seem sad today” or “I understand that you’re angry, let’s talk about how you might be able to manage that”. It’s important to help your child identify and name their feelings.
  • Maintain routines as much as possible: Kids need structure and consistency. If Friday night is movie night – keep it that way. Consistent bedtime routines help kids relax.
  • Spend time with your children: They’ll be more likely to open up if you spend time together. Have some fun and laughter – there’s truth to the saying: “Laughter is the greatest medicine”!
  • Watch what you say: Think about what you’re discussing with your partner or over the phone when the children are within listening range!
  • Be a good role model: Show that you can remain calm and in control even when you are stressed.
  • Monitor your stress level.
  • Express your own emotions in a productive way and be sure to get enough sleep, nutrition and exercise. Children’s emotions are affected by those of the adults in their lives.

The world we live in may be scary at times. I hope that these tools will help you to address your children’s worries and prevent more serious problems in the long run.

If you have any concerns about your child, seek help. Keep communication open between home and school. Touch base with the teacher and keep them in the loop if you feel your child is going through a difficult time. There are Child Youth Counsellors and Social Workers available to support your child at school.

You can also call 311 in Halton Region and speak with a public health nurse for information and resources.


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Looking Ahead:

Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 6 – Nov 5 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 7 – Nov 6 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 8 – Nov 7 all day
PA Day
Oct 8 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 11 – Nov 10 all day
Thanksgiving Monday- No School
Oct 11 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 12 – Nov 11 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 13 – Nov 12 all day
Halloween Fund Raiser
Oct 14 – Nov 13 all day
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