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Weekly Update: September 27th

If you want to reach the heart of God, take the way of mercy, and allow yourself to be treated with mercy.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to our INCREDIBLE staff for your time and energy in preparing for our upcoming Celebration of Learning! We are looking forward to seeing our families virtually and sharing classroom routines and expectations!

Thank you to our students and staff for your creativity in our classrooms during rainy day recess and lunch hours!

Thank you to our parents for your patience in our Kiss n Ride area, especially on rainy days! A gentle reminder, if using the Kiss n Ride, please pull up past the fence before having your child enter your vehicle. We kindly request that if your child needs assistance in or out of your vehicle to please park your car and walk your child through the parking lot~ THANK YOU!!!

Gentle Reminders:

Emergency Procedures

Throughout the school year we hold Fire Drills, Lock Down Drills & Bomb Threat Evacuation Drills as per the Board Directive in working with the Fire & Police Department. Please reassure your child that school is a safe place and we hold these drills to practice how to be safe in an emergency. This coming week, we hope to hold 3 Fire Drills- weather pending. Thank you for your support!

Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Orange Shirt Day- Thursday, September 30th

Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on Thursday, September 30th.  As Canadians we participate in Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of our indigenous communities. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

Our gr. 7/8 student leaders in Mrs. Ciarloni’s class will be leading our community in prayer & learning during morning announcements and they hope to raise not only awareness but $500 for the “Orange Shirt Day” movement. Our students are welcome to bring in a toonie to support this cause. All funds raised go directly to “Orange Shirt Day”.

SAVE the DATE: Virtual Celebration of Learning (Curriculum Night)

Our Celebration of Learning/Curriculum Night, will be held on Wednesday, September 29th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm. We look forward to you joining us to learn more about your child’s upcoming school year!

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.

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:

First Communion:                                                   

Saturday September 11 (1pm, 3pm)                            

Saturday September 18 (11am,1pm,3pm)                   

Saturday September 25 (11am,1pm,3pm)                   


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

Promoting Well Being: 5 Tips for Limiting Screen Time Without Conflict

 Erin Pepler  July 30, 2021  

No matter how busy and active your family is, there’s something about screen time that is endlessly tempting to kids. It doesn’t matter if it’s television, video games, or watching YouTube on a tablet—screens are a big draw at every age, and most parents have fought a fair number of battles with their children over when, where, and how often various screen devices are allowed. 

Every family is different and not all screen time is created equal, so it’s important to figure out rules that work for your family. For example, an hour of educational online games that support literacy or math skills isn’t the same as an hour spent watching Paw Patrol, so be sure to factor that into your decision-making (and your mom guilt!).

That said, if you’re trying to reduce your kids’ screen time while avoiding another family feud, here are some tips to help get you started.

1. Out of sight, out of mind

Sometimes, technology is extra tempting because it’s right there in plain sight. If you have tablets, laptops, or other devices at home, consider storing them in a cupboard or an area of the home your kids don’t use regularly (for example, a parent’s home office). Video game systems and handheld gaming consoles can be tucked away when not in use. Want to take things a step further? If space allows, avoid having a television in your kids’ main play area in order to separate play time and screen time. (Think of this like a throwback to when our parents had a “computer room” in the ‘90s or early 2000s!)

2. Offer fun alternatives

A lot of kids default to screen time when they feel bored, so get ahead of the game by offering a variety of engaging options for off-screen play and activities. It may help to have open shelving or other easily accessible storage for books, puzzles, board games, Lego, and other hands-on toys. (Bonus tip: rotate toys in and out of storage every couple of months to keep things interesting!)

You can also create an art space with craft supplies that inspire, keep a basket of fidget toys or musical instruments, and encourage more backyard play with balls, chalk, and other outdoor activities. A lot of kids will enjoy planting a vegetable garden or potted herbs, and older kids can have fun with science experiments at the kitchen table. What screens?

3. Set a family plan and routines for screens

You likely have family routines for mornings, dinnertime, and bedtime, so why not develop routines for screen time? Involve your kids in creating a family media plan around when screens are appropriate (for example, after school and in the morning on weekends) and when they’re not (right before bed maybe). Or link screen time to the completion of age-appropriate responsibilities. Kids will have an easier time following the plan if they feel they’ve been involved in the decision-making.

Maybe your kids have to finish their homework before playing video games, or perhaps tablets are only allowed once chores are done. These expectations won’t be the same for every household, so make rules that reflect your specific needs, boundaries, and daily schedule. Remember, some parents might allow cartoons before school while others don’t, and both approaches are totally okay! Just be clear and stick with it.

4. Use an app to monitor and restrict usage

If your kids continue to struggle with following rules around screen time, parental controls may be the solution. Consider using an app that monitors and/or limits screen time use on a variety of devices. While each app is different, most are able to lock devices after a set length of time, forcing kids to adhere to whatever daily limit has been set by their parents. This means no more calls for “five more minutes” or sneaky tablet use. If this is the direction you’d like to go, here are some more great recommendations from Consumers Advocate. 

5. Be consistent

No matter how your family decides to manage screen time, hold your ground and be consistent. Kids will naturally test limits, so when you give in to demands for more video games one day, they’ll expect the same result next time. That’s not to say you can’t let them watch an extra episode of cartoons on a rainy afternoon or lazy Sunday, but it does mean making a conscious effort to follow the rules you’ve set as a family and have consistent, dependable routines.

It may be hard in the beginning, but the more consistent your approach is, the more quickly your kids will adapt. Good luck—you’ve got this!

Read more about managing screen time:

Why parents should be mindful of their own screen time

Setting a summer screen time plan for your tween

5 ways to get your kids off their screens and active


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Looking Ahead:

Make Up Date First Communion
Sep 25 all day
Celebration Of Learning/ Curriculum Night 6:30-7:30pm
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thanksgiving Monday- No School
Oct 11 all day
Make Up Date Confirmation
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Make Up Confirmation 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Oct 16 all day
Make Up Confirmation 7pm
Oct 21 @ 3:18 pm – 4:18 pm
Make Up Confirmation 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Oct 23 @ 3:18 pm – 4:18 pm
Halloween Dance-a-thon & Spirit Day
Oct 29 all day
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