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Weekly Update January 27-31st

One goal for each day: to convey the tenderness of Christ to those who are most in need. ~Pope Francis

International Holocaust Memorial Day

On Monday, January 27th, the Guardian Angels School Community, together with the Board, will recognize and participate in the International Holocaust Memorial Day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Through prayer and activities, we aim to raise awareness and explore the voice and perspectives of Holocaust survivors. A liturgy over the announcements will take place in the morning.

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Mental health affects all of us. This Wednesday, January 29th, we invite every member of Guardian Angels school community to join the conversation towards improving access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada. Let’s continue to work together to end the stigma and promote positive mental health and well-being for all.

PD Day – No School Friday

Please remember that there is no school on Friday, January 31st.

Gr. 7 Trip Parent Meeting

A meeting for parents of students attending the Gr. 7 Trip to Camp Brebeuf will take place in the Library at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 3rd.

Catholic School Council Meeting

There will be a Catholic School Council Meeting on Monday, February 3rd in the Library Learning Commons at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend!

Health and Safety

Tips for Talking to Your Child about Mental Health

  • Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
  • Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
  • Start the conversation by describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions, etc. e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
  • Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
  • Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
  • Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
  • If your child tells you anything that makes you worried (e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.  Please see for more information

Key Messages about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

  •  In January 2020, a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China.
  •  In addition to China, cases have also been reported now in: Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the USA.
  •  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause symptoms similar to the common cold but in some cases can advance to severe respiratory illness.
  • Human-to-human transmission of the new 2019-nCoV has occurred; however it is unclear how easily the virus is transmitted between people at this time.
  • The risk to individuals in Ontario is considered to be low.
  • The situation is rapidly evolving and Halton Region Health Department is closely monitoring the situation to ensure preparedness.
  • Symptoms of 2019-nCoV infection include: fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
  •  If anyone has these symptoms AND has travelled to Wuhan, China in the 14 days prior to illness onset, OR has had close contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed as having novel coronavirus infection, please contact Halton Region Health Department immediately at 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866.
  • The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including 2019-nCoV is to:
  • Stay home when ill
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve
  • Wash hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Upcoming Events

Food Drive
Jan 20 – Jan 30 all day

Please consider donating a non-perishable item(s) over the next couple of weeks.  Please have your child bring the food items to their classroom teacher.  Members of our Faith Team will collect all items from the classrooms. Food or hygiene products welcome!

Holocaust Memorial Awareness Day – Prayer Liturgy
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 8:45 am

A prayer liturgy will take place over the morning announcements.

Gr. 4/5 Floor Hockey Tournament @ Jean Vanier Secondary School
Jan 29 all day
Sr. Boys Basketball Tournament at Holy Trinity
Jan 29 all day
Sr. Girls Basketball Tournament at Holy Trinity @ Holy Trinity Secondary School
Jan 30 all day
PD Day
Jan 31 all day

This PD Day is a report card writing day for teachers.

Groundhog Day
Feb 2 all day
Gr. 7 Parent Meeting Camp Brebeuf – Cancelled
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
School Council Meeting – Cancelled
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Strike Day – School Closed for Students
Feb 4 all day
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