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Weekly Update Sept. 21-25th

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

~ unknown

Changes to COVID-19 Symptom Protocol

Director Daly sent out information about the Ontario government’s new COVID-19 School Screening Tool released to school boards on September 17th. This tool is new, school-specific, and replaces the former tool released prior to schools reopening. This online screening tool is available for families, school staff, and essential visitors to meet their obligation to screen themselves or their children for symptoms of illness each day before going to school. Please bookmark this link in your browser for easy access.

September Packages

The September packages with student verification information along with other pertinent information have been sent home. Please complete all forms and record ANY changes (phone numbers, emails, etc) and return NO LATER than Friday, September 25th.

Virtual Curriculum Night

This year, we will be hosting a virtual curriculum night on Wednesday, September 30th. Each teacher will post how to access their presentation on their D2L (Brightspace) site. D2L has been contracted by the Ontario Ministry of Education to provide a safe virtual learning environment for all Ontario school boards.

Parents can access the Brightspace (D2L) Parent Portal by going to

  • The username is the email address that you have provided to your child’s school.
  • Click “forgot your password” to receive an email with a password reset link.
  • Once you have created a password you will be able to access the site and see all your children who are registered in an HCDSB school.
  • Brightspace for Parents will work on phones, tablets, and your desktop – so you can stay connected wherever you are.

Issues to Note

  1. Many parents are coming to the school to drop off items for their children. Please plan ahead and ensure your children come to school with all their belongings. We need to avoid items being delivered to the school (forgotten lunches, water bottles, jackets etc.) COVID protocols require a strict process and limits on items being dropped off through the office of the school.

2. We have observed that there are large crowds of people gathering at dismissal. For everyone’s safety, we are asking that:

  • parents wear a mask when on school property
  • where possible, parents consider alternate pick up locations for older children (ie) sidewalk, park etc.
  • have older siblings meet younger ones and then meet in an alternate location

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. This day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s account of losing her shiny new orange shirt on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.  The date was chosen because children are back in school and teachers have time to plan, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the year.  Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools, and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

St. Benedict Mass Times

Effective the weekend of September 19th and 20th, Saint Benedict Parish Mass times are as follows:  

  • Saturday afternoons at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 noon

Due to the provincial protocols of 30% capacity and social distancing, this only allows for approximately 125 people in the gymnasium at Our Lady of Fatima CES (where we celebrate our weekend Masses until the new church is ready).  Hence with increasing numbers, it is necessary to add another Mass time. Please do not come to Mass if you are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.  Face masks are required, as per regional and diocesan health guidelines, at the celebration of Mass.  

Canadian Red Cross Kids Safety First and Babysitting Courses

For more information click the link below.

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update Sept. 21-25th