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Weekly Update Oct. 19-23rd

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to lifebut whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Proverbs 10:17 

Halloween Festivities

Our Halloween festivities will look a little different this year. We will have a Guardian Angels Halloween Fun Day. To ensure everyone’s health and safety staff will be planning different fun classroom activities for Friday, October 30, which will include music, dancing, crafts and contests. Students are invited to dress up in costume. Each class will have an opportunity to come to the gym to dance throughout the day. Unfortunately, with the restrictions, we won’t be able to have any parent visitors. We will take photos and video and ask staff to share some on their D2L platforms and on our School Twitter @GAMilton.

Halloween Costume Selection

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Halloween Candy and Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

Donations

While we depend on the funds raised by our families to support us in different ways, our Halloween event is not a fundraiser as in years past. Discussion about potential fundraisers for this year will be held at the next Catholic School Council Meeting on Nov. 2nd. If you have ideas, please speak to a parent representative. Names are listed on our website under the School Council tab. https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/about-our-school-council/

This year our fundraising focus will be on technology, recess equipment, as well as support for families in need in our own school community. No donation is too small, every little bit counts!

We understand if currently donations are not in your budget. Please note you can donate to our school at any time of the year through cash online. We often get donations from people outside of our school that want to donate to our school community. The process is the same:

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:

  1. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
  3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select Guardian Angels
  4. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.

Virtual Curriculum Night

This event has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00. Teachers will host a Q&A session after each presentation.

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. More information to follow.


Indoor Recesses

As the weather changes and becomes wetter and cooler, we often have to cancel recess due to inclement weather. We encourage students to bring in some items to keep in their backpacks for indoor recess times like cards, sketchbooks, favourite books/novels, sudoku, puzzles and playdoh. Students are not allowed to use electronics including cell phones at any recess time. In fact, cell phones are not required at school and are a distraction. We require they are turned off and kept in student bags during the school day.


Kiss N Ride Areas

It has come to our attention that the Kiss N Ride areas are becoming more congested and more dangerous especially on days when the weather is poor. We ask that you be mindful of other drivers and particularly of pedestrians as they may need to cross the lot. The Kiss N Ride is meant to be a moving line of traffic. If you arrive early, we ask that you park in a designated parking spot to allow for a flow of cars.


Parish News

Attention: Parents of children up to Grade 3! Saint Benedict Parish usually offers a children’s liturgy program at the Sunday Masses, however due to the coronavirus situation, we have been unable to so.  Nonetheless we are offering a virtual children’s liturgy program.  You can either access it by going to the parish website (www.stbenedictparish.ca) or by clicking the link: https://bit.ly/2GfeNWE.  It is a wonderful way to allow your child to read the current Sunday readings and there are a number of various activities.  Please check it out!

St. Benedict Commemorative Books On Sale Now!


Milton Boundary Review for Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School

A Virtual Public Information Meeting was held on October 15th to share information about the Milton Boundary Review Committee’s decision for the interim accommodation plan for students who will attend high school in the next 2 years given that St. Francis Xavier CSS will be overcapacity. This will effect students currently in Grade 7 and 8. Information is available on the Board’s YouTube channel for viewing:

Review the Options & Complete the Survey!

After reviewing the two options, the Board invites you to complete the Feedback Survey, which will remain open until October 22, 2020.

You are welcome to contact board staff and the SBR Committee members representing your school community through the online question portal. View the list of SBR Committee members here.

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update Oct. 19-23rd