“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” ~UnknownCheck out our Morning Announcements under the Calendar Tab of our website to see some of the stories our students are (re)telling for Black History Month.
Wishing all our families a Happy Valentine’s day and a happy Family Day holiday weekend.
A reminder that Monday, February 15th schools are closed for the holiday. We hope you enjoy your time with your family!
Last Chance – Valentine’s Fundraiser and Draw!
Our Valentine’s Day Dance was a huge success! The students had a great time dancing with their cohort/socially distanced in the gym!
These are the final days to donate on School Cash Online to have your child(ren) eligible to enter our Prize Draw for AMAZING prizes! We will accept eligible donations until 11:59 pm on Family Day Monday. We encourage a “give-what-you-can” approach to donation. The prize winners will be announced over our PA system on Tuesday after lunch!
Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:
- At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
- Under the “Fund Destination” please ensure you select “Guardian Angels”
- Tribute Information – “Not a tribute gift”
- Message to School Board – Please include student name, specify amount donated per child, and include the child’s teacher
- If you use the “Make a Donation” option, a tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.
From Director Daly- March Break
On Thursday February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities.
This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15 through 19, 2021.
Read the Ministry’s News Release here.
Before and during this week-long break, families are advised to stay home as much as possible, and to continue to follow the direction of our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
As always, we will contact parents and guardians directly, should there be any additional updates before the week-long break in April. We will provide new information as it becomes available.
I recognize that this continues to be a challenging school year for our students and families, but I want to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we adjust to the current requirements.
I continue to hold all students, families and staff in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you and your family a safe and restful Family Day weekend.
~ Director Daly
Upcoming Change in Learning Environment
On Tuesday, February 16th, the changes to the learning environment that were requested before Christmas will come into effect.
- If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to verify the updated class placement for your child(ren) by visiting our Board website and clicking on our school name.
- To access this information, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) – found on a recent report card.
- If your child is returning face to face and accessing busing through HSTS please confirm their bus route is accurate.
- If your child is new to the virtual school placement, the virtual teacher will be in contact before Tuesday, February 16th so that your child will have access to the learning platform on Tuesday morning.
Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment
As previously communicated, the next opportunity to request a change in your child’s learning environment is scheduled to take place in March. The online request form (survey) will be shared with all parents and guardians during the first week of March. The requested changes are planned to take effect before the end of March.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday
As we prepare to move into Lent, we recognize that many schools have traditionally held Shrove Tuesday celebrations and served pancakes to the school community. Given the current circumstances with all of the health and safety protocols in place, schools will be unable to serve pancakes to staff and students. You might continue this tradition at home.
The Hamilton Diocese has prepared a wonderful resource for families to celebrate Ash Wednesday. The resource includes a video of Bishop Crosby reading the Gospel along with a short reflection by Bishop Crosby. We encourage you to share this with your family to celebrate and pray together at home. The resource is found at this link: https://hamiltondiocese.com/lent2021/.
We will celebrate and pray as a school community with Fr. Jim Petrie on Ash Wednesday, February 17th at 12:45 pm with a virtual liturgy led by the Grade 2 students in Mrs. Jobity’s class.
From St. Benedict Parish
Here are the links for the virtual children’s liturgy program – many people have indicated how they enjoy these. If you havent’ yet, please check them out!
February 7 – http://bit.ly/3qMw7nH
February 14 – http://bit.ly/3c5dJCd
February 21 – http://bit.ly/3sMgiPP
February 28 – http://bit.ly/2Y8ix1z
Term 1 Report Cards – Wednesday, February 24th
Term 1 report cards will be emailed electronically to parents on Wednesday, February 24th. You will need your child’s OEN to access the report card. This number can be found on their previous report cards. It is important to take the time to review the report card with your child and have them set learning goals for the next term. Please return the third page to indicate that you have reviewed the report card.
PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 24
This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with kindness, dignity, equity, and respect, our Gospel values and “The Golden Rule.” The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self-esteem and self-love and teach empathy, compassion and kindness. We will be planning some work with our CYC Mrs. Pipe during the week of Feb 22-26th to promote healthy relationships through conversations and activities. Planning ahead~ Staff and students are invited to participate on PINK Shirt day Wednesday, February 24 to wear a pink shirt for this civvies day and show our school spirit and commitment to being kind!
Please Do Not Congregate Before or After School
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff and Milton By-law Officers will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.