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Weekly Update March 8-12th

“We can support one another and face every kind of challenge with courage and hope when we draw our strength from Jesus.” 

~ Pope Francis

Guardian Angels Fundraiser – Student Masks on Sale and Selling Fast!

Catholic School Council is selling washable and reusable student face masks similar in design to the one shown above. They are made of 2 layers of polyester jersey and include an inner removable filter layer, have a flexible wire frame over the nose for a secure fit and have adjustable elastic ear straps. They are $10.00 each. Inside there is a small white tag that can be used to write your child’s name on. These masks are available for purchase through School Cash Online. Get them before they’re gone!

Making March More Meaningful

This month we’re hosting a number of Spirit/Awareness Days:

March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Spirit Day: Students are invited to wear green on this festive non-uniform day.

March 19th – The Feast Day of St. Joseph & World Down Syndrome Awareness Day: Students are invited to wear brown/white & funky socks on this non-uniform day.

March 26th – Epilepsy Awareness Day: Students are invited to wear purple on this non-uniform day.

March 31st – Autism Awareness Day: Students are invited to wear blue on this non-uniform day. We also welcome Jam Gamble – host of A Voice For All on Rogers TV to speak to our students about Equity and Inclusion.

The Naming of Milton #3 Catholic Secondary School

The HCDSB is looking for ideas on name suggestions for the new Catholic Secondary School in Milton. This is just a reminder that you have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 7th to submit your suggestions.  

How to Share Your Name Ideas

1. Before submitting your name suggestions, please take a minute to review the principles listed in Policy I-15, School Name Selection
 2. Be prepared to tell us why you think your suggestion would make a good name, as it will help the School Naming Committee narrow down the options. 
 3. Submit your suggestion(s) here: 

Next Steps 

The School Naming Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 17th to review the submissions and develop a priority list of at least two (2) names for consideration. On March 18th, we will share the priority list of names with you and ask you to vote for your preference. 

 If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Wong, Principal Milton #3 CSS. 

Your input is so important to this process! Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas. 

International Women’s Day

We celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8 around the globe! We can all choose to challenge by calling out inequality, bias and stereotypes and help to forge a more inclusive world! We can also choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. “From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge!” #ChooseToChallenge      

OAPCE – Ontario Association of Parents in Education

Vision: OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.

Mission: To Engage, Advocate and Enhance through the strength of Our Collective Voice.  Through our connection to home, school and church, OAPCE collaborates with local and provincial education partners to strengthen the parent voice.

Parent Engagement & Education Webinar Series – Wednesday March 10th – 7:00pm

Watch. Talk. Create. A March Break Family Movie Guide – Presented by Anthony Perrotta
For families looking for some stay-at-home Spring Break quality time, this webinar led by Vice Principal and Media Specialist Anthony Perrotta will provide a guide for essential at-home watching for families with kids of all ages. With a media literacy and a faith focus, Anthony will walk participants through his Spring Break recommendations all while encouraging families to embrace movies as an opportunity to watch together, talk together and create together.

Reminder: Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements

1.Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening ToolThe COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19,even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until: 

 They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 

  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR 
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon. 
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: 

2.Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a HouseholdThe Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
  • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
  • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
  • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

New to Kindergarten – Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go!is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go!The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March. 

For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page.
We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!

Stephens, KellyWeekly Update March 8-12th