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School Update – Week of September 27th

“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.” ~ Kailash Satyarthi

ORANGE SHIRT DAY – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th

Orange Shirt Day is celebrated annually in recognition of our indigenous community. Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt and can wear non-uniform clothing on Thursday, September 30th to help raise awareness. They are also asked to donate using https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. The funds are being directed to The Mohawk Village Memorial Park, a charitable organization to honour the children who attended the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (also known as the Mush Hole), which operated from 1834 to 1970. More details are available at: https://mohawkvillagepark.com/

Orange Shirt Day it is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters: “Every Child Matters.” Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour human dignity in all. We are reminded that every person was created in God’s image and we God’s family.

This year takes an increased importance as the Canadian government designated September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in which the federal government will work with Indigenous people to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” Please join us in this important event!

ST. BENEDICT MASS TIMES:

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

Churches are permitted to celebrate Masses and other liturgies at capacity with social distancing.  This roughly works out to 250 people in the church.  The ‘first-come, first-served’ approach to attendance at Mass will continue.  However, once capacity is reached, the doors will be locked and no one will be allowed in the building after this point.

Health protocols remain in place which means that social distancing of six feet between different social bubbles and face masks are mandatory in the church.

If you are unwell, please do not come to Mass.  Please watch Mass on television or on the internet.  One option is the parish livestreamed Mass which happens on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and is uploaded onto the parish YouTube channel for viewing the entire week.  The parish YouTube channel link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvwxxAJqkkVF7rAMBULIwtg/featured 

CATHOLIC MOMS GROUP AT ST. BENEDICT PARISH:

Calling all moms! Saint Benedict Parish is launching Catholic Moms Group geared towards uplifting the vocation of motherhood. Come and be a part of an encouraging and supportive community of women and go deeper in your faith life. It really does take a village to raise children and as moms, we are not meant to figure it out all on our own. We have each other!
The group will meet every third Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 p.m.
For any questions, contact Nelcy Lopez at: stbenedictsh@catholicmomsgroup.com

ROWAN’S LAW DAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

VIRTUAL CURRICULUM NIGHT

Our annual Curriculum Night is planned for Thursday, September 30th. Based on direction from the Board, this will be a virtual event. Your child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s) will be sending you a direct link to their live presentation. This will begin at 6:30 with a welcome introduction from Administration, followed by two 15 minute presentations by your child’s teacher starting at 6:40 pm. Non-classroom teachers (Arts, Music, and/or French) will provide a video introduction that the classroom teacher will share. There will be an opportunity to families to ask questions to teachers related to curriculum matters during this time. A reminder that this is not to discuss specific matters to your child. Please reach out via phone or email for a private conversation about this.

REMINDER: ONLINE FAMILY INFORMATION/CONSENT FORMS

If you have not had the opportunity to do so, please complete the online Family Information/Consent forms. The form can be accessed at: https://laserfiche.hcdsb.org/Forms/parent_consents. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.

Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card. Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration. The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy: The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues: If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

PICTURE DAY POSTPONED

Please note that the school photos which were originally scheduled for Monday, September 27th and Tuesday September 28th have been postponed until further notice. We will advise families when the rescheduled dates have been set.

ICE DAWG SALES CONTINUE

We will be offering individually wrapped ice dawgs (nut-free ice cream and cookie sandwiches) for purchase to our students.  The delivery days will be last recess on Thursdays in October. The cost is $2 each and are now available on https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. Please note these must be preordered, and we will not be accepting cash for ice dawgs on the day itself

REMINDER: SNACKS AND LUNCHES

Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School is an Allergen-Reduced Environment. We ask that students do NOT bring food products that contain PEA/NUTS to the school at any time. Alternatives such as “Nut Free” Peanut Butter are also NOT permitted. Thank you for your efforts in keeping all of our students safe!

REMINDER: UNIFORMS

Here at Guardian Angels we have a dress code. The Elementary school uniforms consist of a combination of navy blue pants/walking shorts and white or navy short/long sleeve golf /polo and oxford shirts. Please note that the Guardian Angels logo must be embroidered on the top. Additional items such as skorts, tunics, blouses, and embroidered vests/sweaters may also be purchased. Students not in proper uniform will be given an often of a gently-used item to wear for the day, or one from home will need to be brought in.

McCarthy’s is our only uniform supplier. Shop online at: https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2Fshop The Milton Showroom is located at 1160 Steeles Ave. E, Unit 3. However, children may still wear uniform items from ISW or navy bottoms in similar style from any retailer. We also have gently used items available for free from the office. Please reach out to us at: 905-876-2386 for details.

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