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School Weekly Update – September 20th, 2021

“May you week be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments.”

DAILY SELF-SCREENING:

All staff and students must continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the attached screening tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

Thank you to all the families who provided proof/screening log signatures of the Daily Covid School Screening last week. Proof of a pass of the screening tool is no longer required to be shown each morning but the screening tool MUST continue to be used at home each day prior to coming to school.

MASK ETIQUETTE:

Masks are required for ALL on school property for pick-up and drop-offs. Thank you the parents and guardians who continue to follow our mask expectations and model to our students the importance of social distancing. By working together, we create a safe environment for our staff, students and our community. 

SCHOOL LITURGY – SEPTEMBER 21:

This Tuesday at 9:00 am begins our first Virtual Liturgy for Guardian Angels School. We welcome Father Jim Petrie or Father Vivek Trindadeor in celebrating with us. You can join virtually from Teams using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/3jp5dfty 

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

NEW PROCESS! FAMILY INFORMATION/CONSENT FORMS:

Although we sent out paper copies of the family information and consent forms and have received several back, we are asking that you also complete this information online. We sincerely apologize for the duplication of work. 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

TENTATIVE PICTURE DAY – SEPTEMBER 27th and 28th:

Monday, September 27th and Tuesday, September 28th are tentatively booked for picture day at Guardian Angels. This has not been confirmed, and well communicate if we will be proceeding with this. Students will not longer have photo taken with the entire class, but have individual sittings. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be in place, including social distancing, hand hygiene, and fully vaccinated photographers. The retake day for students who miss the initial 2 days will be Wednesday, November 3rd.

ICE DAWGS ARE COMING!

We will be offering individually wrapped ice dawgs (nut-free ice cream and cookie sandwiches) for purchase to our students.  The delivery days will lunch on Thursday, September 23rd and Thursday, September 30th. The cost is $2 each and are now available on https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. Please note this must be preordered, and we will not be accepting cash for ice dawgs on the day itself

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTION PROCEDURES – SEPTEMBER 2021:

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Please email Mr. Hawken at hawkenc@hcdsb.org and a nomination package will be sent to you electronically.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

  • Nomination Forms Due: Friday, September 24th
  • Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 28th
  • Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th
  • First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th at 6:00 pm

Meetings will be held virtually using Teams. Dates & times will be posted on our school web page.  All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings. 

ORANGE SHIRT DAY:

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

This year has particular significance as it is also marks the 1st observance of a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

To mark this event, we are asking all staff and students to wear an orange shirt (non-uniform day) on Thursday, September 30 and donate using https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ The funds collected will be forwarded to the Mohawk Village Memorial Park, whose mission/mandate is to develop and maintain the Mohawk Village Memorial Park to honour the children who attended the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School (also known as the Mush Hole), which operated from 1834 to 1970. Go to: https://mohawkvillagepark.com/home/ for more information.

FAMILY PAINT NIGHT IN RECOGNITION OF ORANGE SHIRT DAY:

WHEN? – Wednesday, September 22, 2021 –  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day. The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel. For more information, visit the HCDSB website. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

SCHOOL-BASED IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM, GRADES 7-12

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students in Grades 7-12 that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years. Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

* Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment – To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311.  Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination – Below you will find a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination. Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information – For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize

Stephens, KellySchool Weekly Update – September 20th, 2021