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School Update – Week of October 18

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON

On Friday, October 29th, the students are invited to dress up in costume. Students that do not wear costumes can wear black and orange as an alternative. To ensure everyone’s health and safety staff will be planning different fun classroom activities which will include music, dancing, crafts and contests. Each class will have an opportunity to come to the gym to dance throughout the day. Unfortunately, with the Covid-19 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.

Please consider making either a financial donation, or a prize donation to the Dance-a-thon. This is our major fundraiser for the school and all funds raised go directly back to the students!

COSTUME CONSIDERATIONS

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

Costumes must not:

  • Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol
  • Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander
  • Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”
  • Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school
  • Be revealing or suggestive
  • Include weapons or replica weapons
  • Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must:

  • Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2
  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

KISS N’ RIDE REMINDERS

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.

FOOD DRIVE DONATIONS

Our thanks to everyone who donated to our Thanksgiving Food Drive to support Food4Kids.

UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION

We recognize that parent/guardian information changes. Please ensure that you update the school with this information so are able to contact you if needed. This includes email addresses, mailing address and/or home, business and cellphone numbers as well as those of emergency contacts.

DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING – KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents/guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. Also, if your children are unwell, (even if they do not exhibit specific Covid-related symptoms) they should not come to school.

• Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
• Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
• Individuals 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.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

RETURNING TEXTBOOKS AND/OR DEVICES

Please check to see if there are any school textbooks or devices that were borrowed from the school during the closure last year are still in your homes, and return them with your child. These items are needed for use in the school.

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

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