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School Update – Week of October 25, 2021

“There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly-lit porch.”

– Robert Brault

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

Our annual Halloween Dance-a-thon takes place on Friday, October 29th. Our Catholic School Council has arranged for packaged nut-free cookies to be distributed to students. Council has also arranged for the donation of pumpkins for our class Pumpkin Decorating ContestA special thank you to John’s No Frills (6520 Derry Road), Teresa’s Garden (12176 Derry Road), and the Grbic Family for generously providing our school with pumpkins for our classes! Get those creative juices flowing!

Costume considerations to be safe at school:

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun or offensive towards 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 it darker or 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?

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.

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 click the link below to see the Dance Schedule for the day.

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON

LIBRARY UPDATE

Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Johnston. I want to introduce myself as the new library technician at Guardian Angels. It is so exciting to welcome students back into the library. Their enthusiasm and excitement to sign out books is contagious! I will be sharing books we’re reading together in the library, resources and how you can share some stories at home. Please follow the Library Learning Commons on Twitter @GA_Library for more updates. I look forward to sharing many stories with students this year! 
This week, primary students enjoyed the story Boxitects by Kim Smith. Check out the video of the author reading as part of an AGO program. Have a great week!

PIZZA DAY STARTING NEXT WEEK…

We are very pleased to share that starting Tuesday, November 2nd, we will be starting our Pizza program back up at the school. Our new supplier this year is Milton Pizza, Pasta and Wings, which is located at 525 Ontario Street here in town. To meet Covid-19 protocols, we are offering 6 inch individually boxed pepperoni pizzas, cut into 4 slices for $6. This ensures no other students or staff members will be touching your child’s pizza.

The orders can be made online at https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com

Please note that the deadline for the entire month of November (5 weeks, every Tuesday) is Monday, October 25th. No late orders will be accepted.

A special thanks to our parent volunteers who will help with the distribution of Pizza this year. It is so wonderful to be able to have you back at the school!

* Please note if you are not in a financial position for your child to participate in this program but would like them too, please contact Mr. Hawken, the school Principal at hawkenc@hcdsb.org and some arrangements can be made. Discretion in this matter is assured.

FLIPGIVE

This year, fundraising for Guardian Angels CES Milton is going to be so much easier with FlipGive, a free team funding app. We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. It’s completely virtual and contactless.

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?fundraiser_name=Guardian&joincode=KYQWBT

Or enter this code: KYQWBT

Want to learn more? Check out this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTO_Qg4n80

CONFIRMATION

Our Grade 7 and 8 students are currently preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, which will be celebrated by Father Jim Petrie at St. Benedict Parish. The Grade 7 ceremony is on Monday, November 8th and the Grade 8 ceremony is on Tuesday, November 9th. We pray God will watch over the students during this Sacrament of Initiation. Please note: due to Covid-19 limitations, only the student, their parents and the sponsor are permitted to attend the 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 

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS and IEPs

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) went home this past Tuesday for students who are recognized as having special learning needs through the Board’s special education process. Parents are asked to review these plans and to reach out to our Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) should you have any questions or concerns. Our SERTs are:

  • Mr. Duguid
  • Ms. Jaroszewicz
  • Mrs. Stevenson

PROMOTING WELL-BEING

Resources to support youth and parents during COVID-19…

By Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 13.Aug.2021

Created for youth, by youth in collaboration with clinical experts to support mental health

As we enter the back-to-school season, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

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