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School Update – Week of October 4th

Angel of God, my guardian dear, whom God has sent to help me here;

Ever this day be at my side; To light, to guard, to rule, to guide.

– School Prayer, recited daily

MEMORIAL OF THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 2nd

The feast day of Guardian Angels is observed on October 2nd. Guardian Angels are blessed spirits appointed by God to be protectors and defenders of mankind. Faith teaches us that we all have Guardian Angels who watch over us during the whole course of our lives. Guardian Angels strive to keep us on the right path, suggest good thoughts and holy desires, offer our prayers and good actions to God and, above all, assist us at the hour of death. Pope Francis reminds us that we can examine our own conscience: “How is my relationship with my guardian angel? In doing so, we evaluate “the relationship with this angel that the Lord has sent to guard us and accompany us on the path, and who always beholds the face of the Father who is in Heaven.”

WORLD TEACHER’S DAY – OCTOBER 5th

Tuesday, October 5th is World Teachers’ Day. One and a half years into the COVID-19 crisis, the 2021 World Teachers’ Day will focus on the support teachers need to fully contribute to the recovery process under the theme “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”. For more information visit: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldteachersday

VIRTUAL CURRICULUM NIGHT

Thanks to all the families who were able to virtually meet the teachers last Thursday, September 30th for Curriculum Night. If you were not able to make the meeting, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teacher and the missed information can be provided to you. In addition, for those who missed the Administration message at the start of Curriculum Night, or want to review this, a copy is now available for your reference. Please go to:

PA DAY – OCTOBER 8th, THANKSGIVING DAY – OCTOBER 11th

Please be aware that Friday, October 8th is a Professional Activity and school is closed for the students. Our staff will be joining in our Annual Faith Day activities. In addition, Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving Day and school is for all staff and students.

We wish you all a happy, healthy, and blessed long weekend!

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Beginning on Monday, October 4th, we will be collecting food items to be donated to the Food4Kids organization. Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for elementary age kids with limited or no access to food each weekend. The food packages are assembled by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. There are more than 800 children in Halton struggling through each weekend without food. It’s hard to believe children in our very own community go hungry, but it’s a reality faced by children each and every day. It’s not that parents do not want to feed their kids …. they can’t. The worsening economy, job loss, working poor, illness, mental health, marriage breakdown or those fleeing their home country to seek safe refuge in Canada, are some of the reasons a parent will turn to Food4Kids for support. For more information about Food4Kids, which supports families in the Guardian Angels School community, please go to: https://www.food4kidshalton.ca/

DAILY SCREENING AND SYMPTOMS PROTOCOL

Parents and guardians are reminded to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your children and complete the Ontario Covid Screening tool daily, available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

If your child develops COVID-19 like symptoms at school, you will be called to discuss the symptoms and will need to pick them up. Paperwork will be sent home outlining what you should do next.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to help keep our school healthy and safe for all.

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 OUTREACH UPDATES

Thanks to your generous donations through SchoolCash Online, Guardian Angels was able to raise the following:

$425 was raised from ORANGE SHIRT DAY on Thursday, September 30th. The funds will be donated to the Mohawk Village Park, whose 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.

$906 was raised from our TERRY FOX WALK on Friday, September 24. The funds will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation to fund ongoing Cancer research.

USAGE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Parents are reminded that cell phones are not permitted for use during school hours without permission and direct teacher supervision. If they are on-site, they must be silenced and secured out of sight. If a cell phone or other communication device is accessed by students during school hours for unauthorized phone calls, texting or taking pictures/videos etc., it will be confiscated and parents will be contacted for its safe return. Please refer to our school’s Code of Conduct of the agenda for more information.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Thank you to all who volunteered for the Catholic School Council. Our inaugural meeting will be held on Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm. All members of the school community are welcome to attend this meeting virtually. Please email Mrs. Stephens for an invitation – stephensk@hcdsb.org

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

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of October 4th