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School Update – Week of November 15, 2021

“Let us strive to treat everyone with kindness, dignity, equity and respect through our actions and words.”

– Guardian Angels motto

BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year’s theme is Restore, Rebuild and Renew.

From November 15-19, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools. Throughout the week, students will participate in class activities exploring themes of kindness, self-awareness, inclusivity and empathy.

Ontario Government outline of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/prevention.html

Motivational Video. https://youtu.be/mTsvSAItPqA

WEAR BLUE SPIRIT DAY – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th

Blue is the colour of Bullying Awareness, so in recognition of this week, we will host a full civvies day. Students are encouraged to wear any shade of blue.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS

We will be holding Parent-Teacher interviews are being held the evening of Thursday, November 25th and during the day of Friday, November 26th. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions below. You will be able to schedule appointments from until November 21st at 11:59 pm.

1. Go to the Guardian Angels scheduling webpage at: https://gaces.parentinterview.com

2. Enter the Parent Code angel2021 and click “Sign In”. Please make a note of your Confirmation #

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule

Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email support@parentinterview.com

We look forward to speaking with you.

If you do not have access to the internet at home or in the workplace, please call ParentInterview toll-free at 1-866-810-0076, and someone will be happy to make your appointments with you.

This site will be active for 1 week until Sunday, November 22nd at 11pm.

LIBRARY NEWS

Follow the Library Learning Common on Twitter @GA_Library for more updates!

Highlights from Last Week: K-2 Students shared Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid. We marveled at Reid’s ability to create pictures with plasticine. Find videos of her creating some pictures on her website: https://barbarareid.ca/students-and-teachers/videos/

New books are being added all the time! Keep your eyes open for great new stories coming home!

iDARE

The winning logo design by Ethan Chan (front row centre) for iDARE – Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity, along with the students. Thanks to Mrs. Stephens, Mrs. Mills and Ms. Sankey for your leadership in this group. Looking forward to seeing all the great things planned!

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Thanks again to the Grade 1 students and teachers for their work in preparing and presenting the Remembrance Day Liturgy. The video is available here: https://youtu.be/YXtVSOukvsU

In addition, the school raised $210 with the sales of poppies which will be donated to Milton Branch 136 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

PICTURE DAY

The days for our School Picture days have been finalized with Edge Imaging on Wednesday, November 24th and Thursday, November 25th. You will be forwarded information about what classes will be going on what days. Two days are needed to ensure proper Covid protocols remain in place. Please note there will be no class group photo together. Rather, a composite of the class images will be created.

CONFIRMATION

Special Congratulations to our Grade 7 and 8 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Father Jim Petrie at St. Benedict Parish on November 8th and 9th. We pray God will continue to watch over the students moving forward. Thanks to the Father Jim, the parents, sponsors, and teachers who prepared and guided the students in this Sacrament of Initiation.

ST. BENEDICT PARISH NEWS

Unfortunately the Parish is unable to offer children’s liturgy in person at the church. However they are able to offer it virtually.  Please find enclosed the links for the month of November:

November 7: https://bit.ly/3jya4zJ

November 14: https://bit.ly/3BqEk65

November 21: https://bit.ly/3pD6Pec

November 28: https://bit.ly/3GoF7b6

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 

DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

With the fall season upon us, the weather can change drastically throughout the day. We recommend dressing your children in layers, to ensure that they have appropriate clothing to participate fully in all learning activities. This includes mittens, hats, scarves, boots and snow pants if necessary. Please ensure clothing items are clearly labelled in the event they are lost or misplaced. In addition to outdoor recess times, Physical Education classes along with additional outdoor learning periods continue to primarily take place outdoors. 

SEAC SOUNDBYTES

The Special Education Advisory Committee’s (SEAC) mandate is to make recommendations to the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) in matters affecting the establishment and development of Special Education programs and services for students with exceptional needs.

SEAC is comprised of members nominated by local community associations and that are approved by the HCDSB. Parents that serve on SEAC come from local associations that promote the interests and well-being of students with exceptional needs and abilities.

To help raise awareness of the Special Education process at HCDSB, SEAC publishes periodic news articles called “SEAC SOUNDBYTES”. You find them on the HCDSB News page.

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS CONTEST

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website: https://hcdsb.info/keeping-christ

Two students from Guardian Angels, Lilian Nadhim and Megan Centeno submitted artwork for the Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest last year that was chosen to be featured as two of the HCDSB Christmas cards this year. Congratulations Lilian and Megan!

11th ANNUAL HCCF EVENING WITH BISHOP CROSBY – VIRTUAL EDITION

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding, the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

COMING SOON – STUDENT CENSUS 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census.

This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school, and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child.

For more information about the Student Census go to:  https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

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

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of November 15, 2021