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School Update – Week of November 22, 2021

“The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and Church, is an inclusive and equitable learning community, dedicated to providing excellence in Catholic education by developing Christ-centred individuals enabled to transform society.”

– Mission Statement of the Halton Catholic District School Board

PROGRESS REPORT CARDS/INTERVIEWS

The Elementary Progress Report for Grades 1 – 8 students, and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be issued via email on Wednesday, November 24, 2021. Please look for future communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

Virtual interviews with your child’s teachers will occur during the evening of Thursday, November 25, 2021 and during the day on Friday, November 26, 2021, which is a designated Professional Development Day.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be offered virtually or through a phone call. An email was sent out last week with instructions on how to make an appointment. If you have not received this, please reach out directly to the teacher directly using their email found on our school website below to book a mutually beneficial time: https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/staff-directory/

PA DAY – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Due to parent interviews, there will be no school for students on this day.

The days for our School Picture days have been finalized with Edge Imaging on Wednesday, November 24th and Thursday, November 24th. You will be forwarded information this week 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.

STUDENT GATHERING BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL

Parents are asked to please have a conversation with your child(ren) about continuing to adhere to social distancing and mask wearing guidelines on their way to and from school. Students are congregating at the community park and disregarding these guidelines. Please help your child understand the seriousness of COVID-19 and its potential impact on our school community.

LIBRARY NEWS

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

K-2 students enjoyed Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and illustrated by Heath McKenzie. Watch a reading of the story here if you’d like to enjoy it again! https://youtu.be/_lOKjMRId_U 

The LLC is promoting books on the morning announcements! Watch for book trailers! So far all of the books featured have been signed out. 

It has been a pleasure having students in the LLC. It warms my heart to see them enjoying stories, picking out books, and enjoying reading time.

DRESSING FOR WINTER WEATHER

With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. Thank you for your support with this!

INCLEMENT WEATHER

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

CYBER SAFETY and CYBERBULLYING RESOURCES

Please refer to the attached link for important information that parents and children should be aware of in regards to being safe online: https://elem.hcdsb.org/guardianangels/2021/11/cyber-safety-cyberbullying-resources/

COURTESY BUS SEATS

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seatsfamilies with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form: The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal.  Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

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 

2ND ANNUAL “FEED THE NEED” Food4Kids ON-LINE AUCTION


Food4Kids supports families in Halton, and specifically in the Guardian Angels school community.

For ONE WEEK, starting this coming Sunday, November 21st, Food4Kids is hosting its 2nd Annual Feed the Need On-Line Auction where you’ll have the chance to bid on almost 200 AMAZING items! There are all kinds of things to bid on including thrilling experiences, Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, gift baskets, gift cards, home décor, apparel, jewelry, and so much more! The best part is as a winning bidder you’ll not only get great items at great prices you’ll also be helping feed the over 850 children currently on our program! Mark the date!  Starts Sunday, November 21st at 9am and closes Sunday, November 28th at 6pm. Check our website for the live link on the 21st at: 
https://www.food4kidshalton.ca/upcoming-events

OAPCE WEBINARS PRESENTS…”REBUILDING OUR RESILENCY AS PARENTS”

Parents who can cope with the stresses of everyday life, have the flexibility and inner strength to bounce back when things are not going well.  Adapting to new changes, bullying, and the uncertainties in this complex world we live in, are challenges which arise from the skills of resilience. Aligning with our theme,” Rebuilding our Resiliency as Parents”, join us on November 20th, as OAPCE, the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education, presents two live webinars that will engage parents across the province and seek out good outcomes where problems were to be expected.  Parents can register at – https://www.oapce.org/

HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of November 22, 2021