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School Update – Week of November 29th, 2021

“We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord.”

ADVENT BEGINS

Sunday, November 28th marks the start of Advent.  It is a liturgical season symbolized by the colour purple, the colour of preparation and penance.  It is a time to reflect and prepare our hearts for the second coming of Christ at Christmas. Read more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning  (information taken from the Catholic Company).

If throughout the season of Advent you’d like to engage in acts of almsgiving, we will be hosting a food drive as well as a gift card donation to the St. Vincent de Paul for those families in need in our school community and beyond.

Food Drive Collection Dates:

  • Week 1 of Advent: K-Gr.2
  • Week 2 of Advent: Gr. 3-5
  • Week 3 of Advent: Gr. 6-8

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

We will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 29 – December 3, 2021).

HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities next week to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities. This year, the theme for International Day of People with Disabilities is: Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.

Here are some of the themes and topics that will be recognized next week:

  • Viewing disabilities (both visible and invisible) through a different lens
  • Promoting meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our schools (i.e., building friendships and fostering independence)
  • Celebrating intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health related to disabilities
  • Removing systemic barriers

We are recognizing this theme through announcements and prayers this coming week, and celebrating with a PURPLE SPIRIT DAY on Friday, December 3rd. Spread the Word Through #HCDSBDiverseAbility and #IDPWD!

LIBRARY NEWS

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

K-2 students enjoyed Elephants Do Not Belong on Trees, written and illustrated by Russ Willms.

Students and staff are enjoying the book trailers on the morning announcements. It’s amazing how many people ask for the books later!

Grade 3-4 students are getting a head start on the Silver Birch Express program. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be reading together Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business by Bree Galbraith and Morgan Goble. This will help students complete one book off the list for voting (they need to read 5/10 books to be eligible to vote for their favourite).

Stay tuned for more Forest of Reading updates soon!

KISS N’ RIDE REMINDERS

Families are reminded that the driveway directly beside the east and west side of the school is reserved for immediate kiss and ride drop-offs only. If you need to get out of your car to walk your child to the school yard, please do not use the kiss and ride are and park in a designated spot. Parked cars being left in the kiss and ride area are creating increased traffic congestion, especially in the West Side parking lot. Please be respectful to our staff supervisors trying to maintain a steady flow of traffic and ensuring of everyone!

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

We are still looking for assistance with patrolling the perimeter of the school during recess and lunchtime to continue keeping our students and staff safe. Contact Michelle Ferguson shelly_ang_3@hotmail.com for additional details.

CYBER SAFETY 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

KEEPING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY HEALTHY AND SAFE

Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

FLIPGIVE

At Guardian Angels we continue to encourage families to use this fundraising site/app which allows the school to earn cash back on purchases made with several retailers where you’re likely already shopping. Take advantage of Cyber Monday deals!

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS – CONTEST WINNERS

Congratulations to Lilian Nadhim and Megan Centeno who 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.

SEAC SOUNDBYTE

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.

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.

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 

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of November 29th, 2021