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School Update – Week of December 13, 2021

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord in near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4: 4-7

THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

The 3rd Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.

We look forward to Ms. Sankey’s Grade 6 class who will be presenting the 3rd week of Advent Liturgy virtually to the school on Monday. We will also have our Liturgy for the 4th Week of Advent take place on Friday and will be presented virtually by Mrs. Cilia’s Grade 4 class.

Thanks to Mrs. Weber’s Grade 6 class who presented our Liturgy for the 2nd week of Advent last Monday.

EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY

All students will be released ninety (90) minutes prior to the regular dismissal time on Friday, December 17th. Therefore, all students will be released at 1:30 pm. Buses will arrive at that time. Please make adjustments accordingly.

CHRISTMAS KAHOOT NIGHTS

Thanks to the Grade 8 students and staff who have prepared these evenings of fun and prizes.
The links are:
Monday, December 13th: 6:30-7:30 https://tinyurl.com/2p96dpxe
Wednesday, December 5th: 6:30-7:30 https://tinyurl.com/bdd3aur7

CHARITY DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

This week wraps up our Advent almsgiving. There is still time to get involved in the following initiatives:

1) Our Food Drive to support the Food4Kids organization serving local families finishes this week. Please have children bring in their donations by Wednesday. Items of greatest need are:

2) Gift Card/Financial Donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Benedict Parish. The mission of the Society is to provide support to families, children and seniors in need. Gift cards can be dropped off at the school up to Wednesday. Financial donations can be made online at: https://www.ssvphaltonpc.org/Milton/StBenedict/. Click “donate” and select St. Benedict – Milton.

3) Spirit Week during December 13th – 17th. Donate $5 using SchoolCash Online to support the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation and join in the festive days:

A very special thanks to Mrs. Mills and the Grade 8s from her class who sold Candy Cans last week to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Benedict Parish. We will let you know totals when they are available.

PRIMARY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Our Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes are each preparing a Christmas song or skit. All the performances will be combined to create a video that parents, students, families and teachers will be able to view through a direct, private link. The recordings take place the week of December 13th – 17th. We will send out the private YouTube link once the concert has been finalized.

NOTE: If you do not want your child to be included in this performance, please email your child’s teacher. They will still be involved in the rehearsal process, but not filmed in the final one.

GA NIGHT AT INDIGO

Thank you to the families that supported our 2nd annual Guardian Angels Night at the Indigo on Steeles Avenue. $357.52 was raised at this evening which will go directly back to the school to support our Fundraising efforts. A special thanks to Mrs. Britto, Mrs. Badsha, Mrs. Penman and the Catholic School Council Fundraising Committee for their time and effort to support this event!

PIZZA DAYS and POPCORN DAYS ARE COMING IN 2021

The New Year will see the return of Pizza Days and the start of Popcorn Days. Popcorn will come in individual bags from Kernels and will start with butter-flavoured in January. Please go to SchoolCash Online to place your monthly orders! The deadline to place orders is Wednesday, December 15th.

GRADE 8 – HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNICATION REQUIRED

This is a reminder that by Wednesday, December 15th, students need to complete the following:

If not attending St. Kateri, go into My Blueprint and click on “not returning”.

If attending St. Kateri, enter their course selection in My Blueprint and pay the Student Activity Fee of $65.00 using SchoolCash online. 

Thank you for your prompt attention to this.

FOOD DELIVERY COMPANIES IE: UBER EATS

We cannot support the use of Food Delivery companies if students forget their lunch.  It creates an added strain on our already extremely busy front office staff.  Food often comes late, mislabeled, and students need to be located and supervised while waiting for delivery at the office.

KISS N’ RIDE

Pylons are placed in the Kiss & Ride as a safety measure to streamline traffic flow and to prevent cars from pulling out and around vehicles that are unloading.  There have been a number of instances where parents have ignored the pylons, hit or driven over them.  Some have been damaged and others wedged into the bottom of people’s vehicles and taken from the parking lot.  Please be mindful of your actions and pay extra attention to the rules that have been established for student safety!

LIBRARY NEWS

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

Please return all library books to school this week. We will start fresh in January!

K-2 students listened to Snowmen at Work by Caralyn and Mark Buehner this week. If you ever build a snowman or snow animal, I’d love to see it! You can share it with us on Twitter!

Grade 3-4 students continued to hear Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business by Bree Galbraith and Morgan Goble. It is one of the Silver Birch Express Books.

Grade 5 – 8 classes that visited the LLC have been learning about the Forest of Reading programs and signing up to participate. If your child would like to get a head start on some of the books, check out the Milton Public Library. Our books will be available after the Christmas break.

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS

On Wednesday, December 15th  your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY & SAFE

You should have received notification last week about a new Covid-19 case in our Guardian Angels community. As of Monday, December 13, students are permitted to return to school following the guidelines outlined by Public Health. As always, all students need to pass the daily Ontario screening in order to come to school using the following link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

COVID-19 Test Results
If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.

BE MINDFUL OF WEATHER CONDITIONS!

This past week the weather has been warmer, and there has been no snow. In these conditions, it is not necessary for children to be bundled up in their snow pants, toques, and scarves as they are getting overheated during recess play. Under these circumstances please let younger children know that’s it’s okay not to wear all the articles of clothing they’ve brought to school.

However, when the temperatures drop, please do ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

INCLEMENT WEATHER/BUS CANCELLATIONS AND DELAYS

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  

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.

MENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON

Hawken, ChristopherSchool Update – Week of December 13, 2021