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Weekly Update: September 28-October 2, 2020

Where will the kind, thoughtful, caring people come from for the next generation if our children are not taught the value of putting someone else’s needs above their own?
~ Edith Schaeffer

Wednesday is Orange Shirt Day!

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to a global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.  It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.  We will celebrate Orange Shirt Day by wearing orange on September 30th and come together as a school community by showing our support.

“Virtual” Curriculum Night on Thursday, October 1st

Curriculum Night at Holy Cross will be held on Thursday, October 1st Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year.  Families will be able to meet their child’s teacher virtually, view the classroom via a virtual tour, and explore the curriculum your child will learn this year.  We will begin at 6:45 with a Welcome, Prayer and Principal’s Message. This will be followed by 2 presentation times for each teacher.  The times are as follows: 7:00 – 7:30 pm or 7:45 – 8:15 pm.  Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher with the links to connect virtually in the coming days.

Rowan’s Law Day on Friday, October 2nd

In 2018, a new law called Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario.  Rowan’s Law helps protect people who play sports, or play active games in schools, by supporting teachers, parents/guardians and coaches to learn about preventing concussions, and by helping people who get concussions to recover. Thanks to Rowan’s Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario have new rules in place around concussions.  We will celebrate Rowan’s Law Day by wearing purple on Friday, October 2nd.

Absenteeism and Privacy

From time to time, students and staff are absent from school.  Although we can appreciate that this year, due to Covid-19, there are heightened concerns regarding absenteeism, it is important that we continue to protect the privacy and dignity of every child and staff member.  Please rest assured that appropriate information will be communicated as necessary.  Should there ever be a confirmed case of Covid-19 at our school, we would share all necessary information and provide appropriate guidance, as directed by Public Health.   

We thank you most sincerely for your continued support thus far.  We appreciate the effort of parents to socially distance upon drop-off and pick-up and to wear a mask where this is not possible.  A gentle reminder to continue using the newest Self-Assessment Online Tool each morning prior to your child coming to school.  Keeping students and staff safe is a community effort! 

Holy Cross Tips

If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, at any time, you can arrange a phone-call with your child’s classroom teacher.  

  • Be specific about your concerns so you and the teacher can figure out the best way to help. Share any information you think may be helpful to the teacher–for example:  
    • approaches that seem to help your child 
    • specific behaviours you’ve noticed 
  • Ask the teacher what they’ve noticed at school. Some children may seem fine at school, but display different behaviours at home.   
  • Ask about available community resources that could also help your child cope.  

Educators aren’t mental health professionals. They do, however, play an important role in the circle of support for students and are often the first step in getting your child the support they need. 

For additional support, please consider accessing the ROCK (Reach Out Center for Kids) through their Access Line @ 289-266-0036. This line is live answered Mon-Fri between 9 am – 5 pm.  Their Virtual Walk-in Clinic is open and accessible Mon-Wed 9am – 3pm. In-person appointments will become available through the Access line.  If you are in crisis, contact our 24/7 ROCK Crisis Line at 905-878-9785.

AM Toltl/M. Simon
Principal/Vice Principal

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Toltl, Anna MarieWeekly Update: September 28-October 2, 2020