“We love because he first loved us.”
~1 John 4:19
This week is Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a resolution to recognize the week beginning on the third Sunday of November as Anti-Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. The purpose of the week is to heighten the awareness of our students as to what constitutes bullying and the impact it can have on the overall school environment.
People may sometimes confuse conflict with bullying, but they are different. Conflict occurs between two or more people who have a disagreement, a difference of opinion or different views. Conflict between students does not always mean it’s bullying. Children learn at a young age to understand that others can have a different perspective than their own, but developing the ability to gain perspective takes time and the process continues into early adulthood (Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development, page 26).
In conflict, each person feels comfortable expressing his or her views, and there is no power imbalance. Each person feels able to state his or her view point. How people deal with conflict can make it positive or negative. Conflict becomes negative when an individual behaves aggressively by saying or doing hurtful things. Then the conflict is an aggressive interaction. Conflict only becomes bullying when it is repeated over and over again, and there is a power imbalance. Over time, a pattern of behaviour may emerge where the person who behaves aggressively in the conflict may continue or even make it worse. The person who is the recipient of the aggressive conflict may feel less and less able to express his or her point of view and feel more and more powerless. That is when negative conflict may turn into bullying.
A school will respond to bullying and conflict differently. For example, in the case of a conflict, a school staff member may try to have the students come together to tell their side of the story and help them resolve the situation together. Consequences vary based on numerous factors which are considered by the school Administrators.
Next week, our DREAM team, led by our school’s Child and Youth Counsellor Mrs. Robertson, and our Library tech, Mrs. Sims, will be leading virtual sessions that are designed to:
- Help students become more aware of what constitutes bullying and where and when it may be happening.
- Help students know where to turn for help if they experience or know about acts of bullying.
- Help students succeed — research shows that a healthy school environment helps to support student success.
Our school has a comprehensive Bullying Prevention Plan in place which is updated and shared with our Catholic School Council each year.
Progress Report / Kindergarten Communication of Learning / Interviews
The Elementary Progress Report for grades 1 – 8 students, and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations will be issued on November 24, 2020. Parents / guardians will be able to schedule an interview with your child’s teachers during the evening of Thursday, November 26, 2020 and during the day on Friday, November 27, 2020 which is a designated Professional Development Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all interviews will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams or through a phone call. To book an interview, please follow the instructions provided through the School Messenger e-mail sent to you via School Messenger.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Poinsettias – back by popular demand!
We enjoyed rave reviews last year regarding our gorgeous poinsettias from Bradford Nurseries, and have already received requests to offer that option again this year! If you were planning to use poinsettias in your decorating, or as gifts, we would respectfully ask that you consider purchasing yours through the school this year.
Our arrangements – from Bradford’s fine nursery – are competitively priced and include a variety of sizes and colours. Pet owners will be pleased to know that there is also a “tabletop greenery” option. Please place your order through the School Cash-on-line system by November 23rd. Poinsettias will be available for curb-side pick up at the school by appointment on December 3rd and 4th.
Flip-give comes to Holy Cross!
More and more families are shopping on-line this year, especially given the current restrictions. Holy Cross has recently teamed up with “Flip-give”. Flip-give is an app/ website that receives a commission when used, and shares the profits with the school. Many sports teams have used this service and several HCDSB schools are beginning to use this program, and it has proven to be quite successful. The Holy Cross “team code” is MR66JK. Please consider downloading the app for Flip-give, downloading our code, and supporting the school, each time you make an on-line purchase.
Holy Cross Tips
The chart below helps to further differentiate between behaviours that lead to a conflict, are rude or mean, or can be considered bullying. Please review with your children, so that we are all using the same language.
As always, we thank you for continuing to perform daily screening of your child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. The Government of Ontario has created an online tool to assist families with the daily self-screening process here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
Halton Public Health have also updated their Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals for COVID-19 Symptoms, and you can review that information in the flow chart attached below. HE-return-to-school-and-child-care-protocol-for-individuals-with-covid-19-symptoms-16-Oct-2020Download
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