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Weekly Update: January 18-22, 2021

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remote learning continues January 18-22

Thank you for all your support and patience as we come to the end of the second week of remote learning.  We recognize that this model of learning is different, however, are so proud of our students, staff and families for navigating these challenging times to ensure that student learning continues.

A few helpful tips as we continue our learning journey:

  • Many parents have shared the feedback that the chat box is a distraction for their children! Please remind your children to refrain from using the Chat box feature in TEAMs unless responding to a specific question, directed by their teacher.  Students should use the “hand up” feature if they have questions. 
  • To minimize the sound from the messages in the chat, find the “Chat” icon on the left of the TEAMs page.  Find the name of the chat: it will likely be named after the teacher, for example, “Mrs. Toltl’s Grade 8”.  There will be 3 dots beside the name of the chat.  Click on “MUTE”.  This should help to reduce distracting sounds.
  • For families using i-pads, remember to download the Microsoft TEAMs App (a free app) from the app store, and when it downloads, log into the app with your child’s Microsoft Office Account – this is the account that ends with: “”.  If you are using a Board device, please use the “app catalogue” to download the TEAMs app.  Then, when you log into a TEAMs meeting via the link, you can click “open in app” and you should find there are many more features and accessibility.  

Ideally, we would like to keep all of our students connected to their classrooms and engaged with their peers. If you are experiencing challenges, please reach out to your teachers first to discuss strategies for support.  We are in this together!

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned, via the School Messenger system. 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2021. 

To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at Holy Cross CES (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guidelines posted on the front page of our website: Holy Cross Advanced Kindergarten Registration . Online registrations are now open. In-person registrations (bringing in your documents) will take place once schools re-open.  Please direct questions regarding registration to our school secretary, Mrs. Ceko.

Holy Cross Tips

Sara Westbrook is a professional speaker who has presented at our Administrator’s meeting regarding Mental Health and self-care.  She is launching a “daily journal challenge” which begins on Tuesday.  Please consider!

I’m very excited to announce my 21- day journal and mindful meditation challenge. Each

morning for 21 days you will receive an email with your daily journal question and a short list

of meditation links that you can choose from. The goal is to write for 5 minutes on your

question and do your meditation – that’s it!

My son Kai (age 8), my husband George and my mum Linda will be joining us. Please invite

your children, students, friends, colleagues and family members to participate in the

challenge by forwarding this email to them (all questions are child friendly).

Starting a new habit can be challenging. Our brains are wired to repeat the habits we feel

comfortable doing. Creating a habit is like exercising a muscle – the more effort you put in – the stronger it gets.  Some days will feel harder than others. It may be tempting to skip a day, especially when things are busy or stressful.  Here are some benefits of journaling and meditation to encourage you to keep going:

1. Improved emotional and mental well-being

2. Enhanced mindfulness

3. Increased self-confidence and self-identity

4. Boost in happiness

Stuff You Need to Know

Start Date: Tuesday January 19

How to Join: Please send an email to saying, ‘I’m in. Excited to get started.’

You will need: A blank journal/notebook to enter your questions and answers.

Tips for Success:

  • Schedule a time each day for journaling. Picking a time will help make it a habit.
  • Set a timer for 5 minutes while you are journaling to help hold you accountable

to writing for that length of time.

  • Your meditation doesn’t have to be perfect to be helpful – maybe your kids will

start talking and there may be noises from hustle and bustle in your home – it’s ok.

Sara Westbrook – Professional Speaker – Emotional Resilience Strategist

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl

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