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Weekly Update – Sept 27 – Oct 1 2021

Greetings Holy Rosary Families!

Welcome to the season of fall and the beauty of autumn. With the turning of the leaves, the brilliant colours, and the crisp morning air – we are reminded of God’s blessings upon us each day.

Thank you for your support and patience through some rainy days this week and the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope. It was a perfect day for our Marathon of Hope Spirit Day and Walk/Run. We also delighted in our Grade 3 First Communion Retreats this week and wish those students celebrating the sacrament this weekend the very best, as we continue to pray for them.  We also pray for our Confirmation Candidates who will be celebrating the the sacrament next week. May our school days continue to be blessed as we grow and learn in faith and love.

Terry Fox Walk/Run

Congratulations to our Faithful Fury, our wonderful Grade 8 staff and students who organized our Marathon of Hope. We have raised over our goal of $1200.00 with the support of our school community! Thank you for your support and generosity as we continue to hour our Canadian Hero Terry Fox and his Legacy of Hope.

Holy Rosary Parish Update

Thank you to Monsignor Martin, Mrs. Edmondstone, the Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Team and HR Community for their spiritual leadership and prayers for us as we returned to school. 

  • We look forward to our Grade 3 students celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on one of the following days: Sept. 25, Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 at 1:30pm
  • Our Grade 8 students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on one of the following days: Sept. 27, 28 or 29 at 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary Church. Any questions can be forwarded to the Parish Office.
  • Thank you to Monsignor Martin, Mrs. Edmondstone and Mrs. Sparks for our retreat and practice opportunities in preparation for these sacramental celebrations.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Holy Rosary Parish website for updates and to support the Knights of Columbus Catch the Ace initiative.

Daily Self Screening

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. Students will no longer be required to share proof of daily screening to their teachers at this time.  For everyone’s safety and wellness, students should not attend school if they feel unwell.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

  • Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.
  • Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  
  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Family Information/Consent Form – DUE ASAP

A friendly reminder that this year we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online.

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE.­   The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Please be advised we are now kindly requesting that parents complete the electronic consent form for each child, to allow all information to be uploaded correctly.  Thank you to those who have already completed the form.

Important Information before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit the HCDSB Website.

Technical Issues
If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

SAVE the DATE: Celebration of Learning – Our Curriculum Night

We kindly request that you save the following date for our Celebration of Learning/Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

The first session is from 6:30pm to 6:50pm, the second session will be from 7:00pm-7:20pm with an opportunity for Q & A. The virtual access info, D2L info/link info will be sent home with the classroom teacher.

Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.  We look forward to ‘seeing’ you all.

Truth & Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day – September 30th

As a school community we will be recognizing this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30th, with a school Liturgy lead by Ms. Khader’s Grade 7’s and an Orange T-shirt Day (with uniform bottoms). All Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The message for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Catholic School Council 2021-2022

A very special thank you to those parents who have submitted their candidate’s form to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council.  The names of our new CSC members will be shared in next week’s correspondence.

Our first Catholic School Council Meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4th @ 6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend – please email Mrs. Bozzo at: bozzoj@hcdsb.org if you would like to attend our virtual meetings.

Returning School Resources to School

With our return to school you may have found some textbooks, library books, or technology that belong to the school. Please return anything that belongs to Holy Rosary CE School, as other students will benefit from the resources. Thank you.

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination
Attached to your correspondence is a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination.

Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.

Additional Information

For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize

Halton Launches Bike Registry Program

The Halton Regional Police Service has partnered with 529 Garage to introduce their bicycle registration app to residents of Halton. 529 Garage is an application that connects you, other cyclists, police, and local bicycle shops in the event your bicycle is stolen. Registration is easy – simply download the app, input your contact information and bicycle serial number, and upload photos of yourself and your bicycle. Registrations can also be made on the 529 Garage website if you do not have a smart phone or tablet. Learn more at: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/bikeregistry

Friendly Reminders:

Parking Lot/Kiss and Ridekindly use the parking lot if you need to exit the car to escort your child to the gate, or if your child needs more time to exit your car. Kiss and Ride should be reserved for a happy send-off and a quick and safe drop off.

Photo Day is postponed at this time – we will share updated soon.

Friday October 8 – PA Day – Faith Day for Staff, no school for students.

Monday October 11 – Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.

Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings to all.

The Holy Rosary CES Staff

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