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Weekly Update – October 18-22 2021

Greetings Holy Rosary Families!

What a busy week we have had! Picture Day today was a great success and a return to ‘the good old days’. We have also had a very positive response to our Haitian Earthquake Relief initiative and the HCCF Bracelet Sale …thank you so much! As we look ahead this month, we remind everyone to save the date for our Halloween Costume Spirit Day and Annual Fundraising Dance-a-thon on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Haitian Earthquake Relief

Our wonderful Faithful Fury – Grade 8 Social Justice Crew would like to thank all who have supported their recent mission. They continue to encouraging all families to donate basic over-the-counter/non-prescription medical supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti. A Holy Rosary parishioner will be visiting Haiti for missionary work and will be bringing these much needed items for families in Haiti. We would love to support this mission by collecting items like: Tylenol Chewables for children, over-the-counter baby cough and cold medicine, baby creams like Penaten or Zincofax, triple antibiotic creams like Polysporin, Pepto Bismol chewables, and anti-fungal creams for adults. Our Grade 8’s will be collecting items, in original sealed container and sealed baggies, at school, until Tuesday, October 19, 2021. If you would prefer to drop items off at the church you are welcome to do so, in the narthex. Thank you for your generosity and support of this initiative.

Halloween Spirit Day and Fundraising Dance-a-thon

Halloween is a fun and eventful occasion here at Holy Rosary. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect responsibly, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create a welcoming school environment for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

All students are welcome to wear school appropriate costumes. Students may decide not to wear a costume. Anyone choosing not to wear a costume may decide to wear orange and black or our school uniform. This event is a fun-filled day for students to enjoy Halloween – on October 29th.

This is our major fundraiser and more info to follow in a separate email about our school fundraising goals and need for prize donations.

Costume considerations to be safe at school:

Costumes MUST NOT:

  • Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;
  • Include masks or accessories that may impede movement
  • Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
  • Represent disfiguring injury or, show “blood and gore”;
  • Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;
  • Be revealing or suggestive;
  • Include weapons or replica weapons;
  • Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes MUST:

  • Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.
  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess and dance-a-thon activities.

Daily Screening – Keeping Our Community Safe

Parents often call seeking advice on whether they should send their children to school if the children are unwell. If your children are unwell, (even if they do not exhibit specific Covid-related symptoms) they should not come to school.  We want your children to feel better and be able to fully engage in the learning, and to keep their classmates healthy too.  The best way to determine if your children should be at school is to complete the daily required screening.

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents/guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

For everyone’s safety and wellness, students should not attend school if they feel unwell.

Family Information/Consent Form – Action Required

A thank you to all those who have completed the Family Consent Forms on-line – a friendly reminder to those who have not yet completed the form – parents/guardians are required to complete the form online as soon as possible.

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

Student Support of the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation

What a great success for our one-of-a-kind bracelets sale this week! Thank you so much for your support of this initiative. These bracelets created by Lauren, a grade 5 student, in support of the HCCF, raised just over $700.00 in one week.  We thank Lauren for her spirit of generosity and talent in creating these beautiful bracelets and to her sales team Layla and Mira – well done!

Friendly Reminders:

Assumption Catholic Secondary School Info – Grade 8 Parent Night is scheduled for October 28, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 pm, and the AP Information Night is set for November 10, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. – mark your calendars … more details to follow.

Parking Lot/Kiss and Ride – kindly 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. Thank you!

‘Calling all Library Books’ – if you find any school resources, texts or library books at home …kindly return them to the school. We are missing a large number of our library books and we would like to keep the joy of reading alive with our book exchange this year! Thank you!

Coming to School Prepared – students are reminded to share in the responsibility to come to school prepared with all their belongings, including their lunch, snack and water bottle each day. Thank you!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

The Holy Rosary CES Staff

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