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Weekly Update – October 25-29 2021

Happy Friday Holy Rosary Families!

We are looking forward to a fun-filled and busy week ahead! We have a school uniform give-away organized, our WE Scare Hunger Food Drive initiative and we are all set for our Halloween Costume Spirit Day and Annual Fundraising Dance-a-thon too! Let the Spooktacular events begin!

Halloween Spirit Day and Fundraising Dance-a-thon

Halloween is a fun and eventful celebration 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.

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 choose to wear orange and black instead. This event is a fulfilled day for students to enjoy Halloween – on October 29th.

The dance-a-thon will be outside on the playground (weather-permitting). A schedule of class dance times will be set closer to the date – as we look to the weather to determine if it will be by cohort inside the gym, or outside on the playground. Parents’ attendance can only be honoured if we are outside. We ask that parents/guardians be masked, respect social distance, avoid congregating and remain on the outside fenced/gated area for student safety. The dance area and playground hardtop are reserved for staff and students only.  Parents will not be permitted to attend in the gym. Thank you for your understanding. Dance-a-thon updates and the dance schedule will be shared by email next week. Don’t forget…parents can wear costumes too!

This is our major fundraiser, where 100% of the donations go directly to programs and tools for your child(ren). Your donation can be made on SchoolCash On-line. If you would like to contribute a student-friendly prize for the Dance-a-thon – that would be appreciated too! Prizes can be dropped off at the office prior to October 29. Thank you so much!

Uniform Give-Away – October 28

We are excited to be giving away and sharing the wealth of gently used uniforms we have on site, on Thursday, October 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the front of the school. Please visit us on Thursday to make selections on what will work for your child(ren). Please bring your own shopping bag. This is an outdoor initiative, and it is weather-permitting. We will advise if it will be postponed due to the weather conditions. Thank you to those who have donated the gently used school uniform items and to our Catholic School Council for supporting this initiative – which benefits our school community and the environment. 

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.

Haitian Earthquake Relief – Thank you!

Our wonderful Faithful Fury – Grade 8 Social Justice Crew would like to thank all who have supported their recent mission. They were able to collect over 90 products for delivery to Haiti.  The medicinal products will make a world a difference for those who need this support right now. Thank you!

WE Scare Hunger

Our Social Justice Crew is at it again! Our awesome 8’s are collecting canned goods and non- perishable food items for WE Scare Hunger this Halloween. Items can be dropped off daily in classrooms – up until November 1st. Donations will be forwarded to the Burlington Food Bank and Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centre.  Thank you so much for your support and generosity.

Walk for Wenjack Community Event

The Aldershot 6K Walk for 4 Wenjack is scheduled for Sunday, October 24, at 1:00 pm at Spencer Smith Park (Pier Tower). This event is about honouring Chanie and to raise awareness of the true history of residential schools. Please visit DownieWenjack.ca to learn more and to support this worthy initiative.

Public Health Updates for Families and Students

  • Public Health Update for Schools contain information, updates and resources from Halton Region Public Health on a variety of program areas.
  • Previous editions of the Public Health Update for schools are available on the School Years Program webpage.
  • Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Halton’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information webpage includes information on:

  • frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in schools and childcare;
  • educational materials for parents; and
  • the Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) webpages.

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.

‘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

Bozzo, JudiWeekly Update – October 25-29 2021