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Weekly Update November 15-19, 2021

Greetings Holy Rosary Families-

We have so many updates this week…the beauty of things going back to the ‘good old days’!  Please take a moment to read all about our events and initiatives – and please visit our website for updates too.  Thank you for your continued support and care of our school community.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

This week is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week and we are focusing on kindness towards others. Throughout the week your child’s class will participate in activities and stories, led by our CYC, Staff and Safe School Team.  All our students will participate in an interactive Peace Walk throughout the school yard and Parish gardens, visiting 9 stations in total. The students will participate in discussions and activities at each station which will build on our students understanding of bullying, and how small acts of kindness can make big impacts on others, as well as ourselves. We invite families to continue these discussions at home. This year’s theme for Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week 2021 is One Kind Word.

Pizza Days Are Back!

Pizza Day are back! Pizza Days will be every Tuesday – beginning Tuesday, November 30, 2021. There are seven pizza days during this time frame – ending on January 25th, 2022. 

All orders will be purchased through SchoolCash Online

The LAST DAY for orders is Monday, November 22nd at midnight! Requests to process late orders will not be honoured. 

To adhere to COVID 19 food handling protocols, all pizza slices ordered will be individually packaged. There will be a reduction in the size of the individual slices to enable the provider to use individual student packaging. Each slice is priced at $2.50. Enjoy! 

Remembrance Day Liturgy

Thank you to our Mrs. Cabral and her Grade 8 class for a beautiful Remembrance Day Liturgy. It was very special to gather both in-person and virtually with our students to honour those whom served and serve for our freedom. Thank you for your donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. Thank you to Monsignor Martin for joining us too.

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is scheduled for November 15 – 28, 2021.

Between November 15-28 please log in to:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5167199 to order your books.

Due to remote learning, the Library has lost many books, so every purchase made will go toward purchasing new books for the Library.

Enjoy the gift of reading! Thank you! Mr. Wilkes

Catholic School Council Virtual Meeting

Our CSC Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 pm.  You are invited to attend, and if you would like to attend please email the request to donaldsons@hcdsb.org  Thank you!

Progress Reports and Parent/Teacher Interviews

“We know that parents have an important role to play in supporting student learning. Studies show that students perform better in school if their parents or guardians are involved in their education. This is the basis for the principle that students and parents should be kept fully informed about the student’s progress.” ~ Growing Success, page 8.

Progress Reports will be available on Wednesday November 24th, 2021. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews/Conferences for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students virtually, during the evening of Thursday November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26, 2021.  More information on booking your interview will be sent home to families in a School Messenger email.  Please look for this important interview information in your emails or on our website.

The Faithful Fury’s New Mission!

Our Grade 8 students’ new social justice initiative for the month of November is in support of the Salvation Army. We are collecting gently used, clean clothing, to be donated to the Salvation Army – by our awesome Faithful Fury Crew and Staff.  Please consider donating winter wear – and/or making a loonie/toonie donation for the cause.  Thank you for your support!

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.

They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Covid Reminders: Daily Safety Measures and Travel Updates

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

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
  • Individuals 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
  • If you are travelling, please follow the Government of Ontario’s guidelines and visit Halton Region’s website for updates.  Direction given upon re-entry to Canada and on the Daily Covid School Screening Tool will give you specific information about your child’s return to school.

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

The #NoHateInHalton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton was launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region. We will be promoting this during our daily announcements, sharing the message that we believe that there should be #NoHateInHalton and that Halton region is diverse and that is what makes it beautiful and vibrant.

Student Census – Coming Soon!

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY
To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.org  We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Truth and Reconciliation – An Evening of Learning and Sharing

They Came for the Children: A documentary looking at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings on Residential Schools. The documentary was filmed in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, In the film, we hear from TRC Commissioners, Indigenous leaders and Residential School survivors as they tell their story of the schools’ devastating impact on Indigenous Peoples.

Please join us: the film will be shown over two evenings in the Holy Rosary Parish Center: Thursday, Nov. 18 & Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 -7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Facilitated by Sherry Saevil – Indigenous Education Advisor, HCDSB

Dress for the Weather

As winter weather in upon us, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside.  Thank you for your support.

Safety Reminders

  • Please remember to send your children to school with all necessary items such as water bottles, lunches, snacks, hats, mittens, and indoor shoes. We need to minimize visitors to the school during the day.
  • Please continue to be patient and courteous and to follow the rules of our parking lot at pick up and drop off. If you drive your child to school, please follow the traffic flow rules in place at the east side of the school. Stop or park only in designated spaces and not in the ‘kiss and ride’ or along the fence. Please do not block the student crossing area, stop sign area or single lane drive thru – at drop off or pick up times. Together we can help to keep our school community safe!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Holy Rosary C.E.S. Staff

Donaldson, SaraWeekly Update November 15-19, 2021