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HRM Weekly Update- Sept.16

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to our wonderful Halton Food for Thought Volunteers who have started their work and preparations. Special thanks to Mrs. Christie for facilitating and leading the program. The wonderful volunteers have already provided all of our classrooms with the snack-bins and will start the snack program next week. If you wish to support the program, please feel free to donate $10 through our School’s Cash Online. Many thanks in advance!

Thank you to all the families who have returned all the forms back to the homeroom teachers. If you still have not done so, please return with your youngest and/or only child as soon as possible.

Thank you to our amazing Holy Rosary-Milton CES staff for a wonderful start up to the school year and all their preparations for curriculum night;

Thank you to for your understanding and support as we are finalizing staffing for this school year;

Thank you for respecting the no parking zones and finding a parking spot in the south parking lot;

Kindly remember that no pets are allowed on school property, this includes all schoolyards. Moreover, if you are visiting the school, please report to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor sticker. We ask that if your child is late or leaving early, please check in with your office. Parents and guardians are asked not to directly go to their child’s class, rather either drop off or pick up the student at the main office. This ensure the safety of all of our students. Thank you!

Lunch Days: Pizza, Milk, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady Programs will begin soon. Please return all forms as soon as possible to help plan for numbers and orders. THANK YOU!

PA Day: Please note that Monday, September 16th is a Professional Activity Day.

Yard Supervision: Supervision begins at 8:50 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the bell rings. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell.  Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. We would like them to be in line with their class at 9:05 am. Please remember that only staff and students are allowed on schoolyard after 8:50 to ensure students’ safety.

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting is here

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and we are happy to announce we are using the new automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app

by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site

by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Expected Uniform Attire: ISW is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from ISW is the expectation for students. Jogging pants and legging are not uniform items, unless used for gym classes. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.

Curriculum Night: We hope you to see you at the Curriculum Night on Thursday September 19, at 6:30pm and then classroom visits beginning at 6:45 pm. Each session is 15min in length. We will have two sessions that night.

Catholic School Council: Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. First Council Meeting:  Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 pm. All parents are welcome to attend regular Catholic School Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Library.

Volleyball Team and Cross-Country Team: Try-out information for boys and girls will be distributed to interested students this week. Forms are due back to the coaches.

Community Events:

Let’s Talk Milton: Let’s Talk Milton is the Town’s community engagement platform that allows residents to share their ideas, provide feedback and stay up-to-date on Town projects and initiatives. Let’s Talk Milton allows you to be a bigger part of your community by sharing ideas, staying up-to-date on projects and giving your input about what’s going in Milton. Register by October 14 for a chance to win community prizes at

Town of Milton-School Traffic Safety: ES-TR19-004_BacktoSchoolSafety_Poster_11x17_R4

Parish News: CHALLENGE GIRLS: Challenge Girls Milton is holding an Open House on Friday, September 20th from 7:00-8:30pm at Queen of Heaven Catholic School (311 Savoline Blvd, Milton). Registrations for this season are being accepted. This program is open to all girls from ages 6 to 17 years. Challenge is a place to grow united in Christ, virtue, friendship and faith through Catholic formation, apostolic projects, games, retreats and lots of FUN!  Registration details can be found on our website at or contact Nazneen Duarte at or call 905-636-1308.

Roots of Empathy: Mrs. Paul, the school’s CYC is looking for a family with a newborn who is interested in joining our Roots of Empathy program. If you have a newborn child and are interested, please view the attached poster and contact Mrs. Paul at the school.

Promoting Well-Being: MindUP is an evidence-based mindfulness curriculum designed to help increase self-regulation and social and emotional learning (SEL) of students in the classroom. Try practicing mindful breathing at home with your child! Here is a script you can use*:

  • Sit down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes or look down.
  • Pay close attention to your breathing. Feel air come in through your nose, then fill your chest and your belly. Calmly and slowly, let the breath leave your belly, then your chest, and finally your nose.
  • Keep your shoulders dropped and relaxed. Think about the air coming into your body and the air going out. Bring attention back to your breath, if your mind tries to think about other things.
  • Notice your stomach rising and falling. Let your belly be soft and relaxed.
  • Open your eyes slowly and take a slow, deep breath.

*copied from The Hawn Foundation (2011). The MindUP Curriculum., Grades 3-5. New York: Scholastic. (p. 45)

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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES

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