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HRM Weekly Update- February 3

“Pray, hope and don’t worry.” ~ Padre Pio

Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to Fr. Michael for visiting some of our classrooms last Tuesday. The students really enjoyed their time and had many questions that provoked great discussion. Fr. Michael also shared that he enjoyed his time and plans to return soon to answer more questions;

Thank you to Student Parliament, Mrs. Helston, Miss Holding, all staff members who volunteered their time to support the Kindergarten and Primary Movie Night on Thursday. BIG thanks to all the families who participated in this event;

Thank you to Mrs. Dinning for leading Bell Let’s Talk Day. Thank you as well to all the staff who participated in this great initiative;

Thank you to Catholic School Council members who attended the boundary review meeting and represented our school;

Thank you to the Grade 8 Teachers and students for leading the Holocaust Prayer last Monday;

Thank you to all of the donations supporting our Civvies Day last Thursday in support of all affected by the wildfires in Australia;

OECTA’s Province-wide One-day Full Withdrawal of Services: on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold another one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. These sanctions are in addition to the administrative job action that began on January 13, 2020. Therefore, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide one-day full withdrawal of services. Please refer to the emails sent by the Board and the school in addition to Board/school website and Twitter.

Novel-Coronavirus: The HCDSB is in ongoing communication with the Halton Region Health Department, who are working closely with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local health care providers to monitor this situation and take actions, as appropriate. Attached a letter from the Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region with information around the symptoms and prevention of respiratory viruses such as 2019-nCoV. If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, please contact Halton Region Public Health at: 905-825-6000. The health and well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. Halton Region Medical Officer of Health letter

Black History Month SpeakerDue to the one-day strike occurring on Tuesday February 4, our planned guest speaker for Black History Month has been postponed. We are working with the guest speaker to have him visit our school another day- stay tuned for the details.

Milton Community Events: Please see the events occurring in Milton for you and your families to access:

Milton Softball Girls Association: 2020 MGSA Flyer

ISW Winter Sale: ISWUniforms WINTER SALE MIL

Appropriate Outdoor Wear: It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats! Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Parking lot- Before and After School: Please ensure that no cars are parked in the loop as buses need full access to the loop. This is especially hard during the winter months with the snow and slippery surfaces. Please ensure that you park your car in a parking spot (please don’t park in the reserved parking spots which require permit) and walk to pick up your children. Also please use the sidewalk at all times as they are salted rather than walking between buses. This is a great safety concern as sometimes bus drivers can’t see pedestrians or due to the winter conditions may not be able to stop abruptly. Please review these safety guidelines with your students if they are walkers.

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.

Promoting Well-Being – How Much Privacy Should Teens Have in the Digital Age?

Tips to keep you kids safe in the digital world. By Crystal Raypole at Healthline

“As children get older, they begin to individuate, or develop their own unique sense of identity. As part of this normal developmental process, they begin to want more space and privacy from their parents and caregivers. Most parents remember going through this stage themselves. But you might still feel a little uneasy, even frightened, about your teen’s increased need for privacy, especially when it comes to the internet. You love your child and want to keep them safe, and your awareness of internet predators, cyberbullying, and other online dangers can make you wonder how it’s possible to both give them privacy and ensure their safety.

There are several ways to allow your teen a measure of privacy online but still keep them safe.” Read more at –

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

Grade 8 Graduation Photos
Feb 3 all day
Ms. Adams and Ms. Fernandes Class Trip to Crawford Lake
Feb 3 all day
Feb 4 all day
Winter Walk Day
Feb 5 all day
National Sweater Day- wear a sweater with your uniform
Feb 6 all day
Reschedule Date: “Respect” Virtue of the Month Assembly
Feb 6 @ 1:30 pm

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