“There is nothing small in the service of God.” St. Francis De Sales
Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to our amazing students, staff, and families for all of your support this week. Our first official back to school week has been a huge success because of all of you- THANK YOU!
Agendas are on sale for $8, please purchase them online- Thank you for your support!
Family Information Packages: We have sent home our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification form. A copy of the Holy Rosary-Milton Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda and also on our website https://elem.hcdsb.org/holyrosarymilton/code-of-conduct/ or visit our website under “Safety and Wellbeing”. Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency. Please return all forms as soon as possible.
Kindly remember that no parents/guardians are allowed on school property before, during, or after school (8:50-3:50). Also remember that no pets are allowed on school property and on all schoolyards. Moreover, only essential visitors are allowed in the school, please contact Ms. Murad or Mrs. MacLeod if you have any questions or concerns. We ask that if your child is late or leaving early, please inform your child’s teacher and the office. Parents and guardians are asked to drop off their child at the main entrance and the student will independently enter the office to receive their late slip. When leaving early, parents and guardians are to wait outside the main doors for students to exit and meet them there.
Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms: Staff are to monitor self and students for signs/symptoms of COVID-19. All Staff and students who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms consistent with COVID- 19 must go home/stay at home and seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested for COVID-19. Take the self-assessmentand follow the recommendations shared previously.
Medical Perils: Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office, attention of Mrs. MacLeod, along with any medication needed so we can update our files. Friendly reminder that medical peril students must carry their EpiPen or Puffer on them at all times (waivers must be completed for exclusions).
Curriculum Night: We hope you to see you at our virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday October 1, at 6:30pm. We will have two sessions that night after the principal’s address. TEAMs invites will on Monday or Tuesday September 28/29.
Red Cross & Kids Safety Courses offered Virtually:
Orange Shirt Day – Sept 30th: Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt (they are to wear uniform bottoms) on Wednesday, September 30th. Orange Shirt Day annually in recognition of our indigenous community. It is an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all.
Catholic School Council: First Council Meeting: Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, this meeting will be held virtually. Please refer to email sent on Friday September 18, 2020
Lost & Found: Due to the restrictions this year we will no longer have the Lost & Found box. Please ensure that you clearly label your child’s belongings and clothing along with grade so we can ensure we return any found items directly to students.
Promoting Well-Being: TIPS AND RESOURCES FOR TALKING TO YOUR KIDS OR STUDENTS ABOUT COVID-19
During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus. As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.Here are some tips and resources to help:
- Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
- Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
- Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
- Check yourself: Feeling anxious? Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
- Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
- Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
- Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more. Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Holy Rosary-Milton CES