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HRM Weekly Update- Jan.18

“If you are going down a road and don’t like what’s in front of you and look behind you and don’t like what you see, get off the road. Create a new path!” Maya Angelou  

Dear HRM Parents and Guardians,

Big thanks to all of our amazing students, staff, and families for making Remote Learning successful for all this week- We could not have done this without this without working together- HRM WE GOT THIS!

Thank you to Student Parliament members and Ms. Ventura for all their time and work planning and creating the different activities for today in addition to today’s Spirit Day and next week’s PJ Day- & THANK YOU for participating & showing your school spirit.

Thank you to our amazing Grade1 students, Ms. French, Ms. Flynn, and Mrs. McReavy for their time, work, and dedication in preparing and leading this month’s Virtue of the Month Assembly focusing on Kindness and Empathy

Remote Learning Continues: Ontario school boards will be required to move elementary and secondary schools to teacher-led remote learning on January 22, 2021.  Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning until January 25, 2021– all elementary students will learn remotely from home. In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Attendance: Attendance continues to be an integral part in student learning. While students are participating in Remote Learning, they are expected to be in full attendance and participating in their classes. Educators will be taking attendance twice daily (as we regularly do in the mornings and the afternoons). If you know that your child will be away, please report absence in the Safe Arrival System- if your child is marked absent by the educator without you reporting the absence, you will receive a notification.

HRM Masks & Lanyards: All HRM Masks and Lanyards continue to be on sale through Cash Online for $10 each c00329f0-fda8-4bd9-ab21-5e158107551f.JPG e01c85c8-9f2f-4ae9-bc68-9f3ba051e4a9.JPG HOLY-ROSARY-FACE-MASK-PROOF-2020.png

Remote Learning Expectations: We will continue to maintain our regular school hours during next week’s Remote Learning period (9:05 am-3:35 pm).  Please use the following link to access any information that you may require regarding Remote Learning PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning. All Grade1-8 students will be required to participate daily in 225minutes of synchronous learning. Kindergarten students on the other hand will provide 180 minutes of synchronous instruction. These minutes include small group instruction and may be divided up into smaller periods to meet students’ various needs. Teachers will follow the same schedules for recesses, lunchtimes, etc. Therefore, we will continue to honor the two cohorts’ schedules that we have been using since September to maintain consistency.

Updated- Advanced Kindergarten Registration: Originally, Advanced Kindergarten Registration was to take place from Monday, January 18 through Thursday, February 4, 2021. Due to the extension of the remote learning period, Part 2 of Advanced Kindergarten Registration will be rescheduled after schools reopen for in-person learning.

  • Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2) 
  • Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.
  • Year 2 children (new to the school) are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2021.​
  • Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate. Please refer to the ​Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
  • Proof of address

If you have a child who will be entering Year 1 Kindergarten in September, 2021, we hope you will take advantage of the Advanced Kindergarten Registration process in order to assist us with planning for next year. Please feel free to pass this information along to friends or neighbours with children entering Kindergarten next year. 

Please note: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by the school, unless otherwise stated.

For more information on HCDSB’s Kindergarten program and the advanced registration process, please visit:

Promoting Well-Being:Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Remote Learning: Attending school remotely is a new experience for all of us. That means that there will be some inevitable road bumps and curveballs for parents, teachers, and students to manage. And while it may feel like everything about learning has changed, what hasn’t changed is the importance of relationships. What follows are some tips on working through the tech challenges and nurturing that all-important connection between your child and their teacher.

Help your child to understand that there will be challenges: Mastering new tech tools means working through some inevitable hiccups and frustrations. It’s simply not realistic to expect everything to work like clockwork every single day—not when the technology is new to all of us and our Internet infrastructure is carrying such a heavy load.You can work to minimize any tech anxiety your child may be experiencing by helping them come up with a plan for dealing with any unexpected glitches. It’s a good idea to come up with this plan ahead of time, as opposed to trying to brainstorm solutions in the moment when everyone’s feeling stressed.

Remind your child that they aren’t the only one finding this hard: You don’t want your child to assume that everyone else in the class is finding this easy and that they are the only one who is struggling. Odds are that’s simply not the case. Encourage your child to compare notes with some of their classmates and share some of your own experiences working through frustrating situations involving technology. You were frustrated, you persevered, and suddenly it wasn’t that hard any more….

Recognize that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to online learning: Not only does every child engage with learning in their own unique way. Teachers are having to develop a whole new set of skills in order to engage students in online learning. The situation is really challenging for everyone. The good news is that you, as the parent, have an important opportunity to support this learning behind the scenes.

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

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