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HRM Weekly Update- Jan.25

“To begin is easy; to preserve is sanctity.” St. Josemaria Escriva   

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 everyone for participating in our Pajama Spirit Day today- it’s great to see you virtually! Thanks to our HRM Student Parliament members for continuing to plan exciting events for the school.

Remote Learning Continues: Ontario school boards have been asked to continue teacher-led remote learning.  Elementary schools will continue to be closed for in-person learning- all elementary students continue to learn remotely from home.

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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.

Parents are still encouraged to complete Part 1 of the registration process, which can be done online. Once signed in, parents will need to fill out an online registration form for their child. Following the completion of online registration (Part 1), parents will be contacted directly through email. We will contact youto complete Part 2 of your child’s Kindergarten registration when schools re-open for in-person learning. To complete part 2 of the registration process, parents must bring the following required documents:

  • 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: 3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

Relationships: One way to encourage families and kids to stay connected at home is “oxytocin boosters”—it suggests that they pursue activities together, like cooking a family dinner as a unit or calling a grandparent. One New York teacher even organized “Tasty Tuesdays” during which her 2nd grade students share breakfast via Zoom.

Routines: Our brains, writes Cantor, are “prediction machines that like order, and when our environments are orderly, the brain is calmer.” To establish predictable routines at home, families can create weekly schedules that include time allotted for academics, unstructured time for playing or working on projects, and even regular family meetings. Schools can support families by encouraging routines like healthy family meals, daily exercise, and mindfulness practices such as deep breathing and journaling.

Resilience: Built over time, the skill of resilience “begins with learning how to regulate emotions and behaviors from role models through a process called co-regulation,” Cantor says. During remote learning, teachers can foster resilience by reminding students that we all “need to manage ourselves and our fears every single day,” and families can help by encouraging teamwork and creative problem-solving, celebrating successes, and modeling healthy strategies for managing anxiety and stress. Guiding kids so they develop the ability to recognize their emotions and strengthen their resilience during distance learning will help prepare them for the return to physical school in the new year.

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

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