THANK YOU to our families for contributing to Local Love Day/ Paint the Town Red in support of United Way.
Reminders & Information:
- March Break Postponed: A reminder that information was emailed on Thursday regarding the government update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities. This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15 through 19, 2021. Read the Ministry’s News Release here.
- Family Day Holiday: A reminder that Monday, February 15th is Family Day Holiday and there is no school. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday.
- Change in Learning Environment – Tuesday, February 16th: On Tuesday, February 16th, the changes to the learning environment that were requested before Christmas will come into effect.If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to verify the updated class placement for your child(ren) by visiting our Board website and clicking on our school name.
- To access this information, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) – found on a recent report card.
- If your child is returning face to face and accessing busing through HSTS please confirm their bus route is accurate.
- If your child is new to the virtual school placement, the virtual teacher will be in contact before Tuesday, February 16th so that your child will have access to the learning platform on Tuesday morning.
Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment
As previously communicated, the next opportunity to request a change in your child’s learning environment is scheduled to take place in March. The online request form (survey) will be shared with all parents and guardians during the first week of March. The requested changes are planned to take effect before the end of March.
- Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, begins the Holy Season of Lent. The Diocesan Office for Evangelization and Catechesis and the Diocesan Office for Liturgy have prepared an Ash Wednesday program that can be celebrated at home – with the Gospel proclamation and a brief reflection by His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby. Parents may bless their children by tracing the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads, marking the beginning of the annual Lenten journey. In addition to the liturgy, a resource sheet for families has been compiled that encourages a prayerful observance of this Holy Season. For more information and additional resources for celebrating Lent in pandemic times, please see our Diocesan website: https://hamiltondiocese.com/lent2021/
Students will be participating in a special Ash Wednesday Liturgy in their classes on Wednesday. Due to the restrictions from the Public Health Department, ashes will not be distributed this year.
- St. Benedict Parish Children’s Liturgy: The weekly Children’s liturgies can be accessed using the links below.
February 7 – http://bit.ly/3qMw7nH
February 14 – http://bit.ly/3c5dJCd
February 21 – http://bit.ly/3sMgiPP
February 28 – http://bit.ly/2Y8ix1z
- Pink Shirt Day:
- COVID-19 Reminders: Families are reminded to continue following our COVID-19 Protocols as directed by our Public Health Department. Please continue to send your child with multiple clean masks each day so that students can change their mask through the day when it gets wet or dirty. Families are also reminded to avoid congregating before or after school. It would be helpful to remind your children of the importance of not gathering before or after school.
- Halton Regional Police Black Heritage Cruiser Design Contest: As part of the Halton Regional Police Black History Month programming, they have partnered with several of their African and Caribbean community partners related to the design of a Black Heritage Cruiser. This external contest is designed for residents of Halton to submit entries to assist in the development of this cruiser. The winning design or concept will be awarded a one time $2500 youth scholarship to be used by them or given to someone they know. The deadline is February 28th. More details are available by clicking this link: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/about-us/blackheritagecruisercontest.aspx
- Attendance and Prompt Arrival Matters: Families are reminded of the importance of arriving on time for school each day. Prompt arrival ensures students are not missing out on instructional and learning time, and assists with a smoother transition into school. We recognize that with the current circumstances involving COVID-19 regular attendance can be challenging, however, we encourage families to attend school regularly to assist with student learning and achievement.