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Weekly Update #3

Don’t worry about anything, instead pray for everything. Philippians 4: 6

A Big Thank You!

A big thank you to our parents, students and staff for working together to ensure a safe start to our school year.  We appreciate your patience with our school procedures.

Medical Perils:

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files. A reminder that Lumen Christi strives to be a NUT FREE environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Halton Region Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)

  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

  • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
  • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
  • are diagnosed with another illness

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19
  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:
  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health


If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

DOGS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY:

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

NEED TO CONTACT YOUR TEACHER?

The staff of Lumen Christi will be reaching out to parents. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher an appointment is necessary. The classroom teachers’ first responsibility is the teaching of the children during the regular school hours. Please leave a voice mail message for your child’s teacher and they will return your call in a timely manner ~ within 48 hours.

If you have a concern regarding your child, the first call needs to be directed to the classroom teacher. 

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed New Submission (hcdsb.org)The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:
 

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Rowan’s Law Day:

In March of 2018, the Ontario government passed a law known as Rowan’s Law. Designed to protect amateur athletes, including students, and educate parents/guardians, coaches, teachers, and officials about the dangers of head injuries, it is the first law of its kind in Canada and will benefit both athletes and non-athletes.

Rowan’s Law is also about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity, and injury.  Rowan’s Law will make it easier for those who experience concussions to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the support of everyone around them. Rowan’s Law Day is on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Orange Shirt Day:

In honour of the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day will be observed on September 30, 2021.  Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today. Please wear an Orange Shirt or Orange clothing in Support of our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2020.

Family Paint Night in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day:

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.

For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org

Save the Date: Lumen Christi Virtual Open House

In the past, the Lumen Christi community has enjoyed hosting a Community Building Event and has enjoyed hosting an Open House on Curriculum Night where students can take their parents on a tour of their classrooms and share their learning routines. It saddens us that we cannot have parents and guardians in the school to show you all the wonderful things happening in our classrooms.

This year, we will host a “Virtual Open House”. Presentations will be shared on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. More information will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Our classroom teachers have been busy creating presentations to showcase their classrooms and share their learning routines and programming information with you.

The evening will begin with a prayer and welcome by Mr. Jurus and Mrs. Melchionna.

We look forward to sharing this information with you.

Emergency Drills:

This week we conducted a practice fire drill. Throughout the fall, we will conduct a series of drills to ensure everyone knows how to respond in the case of an emergency. Procedures for conducting fire drills align with physical distancing guidance provided by Public Health.  Emergency evacuation procedures were conducted while maintaining physical distancing.

Gentle Reminders:

  • Only one parent or guardian will be permitted on school property to drop off and pick up children.  
  • Parents and guardians will remain outside and will not be permitted to enter the school (unless there is an extenuating need, and prior approval has been obtained as per the Visitor Protocol). 
  • Supervision begins at 8:05 a.m. Students enter the playground and go directly to their line
  • Kindergarten students will enter the school immediately upon arrival in the morning.  
  • Parents and caregivers are asked to leave the school property as soon as they drop off their child(ren). No gathering or congregating will be allowed on school property.  
  • Kiss and Ride – Parents should stay in their vehicle.  Staff members are stationed to help guide your children onto the sidewalk if they require assistance.
  • Kindly walk bikes and scooters when on school property.

Changes to Learning Environment – February 22, 2022

An opportunity to change the learning environment for elementary students will be offered in January 2022. All parents and guardians with children enrolled in an HCDSB elementary school will receive an invitation to complete the Change of Learning Environment Form. Requested changes will take effect as of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Catholic School Council Nominations:

Catholic School Council nomination forms are available on our website. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 17th at 4:00 pm. Please note that no further nominations will be considered after this date and time.

Our Catholic School Council plays an active role at Lumen Christi by determining school priorities and budgeting. Please note that all meetings will be virtual until further notice. 

Used Uniform Sale:

Next week we will be collecting clean and gently used uniform pieces. We will collect donated uniform items from September 13th through to September 24th.  The uniform sale will take place on September 29th after school from 3 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Uniform pieces will be sold for $5.00 each.  Proceeds from the sale will support Catholic School Council school initiatives.

There will be a drop off box available at the front of the school during school hours.

School Agendas:

School Agenda can be purchased for Grades 1-6 online through school cash online.  The cost of the agenda is $8.50. Thank you for your support with this.

Catholic Moms Group at Saint Benedict Parish:

Calling all moms! Saint Benedict Parish is launching Catholic Moms Group geared towards uplifting the vocation of motherhood. Come and be a part of an encouraging and supportive community of women and go deeper in your faith life. It really does take a village to raise children and as moms, we are not meant to figure it out all on our own. We have each other!

The group will meet every third Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9 p.m.

For any questions, contact Nelcy Lopez at

stbenedictsh@catholicmomsgroup.com

Follow us on Twitter @lclightmilton

Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Sep
23
Thu
Milton Hydro Presentations – Virtual
Sep 23 all day
Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 30 all day
Oct
6
Wed
Catholic School Council Meeting #1
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
8
Fri
Professional Activity Day – No School
Oct 8 all day
Oct
11
Mon
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Oct
14
Thu
Picture Day Kindergarten to Grade 3
Oct 14 all day
Virtual Curriculum Night
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
15
Fri
Picture Day Grades 4-8
Oct 15 all day
Oct
26
Tue
Grade 8 Parent Information Night – Advanced Placement -BISHOP REDING 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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