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Weekly Update #6

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~Melody Beattie~

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PA Day:

Tomorrow staff will be participating in Faith Day. Our hope is to renew our spirits and rehumanize our communities after a long season of virtual and remote learning.  There is no school for students tomorrow – Friday, October 8, 2021.

Thanksgiving Day:

Monday, October 11th is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school on Thanksgiving Day.

We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving long weekend! Thank you to Mrs. LaPlante, Mr. Mailloux, Mr. Tielemans, and our grade 8 students who led our Thanksgiving liturgy today.

A BIG thank you to our 2021-2022 Catholic School Council

We would like to acknowledge and thank our 2021-2022 Catholic School Council Members.

Council Chair – Michelle Bazinet

Council Co-Chair – Adaeze  Nwosu

Secretary – Michelle Bernal

OAPCE Rep – Nikola Blair

Parent Representative – Samantha Tascione

Parent Representative – Irene Duarte-Wong

Parent Representative – Olabanji Olotu

Parent Representative – Jamie-lynn Watts

Parent Representative – Mike Serafin

Parent Representative – Blynda DaCosta

Parent Representative – Sabrina Ricci

Parent Representative – Jackie O’Connor

Non-Teaching Representative- Mrs. K Duarte

Our first meeting took place on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.  Our next meeting will take place on November 9th at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!  Please email Mrs. Melchionna for a link to the virtual meeting if you would like to attend. 

Picture Day:

We are happy to share that we will have picture day next week.  Individual photos will be taken for our Kindergarten to Grade 3 students on Thursday, October 14th and for our Grades 4 to 8 students on Friday, October 15th.  

Please see the flyer for details. 

Reminder Notice K-3.pdf 

Reminder Notice 4-8.pdf 

Hallowe’en Dance-a-thon!

We are so pleased to announce that our Lumen Christi Catholic School Council will be hosting a Hallowe’en Dance-a-Thon on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021! We are so excited! This is our major fundraiser of the year. Please refer to the email that was shared on Thursday, October 7, 2021.


Our Grade 7 and 8 students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on November 10th at St. Benedict Church. Parents please refer to the information shared by classroom teachers.

Thanksgiving Food Drive:

The Food Drive at Lumen Christi will run from Tuesday, October 5, 2021 to Tuesday, October 12th. Daily Morning announcements will be made to promote the food drive to the students.  Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items or canned goods. All donations will go to Halton Women’s Place.

Lumen Christi Virtual Open House

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. Our classroom teachers have been busy creating presentations to showcase their classrooms and share their learning routines and programming information with you. Teachers will be sharing the Teams link with parents.

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

We look forward to sharing this information with you.


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.

Daily Self Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of 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. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when 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)

Weekly Wellness Tip: Self Care Time!

Get outside, go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the beauty nature has to offer. Spending time outside has numerous benefits for your body and mind and can improve your mood.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Professional Activity Day – No School
Oct 8 all day
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 11 all day
Picture Day Kindergarten to Grade 3
Oct 14 all day
Virtual Curriculum Night
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Picture Day Grades 4-8
Oct 15 all day
Grade 8 Parent Information Night – Advanced Placement -BISHOP REDING 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hallowe’en Dance-a-thon! Wear Orange and Black!
Oct 27 all day
Wear your Hallowe’en Costume to School!
Oct 29 all day

Costume considerations to be safe at school:

Costumes must not:

– Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;

– Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;

– Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;

– Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;

– Be revealing or suggestive;

– Include weapons or replica weapons;

– Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must:

– Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.

– Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Council of Chairs Meeting
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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