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Weekly Update #12

National Bullying Awareness Week:

Thank you to Mrs. Nelson and our iDare committee for organizing a great week of activities promoting peace and kindness.

Kiss and Ride Reminders:

The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority. We understand that drop-offs and pick-ups can be very congested and busy with children, pedestrians, vehicles and school buses.

Specific drop-off and pick-up zone areas have been designated for the safety of your child.

A kiss and ride area has been designated on the North Side for our kindergarten students and on the South Side.

Each parent is expected to utilize the designated areas and to follow all other guidelines to assist in a smooth transition in and out of the school.

In the kiss and ride zones, parents should ensure they are driving slowly, keeping a slow and steady flow of traffic and refraining from having to back up their vehicle.

Parents should not be parking in the kiss and ride area and getting out of their car to walk their child to the playground or pick their child(ren) up after school. 

If your child requires assistance walking onto the school yard, please consider parking in a designated spot and safely escorting them onto the school playground.

LET US ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP LUMEN CHRISTI SAFE. Keep in mind that many people can become distracted and may not be aware of the traffic around them. By respecting designated drop-off and pick-up zones we can all help alleviate the potential for unwanted accidents. As always, please be courteous to other families and members of the public.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates for schools:

Important information was released yesterday afternoon in a press conference with Ontario’s Minister of Health and Minister of Education regarding COVID-19 health and safety updates for schools.

Below are some highlights from the announcement, as well as additional information we received this afternoon in a memo from the Ministry of Education.

Updates for All Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • Before the Christmas break, each student in Ontario will receive a Rapid Antigen Test home kit, which will contain five (5) tests for voluntary screening at home over the holidays. 
  • As we did for the first two weeks of the school year, when we return to school in the new year, confirmation of daily screening of COVID-19 will be required for all students, staff and visitors during the first two (2) weeks.

Updates for Elementary Schools Only

  • For the health and safety of our school communities, all parent-teacher interviews next week will take place in a virtual format. There will be no in-person interviews. You will be hearing from your child’s school with next steps if you had scheduled an in-person interview with your child’s teacher. 
  • Beginning January 2022, all elementary school assemblies will take place in a virtual format ONLY
  • It is anticipated that on Friday, November 19th, Health Canada will be approving COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 years old. More information will be shared with parents and guardians as it becomes available.

Update for Secondary Schools Only

  • For the Winter semester starting in February 2022, secondary schools will be able to resume a regular timetable model of 4 courses a day. This is contingent on the support of local public health units.

Winter Break Travel
With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Updates
We will continue to provide updates and pertinent information to our families as it becomes available.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we navigate through this period of time. The health and well-being of our students, staff and families continues to be our highest priority as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure a safe school year for all. 
 

Blue Day for Diabetes!

On Thursday, November 25th we will dress in Blue (Civvies Day) to raise Awareness for Diabetes.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month across the globe.

Did you know that …..this year is special as it is the 100th anniversary of the life-saving discovery of insulin.   While it has saved lives and continues to keep those with diabetes alive, it is not a cure. 

Types of Diabetes:

There are three major types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common diagnosis, followed by type 1 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and is usually temporary. In addition, prediabetes is another important diagnosis that indicates an elevated risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

Roughly 10 per cent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin. 

In the Lumen Christi community, we have staff and students living with diabetes.  Acknowledging Diabetes Awareness Month is helping create awareness around the various types of diabetes and what you can do to inform yourself of the risks and recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes.  

For more information please visit: What is diabetes? – Diabetes Canada

Picture Retakes – December 3rd

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council:

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

The #NoHateInHalton Campaign:

The #NoHateInHalton will launch on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in collaboration with the four school districts in Halton. 

As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom, and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton!

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning:

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24 – interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26. Interviews will be virtual this year.

Parent – Teacher Interview Tips:

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Lumen Christi and our parent community have something in common: We both want your child to learn and do well. When parents and teachers talk to each other, each person can share important information about your child’s talents and needs. Each party can also learn something new about how to help your child. Parent–Teacher Interviews are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers.

Here are some tips on ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher interview so that everyone benefits, especially your child.

  1. Interviews are a two-way conversation. Like all good conversations, parent–teacher interviews are best when both parties talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school. This is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help your child more.
  2. Keep the emphasis of the conversation on learning. Good parent–teacher interviews focus on how well the child is doing in school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. To get ready for the conversation, look at your child’s homework, tests, and notices before the interview. Be sure to bring a list of questions that you would like to ask the teacher.  Think about ways you would like to be further involved in your child’s learning so that you can discuss them with the teacher.
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges for your child. Just like you, teachers want your child to succeed. You will probably hear positive feedback about your child’s progress and areas for improvement. Be prepared by thinking about your child’s strengths and challenges beforehand. Be ready to ask questions about ways you and the teacher can help your child with some of his or her challenges.

Adapted from: Harvard Family Research Project – www.hfrp.org

School Bus Courtesy Seat:

As a follow up to the email you received in June 2021, there has been an update on the status of the school bus courtesy seat application process, offered by Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS)

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022.

In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 

Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

Use of Lockers/Cubbies:

As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:

Use of lockers/cubbies is permitted. Periods of student movement will be staggered to limit congregating in the hallways. Masking and 2m distancing will be maintained.

– Frequent hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette should be practiced, particularly after changing in and out of coats and boots.

-Personal items such was backpacks, texts, writing tools, lunches, etc. may be kept in the classroom if possible.

-To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers in elementary schools.

-Students will be assigned an individual locker. If students need to share a locker, they must be within the same cohort/class. When shared, ensure students access lockers separately. Ensure hand hygiene.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022:

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Keeping Christ in Christmas:

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)


Submissions Accepted Online ONLYTo minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page
Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)
    Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
    For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
    Deadline for Entries:
     December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.org or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

Dressing for Winter Weather:

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Weekly Wellness Tip:

We spend too much time planning, stressing, problem solving, daydreaming and thinking negative thoughts. Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life can help you slow down, pay attention, notice things in a busy world and gain appreciation. Mindfulness is linked to lower stress levels, better moods and helps improve memory, concentration and sleep. 

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Nov
24
Wed
Progress Reports Go Home
Nov 24 all day
Nov
25
Thu
Wear Blue for Diabetes – Civvies Day
Nov 25 all day
Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov 25 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
26
Fri
Professional Activity Day
Nov 26 all day
Nov
29
Mon
Advent Liturgy
Nov 29 all day
Dec
3
Fri
Picture Retakes
Dec 3 all day
Dec
6
Mon
Advent Liturgy
Dec 6 all day
Dec
7
Tue
Kindergarten Christmas Concert Spirit Day for Dress Rehearsal
Dec 7 all day
Dec
9
Thu
Dress your Best Spirit Day! (Filming of Christmas Concert)
Dec 9 all day
Dec
13
Mon
Advent Liturgy
Dec 13 all day
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