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Weekly Update #13

Preparing the Way for the Lord

Advent prepares us for celebrating Christ’s coming in history; it calls us to consider his presence with us now in mystery, and his coming at the end of time in majesty. But what does this mean for us in our daily lives? When we think of the word “Advent”, perhaps it’s wreaths, candles, little sacrifices or special prayers that come to mind. It might also mean Christmas cards, shopping for gifts, and festive gatherings.

It’s helpful to remember that Advent is really about getting ready to receive God, who comes to us as a newborn baby, in the vulnerability of our human flesh. He is the long-awaited One whose presence brings the tranquility and order of peace.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Board-Wide Recognition:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place each year on December 3rd. This day is set aside to increase knowledge and understanding about disabilities. HCDSB will be recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities with activities throughout the week of November 29th to December 3rd. The international focus for this year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID 19 world.”

Flip-Give:

As the Christmas Season draws near, we know that more and more families are shopping on-line this year. Lumen Christi has recently teamed up with “Flip-give”.  Flip-give is an app/ website that receives a commission when used and shares the profits with the school.  Many sports teams have used this service and several HCDSB schools are beginning to use this program, and it has proven to be quite successful.  Please consider downloading the app for Flip-give, inputting our code, and supporting the school, each time you make an on-line purchase. 

We earn cash back on every purchase we make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. No more going door-to-door selling chocolate bars – it’s completely virtual and contactless.

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=FPJPVK

Or enter this code: FPJPVK

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Healthy Food Bins:

Halton Food for Thought

We know that happy, healthy, full tummies contribute to improved attendance, increased readiness to learn and a reduction in at-risk behaviour. We also know that Student Nutrition Programs, whether they are newly imagined or traditional in design lay the foundation for healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. HFFT firmly believes every student should have access to nutritious food to fuel their learning now and in the future. 

HFFT Student Nutrition Programs ensure elementary and secondary students have universal access to healthy food at school during the school day via the Healthy Food Bin Program.
 
Healthy Food Bins are located in classrooms and / or key areas around the school to promote student access, appropriate physical distancing, minimized congregation and ensure safe controlled distribution.
 
Students are hungry for many different reasons. Snacks provided in the Healthy Food Bins are intended for ANY student that may need additional food to sustain them through a busy school day.

Thank you to our Parent Volunteers for shopping for the snack food items and packing them into food bins. Your support with this initiative is greatly appreciated!

Picture Retake DayDecember 3, 2021

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!

Christmas Cheer Calendar of Events!

Parking Lot/ Kiss and Ride Reminders – Keeping the LC Community Safe

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.

Please follow and obey the NO LEFT TURN sign when exiting out of the Kindergarten parking lot.

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.

Christmas Break:

Friday, December 17, 2021 is the final day of school before Christmas Break.

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. 

Weekly Wellness Tip:

You matter. Your mental health matters. It’s okay to put yourself first. These times can feel overwhelming but make sure to take care of yourself and do what is best for you. Listen to your body. Make your mental health a priority.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at Lumen Christi

Nov
25
Thu
Wear Blue for Diabetes – Civvies Day
Nov 25 all day
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
Wear Plaid Day – Spirit Day!
Dec 13 all day
Dec
14
Tue
Red and Green Day!
Dec 14 all day


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