Weekly Update: May 10-14
O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen
To all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and other women in our lives that care for us and love us unconditionally, today we honor you for the sacrifice, love, and dedication you show toward your families. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.
We would like to thank our parents, students and staff for a great week of virtual learning. We recognize that this may be difficult for some families but please know that we appreciate all the effort in making this a positive learning experience for our students.
School Climate Survey
Students in grades 4-8 will participate in this survey during the school day
In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, HCDSB will be administering an online School Climate Survey for students beginning the week of May 10th, 2021.
About the School Climate Student Survey
The School Climate Student Survey asks students for their opinion on key areas that research has shown to be important in understanding school climate, and that have an impact on student outcomes – with a focus on safety, inclusion, and relationships.
Some important notes about the survey:
- The survey is voluntary, and will take place during the school day.
- Students may choose not to respond to a question, to skip any question they don’t want to answer, or to stop taking the survey at any time, without any negative consequences.
- The survey is anonymous and confidential. Student names will not be collected, and their responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
- Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified.
- This survey has been developed and tested by HCDSB’s Research and Development Services staff, in collaboration with other HCDSB staff members.
We All Belong in Our Catholic School
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
At Our Lady of Fatima School, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect.
We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. As a school we will continue doing all we can to ensure that everyone in our community experience a positive sense of belonging and well-being.
Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima
On Thursday, May 13th we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima. We celebrate that beginning May 13, 1917, Jesus’ mother Mary appeared to 3 children in Fatima, Portugal. During her visits, Mary taught the children the importance of prayer and asked that they pray the rosary every day to bring peace to the world and end war. We continue to honour Mary by praying the rosary during the month of May.
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the School Messenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
Asian Heritage Month
May is the designated Asian Heritage Month in Canada.
Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.
This month, HCDSB recognizes the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to the growth and prosperity of our country.
Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually with multiple activities and resources to enjoy at home with your family! Please see the flyer for more details.
Formation of Classes for 2021-2022
Soon we will be starting the process for creating tentative classes for the 2021-2022 school year. Please read the attached memo outlining the process that we will use when creating these classes.
I ask that any families that will not be returning to Our Lady of Fatima in September 2021 to please inform Mrs. Van Dyk (VanDykL@hcdsb.org) as soon as possible.
Remote Learning Tips
The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips Students
- Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – Policy No. I-43 and Procedure No. VI-62
Having Tech Issues? Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners
St. Benedict Parish News
Saint Benedict Parish now has a YouTube channel (St. Benedict Milton) and the weekend Mass will be live-streamed on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and uploaded afterward for all to use as part of your weekend home celebrations on Sundays. The link will be available on the parish website (stbenedictparish.ca) on Saturday evening. If you want to be part of the actual livestream, join in on Saturdays at 5:00 pm on the parish YouTube channel.
Please use the following links for the Children’s Liturgy.
May 9, 2021. https://bit.ly/3auytSf
May 16, 2021. https://bit.ly/3vi2q05
May 23, 2021. https://bit.ly/3dIqm6C
May 30, 2021. https://bit.ly/32EIuIr
Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and we continue to pray that all of you stay safe and healthy. God Bless.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES