Weekly Update: May 17-21
During this month of May, we continue to reach out and pray to Mary.
God our Father, may we always profit by the prayers of the Virgin Mother Mary, for you bring us life and salvation through Jesus Christ her Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
SAVE THE DATE: FAMILY FUN NIGHT
On Thursday, May 27th, we will be hosting a Family Bingo Night from 6-7. More information about this event will come shortly. You will receive a TEAMs invite for this night. Each child in your household will require a device to participate in the Bingo Night. We look forward to a fun evening for all.
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.
Dress Loud Spirit Day
May is Speech & Language Awareness Month and OLF will be celebrating Dress Loud Day on Friday, May 21st. We encourage all staff, students, parents, and even pets to dress loud. Take pictures in your bright and loud colours and tweet them using @OLFMilton or #olffantastic. We look forward to seeing all your bright colours and clothing.
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 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