Weekly Update: May 3-7
“The mission of Catholic schools and teachers is to develop an understanding of all that is true, good and beautiful” – Pope Francis
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.
Catholic Education Week
Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 – May 7. Although we cannot be together in person, we know that your children will engage in many different activities and learning experiences contributing to their Catholic Education.
Mental Health Week
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) designates the first week in May as Mental Health Week. This year, it runs from May 3-7, 2021, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join organizations across Canada in raising awareness about mental health.
The HCDSB Mental Health team has designated Get Real About How You Feel as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Week.
The HCDSB Mental Health team are suggesting a daily focus for each day during Mental Health Week:
Monday: Naming Our Emotions and Keeping it Real
Tuesday: Compassion for Self & Others
Wednesday: Positive Mindset
Thursday: Kindness is Contagious
Friday: Reaching Out
Mental Health Week Resources
- CMHA Mental Health Awareness Week
- HCDSB Mental Health Week
- School Mental Health Ontario
- HCDSB Learn at Home
- Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Accessing your Child’s Online Platform
St. Benedict Parish News
Please see the Church website for details
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