Weekly Update: May 31-June 4
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.
We would also like to thank all our families who joined us for our Virtual Bingo Night this past Thursday. We hope you had a fun night of Bingo and enjoyed dressing as your favourite Disney character.
Pride Awareness Month
June is the month traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity. The month of June is also designated as Pride Month in Canada, which for the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community is a sign and symbol of love and inclusion.
Drawing on the example of Christ, who preached a message of love and inclusion throughout His ministry, our Catholic schools are called to ensure we are nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments, where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.
As Catholics, we believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of a God who created us and loves us unconditionally – just as we are. We are called to know, love and celebrate one another, just as God knows, loves and celebrates each one of us because we are “wonderfully made.” We honour the inherent dignity in each other by treating one another with sensitivity, compassion and respect.
Throughout the month of June, at Our Lady of Fatima we will be raising awareness around Pride Month and will engage in various activities and education geared toward Pride Month. In the email from Halton Catholic District School Board on May 26th, the Learning Goals for the grades were listed. All material and activities will be age-appropriate and consistent with grade-level curriculum expectations. If you have any questions please reach out to either Mrs. Varano or Mr. Fitzpatrick.
Additional information can be found on our school website:
At Our Lady of Fatima, we will:
- Celebrate Rainbow Day on June 1st: Staff and students are encouraged to dress in rainbow colours; each class will have a lesson and activity related to the rainbow and inclusion from the Board provided Activities and Resources.
- Have Safe Space Signage: There will be various safe space signage posted in the school.
- Use Social Media: We will be posting Board-approved Pride Month signage on our website and Twitter throughout the month of June.
- Celebrate Pride Awareness Day on June 14th: Each class will have a lesson and activity related to the learning goals for the grade.
Halton Youth COVID-19 Vaccinations
Beginning Monday, May 31st, Halton youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination booking appointments through Halton Region’s online booking system.
More information can be found on our school page: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School | Milton, ON » COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program (hcdsb.org)
National Indigenous History Month
June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.
National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.
For more information on Indigenous History Month, and to see what’s happening across our board, please visit the HCDSB website.
Literacy and Numeracy Summer Learning – Grades 6-8
Please see the attached flyer if you are interested in summer learning for your child(ren) in grades 6-8. Registration closes on June 24th.
Professional Development Day
Please note that Friday, June 4th is a PD Day and there is no school for students on this day.
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
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 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