Weekly Update: June 14-18
Jesus you taught that we love you by serving others. This is solidarity. This is our oneness in you. May we never cease to see your face in others, may we rise above self-concern to care for those in need and ever feel others’ pain as if it was our own. Teach us the art of giving of ourselves generously without running dry, of finding our refreshment in you, in the quiet of reflection. May we have the joy of discovering that love grows when we share it with those in need. Equip us Lord, with both a sense of justice and of mercy, for you call us to see your image in the faces of both oppressor and the oppressed. May God’s will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
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.
Pride Awareness Month and Pride Awareness Day
On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools.
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:
End of the School Year
As you would have heard a couple of weeks back in the Premier’s announcement and in the email from Director Daly on June 2nd schools will remain closed until the end of the school year.
Most parents have already been in touch with the classroom teacher to indicate any personal items which may still be at school. We will be in contact with those families to arrange a curbside pickup of personal items.
Finally, it was mentioned in Director Daly’s email that schools have been working for the past several weeks on a Virtual Graduation for our Grade 8’s. This ceremony will continue as planned for our Grade 8 graduates. On June 24th we will share the link to the virtual graduation ceremony with our Grade 8 families and on June 25th we will have a curbside pickup of graduation diplomas and Swag bags as well as an opportunity for photos.
X Movement Virtual Play Day – Monday, June 21st
As a fun way to end off this school year for all students, on Monday, June 21st, X Movement will be back with us leading us through a virtual ‘Play Day’. Further information including a schedule will be sent out in the next few days.
Later on that same night, June 21st, we will be having a Family night with X Movement at 6pm. This will be a fun family night of exercise and activity. More information and a Teams link to attend the session will be provided next week. We hope you will be able to join us on the evening of June 21st.
Medical Peril Students
An email was sent last week to families where a student requires an epi-pen or asthma puffer. These items will be picked up on Wednesday, June 16th. Please arrive at the school between 8:30 and 2:30 pm and ring the bell and one of us will be there to bring the medication out to you.
June is 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.
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.
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.
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