Weekly Update: June 7-11
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
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 last week 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.
As well it was mentioned the government will allow school boards to invite graduating students in elementary schools (by class) and secondary schools (by cohort) to return to school in June for a short, outdoor celebration, where physical distancing is possible. We are awaiting further direction and clarification before making any plans. Once we have further information we will share with our families.
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.
Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Friday, June 11th is our final day of the Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please see the following link for prayers.
Final Indigenous Paint Night
HCDSB families are invited to participate virtually on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Visit Grandmother’s Voice on YouTube for a direct link to the paint night:
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)
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.
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.
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