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Parent Update #13 November 29-December 3

The season of Advent begins this Sunday with the theme: HOPE.

The season of Advent is upon us

This weekend we celebrate the beginning of Advent! This marks the four weeks before Christmas, focusing each week on a different aspect of our relationship with Jesus: the hope, peace, joy, and love He brings. Many people celebrate the Advent season with an Advent wreath. A traditional Advent wreath has 5 candles: 3 purple, 1 pink, and 1 white. Purple candles are lit on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent. The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday, and the white candle (known as the Christ candle) is traditionally lit on Christmas Day. If you don’t have colored candles, don’t worry! Any candles will do! This first week of Advent join us in celebrating the theme of HOPE:

Psalm 33:20–22

“We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.

Christmas Events at OLF

  1. December 2nd at 6:30pm we will be hosting our Annual Virtual Advent Family Event. The night will include:
  2. Advent Liturgy
  3. Tree lighting ceremony
  4. Christmas Kahoot
  5. Christmas Carols

An email link will be sent to you. Please join us for an evening of Joy and community beginning at 6:30pm.

  • Food Drive – Our Christmas Food Drive campaign will run from November 29 – December 10. Please send in nonperishable foods with your child and we will collect items from the classrooms. Attached is the list of recommended items. Donations in the form of Grocery store Gift Cards will go directly to OLF families in need. All food contributions will be donated to Food4Kids and will be distributed to local Halton families in need. 
  • Christmas Toy Drive – You can make holiday dreams come true for less fortunate children in Milton this year by donating a new unwrapped toy to our OLF toy drive. This initiative will run from November 29 – December 10th. Our toy bin will be outside the front of the school during morning drop off (8:05-8:20) or afterschool (2:50-3:15) until December 10th.  Please consider donating items for various age groups. A good rule of thumb is to donate something that your own children would appreciate receiving. All gift card donations will be accepted at the main office. 
  • True North Aid – For the past 2 years OLF has supported children in First Nations communities in Northern Ontario through the True North Aid registered charity. This charity delivers necessities to children in isolated and underprivileged communities. Last year our school was one of many that raised funds for winter clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies and sports equipment. This year we will once again accept monetary donations through our school cash online system that will be used towards the purchase of continued supports for children in need. 

Picture Re-takes

Picture Re-take day is Wednesday December 1st. If your child was absent for their photo day or requires a re-take, please let your child’s teacher know through your classroom channel of communication (agenda, etc.). Only those students who have parental requests will be sent for a photo re-take.

Masks on School Property

We remind all parents/guardians: please wear a mask when you are on school property during drop off/pickups each day. We know that the students are very familiar with this expectation by now as they continue to arrive in the morning with their masks on, which we greatly appreciate! We just wanted to remind all adults, that we kindly request the same of you when you enter on to school property at the start and end of the school day.

MindUP for students

Lesson four, Mindful Listening cotinues this week. Your child/children will be introduced to the brain’s attention-focusing center also known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS).  The RAS is critically important because the brain cannot process the millions of bits of sensory information coming in at once.  With mindful listening exercises students can train their RAS to listen very carefully to specific sounds.  Take some time to practice with your child/children mindful listening.  This could be done by listening to different sounds while going for a walk/drive, pointing out different instruments in music and listening for different words while reading a story.

Arriving on time

School begins at 8:20am. The doors are open for students to enter beginning at 8:05am. It is very important that we are establishing good routines with our students and children, by ensuring that they arrive on time each day. Please consider walking your child to school to avoid the busy parking lots in the morning and afternoon. A reminder that students should not be dropped off prior to 8:05am each day, as Supervision of students begins at that time. Students cannot enter the school until 8:05am, when supervisors arrive.

Office Drop offs

Please send your child each day with their healthy lunch and water bottle when you drop them off in the morning. We want to avoid disruptions to the class and student learning, so we ask that you avoid dropping materials off at the office, by ensuring they are packed each morning.

Important Government Announcement this past week

We wanted to share some important information that was released in a press conference with Ontario’s Minister of Health and Minister of Education regarding COVID-19 health and safety updates for schools.

Below are some highlights from the announcement, as well as additional information we received in a memo from the Ministry of Education.

Updates for All Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • Before the Christmas break, each student in Ontario will receive a Rapid Antigen Test home kit, which will contain five (5) tests for voluntary screening at home over the holidays. 
  • As we did for the first two weeks of the school year, when we return to school in the new year, confirmation of daily screening of COVID-19 will be required for all students, staff and visitors during the first two (2) weeks.

Winter Break Travel
With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Shannon, JasonParent Update #13 November 29-December 3