Highlights for this week…
Thanks to your generosity and support for the annual, major fundraiser, the OLV Read-a-thon raised $3050.00! The OLV Catholic School Council met its goal. All proceeds will be used to purchase technology, program support materials, sports and playground equipment, and to celebrate our Grade 8 graduates as they transition to high school. On behalf of the OLV Catholic School Council and staff, thank you for being there for all students, particularly when times have been tough for many families.
Virtual Parent Information Sessions
The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change.
For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually, and will be recorded live and available on the Board’s YouTube channel. A link to each live session below will be posted on the Board’s homepage the day of the scheduled presentation, and available on HCDSB’s YouTube channel for later viewing.
Visit the HCDSB website for more information.
Student Mental Health & Anxiety
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Sarah Buist, MSW, RSW and Rhonda Crawford, MSW, RSW
Parenting During The Pandemic: Fostering Hope, Resilience & Positive Mental Health & Well-Being
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Rhonda Crawford, MSW, RSW and Patricia Webber-Callaghan, MSW, RSW
Families Matter – Raising a Resilient Child
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Rosanna Bird, ICYC and Paola Giordani-Murray, ICYC
ADHD & Sleep – Management of ADHD as a Team of Parents, Students, Medical Professionals & School
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Family Wellness & Positive Mental Health during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Presented by: Sarah Buist, MSW, RSW and Jacqueline Davis, MSW, RSW
Updates from the Office
Cross Boundary Applications
Cross boundary forms went home to parents for the annual approval of applications for the coming school year. Please send the form back to the office. New cross boundary applications require the approval of the Superintendent of School Services. Renewals are signed by the school Principal. Thank you.
Drop offs at the School
A gentle reminder to parent to please minimize drops off at the school office, as per the Return to School protocols established by Public Health. Parents are reminded that no one is allowed access to the school without prior arrangement and permission from the office to maintain the health and safety of students and staff at the school. Walk-ins are not permitted. Thank you for your on-going cooperation.
Spring Weather! Water Bottles
With warmer weather upon us, please ensure your student has a personal water bottle to refill and keep hydrated during the school day. More and more students are coming to the office get a paper cup. The office will gladly provide a drinking cup to any student who has forgotten their water bottle, however, for student health and safety it’s preferable to minimize direct hand offs between staff and students and the high traffic in the office. Thank you for your cooperation.
Congregating and PPEs
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.
Students continue to wear PPEs (masks) while inside and outside the building and where physical distancing cannot be maintained. In addition, staff are required to wear 3-ply medical masks and eye protection (shields/safety googles/glasses) when working in close contact with students and in common areas of the building. Everyone has adapted to the evolving situation with humour, grace and compliance.
With parents’ support and cooperation and the on-going diligence of staff and students working together, we will strive to continue to keep active Covid cases out of our school and limit its community spread. We got this!
Covid-19 Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements
The guidance received from the Ministry of Education includes:
1. Changes to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:
- They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
- They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR
- It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.
The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool is in effect until further notice.
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school or child care:https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.
The following isolation requirements now apply:
All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
o Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
o Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.
If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:
o This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND
o All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.
Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our health and safety protocols to meet Ministry of Education and Public Health requirements so that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.John 6:35
The Meaning of Easter
The heart of Easter lies in the word covenant. A covenant is an agreement or contract between two parties. The history of salvation is the story of God’s covenant with his people – God’s promise to provide and care for humankind and humankind’s response to return God’s love and follow God’s teachings to care for one another and all creation. In the Old Testament, God made covenants with Noah, Abraham, and Moses. In the New Testament, Jesus is the new covenant” “Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). With the Resurrection, God promises that the covenant of love will extend to all peoples for all time.
The Kindergarten students have prepared a solemn video recording to pray the Stations of the Cross with a PDF of Prayers for use at home. The link to the video and prayers will be emailed to parents and posted on the OLV YouTube Channel on Holy Thursday, April 1. Thank you to the Kindergarten students, staff, and in particular, to Mrs. Curley, Mrs. Kapturkiewicz, and Ms. Peric for all your creative efforts and technical skills.
Fr. John Van Hees will also be sharing his Easter message and liturgy with families to observe the Easter Triduum. The link will sent to parents in the school community on Holy Thursday.
Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, and Blessed Easter.
March Break postponed to April 12th until April 16th.
Return to school un Monday April 19th.