Highlights for this week…
November 21-27, 2021 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario, and HCDSB will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools.
This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to review the Government of Ontario’s website to learn more about bullying, and how to recognize, stop and prevent it.
For more information about Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week at HCDSB, please visit the Board website.
Calling all Halton Heroes!
First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.
Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- Read Halton Region’s November 22 media release to learn more.
- Find resources and information for parents and children from the Halton Heroes! Get colouring pages, word search, maze, videos and more!
Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
In time for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, OLV will host a Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starting on Monday, November 29 to Sunday, December 5, 2021.
All orders placed online will be shipped to the school free of charge. All orders will be individually wrapped with an invoice for either the student or parent to pick up.
Here is the link:
Reminders from the Office
Term 2 Pizza Orders
Term 2 Pizza Lunch Program will start on January 3, 2022 until March Break. Interested parents can join the Pizza Lunch program through SchoolCash Online. Ordering will go live on Monday, November 22.
COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Screening Tool
Parents are reminded to continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 at home each day and on weekends and to complete the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool for each student before sending them to school, as per Public Health requirements to keep everyone safe and healthy.
You can help keep our school community safe by continuing to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and completing the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool each morning.
Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Bullying is a relationship problem that requires relationship solutions– Dr. Debra Pepler
By participating in Bullying Awareness, Prevention , and Intervention, staff, students, and parents affect positive change in student learning, achievement, and well-being by promoting a safer learning environment, which is essential to their success:
- Help students, parents and school staff become more aware of what constitutes bullying and where and when it may be happening.
- Help students know where to turn for help if they experience or know about acts of bullying.
- Help students succeed – research shows that a healthy school environment helps to support student success.
- Increase student and community engagement in this important issue.
At OLV, teachers, the CYC, and educators will continue to discuss with students: the definitions of bullying – verbal, physical, social, and cyber, the difference between teasing, aggression and bullying, why people bully, the role of the bystander to effect positive change, and the consequences for bullying under Safe Schools and Progressive Discipline. OLV will continue to work with the Halton Regional Police Services and our community liaison officer and community partners for regular visits to the classrooms to discuss how to build healthy peer relationships and a positive school environment where everyone feels accepted, safe, and they belong.
Our message, “The end of bullying begins with you” will continue beyond National Bullying Awareness Week and the provincial Bullying Awareness Week in Ontario. Bullying prevention takes a united effort of students, staff, and parents. It also takes individual effort. It is about each person taking responsibility to raise awareness, prevent incidents, and to intervene and provide supports for all students impacting by bullying.