Highlights for this week…
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!
Reminders from the Office
Message from Director Daly
As we journey through the last days of Advent and prepare to welcome Christ into our hearts and homes, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all that you have done to support our students, our families and one another during a very challenging school year.
Our schools are scheduled to re-open on Monday, January 3, 2021. Although the Ministry of Education has not provided any direction about a possible move to remote learning after the break, as we have learned throughout this pandemic, we need to be prepared for all possibilities. As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across the province and across our region, and in particular in light of the increase in cases with the variant of concern, Omicron, we may see additional changes to the measures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe.
To that end, please remember to take home all personal belongings and any materials you may require for remote learning before you leave for the Christmas break so that we can continue to be ready for all scenarios.
I would also ask that you continue to monitor your emails, as in the event we need to communicate any information regarding the return to school, we will share this information with staff directly through email, as well as on our school/board websites and through social media.
Communication Throughout the Break re. COVID-19 Cases
Over the Christmas break, school board staff will continue to work with Halton Region Public Health to inform families and staff about confirmed cases of COVID-19 where the individuals were at school during the period of communicability (when the virus can spread to others). If you are identified as a close contact, you will receive instructions from Public Health through the Board directly by email.
Stay Healthy and Safe
Please continue to follow the COVID-19 safety measures recommended by Public Health. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort, and as we head into the break, it continues to be important that we work together to follow public health measures so that we can ensure a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for all students and staff when schools reopen in the new year.
Mental Health Support and Resources
Christmas is a difficult time for many in our community, and the challenges of living in a pandemic has further compounded the difficulties that many are facing.
We have a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that offers a variety of ways to seek support – EAP – COVID-19 Toolkit. It is free for our staff and their families, and it is completely confidential.
School Mental Health Ontario have also posted a number of resources to support the mental health of families during this time. I encourage you to explore the information and tip sheets available on the SMHO website at: https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/ .
And as we look after ourselves and our families, let’s also remember to reach out to friends and neighbours who may be alone and/or struggling at this time. Let it be our prayer that the Christmas season and the coming Christ child will serve as a sign of love and a source of peace and comfort for all in our community.
I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a well-deserved break. For those who may be celebrating another faith tradition, I wish you the peace and joy that this time of year brings. I continue to hold all of our students, families and staff in my thoughts and prayers. May God keep you safe and healthy as we welcome in a new year.
A Christmas Creed
On behalf of the OLV Staff, we wish you a safe and healthy Christmas together with family and friends. Enclosed is a prayer to bless your Christmas gathering with the spirit and joy of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening
Parents will receive a copy of the Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening form before the winter break to verify the Ontario COVID-19 School Screening has been completed for each child and the child has passed the screening each day upon their return to school from January 3 – 14, 2022.
Rapid Antigen Screening Kits
During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th our school will be distributing Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.
The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school. These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please note that participation in this student rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of students, families and staff as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our school community safe and healthy for all.
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.
When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.
How Do I Register?
Our school board offers online Kindergarten registration, making registering your child for school as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Register for the
Current School Year
Register for the
Next School Year
What Do I Need to Register my Child?
Parents can upload the required documents directly through the online registration portal.
- Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2)
- Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
- Year 2 children (new to the school) are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
- Student OR Parent Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate
IMPORTANT: If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. Please refer to the Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
- Proof of address
For more information, please visit the Board’s website: Kindergarten Registration.
Optional: Share Required Documents In-Person
Parents are also able to complete the registration process by bringing their required documents to the school in-person.
Kindergarten Registration Dates
Although we accept registrations at any time throughout the school year, we have set aside dates for parents to bring in their required documents to the school.
Parents and guardians who have NOT already uploaded their required documents in the online registration portal are encouraged to make an appointment to visit their school on:
January 25 or 26, 2022
to complete the registration process.
How do I know if this is my home school?
Use the School Finder Tool to determine your home school.