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Weekly Update: February 3rd-7th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The time is always right to do what is right.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Welcome to the first full week of February. All month long our staff and students take the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions Black Canadians, both past and present, have made in making Canada the great country it is today. Announcements and lessons highlight these accomplishments and help our students become more aware that diversity makes us stronger. Click here for dates and times of community events celebrating Black History Month and take the opportunity to continue these important discussions at home!

Please refer to the information updates below:

Labour Negotiations Update

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

Salad Bar Rescheduled

As SHOJ is closed on Tuesday, Salad Bar will take place on Friday this week.

Pasta Night this Thursday!

Our Annual Pasta Night is on Thursday, February 6th in the school’s gymnasium. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. We are excited to host this wonderful event!

Raffle Basket Tickets will be sold from 12:20-1:05 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tickets are $5.00 for a 25-ticket sheet.

Thank you to Mrs. Gagne, Mrs. Mitchell, our School Council Pasta Night Leads, as well as their team of amazing volunteers!

Office Staffing Update

It is with mixed emotions that we are sharing that our SHOJ secretary, Mrs. French, will be retiring after 14 years of dedicated service to the Sacred Heart School Community! We have been so fortunate to have Mrs. French’s kindness, sense of humour and organizational wizardry here at SHOJ! Staff, students and families wish her peace, happiness and adventure in the next phase of her journey! Mrs. French’s last day is February 28th. Staff and students will be celebrating Mrs. French later this month. A date will be included in a future Weekly Update.

We are pleased to make you aware that Mrs. Gleeson has been hired to be our new SHOJ secretary effective March 2nd. We welcome her to the SHOJ family!

We are also pleased to welcome back Mrs. Henderson, our Office Assistant, who is returning from her maternity leave on February 18th. We extend our thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Hyland whose final day with us is on February 11th. We will miss Mrs. Hyland and we thank her for her dedication and support over the past year!

Parent Engagement Evening with Paul Davis: Save the Date

On Thursday, February 27th, SHOJ will host Paul Davis who will be speaking about Social Networking and Online Safety. Topics will include: Snapchat, Instagram, Smartphones and Digital Trails, Photo Sharing, Online Security. This session is for parents and guardians and will take place in the SHOJ Library from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

For those attending the Paul Davis session, Playground Pros will be available in the gym for children (Grades 1-6) to participate in active movement sessions focusing on basketball, floor hockey, soccer, etc.

Please note that there will be space available for 40 children (Gr. 1-6) in the Playground Pros session so stay tuned for registration information closer to the date.

ISW Sale and SHOJ School Uniform Reminder

In School Wear (ISW) Burlington (1800 Appleby Line, Unit 8) is having a Winter Sale on all uniform items purchased in store or online. The sale is from February 1st – February 8th. See the linked flyer for details.

Parents and guardians are reminded that students are always to be in full uniform. All uniform pieces are to be purchased through the ISW Uniform Store. Please note students are not to be wearing non-uniform sweaters while in school. If they wear a non-uniform sweater for recess, they must remove it before entering the classroom. This includes SHOJ spirit wear hoodies with the exception of our Grade 8 students who may wear their grad hoodies.

February Extra Curriculars at SHOJ!

Please see below for a list of extra-curricular clubs and teams that are currently happening or will be starting up this month at SHOJ. Thank you to our many staff members who give so freely of their time to coach and lead our students!

Boys & Girls Basketball (Gr. 6-8) Primary & Junior Choir (Gr. 2-5)
Ice Hockey (Gr. 6-8) Battle of the Books Teams (Gr. 3-8)
Glee Club (Gr. 6-8) Eco Team (Gr. 3 and up)
Art Club (Gr. 1-8) Chess Club (Gr 4-8)
Good News Gospel Club (Gr. 1-3) Faith in Action Team (Gr. 4-6)
Gr. 6 PALS students leading activities for Gr. 1-3 Beyblades Club (Gr. 1-6)
School Band (Gr. 7 & 8) Rosary Club (Gr. 1-8)
Gr. 5 Peace Team Office Helpers (Gr. 7 & 8)
Door Monitors (Gr. 6) Gr. 8 Student Ambassadors
Lunch Monitors (Gr. 4-6)

Stay tuned for updates as new clubs and sports seasons begin! Visit the “Athletic Schedules” page on our school website for sports that are currently in season.

Student Illness Reminder

With cold and flu season in full force we remind parents that children who are unwell should NOT be at school. Students should stay at home until they are fully able to participate in the school day. This means going outside for all recesses as well. If your child is too ill to be going outside for recess, then they are most likely too ill to be at school. We thank you in advance for helping us keep everyone healthy!

Director of Education, Pat Daly, send HDCSB families an email this week with details about the new coronavirus that is active this year (2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV). Click here to review a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for the Halton Region Health Department with important information around the symptoms and prevention of respiratory viruses such as 2019-nCoV that accompanied Director Daly’s message.

As indicated below, SHOJ is a scent-sensitive environment. Please do not send hand sanitizer to school with your child. Hand washing is effective.

Scent Awareness

Sacred Heart of Jesus School is a scent-sensitive environment. We have students/staff who suffer significant adverse health effects from exposure to scented products. All staff, students and parent visitors are asked to please avoid wearing any scented products (i.e. perfumes, colognes, lotions and/or essential oils) when coming to the school and avoid bringing any scented products into the school.

New Lunch Lady Menu Cycle (February to June) Now Online

Click here for details about the new Lunch Lady cycle for February to June.

Books for Bahamas Book Drive Update

Sacred Heart of Jesus School, lead by the Junior Faith in Action Team, held a successful Books for Bahamas book drive. Thank you to our amazing SHOJ community for your donations! We were able to fill 17 boxes of books to help restock school libraries destroyed as a result of Hurricane Dorian!

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School – MARCH MADNESS BASKETBALL CAMP 2020

The March 16th – 20th Development Basketball Camp will focus on introducing players (Grades 1-8) to individual fundamentals and team concepts. The camp affords players an opportunity to work on their skills in both a non-competitive and competitive environment. Players will be shown a number of drills and participate in game situations. See the links below for more information and registration forms.

ND March Madness Flyer link

ND March Madness Registration form

Feb
3
Mon
Raffle Basket Sales @ Lunch Recess
Feb 3 all day

25 tickets for $5.00

Pizza Day
Feb 3 @ 12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
Feb
4
Tue
Litterless Lunch Tuesday
Feb 4 all day
Litterless Lunch Tuesday

SHOJ students are challenged to bring in a litterless lunch every Tuesday. The average school-age disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste a year! Students are challenged to be stewards of God’s creation by bringing re-useable containers, cutlery and avoid pre-packaged snacks.

-ECO Team

Salad Bar Program
Feb 4 @ 12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
Feb
5
Wed
Raffle Basket Sales @ Lunch Recess
Feb 5 – Feb 6 all day

25 tickets for $5.00

ECO Presentations
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
LunchBox Program
Feb 5 @ 12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
Feb
6
Thu
Lunch Lady Program
Feb 6 @ 12:05 pm – 1:05 pm
Pasta Night
Feb 6 @ 5:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
7
Fri
Gr 7/8 & Gr 8 Trip – Living Arts Center @ Living Arts Centre
Feb 7 @ 9:10 am – 2:45 pm
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