Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the last week of January. It is incredible how fast this month flew by. Thank you to all the families that registered their little ones for kindergarten this week. We look forward to welcoming our newest students in September!
Please refer to the information updates below:
Mental Health: Bell Let’s Talk Wednesday, January 29th
It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start, or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will therefore, make things worse. Research tells us that this is not the case. Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behavior etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation.
Please see the School Mental Health Ontario website (https://smho-smso.ca/) for more information.
On Wednesday, January 29th, across Canada, people will be tweeting and texting messages of hope and wellness in support of Mental Health. #BellLetsTalk is a campaign that supports the education and awareness around mental health and mental illness. For every tweet with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, Bell will make a donation to this campaign. Here at SHOJ teachers will discuss mental health and ways you can help yourself or others feel their best! Students composed class tweets this past week in preparation to tweet them out on Wednesday! Please take a moment and retweet your support!
To provide students with a sample of activities they could participate in during Playground Pros Summer Camps, MLSE’s sport development group will be touring the six schools they are hoping to run camps out of this summer.
SHOJ is a proposed summer camp site and Playground Pros will be taking over our Grade 1-5 gym classes on Monday and Tuesday this week to provide physical literacy through programming with an emphasis on keeping kids active and excited in sport!
Click here for more information on Playground Pros.
Inclement Weather Procedure
A reminder for parents that all students should be dressed appropriately for outdoor activities including outdoor boots to be changed from indoor shoes. All students are expected to go out for every recess unless the temperature falls below -20°C as per HCDSB policy. Reminder in inclement weather to check the HCDSB website for school closures and bus cancellations. If buses are cancelled the school remains OPEN.
Click here for more information.
HCDSB Inclement Weather Safety:
Extreme Cold: Temperature with or without wind chill
- a) warmer than -15°C: students may remain outside for all regular outside activities
- b) between -15°C and -20°C: students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals at a time
- c) colder than -20°C: students must remain inside
P.A. Day – Friday, January 31st
Parents and guardians are reminded that Friday, January 31st is a P.A. Day. There will be no school for students.
Pasta Night: Save the Date
Our Annual Pasta Night is coming up soon! The event 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 look forward to dining with those who can join us for this wonderful event.
Our SHOJ Parent Council is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:
- Thursday, January 30th – basket wrapping @ 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, February 4th – Thursday, February 6th from 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. for raffle ticket sales
- Thursday, Feb 6th – set up starting at 2:00 p.m., intermittent help throughout the night and for 8:00 p.m. clean up
Please email our Pasta Night Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any availability you may have.
** Items for our Raffle Baskets can be sent into the school until Wednesday, January 29th**
Click here for more information.
Books for Bahamas Book Drive
Sacred Heart of Jesus School, lead by the Peace Team, is holding a Books for Bahamas book drive. Please bring in your gently used books, appropriate for children kindergarten to grade 8, so that we can help restock school libraries destroyed as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Books will be collected until Friday, January 31st.
Click here for information on One World Schoolhouse Foundation.
ECO Angels Fundraising Initiative – Assisting Australian Wildlife Update
Our Eco Angels campaign to raise money for the wildlife affected by the devastating wildfires in Australia was a great success! SHOJ was able to raise over $900 for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to adopt 25 koalas. Thank you to the SHOJ school community for your generous support!
Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School – Tarzan Musical Audition
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students are invited to audition for roles in the CC production of Tarzan. CC is looking for:
15 SINGERS / CHORUS MEMBERS
10 DANCERS / GYMNASTS
2 ACTORS for the role of YOUNG TARZAN
Auditions take place at CORPUS CHRISTI on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the theatre.
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.
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.