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Weekly Update: September 28th-October 2nd

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited for another week of learning, playing and praying together at Sacred Heart of Jesus! New routines are in full effect and we appreciate all the support we have received from our amazing SHOJ families!

Please refer to the information updates below:

COVID-19 School Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening tool has been posted on the Board’s RTS website under Daily Screening, and is accessible here:https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Parents or guardians (and students 18 years of age or older) must complete this new COVID-19 School Screening tool before leaving for school each day.

We know that many young children have runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, stomach pain, etc. Unfortunately, these symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 and must be taken seriously to protect our students, staff and learning environment.

If your child has any of these symptoms in the morning and these are unrelated to known allergies or medical conditions then you must follow the directions in the screener which will be to stay home, isolate and connect with a doctor or health care provider or get a COVID-19 test.

If your child is showing any of these symptoms during the school day, we will contact you to immediately pick up your child and to follow up accordingly with a health care provider.

The chart linked here is an easy to use visual for the revised Return to School Protocol for Students with COVID-19 symptoms.

Switching Between Conventional Learning and Remote Learning in Elementary Schools

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form.

Please note that this movement may necessitate a restructuring of classes at SHOJ to maintain classroom caps and maintain distancing.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • You are asked to submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent to directly to your child’s secondary school Principal.
  • This form does not apply to homeschooling. If your child is currently being homeschooled and you would like to request a change to either in-class instruction or remote learning, please contact your Family of Schools Superintendent.
  • NOTE: Please do not complete this form unless you want to change your child’s current learning environment – i.e. your child is currently attending in-class instruction and you want to switch to remote (online) learning in a virtual classroom.

CLICK HERE to access the online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment.

The online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Next Steps

Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment during the week of October 13th.
  • The changes will come into effect during the week of October 19, 2020.

Additional Information

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about in-class instruction in our HCDSB elementary schools.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about remote learning in our HCDSB Virtual Elementary School

Curriculum Night 2020

Please mark your calendars for our SHOJ Curriculum Night, to be held virtually on Wednesday, October 7th using Microsoft Teams. Teachers will host 2 sessions (6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.). Details to come on how to access the sessions.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School Council Nominations

Parents are invited to consider a position on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School Council. We are looking for Parent Representatives. The school council is an advisory group and meets with the P/VP 4-5 times a year. School Council provides feedback and input on school related matters and finances and helps to plan special school events and fundraising activities. This is a great way for parents to be involved!

Our first School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 using Microsoft Teams at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in being an official School Council member, please email Mr. Susi at susij@hcdsb.org by Monday, October 5th, 2020.

Orange Shirt Day: Wednesday, September 30th

On Wednesday, September 30th, SHOJ students are encouraged to wear orange in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Only students who wear orange may be out of uniform.

Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. The Canadian Catholic Bishops have urged all Catholics to commit to continuing our walk together with Indigenous Peoples to build a more just society where their gifts and those of all people are nurtured and honoured.

We come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

Terry Fox Walk/Run: Friday, October 9th (Weather Permitting)

SHOJ staff and students are excited to participate in the annual Terry Fox Walk/Run! This year it will be a socially distanced walk/run with each class participating on their own time throughout the day.

Students are asked to bring in a “Toonie for Terry” or another amount by Friday, October 9th to donate.

A reminder that this is a non-uniform day for students who wear Red and White.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our Grade 8’s are organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive from October 5th-9th supporting local food banks.

Any support you can give is appreciated. Highlighted items are canned goods, baby food, and toiletries. Thank you to our SHOJ families for your generous support!

Safe Arrival – Reporting Lates and Absences

Our school offers an automated student attendance management system called SafeArrival, provided through SchoolMessenger®.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line at 1-844-445-4505

Click here for more information about how to use the SafeArrival student attendance management system.

Please note that if you are picking up your child early for an appointment, you must still send a note in to his or her teacher in the morning.

SHOJ School Photos

School photo day will be postponed until sometime in the new year.

Lunchtime Information:

  • Anaphylaxis Allergies and Student Lunches

Our school’s anaphylaxis protocol conforms to Sabrina’s Law and the Halton Catholic District School Board Medical Conditions Policy and the Anaphylaxis Procedure. The protocol is designed to ensure that students at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure and staff and key volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation.

To provide the minimized allergen environment required by the legislation, we need the support and cooperation of you, the parents/guardians, your children and the school community.

For the peanut/tree nut life threatening allergy:

Students and staff are requested to refrain from bringing to school lunches and snacks containing peanuts and tree nuts and products that may contain peanuts/ tree nuts such as donuts, granola bars, etc. We ask everyone to read food labels, checking for peanut/nut ingredients prior to bringing them to school. We request students who eat peanut butter at home to wash their hands thoroughly before attending school.

McDonald’s Restaurant has made a statement that all products on their menu may contain or come in contact with peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. Tim Horton’s also states, “If you have a food allergy, we recommend that you refrain from eating our products. Although we take precautions, it is impossible to guarantee that our products have not come into contact with peanuts, nuts, or other allergens.”

As a school, we can never guarantee an allergen free environment but have strategies in place to provide a “minimized allergen environment”. One way in which that occurs is reminding parents and students to avoid sending/bringing products into the school that contain these ingredients (or may contain). We are asking parents and students to refrain from sending/bringing these products into the school, whether they be food items from your home or those from a restaurant.

  • Older Students Travelling to Nearby Businesses for Lunch

Some of our older students have parental permission to travel to local businesses during lunchtime. We have had some calls from community members concerned about seeing groups of students walking during lunchtime, unmasked, and not distancing (with our uniforms, it is easy to see that they are SHOJ students).

Our staff has reviewed the expectation that students who head out for lunch must still socially distance. Being unmasked while walking to their lunch destination is ok as long as they are able to keep their distance. Students should eat any food purchased off site prior to returning to school.

  • Recycling at Lunchtime

Students are required to bring home any recyclable waste from lunchtimes. Families are encouraged to make use of reusable containers when sending lunches and snacks.

Sep
30
Wed
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
On Wednesday, September 30th, SHOJ students are encouraged to wear orange in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters. Only students who wear orange may be out of uniform. Our Catholic Social Teachings call us in Solidarity with our Indigenous sisters and brothers to honour the human dignity in all. The Canadian Catholic Bishops have urged all Catholics to commit to continuing our walk together with Indigenous Peoples to build a more just society where their gifts and those of all people are nurtured and honoured. We come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Opening Liturgy
Sep 30 @ 4:16 pm – 5:16 pm
Oct
5
Mon
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Oct 5 – Oct 9 all day

Our Grade 8’s are organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive from October 5th-9th supporting local food banks.

Any support you can give is appreciated. Highlighted items are canned goods, baby food, and toiletries. Thank you to our SHOJ families for your generous support!

Oct
9
Fri
Terry Fox Run/Walk (Red & White Day)
Oct 9 all day

SHOJ staff and students are excited to participate in the annual Terry Fox Walk/Run! This year it will be a socially distanced walk with each class participating on their own time throughout the day.

Students are asked to bring in a “Toonie for Terry” or another amount by Thursday, October 8th to donate.

A reminder that this is a civvies day and students may wear Red and White.

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