Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to a new week at Sacred Heart of Jesus! We are looking forward to welcoming back on October 19th our students who are returning from remote learning to join us in class and wish our students switching into remote learning continued success!
Please refer to the information updates below:
Halloween Dance-a-Thon Fundraiser
We are in the planning stages to celebrate our 5th annual Halloween Danceathon on Friday, October 30th with costumes, individual classroom activities and an outdoor dance with a DJ (weather permitting). In keeping with our Covid procedures, throughout the day we will have small groups of classes outside with the DJ and everyone will remain separated by cohort.
This is our major fundraiser for the year and our goal is to raise $14,000. This is approximately $30 per student to reach our goal. Funds raised will support school initiatives such as: 21st Century Learning (i.e. laptops and Smartboards for classrooms) and classroom materials and activities to support student learning.
An envelope that will act as our pledge sheet will come home on Monday, October 19th with each student. Pledges can be made via the school website or via cheque. Please return all pledges and envelopes by Monday, November 2nd.
Click here for information on class and individual prizes such as class parties and more!
SHOJ School Budget Projections
Please refer to our School Council Fundraising Budget Projections for 2020-21. This was approved by School Council and will be reviewed throughout the year. Please be aware that the list includes all of our projected income and expenses for the year so that you know how our Danceathon money and all fundraising money is planned to be spent. Please note that we have a significant fundraising shortfall as we are not able to have any of our food sales program this year (i.e. pizza, milk, salad bar). We thank you for your support of our school fundraising initiatives as we are not able to make these purchases without your help! Please click here to view the financial details.
Halloween Costume Considerations
In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage you to consider the following to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:
- Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I dressing up as a culture, altering my skin colour or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or part of my background?
10TH ANNUAL HCCEF EVENING WITH BISHOP CROSBY – VIRTUAL EDITION
The HCCEF Evening with Bishop Crosby is always such a wonderful gathering of the Halton Community. Although we will not be able to meet in person this year, we can still gather virtually as a community. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Highlights of the evening will include:
- A Reception with friends at your virtual “table”
- Musical Entertainment by HCDSB students
- Recognition of Bishop Douglas Crosby’s 10th Anniversary of his installment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton
- Keynote address by Bishop Crosby
HCCEF has seen a 375% increase in the number of HCDSB students helped from March to September compared to the same time last year. HCCEF programs are funding solely by our fundraising initiatives (i.e. events, donations, grants, corporate support).
HCCEF wants to be able to continue to say “yes” to supporting low-income HCDSB students and their families with basic necessities, because education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. They need your help to do this.
Terry Fox Run/Walk
On Friday, October 9th, our SHOJ students walked and ran to participate in the 40th annual Terry Fox Run. We were able to raise over $1000! Thank you to our families for your donations and support!
Curriculum Night 2020
We have a new date for our SHOJ Curriculum Night. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 29th using Microsoft Teams. Teachers will host 2 sessions (6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). Details to come on how to access the sessions.
Daily Covid-19 Screening & Symptoms Protocol
The school and child care screening guidance is being updated with two sets of questions about symptoms and information to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school or child care, need to consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19. The guidance can be found immediately at the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care, and the refreshed online tool launched on Friday, October 2 for download.
The first set of questions asks about symptoms such as fever or cough. Students and children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.
The second set of questions asks about other symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:
- Students and children with only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or childcare if their symptoms are improving.
- Students and children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.
In addition, based on the latest public health guidance the symptom list for children in school and child care no longer includes abdominal pain or conjunctivitis (pink eye).