“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”Mother Teresa
Welcome back to a new school year! A very warm welcome to all of the new students, families and staff who have joined our Sacred Heart of Jesus community. We were so excited to finally see our students again over the course of this past week. It was wonderful to witness our hallways, classrooms and playgrounds filled with learning, laughter and many smiling faces. After a very challenging past eighteen months we look forward to reconnecting as a faith filled community this school year, holding firm to the teachings of our faith that we are all wonderfully made in the image of God, worthy of dignity, kindness and respect. Working together we can make this year both positive and memorable for our Sacred Heart of Jesus community.
All HCDSB students (K-12) are required to wear non-medical masks/face coverings at school.
Students are expected to bring their own masks to wear on student transportation and at school. Non-medical 3-ply masks will also be made available by schools for students if needed. Students should bring an additional mask (or more) to school in the event that their mask gets wet, damaged or soiled. Masks must be worn indoors, including hallways, during classes, on school buses, and in the Before and After School Program.
Masks may be temporarily removed indoors for eating and drinking at lunch or break times. Mask breaks will also be provided as needed. Students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but 2m distancing should be maintained between cohorts as much as possible. Masks can be placed in their pockets, fanny pack or similar while outside at recess. Hand sanitizer has been placed at all doorways for use as students leave and enter the school.
Medical-grade masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff while in the school building. All staff must follow protocols for wearing appropriate PPE throughout the day.
Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Screening
As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education. The following are the instructions that parents are to follow:
- Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
- Parents should then sign their child’s “Confirmation of Daily Student Screening Log (https://elem.hcdsb.org/sacredheart/2021/09/confirmation-of-daily-student-screening-log/). Students must show this to their teacher each day upon entering the classroom. This log may be placed in the student’s agenda for easy access and reference. If this log is not completed (or other approved method of confirmation of screening) the child may not join their classmates as the teacher is then required to contact the parents.
Kiss and Ride Morning Drop Off for Grade 1-8 students
Beginning at 8:55 am each morning, you may use the “Kiss and Ride” located in the west parking lot. Each day drop your child off at the curb and the students will have “free entry” where they may go directly into the building through the back doors and directly to their classroom. Teachers will be supervising. These are the same procedures we used last year. Students arriving after 9:10am will be considered late and will need to go through the front door and sign in at the main office to receive a late slip before going to class. If any parents are parking on a neighbourhood street, please ensure that you do not block driveways. We kindly ask that we remember to treat our neighbours respectfully.
Morning Drop Off for Kindergarten Students
Parents may drop their child off at the kindergarten gate (beside East Parking Lot) where children will be greeted by one of their ECE/Teacher’s and will meet the other educator in the classroom. Students being dropped off after 9:10am will be considered late and will need to be taken to the front door and sign in at the office to receive a late slip before going to class.
Students will be dismissed at 3:40 p.m. Please arrange for a meeting place with your child. Parents must wait for their child outside the main playground gates. Parents are encouraged to wear masks at dismissal time as this time of day tends to get busy. Please reinforce with your children the same social distancing rules that we are teaching at school. A reminder that dogs are not allowed on school property as per HCDSB Policy.
We are in the process of finalizing our bus numbers for this year. If your child(ren) are bus eligible but do not take the bus daily (i.e. parent pickup, after-school program) please contact the SHOJ office (email@example.com).
Students will be assigned seats for the 2021-2022 school year. Seat assignment information are available through the parent portal, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation. For Parent Portal instructions, please click here.
Please note that the initial seating assignments may change, and that, initially, the afternoon seating may not mirror the morning seating. Please be patient as we confirm dismissal plans, and do ensure that you have filled out the Opt-out form if you are not planning to use the bus this year: OPT-out form.
Courtesy Seats –
Please note that courtesy seats for ineligible students will not be considered this year.
For information on bus delays, make sure that you sign up for RSS or email notifications from www.haltonbus.ca
Medical Information and Apparatus (E.g. epi-pens)
Thank you to those parents who have submitted Student Plan of Care packages and medical apparatus this past week. Please be reminded that we must have both the forms and devices, such as Epi-pens in a Ziploc bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name. A reminder for students with anaphylaxis, they must wear a valid Epi-pen on their person at all times and have an extra in the office (kindergarten teachers can store Epi-pens for JKs/SKs). If anything has changed with your child’s medical condition or profile, please contact us at the school and we will be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss further.
Important information regarding Duty to Report and Attendance
To keep you informed, we will continue to share information with parents through our school email system and website on a regular, weekly basis. Every Sunday, you will receive an email with a link to our weekly update, or you can access the update through our school website.
Click here for information on how to subscribe and link to our school website calendar for upcoming special events and school activities! To start the year, we will not have as many events as usual given the circumstances; however, we will begin to enter additional events as the weeks go on.
In an effort to limit the number of emails you receive each week, we will strive to communicate most information to you in our weekly updates on Sundays. However, occasionally we will send dedicated emails for information pertinent to our entire community or particular groups of students.
Student agendas were purchased for students in grades 1-6 for students to write in each day. Parents may write a note for teaching staff if necessary. Teaching staff will not be writing in the agendas and will continue with electronic means of communication (email and Remind).
St. Paul Parish News
We look forward to working with Father John and the wonderful team at St. Paul parish. Please see the link below to read important parish update information for the year ahead.
WHAT IS FASD?
FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. It is a medical diagnosis that refers to the “lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives” (CanFASD, 2021) throughout their lifespan. These could include challenges with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation, and social skills.
During the month of September there are many events and activities devoted to raising awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to improve prevention of FASD and diagnosis and support for individuals with FASD.
Drive-thru Infant Food Bank Drive & Story Time with Author Lana Button
ROCK Hub invites you to an infant foodbank drive and story time with children’s author, Lana Button, September 18th at ROCK, 471 Pearl Street.
From 12:00-2:00pm there will be a foodbank drive where we will collect infant food.
From 1:30-2:00pm, award winning children’s author Lana Button will be sharing her latest picture books, including Tough Like Mum (Tundra Books) which was recently described by The New York Times as a tender tale that “imparts that asking for help shows toughness.”
Bring your infant food donations to help those in our community and bring a chair or blanket to cozy up in the greenspace behind ROCK for this fun outdoor story time event! Spaces are limited so don’t forget to register at ROCKevents.ca
If you cannot make it to the event but would like to lend your support, all BEST BUY stores in Halton have set up drop off boxes from August 21 until September 17 to collect items.
Questions about the event can be directed to email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Phone: 289 983-1213