Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
As we move through this final week of September, it is amazing how quickly this month has passed. A huge thank you to our staff, students and families for your cooperation, patience and flexibility as we unexpectedly and very quickly had to reorganize some of our classes and schedules. As a school community we look forward to settling into our routines and embracing the opportunity to learn and grow in our faith each day.
For the safety and well being of all students and staff, families must perform daily screening of their children for COVID 19 symptoms before coming to school, using the COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool. To access the Ministry’s Screening Tool please click HERE.
Virtual Curriculum Night
Our Curriculum Night will be held this Tuesday, September 28th, 2021. As was mentioned in last week’s update we will once again hold this evening in a virtual format. Each classroom teacher will conduct two synchronous sessions. Session 1 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Session 2 will be held at 7:00 p.m. Each session will be approximately 15 minutes in length. Teachers will be communicating with parents regarding the Teams link for Curriculum night. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, to hear about the curriculum and to gain a deeper understanding of what your child’s day looks like.
Farewell to Mr. Cazes
We wish Mr. Cazes, our Intermediate French Immersion teacher a sad but fond farewell as he leaves Sacred Heart and moves to a new position with another board. Mr. Cazes has been a teacher with SHOJ for the past four years. You will most definitely be missed Mr. Cazes and we wish you all the very best!
Orange Shirt Day – Thursday, September 30th, 2021.
On September 30th, Canadians all across the country will wear orange shirts to remember and honour the Indigenous children who were taken from their communities and families to residential schools. This Orange Shirt Day has particular significance because it marks the first observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students will be engaging in age-appropriate lessons and activities to develop their understanding of this day. We are encouraging all of our staff and students at SHOJ to wear orange on September 30th to honour those children who never made it home. It will be a non-uniform day for those students who wear a piece of orange clothing. We realize that not everyone may have an orange shirt, so any piece of orange clothing, arm ribbon, face mask may be worn as we show solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
The use of an agenda in Grades 1 – 6 has been a strategy implemented at the school for many years now. Teachers find it beneficial in assisting our students in becoming more independent and responsible for planning and organizing their assignments and homework responsibilities. The success of such an organizational tool requires the commitment of students, teachers and parents. It is our hope that by working together, the students will develop time management and organizational skills as well as learn to accept responsibility for their own education. With your continued support, we will make every effort to provide students with strategies for success.
We are requesting all students currently in Grades 1-6 purchase an agenda at a cost of $6.00 each. Ordering is only available through School Cash Online until FRIDAY, OCT 1st .
To access School Cash Online please click HERE.
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.
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29th, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.