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Weekly Update October 5, 2020

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

William Arthur Ward

New Changes to the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children

On October 1, 2020, the Ontario government released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children.

The guidelines continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it affects children and adults in different ways.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool will be updated soon to include these new revisions.

In the meantime, you are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children

As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in each of our schools.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work together to keep our school communities healthy and safe for all.

World Teachers’ Day – October 5, 2020

World Teachers' Day

In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads and, now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect the right to education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic.

The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated. 

Thank you to all of our St. Andrew Educators!

Outdoor Learning

As you know, the Ministry of Education, our Public Health Unit, and the doctors at Sick Kids have encouraged us to conduct learning outside whenever possible. We have been making great use of our outdoor spaces. and conducting lessons outside whenever possible. We will continue to do so even as the weather gets colder, so it is vital that you dress your children appropriately for the weather. It is common for the weather to fluctuate throughout the day, sending your children to school dressed in multiple layers is ideal.

Grade 3 Students Celebrating First Communion

Throughout the month of October, our Grade 3 students will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at Mary Mother of God Parish. We wish them all the best and continue to pray for them and their families.

As you grow in your friendship with Jesus, may your words be gentle and may your touch be kind. May you hear the whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you see God in everyone you meet and may you always know that you are dearly loved!

School Council Meeting

We will have our first Catholic School Council Meeting on Wednesday, October 7th. The meeting will be held virtually through Microsoft TEAMs at 6:30 PM. Parents who have submitted and/or received a nomination have been notified of their position on School Council. A link to the online meeting will be emailed to members prior to the meeting. Should parents who are not on this year’s School Council wish to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Boulos at bouloslo@hcdsb.org as all are welcome!

Thanksgiving

On Friday, October 9th, we will be having a special Thanksgiving Liturgy with our students. Due to our current situation, we won’t be able to gather as an assembly, we will therefore be broadcasting our Liturgy into the classrooms.

Even though we are living during a pandemic, as Canadians and as Catholics we have so much to be thankful for. We are especially grateful for our Health Care System and our Education System. We are grateful for our faith and the many blessings bestowed upon us.

This Thanksgiving, please follow the guidelines of our Public Health Units. We must all continue to make sacrifices to ensure that we are able to keep schools open. This includes limiting the number of people you celebrate Thanksgiving with. If you do gather with family, please ensure you maintain 2m of distance between yourselves and people who are not in your household.

Emergency Drills

As we do every year, we will be completing our emergency safety drills. We will follow the advice of both the Fire Marshall and public health in executing our drills this year to help keep everyone safe, and we are pleased to report that we have successfully completed the first of our three fall fire drills.

Yearbooks

If you ordered a yearbook for your child, but your child is learning online, you can come to pick up your child’s yearbook between 9:30-3:00 and from 4:00-4:30 in our front foyer.

There are still a limited amount of yearbooks available for purchase. The cost is $22 and books can be ordered via School Cashonline.

Masks

Thank you to all of our parents for wearing masks at pick up and drop off. We are so grateful to you for being wonderful role models for our children.

Please make sure that your child’s mask fits snugly and doesn’t slip under their nose. We have some of the small-sized black masks provided by the Ministry left over. They fit our K-2 students very well. If you would like us to provide an extra one for your young child, please call the office or email Mrs. Cerqueira at CerqueiraD@hcdsb.org.

Many of our students have been proudly wearing their St. Andrew masks which come in both Youth and Adult sizes. We have a limited supply left for purchase if you would like to order them for your child(ren) you can still do so via School CashOnline.

High School Placement Options

Grade 8 is a very exciting year, even during a pandemic! Our high schools will be hosting information nights for parents of our Grade 8 students so that you can learn more about the different program placement options available. Specificially, you may want to mark your calendars for the events below:

Holy Trinity AP (Advanced Placement) Information night- October 20th- 7pm 

Holy Trinity Grade 8 Information night- October 22nd- 7pm 

STA- IB (International Baccalaureate) Information night- October 21st- 7pm  

We will provide you with more information closer to the events.

Coming Up

Oct
5
Mon
World Teachers’ Day
Oct 5 all day
Oct
7
Wed
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please email Lorraine Boulos at bouloslo@hcdsb.org if you would like to attend our virtual School Council Meeting.

Oct
9
Fri
Virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy – Time to be determined
Oct 9 @ 1:23 pm – 2:23 pm
Oct
12
Mon
Thanksgiving Day Schools Closed
Oct 12 @ 5:25 pm – 6:25 pm
Oct
19
Mon
Transition Date for students switching from Online to F2F or F2F to Online Learning
Oct 19 @ 2:46 pm – 3:46 pm
Weekly Update October 5, 2020