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Weekly Update March 1st, 2021

Justice is what love looks like in public. ~ Cornel West

February 28th – Second Sunday of Lent

In this week’s gospel, Jesus brings Peter, James and John on a hike up a mountain.  There they see Jesus is transfigured.  His clothing becomes dazzling white and just like at his baptism, they hear a voice from the heavens encouraging them to recognize that this is the Son of God and they should listen and follow him.  This glimpse of Jesus’ true glory and the power of God as well who we can be if we follow with faith and through service to others.

Reflection: Consider the promises/pledges you have made this Lent.  Check in with yourself.  How are they going? Is there something you can do to help yourself remain committed?

Keeping One Another Safe

Daily Screening and Isolation Requirements

We thank you for your continued support in following the Ministry and Public Health guidelines. Please visit our website here for more information and guidance. It is important to note that students who exhibit one of the symptoms listed (cold or flu-like symptoms) cannot come to school until they follow the protocols. Any siblings must stay home as well. We thank you for your on-going support in working together to keep everyone as safe as possible!

You will note in the mandatory Daily School Screening Tool that if a family member has traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, the whole family must isolate and children cannot come to school, even if the family member has had a negative Covid test result.

Daily Screening Tool

Masks

Thank you to all of the grown ups who are wearing their masks at drop-off and pick-up each day. Not only are you helping to keep our community safe, but you are being a role model for our children!

School Visitors

Please remember to send your children to school with all necessary items such as water bottles, lunches, snacks, and indoor shoes. Public Health has stipulated that we should only have Essential Visitors at the school. We have food available for any child who has forgotten their lunch and plastic cups for water.

Parking Lots

Finally, please continue to be patient and courteous and to follow the rules of our parking lot at pick up and drop off. If you must drive your child to school, please follow the traffic flow rules in place at the North and South sides of the school. Stop or park only in designated spaces and not in the kiss and ride. And remember, little ears are listening and little eyes are watching – we always want to be good role models for our children.

Together we can help to keep our school community safe!

Family Kahoot Night

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Family Kahoot Night! Congratulations to all of our winners, we had so much fun playing with everyone!

Black Shirt Day

At St. Andrew School, we are proud of the rich diversity represented in our staff, students and families. As a school community, we work hard to foster an equitable and inclusive environment where every child is able to flourish. But we know that that is not enough. We see the racism and inequities in our school and in our community that still exist.

On Monday, March 1st we invite all of our staff and students to wear black shirts as a commitment to taking a stand against racism and injustice. We are learning to be anti-racist; to actively work against racism. It is up to each one of us to question racist policies, dismantle and stand against them.

Grade 7 Confirmation

The Diocese has given permission for our parishes to organize the Grade 7 Sacrament of Confirmation. At Mary Mother of God Parish, the Confirmations will be taking place from March 22- 25. Parents need to register through the parish website.

Cookbook

Monday, March 1st is the last day to get your recipes in for our St. Andrew Cookbook! If you have a recipe to share and photos of your family, please email them to:  standrewparentcouncil145@gmail.com

Voluntary Covid-19 Testing Available for Students

As you may be aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. The first round of testing for our school community will be available on Saturday, March 6, 2021. 

Who Can Be Tested?

  • Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  
  • This targeted testing is offered only for HCDSB students and staff who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 
  • At this time, this testing is not being offered to family members, but if this option becomes available in the future, staff and families will be notified.    

About the Testing 

The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.    

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.

LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:

  • PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
  • Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
  • Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
  • Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
  • Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary

When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?

At HCDSB, the testing will be offered through a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model,  where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week. 

The first round of testing for the Holy Trinity Family of Schools will take place as follows: 

DATE: Saturday, March 6, 2021 
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
LOCATION: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON   L6H 5Z8

Booking an Appointment to Get Tested

Although walk-ins will be allowed, staff and parents are encouraged to pre-register online at: my.thrive.health.  

In order to register, you will need to provide this unique registration code for our school: HaltonC-hubsite3  

Please read the letter from LifeLabs for additional information:

More Information:

​Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The fourth and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Parent Engagement and Webinar Series

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is sponsoring a series of free webinars for parents and guardians throughout the month of March. For more information and to register, please see their website here: https://www.oapce.org/march2021webinars/

Coming Up

Feb
1
Mon
Black History Month
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all day
Mar
1
Mon
Black Shirt Day
Mar 1 all day
Mar
15
Mon
Spirit Week – FAVOURITE DAY!
Mar 15 all day

Students are invited to wear a favourite article of clothing to school; e.g. t-shirt, hat, socks, shoes, jacket; or to bring a favourite stuffy to school

Mar
16
Tue
Spirit Week – INSIDE OUT DAY
Mar 16 all day

Students are invited to wear their clothing inside out!

Mar
17
Wed
Spirit Week – RAINBOW DAY
Mar 17 all day

Students are invited to wear their rainbow gear or to wear a colourful shirt and/or hat – wear your favourite colour and together we will make a rainbow!

Weekly Update March 1st, 2021