Because every child matters…
Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day
Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.
The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
On Thursday, September 30, we encourage all of our staff, students, and parents to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of survivors.
For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Rowan’s Law Day
Last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety. Please join us in remembering Rowan Stringer by promoting concussion safety and show your support for #RowansLawDay by sharing your stories and learning the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.
Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.
Bike Registration Program
The Halton Regional Police Service has partnered with 529 Garage to introduce their bicycle registration app to residents of Halton. 529 Garage is an application that connects you, other cyclists, police, and local bicycle shops in the event your bicycle is stolen.
For more information download the flyer:
Virtual Curriculum Night
On Wednesday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 PM we will be having our Virtual Open House. Please join us as we begin in prayer together as a community followed by a brief presentation about some of the changes inside and outside of the school building this year, then meet your children’s educators and view individual presentations to find out more about what the learning in your child’s classroom will look like this school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn about classroom routines and expectations.
The introductory session will be conducted through Teams, and the link will be shared through email at 5:30 pm on the day of the open house. Educators will provide more information about how to access their presentations on their digital platforms next week.
We are looking forward to seeing you then!
Students in Grades 1-6 have been issued agendas. Agendas are intended to provide families and staff with a means of regular daily communication. In an effort to reduce costs, we have changed our agenda supplier this year. We would ask for your help in defraying costs by paying $5 for the agenda using SchoolCashOnline by Friday, October 1.
Our Catholic School Council
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve on our School Council this year. In accordance with our by-laws, we will not need to hold an election this year. Congratulations to council members:
- Latifat Tomm
- Christine Krueger
- Crystal Duggan
- Sonica Lancione
- Abi Adekitan
- Marion Bastiampillai
- Laura Gallo
- Sawsan Selwyn
- Kelly Williams
- Johnathan Wylde
- Tolu Adegbite
- Jennifer Sully-Ferraro
Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, October 6th at 6:30 pm. We will meet virtually through Teams. Our meetings are open to all members of our community. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Boulos at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 29 at 4 pm.