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Weekly Update November 22, 2021

It is vital that when educating our children’s brains, we do not neglect to educate their HEARTS. 

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Keeping Our Community Safe

Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 school screening for each child every day. Completing the screening, wearing masks, maintaining proper hand hygiene, distancing, and staying home when sick are all ways we can help to keep the children in our care and our community safe.

Please note that the Ministry of Education screening tool states: Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in this screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed. We know that this can be challenging when you need to arrange child care, but we appreciate your keeping your children home if they are ill.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. From November 21-27, 2021, the Halton Catholic District School Board will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools.

This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being.

One of the ways we will mark the week is by wearing pink on Wednesday to show solidarity with those who have been bullied and commit to treating others with dignity, kindness, and respect every day.

For more information please see the Feature Story on our school website.

Progress Reports and Kindergarten Communication of Learning

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. On November 24, 2021 the Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8, and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home electronically to all families. Please click here to learn more about the reporting process.

Parents / Guardians have the right and responsibility to participate actively in your child’s education.  As such, interviews with your child’s teacher(s) will be offered Thursday, November 25, 2021 during the afternoon/evening, and Friday, November 26, 2021 during the school day as this is designated Professional Development Day.

In order to adhere to our safety protocols, interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling program to limit the use of paper. Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews will be emailed to you before the scheduling process opens on Monday afternoon. Please complete the online interview request form by Friday, November 19th, 11:00 AM.

Scheduling Your Learning Conferences

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th from 3:50 – 8:20 PM and Friday, November 26th from 9:00 am – 2:30 PM. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions printed further down the page. 

Instructions

1. Go to the St. Andrew scheduling webpage at https://standrew.parentinterview.com

2. Enter the Parent Code andy2021 and click “Sign In

     Please make a note of your Confirmation #

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule and bring it with you

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email support@parentinterview.com

We have extended the booking date until  Monday, November 22, 2021. If you have not booked an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher, one will be booked for you.

PA Day Friday – No School

Please remember that there will be no school for students on Friday to facilitate time for interviews. We will look forward to seeing students back at school on Monday, November 30th.

Parish News

SAVE THE DATES!

Mary Mother of God Church is hosting four wonderful events for families during Advent and Christmas that you don’t want to miss!

1. THE PEACE LIGHT FROM BETHLEHEM: The Peace Light, which was lit from the grotto where Jesus was born in Bethlehem, will be burning at MMoG throughout Advent. Families will be welcome after all of the Masses the weekend of December 18 and 19 to receive a candle with Peace Light and bring it home for Christmas.

2. GRANDPARENTS MASS: Our December Mass with Grandparents is back on December 9th at 7:00 pm. Children and their grandparents are invited to attend Mass together. They will each receive candles with the Peace Light to bring home and share with others. We also invite attendees to send us their favorite photo with their grandparents to be displayed on our screens during Mass. Seating is limited. Eventbrite tickets are required. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/advent-mass-with-grandparents-and-receive-the-peacelight-from-bethlehem-tickets-204735668897

3. BLESSING OF BABY JESUS: Bring baby Jesus from your nativity scene at home and Fr. Jerry will bless him before you put him in the manger of Christmas Eve. The blessing will take place during all Masses on December 18 and 19.

4. CHRISTMAS EVE MASS FOR KIDS: 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve, we invite all children to be a part of our Christmas procession. Dress up as your favorite character from the nativity (an angel, a shepherd, St. Joseph, etc.). You will process into the church with Father Jerry and surround the manger scene on the altar while Father Jerry blesses it. This is our most popular Mass of the year. Eventbrite tickets will be available on Nov. 25, so set an alarm to get your tickets by visiting www.mmogp.ca.

All Covid safety protocols including masks and social distancing are in place. For more information email Debbie Frey at youth.mmogp@bellnet.ca. Also, visit the parish website at www.mmogp.ca for our Christmas Mass schedule.

St. Vincent de Paul Angel Tree

Like last year, the major Christmas giving event for our school will be the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP). The SSVP at Mary Mother of God currently serves 105 families in need, including 150 children, who live within our parish boundary.

This Christmas more than ever our most vulnerable neighbours are in need. Together we can make a big difference by sharing our Christmas to bring some joy into their homes. For many of these families, your donation may be the only gift they receive.

We are asking the students and families to support these neighbours by:

  1. Donating Online through CanadaHelps:
     https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/society-of-st-vincent-de-paul-mary-mother-of-god-parish/
    • Monetary donations will be used to bulk purchase Wal-Mart gift cards for the families.
    • Please consider the following gifts:
  2. Colour your Angel for the Angel Tree: Have your child colour it and bring it to school to put on the Angel Christmas Tree that is on display in the lobby.
  3. Pray: Please add a special daily prayer of protection for all of the families SSVP serves.

Mary Mother of God, be their protector and defender. Bring their needs before our Father and give them the grace to conquer every danger and overcome all that would threaten their health and well-being. Amen.

The SSVP donations will be gratefully received from Monday, November 22nd to Friday to Friday, December 10th.

The generous support of our school communities allows us to ensure that the families can all enjoy a special day and meal on Christmas day. For more information, please visit the SSVP webpage on the church website:(https://mmogp.ca/society-of-st-vincent-de-paul).

Sincerely Yours,
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Mary Mother of God Parish

Picture Retakes December 14th

If your child missed picture day, or you would like to have the photos retaken, there will be an opportunity for photo retakes on Tuesday, December 14th in the morning.

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council – Call for Applicants

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form by December 31st.

Vacation Requests

  • We know that families may be eager to travel and visit family. While we certainly understand, please note that you will need to complete an Extended Absence Form (available from the office) and that any absence longer than 15 consecutive days may result in your child being demitted from our register and having to re-enroll upon your return.
  • Families should also consider any quarantine requirements when planning for their children to be absent from school.
  • While educators are happy to help support student learning, please note that they are not required to provide your child with work for the length of the absence.

Student Census 2022

The Student Census 2022 will be implemented on February 28 and April 4, 2022 (inclusive).

All students will be invited to complete the Student Census on a voluntary basis, as follows:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 8
    To be completed by parents and guardians

Learn more here: Student Census 2022

Coming Up

Nov
21
Sun
Bullying Awareness Prevention Week
Nov 21 – Nov 27 all day
Nov
22
Mon
Last Day to book Learning Conference
Nov 22 all day

Instructions

  1. Go to the St. Andrew scheduling webpage at https://standrew.parentinterview.com
  2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”

Please make a note of your Confirmation #

  1. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”
  2. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment
  3. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting
  4. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet
  5. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)
  6. Print out, email or copy down your schedule and bring it with you

 

The Parent Code for this term is

andy2021

Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community

Nov
24
Wed
Progress Reports Emailed Home
Nov 24 all day
Wear Pink Day in Support of Bullying Prevention!
Nov 24 all day
Nov
25
Thu
Virtual Learning Conferences
Nov 25 @ 3:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Weekly Update November 22, 2021