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Weekly Update January 3rd, 2022

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

We wish everyone a happy new year and hope that you all had a grace-filled holiday with your loved ones. As per Dr. Moore’s announcement, we will have a delayed start to our first week back as we prepare for a safe start to the new year. We will welcome all of our students back on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. For more information, please see the Board’s message here.

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern not yourself with what you tried and failed in, but what it is still possible to do.
Now is the time to put aside past and present setbacks and failures and look with confidence to the new day called tomorrow.

— Pope John XXIII

Epiphany – January 6th

The Epiphany teaches us that Jesus’ coming into the world was important to the whole world and that the Good News of Jesus Christ is meant for everyone! The word epiphany comes from the Greek Epiphania, meaning “revelation.” It is celebrated on January 6th.

At The Epiphany we recall the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus: “And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9–12)

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

As was the case in September, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place upon the return from Christmas Break until further notice under the direction of the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 
  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (your child will have recieved this form during the last week of school and it should be in their agenda, if you cannot find it, let the classroom teacher know that you would like a new copy, you can also download it below to print.)

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

The Ontario Ministry of Health has once again updated its guidelines around Covid-19, testing, and isolation requirements. Please follow the directions of the online School Screening Tool each and every day to determine whether or not you should bring your children to school. Public Health will no longer be administering PCR tests for people who are not considered “high-risk individuals”. If you or your child has cold-like symptoms, assume that you have Covid and that your family must isolate. You can also use these two flowcharts whenever someone in your household exhibits cold-like symptoms or comes into contact with a positive case of Covid-19:

Please note that isolation requirements have changed. Some individuals, as per the guidelines above, may only need to isolate for 5 days. Also, at this time, we have been told that Public Health will no longer be dismissing classes when there has been an exposure to a positive case. For more information about Omicron and testing guidance, please download the following document from the Ministry of Health:

Back to School Routines

A new year and new beginnings! As we enter a new year, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pickups or forgotten items if this can be avoided. Writing a note in their agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!

Orthodox Christmas 

Merry Christmas to our many Orthodox Christian families who will be celebrating Christmas on January 7th.

Staying Warm While Having Fun!

As is often the case in Southern Ontario, the weather is very unpredictable. Please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. As per our Board’s Administrative Procedure VI-39, when the temperature is above -15 degrees Celsius, children will be outside for 15 minutes during the morning and afternoon recesses, and for 40 minutes during the lunch hour recess. When the temperature is between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius, the students will be outside for no longer than 20 minutes at a time. When the temperature falls below -20 degrees Celsius, the children will be kept indoors.

Our students LOVE playing in the snow; you can help them enjoy it more by making sure they have the proper clothing to stay warm including boots, snow pants, scarves, mittens, and hats. It would be helpful for students to keep an extra pair of dry mittens and socks in their lockers as well.

Reminder Lunches and Snacks

Please be aware that we have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and nuts (anaphylaxis).  Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school.  Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

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Weekly Update January 3rd, 2022