Dear Parents and Guardians:
Thank you for your ongoing support in completing the daily self-assessment with your child. Following the guidelines set out by Halton Health helps to minimize the risk for all of being exposed to Covid-19.
Below, we have some reminders for families:
End of Daylight Savings Time
Please be reminded that daylight savings time ends today. Clocks went back 1 hour at 2:00 AM this morning.
Late Drop Off and Early Pick-Up:
We are experiencing a number of students who are being dropped off after our 9:15 start time and picked up before our staggered dismissal times. We understand the desire to avoid congestion in the parking lot to adhere to social distancing protocols, however, we ask that these occasions be limited to ensure minimal classroom disruptions.
Children who are being dismissed early will be called from the classrooms and signed out when parents inform the office of their arrival. Please do not inform us of early pick-up times through Safe Arrivals as these messages are not received by the office.
Why is it so important to attend every day?
- Learning is a progressive activity – each days lesson builds upon those of the previous day
- Reading the material and completing work competency acquired through explanation or supervised drill
- Many classes use lectures discussions, demonstrations, experiments, and participation as part of the daily learning activities and these cannot be made up by those who are absent
- Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in a student’s school success
- Students with good attendance records generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school more
- Having a good education will help to give your child the best possible start in life
- Regular school attendance patterns encourage the development of other responsible patterns of behavior
- Students who develop an on-the-job attitude toward school will be more desirable in the future to employers
- A child who does not attend school regularly will unlikely keep up with work
- Students who miss school tend to have lower their grades, are less willing to attend regularly, and are more likely to drop out of school
Cold Weather Reminders:
As temperatures vary during the day, please ensure students are dressed in layers including hats and mittens. It is also important that uniform sweaters be labeled with children’s names as a number have been left in lost and found and it is difficult to ensure their safe return to the proper child.
SAOP S.T.E.M.-tastic Pumpkin Design Challenge
Thank you once again to John’s No Frills for donating pumpkins for this year’s Halloween activities and to our Catholic School Council for delivering to the school and our virtual classrooms. Here are some of our finished pumpkins!
Indigenous Education Month
In November, we recognize Indigenous Awareness Month at HCDSB. This month provides an opportunity to re-examine how Indigenous perspectives, histories and contemporary realities may be centred across the curriculum, and to focus on treaties and the legacy of residential schools
Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest
About The Contest
With Christmas just around the corner, HCDSB students are invited to participate in the 8th annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! Student entries can be submitted from October 28 through November 25, 2020.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.
Students are given creative liberty on the style and medium of their work, and are encouraged to submit entries in the following four (4) categories:
- Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
- Original song (new song written OR performed by student)
- Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
- Short story or poem (up to 250 words)
Health Reminder of the Week:
Today we honour all veterans who have served our country and those who lost their lives for our freedom.
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens