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Weekly Update: Oct 12 – 16

Happy Thanksgiving Greeting, Fall Leaves Background and text Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving with the following blessing:

Lord, on this special day of thankfulness,
we thank you not only for the delicious food,
lovingly prepared and presented,
but also for special gifts
you’ve given to this family —
loved ones we cherish dearly,
a comfortable place to live,
the beauty that surrounds us,
material pleasures,
health, spiritual wealth,
and so much more.
How can we show our gratitude for
the countless blessings you’ve provided?
We thank you for giving us clear direction,
through your holy word
on how to show our appreciation,
by obeying Your commands
and by loving and serving our neighbors.
Thank you, Lord.

— Joanna Fuchs

Early Pick-up

Please be reminded that if students are leaving early during the day, they will be called to the front door of the school once the parent has buzzed the office. Students may not come to the office in advance. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Black-top only Days

This year, students access the yard with their cohort only. On days when the field is closed due to wet or muddy conditions, the amount of space each cohort receives during the lunch hour is minimized. As such, students will be asked to wear masks outside when they cannot social distance.

Virtual Curriculum Night

On Thursday October 22, we will host our virtual SAOP Curriculum Night. The first session will take place at 6:30 PM, followed by a second session at 7:15 PM. Teams invites will be sent by homeroom teachers to families for both sessions, as this will help in determining which session families would like to attend. Invitations will be sent out either on Thursday October 15th or Friday October 16th.

In preparation for Curriculum Night, we ask that you download Microsoft Teams and create an account.

During Curriculum Night, staff will provide a virtual tour of your child’s classroom in addition to the online platform of your child’s class. We ask that for the privacy of all students, questions and conversations be limited to general information rather than personal matters. Please contact the teacher directly for individual matters.

Sacraments of First Confirmation and Confirmation

Holy Rosary Parish has sent an email to all parents of 2019-2020 grade two children who had prepared to receive the sacrament of Holy Eucharist last spring. If you did not receive an email, please contact the parish at 905-878-6535. Information has not yet been released for this year’s grade two students.

Parents of Grade 7 students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year may access the Holy Rosary Parish Confirmation Registration video and registration form through the link. Registrations must be complete by October 23, 2020.

New screening tool for children  

The guidelines continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it affects children and adults in different ways. The new school screening tool for children was developed to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school, consult with a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19.  

The main changes focus on updates to the symptom lists for children. The symptoms are now broken down into two sections: 

SECTION 1 
Common symptoms of COVID-19:  

 Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)   

 New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions) 

 Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. asthma

 Decrease or loss of taste or smell (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, neurological disorders)  

 
SECTION 2 

Other symptoms associated with COVID-19:  

Sore throat (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, acid reflux

 Runny or stuffy/congested nose (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. allergies, being outside in cold weather

 Headache that is new and persistent, unusual, unexplained or long-lasting  
(not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. tension headaches, chronic migraines

 Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. transient vomiting due to anxiety in children, irritable bowel syndrome) 

 Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or a general feeling of being unwell that is unusual or unexplained.  (not related to other known causes/conditions – e.g. depression, insomnia, thyroid dysfunction) 

What do I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?  

If your child reports or shows signs of ANY of the symptoms in SECTION 1: 

  • Your child should stay home from school and isolate immediately.  
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

If your child reports or shows signs of having TWO OR MORE new or worsening symptom outlined in SECTION 2: 

  • Your child should stay home from school and isolate immediately.  
  • Contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

If your child reports or shows signs of having only ONE new or worsening symptom outlined in SECTION 2: 

  • Your child should stay home from school for 24 hours to be monitored to see if they get better or worse.  
  • If they start to feel better and symptoms are improving, they can return to school when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 test is needed.  
  • If the symptom gets worse or they develop another symptom, you should contact your child’s health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health care provider can help you determine whether the symptoms are related to another condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.  

 
What if the test results are POSITIVE for COVID-19?  

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will notify the parents and our school.  
  • Your child (and all siblings living in the household) will have to stay home and self-isolate until he/she is cleared by Public Health to return to school.  

What if the test results are NEGATIVE for COVID-19?  

  • If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and the test comes back negative, he/she may return to schoolprovided:  

•your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and 

•It has been at least a full day since your child began to feel better*; and  

•your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

What do I do if I do not want my child tested for COVID-19? 

If your child was recommended for COVID-19 testing by your health care provider, but you (the parent) have refused to have your child tested, your child must self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.  
 
Your child may return to school after 10 days if – 

  • Your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and  
  • It has been at least a full day since your child started to feel better*; and 
  • your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 
     

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

What if my child’s health care provider has assessed my child and cleared the return to school?   

If your child was assessed by their health care provider and cleared to return to school, your child may return to school if –  

  • The health care provider told you that your child’s sickness is caused by a diagnosis (medical reason) other than COVID-19; and 

*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 
 

What if I do not contact my child’s health care provider and do not have my child tested for COVID-19?  

If your child has new or worsening symptoms as outlined above, and you (the parent or guardian) decide not to seek medical advice for your symptomatic child or have them tested for COVID-19, your child must self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset date.  

Your child may return to school after 10 days if –  

  • Your child does not currently have a fever (without using medication); and  
  • It has been at least a full day since your child started to feel better*; and 
  • your child passed questions 3, 4, and 5 of the Ontario COVID-19 school screening tool today. 

 
*Mild symptoms like a runny nose do not have to be completely gone when your child returns to school provided the runny nose (or other mild symptom) is improving and other symptoms have stopped. 

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Up-coming Events:

Oct
12
Mon
Happy Thanksgiving: Enjoy your time with your family!!
Oct 12 all day
Oct
19
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Catholic School Council Meeting will take place on Teams. Please contact administration if you would like the link.

Oct
22
Thu
Virtual Curriculum Night
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Tonight we will be holding a virtual Curriculum Night. There will be synchronous presentations by teachers at 6:30 and 7:15 PM. Invite links will be sent to parents by teachers. An introductory presentation by administration will be emailed to parents on that day.

Oct
30
Fri
Halloween Costume Day
Oct 30 all day

Students are allowed to wear costumes to school. Please ensure costumes demonstrate respect, inclusion and empathy to all individuals. Students are asked to leave props at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
31
Sat
Happy Halloween
Oct 31 all day
Nov
11
Wed
Remembrance Day Liturgy presented by Grade 4’s.
Nov 11 all day

Today we honour all veterans who have served our country and those who lost their lives for our freedom.

Nov
24
Tue
Progress Reports delivered electronically
Nov 24 @ 12:06 pm – 1:06 pm
Nov
26
Thu
Spirit Day – Wear Red for HCCEF
Nov 26 all day
Nov
27
Fri
PA Day: Parent – Teacher Interviews
Nov 27 all day
Nov
30
Mon
Angel Tree Campaign
Nov 30 @ 12:47 pm – Dec 8 @ 1:47 pm

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