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Weekly Update: October 5 – 9

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as the Ministry of Health changes its guidelines around self-assessment and isolation due to symptoms of Covid-19. A new screening tool was released by the government on October 1, 2020

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

Please click on the link to access the School Screening Tool.

Entry and Dismissal Updates:

Please note that during free-entry in the morning between 9:00 and 9:15, students from one family may enter any door. You are not required to escort children to both sides of the school.

On inclement weather days, students will be exiting from their regular doors at their regular times, however, will be dismissed one class at a time to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your patience as dismissal may take longer than usual on these days.

Parents and Access to School Property 

Thank you to all parents who have been abiding by the parameters we have in place when it comes to being on school property.  Once again, we ask that you remain on the sidewalks and on the grass at the back of the school when dropping off and picking up your children.  Staff are present on the playground at 9:00 AM until the bell (9:15) to monitor entrances and at the end of the day as well to ensure a safe departure from school.   

Bus Loop Reminders 

The bus loop at the front of the school is reserved for busses before and after school.  Parents need to use the kiss and ride areas at both the west and east parking lots when dropping off and picking up their children.   

YMCA parents who are picking up their children at the end of the day can only use the front loop once all buses have left the area.   

Public Health Tips of the Week

On September 30th, the HCDSB recognized Rowan’s Law Day

What is Rowan’s Law Day?

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan Stringer died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

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.

October Recognition:

In October, the HCDSB is celebrating Islamic History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. Islamic History Month gives Canadians the opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Canada’s Muslim community. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in our province, and around the world

Upcoming Events:

World Cerebral Palsy Day
Oct 6 @ 6:03 pm – 7:03 pm
Although cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in childhood, it is widely misunderstood. Through World CP Day, we have the opportunity to raise awareness of CP in our communities and assist others to look beyond the disability.
Thanksgiving Liturgy
Oct 9 @ 9:45 am – 10:00 am

Our Thanksgiving Liturgy will be broadcast in classes both in school and online.

Happy Thanksgiving: Enjoy your time with your family!!
Oct 12 all day
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.

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.

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.






























Happy Halloween
Oct 31 all day
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.

Progress Reports delivered electronically
Nov 24 @ 12:06 pm – 1:06 pm
Spirit Day – Wear Red for HCCEF
Nov 26 all day

Your Partners in Catholic Education,

Mr. G. Giacalone, Mrs. E. Scannell, Mrs. D. Owens

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