Dear Parents and Guardians:
We hope that you were able to enjoy your time with your family. As you are aware, school will be resuming this week on a remote basis. Monday, April 19th will be a day of transition for classes that were in school prior to the break. Classes for in-school students will resume remotely on Tuesday, April 20th. Those enrolled in the Virtual School will resume classes on Monday. Individual classes will follow the same routines as during the January closure. Parents are asked to contact teachers if any difficulties accessing Teams or D2L.
A survey was sent out to parents who had borrowed technology in January. If you require technology and did not receive the survey, please contact the school.
We encourage you to please follow all Public Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. It is very important that we curtail social gatherings, wear masks in public and practice hand hygiene and social distancing so we will once again be able to open schools to in school learning.
This week is Earth Week where we spend more time learning about the environment, the problems we face and potential solutions.
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Earth Day: April 22
Thursday is Earth Day! The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Take Care of Our Planet,” and it’s all about reducing our environmental footprint and fixing the damage we’ve already done. For more information, please visit Earth Day Canada. Please tweet out your activities using #TakeCareofourPlanet; #HCDSB,
Hoodie Day: Thursday, April 22
On Thursday students are encouraged to wear hoodies during their virtual classes in support of HCCF and our 24 Hour Fast. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to raise almost half of our $5000 goal. For those who are still wishing to donate, you may still donate through School Cash-online or through the Canada Helps link.
PA Day: Friday, April 23
This Friday, April 23, will be a Professional Activity Day for teachers and there will be no synchronous or asynchronous learning for students.
Public Health Tip of the Week
Mental Health Supports
As this can be a very stressful time for many families, living through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many in our community. School Mental Health Ontario has posted a number of excellent resources to help students, families and staff navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.
Catholic Faith Resources
As a Catholic faith community, we understand the importance of finding time for prayer and reflection – most especially during times of stress and uncertainty. Catholic Faith Resources can be found on the Return to School website. The board will post Grace Notes frequently on the Focus on Faith page on the Board website that provides timely information, resources and support from a Catholic faith perspective.
Virtual information session for those new to kindergarten in September.
Journeying Together in Hope ~ Annual Walk with Jesus
A Liturgy in honour of HCDSB’s Annual Walk with Jesus will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 10:00 AM, with greetings from Bishop Crosby.
A link to the Liturgy will be available on the Board’s website at the time of the scheduled event.
Walk with Jesus Around Your Neighbourhood!
This year, to commemorate the Annual Walk with Jesus, families are encouraged to participate in their own walk around their neighbourhood!
Students and families are also welcome to bring their own personal or homemade cross on their walk. Click here for a cross-making activity you can do at home.
Don’t forget to follow along and join in the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HCWWJ.
Add pictures from your walk to the school padlet link which will be sent out.
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens