Dear Parents and Guardians:
We wish you and your families a blessed Easter. As per the government announcement, we will continue with in-school learning on Tuesday, April 6th. Enjoy your 4-day break. We encourage all to continue to follow government advisories and to complete and follow the daily school self-screening.
World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year, which encourages the Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger syndrome throughout the world. As this year, April 2nd was Good Friday, we will be Raising the Flag for Autism on Tuesday, April 6th. Students are encouraged to wear rainbow colours on this day to represent the colours of the autism symbol that represent the diversity of people and families living with the condition.
We would like to acknowledge our March Recipients of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations Medallion winners for being a collaborative contributor or team player. We are very proud of:
Kindergarten: Matteo I, Andjela C, Mateo G, Luca J, Jeremiah S, Sebastian H.
Primary: Roman D, Corbin A, Santiago L, Dylan F, Hannah D, Farran M, Anthony D, Eliza L, Mila S, Brooklyn S,
Junior: Jonathan T, Maverick R., Serena M, Naheim R, Isabel D, Ben F, Leah S, Max S, James E, Matteo L, Morgado, Neven J
Intermediate: Christina R, Amelia W., Olivia P, Luca L, Selina C, Lovre-Franco N.
As described last week, our focus for April is Being a Caring Family Member or ‘I Care’.
Thank you to all who have been able to support the Halton Catholic Children Foundation’s 24 Hour Fast either through school Cash Online, or through St. Anthony Cares direct link. To date, we have been able to raise just over $2000 of our $5000 goal. If you did not have a chance to donate for our last civvies day, we are taking donations up to April 28th through either of the above platforms. Our second of 4 civvies day to raise funds is on Tuesday (wear rainbow colours for Autism Awareness). We will also be having, Wear your Favourite Hoodie Day on April 22nd and Beach Day on April 30th.
Mental Health Parent Engagement Sessions:
The HCDSB is hosting some mental health parent engagement sessions as follows:
April 7th –Parenting during The Pandemic: Fostering Hope, Resilience and Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing- Rhonda Crawford MSW, RSW & Patricia Webber-Callaghan MSW, RSW
· COVID-19 has presented with unprecedented challenges to parenting impacting the mental health and well being of our children. This session will reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on our children and how we can foster grit and perseverance in these times of uncertainty and change. Our goal is to infuse a message of hope that our children can bounce back from adversity.
April 21st – Families Matter – Raising a Resilient Child – Rosanna Bird ICYC and Paola Giordani-Murray ICYC
· When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious and adaptable, and able to bounce back from stress, challenges, or adversity. Parents are the most important people to help build their children’s resilience. All families have challenges and strengths, and when parents focus on strengths and building assets, children thrive.
· In this workshop, we will discuss:
· What is Resiliency, and how parents can nurture resiliency in their children?
· The Importance of routines
· Family Assets – 5 Key Ingredients
· Relationships are Key
April 28th – ADHD and Sleep – management of ADHD as a team of parents, students, medical professionals and school
· This presentation will address what we can do as a community to help students who have been diagnosed with ADHD to manage executive functioning, attention, and self-regulation difficulties
· It will also address the current scientific evidence regarding sleep management for children and adolescents, particularly those who have ADHD
May 5 – Family Wellness and Positive Mental Health during COVID-19 – Sarah Buist MSW RSW & Jacqueline Davis MSW, RSW
· This family wellness session will continue the conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of families. There will be conversational dialogue about the uniqueness of parenting during the last year and strategies will be shared about how to balance the reality of our new norm. Resources and helpful tips will be shared and real life examples will be discussed.
Sessions will take place between 7:00 and 7:45 PM. Please click on the link to access the you tube video sessions.
Voluntary Covid-19 Testing
The second round of voluntary testing for the Bishop Reding Family of Schools is Wednesday, April 7th from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Bishop Reding Highschool. There is no pre-registration required for the second round of testing.
Who Can Be Tested?
- Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.
- Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).
During this second round of testing, voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available to:
- All students and their families
- All school staff and their household members
- All Child Care staff and their household members
- All Child Care families
The school break which was postponed from March will take place the week of April 12 – 16. Please enjoy your time with your family and continue to obey Public Health Advisories.
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.
Our Catholic School Council meeting will occur virtually over Teams. Please email the administration if you would like an invite.
Your partners in Catholic Education,
G. Giacalone, E. Scannell, D. Owens