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Weekly Update: October 18 – 22

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”

1 John 1:5

Thank You

A big thank you to all families that contributed to our Rethink Pink Day! Your generous donations were very much appreciated!

Public Health Updates


On October 7 we received some updated recommendations from Public Health to be applied in all schools.


The following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask, therefore students are not allowed to wear any of the following masks:

● Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
● Mingle masks
● Mesh masks

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including those not listed in the screening tool (e.g. runny nose,
sore throat, nasal congestion, abdominal pain, headache, pink eye, decreased/lack of appetite etc.), should stay home
and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed.

If an individual is symptomatic (with any symptom) and gets tested for COVID-19, they (and their unvaccinated household members) should isolate pending test results.

Individuals must get a COVID-19 test (not a rapid antigen test) if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close
contact of a known COVID-19 case.

Daily Screening:

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school.

All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool,
must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include
seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID19.

For everyone’s safety and wellness, students should not attend school if they feel unwell.

Parish News

There is a Parent meeting for children in grade 2 preparing for their First Sacraments being held on Wednesday, October 27th at 7 pm.  Parents have the option to attend in person or virtually.  

There is a Virtual / Online Worldwide Marriage Encounter being held from October 22nd to 24th.  For more details, please see the parish website.

Last Chance to Donate a Prize for the Halloween Dance-a-thon

This week is our last week to collect prizes for our Halloween Dance-a-thon. We would prefer gift cards, or grand prizes if you have a community contact that is able to donate one to our school. Each donated prize is appreciated! We know the children love to aim to receive one of these prizes as they collect pledges for the dance-a-thon in support of our amazing school! Please bring all prizes to the school office by Friday, October 22nd.

The Catholic School Council is really excited to share with you the prizes that have been donated so far in support of our dance-a-thon.

Dance-a-thon Prizes:

$100.00 Mastermind Toys Gift Card donated by Annette Blachford of Charlton Advantage Real Estate

$25.00 Indigo Books & Music Gift Card donated by Victoria Jarvis  

$25.00 Toys R Us Gift Card donated by The Chudzinski Family 

$25.00 Subway Gift Card donated by The Chudzinski Family 

$40.00 Ultimate Dining Card (Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s Montana’s etc.) donated by The Chudzinski Family 

$30.00 Tinkerlab Gift Card donated by Tinkerlab, Milton

Gift Card donated by MAKE Cafe, Milton

Gift Card donated by Dough Parlour, Oakville 

Variety of bubble poppers in a basket donated by Anaknots

Four (4) Book / Activity Baskets with $20 GC to shop in each basket donated by Jen Deus, Usborne Books at Home Canada 

Customized Youth Small Hoodie donated by Glimmercrafts 

Educational Sensory Activity Kit donated by Kids Bright Minds 

Slime, Playdough, Rice Kit donated by Lil Dreamers 

Two Gift Bags of hands-on activity sets donated by Little Zoo’s 

Thermal Lunch Bag filled with Art Supplies donated by Liz Hologan, Thirty-One Gifts 

Reading activity velcro binder donated by Lulo Learning

Fidget Mystery Bag donated by MyMMC  Home Creativity Set donated by Tinkerlab, Milton

$25 Mastermind Toys Gift Card donated by The Mustillo Family

Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes.  In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion, and empathy for all individuals.  As your children select Halloween costumes, we encourage them to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume:

  1. Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures, or religions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture from whom I am borrowing my costume?

On the day of your child’s Halloween dance-a-thon, they are invited to dress up in a costume if they wish to do so, although we do stress that Halloween masks, accessories and weapons are NOT be worn/brought to school.  Please avoid your child’s disappointment at school, as these items will be taken and returned at the end of the day.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Grade 8 Parent Night @ Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Last day to bring in donated prizes for dance-a-thon
Oct 22 all day
Grade 8 AP Information Night @ Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Grade 2 Parent Meeting re: First Sacraments @ Holy Rosary Parish
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Halloween Dance-a-thon / Orange and Black Day
Oct 28 all day
Advent Liturgy
Oct 29 all day
Halloween Dance-a-thon / Orange and Black Day
Oct 29 all day
Oct 31 all day
Bishop Reding Grade 8 Guidance Presentations
Nov 2 @ 10:30 am
Raffle draws for dance-a-thon
Nov 5 all day
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