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Weekly Update Oct. 18

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St. Benedict School is where we, “listen with the ear of our hearts”, using kind words and actions towards each other.

Public Health Updates

Masking:

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

Masks

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.

International Travel:

For any families planning international travel, please ensure you visit the Government of Canada’s Website. Please note that while unvaccinated children under the age of 12 are exempt from federal quarantine if they travelled in the company of someone who qualified for an exemption from quarantine based on vaccination status, THEY MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL OR CHILDCARE FOR 14 days upon their return.

Please contact the school with any questions.

CSC Halloween Dance-A-Thon

Dear St. Benedict Families,

It has been a while since we have been able to continue with our school social events, due to COVID-19 public health mandates. 

Your St Benedict Catholic School Council is working hard to find creative ways to connect and come together, working with health & safety protocols and procedures.  We hope to slowly bring back the social events for our St. Benedict Community. 

Once again, we have organized our annual St. Benedict School Halloween Fundraiser, where students will have the opportunity to wear their costume and participate in an outdoor Dance-A-Thon, following all public health mandates.  

When donating through our SCHOOL CASH ONLINE, it is very important that you designate your donation to ST. BENEDICT SCHOOL (in the drop down menu) to ensure our school specifically benefits from your donation.  All donations over $25 will automatically generate an email TAX RECEIPT.  

Please see the above FLYER for more details

Halloween @ St. Benedict School

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 students select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and maintain our welcoming school environment for all.
 
The following are suggested questions to reflect on when/if choosing a costume for students:
 
1.     Is my costume appropriate for our Catholic school environment? (No masks, weapon replicas, graphic materials, inappropriate logos, respectful dress code, etc.)
2.     Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
3.     Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
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 that I am borrowing my costume from?

PLEASE NOTE: On October the 29th, if students choose to dress up, they will still be required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose, approved by Public Health. A Halloween mask cannot be worn in replacement. Thank you

Dressing up is an option and NOT mandatory to participate in our Halloween Dance-A-Thon.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct
18
Mon
CPIC Meeting
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
26
Tue
Grade 8 AP Information Night @ Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm
Oct
28
Thu
Last Day to BUY Halloween DANCE-A-THON TICKETS
Oct 28 all day
Oct
29
Fri
Outdoor Halloween Dance-a-Thon Wear a Costume/No Uniform
Oct 29 all day
Nov
1
Mon
CSC November Meeting
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Nov
2
Tue
LAST DAY to order PIZZA: Session #1
Nov 2 all day
Nov
3
Wed
HCDSB Council of Chairs Meeting
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
4
Thu
Grade 8 Virtual Tour Day
Nov 4 all day
Grade 8 Info Night (Virtual)
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm
Nov
7
Sun
Daylight Savings- Clocks “Fall” Back
Nov 7 all day
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