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Weekly Update Dec. 13

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WELCOME Mrs. Warmels

During this third week of Advent, it gives us great JOY that Mrs. Warmels has joined our St. Benedict family as our new Vice Principal. As a retired principal, we are excited to learn and grow with her expertise and knowledge. We look forward to getting to know her and all the new experiences we will have together in the New Year. We send her lots of prayers and blessings, as she starts her new journey with us this week.

PARISH UPDATES

Please visit St. Benedict Parish website regularly for updates.

Voluntary Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners

During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th our school will be distributing Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note that participation in this student rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

We are grateful for the ongoing support of students, families and staff as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our school community safe and healthy for all. 

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Thank you to all the families who have sent in Gift Cards for our Angel Tree. We have extended our collection to the last day of school-Dec. 17th. When students bring in gift cards, they have an opportunity to add an Angel to our Christmas Tree. Our Tree is starting to look ‘heavenly’, thanks to you. If you haven’t sent a card in yet, there is still time! Together, we will spread Christmas Joy this advent season.
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Visit our School Cash ONLINE, to make a donation to participate in our Christmas Spirit Week. All donations will go the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation. We are looking forward to bringing Christmas Cheer to our hallways this week.
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Early Dismissal

On Friday December 17th, our school day will end 90 minutes early. Please see the following dismissal schedule for our last day of school, before Christmas Holidays:

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1-3 Students will start dismissal @ 2:05pm
  • Junior & Intermediate Students will be dismissed @ 2:20pm (at the bell)

Buses will be waiting at 2:20pm. Please note the buses will be arriving 90 minutes early (at the end of the day).

COVID-19 Safety Measures

 For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Kindergarten Registration is Now Open

Our school board offers online Kindergarten registration, making registering your child for school as easy as 1, 2, 3! Parents can upload the required documents directly through the online registration portal.

  • Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2) 
    • Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
    • Year 2 children (new to the school) are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
  • Student OR Parent Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate
    IMPORTANT: If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. Please refer to the ​Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
  • Proof of address

Parents and guardians who have NOT already uploaded their required documents in the online registration portal are encouraged to make an appointment to visit their school on January 25 or 26, 2022 to complete the registration process.

Please note: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by the school, unless otherwise stated.

More Information
For more information on HCDSB’s Kindergarten program and the registration process, please visit our website: Kindergarten Registration.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec
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Mon
Monday- Christmas Sweater Day with Uniform
Dec 13 all day
Dec
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Tue
December Pizza Day
Dec 14 all day
Kernels Popcorn Day
Dec 14 all day
Tuesday- Christmas Hat and/or Student Mask
Dec 14 all day
Virtual Family Fun Night
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm
Dec
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St. Benedict Advent Liturgy
Dec 15 all day
Wednesday- Christmas Socks with Uniform
Dec 15 all day
Dec
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Thursday- Red & Green Day
Dec 16 all day
Dec
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Friday- PJ Day
Dec 17 all day
Kernels Popcorn Day
Dec 17 all day
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