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Update January 7, 2022

Epiphany – Matthew 2:1-12

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. That’s the beauty of being alive. We can always start all over again.

~St. Bernadette Soubirous

Thank you to all our amazing students, staff, and families for all your support as we switched to Teacher-led Remote Learning this week.

Thank you to Ms. Lemon and Mrs. Smith for all your work in organizing devices and problem-solving tech issues – we appreciate all your support!

Thank you to Mrs. Boss, Mrs. Ricci, Mrs. Confente and Mr. Daniels for all your work in coordinating and distributing devices.

Thank you, families and students, for taking special care of the devices that went home to support our students during remote learning. Please know that this equipment is instrumental in supporting all our students during in person learning and we need to ensure that our students will be able to successfully utilize this equipment upon their return to in person school.  Thank you for your attention & support with this!

Pita Pit, Little Caesars Pizza and Cookie Days will begin again once we return to in person learning. The next session orders have not been placed.

Welcome to Mr. Vasquez, our new evening custodian and Ms. Gray, our new CYC – we are so happy to have you join us at St. Bernadette CES!

Saint Matthew Catholic Parish News

Sunday, January 9 is the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season concludes on a similar note to the one with which we began our preparations way back in Advent. The return of our attention to John the Baptist and messianic prophecies reminds us that preparing the way of the Lord, making room for him in our hearts and lives, is not as simple marking his birth. The time and effort spent preparing a fitting place for Jesus Christ to take up residence in our hearts and lives must be continuously invested, but paired with the efforts of God’s Spirit, the wonderous reality of recreation is accomplished. ~Father Allen Varlaki

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Reporting Student Absences

Although we have made the switch to Teacher-led Remote Learning, we are still mandated by the ministry to continue tracking students’ attendance. If your child is away, please enter the absence promptly through the Safe Arrival Program. If your child is away for multiple days, please connect with your child’s teacher to ensure that there is a plan for missed work. 

Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students – Request Form Now Open!

Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period). Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families.

Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities for request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL: 

  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
  • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE
This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Next Steps

Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

Health and Physical Education Parent/Guardian Remote Learning Information and Checklist

Please check out the checklist for Health and Physical education for your children before and while they participate virtually. This checklist is also posted on the class platform.

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Kindergarten Registration

Please see the following link regarding Kindergarten Registration for the Fall of 2022 – Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Promoting Well-Being: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic

During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to all of the changes that have happened over the past many months as a result of COVID-19.  So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time.  Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year.  All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time.  

And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic.  Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.

How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves?  How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support?  Select this link for answers – https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/

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DeLuca Malette, RitaUpdate January 7, 2022