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School Update – Week of October 5, 2020

St Brigid Weekly Update – Week of October 5, 2020

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe our first month together has passed and we are embarking on Thanksgiving weekend.  Thank you to all our staff, students and families for their continued support, for both, our in-person and remote learning that is taking place.

Your continued support is appreciated during drop-off and pick-up using the Kiss n’ Ride area.  Please ensure you stay in your vehicle when using Kiss n’ Ride to ensure safety for all.  As well, wearing a mask during drop-off and pick-up when socially distancing is not possible is greatly appreciated in order to keep all our students and staff safe and healthy.

A reminder that, although we love our furry friends, there are no dogs permitted on school property (i.e. while on sidewalks on property, in arms, etc.).  This is to ensure the safety of all students, parents and visitors to St. Brigid school.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.

As you know, the Ontario government released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice. Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

You are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:

October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool Checklist for Children

Screening Tool
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in each of our schools.

This week, our classes, both in-person and remote, took part in our opening liturgy on Monday through a virtual platform hosted by Father Dave Walters at Holy Cross Church.  We look forward to continuing to celebrate our Catholic faith through the virtual connection, both with Holy Cross and with the classes in our own school. 

Mrs. Lanois and Mrs. Butt had an opportunity to connect with students this week through virtual Code of Conduct assemblies to continue to review health and safety rules and routines at St. Brigid.  These virtual meets gave the opportunity to discuss grade appropriate themes and many positive conversations were had about the expectations.  Staff have continued this conversation within their classes based on the code of conduct expectations.

The Virtual School Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, October 15th, 2020 starting at 7 pm and will be done through TEAMS.  The first session will run from 7:00 pm to 7:20 pm and the second session will run from 7:25 pm to 7:45 pm.  All remote teachers will be communicating with their families with the details.

A friendly reminder to send back the consent and verification form package sent home.

 We had our first fire drill this week with all classes.  Due to health and safety protocols, the drill was performed in smaller groups to ensure social distancing.  Our drills will continue throughout the coming weeks.  Students and staff took all safety precautions and did a great job!

Information provided from Christ the King Secondary School:

AP Information Night

Thursday October 22nd @6:30pm

Parents must register at: https://secondary.hcdsb.org/ctk/advanced-placement-2/

A link for a pre-recorded presentation will be sent to registered parents and posted on the CTK website and twitter that evening.

Grade 8 Parent Information Night

Thursday October 29th @6:30pm

A link to a pre-recorded presentation will be posted on the CTK website and Twitter.

Traditionally we have a food drive the week prior to Thanksgiving; however, we have paused this year as we learn all of our new routines and safety protocols due to CoVid.  As such, we are not inviting donations of food items to be sent into the school; however, we have provided families with the option of providing cash donations via SchoolCashOnline.

All proceeds will be directed to the Georgetown Bread Basket  and the Halton Catholic Children’s Education Fund (i.e., our own board charity that supports families in need in all of our schools). 

Information & Reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Monday, October 12th  
    • Thanksgiving Monday
  • Wednesday, October 14th
    • Catholic School Council meeting – virtually @ 6:45 p.m.

Enjoy the week!

Mrs. C. Lanois, Principal

Mrs. G. Butt, Vice Principal

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