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School Update – Week of September 20, 2021

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We would like to thank our St. Brigid community for the continued support as we get started with this school year.  The dedication of students, parents and staff are greatly appreciated each day.  Keeping everyone safe is our priority!

Daily COVID Screening

Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning prior to or upon arrival for each student.  Students will no longer be required to show/provide their classroom teacher confirmation of screening daily.

Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Students only attend school if a “✅” is  obtained.   Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night will take place virtually, on Thursday, September 23rd.  This year, we will run two sessions as follows:

  • Session #1 – 6:30 – 6:55 p.m.
  • Session #2 – 7:00 – 7:25 p.m.

As well, non-classroom staff will be available for ‘drop-in sessions’ from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

All staff will be emailing the link to their TEAMS meetings, as well as posting it in their D2L.

Catholic School Council

We would like to welcome the following members of the community who have joined our Catholic School Council for the 2021-2022 school year:

Liz Altomare, Chris Cachia, Danielle Perciballi, Erin Sexton, Ida Velasquez, Bridgeen Wey

 Our first meeting will be held virtually on October 4th at 6:30 p.m.

Kiss and Ride

Please ensure when dropping children off in the Kiss and Ride area, you pull up to the front of the lane and not stop at the back gates to drop off.  This will allow traffic to keep moving in a safe manner during drop off.

Lunch Routines

A reminder that all students who leave the school premises for lunch, must check in with the office upon their return to school.  Students can not enter back onto the school yard with food or drink items during the lunch hour.

Communication with the School

All communication with the school must come through the front office.  Any parents wishing to reach their child throughout the day must call the office at 905-877-1779.

Bike Racks

New bike racks have been installed inside the back gate nearest the Kiss and Ride for student use.

Red Cross/Kids Safety First Courses

Please see the attachment for more information on courses offered.

Halton Hills Electricity Safety Presentations

We are pleased to offer virtual Electricity Safety presentations for our FDK-Grade 8 students on October 1st.

Orange Shirt Day

In honour of the HCDSB’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education which is marked annually on September 30th, St. Brigid will be wearing orange shirts to recognize the harm residential schools did to children’s sense of self-esteem and wellbeing. This day also honours those that survived, remembers those who did not, and recognizes the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma. 

Wearing an orange shirt is a visual reminder of our shared past and provides an opportunity for dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It is an opportunity for schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. 

Virtual Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Save the Date
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.

For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

Butt, GenevieveSchool Update – Week of September 20, 2021