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School Update – Week of October 25, 2021

“There is nothing small in the service of God.”

~St. Francis de Sales

Fall Donation Fundraiser

Please see the letter below, sent home on Friday, October 8th for our Fall Donation Fundraiser.  Students will be able to dress in costume on October 29th, partake in virtual BINGO and classroom-based fun Halloween activities!

We are happy to share that our prize table is filling up fast with some amazing donations!

Sharing of food/treats is not permitted at school for Halloween.

Hot Lunch Programs – AVAILABLE NOW!

We are thrilled to share that we are ready to begin our school lunch programs once again!

This year we have partnered with LunchBox Orders through School Cash Online and will be offering Topper’s Pizza and Subway. Traditionally, St. Brigid’s has had 2 pizza days per week – we are only offering 1 pizza day as we return to this program and hope to increase the offering to 2 days later in the year. 

Please see the attached letter for further information regarding ordering:

LBSCO Program Intro Letter – St. Brigid CS, Georgetown 21-22.pdf 

If you have any questions, please contact the office. 

Agendas

Please refer to your School Cash Online account to pay for agendas for this school year.

Intramurals

We are starting to offer intramural sports to our Grade 7 & 8 students.  Teachers will be sending home intramural forms to be signed and returned to school for participation to take place during the lunch hour.

Halloween Candy Drive

St. Brigid is proud to announce that we will be hosting our sixth annual Candy Drive. The school welcomes any peanut/nut free candy donations that our students may wish to provide to the Dr. Simone organization.  This is a great opportunity to share Halloween candy with less fortunate children around the world. Dr. Simone’s charitable organization ships the candy directly to agencies who work with children who are malnourished and often dehydrated. The sugar in the candy stimulates their appetites and saliva which is necessary for these starving children to eat again.

Donations of candy, chocolate and chips will be collected from Monday November 1st-Friday November 5th.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and cooperation.

Halloween Costumes

We are all looking forward to celebrating Hallowe’en by dressing up in our costumes.  Within our Catholic School community at St. Brigid we want to ensure that we demonstrate inclusion and respect for all. When choosing costumes we ask that everyone reflect critically and be mindful of cultural appropriation so that we maintain a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Please consider the following questions when choosing Halloween costumes:

Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?   

Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?

Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?

Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?

Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from? 

A reminder that costumes worn are not to include face masks, as students will be expected to continue to wear their non-medical masks.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Please see the attached flyer.

Students Leaving for Lunch

Students who are leaving school property for lunch are expected to continue to follow public health guidelines including masking and distancing when in the community. Students are asked to leave school property promptly and return on time by checking in at the main office. Students are not permitted to be congregating in the public park adjacent to the school property. Your assistance in keeping our school community healthy by adhering to public health guidelines is greatly appreciated.

Bus Student Seating

Please be reminded that students have been assigned seats on both their morning and afternoon bus routes.  Students have been told their seats at the beginning of the school year and reminded throughout the year if changes occur.

We would ask that you go onto the following link for HSTS to check for your child’s seat on each bus and remind them of their seat numbers.  The seat they sit on in the morning will not necessarily be the same seat at the end of the day. 

It is very important that students sit in their assigned seats.  If there is a COVID-19 situation whereby the bus is involved, we use the seating charts to do contact tracing and determine those affected, therefore ensuring your child knows their seat is critical. 

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.

Butt, GenevieveSchool Update – Week of October 25, 2021