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Weekly Update for Jan.20-24

St.Catherine of Alexandria School

Weekly Update for Jan.20-24

 

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. ~ Joseph Campbell

 

  • Although the weather has been fairly mild, a reminder of our Inclement Weather policy is below:
  • Inclement Policy: Staff are reminded of the Inclement Policy which guides our inclement decisions. We will be reminding students that in the case of extreme cold they are expected to keep their coats/jackets with them throughout the day.  The full policy can be accessed via the link: http://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Policies/PoliciesProcedures/VI-39%20Inclement%20Weather%20Safety.pdf
    • EXTREME COLD: TEMPERATURE WITH OR WITHOUT WINDCHILL
      a) warmer than -15°C: students may remain outside for all regular outside activities
      b) between -15° and -20°C: students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals at a time
      c) colder than -20°C: students must remain inside
      d) when the temperature or wind-chill reaches -20C (twenty degrees below zero, Celsius), students will be granted immediate entry to school upon arrival, and students will remain indoors during nutrition breaks.
    • When temperatures thresholds are in effect, students are required to keep their outdoor coats/jackets with them throughout the instructional day, in case of a need to evacuate the school.
  • Learning Commons: I Read Canadian Day is February 19, 2020. Please set aside 15 minutes to read something written by a Canadian on this day. This is a school-wide goal backed by Mr. Monaco. For more information visit: https://ireadcanadian.com/
I Read Canadian – Give Read Grow

Help make this a priority! The I Read Canadian Fund supports getting Canadian Books into the hands of young people across the country.

ireadcanadian.com

 

 

  • Forest of Reading is on in the library for the second year. This nationwide self-directed reading program focuses on Canadian authors. Last year, more than 270,000 students across Canada participated. Kids read titles in a nominated category and then vote on their favourite in the spring. Tracking sheets are used.
  • We have books in English and French on display, ready to be borrowed. We will also host Forest Fridays until April. Various authors will visit our library virtually on Fridays during the lunch hour. Teachers may also arrange to have virtual author visits in class at 11 a.m. on Fridays.
  • Labour Negotiations Update

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.

 

Although classes will be cancelled on Tuesday, January 21stour school office will remain open for Advanced Kindergarten Registration on January 21st.  

 

Please note that there may be picket lines present at our school location, which may impact traffic flow and cause potential minor delays in our school parking lot.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

 

  • Pizza Day next Tuesday- since we will be missing pizza day on Tuesday, we will either find an extra day to provide pizza or provide a refund to you. We will communicate this to you as soon as possible.
  • Class Trips– IF a class trip has to be cancelled due to OECTA Work to rule, we will either re-book the trip or provide a refund for this as well.
  • Please let us know if you have questions at any time.

 

 

 

Jan
30
Thu
Confirmation Retreat
Jan 30 all day
Feb
11
Tue
Social Media Expert- Paul Davis- Internet Safety for our Students
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are your kids glued to their phones?

As parents, do you want to protect your child using social media?

Do you want to learn how to best protect your child online?

St. Catherine of Alexandria is proud to present Paul Davis who will speak at an information session for parents on a wide variety of topics related to cellphone and internet use. Topics will include: Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Online Privacy, Hand-Held Devices, Cyberbullying and more!

Paul Davis has presented to over 580,000 students, 2500 principals, 85,000 parents and has been a guest speaker on Global News, Breakfast Television, CBC News and many other outlets.

All parents are encouraged to listen to and learn from Paul Davis on Tuesday, February 11th at 7pm in the school library.

Childcare will be provided on site.

Please look for a paper copy of this note that will be sent home shortly with RSVP section at the bottom.

Feb
13
Thu
Confirmation
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
26
Wed
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mar
4
Wed
Public Speaking Festival at St.Catherine of Alexandria
Mar 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In School Gym.

Mar
10
Tue
School Confessions
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mar
24
Tue
Lenten Family Mass at Holy Cross Parish
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
26
Thu
International Epilepsy Awareness Day
Mar 26 all day

Students and staff are invited to wear Purple today in recognition of Epilepsy. Student Government will be sharing information about Epilepsy all week with the school community in the mornings. Please encourage your son or daughter to participate and learn about Epilepsy this week.

Mar
27
Fri
First Communion Retreat
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
May
24
Sun
First Communion- Ms.Langdon’s class-please read special note
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FIRST COMMUNIONS:
A number of families have contacted the parish asking about the status of First Communion celebrations this spring.   If you have made any plans to celebrate (eg. restaurant reservations, invitations to family from out of town), it would be prudent at this point to cancel those plans, and assume that 1st Communions will have to be rescheduled.  Although we would like to proceed as planned, the situation is out of our hands as we cooperate in the battle against the spread of COVID-19, and adhere to the mandatory government restrictions placed on public gatherings.

Since the current circumstances are changing so quickly, we have not yet made a decision on the scheduling of First Communions.  There is just too much uncertainty at the moment to be able to confirm the current schedule or to re-schedule, although I can say with a high degree of confidence that at least the April dates will need to be rescheduled.  As soon as it becomes clear as to when Ontario Public Health will again allow public gatherings, we will make a decision on the schedule for First Communions.   Again, at this point I ask you to just assume that the dates of the celebrations will have to be rescheduled.

Be assured of my continued prayers for all of you as we continue to place our trust in God’s hands during this difficult time…

– Fr. Dave

May
30
Sat
First Communion- Mrs.Enman’s class- please read special note
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FIRST COMMUNIONS:
A number of families have contacted the parish asking about the status of First Communion celebrations this spring.   If you have made any plans to celebrate (eg. restaurant reservations, invitations to family from out of town), it would be prudent at this point to cancel those plans, and assume that 1st Communions will have to be rescheduled.  Although we would like to proceed as planned, the situation is out of our hands as we cooperate in the battle against the spread of COVID-19, and adhere to the mandatory government restrictions placed on public gatherings.

Since the current circumstances are changing so quickly, we have not yet made a decision on the scheduling of First Communions.  There is just too much uncertainty at the moment to be able to confirm the current schedule or to re-schedule, although I can say with a high degree of confidence that at least the April dates will need to be rescheduled.  As soon as it becomes clear as to when Ontario Public Health will again allow public gatherings, we will make a decision on the schedule for First Communions.   Again, at this point I ask you to just assume that the dates of the celebrations will have to be rescheduled.

Be assured of my continued prayers for all of you as we continue to place our trust in God’s hands during this difficult time…

– Fr. Dave

May
31
Sun
First Communion- Mrs.Buttigieg’s class- please read special note
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FIRST COMMUNIONS:
A number of families have contacted the parish asking about the status of First Communion celebrations this spring.   If you have made any plans to celebrate (eg. restaurant reservations, invitations to family from out of town), it would be prudent at this point to cancel those plans, and assume that 1st Communions will have to be rescheduled.  Although we would like to proceed as planned, the situation is out of our hands as we cooperate in the battle against the spread of COVID-19, and adhere to the mandatory government restrictions placed on public gatherings.

Since the current circumstances are changing so quickly, we have not yet made a decision on the scheduling of First Communions.  There is just too much uncertainty at the moment to be able to confirm the current schedule or to re-schedule, although I can say with a high degree of confidence that at least the April dates will need to be rescheduled.  As soon as it becomes clear as to when Ontario Public Health will again allow public gatherings, we will make a decision on the schedule for First Communions.   Again, at this point I ask you to just assume that the dates of the celebrations will have to be rescheduled.

Be assured of my continued prayers for all of you as we continue to place our trust in God’s hands during this difficult time…

– Fr. Dave

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update for Jan.20-24