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Weekly Update Oct.5-9

St.Catherine of Alexandria School

Weekly Update for Oct.5-Oct.9

Thank You for the Gift of Me

God our Father, Thank you for the gift of my life. Thank you for making me special. Thank you for my family, Thank you for my friends. Thank you for my schoolmates, And for all the people who help me learn and grow. Come and take my hand and help me become the kind of person You planned for me to be Before I was born. I make this prayer to you.

 In the name of Jesus, the Lord.


Information Items:

  • Curriculum Night will be held virtually this year. Save the date: Thursday, October 15th. This will look very different from previous years as it will not be in person. Currently our staff is planning what this will look like this year and we will have information to you as soon as possible.
  • Monday, Oct.5thVirtual School Council tonight at 7pm.
  • WORLD CP (Cerebral Palsy) DAY- October 6th , 2020

World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On the 6th of October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the colour green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed. World CP day is a reminder that we are all created in the image of God and we need to celebrate our differences at St. Catherine of Alexandria School.

  • Next Tuesday, October 6, 2020 we will be celebrating World CP (Cerebral Palsy) Day. We are asking that all students and teachers wear green on this day. We have a few students at the school that have been diagnosed with CP so as a community we are called to build awareness, celebrate diversity and support each other.
  • We have created lessons that will help us learn about CP that can easily be delivered during the school day.  We have made the lessons division appropriate (ie. Primary/Junior/Intermediate), and will provide them to all teachers in the building. 

Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

As of October 1, 2020

Updates Reflect Latest Public Health Advice

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is updating its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance. This additional information will help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children and their families to seek a test for COVID-19.

The school and child care screening guidance is being updated with two sets of questions about symptoms and information to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school or child care, need to consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19. The guidance can be found immediately at the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care, and the refreshed online tool will launch on Friday, October 2 for download.

“Ensuring that children can attend school with minimal interruption is an important part of their healthy growth and development,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Based on a review of the current evidence and consulting with paediatric infectious diseases experts, we are updating the list of symptoms in the COVID-19 screening tool for schools and child care to ensure that our children receive the education and care that they need while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

The first set of questions asks about symptoms such as fever or cough. Students and children with any of these symptoms will still be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

The second set of questions asks about other symptoms that are commonly associated with other illnesses, such as a runny nose or headache:

  • Students and children with only one of these symptoms will be advised to stay home for 24 hours, after which they can return to school or child care if their symptoms are improving.
  • Students and children with two or more of these symptoms will be advised to stay home until they are able to consult with a health care provider and receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test.

In addition, based on the latest public health guidance the symptom list for children in school and child care no longer includes abdominal pain or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

  • “We are grateful to Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health for contributing significantly to the development of Ontario’s Back-to School Plan,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “Our focus continues to be on limiting the spread within our schools by listening to and acting upon the best available medical advice, which includes ensuring all layers of prevention are in place to keep kids safe.”
  • If you are having your son/daughter Covid tested, we ask that you share the results with the school upon their return.


Hello Parents!

We want to give a big thank you to those who signed up this past week, we have 5 new users!  Also in these past 2 weeks we have raised $42.00 for our school! All just by shopping online at no extra cost to you. 

If you don’t know already, Flipgive , among many other things, offers gift cards for groceries!  We all shop for groceries! So why not support our school in the process?

The following stores offer gift cards through FlipGive:

1) FreshCo offers 3%

2) Real Canadian Superstore offer 2% This is a Presidents Choice branded card and redeemable at many of the PC stores (Fortinos, Zehrs Loblaws etc)

3) Foodland offers 3%

4) No Frills offers 2%

5) Sobeys offers 3%

6) Instacart offers $3 online

7) Valu-Mart offers 2%

All you do is purchase a digital grocery gift card and it is delivered instantly to your screen to use immediately. If you choose to use it later, it is stored in your FlipGive wallet.  Alternatively you can print the gift card and used it that way.

Imagine this:

If 300 families from our school each purchased a $100 grocery gift card weekly at the lowest cash back rate of 2%, our school could earn  $600.00/week.  In 1 month that would be $2400.00, in one school year that would translate to $24,000.00!!!  Just for doing your groceries!  This money would be used strictly to enhance our children’s learning opportunities by being able to provide new technology and learning tools for their classrooms that they would not have otherwise.

Please consider joining FlipGive today.

How To Join:

Use our invite code: LQYGH5 in one of two ways:

1. Download the free FlipGive app at the app store OR

2. Join us online at

To be Anonymous:

To set yourself up as anonymous you can soby following these steps:

Go to Account Settings:  scroll down you will see two boxes

1) Click the first box to show a limited profile (hides photo and last name throughout site)

2) Click the second box to hide purchase details (the brands that you earn cash with will not be shown to others)

3) Save changes.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Patrizia Boland or Kristina Lucic at:  flipgiveschoolcouncil@gmailcom

Thank you

Albani, TonyWeekly Update Oct.5-9