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Weekly Update #4 October 4-8

Thank you to all families for reinforcing new routines and expectations at school this September. Your
support of your child’s safety and the safety of other students and staff and learning is greatly appreciated.
At any time should you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate
to contact the classroom teacher who can directly answer your questions.

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR MISSING AND MURDERED WOMEN AND GIRLSOctober 4

On October 4 we commemorate the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  In 2021, with the discoveries of over 1,500 children who were taken from their families and buried in residential ‘school’ grave sites and the knowledge that there are very likely many more to be found, it is more important than ever to cast a light on seeking adequate resources to find and take seriously missing persons cases which are overrepresented in Indigenous communities and specifically among Indigenous women, girls, children and LGBTQ2SIA+ peoples. 

WORLD TEACHER DAY – October 5

Almost everybody has a favorite teacher, someone who went above and beyond to encourage you because they could see your potential. On October 5, take time to celebrate World Teachers’ Day — a global event launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994.

Thank you to all of St. Catherine of Alexandria Teachers for your professionalism and dedication to your profession.

WORLD CP DAYOctober 6

World CP Day Announcement/Parent Communication

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 6 October every year, individuals, families, and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the colour green. All students and staff at St. Catherine are asked to consider wearing green on October 6th.

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.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 PA DAY

Friday, October 8th is a Professional Activity Day. The school is closed for students.

FALL FOOD DRIVE

Thank you to all families for your generous donations to the Fall Food Drive. We continue to accept donations up to Thursday October 7th.

PLAYGROUND AND STUDENT SAFETY

Thank you for respecting our yard boundaries and ensuring that only “vested school staff” are in the
schoolyard with our students at all times.
Bus students gather in the primary parking lot at the end of the day. Parents are not permitted in this area.

We appreciate your help in promoting safety procedures with regard to the flow of traffic and pedestrians in the parking lots and Kiss ‘N Ride lanes. Please remember that if you need to stop in the morning, please use a parking space in the parking lot.

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES

Products that contain or ‘may contain’ peanuts and tree nuts are not to be brought onto the school site.

Our school’s anaphylaxis plan conforms to Sabrina’s Law and Halton Catholic DSB Anaphylaxis Policy. The plan is designed to ensure that students at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure and staff and key volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation.


To provide the minimized allergen environment required by the legislation, we need the support and cooperation of you, the parents/guardians and the school community. Students are asked to bring lunches and snacks free of peanuts and tree nuts and products that may contain peanuts/ tree nuts such as donuts, granola bars, etc. We ask you to read food labels, checking peanut/nut ingredients prior to sending them to school. If your child eats peanut
butter at home before school, please ensure his/her hands are washed thoroughly before attending
school. Truly, this is a life-saving measure.


Look- a- Like Products to Peanut Butter:
The Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look-a-like products to peanut butter. The look-a-like products claim to be so close to peanuts in smell, taste and texture that you won’t believe it’s not peanut butter. As a result, it is difficult for teachers and children to differentiate between these products and peanut butter. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping the look-a-like products at home and preventing the chance of a mix up between the two products – where the results could be life-threatening.


If you have caregivers who provide your child(ren) with lunches or snacks we encourage you to share this information with them. We realize this request may require added planning and effort on your part Test smoke alarms monthly.

STUDENTS WITH APPOINTMENTS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY

Thank you to all families for using School Messenger to indicate a child’s absence.

Parents picking up students from school early are asked to send in a note to their classroom teachers.

If your child is not attending school at 9:05 a.m. because of an appointment. Please use School Messenger and mark he or she absent for the day. When your child arrives at school, the office will sign he or she in and change the absence to an appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

STUDENTS LEAVING FOR LUNCH

Students who leave the school property for lunch everyday must indicate this practice on the Family Consent Form completed in September.

Students who do not leave school property for lunch on a daily basis must provide a note to their teacher the day before or morning leaving for lunch. The note must include the date, a statement that reads you are giving your child permission to leave school property from 12:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. and your signature.

Students who are going out to public establishments for lunch must remember that they are representing St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School.

TIK TOK UPDATE

It has come to our attention that the latest Tik Tok school challenge for October is Slap a Teacher. We sincerely hope that students will not engage in this challenge. These challenges cross boundaries into activity that will lead to legal consequences and serious suspensions. They will not be tolerated.

It takes a village to raise a child. Working together, we can create an environment reflective of our caring community that allows for all our students to excel and use their gifts for the greater good. We are blessed to live in this community and to have access to many resources and opportunities for our students. It is our sincerest hope that a child will not affect their life path by engaging in these Tik Tok Challenges and would encourage all parents to talk to their child about this very serious issue. Thank you for your support.


OCTOBER CULTURAL EVENTS

Autism Awareness Month

Throughout October (and the rest of the year), you may come across some different symbols that represent autism awareness and acceptance, such as: a puzzle-piece, a multi-colored ribbon, tie-dye, or a noticeable display of the color blue. Anytime you see one of these symbols, we encourage you to imagine how life might be different for someone with autism, or someone in their family, and think of how you could show your support – to that person or their family directly, or through participation within your community.

National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Women and GIrls

On October 4 we commemorate the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  In 2021, with the discoveries of over 1,500 children who were taken from their families and buried in residential ‘school’ grave sites and the knowledge that there are very likely many more to be found, it is more important than ever to cast a light on seeking adequate resources to find and take seriously missing persons cases which are overrepresented in Indigenous communities and specifically among Indigenous women, girls, children and LGBTQ2SIA+ peoples. 

​​Latin Hispanic Heritage Month

​​Latin Hispanic Heritage Month (in Ontario) is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in the province.
Ontario is home to more than 400,000 first-, second-and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. As early as 1914, Canadians who originated from 23 Hispanic countries began immigrating to the province and today the Hispanic community is one of the fastest-growing in Ontario. Hispanic-Canadians represent a dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario.

Mental Health Awareness Month

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated annually throughout October. This period is set aside to give Canadians an opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in the country’s history. The Canadian Government designated October as Women’s History Month in 1992 after a successful lobbying campaign started by Lyn Gough, a historian and author of a book that highlights the pioneers in the Women’s Temperance Movement. The campaign was led by Gough herself, alongside Kathy Blasco and Katherine (Kay) Armstrong, and included other women like Avis Rasmussen, Catherine Draper, and Sylvia Bagshaw.

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