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Weekly Update #5 October 12-15

At St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School, we have much to be thankful for: a caring and generous parent community, polite and respectful students who are eager to learn, dedicated staff committed to the academic, social and spiritual growth of students, and a guiding and prayerful pastoral team at Holy Cross Parish.

Thank you to all families for your generous donations to Georgetown Bread Basket. We are so proud of students for embracing this initiative.

We wish all of our families a blessed and abundant Thanksgiving!!

HALTON BUS UPDATE

All bus students have assigned seats on the bus. Parents can check their child’s seat by visiting haltonbus.ca. Once logged in, you can view your bus stop and your child’s seat number. We will check in with all bus students on Tuesday afternoon to review seat numbers. Parents are asked to review the importance of students sitting in their assigned seats.

PHOTO DAY

We are pleased to announce Picture Day will resume this year. Individual photos will take place on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021. Proofs will be delivered to the school. All proof sheets will have a unique password so families can place orders online.

HALLOWEEN DANCE A THON FUNDRAISER

We are looking forward to our biggest School Fundraiser of the year – Our Halloween Dance-a-thon. Information packages and pledge forms will be sent home on October 13, 2021. Students can choose to dress up in appropriate costumes for school on Friday, October 29th. Costumes should not depict violence, gore, or blood and should not contain weapons. Face masks will need to be worn with all costumes. More detailed information to follow. We thank you in advance for your continued support!


Just a reminder, please ensure that all Halloween treats are enjoyed at home as we continue to strive to
keep our school nut-free and a healthy food environment.

FIRE PREVENTION MONTH

October is Fire Prevention Month. This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

For more information and resources visit https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal/FireSafetyandPublicEducation/FirePreventionWeek/OFM_FPW.html


OCTOBER CULTURAL EVENTS

Islamic History Month

October is Canadian Islamic History Month. Proclaimed by Parliament in 2007, this month recognizes the significant role that Muslim communities play in Canadian society and highlights their extraordinary contributions.

Canadians have an opportunity this month to learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and recognize the many achievements of Muslim Canadians in the arts, sports, academics, sciences, literature and their communities. It is also a time to acknowledge the ongoing challenges and barriers that Muslim Canadians face. This year has been difficult for Muslim communities across Canada, as we saw the horrific results of racism and hate.

Together, we must combat all forms of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate-fueled violence directed at Muslim communities across the country. This month is a time to continue working toward a compassionate, inclusive and safer Canada for everyone. Government of Canada Statement on Islamic History Month

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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