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Weekly Update #10 November 15-19

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful

for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephasians 4:29

Monday, November 15 – 19 National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

Tuesday, November 16th – Pizza Day

Wednesday, November 17th – Pita Pit Lunch

Thursday, November 18th – Lunch Lady

NATIONAL BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK

National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is coming up and the official kick-off date for HCDSB is Friday, November 12th! This amazing school-wide initiative will end on Friday, November 19th but awareness and prevention doesn’t start and end here. It is important to remember that we should be addressing bullying throughout the school year and not only one week in November. With that being said, the theme this year is “Rebuild, Restore, Renew.” The CYC team kindly asks that if you are posting tweets that week, please use #restorerebuildrenew and tag HCDSB_CYCs and Halton Catholic DSB.

Every day of the week will include a faith-based announcement, prayer, and challenge to encourage and support positive change. Students will make and sign a class pledge as a class pledge to show class participation and pledge to stop bullying.

Pledge

This is for me

My friends today

And my friends tomorrow

I think being mean stinks!

I won’t watch someone get picked on

Because I am a do something person

Not a do-nothing person.

I care

I can help change things

I can be a leader

In my world, there are no bullies allowed.

Bullying is bad

Bullying bites

Bullying bothers me

I know sticking up for someone is the right thing to do.

At our school, we will not stand by, we will stand up!

DAILY SCHOOL SCREENING

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Parents no longer need to send in confirmation of COVID 19 screening to their teacher. They must continue to self-screen at home.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th from 4:00 – 8:30 pm and Friday, November 26th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. The Ministry of Education requires all families to meet with their educators.

You will be able to make appointments from November 8th at 7:00 am until November 24th at 1:00 pm.

Please see the information for scheduling your interview on your child’s D2L Teacher Page or the message sent home on School Messenger on November 8th.

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISORS NEEDED

We continue to look for Lunch Time Supervisors. If you have an hour to spare at lunch, we would love to have you join our HCDSB team. Please email Mrs, Foster for details. fosterj2@hcdsb.org

EQUITY AND INCLUSION

At St. Catherine of Alexandria, we foster a culture of inclusivity, anti-racism, discrimination, equity and diversity. We continue to use Racism and Discrimination; Responding with Faith, Hope and Love as a tool for educating students on disrupting, naming, being accountable for our actions and reflecting on the incidence of racism and discrimination.

What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is when individuals are treated unfairly or unequally based on their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, age, or any other ground protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. It may be intentional or unintentional. While racial discrimination is sometimes displayed overtly, it is recognized that in many instances racial discrimination takes on more subtle and covert forms.

Examples of Discrimination

  • Epithets, remarks, jokes or innuendos related to a person’s race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, age, or any other ground.
  • Posting or circulating offensive pictures, graffiti or materials, whether in print form, via e-mail or other electronic means.
  • Singling out a person by humiliating, demeaning, “teasing” or humor because they are a member of a Code-protected group.

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

We are excited to let you know that the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)


Submissions Accepted Online ONLY
To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

TERRA COTTA COOKIE FUNDRAISER

It’s almost Christmas time and I think we can all agree there is nothing better than the smell of fresh cookies in the air. Worried you may not find all your ingredients for your holiday baking, or the perfect recipe, no need to panic; we have you covered. We are excited to now be offering our school families the opportunity to purchase made-to-order, ready-to-bake, fresh and famously delicious Terra Cotta Cookies. This local gem has partnered with our school allowing us to purchase from a wide variety of their fabulous cookies to enjoy during the holidays.  All cookies are peanut-free, there are also gluten-free, vegan and kosher options available. Perfect to put in the freezer and fuss-free for moms and dads this Christmas.  

Please click on the link below

Orders can be placed online between November 15th to November 30th. This provides us two weeks to place orders, no late orders will be accepted. Delivery of the cookies will be December 14, 2021, to the school where you are asked to pick up your orders in a designated area outside. Pick-up time will be from 12:00pm – 5:30pm. More details to follow as we get closer to the pick-up date.

https://fundraising.terracottacookies.com/current-fundraisers/stcatherineofalexandria/

Thank you for your continuous support,

St. C of A Catholic School Council 

FLIPGIVE REMINDER

St. C of A Catholic School Council would like to welcome back and extend a warm welcome to all the new families who have joined us this school year. This year, we are happy to continue our fundraising efforts through our FLIPGIVE Initiative and ask parents who haven’t yet signed up, to please consider doing so.

For those of you who are new and don’t know much about FlipGive, it is a school fundraising app that we use to help raise money for our school. Members who sign up, earn cashback by shopping online as you normally would and buying the things your family needs (or wants!) A portion of what you have spent goes back to our school. It’s that simple. The key is to start your online shopping through the FlipGive app. Once you do that you can shop at many of your usual vendors. To date, our community raised over $4800.00 just by shopping online! It’s definitely an alternative to traditional fundraising at no cost to you!

How To Join:

Join us by using 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 www.flipgive.com

FlipGive is free to join and completely optional. You can also shop using the app and set up your settings to be completely anonymous if you would like by doing the following:

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.

An interesting change driven by this pandemic is that 10% of all purchases in Canada are now made online. If you happen to find yourself doing online shopping please remember to use FlipGive and help make a difference for our kids.

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

Thank you

Catholic School Council

“Unity is strength…… when there is teamwork, wonderful things can be achieved” Mattie Stepanek

Foster, JudyWeekly Update #10 November 15-19