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Weekly Update #11 November 22-26

“Bullying is a relationship problem that requires relationship solutions”

                                                                                                             – Dr. Debra Pepler

Monday, November 22nd  –

Tuesday, November 23rd  – Pizza Day (order is closed until the New Year!)

Wednesday, November 24th

  • Reports sent home electronically
  • Pita Pit Lunch (all orders must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 pm)

Thursday, November 25th  

  • Lunch Lady (all orders must be submitted by Wednesday 8:00 a.m.)
  • Wear blue for Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Parent Teacher Interviews

Friday, November 26th – PA Day/Parent Teacher Interviews

SPOOK-TAC-ULAR DANCE RAFFLE WINNERS

Congratulations to our Spook-tac-ular Dance raffle winners.  Each winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.  Thank you to everyone for your donations and making the dance a huge success.

Eric B. – grade 7         Andrea B. – grade 5       Emily B. –  grade  3                       Theia E. – JK

INTERVIEWS

DIALY REMINDERS

Students are reminded to bring a refillable water bottle with their name on it to school each day.

If you are sending a lunch that requires cutlery, please sent your child the necessary utensils to eat their lunch.  We do not have plastic cutlery at the school.

PARENT INTERVIEWS

Parent Teacher Interviews will take place on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26thThe Interview site is open for booking up until November 24TH. Once the system closes and schedules are finalized, your child’s teachers will contact you with an interview link.  All interviews are 10- will be conducted via Microsoft TEAMS.

PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically again this year. Reports will be sent on Wednesday November 24th. Please ensure you have your child’s OEN in order to access the report card.

EQUITY, INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, ANTI RACISM

Catholic social teaching life and dignity of the human person; This theme teaches that every single person has value and dignity that cannot be taken away from them. We are all made in God’s image, which means that no one person is better than another. Bullying is an imbalance of power in which one person assets their dominance over another. This goes against the catholic social teaching because bullying is treating others without dignity.

Bullying is a relationship problem. Our lifelong goal is to help ensure that we all have healthy, safe, respectful, and caring relationship with the people in our lives.  Last week, Bullying Prevention and Awareness week allowed staff and students to focus on how we can Rebuild, Restore, Renew, friendships and our community.

HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

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

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)

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.

PARISH UPDATE

Family of Schools Advent Mass will take place on Thursday, December 9th at 7:00pm

Due to COVID, there will not be an opportunity for students to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the school.  Families are invited to the reicieve the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the parish Advent Day of Penance on Saturday, December 11th from 10am – 2pm.  There will be a number of priests available in the church to hear confessions during this time

Christmas Mass Times will be:

  • December 24th – 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 12am
  • December 25th – 9am, 10:30am, 12:00pm
  • Online services will also be available via our Facebook and Youtube channels.

EXTENDED FRENCH 2022-2023 INFORMATION

We are writing to let you know about the upcoming online registration process for the Extended French Program, which begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.

Online Registration Coming Soon!
The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year.

The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.

A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.

About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process.

Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED.

More Information
Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

Did you know that …..this year is special as it is the 100th anniversary of the life-saving discovery of insulin.   While it has saved lives and continues to keep those with diabetes alive, it is not a cure. 

Types of Diabetes:

There are three major types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common diagnosis, followed by type 1 diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy and is usually temporary. In addition, prediabetes is another important diagnosis that indicates an elevated risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin. Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

Roughly 10 percent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin. 

In the St. Catherine of Alexandria community, we have members of the school community living with diabetes.  Acknowledging Diabetes Awareness Month is helping create awareness around the various types of diabetes and what you can do to inform yourself of the risks and recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes.  All students and staff are invited to wear blue on Thursday, November 25th in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month

For more information please visit: What is diabetes? – Diabetes Canada

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