Weekly Update #14 December 13-17
THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT – JOY
The third Sunday of Advent we light the pink candle, the Joy Candle. Pink is the colour of joy. We are joyful because we are now more than halfway through our Advent season of waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5
Monday, November 29th – Thursday, December 16th – ANGEL TREE INITIATIVE
Monday, December 13th
- Advent Liturgy Week 3
- Joy Day – wear a Christmas Sweater
Tuesday, December 14th
- Pizza Day (order is closed until the New Year!)
- Terra Cotta Cookie Order Pickup 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 15th
- Pita Pit Lunch (all orders must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 pm)
- Primary Christmas Concert posted to D2L until January 3rd
- Wear a Christmas Hat
Thursday, December 16th
- Lunch Lady (all orders must be submitted by Wednesday 8:00 a.m.)
- Last day to submit angels for the Angle Tree
Friday, December 17th
- Dress like an elf
- Early Dismissal 2:05 p.m.
DAILY SCREENING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
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.
ARRIVING AT SCHOOL AFTER PASSING A SCREENING THEN NOT FEELING WELL
When a student arrives at school feeling well and then feel unwell, they should report symptoms to the educator or supervisor. The office will be contacted and communicate with parents. We are responsible for students while on school property, when a child communicates with parents and the educator or office is unaware, this may create an unsafe situation. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNER
Next week, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.
The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school. These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all.
IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT THIS PAST WEEK
We wanted to share some important information that was released in a press conference with Ontario’s Minister of Health and Minister of Education regarding COVID-19 health and safety updates for schools.
Below are some highlights from the announcement, as well as additional information we received in a memo from the Ministry of Education. Updates for All Elementary and Secondary Schools
• Before the Christmas break, each student in Ontario will receive a Rapid Antigen Test home kit, which will contain five (5) tests for voluntary screening at home over the holidays.
• As we did for the first two weeks of the school year, when we return to school in the new year, confirmation of daily screening of COVID-19 will be required for all students, staff and visitors during the first two (2) weeks.
HALTON PUBLIC HEALTH TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR FAMILIES
With the holiday season fast approaching, families may be considering travel plans. The Ontario COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening tool is to be completed every day of the week, including weekends and holidays. The screening tool will help individuals decide if they should or should not go to school when they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently travelled outside of Canada. Current travel guidance from the Government of Canada states that if your family is travelling outside Canada for any reason, students not vaccinated against COVID-19 cannot attend school, camps or childcare for 14 days upon returning to Canada. As travel guidance is subject to frequent change, it will be important for families to review the requirements by the Government of Canada before making any travel arrangements outside of Canada: COVID-19 Requirements for fully vaccinated travelers and unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age.
HEALTHY EATING METRO SHOP PROJECT
Congratulations to Mrs. Zamin-Minkiewicz class for raising three hundred dollars for in their Metro Shop Project. All money raised will go to support the Georgetown Bread Basket.
We will be accepting gift cards for families at Halton Women’s Place up to Thursday, December 16, 2021. Thank you to all families who sent in gift cards and for using Flipgive to purchase gift cards.
We thank you in advance on behalf of those who will have a more joyful Christmas as a result of your generosity during the Holy Season.
TERRA COTTA COOKIE PICK UP
We are thrilled to inform you that our Terra Cotta Cookie fundraiser was a great success again this year! All orders will be available for pick up on December 14th from 12:00-5:30 pm. Together with Terra Cotta Cookies, we raised $3,969.84 for our children by selling 794 boxes. On behalf of parent council, we would like to thank you for your tremendous support and contributions to this year’s fundraiser.
The order pick-up location will be outside by the kiss and ride. We ask all those picking up orders to please wear a mask.
Please try to the best of your ability to avoid picking up your orders around school dismissal. This is greatly appreciated as we do not want to inundate our volunteers with an overwhelming number of families. Please remember we are all parent volunteers, and your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
We hope you enjoy your yummy treats over the holidays with friends and family! We wish our St. Catherine of Alexandria families a Merry Christmas and many blessings for the new year.
EQUITY, INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND ANTI-RACISM UPDATE
“The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.”