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Weekly Update #16 January 10-14

“God’s dream for you and I and all of us will realize we are family,

that we are made for togetherness, for goodness and compassion.” 

Desmond Tutu

THANK YOU TO ST. CATHERINE FAMILIES

As we come to the end of the first week of remote instruction, we would like to thank families for their patience and understanding as we transition from in-school to remote instruction. We understand it has its challenges and will continue to work together and support one another. Together, we can do this.

THANK YOU TO THE GRADE 2 CLASSES

On Thursday, January 6th the grade two classes shared the virtual Epiphany Liturgy with the school.  We would like to thank Mrs. Buttigieg, Mrs. Enman, Mrs Sequeira, and Mrs. Sheppard for preparing a beautiful liturgy. It was nice to see the students in the liturgy during remote instruction.

ATTENDANCE DURING REMOTE LEARNING

As we are all trying to navigate online learning again, attendance is mandatory as directed by the Ministry.  Our school day starts at 9:05 am, breaks for lunch at 12:05 am, resumes at 1:05 pm.  Your child(ren) must be online so teachers can take attendance and begin the day.  Attendance is taken at 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.  If your child(ren) will be late or absent for any reason, you, as the parent, must enter it in messenger (instructions below).  If you do not, an automated call will be sent out through the messenger to alert you to their absence.  We understand that teachers also like to be informed if your child(ren) will not be online, but just like when we are present in school, the absence still needs to be recorded by you, the parent, in the messenger system.  The late / absence will be recorded on their report card as well.

If your child arrives late to class and is marked absent, he or she must let the teacher know they have joined the meeting.  Then the teacher will let the office know the child has arrived and the absence is changed to a late. 

Call the toll-free number – 1-844-445-4505

Online at:  go.schoolmessenger.ca

The SchoolMessenger® app on your mobile phone

Thank you again for your cooperation and patience.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION REMOTE LEARNING CHECKLIST

Physical Education will continue to be taught during remote learning.  Please review the checklist before your child participates in physical education activities or Daily Physical Activity.

Physical Activity Checklist during Remote Learning

SPECIAL LUNCH DAYS

Pizza and Special Lunch days have been paused and we will be sending out more information to our families upon our return to in-school learning.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

We understand that transitioning back to remote instruction may be difficult for some families.  Please see below for a number of resources available to you.

  Self Care 101 for Students https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/self-care-101-for-students/

  Personal Resiliency Tips- Take Care of Yourself https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/personal-resiliency-tips-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

  My Circle of Support Pocketbook- Student Help-Seeking Resource https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/my-circle-of-support-pocketbook-student-help-seeking-resource/

  Info Sheet: Helping Your Child Manage Digital Technology https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/info-sheet-helping-your-child-manage-digital-technology

EQUITY, INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, AND ANTI-RACISM

On December 26th, 2021, the world lost a beautiful soul.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at the age of 90.  He was an honest man who devoted his life to seeking truth, reconciliation, and freedom.  We are forever grateful for his contributions to the world. 

Foster, JudyWeekly Update #16 January 10-14