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Weekly Update – Oct. 19th – 23rd

Curriculum Night – Thursday, October 22nd:
As we have been communicating, we will have our Curriculum Night this upcoming Thursday evening. While this is an annual tradition, the format this year will not be. We will be connecting virtually through Microsoft Teams (app can be downloaded or used through any web browser).

We respectfully ask that you keep the following in mind:
1.) The focus of the presentations will be on your child’s typical day routines, curriculum programming and assessment & evaluation. If you have any specific comments and/or questions pertaining to your child/family, we ask that you please reach out to the classroom teacher separately by email/phone.
2.) Any questions around the school management of COVID-19 protocols, or other school issues are to be directed to Mrs. Durand and Mr. Chininea in their session or by email/phone.
3.) Sessions are to remain respectful and mindful of our Catholic school environment.
4.) Technology is great – if it works. Throughout our day at St. Dominic, we experience occasional technical glitches with programs, disconnected wifi, etc. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if the program or internet connection are not working appropriately that evening and live sessions do not work out.
*In that case, classroom teachers will be in touch with you to forward presentation information and answer any questions.

Classroom sessions (Links & information will be provided by classroom teachers): Session 1 – 7:00 – 7:20 pm; OR Session 2 – 7:30 -7:50 pm

School/ Health & Safety Questions – Session with Mrs. Durand and Mr. Chininea6:00 – 6:45 pm Live Link – click below to join that evening:
Curriculum Night Session with Mrs. Durand & Mr. Chininea
2020-2021 School Major Fundraiser – Please donate!
In keeping with our annual tradition, we will continue with our major fundraiser this year. We will also look to continue with Halloween celebrations with our students, which will be planned to ensure our safety protocols remain in place. Please click HERE to read more about our school fundraiser and specific instructions to donate. Thank you in advance for you contributions!!!
Halloween Celebrations!
We are excited to announce that we will continue with Halloween celebrations for students and staff. We will engage students in appropriate classroom activities throughout the week of October 26th, including costumes for everyone on Friday, October 30th. We are also planning on a modified version of our Dance-a-thon (on October 30th), once again ensuring we maintain our current safety protocols.

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and maintain our welcoming school environment for all.
 
The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume for students:
 
1.     Is my costume appropriate for our Catholic environment? (No weapon replicas, graphic materials, inappropriate logos, etc.)
2.     Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
3.     Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
4.      Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
5.     Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
Indoor/Outdoor Shoes:
With the weather starting to change, we understand the need for indoor shoes. We are working with staff to safely store outdoor shoes (boots, etc.) around the school or in the classroom. If you choose to, you can now begin sending your child(ren) in with indoor shoes to change into, especially on wet/rainy days. If you have any questions, please let your child’s classroom teachers know.

REMINDERS

Maintaining Physical Distance/ Masking on School Grounds:
In order to minimize risk within our community, we continue to ask that you please wear a mask when dropping off/picking up your children. For students in grades 1-3 and kindergarten, we ask that only one parent come on to our playground during these times. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Reminder – Monitoring Your Children/Our Students Each Day:
What do I do if my child is ill/ has symptoms of COVID-19?
As cold and flu season is quickly approaching, we’d like to provide you with some information about what to do if your child starts showing one or more symptoms of COVID-19. 
 
On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the Ontario government announced an update to the screening tool for children.
 
Click here for a symptoms checklist and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). This document has important information for parents, and will help guide you in the case that your child starts showing symptoms. You may also find this flow chart helpful in determining your next steps as a parent: Return to School Protocol – Update Oct. 2020
 
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in our school.

Looking for a Weekly Update from previous weeks? – please see our homepage > “News” tab to access weekly updates.

Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
P. Durand & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS…
Oct
16
Fri
“We Scare Hunger” Food Drive! (Items brought in until Nov. 2nd)
Oct 16 – Nov 2 all day
Oct
21
Wed
STA – IB Parent Information Night (Gr. 8 Parents)
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
22
Thu
School and Health & Safety Questions – Live (Virtual) Session with Mrs. Durand & Mr. Chininea
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Curriculum Night (Virtual) Sessions 7:00-7:20/ 7:30-7:50
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm
Oct
29
Thu
Black & Orange Spirit Day
Oct 29 all day
Gr. 7 Parent Meeting – Confirmation Meeting @ St. Dominic Parish
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
30
Fri
Halloween Celebrations (Costumes and Modified Dance-a-thon)
Oct 30 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Oct. 19th – 23rd