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Weekly Update – Oct. 26th – 30th

2020-2021 School Major Fundraiser – Please donate!
In keeping with our annual tradition, we will continue with our major fundraiser this year. As you will read about below, we will continue with Halloween celebrations with our students, which will be planned to ensure our safety protocols remain in place. Thank you to those who have donated already! We will begin random draws for those who have. 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 looking forward to celebrating Halloween with students and staff this week. We will engage students in appropriate classroom activities throughout the week, including a Black & Orange Spirit Day on Thursday, October 29th and costumes for everyone on Friday, October 30th. Our Student Ambassadors have planned fun activities for students to complete with their classroom teachers. We are also planning on pumpkin carving activities in each class on Thursday and a modified version of our Dance-a-thon Friday (while students are in costume), 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 masks, 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?

Want to share your Halloween Experience & Celebrations? Share on Twitter!
We encourage all parents to share your celebrations this week and over this upcoming weekend by posting pictures on Twitter and tagging our school @domihcdsb. This is a great way to connect as a community, with both our in school and virtual learners, and share how we are all safely celebrating Halloween this year! (you can follow us on Twitter too!)
Dogs on School Property:
A reminder to all families that no dogs should enter school property at any point in time. We understand that bringing your dog may be part of your drop off or pick up routine, however, we kindly ask that they remain off of the school property, especially where students and staff are present. Thank you for your cooperation.
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 (hallways) 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.
Grade 8 to 9 Transition Events (St. Thomas Aquinas):
The Virtual IB Information Night at STA took place last week. In the event, that grade 8 families were unable to view the virtual presentation, and would still like to review this information, please see the following link: https://secondary.hcdsb.org/sta/news/2020/10/st-thomas-aquinas-ib-information-night/

Gr. 8 Parent Information Night – will take place on November 5th, from 6 – 8pm. The link to join this virtual event can be found on the STA website and will be posted closer to the event.
Community Event – “Our Space” Friday Night Sessions:
Please see the link below for a series of Friday night events being offered by two collaborative community programs – Halton Families for Families & Our Community Cares.
“Our Space” Friday Night Events

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. 
 
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.

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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
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
Nov
2
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting (Microsoft Teams – Link below)
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
5
Thu
STA – Gr. 8 Parent Information Night (Virtual)
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
11
Wed
Remembrance Day (Virtual School Ceremony)
Nov 11 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Oct. 26th – 30th