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Weekly Update – Nov. 23rd – 27th

Progress Report Cards & Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Progress Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday. Similar to the process we had in place in June, progress report cards will be sent home electronically by email with information on how to access them.
We will also hold our traditional parent/teacher conferences this Thursday, November 26th (3:10 pm – 8:30 pm) and this Friday, November 27th during school hours (P.A. Day – No school for students). Our conferences will take place by phone calls directly with teachers OR virtually on Microsoft Teams, with the duration of each conference being 10 minutes in length. 5 minutes have been provided in between each conference for teachers to transition and prepare for their next student’s parents/guardians.

In case you missed our email last Sunday afternoon, you will have until this Tuesday (November 24th at 11:00 pm) to sign up for your conference. We have included the communication, which includes the instructions to sign up below for your reference. We look forward to connecting with all parents!

St Dominic parentInterview Parent Communication Fall 2020
Angel Tree – School Advent Outreach Initiative
We are currently looking at our annual “Angel Tree” initiative, which will provide needed support for those in our own school community leading up to Christmas. You will have an opportunity to donate starting next week, as we begin Advent. More details to come in next week’s update.
Winter Weather & Attire:
With the winter weather arriving quickly, it is important to remind our students about bringing the appropriate attire to school each day. As of tomorrow, and following the HCSDB protocols, we will begin using our lockers and other alternative options to store boots, winter jackets and snow pants on snowy days. Only these items can be stored in the lockers and other personal belongings must remain in the classrooms. We will be reviewing safe practices, such as wearing our masks in the halls, physically distancing and staggering to ensure not all students are in the hallway at the same time. Class cohorts will not be mixed and no students will be permitted to share lockers.
Get Ready…We are having a virtual book fair!
We are happy to announce that we will be having our annual Scholastic Book fair! Please see the attached “Save the date” letter below for the details and for our school’s link.
Scholastic Virtual Book Fair – Save the Date!
COVID-19 and Health & Safety:
With Halton Region being in the Red Zone and the recent cases at our school, it is crucial that we all do our part to prevent exposure and the spread of COVID-19. We continue to work closely with our Board and Halton Public Health to review our measures and protocols at the school.

Masks – all students from kindergarten to grade 8 must wear appropriate masks, covering their nose and mouth. Decisions made by the Ministry of Education and our School Board Trustees prior to school starting, ensure all students are wearing masks at school. The direction of when students can remove masks throughout the school day was mandated by the Board, at the direction of Halton Public Health. As per the protocols, students can have a mask break during recesses (safely storing them during this time) and of course when they are eating snacks/lunch. At these times, students must hand sanitize or wash prior to and afterwards. We have consulted with our board’s health and safety department with regards to our practices. With the weather changing and students wearing jackets outside, students are welcome to now wear their masks as they walk in the halls out for recess and as they walk back inside. Masks can be safely stored in their jacket pockets, a pouch or safe lanyard you provide for them. We ask all parents to speak with your children to confirm which practice is best for you and them.

Physical Distancing – As part of our daily announcements, both for the whole school and in our classrooms, students are reminded of protocols in place. They are reminded about maximum occupancy in particular locations of the school, wearing masks, hand sanitizing and also physical distancing. Physical distancing for students during recess play has proven to be a difficult task for us as a staff. We respectfully ask that you take some time to speak with your children about the importance of following our direction and reminders on a daily basis. We understand that our students need time to freely play and we will continue to promote moving outdoors for play and learning as much as possible.

We cannot control what happens outside of school, however, Public Health continues to strongly recommend limiting social groups for students, especially when PPE is not being worn.
The spread of COVID-19 in the community is beyond our control and each and everyone of us can equally be affected. However, we will continue to do our best at school to enforce measures and protocols. Please continue to do your part and follow the recommendations of public health outside of the school.

We continue to review our protocols, provided by Public Health Halton and the HCDSB for students and staff. It is important we follow the daily screenings provided by the ministry. We respectfully ask that you continue to follow the information we have received up to this point regarding monitoring our symptoms and following the direction of health care providers/Public Health.

Ministry Daily Screening for School (also posted at the top menu bar of our homepage)
Click here for a symptoms checklist and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). Return to School Protocol – Update Oct. 2020
Maintaining Physical Distance/ Masking on School Grounds:
In order to minimize risk within our school community, we continue to ask that you please wear a mask when dropping off/picking up your children as well as other times you may be on school property. For students in grades 1-3, kindergarten and/or any other grades, we ask that only one parent come on to our playground zones to pick up during these times. Likewise, we ask that you please maintain physical distancing practices as you wait for your children. We thank you for your cooperation and support.
Dogs on School Property:
We continue to kindly remind all families that there should not be any dogs on school property for the safety of all students. Thank you for your cooperation.
Student Belongings Each Day:
As we move further into the school year, we are reviewing issues emerging each day and week. We have noticed an increase of student items being dropped off throughout the day, creating interruptions as we continuously call into the classrooms. We are here to help you with any family needs you have. However, to limit the number of interruptions we are experiencing, we kindly ask that you work with your children and have them prepare for the next school day, packing all necessary materials. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
P. Durand & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS…
Nov
24
Tue
Progress Reports Go Home (By Email)
Nov 24 all day
Nov
25
Wed
School Liturgy (Virtual – Led by Grade 6s – Human Rights & Responsibilities)
Nov 25 all day
Nov
26
Thu
Parent/Teacher Conferences (By Phone or Virtual)
Nov 26 @ 3:10 pm – 8:30 pm
Nov
27
Fri
P.A. Day (No School for Students)
Nov 27 all day
Parent/Teacher Conferences (By Phone or Virtual)
Nov 27 @ 8:20 am – 2:30 pm
Dec
1
Tue
Angel Tree & Mitten Tree Advent Initiatives
Dec 1 – Dec 15 all day
Gr. 8 Confirmation – Mr. Taraschi & Ms. McNamara
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 23rd – 27th