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Weekly Update – Nov. 30th – Dec. 4th

The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope and we light the first purple Prophet’s Candlereminding us that Jesus is coming.

As we begin Advent today, let us pray together…
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our world, especially in the midst of this global pandemic. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

Please take a moment with your children to watch a quick video about the true meaning of Advent and Christmas!
You can also click here for an interactive Advent calendar & other activities.
Advent Outreach Initiatives – Angel Tree & Mitten Tree:
Part of being a Catholic community is living our faith in the way we support others. We are happy to continue our annual Advent tradition with two initiatives this year, our Angel Tree and Mitten Tree. A separate message has been sent, however, please see our homepage announcement (or the file below) for more information on how to participate and support those in need this Christmas!
Advent Outreach 2020 – Angel Tree and Mitten Tree
Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe:
As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. Public Health officials have strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:
Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.
 
Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
-Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking parents & students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool. 

COVID-19 Test Results:
·       If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.
·       If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

Elementary Student Lockers – Update:
As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:
Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY. 
-Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
-To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
-Students are assigned an individual locker (no sharing).
-Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.
-Masks must be worn in the hallways while students are at their lockers.
A Message from St. Dominic Parish & Grade 8 Confirmation:
Please see the following link to view Father Ranjan’s Christmas message and an outline of the parish’s Advent/Christmas liturgy and mass schedule. Please note that registration in advance must take place to attend particular liturgies/celebrations.
St. Dominic Parish – Christmas Message & Schedule

Sacrament of Confirmation for our Grade 8 Students:
We would like to congratulate our Grade 8 Students, who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this week! Our grade 8s missed this special celebration last year, due to the closures. We keep them and their families in our prayers.
International Day of Person with Disabilities:
The HCDSB is fully committed to initiatives that promote equity and inclusion in keeping with our Catholic values and fostering welcoming environments for all. Many people live with some form of disability or know someone who lives with a disability. The United Nations has proclaimed December 3rd as the International Day of Person with Disabilities, and beginning this year, HCDSB will recognize and celebrate board-wide an annual weeklong initiative to build awareness and education. At St. Dominic School, we will be making announcements throughout the week, highlighting the themes for each day and the overall theme, “Not All Disabilities are Visible”. We will also forward resources to be viewed in the classrooms, in age-appropriate ways. Please click here to read more about this global initiative.
Virtual Scholastic Book FairStarts Tomorrow!
Shopping link: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5153416
Dates: Nov. 30th- Dec.11th
All orders will be online only and shipped directly to student’s homes.
*Family Virtual Nights- Free shipping on Wednesday December 2nd 6-8 pm & Wednesday December 9th 6-8 pm
*Free Standard Shipping on orders over $35 (otherwise $6 for standard shipping fee)
Shopping link can be shared with anyone – Every purchase earns Book Fair Rewards that can be used for resources to support our school.
Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with our school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.
If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

REMINDERS

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…
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
Dec
3
Thu
Gr. 8 Confirmation – Mr. MacPhail’s Class
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
9
Wed
Grade 7 Virtual Trip to HIEC Career Centre ( McNamara)
Dec 9 all day
Dec
10
Thu
Grade 7 (Condotta) Virtual Trip to HIEC Career Centre
Dec 10 all day
Dec
11
Fri
Grade 7 (Park) Virtual Trip to HIEC Career Centre
Dec 11 all day
Joy Day & Christmas Spirit Day (No Uniforms)
Dec 11 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 30th – Dec. 4th