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Weekly Update – Dec. 14th – 18th

The third Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy and we light the pink candle on our Advent Wreath.

As we enter the third week of Advent and our final week together at school, we keep in mind and pray for those in our school and broader community, especially those who may find this time of year difficult.
Lord, you fashioned our hearts to be satisfied with nothing less than Your love which overflows for us in Christ. As we continue our journey through Advent, rekindle within us your gifts of hope and joy, and turn our expectant waiting into readiness to welcome Him in all persons we meet. We make this prayer to you in the name of Jesus, your Son. 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.

It was great to celebrate together last Friday during our Joy Day at St. Dominic! We will have another spirit day on Friday, the last day before the break and students are once again invited to wear Christmas spirit wear. Classroom teachers may also plan specific days/celebrations this week, leading up to Friday. Please see direct communication from them on their D2L sites. We also want to remind parents and students that it is crucial we maintain our diligence with ensuring we are sending peanut/nut safe snacks to school. Please remember that snacks/treats sent from home for the entire class are not permitted. Thank you for your continued support in keeping all students and staff safe.

REMINDER – school boards will continue with early dismissal on Friday, with school ending 90 minutes early. Our school will end at 1:20 pm. Please plan for pick up at this time and bus transportation will follow this schedule as well.

Taking Your Children Out of School Early/ Absences After the Break:
Please ensure all student absences are entered in School Messenger and inform your child’s classroom teacher of special circumstances. If you plan to have your children remain home for an extended period of time (this week and after the break) we ask that you to please email Mrs. Durand and Mr. Chininea to inform us (durandp@hcdsb.org and chinineav@hcdsb.org). Thank you in advance!

Advent Outreach Initiatives – Angel Tree & Mitten Tree:
We will continue our Angel Tree and Mitten Tree initiatives for just two more days! All items must be packaged on Wednesday to ensure those in our community receive the gift cards and Mitten Tree items. Please continue to see our homepage announcement (or the files below) for more information on how to participate and support those in need this Christmas! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!!!

Please also click here to view the video message from our student ambassadors!

Advent Outreach 2020 – Angel Tree and Mitten Tree

A Message from St. Dominic Parish – Christmas Celebrations:
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
Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe:
Halton Region continues to be 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.
Halton Food For Thought – Christmas Donations Needed:
If you or a family member are looking for additional ways to support those in need this Christmas season, please see the link below from Halton Food For Thought. HFFT are an organization who work diligently 365 days to help ensure children in our region are fed and well-nourished. Thank you advance for your consideration.
HFFT Holiday Giving Communication
Parent Support – Solving Problems Collaboratively:
Please see the attachment that offers a free Collaborative Problem Solving Series for Parents. It is an eight week parenting group commencing in January and will be delivering virtually. Please see the link to read more and for instructions on how to register.
Collaborative Problem Solving Series: OPNC Parent Group – Collaborative Problem Solving Series for Parents

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.
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
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.

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…
Dec
1
Tue
Angel Tree & Mitten Tree Advent Initiatives
Dec 1 – Dec 15 all day
Dec
16
Wed
Advent/Community & Common Good School Liturgy (Led by Gr. 5s)
Dec 16 all day
Dec
18
Fri
Non-Uniform Day (Christmas Spirit Day)
Dec 18 all day
Early Dismissal @ 1:20 pm
Dec 18 @ 1:20 pm
Dec
21
Mon
Christmas Break
Dec 21 2020 – Jan 1 2021 all day
Jan
4
Mon
School Closure – Remote Learning for Students
Jan 4 – Jan 8 all day
Welcome Back – Happy New Year!
Jan 4 all day


Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Dec. 14th – 18th