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Weekly Update – Dec. 7th – 11th

The second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace and we light another purple candle.

As we begin the 2nd week of Advent today, let us pray together…
Thank you, Lord, for sending Jesus into our dark world so that our darkness can turn into light. Faithful God, guide us in your way this Advent and always. As we look forward to the birth of your Son, may our faith grow stronger with every passing day. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. 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.
Celebrating Christmas at St. Dominic School:
The Advent and Christmas season is an enjoyable time in our Catholic school environment. Our celebrations will look different this year, however, we will continue to celebrate safely with our students in liturgy and prayer. We will have a Joy Day this Friday (Dec. 11th), where students in each class will engage in Christmas activities throughout the day. Students will be invited to dress in “Christmas Spirit,” wearing faith-filled/festive attire or red, white and green on this day. Classroom teachers may also plan specific days/celebrations next week, leading up to our last day before the break. Please see direct communication from them on their D2L sites.

Friday, December 18th:
We will also have another spirit day on this last day before the break and students are once again invited to wear Christmas spirit wear.
PLEASE NOTE – school boards will continue with early dismissal this year, with school ending 90 minutes early on this day. 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?
Please ensure all student absences are entered in School Messenger and call the school to inform us/your child’s classroom teacher of special circumstances. Thank you in advance!
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!

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
Our Student Ambassadors’ November Newsletter:
Our Student Ambassadors (grade 7 & 8 student leadership group) post a monthly newspaper/newsletter for our staff and students, highlighting events happening around the school. They have highlighted the Artists of the Month for November is last month’s edition. Special thanks Miss McNamara and Mrs. Jankowiak for their leadership in leading this group of students! Please click below to view file:
November Newsletter
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.

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.
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
Virtual Scholastic Book FairFinal Week!
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 Night – Free shipping this 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.
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.

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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
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
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

Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Dec. 7th – 11th