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Weekly Update – Feb. 1st – Feb. 5th

A Prayer for Unity

God of love and justice, St. Paul proclaimed that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” May we be emboldened by your living Word to rid the world of the sin of discrimination in our attitudes and actions. Help us to seek the unity that Paul saw so clearly so that all forms of injustice will cease. Grant us the courage and determination to be prophets of peace. May we welcome one another as brothers and sisters, rooted in your everlasting love. Amen.

Black History Month 2021 Begins

The month of February in Canada is dedicated to honouring and celebrating the contributions of many Black Canadians who have shaped our country to make it what it is today. At St. Dominic Catholic School, we will continue with our theme of “Celebrating Each Other’s Differences” by engaging students in classroom activities and presentations throughout the month of February. We will also emphasize the themes of unity and love this month, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and participate in the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.

Local Love Day/Paint the Town Red Day – United Way Halton:
On February 12th, 2021 we will join our school board and region in celebrating “Local Love Day/Paint the Town Red Day” for the United Way (Halton). The need to support many in our community continues to increase, especially during this pandemic. Students are asked to wear red for this spirit day and families can make an optional small donation through our Cash Online program. The event will open next Sunday afternoon (the 7th), so please keep an eye out for that email!
Important – Winter Water Safety
The safety and well-being of our students and families is always our greatest priority, and we work closely with our partners to share important information to help keep our community safe.
As the province-wide lockdown continues and families are exploring ways to stay active outdoors, the risk of water-related incidents are increasing.
Conservation Halton and the four municipalities in Halton have issued some important reminders and water safety tips to help keep our families safe during the winter months. 
Some of these measure include: 
-Keep family members and pets away from all bodies of water. 
-Don’t follow pets or people on the ice or attempt to rescue – call 911 for assistance. 
-Avoid recreational activities in or around waterways and check with your local municipality for alternative outdoor skating opportunities. 

Recreation of any kind is not permitted on stormwater management ponds. These areas can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all times. 
Please take a few minutes to share these important reminders with your children. For more information, please read the joint News Release.
New Uniform Provider – McCarthy Uniforms:
Although we are currently in remote learning, we wanted to let you know that our school board has a new vendor for our school uniform. Beginning February 1st, 2021, McCarthy Uniforms, who serviced our board for many years previously, has returned. Please click here to read more about registering, to view items for our school, and for information about the Board’s updated uniform policy.
NOW OPEN – Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022:
We are now accepting new kindergarten registrations for the next school year. Please click here to read more details from our homepage. Please note that review and confirmation of documentation will take place in person when schools reopen.

***P.A. Day Reminder – This Friday, February 5th is a P.A. Day and there will not be any online learning taking place (no school for students).


REMINDERS

Remote Learning, Online Learning Platforms & Behaviour Expectations:
Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning.
Resources for Parents & Families:
The following resources provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
Role of Parents in Virtual Learning (Elementary)
Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Students 

Behaviour Expectations for Students:
Students are expected to follow our code of conduct, and expectations will remain the same during remote learning. We want to continue with our daily message of treating each other as Jesus taught us to – with Dignity, Kindness & Respect. Please click here to review behaviour expectations.

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:
D2L Brightspace
Google Classroom – St. Dominic Domain for Google Classroom is @domi.myhcdsb.org
Office 365
Having Tech Issues? Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners  
Communication During Remote Learning:
A reminder that if you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to call the school or email our office staff:
Mrs. Talbot – talbots@hcdsb.org / Mrs. Dunn – dunnc@hcdsb.org  
Mrs. Durand – durandp@hcdsb.org / Mr. Chininea – chinineav@hcdsb.org
Keeping Our School & Community Healthy & Safe:
The province is now in a formal shutdown, with measures in place for all individuals. Please see below for reminders and click here to review all guidelines and measures outlined by the provincial government.

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.
 
COVID-19 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. Please follow the direction of Halton Public Health.

St. Dominic Parish Website: https://saintdominic.ca/

Looking for a Weekly Update from previous weeks? – please see our homepage > “News” tab to access weekly updates.

Board Calendar 2020-2021: HCDSB Calendar 2020-2021

Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
P. Durand & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS (Please subscribe to our calendar to receive updates on your phone/device):
Feb
1
Mon
Black History Month
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all day
Feb
5
Fri
P.A. Day (No School for Students)
Feb 5 all day
Feb
12
Fri
Show Your Local Love Day – Dress in Red for United Way!
Feb 12 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Feb
17
Wed
Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Feb 17 all day
Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Link in Weekly Update)
Feb 17 @ 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Feb
24
Wed
Pink Shirt/Accessory Day (With Uniform Bottoms)
Feb 24 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Feb. 1st – Feb. 5th