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Weekly Update – February 15th – 19th

Prayer for Lent
Loving God, you sent us Jesus to save us from our sins.
Have mercy on us and help us fast, pray and give alms.
Forgive our sins and help us to see your love.
Amen.

This Wednesday, February 17th is Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the liturgical season of Lent. Due to protocols in place, Ashes will not be distributed to students and staff. However, we will join together for a liturgy taking place at 12:45 pm. If you would like to participate in our live liturgy (on Microsoft Teams), please click here at that time. We are pleased to welcome Fr. Ranjan, who will celebrate with us.

Likewise, the Diocese of Hamilton has released resources and liturgies for you to participate in at home as a family. Please click on the Ash Wednesday At Home – Resources and Home Liturgy for Families – Diocese of Hamilton to access that information.

Return to In-Person School:
We had a successful return to school last week and thank everyone for your cooperation. A reminder that it is essential no parents or students congregate before and/or after school. Please see below for reminders about our safe return to school.

Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols
In addition to enhanced protocols for staff and students during our school day, an important reminder is you must continue monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the Ontario School Screening Tool for each child, each morning, before sending them to school.

Message from Halton Public Health: MOH Letter for Parents-2021-02-08

Masks
The Ministry now requires that masks be worn outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
As we cannot ensure physical distancing is being maintained while students are outside during recess, effective Monday, February 8th, all students will now be required to wear their masks when outside at recess and outside after lunch. Please make sure your child has at least two to three masks to get them through the day. All teachers will ensure that mask breaks are provided throughout the day. Please click here to view a tip sheet from Halton Public Health on wearing masks correctly – for students

Entrance and Dismissal Routines
With the start of our first week back with all students, we will start with new routines as of this Monday. Please CLICK HERE to view the entrance and dismissal routines we established in the fall. It is essential that we practice and model appropriate health and safety measures for our students as we arrive to school and dismiss at the end of the day.

Congregating
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. Please ensure that when you come to the school to drop off or pick up your child(ren) you are wearing a mask and you must remain physically distanced from others. Please utilize the space we have provided at the end of the day on our playground and spread out to avoid congregating in one area. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school.

Please CLICK HERE to view the HCDSB’s revised Return to School Plan.

As we move through the winter weeks ahead, please let your child’s classroom teachers know if you are recognizing any concerns with how your they are feeling. Please see the following links below for additional resources:
HCDSB Mental Health & Well-being Support
School Mental Health Ontario
The Halton Centre – Workshops to Reduce Stress & Worry
Return of Borrowed Chromebooks and Technology:
Thank you to all families who returned borrowed devices last week. We are still missing some and ask that you please return devices on Tuesday if you have one at home. Devices can be returned directly to the office or to your child’s classroom teacher. Please ensure power cords are attached/included and they are labeled with child’s/children’s name. Thank you.
Switching Modes of Learning – Remote/In-Person Learning:
On Tuesday, February 16th, the changes to the learning environment that were requested before Christmas will come into effect.

As previously communicated from the board, the next opportunity to request a change in your child’s learning environment is scheduled to take place in March. The online request form (survey) will be shared with all parents and guardians during the first week of March. The requested changes are planned to take effect before the end of March.
Uniform Dress Code Reminders:
As we informed you weeks ago, 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.
As we return to school for Term 2, we want to remind all parents and students that students must be in full uniform (Tops with our school embroidered logo and navy pants/bottoms, absent of logos or markings of any kind). As of February 1st, a new board policy has come into effect and you may purchase navy bottoms from any vendor/store. Should you have any concerns about purchasing uniforms or require financial support, please contact Mrs. Durand or Mr. Chininea any time. Thank you in advance for cooperation.
Kindergarten Registration Still Open for 2021-2022:
A reminder to all that we are still 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 and parents will be contacted to arrange a date and time. For more information and upcoming virtual sessions for parents new to kindergarten, please click here.

REMINDERS

Family Day is tomorrow! We wish you and your family a wonderful day. We will see everyone back on Tuesday.

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

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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
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
Term 1 Report Cards Go Home
Feb 24 all day
Mar
5
Fri
Gr. 2 Sacrament of First Reconciliation (Postponed – New Date TBD) @ St. Dominic Parish
Mar 5 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – February 15th – 19th