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Weekly Update – Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st

Orange Shirt Day – September 30th, 2021

On Thursday, September 30th, We will all join together in solidarity, in honour of our Indigenous community and all those affected by the residential school tragedies. We ask all students to please wear an orange shirt with their uniform bottoms.

Virtual Curriculum Night
We will host a virtual Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 28th. Classroom teachers will connect with parents via Microsoft Teams in two sessions, as outlined below.

We respectfully ask that you keep the following in mind:
1.) The focus of the presentations will be on your child’s typical day routines, ongoing communication, curriculum programming and assessment & evaluation. If you have any specific comments and/or questions pertaining to your child/family, we ask that you please reach out to the classroom teacher separately by email/phone.
2.) Any questions around the school management of COVID-19 protocols, or other school issues are to be directed to Mrs. Babic and Mr. Chininea in their session or by email/phone.
3.) Sessions are to remain respectful and mindful of our Catholic school environment.
4.) We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if the program or internet connection are not working appropriately that evening and live sessions do not work out. In this case, classroom teachers will be in touch with you to forward presentation information and answer any questions.

Welcome and brief presentation from Mrs. Babic and Mr. Chininea: 6:30 – 6:45 pm – Please Click Here to Join

Classroom Teacher Sessions: Session 1 – 6:45 – 7:00 pm; OR Session 2 – 7:05 -7:20 pm (Teams meeting links & information will be provided by classroom teachers)

*If you have any questions beyond these sessions, please always feel free to contact the office or your child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s).
Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser!!!
This year, our Catholic School Council is running a Fresh from the Farm fundraiser! Fresh from the Farm offers two bundles of Ontario produce for sale:
– Vegetable bundle (5 lb white potatoes, 3 lb sweet potatoes, 3 lb onions, 3 lb carrots) for $18
– Apple bundle (8 lb Ambrosia apples) for $20

You will enjoy fresh, Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables and the school will retain 40% of sales! The school has decided to direct these funds towards the school playground as well as physical education and athletic equipment.  
 
Attached is a poster (Fresh From The Farm) with more information and an order sheet (FFF Order Form). Order forms are not need to be submitted and are only to be used for you to track your own purchases or orders for other family and friends. Please ensure all orders and payments are made through our School Cash Online by October 12. Deliveries will take place between November 8 and December 9. Our School Council will communicate delivery details closer to the date.  
 
If any avid cooks or bakers would like to share a recipe with the school community (e.g. apple crumble, vegetable stew, etc.), please submit via email to our Catholic School Council (stdomcouncil2020@gmail.com) and we will share them digitally with the school community at the time of delivery. 

For parents new to our School/Board, you can register for Cash Online with the same email on the file with the school, which will be linked to your child(ren). Please click here to register/log in. An email with this fundraiser event will be sent today for registered parents.

Terra Cotta Cookies in October!

As a special treat for our students in the month of October, we are offering Terra Cotta Cookies for purchase! Cookies will be individually packed and sealed. You may purchase through our Cash Online and either select one or two cookies per week. To register or log in, please click here. Registered parents should receive this event email today from our Cash Online program.

Gr. 2 and 7 Sacraments
In addition to an email sent directly to grade 2 and 7 parents, you can find important information below for sacraments being planned for this school year.
Gr. 2 – First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion:
2021-2022 First Communion Reconciliation Pamphlet
Gr. 7 – Confirmation:
2021-2022 Confirmation Information Booklet
Grade 8 Parent Nights and Secondary School Information
Grade 8 parents can click here to view important transition events being hosted/facilitated by St. Thomas Aquinas and our school.
Halton Region Police Update
Halton Region Police has launched a bicycle registration program to help in the event of theft. Please see the letter below to read more about this program and the app available to all parents and students.
Halton Region Police Bike Registry
We are pleased to work closely with Constable Carrie Foster, who will serve once again as our school liaison officer this year.
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
Supporting our Students’ Mental Health
We will strive to provide ongoing resources to help you support your children’s mental health. While we have been back to school for a couple of weeks, we are still in a transition period. Please continue to let us know if you have any concerns with your child as we continue to adjust to our return to school.
Please click on the links below from School Mental Health Ontario to read more about monitoring and supporting your children:
Mentally Healthy Return to School With Care – Tip Sheet for Parents
St. Dominic Catholic School Council
Thank you to all parents who came forward to form this year’s Catholic School Council. We look forward to working together as we hopefully begin to introduce more activities for our students this year! We will contact all members to confirm the date of our first meeting, which will take during the week of October 4th.
Code of Conduct and Maintaining a Safe & Inclusive School Environment
We continue to communicate our expectations with students and promote our school motto, to treat others as Jesus has taught us to – with Dignity, Kindness & Respect. We also recently spoke to all students about their part in keeping our school a safe, equitable and inclusive Catholic learning environment for all members. Please continue to review the code of the conduct with your children when you have a moment, which can be found at the front of student agendas (grades 1-6) and also on our school website: St. Dominic & Board Code of Conduct. We strongly encourage all parents to review children’s devices and social media activity to avoid a potential serious issue at the school.
Grade 7-12 Immunization Program (Halton Region Public Health)
Due to the pandemic, Halton Region’s typical process for providing vaccines for grade 7 students in schools was disrupted. To learn more about how to inquire about vaccinations for grade 7-12 students, please see the letter below.
Halton Public Health School Immunization Program – Parent Letter Fall 2021

REMINDERS:

Remaining Safe At School
Daily Screenings – Update
We no longer need to confirm completion of daily screenings with classroom teachers, as we have done for the past two weeks. However, parents and guardians are still asked to complete the mandatory COVID-19 School Screening Tool  for each child every day before leaving home for school.

What happens if your child feels unwell at school?
It is important for your son or daughter to let their teacher know if they are feeling unwell at school.
Students who show signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be taken to our school’s designated ‘isolation room’ where they will be cared for and supervised until the parent or guardian can pick them up. In many cases, siblings will also need to go home as an additional precautionary measure. Parents or emergency contacts must be available to pick up their children if they become unwell at school.
It is very important that we have current contact information for all of our families so that we can get in touch with you quickly. Please contact our school office if there have been any recent changes to your contact information.

Water Bottles
Due to continued protocols within our school, traditional water fountains are not in operation. However, our water filling stations are open for student use. Please ensure your children have a reusable water bottle at school and this remains an essential item packed each day.

Lunch Routines For Students
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. If necessary, students may be picked up (Notes/notice for teachers must be provided). However, students may not leave the school to visit local eateries and return to school.
As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day.
Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.

Visitor Protocol
As we did last year, all visitors must obtain approval from the school administration to enter the building. We ask all parents to please remain outside and buzz at the front doors for assistance or to drop off/pick up students. We will confirm your request over our door intercom and ensure we assist you. As always, you may call the office ahead of time and we can forward a message to your children or provide assistance.

Thank you for your understanding as we limit the number of visits and contacts to our school community to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.
Uniform Dress Code Reminders:
We kindly remind all parents that students must be in full uniform. Tops/tunics with our school embroidered logo and navy pants/bottoms, absent of logos or markings of any kind. A new board policy came into effect last year and you may purchase navy bottoms (no logos) from any vendor/store.
McCarthy Uniforms is our board vendor for the purchase of the tops (you may also bottoms there as well). Please click here to read more about registering, to view items for our school, and for information about the Board’s uniform policy.
Should you have any concerns about purchasing uniforms or require financial support, please contact Mrs. Babic or Mr. Chininea any time. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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

2021-2022 Board School Year Calendar: Please Click Here

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Have a great week!
Your Partners in Catholic Education,
T. Babic & V. Chininea
UPCOMING EVENTS (Please subscribe to our calendar to receive updates on your phone/device):
Sep
26
Sun
Terra Cotta Cookie Sale (Please see Cash Online)
Sep 26 – Sep 30 all day
Sep
28
Tue
Virtual Curriculum Night
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sep
29
Wed
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day
Virtual Liturgy for Students (Gr. 6s Leading)
Sep 29 all day
Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters!
Sep 30 all day
Oct
4
Mon
Thanksgiving Food Drive Blitz!
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all day
Oct
8
Fri
P.A. Day – No School
Oct 8 all day
Oct
11
Mon
Holiday – Thanksgiving Monday
Oct 11 all day
Oct
14
Thu
Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser – Cash Online Orders Due Today!
Oct 14 all day
Photo Day
Oct 14 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st