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Weekly Update – September 13th – 17th

It was so terrific to see everyone back last week! Welcome once again to all new families! Thank you for your patience as we adjusted to the start of our new school year. We have included some of our start-up information again as we continue to get used to our daily routines.

Entrance & Dismissal Routines

Please click here to read more about our entrance and dismissal routines, which started last week and will continue moving forward.

Daily Screenings & Confirming With Staff
As we mentioned last week, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This confirmation will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year and perhaps beyond that point. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the mandatoryCOVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teachers for tracking in one of the following formats: 
1.) Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log (provided by the school), which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day.

2.) printed copy of “pass” from the screening tool, or email the results to classroom teacher (you may do this after passing the screening) .
3.) Grade 7 & 8 students may show proof of pass (day/time stamped) on a device
*We will inform parents if this practice will be mandated beyond the first two weeks of 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. 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.
Considerations for Lunch Prep:
· Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks.
· Sharing food items will not be permitted.
· Reusable water bottles are encouraged (refill stations will be open and working)
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.
To read more about our school protocols and practices, please see our Return to School Plan below.
ST. DOMINIC – RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN 21-22
Medical Information and Apparatus (Epi-pens, etc.)
Thank you to those parents who have submitted Student Plan of Care packages and medical apparatus prior to school starting.  Please be reminded that we must have both the forms and devices, such as Epi-pens in a Ziploc bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.  A reminder for students with anaphylaxis, they must wear a valid Epi-pen on their person at all times and have an extra in the office (kindergarten teachers can store Epi-pens for JKs/SKs). If anything has changed with your child’s medical condition or profile, please contact us at the school and we will be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss further.
Important! Family Information and Forms
Family information and consent forms will be sent home electronically this year. A link was sent home last week via email, however, it is included in the link below if you have not had a chance to complete it. You may complete using this link (please see below for a few reminders/tips!)
-If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
-Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.
*If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the form correctly, try a different web browser, use an “incognito” browser window, or a different device.

Please click here for more information.
*Important forms for student participation in regular physical education will also be coming home tomorrow. Please ensure the yellow forms are completed, signed and submitted. This is necessary for your child to participate in on-going physical education classes.
St. Dominic Catholic School Council
We welcome new and returning parents to join our Catholic School Council! Catholic School Councils are called to help serve the community, acting as an advisory board for our school administration. If you are interested in joining our Catholic School Council this year, please click below for more information and to complete your nomination form.
Catholic School Council Election Package 2021
Safe Playground Equipment
In the coming weeks, we will be providing a classroom bin with safe playground equipment. However, we invite students to bring safe equipment from home to play with at recess. “Nerf-like” balls or similar are best to ensure the safety of our students. Please ensure students do not bring any equipment, which may cause injury to them or a classmate. We thank you for your understanding and support.
Bussing & Halton Transportation
Access to student transportation schedules is now available through the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) Parent Portal.

Halton Transportation is experiencing continued driver shortages and as a result, we may see delays with our morning and afternoons bus routes. Please ensure you sign up for parent updates and alerts at haltonbus.ca.
Seat assignments have now information are available through the parent portal, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation. Please take a moment to review your child(ren’s) seat location and reinforce the importance of remaining in their assigned seats. For Parent Portal instructions, please click here.

If you are not planning to have your daughter/son use the bus this year, please ensure you opt out: OPT-out form.
*Courtesy Seats – Please note that courtesy seats for ineligible students will not be considered this year.
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.

REMINDERS:

Use of Masks & Personal Protective Equipment
All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. 
Students are expected to bring their own masks to wear on student transportation and at school. Non-medical 3-ply masks will also be made available by schools for students if needed. Students should bring an additional mask (or more) to school in the event that their mask gets wet, damaged or soiled.
Masks must be worn indoors, including hallways, during classes, on school buses, and in the Before and After School Program.
Masks may be temporarily removed indoors for eating and drinking at lunch or break times. Mask breaks will also be provided as needed. We ask parents to please send a small open container, bag or magnetic hook with their children to safely store masks as they are removed for eating.
Students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but 2m distancing should be maintained between cohorts as much as possible.  Masks can be placed in their pockets, fanny pack or similar while outside at recess. Hand sanitizer has been placed at all doorways for use as students leave and enter the school.

Medical-grade masks will be worn by all teachers and other school staff while in the school building. All staff must follow protocols for wearing appropriate PPE throughout the day.
School Communication
Weekly Updates
In an effort to communicate timely and pertinent information, we will send weekly updates (just like this one!) on Sundays at approximately 1:00 pm, for the exception of some holidays. In this case, your weekly update may arrive on the holiday Monday. You will receive an email each Sunday with a link provided, however, they will also be available on our website (homepage or in the “news” tab at the top). This update is much longer than usual as we are including all information regarding our start/new protocols.
School Calendar
We will be updating events happening in the school on our website calendar. You are able to subscribe to this calendar by visiting the calendar tab on our homepage. Please follow the directions to subscribe and events will be synced to your phone/device. To start the year, we will not have as many events as usual given the circumstances of many programs still not running as they used to. Regardless, we will begin to enter additional events as the weeks go on.
School Emails
In an effort to limit the number of emails you receive each week, we will strive to communicate most information to you in our weekly updates on Sundays. However, occasionally we will send dedicated emails for information pertinent to our entire community or particular groups of students.
Classroom Communication
Student agendas were purchased for students in grades 1-6 for students to write in each day. Parents may write a note for teaching staff if necessary. Teaching staff will not be writing in the agendas and will continue with electronic means of communication (email and classroom D2L).

For further updates and school announcements, please also follow us on Twitter – @domihcdsb
Parish Update
We look forward to working with Fr. Ranjan once again, in leading our faith development and engaging our community in prayer and liturgies. Fr. Ranjan will visit classes virtually and physically at the school throughout the year.

St. Dominic Parish reached out to the families of last year’s grade 7 students, who were scheduled to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, to provide new days and times. Please see below for that information:

Wednesday September 15 at 7:00pm – Mrs. Park’s Class
Thursday September 16 at 7:00pm – Mr. Condotta’s Class
Friday September 17 at 7:00pm – Miss MacNamara’s Class and Catechumens

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

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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
15
Wed
Sacrament of Confirmation – Mrs. Park (20-21 Class)
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
16
Thu
Code of Conduct Assemblies (Virtual)
Sep 16 all day
Sacrament of Confirmation – Mr. Condotta (20-21 Class)
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
17
Fri
Sacrament of Confirmation – Mrs. McNamara (20-21 Class)
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm
Sep
23
Thu
Catholic School Council – Nomination Forms Due Today (Details Included)
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am

In case you missed it in our Weekly Update, all Catholic School Council nominations form are due by 4:00pm on Thursday, September 23rd. To complete the form, please click on the file below.

Catholic School Council Election Package 2021

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
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – September 13th – 17th