Latest news

Weekly Update – September 20th – 24th

We thank you for your continued support as we move through our first few weeks at school. Our students are getting used to our routines again and are following our health and safety protocols. We continue to be thankful for our wonderful staff for all of their dedication.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our grade 8 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last week. We hope the Holy Spirit will guide them as they take this next step and continue in their faith journey. Please keep them and all of our students in your prayers.

Important! Family Information and Forms
Family information and consent forms will be sent home electronically this year. A link was sent home over a week ago 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 (or please call the office).
-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.
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 teachers.
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 (new or returning members), please click below for more information and to complete your nomination form. Please note, all submissions to join our council must be completed by this Thursday, September 23rd at 4:00 pm.
Catholic School Council Election Package 2021
Code of Conduct and Maintaining a Safe & Inclusive School Environment
To help our students understand our board and school code of conduct, we met with all students last Thursday to review our school expectations, rules and possible consequences in an age appropriate manner. The focus with our students was and will continue to be to follow our school motto and treat others as Jesus has taught us to – with Dignity, Kindness & Respect. We also spoke to our 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
Family Paint Night in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.
The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.
Save the Date
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.
For more information, visit the HCDSB website.
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

At St. Dominic, we will invite all staff and students to participate in Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30th.
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.
Medical Information and Apparatus (Epi-pens, etc.)
Thank you to those parents who have submitted Student Plan of Care packages and medical apparatus.  As we continue to update our student information, we ask parents to please let us know 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.
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.
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.
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
Red Cross – Kids Safety First Programs
Please see the file below if you are interested in reading more about the Red Cross – Kids Safety First Programs.
Red Cross Programs – Fall 2021

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).

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

2021-2022 Board School Year Calendar: Please Click Here

Looking for a Weekly Update from previous weeks? – please see our homepage > “News” tab to access weekly updates. For further updates and school announcements, please also follow us on Twitter – @domihcdsb

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
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
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
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – September 20th – 24th