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Weekly Update – Oct. 11th – 15th

“O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not, and whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

Wishing your entire family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Catholic School Council – Parent’s Corner
A Message from our Council
We had our first Catholic School Council meeting last Monday and we have lots of ideas for this school year.  Our goals and plans for this year, while keeping health and safety of the school community at the forefront, are largely based on the feedback we received from the Parent Survey that many of you participated in last April.  If you missed the survey and have any ideas or feedback for us, we are always happy to hear from you! 
 
Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser
We were excited to kick off the school year with the Fresh From The Farm Fundraiser to promote healthy eating and to support our local farmers!  If you or your child wants to submit a recipe using some of the farm-fresh ingredients (using email address below), we will compile and send out the recipes when the apple & veggie bundles are delivered.  Take a look at this delicious-looking soup recipe from the Eden Family: a great way to use your apples! Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – Eden Family recipe submission
Please CLICK HERE to read more information on how to purchase your fruits and vegetables from Fresh From the Farm!
 
HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON 20212022!
We’re also looking forward to the Halloween Dance-a-Thon!  For families who are new to the school, this is an event that has been running for many years and serves as our school’s major fundraiser for the year!  You may remember Jump Rope For Heart from when you were a kid: this is similar but instead of skipping, the kids get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and dance for your pledges.  This year, the event is taking place outside and is sure to be a lot of fun! 100% of your donation will go back to our students and school. In case you missed the email last week, please review the parent letter about our major fundraiser: Dance-a-thon Package to Parents 2021. A hard copy will be sent home with every student tomorrow.

Prize Donations for our Dance-a-thon
We are currently accumulating raffle prizes for our Dance-a-thon event. Students who raise money (as per our letter above) will have an opportunity to enter tickets for a raffle prize! As we have done in the past, we are also accepting prize donations for our event. If you, your organization, other family, friends, colleagues, etc. are in a position to donate a prize for our raffle, that would be much appreciated! If that is the case, please contact the school office or email our council chairs – thank you.

If you would like to connect with our council chairs, please feel free to reach out any time by contacting them at: stdomcouncil2020@gmail.com.

We THANK YOU for joining us in supporting our school and continuing to make St. Dominic a wonderful community to be a part of!
Wear PINK Spirit Day
On Friday, October 15th, we will have our first Spirit Day (non-uniform day). Students are asked to bring in a Toonie and wear PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness. All funds raised will go directly to support Rethink Breast Cancer Foundation. We again thank our Student Ambassadors for leading this event.
Photo Day at St. Dominic
A friendly reminder that our photo day will take place this Thursday, October 14th. We will ensure all safety protocols are adhered to and we will go through the vaccination attestation process with the photography company and photographers present. Traditional class photos will likely be approached differently this year and we will let you know about the options available after photos have been taken.
Social Media and Internet Safety
As we mentioned last week, we continue to encounter issues at the school involving inappropriate and unsafe use of social media and the internet. The main concerns involve inappropriate videos, chat groups, social media app challenges (i.e. Tik Tok Challenges) and web-based video games. We strongly encourage all parents to monitor devices and social media/web use, due to concerning trends emerging online. Our code of conduct assemblies discussed these concerns with students, informing them of appropriate strategies and possible consequences for inappropriate behaviour. We will continue to remind our students through school and classroom messaging and working with our partners (Halton Police, expert speakers, etc.) to educate our students about the dangers of inappropriate use of technology. We appreciate your support in reviewing the expectations with your children on a regular basis to ensure they can continue to meet with success here at school.

Social Media Safety Expert, Paul Davis, will be here on Wednesday, October 27th to speak virtually with the grade 4-8 students and for a parent presentation in the evening. The time for the evening presentation will be confirmed in the near future – please save the date!

REMINDERS:

Parking Lot Safety
We thank you for your continued cooperation while using our parking lot and Kiss & Ride area. Please remember to drive slowly and be cautious of others walking. Mornings and afternoons are a busy time, however, we must keep safety as our number one priority. If you are parents of younger children, who need assistance getting out of your vehicle, please ensure you park your vehicle in a parking spot and escort them to the kindergarten gate or front gate. For the continued flow of our Kiss & Ride area (including buses), we cannot have cars stopped and parked while parents let out students and guide them to their assigned drop off/entrance location. We thank you again for helping us keep everyone safe in our parking lots.

Bikes, Scooters, etc.
Students who ride to school are reminded to always walk their bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. while on our school property. This will decrease concerns around safety and allow students to avoid cars and/or other students while on the property. Likewise, all students are encouraged to wear helmets at all times. Please take a moment to discuss these safety rules with your children.
Remaining Safe At School
Daily Screenings – Update
Parents and guardians are 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 students need to go out/home for lunch, we ask that notes informing teachers are provided).
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.

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):
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
Oct
15
Fri
Spirit Day – Bring a Toonie & Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Oct 15 all day
Oct
18
Mon
We Scare Hunger – Community Food Drive
Oct 18 – Oct 29 all day
Oct
20
Wed
Gr. 8 STA I.B. – Parent Information Night (Please see below for details)
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021.

This is a virtual event. To access this event please visit https://secondary.hcdsb.org/sta/ on October 20th.

Oct
27
Wed
Paul Davis – Social Media Safety Parent Presentation (Time TBD)
Oct 27 all day
Paul Davis – Social Media Safety Presentation (Gr. 4-8)
Oct 27 all day
Oct
28
Thu
Halloween Dance-a-thon Donations Due!
Oct 28 all day
Rain Date: Halloween Dance-A-Thon Event (if rain forecasted for Oct. 29th)
Oct 28 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Oct. 11th – 15th