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Weekly Update – Oct. 25th to 29th

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON 2021-2022 – Major Fundraiser!
A Message from our Catholic School Council…

LAST WEEK TO DONATE & PARTICIPATE!!!
We are looking forward to celebrating Halloween with our students this week. Our Dance-a-Thon is scheduled to take place this Friday, October 29th!  We will monitor the weather forecast for the end of the week and make adjustments as appropriate. In the event that there is a high percentage of rain on Friday, we will either move to having our dance-a-thon outdoors on Thursday, or plan for indoors Thursday and Friday. If we move to indoors (over two days), we will ensure all health and safety protocols are followed. In order to enter the raffle, all donations will be accepted until Thursday. Donations will always be welcomed afterwards or at any point in the year. A reminder that students will receive 1 entry into our raffle draw for every $10 raised. We have many prizes, from Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors tickets to toys, toy sets and gift cards! Please remember, 100% of your donations will go back to our students to support many activities and resources here at the school. Please click on the following link for more information on how to donate: Dance-a-thon Guide to Online Donations

You can also see our Dance-a-thon letter for more information: Dance-a-thon Package to Parents 2021

We THANK YOU for joining us in supporting our school and continuing to make St. Dominic a wonderful community to be a part of!

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.
Halloween Celebrations!
Students will participate in classroom activities throughout the week, including a Black & Orange Spirit Day on Thursday, October 28th and costumes for everyone on Friday, October 29th for our Dance-a-thon (weather permitting)! There will be fun activities for students to complete with their classroom teachers, including a pumpkin carving competition! Throughout these activities, we will be maintaining our current health and safety protocols.

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and maintain our welcoming school environment for all.
 
The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume for students:
 
1.     Is my costume appropriate for our Catholic school environment? (No masks, weapon replicas, graphic materials, inappropriate logos, respectful dress code, etc.)
2.     Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
3.     Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
4.     Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
5.     Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
Paul Davis – Social Media and Internet Safety Expert
In an effort to educate the students further on the importance of positive behaviour, especially when using technology, social media safety expert, Paul Davis, will be here this Wednesday to speak with our grade 4 to 8 students and our parents in the evening. This parent presentation will take place at 8:00 pm – please save the date & time!
IMPORTANT – You will need to register for Paul’s parent presentation first. Please see below for instructions:

You are invited to a Zoom Presentation with Paul Davis
Topic: Online Safety, Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing

 
When: October 27, 2021
@ 8:00 PM 

To Register: CLICK HERE
 
 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation. Please confirm the spelling of your email when registering.

Hot Lunch Programs and Volunteering at the School
We are pleased to announce that we are finalizing our plans to start hot lunch programs again! We will begin with Pizza Days every Thursday and will discuss any additional options/days with our Catholic School Council. We will ensure that our process follows health and safety protocols. Please stayed tuned as information will be sent in the near future regarding the start of our pizza day program.

Volunteering At The School
In an effort to honour completed criminal record check declarations from parents who volunteered in the 2019-2020 school year, the Board is allowing an updated declaration at this time. For those parents, please CLICK HERE to complete your updated declaration.  If you are new to the school or have not volunteered at the school previously, you will need to submit a new criminal reference check/ vulnerable sector screening to the office. This can be completed online through the Halton Regional Police Service website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the office.
Important – In order to volunteer at the school, proof of vaccination or ongoing negative Covid-19 test results must be presented to the school administration. We will be vigilant with this process to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
St. Thomas Aquinas Grade 8 Parent Night
Please see the attached flyer regarding the grade 8 parent information night (virtual), taking place on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 pm. Click here: STA – GR. 8 PARENT NIGHT FLYER 2021

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
27
Wed
Paul Davis – Social Media Safety Presentation (Gr. 4-8)
Oct 27 all day
Paul Davis – Social Media Safety Parent Presentation
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
28
Thu
Black & Orange Spirit Day (Non-uniform)
Oct 28 all day
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
Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Dance-a-thon Event (Students in costume)
Oct 29 all day
Nov
1
Mon
Feast of All Saints
Nov 1 all day
Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 all day
Nov
2
Tue
Feast of All Souls
Nov 2 all day
Nov
4
Thu
Photo Retake Day
Nov 4 all day
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Oct. 25th to 29th