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Weekly Update – Oct. 4th – 8th

Thanksgiving & October at St. Dominic

We are so blessed to be part of such a supportive Catholic school environment, where we truly strive to take care of one another. As we move into October, we give thanks and look to display the gospel values in the way we help others in our community. Please see below for important events being planned by our Student Ambassadors!

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE BLITZ!

  • This week will be a short week, however, we ask all students to please support our food drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. These non-perishable food items will go directly to help those in our community. We will collect food starting tomorrow, Monday, October 4th.

PINK DAY FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

  • On Friday, October 15th, we will have our first Spirit Day (non-uniform). Students are asked to bring in a Loonie or Toonie and wear PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness. All funds raised will go directly to support Rethink Breast Cancer Foundation.

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON – MAJOR FUNDRAISER!

  • We will continue the tradition at our school, by having our Halloween Dance-a-thon as our major fundraiser. Additional information will be sent in the days to come and we look forward to celebrating this exciting time with our students and staff! Our Student Ambassadors will once again invite all students to bring in non-perishable food items as part of our “We Scare Hunger” initiative for the Kerr Street Mission Organization.

Social Media and Internet Safety
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.
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 Thursday, October 14. 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 was sent last week for registered parents and events can also be found by logging into the Cash Online program.
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.
Photo Day at St. Dominic
We received approval last week to move ahead with our school photo day, which will take place on 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.
Terra Cotta Cookies in October!

Extended deadline – please order by tonight! As we mentioned last week, we are offering 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. Registered parents should have received this event email from our Cash Online program or may find it by logging in. When registering, please remember to use the same email that is on file with our school.

Curriculum Night
We thank all parents who were able to join us for our Virtual Curriculum Night last week. In the event that you were not able join, classroom presentations have been posted on D2L sites for your reference. Similarly, we ask that you please view the Curriculum Night presentation from Mrs. Babic and Mr. Chininea, by clicking here.
Christian Meditation
After the Thanksgiving weekend, will begin to engage in school-wide Christian meditation every Monday, as part of our “Mindful Mondays.” During this time, we will pause as an entire for a couple of minutes to engage in prayer and quiet meditation. Please feel free to click the file below to read more. As we become more accustomed to this practice, we encourage you to ask your children to lead this at home!
Christian Meditation at St. Dominic
2021-2022 St. Dominic Catholic School Council
Once again, we look forward to working together with our members for this year, who are listed below!
Kelly Sam, Laurie Mendoza, Shashi Fernando, Betsy Thomas, Vicki Dempsey, Michelle Fernando, Jeremy Wohleber, and Heather Albertson, Mr. Delle Monache (Teacher Rep), Miss Ongaro (Support Staff Rep), Mrs. Babic and Mr. Chininea (Administration).
We will have our opening virtual meeting on Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm. If you would like to observe, please click here to join.
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.

REMINDERS:

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
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
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):
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
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
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Oct. 4th – 8th