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Weekly Update – October 18th – 22nd

Catholic School Council – Parent’s Corner
A Message from our Council

HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON 20212022 – Major Fundraiser!
We are looking forward to the Halloween Dance-a-Thon on Friday, October 29th!  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!  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 was also sent home with every student last week.

Prize Donations for our Dance-a-thon
We are currently accumulating raffle prizes for our Dance-a-thon event, including toys, games, Leafs/Raptors games, etc.. 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. A letter from the school validating the donation can be provided.

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!
Halloween Celebrations!
We are looking forward to celebrating Halloween with students and staff next week. We will engage students in appropriate 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! 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. We will not have a food drive as previously planned and will take place during the season of Advent instead.

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?
Behaviour, Social Media and Internet Safety
As we have been communicating in past updates, we continue to remind our students about making positive choices and showing care for one another. 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 on Wednesday, October 27th. He will speak virtually with the grade 4-8 students in the morning and will also host a parent presentation in the evening on the 27th. This parent presentation will take place at 8:00 pm – please save the date! A link will be sent home for this event.
Mindful Minute
As we continue to navigate through this global pandemic, it helps to reflect on the good things we have in our lives. Please see the link below to engage your children in an activity that focuses on gratitude – CAMH Cup of Gratitude.
Gr. 7 Immunizations
For our grade 7 and 8 parents, you would have received an email from the board last Friday afternoon about missed immunizations due to the pandemic. Please refer to the email sent and the letters below for additional information.

2016 Catholic Parents re: Human Papilloma Virus      Parent letter – Reminder from Dr. Meghani
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
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 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
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