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Weekly Update – Nov. 15th – 19th

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta ~

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 15th– 19th, 2021 – Ontario students, school staff, and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on our student’s learning and well-being. By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, our school will be focusing on positive change, the well-being of our school community, and promoting a safer learning environment for all.

Our Students will be engaged in the following this upcoming week:

  • Special daily announcements from school administration, staff and student leaders
  • Monday kick off – Read aloud with Mrs. Babic and Mr. Chininea
  • Tuesday, November 16th will be Pink Shirt Day (uniform bottoms) to promote love and care for one another
  • Kindergarten to Grade 3 Presentations from our Child & Youth Counsellor, Mrs. Jankowiak (November 16th)
  • Anti-bullying pledge for all students
  • Grade 6 to 8 Presentation from Halton Regional Police Liaison Officer, Cst. Carrie Foster (November 17th)
  • Classroom lessons/activities

Our students in grades 4-8 will also participate in the “The Saidat Show” on November 16th, with learning focused on “Exercising Social Responsibility”. The hope is to remind students that they are unique individuals, who make a difference through their decision making, as well as an impact in creating a positive learning environment for everyone. 

When we realize that our actions and choices create the world we live in, we can then begin to find ways to get along and stand up for others.” – Saidat.

While eliminating all forms of bullying is a difficult task, we will continue our efforts to promote our daily message at St. Dominic, asking our students to treat each other as Jesus taught us to – with Dignity, Kindness and Respect. Please continue to have daily conversations with your children about supporting our message and the importance of caring for one another.

Fresh From the Farm Delivery Update!
Pick-up Fresh from the Farm orders on Friday November 19
 
For those of you who ordered apple and vegetable bundles from Fresh from the Farm, your orders will be ready for pick-up at the school on Friday November 19 between 2:30 and 4:00 PM.
 
We will be distributing bundles from a table in the kindergarten playground area. In order to prevent congestion during school dismissal, please park your car in the parking lot and walk to the table.
 
We would appreciate if you would make an effort to pick up your orders during the specified time, however if you are unable to, please email stdomcouncil2020@gmail.com and we will make alternate arrangements.

Thank you!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Thank you to those parents who confirmed their criminal declarations from the 2019-2020 school year, or who have dropped off updated (within 6 months) criminal record checks – vulnerable sector screening. We have confirmed our list of eligible volunteers and are kindly asking parents from that list to please let us know if you are available to assist us for the following days/times:
  • Monday mornings (roughly between 8:30 am and 9:30 am) to prepare and package classroom snack bins

  • Thursday lunches (roughly between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm) to help distribute pizza for our Pizza Days

  • If you are available and interested, please contact Mrs. Dunn (dunnc@hcdsb.org) and identify which programs you would like to assist with. Please note that all volunteers must show proof of vaccination and complete our visitor screenings. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Your involvement makes a big difference in the life of our school and for our students!
    Progress Reports & Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Progress Report Cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home on Wednesday, November 24th. Similar to the process we had in place last year, progress report cards will be sent home electronically by email. To access your children’s report cards, you will need access to their Ontario Education Number (OEN).

    We will also hold our traditional parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, November 25th (3:15 pm – 8:15 pm) and Friday, November 26th during school hours. Our conferences will be 10 minutes in length and will take place by phone or virtually on Microsoft Teams. In case you missed the email sent last week, please open the file below for step-by-step instructions for booking conferences with teachers.
    21-22 St. Dominic Parent/Teacher Conferences

    After booking your time with teachers, they will be in touch to confirm the method you chose and provide links if necessary. We look forward to connecting with all parents and please let your child’s classroom teacher(s) know if you have any questions.
    Lunch Programs

    Pizza Days will begin this Thursday (Nov. 18th) for families who ordered. If you missed pizza orders, you will have another opportunity to order for our 2nd session, which will run from March to June. Communication will be sent prior to the start of that session.

    We are also excited to announce that we will begin Pita Pit Tuesdays at St. Dominic! Families will have an opportunity to order pitas directly through our selected vendor. More information will be sent early this week and our Pita Pit Tuesdays will begin in the very near future.

    Please remember to send water/drinks and other snacks with your child(ren) on days where you have ordered either Pita Pit on Tuesdays or Pizza on Thursdays. A gentle reminder that no lunches are to be dropped off at the school and we kindly ask parents to continue to pack lunches/drinks if your child does not participate in our lunch programs.

    2021 Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest
    Our Board will continue with the tradition of the Keeping Christ in Christmas contest this year. If your child(ren) would like to participate, please click here to read more.
    Keeping Christ in Christmas
    St. Dominic Book Fair!
    Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from November 29th -December 3rd! Students will be able to purchase books during their library time. 
     
    Your investment in your reader(s) also helps our whole school. All purchases earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library. 
     
    For parents, family and friends who cannot enter our school, don’t forget to visit our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Orders will ship to our school for free, and more information will follow regarding the pickup of your order.  Orders will arrive in unmarked packaging-Perfect for Christmas gifts! 
     
    When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair Extension site (From November 29th to December 6th) using this link: St. Dominic Virtual Book Fair for Families
     
    Uniform Update!
    As discussed at our Catholic School Council meeting on November 8th, we have added a uniform item. The full-zip sweater option is back for purchase through our provider, McCarthy Uniforms. You can view the link below to view all items available for our school, which can be purchased online or in store.

    Updated Oct. 2021 – St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School

    REMINDERS:

    11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition!
    When? Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

    The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).
    With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker
    HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.

    They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

    It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.
    Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

    For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/
    Faith Formation Opportunities At St. Dominic Parish
    The Mystery of Divine Love is a six-session mission designed to help interested individuals gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith. It can also help prepare during Advent for the coming of Emmanuel – God with us. Each session will be approximately 60 minutes in length, followed by an optional question and answer session. The program is open to all adults and senior high school students. Registration is encouraged to help plan seating, however registration is not required. These sessions will be held Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. starting November 10, 2021.
    Information is posted on our parish website at this link: https://saintdominic.ca/faith-formation/

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the parish’s Your Minister, Michael Aguiar by email (maguiar@hamiltondiocese.com).

    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):
    Nov
    15
    Mon
    Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week
    Nov 15 – Nov 19 all day
    Nov
    16
    Tue
    Louis Riel Day
    Nov 16 all day
    Pink Shirt Day – Bullying Prevention & Awareness
    Nov 16 all day
    Nov
    18
    Thu
    Gr. 2 Communion Parent Information Night @ St. Dominic Parish
    Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
    Nov
    19
    Fri
    Fresh From the Farm Pick Up (Kindergarten Playground Area)
    Nov 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Nov
    24
    Wed
    Progress Reports Go Home
    Nov 24 all day
    Splash of Blue Day for Diabetes Awareness
    Nov 24 – Nov 25 all day
    Virtual Liturgy – Human Dignity (Led by Gr. 7s)
    Nov 24 all day
    Nov
    25
    Thu
    Parent/Teacher Conferences (After School)
    Nov 25 @ 3:15 am – 8:15 am
    Nov
    26
    Fri
    P.A. Day – Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Nov 26 all day
    Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 15th – 19th