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Weekly Update – Nov. 22nd to 26th

Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of love. Help me to pray each day, and fill my heart
with Your love, for it is You who gives me the strength to love others as you love me.
I make this prayer in Your most holy Name. Amen.

It was great to focus on Bullying Prevention and Awareness as a school community last week. We will continue to focus on our daily message of celebrating our differences and caring for each other this week. This work will be supported by messages from our Student Ambassadors and continued activities throughout the week. We continue to emphasize that bullying-like behaviour in person and/or through electronic means is never acceptable. We ask that you please continue to monitor student devices on a regular basis and remind your children of the importance of avoiding inappropriate behaviour.

Progress Reports & Parent/Teacher Conferences
Progress Report Cards and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning will be sent home via email this Wednesday, November 24th. To access your children’s report cards, you will need access to their Ontario Education Number (OEN).

As we have been communicating, we will hold our traditional parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, November 25th (3:15 pm – 8:15 pm) and Friday, November 26th (P.A. Day) 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 previous messages in our Updates and by email, please click here below for step-by-step instructions for booking conferences with teachers. Please note the deadline for booking is tonight at 11:00 pm.

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.
Fresh From The Farm Pick Up!
Thank you to those parents who picked up their fresh vegetables and apples on Friday during our pick up time. If you did not have the opportunity to do so, please ensure you contact our Catholic School Council chairs (stdomcouncil2020@gmail.com) or our office tomorrow to arrange a pick up time. Thank you to those members of our council for your time and effort in planning this event and arranging our pick up of items.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Thank you to those parents who confirmed their availability to assist with school activities and those who have already been in to volunteer! While we have received assistance already, we could still use additional help with the following:
  • 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!
    Pita Pit Orders

    As you heard last week, we will begin Pita Pit Tuesdays at St. Dominic. Our first delivery will take place this Tuesday (November 23rd). Families will have an opportunity to order pitas directly through our selected vendor. Please click here for more information on how to order.

    Diabetes Recognition Day
    This year marks 100 years since the discovery of a treatment that has saved millions of lives around the world – insulin.
    Last week, World Diabetes Day was recognized, celebrating this incredible breakthrough and the century of life-changing diabetes discoveries it inspired. In support of our students within our school with type-1 diabetes, we are inviting all students to wear a “splash of blue” (special blue shirt, nail polish, hair or any accessory) with uniform bottoms on Wednesday, November 24th!
    Angel Tree & School Advent Outreach Initiatives
    It is so hard to believe that Advent begins next weekend. We are looking to run our annual “Angel Tree” initiative again this year. This initiative will provide needed support for those in our own school community this Christmas. You will have an opportunity to donate in the near future. We will also be collecting new mittens, gloves and hats for those in need, as well as non-perishable food items for our Advent food drive. More details will be sent in next week’s Update.
    2021 Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest
    A reminder that 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. Please note the deadline for submissions is next Friday, December 3rd!
    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 (cash only) 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 & Reminders
    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 click here view the link below to view all items available for our school, which can be purchased online or in store.

    Uniform Reminders:
    • Tops must be from McCarthy’s with our school’s embroidered logo
    • Bottoms must be plain navy blue (students should not be wearing black or any colour other than navy)
    • Sweaters/hoodies must be uniform items (students should not be wearing graduation hoodies from previous years or other sweaters)
    Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council
    Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 
    The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 
    The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 
    Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

    REMINDERS:

    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
    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
    Nov
    28
    Sun
    Advent Begins
    Nov 28 all day
    Nov
    29
    Mon
    Scholastic Book Fair (Virtual for Parents)
    Nov 29 – Dec 6 all day
    Dec
    1
    Wed
    Advent Liturgy with Fr. Ranjan (Virtual)
    Dec 1 @ 12:30 pm
    Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 22nd to 26th