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Weekly Update – Nov. 29th – Dec. 3rd

You are the God who saves me.

I put my hope in you all day long

~ PSALM 25:5

The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope and we light the first purple Prophet’s Candlereminding us that Jesus is coming.

As we begin Advent today, let us pray together…
Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our world, especially as we continue to see the effects of the global pandemic. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

We will pray together as a community on Wednesday, December 1st, as Father Ranjan will lead our Advent Liturgy. Father will present at the school, however the liturgy will be virtual.

Please take a moment with your children to watch a quick video about the true meaning of Advent and Christmas!
You can also click here for an interactive Advent calendar & other activities.

Families are also invited to participate in daily Advent reflections. Below are links to some wonderfully made Advent Calendars and Resources for you and your family to pray with. 
Advent Experience (Loyola Press)
Diocese of Hamilton – Advent Resource for Families
Advent Outreach Initiatives – Angel Tree & Food Drive:
Part of being a Catholic community is living our faith in the way we support others. We are happy to continue our annual Advent tradition with two initiatives this year, our Angel Tree and Advent Food Drive. A separate message has been sent, however, please see our homepage message (or the file below) for more information on how to participate and support those in need this Christmas! Please note, we have decided not to run our Mitten Tree initiative this year. However, if you have any new hats, gloves, mittens, etc. and you wanted to donate them, we will ensure they are passed along to those in need.
Advent Outreach 2021 – Angel Tree and Food Drive

Additionally, if any families are in need of assistance this Christmas, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Babic (babict@hcdsb.org) and/or Mr. Chininea (chinineav@hcdsb.org).
Christmas at St. Dominic
We are looking forward to the next few weeks as we celebrate Christmas as a community. In addition to our Advent liturgies and initiatives, we will engage our students in the following:
Virtual Christmas Concert: Each class in grades 1-6 will prepare a short performance (song, poem, dance, etc.). A video of each class will be compiled and sent home on Thursday, December 16th. Please note, parents who have declined permission to post videos/pictures through electronic means on the family information forms will need to provide special permission for this activity. We will be in touch in those circumstance, however, please contact the office with any questions. Current health and safety measures will be followed throughout this event.
Students in grades 7 and 8: Our students will engage in a special Christmas arts project led by Mrs. Corbacio. We look forward to the final products!
Joy Day: We will engage our students in a special Christmas craft/activity on Wednesday, December 15th. Students will also be invited to wear Christmas spirit wear on this day. It will be a full non-uniform day.
Classroom Celebrations: Classroom teachers may plan additional classroom celebrations. A reminder that snacks/treats provided by parents for classes are not permitted. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to classroom teachers or the office.
Community Christmas Kahoot Night: We will host a community-wide Christmas Kahoot Trivia Night (virtual) on Wednesday, December 15th at 6:30 pm! Please save the date and more details, including a Teams meeting link, will follow soon.
Friday, December 17th: Please note that this day will be a non-uniform day and students may wear Christmas attire or red/green on this day. As in the past, this day will also be an early release day across the region and dismissal will be 1:20 pm. Busses will run accordingly on this day.
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 this Friday, December 3rd!
Keeping Christ in Christmas
Progress Reports and Parent/Teacher Conferences
It was great to see parents having the opportunity to connect with classroom teachers to discuss your child/ren’s progress to date. We thank you for your patience as we saw glitches with the Board-wide system and the emails that were sent out. If you have any questions about obtaining a copy of your child’s progress report card, please contact the office. We also extend a big thank you to our teaching staff for their continued hard work and dedication to our students!
Family Vacations/School Absences
As the Christmas Break is now in sight, some families have contacted us about the process for missing school due to a planned or potential family vacation outside of Canada. Please note that unless students are fully vaccinated (for more than 14 days after the second dose), there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. To be sure, please ensure you continue to carefully complete the Ontario Daily School Screening Tool each day. If you do go away, please keep the following in mind:
  • A “vacation form” must be completed and signed in the Office, indicating absence length and return date. Absences must be submitted in School Messenger.
  • If your travel time (not including a quarantine period) is longer than 15 school consecutive school days, contact with school administration is necessary, as a different process must be followed;
  • Teaching staff will do their best to provide guidance and resources for missed time, however, parents are responsible for the missed learning. The nature of lessons and assessment happening in class cannot be replicated in the form of any work provided in advance;
  • Any work completed while away from school cannot be assessed/evaluated by teaching staff afterwards;
  • Any questions can be directed to the school office.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place each year on December 3rd. This day is set aside to increase knowledge and understanding about disabilities. The HCDSB will be recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities with activities throughout the week of November 29th to December 3rd.

The international focus for this year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-Covid-19 world.”

We will look to highlight this special day at St. Dominic through classroom discussions, activities and school-wide announcements to raise awareness.
St. Dominic Book Fair!
The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school this week! 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

We extend a big thank you to our librarian, Mrs. Lee, for all of her terrific work in promoting a love of literacy and reading.
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
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)

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
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
Dec
6
Mon
Christian Meditation and Advent Reflection
Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Dec
14
Tue
Rapid Antigen Screening (COVID-19) Kits Sent Home
Dec 14 all day
Dec
15
Wed
Non-Uniform Day – Christmas Spirit Attire
Dec 15 all day
St. Dominic Christmas Joy Day!
Dec 15 all day
St. Dominic Christmas Kahoot Night!
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Nov. 29th – Dec. 3rd