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Weekly Update – Jan. 10th to 14th

“Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do and I do it with my heart.” Pope Francis

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While this past week has reminded us that we are still very much on a journey as we face this pandemic, we need to mindful of the blessings around us. We are thankful to be part of this St. Dominic Community and we must continue to support each other as we get through this next obstacle. Although we will encounter internet outages, muted microphones, frozen screens and periods of sitting way too long, will get through together! Thank you, parents, for trying your best as you work with your children at home and helping them to engage in their learning online. We hope to see a quicker resolution to the current situation and we can return safely to in-person learning sooner than later.

Likewise, we wanted to take this opportunity to extend a sincere thank you to our terrific St. Dominic staff. From the start of this pandemic, our entire staff have diligently worked through the ups and downs and major shifts in our practices to ensure that meaningful learning can continue for our students. We appreciate their continuous dedication and hope you will join us in thanking them for being amazing! We are so grateful to be working alongside such a wonderful group! Thank you, staff!

As we enter our second week of remote learning, we will look to continue to promote our Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation for January and reinforce what it means to be a Reflective, Creative and Holistic Thinker. We will also look to support student engagement and connection by having one to two spirit days per week as we move along through remote learning. This week, we will have two spirit days:

Wednesday, January 12th – Colour Your World Day! Wear anything bright and colourful to brighten up our days! & Friday, January 14th – Beach Day! Wear appropriate attire like your ready to go to the beach (wish we really could!)

Expectations and Support During Remote Learning:
St. Dominic School Hours (For Remote Learning):
*Teachers may make slight changes on particular days
Start of day/ online learning – 8:20 a.m. (Attendance Taken)
Morning  Recess/Break – As per homeroom teacher schedules
Lunch – 11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (Attendance taken at 12:25 pm)
Afternoon Recess/Break – As per homeroom teacher schedules
Dismissal – 2:50 p.m.

*If your child will be late or absent, please report the absence to the school, using School Messenger (same as during in-person instruction). It is essential that we continue to confirm student attendance while we are in remote learning and we are obligated to report absences as we normally do. If the absence will be prolonged or if you have any concerns, please connect with your child’s teacher.
 
Behaviour Expectations for Students:
Students are expected to follow our code of conduct, and expectations will remain the same during remote learning. We expect all students to demonstrate respect for themselves, staff, their classmates and our Catholic school environment. We want to continue with our daily message of treating each other as Jesus taught us to – with Dignity, Kindness & Respect. Please click here to review behaviour expectations. Safe schools protocols and consequences for inappropriate behaviour will be applied if necessary. We kindly ask you to review all expectations with your children.
 
Remote Learning Expectations and Online Learning Platforms:
Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning.
Resources for Parents & Families:
The following resources provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Students 

Parents, if an issue arises during live, synchronous learning, we ask that you please contact the classroom teachers directly (email) to discuss with them further. Please refrain from intervening during live lessons. We will be happy to work with you to resolve any issues.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning Setting:
In case you missed the message from the school last week, please see the attached document regarding information and a checklist for parents/guardians whose child/ren will be participating in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning setting. Remote-HPE-Parent-Guardian-Information-and-Checklist

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:
D2L Brightspace – usernames will follow: firstname.lastname.###@students.hcdsb.org
Google Classroom – usernames will follow: firstname.lastname.###@domi.myhcdsb.org (Chromebooks will need the Google account to login into the device)
Office 365 (same as D2L)
*Passwords are the same for both D2L and Google Classroom

Having Tech Issues? Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners  

As per Director Daly’s message to parents last week, please be aware of the following supports that are available:
School Mental Health Ontario: www.smho-smso.ca.
Kids Help Phone at 1 (800) 668-6868 or visit KidsHelpPhone.ca​ for 24/7 support. 
Faith & Well-Being Resources: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faith-well-being/

At any point in time, if you require support for your children/family, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
Teacher Absences During Remote Learning
There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted on D2L.
Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French (FSL)/Science/Phys. Ed/Arts class will proceed, and these teachers will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.
Change to Learning Environment for Elementary Students – Request Form Now Open!
Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Board have revised their plan to provide greater flexibility for families. The Board will now offer two (2) opportunities for families to request a change to learning environment for elementary students.

The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended. 

Please click here to read the full message from the Board, which includes specific details about the changes in learning environments and the link to complete the form if you are planning on a change.
Lunch Programs
As we mentioned in our communication last week, we will pause our lunch programs during our period of remote learning. We will invite parents to order Pita Pit (for Tuesdays) once again when we return to in-person and any missed pizza days will be added to the end of our “Session 1.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the school.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family. Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.
To learn more about the registration process, please follow the link below.

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):
Jan
7
Fri
Change in Learning Environment – Due Jan. 14th
Jan 7 @ 12:00 am – Jan 14 @ 11:59 pm
Jan
10
Mon
Student Code of Conduct Assemblies This Week
Jan 10 – Jan 14 all day
Jan
12
Wed
Spirit Day – Colour Your World Day!
Jan 12 all day
Jan
13
Thu
Postponed – Gr. 7 Confirmation Parent Information Night @ St. Dominic Parish
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
14
Fri
Spirit Day – Beach Day!
Jan 14 all day
Jan
17
Mon
In-person Instruction Resumes
Jan 17 all day
Catholic School Council Meeting
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chininea, VinceWeekly Update – Jan. 10th to 14th