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School Weekly Update September 16, 2019

The Greatest gift you can give your children is not your own riches, but revealing to them their own. ~ Max Lucado

PA Day – September 16

A reminder that Monday, September 16th is a Professional Activity Day for staff, therefore there is no school for students.

Catholic School Council Update

Thank you to those who have submitted Catholic School Council nomination forms. Correspondence and confirmation will be sent out to parents who submitted forms at the end of day on Friday. The first CSC Meeting is Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome!

Curriculum Night

Thank you to all our St. Elizabeth CES Families that are able to join us for our Curriculum Night – A Celebration of Learning on Thursday, September 19th evening.

We look forward to meeting our parents in the gym beginning at 6:30 p.m. with prayer and staff introductions. We will then have two breakout sessions for parents in classrooms to allow staff the opportunity to share important information about their routines, expectations and curriculum information. If you are unable to join us a handout of the evening will be sent home with your child

At Curriculum Night we will also have:

  • Uniform Exchange– You are welcome to drop off clean items and take items needed. Thank you for sharing with our community members!
  • HFFT Donations– We are looking for support to continue with our Halton Food For Thought healthy snack program that will begin again soon at the start of October. We will have a donation jar available if you are interested in supporting this worthwhile program in addition to the donations we receive from HFFT. Please see the follow link below regarding the most recent Halton Food For Through Update. HFFT-Fast-Facts
  • AP Representative– Assumption High School will have a table set up outside the Library Learning Commons with some AP students to inform families of the Advanced Placement Program for students entering high school.
  • Scholastic Book Fair- the book fair will also be open for parents that evening. It is a nice opportunity to support literacy and maybe find early Christmas items if you are interested!

Scholastic Book Fair Update

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school Thursday, September 12th – Friday, September 20th in the Library Learning Commons.

Our Book Fair theme is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed our way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Each class will visit the book fair for a preview and to create a wish list.  They can return to the book fair if they would like to make any purchases.

There will be contests, activities, and the opportunity to buy books for classroom teachers’ wish list.

  • Book Fair Preview Days: Thursday – Wednesday, Sept. 12-18th
  • Book Fair Buying Days:  Thursday & Friday, Sept. 19-20th
    The fair will be open on the evening of September 19th from 4 – 6 p.m. and 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. for parents attending Curriculum Night ?

Fire Drill – Friday

We are planning to have a practice fire drill on Friday, September 20th.

Concussion Protocol

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheet, can be found on the Board`s website at

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.

Please be aware that St. Elizabeth Seton School strives to be a nut aware environment. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter. We would like to discourage fast food drop off that cannot guarantee to be nut-free (McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, etc.) to ensure the safest and healthiest school environment possible for all our students. Thank you!

Student Safety Reminders

Thank you, parents, for your cooperation by not entering the schoolyard at the start and end of the school day. Just a reminder, you may be a stranger to other students and some staff. This practice allows staff to give their full attention to safely dismiss our younger student to their parents that are waiting behind the fenced area.

As well, a reminder that although we love our furry friends, dogs should not be on school property during the school day. Thank you for your continued efforts to keep all our students safe!

Promoting Well-Being

Try practicing mindful breathing at home with your child! Here is a script you can use*:

  • Sit down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes or look down.
  • Pay close attention to your breathing. Feel air come in through your nose, then fill your chest and your belly. Calmly and slowly, let the breath leave your belly, then your chest, and finally your nose.
  • Keep your shoulders dropped and relaxed. Think about the air coming into your body and the air going out. Bring attention back to your breath, if your mind tries to think about other things.
  • Notice your stomach rising and falling. Let your belly be soft and relaxed.
  • Open your eyes slowly and take a slow, deep breath.

*copied from The Hawn Foundation (2011). The MindUP Curriculum., Grades 3-5. New York: Scholastic.  (p. 45)

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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES

Williams, KellySchool Weekly Update September 16, 2019