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School Weekly Update April 20, 2020

The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. ~ Basil Hume

Community Connections

Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. The most important goal for our community is to keep connected, feel supported and remain hopeful. I want to thank you for the positive feedback many have given our staff in this new world of distance learning. Our staff are so committed and deeply miss the personal connections with our students. We were never meant to be learning at a distance.

Through distance learning, our staff goal is to keep students engaged and provide some normalcy with a learning routine in this trying time. Should you have concerns regarding work expectations please contact the teacher directly through email. Staff are learning to find the right balance. Family and well-being are the top priority. Every family has different circumstances to balance and each student has different learning needs.

If there is anything we can do to better to support you and your students we are open to your suggestions. All our teacher emails are listed on our school website under Contacts > Staff Directory.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish

You should have received a letter sent on behalf of Fr. Ed through School Messenger. This Sunday they will again live stream Mass at 9 am on the Parish Facebook Page. 

Please visit the Parish website for up to date information and their Facebook page to participate in mass.

Crazy Hair Virtual Spirit Day

Thank you to the community members that participated in our virtual spirit day and made us smile! We appreciate you checking them out and liking our photos shared on Twitter too!

Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day and I encourage our community to send pics and post on twitter the ways you are being good stewards of the earth. This is an important time to find gratitude for the earth that God has given to us!

Follow us on twitter at @SetonSt or submit pics directly to me at

HCDSB Distance Learning Plan

Learning from home is new for everyone, and we know that parents, students and staff have a number of questions around the expectations of distance learning.  While we are still awaiting some of the details and further direction in certain areas from the Ministry of Education, HCDSB wanted to share in one document the information known at this time around curriculum delivery, assessment and evaluation as it pertains to teacher-led distance learning during this period of school closure. 

Click here to view the HCDSB Distance Learning Plan – A Guide for Parents and Guardians.

Parent Feedback Form

We know the technology can be a struggle! HCDSB has received a number of requests from families seeking support on the use of the online learning platforms.

To that end, you are invited to share any specific questions you may have around the learning platform your child is using – whether it be D2L, Google Classroom, or Microsoft Office 365.

You may submit your questions through this ONLINE FORM

HCDSB will use the feedback gathered to develop parent tutorials and/or tip sheets to help you navigate these platforms so you can support your child in their distance learning.   

Distance Learning Tips

Parents are encouraged to visit the Learn at Home page at the HCDSB website. Here, there are links to access D2L, Office365, and HCDSB Google Account.

Also, by clicking the “MENU” section in the top right corner, parents can access:

  • Latest Covid-19 Updates
  • Learning Resources by Grade level
  • Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources
  • Mental Health & Wellness Resources
  • Faith Resources
  • Distance Learning Resources

Mental Health Tips & Resources for HCDSB Families

Ongoing news coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be upsetting for many children, youth and families in our community. Our HCDSB Mental Health Leadership Team has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you and your child feel safe during this time of uncertainty. 

Speaking with Children about COVID-19

Key messages for supporting children include:

  • Reassure your child(ren)that they are safe
  • Provide extra emotional support (attention and affection).
  • Minimize their exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Talk calmly about the events and answer any questions they might have at a good level for their age (not too much detail, especially for younger children).
  • Look for signs that your child is struggling (e.g., nervousness, irritability, problems eating or sleeping), and check in with a professional if you are worried.

Community Resources

In addition, parents may want to further explore the following resources in our community:

Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.

God bless you, you are all in our prayers!

Mrs. Williams and St. Elizabeth Seton Staff

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Elementary PrincipalSchool Weekly Update April 20, 2020