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School Weekly Update May 25, 2020

“In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

Extension of School Closure

On Tuesday, May 19, the Ministry of Education announced that it is extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While it saddens us deeply to know that we will not be returning to finish off the school year together face-to-face, we understand that this decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and

Our staff will continue to work diligently to engage our students in meaningful learning for the next five weeks. Please continue to provide us with your feedback so that we can better meet your children’s learning needs by adapting our practice.

Access to Schools

We know that when and how you will be able to retrieve your children’s personal belongings is on many of your minds. The school board is currently working with the Halton Region Public Health Department to plan a protocol for parents to access our school safely to gather any personal belongings that were left behind prior to the school closure. Once we have been given a protocol that will ensure everyone’s safety, we will be communicating that with you. Thank you for your continued patience.

Digital Citizenship

During this period of Distance Learning, there is an expectation that students continue to abide by Board and school Codes of Conduct.  To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, we would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices.  Catholic School Codes of Conduct continue to be important in our Distance Learning Environment. As students continue to work in virtual classrooms, it’s important to remind children about the norms and expectations for online communication. They may be used to texting or chatting with friends on social media, but how they interact in the online school setting will be different. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.

Grade 8 Graduation

Our Grade 8 teachers have been meeting virtually to strategize how best to honour and celebrate our graduates in a safe and meaningful way. We are currently in the beginning planning stages for a virtual ceremony to take place in the end of June. Our Grade 8 teachers will consult with their students and parents as we organize this milestone event.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish

All are welcome to join together for weekly Mass at 9:00 a.m. Live Streamed on Facebook. This mass is available for viewing throughout the week. Please visit the Parish website for up to date information. Activities and resources for children are also available at the parish website’s Youth Ministry Resources page.

Summer Learning Opportunity: Grades 6, 7, 8

An email was sent out from The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students will run from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Session 2). 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.  Educators will provide live and/or pre-recorded lessons for all students.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs and refer to the email sent out from HCDSB for more details.

Math Program

This two-week summer program is designed for students who would benefit from additional practice and assistance to ease their transition into Grade 7, 8 & 9.  Students will participate in engaging lessons to meet their individual needs and learning styles.

Literacy Program

Students can be initially engaged in reading by focusing on their comprehension and enjoyment of a given story, poem, blog, or news report.  Fundamentally, balanced literacy revolves around two primary strands, are a reading strand and a writing strand, each of which mirrors the other. Engaging lessons will be provided to ensure all students’ needs and learning styles are met.

Register Now!
New this year ~ online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning

The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020. 

Moving? Please let us know!

Please let the Office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) will be attending another school in September. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.  Email Mrs. Williams- williamsk@hcdsb.org or Mrs. Biso bisok@hcdsb.org

Lunch Box Orders

With the announcement confirming school closures for the balance of the school year, cancellations will be finalized. In cancelling the orders, parents will be notified and a credit will be placed on their Lunchbox Orders account.  Credits will carry over automatically to the new school year and DO NOT expire.  If you would prefer a refund, please contact Lunch Box directly by email at info@lunchboxorders.com to complete the return of funds to your payment card. 

Lunchbox Orders does not save payment card information for security purposes.  A refund transaction fee (4%) is applicable. The fee represents credit card and bank charges associated with the transaction. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or requests. 

Promoting Well-Being – Bike Safety

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As recommended by Parachute Canada:

Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.

Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.

Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.

Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.

The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.

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Thank you to all our front line and essential workers. Stay safe!

 Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES

Jun
1
Mon
Seton Spirit Wear Day
Jun 1 all day
Jun
3
Wed
HCCEF 24 HR Fast- Go Team Seton!
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all day
National AccessAbility Day- Red Shirt Day: Show Us How You Roll!
Jun 3 all day

Send us pictures of you wearing red and show us how you roll!

Send to Mrs. Williams: williams@hcdsb.org or post to Twitter @Seton

#RedShirtDay2020   #TogetherApartHCDSB

Jun
10
Wed
Seton’s Talent Show Virtual Auditions-due today!
Jun 10 all day

Use a gmail account and send to Ms. Soares:

soaresa@hcdsb.org

Jun
23
Tue
Congratulations Grade 8 Graduates- virtual graduation celebration
Jun 23 all day

Congratulations to our Grade 8 Graduating Class of 2020!

Due to our current health crisis, our grade 8 graduation day will look different this year.

The Grad committee is working to plan a special Graduation video that will be launched for graduates on their special day. Curb-side pickup of diplomas is being planned. Details will be communicated to graduates and their families.

 

 

 

 

Williams, KellySchool Weekly Update May 25, 2020