Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mendela
Thank you for your continued participation and support of your child(ren) and our teachers as we complete week ten of Distance Learning. Friday, June 26 is our last day of school and distance learning before the summer holiday. We have a busy week ahead with staff assisting with packing, curbside pickup, graduation and year-end tasks.
Seton’s Got Talent-
Congratulations to all of our student participants for sharing their God-given talents with us for our Virtual Talent Show that was launched on Friday. We are grateful to Ms. Soares for putting our show together for our enjoyment. We hope you had a chance to enjoy it with family and friends. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/429808842/8bc18a2af1
Student Belongings -Reminder
We have two curbside pickup days planned for student personal items this week, organized by family last name/surname.
As much as we want to see all our students, we must follow board health protocols and we ask that only a parent or guardian come during your scheduled time. Our schoolyard will be closed, No washrooms will be available. No parents or students will be given access to the school.
We require that only 5 people can stand in line at the door/pickup table at one time and everyone must follow social distancing rules. We appreciate you parking and walking to the lines at the side door #11 & door # 4 to ensure parking lot safety. If you need to drop items at the front, you may drive through the bus lane and wait your turn in your car.
Front Door- Drop-off & Medication only
*Front Door is for drop off & medication pickup only- All tech, SEA equipment Library books, textbooks, team uniforms to be dropped off at front door of the school with a staff member.
Side Doors- Pickup- All student belongings, including Yearbook orders will be distributed in pre-packed bags with student belongings from desks & lockers and picked up at the side doors as indicated in the schedules below at either: North Door # 11 – located on flag side of school or South Door # 4 – located by kindergarten yard
Curbside Pickup Day 1
Curbside pickup Day 2
If you miss you designated time, please contact the main office to make an alternate arrangement: 905-331-7246. We will be only serving parent pickups with scheduled times.
Grade 8 Graduation
“Oh, the place you will go!” Congratulations to our Grade 8 Graduates that are celebrating their Graduation Day virtually on Tuesday, June 23!
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 staff will drop off graduation Signs to each graduate’s home. We hope to have that completed before noon. The launch of our Virtual Graduation ceremony will take place the same day. A School Messenger email will be sent to all the grade 8 parents with the Virtual Graduation video link after 5p.m. to help you celebrate at home!
The next day, Graduation Diplomas are to be picked up curbside by a parent and graduate at the Front of St. Elizabeth Seton on Wednesday, June 24. The intermediate staff looks forward to congratulating our graduates with their diplomas in person using social distancing measures. Please pull upfront in your vehicle and wait to be signaled for your turn. We ask for one adult and their graduate or just the graduate to step out of the car to receive the diploma. We are hoping to give each graduate and their family 3-5 minutes to step out of your car, receive the diplomas, receive greetings from staff and Principal Williams, and take a quick photo if you wish, using social distancing.
Parent & Graduate Curbside Diploma Pickup Schedule
Distribution of Report Cards
This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, student report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. Your child’s OEN number can be found on a previous report card.
The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards.
As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card.
You are also welcome to contact the school with any questions or should you require further clarification: Main office- 905-331-7246, Mrs. Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN
On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Ministry of Education released its plan to guide the return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.
Click here to read the letter to parents from the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. For additional information about the Ministry’s plan, click here.
For the past several weeks, we have been preparing for a number of potential scenarios that are outlined in the guide, and in the Minister’s letter. We will be sharing updates with parents and guardians throughout the summer, as they become available.
We will also keep posting updates on our school websites, as well as in the FAQ on our Learn at Home website at: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faq/.
Please continue to follow the recommendations and advice of our Public Healthprofessionals to keep yourselves and your families healthy and safe.
ISW June Sale – Save 10% on your entire purchase
· Returning Students – Log into your account to shop for your uniform. Our new chat window lets you connect with one of your uniform experts while you shop!
· New Students 3 WAYS TO SHOP
- IN-STORE APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an in-store one-on-one appointment with one of our uniform experts.
- VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an appointment from home via video chat with one of our uniform experts.
- ONLINE LIVE CHAT – Our new chat window lets you connect with one of our uniform experts while you shop.
Promoting Well-Being –Mental Health Family Stress
- When we first become parents, the hopes and dreams we have for our children are boundless. These tiny little humans who we have sworn to nurture, protect and love without condition have a lifetime of opportunities awaiting them. But life is unpredictable, and we face challenges for which we are unprepared. No matter how fiercely we fight to protect our children, there are some things in life we can’t control. According to the World Health Organization, 20% of adolescents (age 10-19) will experience a mental health condition, and now with families facing life during the Coronavirus, those mental health conditions will intensify. In the article Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization outlines the impact that COVID-19 can have on children and families and makes recommendations on how to handle this unprecedented time.
- When a loved one, especially one of our children has a mental health disorder, the added stress it brings to the other members of the family can be overwhelming. Not only are there day to day challenges, but when an extreme crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, managing life becomes much more difficult. If your family is coping with the stress of a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder, here are some tips to bring a little peace to your life and ease some of the anxiety in the home.
- Build family relationships – 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis.
- Find a support system – Resources for Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19.
- Learn to cope with fear and anxiety – 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Be an advocate – Coping With Anxiety and Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Stop blaming yourself – Helping Children Cope with Emergencies.
- Take a break – How to Look After Your Mental Health During a Pandemic.
- Whether you are new to this journey or have been on this road for a long time, it is always a good idea to check in with yourself and your family. The stress of caring for someone with a mental health condition can make you feel powerless. With a strategy in place for dealing with the obstacles ahead, you and your family can stay strong together.
On behalf of our St Elizabeth Seton staff, we want to thank our school community for your support these past few months as we learned together to navigate distance learning.
We hope our students can find one last bit of stamina to stay engaged and connect with their classes online in various forms to end our school year on a positive note.
Stay safe and healthy and enjoy your summer,
Mrs. Williams & St. Elizabeth Seton Staff