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Successful First Week Back!
It has been a great first week back to school. We welcomed many new students in Junior Kindergarten and throughout the school. We are so happy to see the students and wish those choosing virtual learning a great start up next week! Below are a few information items for the startup of 2020:
Parents should have received an email on Friday evening from Director Pat Daly if you have one or more children who are currently enrolled in our HCDSB Virtual School and will be participating in remote learning beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as you awaited information about remote learning for your child. Your son or daughter will be invited to the virtual classroom experience that we will launch with an orientation week from Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18. We wish all our remote learners well!
Daily Self Screening
Due to the Pandemic with Covid19 it is essential we work together for the common good of our community. We do have vulnerable staff and students, and many family members at home that are vulnerable. All staff and families are asked to do a daily self-screening before coming to school each day. Please do not send children to school that may seem unwell.
Please note our new safety protocols. If you send a student(s) to school with congestion or other symptoms that may be on the Covid symptom list this will result in staff sending students to the office isolation room in the main office. We would like to avoid this uncomfortable experience where possible.
If students need to be isolated, parents will be notified immediately to pick up their children along with all their siblings. Parents will be asked to have their child assessed by a medical profession and provide confirmation/documentation the child is healthy and able to return to school. Alternatively, parents may provide the results of a negative Covid test, or choose to quarantine their child and not return to school for 14 days.
We understand this is going to be challenging but it is how we are able to ensure the safest environment for staff, students and extended family members during this pandemic.
Here is the process again:
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.
Parents are able to access the Daily Screening Checklist for HCDSB students HERE.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8 C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
If any signs or symptoms, student and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted.
Supervision begins at 8:25 am. For the safety of your children we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. For safety, please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are in the schoolyard when the warning bell rings to line up at 8:35, and entry at 8:40 a.m. Encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. Students are asked to come directly to the lineup area as per the new protocol which was practice this past week. Children arriving late for school must first report to the office for a late slip. No parents will be allowed to enter with students. We would like them to be in line with their class by 8:40 am. Thank you parents for your support.
Agendas have been distributed to students Gr. 1-8. Payment will be through School Cash Online. If you are not signed up please register at https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/. Thank you!
Safe and Caring School Updates
Staff and students from grades 1-8 will be reviewing the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda and posted on the school website. Please review and discuss this with your children. As always, we expect our staff and students at St. Elizabeth Seton to “Follow the Golden Rule” and treat others the way we want to be treated!
We will provide a weekly update, which will be posted to the school website. The website will be updated frequently, including the Announcements page, where we will share information and coming events. You can subscribe to the calendar on the website so notifications can be received as dates are added. Please review our website and consider following us on Twitter to avoid missing important information- it is a community effort to ensure communication.
GROWTH MINDSET and RESILIENCY
Our St. Elizabeth Seton community works on having a growth mindset to enhance learning and build resilience! We need to discourage a fixed mindset…
In a fixed mindset people believe their basic qualities like their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. In a growth mindset people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talents are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity. Mrs. Neely Dawson, our new CYC, will be coming around to classrooms in grades 1 – 8 to provide lessons on growth mindset and resiliency with the classroom teacher this fall. There is no room for perfection in learning. I expect all staff and students to “take chances, make mistakes and get messy!” All learners are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes to consolidate learning and to build confidence and resilience. This allows students to grow and bounce back in the face of adversity!
Catholic School Council Nominations
Role of Catholic School Council: Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year. We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year. The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Nomination forms are available electronically, they were sent on Friday through School Messenger with the attachment. You can find it here:
If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, elections for our 2020/2021 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:
- Nomination Forms Due: Monday, September 14th
- Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 15th
- Council Elections (if needed): Monday, September 28h
- First Council Meeting: Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 pm
All parents are welcome to attend regular Catholic School Council meetings. Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page. The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held virtually on MS Teams until further notice.
Family Information Packages
We are beginning to gather our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification information differently this year. A copy of the St. Elizabeth Seton Code of Conduct can be found in the front of your child’s agenda and can be found on our website.
Please complete and return the Family Information /Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. We need to have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency, and for you to receive communication from the school and board by email.
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 FREE 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.
Reminder- New this year: NO lunch drop offs are allowed.
*For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods.
As we limit visitors to our school throughout the day, lunch drop offs will not be permitted during the school day.
Parents and guardians are asked to provide their child(ren) with lunch in the morning before students enter the school building.
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: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf
We are grateful for the support that is beginning to pour in for our beloved teacher Mrs. Puglia-Ribeiro in the way of cards, special emails, prayers, and cash online donations. If you would like to make a donation the money will go directly to Mrs. P-R to support the costs of equipment that she needs for her new journey. Thank you!
You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles – on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your kid needs help. Together we can build resilient students.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton
The Ontario Fire Marshall expects schools to practice various drills – 3 times in the fall and 3 times in the spring. The OFM is allowing the school to adjust our drills and allow the evacuation to be conducted in stages instead of all classes evacuating at the same time. However, if an alarm sounds outside the scope of a planned fired drill, the total evacuation of the school shall proceed as per the procedures outlined in our school fire safety plan.
The 40th Celebration of Terry Fox Marathon of Hope for Canada is Sunday, September 20th. We look forward to celebrating it here at St. Elizabeth Seton on Tuesday, September 22.
Students are welcome to come in Civvies wearing Red and White to celebrate being a proud Canadian and proud of our Canadian Hero, Terry Fox!
Classes will schedule a time and to honor the 40th celebration our school goal is 40 laps our school.
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Students and staff are encouraged to wear orange to promote awareness in Canada about the Indian Residential Schools and the impact on our Indigenous communities. The message is we are all God’s children and “Every Child Matters”. Together we can work to increase anti-racist beliefs and behaviour.