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School Weekly Update November 30, 2020

“You are my hope, my trust, O Lord.” ~ Psalm 71:5

Celebrating Advent as a Family

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The first Sunday, November 29th, of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. We light a purple candle on the wreath. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).

HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020).

This year’s theme is “Not all disabilities are visible”  We will be featuring daily announcements to continue to promote awareness, understanding and inclusivity!

Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities.

Spreading the Word Through #HCDSBDiverseAbility

Here are some of the themes and topics that will be recognized:

  • Viewing disabilities (both visible and invisible) through a different lens
  • Promoting meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our schools (i.e., building friendships and fostering independence)
  • Celebrating intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health related to disabilities
  • Removing systemic barriers

HCDSB Ability Allies

HCDSB staff are celebrating disabilities and sharing how they promote acceptance and inclusion in our schools and across our Board.  

Click here​ to see a variety of videos from our HCDSB Ability Allies.

More Information

Follow HCDSB on Twitter @HCDSB and on Instagram @haltoncatholicdsb for resources and updates related to IDPwD. Don’t forget to join in the conversation using the hashtag #HCDSBDiverseAbility!

Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe

As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool. 

COVID-19 Test Results
 

  • If your child has been tested for COVID-19,they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.
  • If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

Elementary Student Lockers

As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:

  • Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY. 
  • Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
  • To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
  • Students are assigned an individual locker. Students are not to share a locker unless they live in the same household and are in the same class.
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.

Update Contact Information

If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.

  • Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.
  • Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
    If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.
  • If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

Promoting Well-Being – Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance

Early – School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

~https://www.attendanceworks.org

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