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School Weekly Update December 18, 2020

“Joy, prayer and gratitude are three ways that prepare us

to experience Christmas in an authentic way.”

~  Pope Francis

Thank you to all our St. Elizabeth Seton families for your ongoing support and patience over the last several months ~ we ALL made it safely to the Christmas Holidays ~ We have got this!

THANK YOU to our INCREDIBLE STAFF for all of your efforts, energy and commitment in making this school year safe and engaging!

Thank you to staff and families that contributed to our first Digital Seton Community Christmas Card to help lift your spirits! Special thanks to Mrs. Bisbee for creating it for us!

Here’s the link for the Community Christmas card:  We hope you enjoy it!

Seton Community Christmas Card Merry Christmas from the families, students, staff, (and pets!) from St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School! youtu.be

Celebrating Advent as a Family

  • In this Fourth Week of Advent, our final days of preparation before Christmas, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes. When we look at the fourth candle, we remember God’s promise of peace. We recall the words of Jesus in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” As we approach Christmas, let’s remember that God’s intention is a place of peace.
  • I Wish for Peace – https://carfleo.com/2020/11/30/i-wish-for-peace-advent/

Gr. 7 & 8 Immunizations

  • Public Health will be offering immunization catch-up clinics by appointment only for Grade 7 and 8 students who have missed their vaccines.
  • Please review the following letter from Halton Region Public Health for more details and to book an appointment for your child: ImmunizationClinics-Dec2020.pdf 
  • To learn more about immunizations, visit halton.ca/immunize or call 311

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.

Ifany 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.

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.

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Promoting Well Being: 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Changes to holiday traditions can keep everyone safe. Try some of these fun activities this winter season.

  • Plan virtual holiday gatherings or events with family, friends or coworkers. Spread holiday cheer, not COVID-19. Make a tasty hot chocolate hack to drink while you’re chatting.
  • Build a snowman, go on a sleigh ride with people you live with or try another outdoor activity you can only do while it’s cold. If you live near an Ontario Park, consider exploring the outdoors in the park.
  • Visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves outdoors or take photos with fun cardboard cutouts. Remember to maintain 2 metres physical distance from other visitors to Santa’s workshop.
  • Watch a holiday or winter movie with the people you live with. If your kids are under 17, try a made-in-Ontario activity or video to help everyone learn at home.
  • Decorate your doors or put up lights around your home. Take a walk or drive around your neighbourhood to check out other peoples’ decorations. Be a wildlife detective while you’re out and about.
  • Bake holiday treats at home. You could even try a new recipe.
  • Donate to your favourite holiday charity or toy drive. You can make a difference this holiday.
  • Send cards or gifts in the mail and give the gift of good health.

Stay Safe this Holiday Season

  • Winter holidays may look a little different this year, but they can still be a lot of fun. We all must make changes to our holiday traditions to help keep everyone safe.
  • The safest way to celebrate in-person is with the people you live with, or with one additional household if you live alone. Celebrate virtually with everyone else.
  • To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, you should:
  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • keep 2 meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • avoid travelling to lower transmission areas, unless it’s essential (for example, do not travel from an orange zone to a yellow zone unless you have to)
  • not host or attend gatherings with more people than are permitted for your area
  • wear a face covering inside public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • consider a self-quarantine for two weeks before travelling if you are a student who is planning to go home for the holidays
  • download the COVID Alert mobile app

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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
May you have the gift of FAITH, the blessing of HOPE
and the peace of His LOVE at Christmas and always!
~ The Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School

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Williams, KellySchool Weekly Update December 18, 2020