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School Weekly Update January 11, 2021

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ St. Mother Teresa

Extension of School Closures

As you are aware, the Ministry is extending the closure of schools until January 25th. That means our office is closed with limited access to the school. If you need to contact any staff, please use their board email.

Please note school closures also include the schoolyard, therefore students should not be congregating in the yard after school hours to play basketball or to hang out. By-Law officers are out in the community and may reinforce this message should they see any activity on the grounds. We are trying to keep our community safe by respecting the provincial lockdown measures. We appreciate your co-operation in working together!

Teacher-Led Remote Learning

Thank you to all our parents who helped support the remote learning that began last week. We truly appreciate your on-going support and patience during this model of instruction. We want to acknowledge the efforts of many staff that worked for a quick and successful change to remote teaching and learning. Congratulations to our students who are engaged and continue to show their resilience with all the changes this year!

Due to the concerning increase in cases of COVID-19, the Ministry has announced that remote learning will continue in order to keep our students and families as safe as possible.

Teachers will continue to follow our regular school schedule, including an 8:40 am start time for individual classes. You can expect recess and lunch breaks, French period, Arts period, etc. to occur at their usual times unless otherwise communicated to you by the teacher. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding any questions or concerns.

For more information about how to support your child’s learning at home, please refer to: 

At this current time, we are scheduled to return to the building on Monday, January 25, 2021. We will keep you updated if we hear differently from the Ministry of Education.

Accessing Your Child’s Online Learning Platform

Our School Board has revamped its website and we hope you had the opportunity to check it out! If you are having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms using the new HCDSB website, the access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the main page of the Board’s website and also on the HCDSB Learn at Home link.

Click on D2L and students will find their class learning shells and Teams meeting links for daily class meetings.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

HCDSB Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We are excited to have participated with the Corpus Family of Schools to help create a special version of Honouring the Land and Territory Land Acknowledgement video. We hope you enjoy this:

Advanced New Registrations for 2021-2022 School Year

To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Elizabeth Seton School (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: 

Online registrations are now open. In-person registrations (bringing in your documents) will take place once schools re-open. We need to follow Public Health protocols during COVID-19 and will share more information on when you can book an appointment to bring in your documents once we return face-to-face.

St. Elizabeth Seton Patron Saint Liturgy

We will celebrate our Patron Saint, St. Elizabeth Seton, on Thursday afternoon with a school-wide liturgy led by Mrs. Gramigna’s Grade 6 class. We look forward to this opportunity to gather in faith.

Parish Updates

Please visit St. Paul the Apostle Parish website regularly for updates.

Keeping Our Community Safe

Until vaccines are more widely available, we must all continue to follow public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

COVID 19 zones mapFollow the restrictions during the provincewide shutdown

COVID 19: stay homeStay home – save lives and don’t put others at risk

Physical distance of two metres between two peoplePractise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household

Wearing a maskWear a mask or face covering in public spaces and when physical distancing isn’t possible

COVID 19 self-assessmentTake a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a COVID-19covid 19 test

COVID 19 alert appDownload the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community

WorkplacesFind sector-specific resources to prevent COVID-19covid 19 in the workplace

Hand washingStay up-to-date with the latest information about COVID-19covid 19in Ontario

Promoting Well-Being:

Mental Health and wellness continue to be a priority for our community and student success and learning. Please find supports highlighted here from School Mental Health Ontariomental health supports available for students for students, families and staff.

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