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School Weekly Update January 18, 2021

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” ~Lucius Seneca

Keeping Our Community Safe

Currently, we are still planning a return to face-to-face learning on Monday, January 25th. Our educators are doing an excellent job teaching online, however, they are all anxious to get back into the classroom and we know our students are too!

The government is scheduled to make an announcement on Wednesday, January 20th. Should there be a change on the return to school, our school board will send out emails to keep everyone informed.

Please ensure to follow the mandated stay-at-home order and follow the direction of our Public Health Department. All of the measures will help keep us safe and hopefully enable us to get back into the building on schedule!

Remote Learning Code of Conduct

The students have made great strides in learning how to use our technology, and also in making sure that they are treating others with respect in our online Catholic community.

You can help by reviewing expectations with them using our code of conduct expectations and modeling positive online behaviours yourselves. For example, please remind your children that even private chats aren’t private in our online platforms, that our communications with one another should be appropriate at all times, and that no one should be taking or sharing pictures of the online class without permission.

As responsible, Catholic, digital citizens, students need to recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and in ways that are safe, legal, ethical and demonstrate our Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

Students are required to demonstrate Catholic digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our code of conduct. Our school’s Code of Conduct can be found in the front of our student agendas.

During this period of Distance Learning, there is an expectation that students continue to abide by Board and school Codes of Conduct. To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, please review these student expectations.

Students are expected to:

  • Treat other students and school staff with dignity, kindness, and respect.
  • Represent only themselves online. Students should never pretend to be someone else or allow someone else to pretend to be them.
  • Complete all work assigned to the best of their ability while adhering to rules around plagiarism.
  • Always protect their password(s) and schoolwork to protect their privacy and intellectual property.
  • Use appropriate and encouraging language when posting opinions, critiquing others and chatting on school platforms.
  • Immediately contact the teacher if they are having issues with class platforms (e.g., password no longer working, difficulty submitting work, concerns about how they are being treated, etc).
  • Notify their teacher should they feel their work has been compromised, copied or used without their permission.

Advanced Kindergarten Registrations for 2021-2022 School Year

To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register their children for Kindergarten to follow the guidelines posted on the front page of our website.

Online registrations are now open. Document verification will take place when schools re-open for face-to-face learning. Our secretaries will be in touch with all new registrations to follow-up.

We look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students and their families in the Fall 2021!

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in virtual classroom, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in their virtual classroom.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Catholic School Council Meeting

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting will be taking place virtually on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in attending, please email to request the meeting link.

Promoting Wellness

Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Remote Learning – Children’s Mental Health Ontario Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Remote Learning. Attending school remotely is a new experience for all of us. That means that there will be some inevitable road bumps and curveballs for parents, teachers, and students to manage.

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Elizabeth Seton

Black History Month begins
Feb 1 all day
Seton Spirit Wear Day!
Feb 1 all day
World Cancer Awareness Day!
Feb 4 all day
PA Day- school closed no classes on-line or in-person today
Feb 5 all day
Family Day Weekend~ Holiday
Feb 15 all day

We hope you can enjoy the Family Day weekend and Valentine’s Day ~ see you on Tuesday!

Williams, KellySchool Weekly Update January 18, 2021