A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. —Nelson Mandela
Wishing all our families a Happy Valentine’s day and a happy holiday weekend.
A reminder that Monday, February 15th is a holiday. We hope you enjoy your time with your family!
From Director Daly~ March Break
On Thursday February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities.
This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15 through 19, 2021.
Read the Ministry’s News Release here.
Before and during this week-long break, families are advised to stay home as much as possible, and to continue to follow the direction of our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
As always, we will contact parents and guardians directly, should there be any additional updates before the week-long break in April. We will provide new information as it becomes available.
I recognize that this continues to be a challenging school year for our students and families, but I want to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we adjust to the current requirements.
I continue to hold all students, families and staff in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you and your family a safe and restful Family Day weekend.
~ Director Daly
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday~
As we prepare to move into Lent, we recognize that many schools have traditionally held Shrove Tuesday celebrations and served pancakes to the school community. Given the current circumstances with all of the health and safety protocols in place, schools will be unable to serve pancakes to staff and students. You might continue this tradition at home.
The Hamilton Diocese has prepared a wonderful resource for families to celebrate Ash Wednesday. The resource includes a video of Bishop Crosby reading the Gospel along with a short reflection by Bishop Crosby. We encourage you to share this with your family to celebrate and pray together at home. The resource is found at this link: https://hamiltondiocese.com/lent2021/.
We will celebrate and pray as a school community for Ash Wednesday on February 17 am with a liturgy led by the Intermediate teachers and students.
Term 1 Report Cards – Feb 24th
Term 1 report cards will be emailed electronically to parents on February 24th. You will need your child’s OEN to access the report card. This number can be found on their previous report cards. It is important to take the time to review the report card with your child and have them set learning goals for the next term. Please return the third page to indicate that you have reviewed the report card.
PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday February 24, 2021
This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect, our Gospel values and “The Golden Rule.” The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self-esteem and self-love and teach empathy, compassion and kindness. We will be planning some work with our CYC Mrs. Dawson during the week of Feb 22-26th to promote healthy relationships through conversations and activities. Planning ahead~ Staff and students are invited to participate on PINK Shirt day Wednesday, February 24 to wear a pink shirt for this civvies day and show our school spirit and commitment to being kind!
Please Do Not Congregate Before or After School
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.
Mental Health Supports
We recognize that the shift from remote to in-person learning can be a very stressful time for many families. As a reminder, parents are welcome to visit our website for Mental Health & Well-Being resources and support. School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of excellent resources to help our HCDSB community navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available, and will share information in the following ways:
- Email to Parents/Guardians and Staff
- Updates to our Return to School Plan website
- Twitter: @HCDSB
- Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB
Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support as we work with the Ministry of Education and our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
Promoting Well-Being – List of Feeling Words From A to Z By Amanda Morin
- Parents will often ask their kids to express themselves with words – “Use your words!” is a common playground refrain – but it’s not always easy for children. They are still exploring feelings and are sorely in need of emotional vocabulary to hang these feelings on.
- Helping our kids expand their emotional vocabulary not only aids them scholastically, but it also helps them better understand the subtlety of emotions and how words like “happy” and “elated” or “indifferent” and “disinterested” differ.
- By teaching our children the feeling words appropriate to their age – and encouraging them to use them when expressing themselves – we aid in their emotional growth now into their teen and adult years.
Wishing you a fantastic Family Day weekend ~ the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES
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With our current health & safety restrictions, we will not be able to provide students with pancakes this year. Enjoy some pancakes at home if you can~ Lent begins with Ash Wednesday tomorrow.