Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better —Maya Angelou
PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday February 24, 2021
This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. 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 teach empathy, compassion and kindness.
Staff and student are encouraged to wear a Pink Shirt on Wednesday and participate in some lessons to promote kindness and healthy relationships through conversations and activities!
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. Students are not allowed to play on top of snow hills after the school bell. We appreciate parents being on time for pickup and students leaving promptly at the bell.
Thank you for your understanding & support in keeping all our students, parents & staff safe!
Dressing for Winter Weather
We kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. We kindly request that all students from KDG to gr. 4 to wear snow pants for recess and outdoor lunch time. All students must bring their winter boots each day, as all students will be on the field over lunch hour or recess ~thank you for your support with this!
Term 1 Provincial Report Cards & KDG Communication of Learning
Please look for your child’s Report Card/Communication of Learning via Board email on Wednesday, February 24th. This is a celebration of your child’s growth and next steps! Please note, our staff is here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with this report.
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.
Remote Learning Survey
This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19, we implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students.
At the elementary school level, we launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in person.
At the secondary school level, we implemented a hybrid instructional model that offers a blend of in-person and remote learning for secondary students.
On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021.
At this time, we would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.
About this Survey
This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices.
The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary.
If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.
Complete the Remote Learning Check-in Survey
Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey: http://bit.ly/Remote-Check-in-FAM
The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
If you have any technical questions while completing the survey, please email email@example.com.
The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment
The third and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.
Thank you for sharing your feedback. Your input is valuable to us and will help us improve our practices so that we can continue to provide a quality Catholic education that is flexible and engaging. ~ HCDSB
New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions
This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!
Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.
Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Topics will include:
- How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school
- The importance of learning through play
- Being able to manage your child’s stress
- Fostering secure relationships
- Packing healthy lunches
- A checklist for starting school
For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!
Have a Question about Your Child Starting School?
Parents who have questions about their child starting school in September are invited to submit their questions through an online form: Submit Your Questions ~ Ready, Set, Go! The form will be available for input prior to the virtual information sessions.HCDSB Curriculum staff will be answering the frequently asked questions during the live sessions in March.
For more information about Kindergarten and the upcoming Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. We hope you are able to join us on March 9th or March 11th!
Promoting Well-Being – Get moving for a natural boost of happiness
Winter in Canada isn’t always exactly a smooth experience. Regardless of the province you call home, dealing with the tumultuous conditions that come between November and March (OK, and sometimes April), may leave us feeling lethargic, depressed and tired.
From frigid temperatures to limited sunlight exposure to spending too much time indoors, more and more Canadians are fighting the ‘winter blues’. More accurately, many of us each year are fighting seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the clinical diagnosis for those feeling depressed during a particular season each year, usually fall or winter.
But, hold the phone for a minute. Before we get even more down on ourselves, and start booking impulsive trips to the Caribbean, why not try getting active instead? While everyone needs a good beach trip and some poolside time now and then, physical activity is a simple and effective way of combatting the winter blues without the hefty price. In fact, getting active can help all Canadians feel better in many aspects of their lives.
Read below for more details on why you should be getting active during some of the bitterest weeks the season has to offer:
- Improved feelings of happiness – Like we mentioned above, one of the first benefits you will see after getting active is a likely boost in your overall happiness. When you get your heart pumping and the sweat pouring, your brain releases feel-good chemicals such a dopamine, serotonin and endorphins that leave you feeling upbeat and happier.
- Better sleep – We could all use a little bit more shuteye in our lives, right? Especially when we’re feeling a beat down by winter. Thankfully, by getting active, we are setting ourselves up for optimal sleep, as adults who meet the weekly requirements of 150 minutes of heart-pumping activity report feeling more rested and less tired during the day then those who didn’t. And when you Sleep Better, you feel more alert and ready to tackle the day. Looking for another way to get more sleep?
- Boosted immune system – Being active obviously improves our overall fitness, but it can also boost our immune systems, too. In one study, women who walked for 30 minutes every day for a year reported half the number of colds than those who didn’t. Physical activity may also help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways reducing chances of colds as well as flus.
Spring might feel like it’s right around the corner, but as Canadians, we know all too well that we’re still in for a few rough weeks of winter. So, if you’re feeling like you could use a big ol’ boost of energy and happiness, try getting active.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend – stay warm! ~ the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES
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