“Lent is a time for reconsidering our feelings, for letting our eyes be opened to injustice, to open our hearts to those suffering.” ~ Pope Francis
FIFTH Week of Lent
The fifth Sunday of Lent is sometimes called Passion Sunday, marking the beginning of the two-week period called Passiontide.
In today’s gospel reading John 12:20-33, Jesus foretells his death and explains that those who follow him will find eternal life. Jesus teaches his disciples about the way in which he will be glorified by God, and a voice from heaven is heard to affirm this teaching.
Family life is often a balancing act in which we prioritize and attend to a variety of competing needs. We learn the value of putting others’ needs ahead of our own. In family life we also learn that when we make personal sacrifices to serve others, we gain so much more than we may have lost.
As you gather as a family, talk about how important it is to your family life to gladly serve one another. Ask each person to consider the last time that another family member asked for help. What was your response? Did you cheerfully try to honor the request, or did you ask “Why me?” Read today’s Gospel, John 12:20-33. How do you think Jesus would want us to respond when someone in our family asks for help? Invite each family member to make a commitment for the next week to try to respond cheerfully to requests for help.
from: Loyola Press
Lent Food Drive
We are beginning our Lenten Food drive on Monday, March 22- Wednesday, March 31, pickup Thursday, April 1. The Burlington Food Bank is in need of many items as they continue to serve the needs of a growing population.
The Top 10 Most Needed Items are:
rice/ flavoured rice, personal hygiene products, Juice- canned, bottles, boxes, canned meat & fish, canned Fruit, canned tomatoes, pasta sauce, cold cereal, pancake mix & syrup, peanut butter.
Thank you for supporting our larger community!
HCCEF 24 Hour Fast
Several of our Intermediate students and staff have decided to participate in the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation’s 24-hour Lenten Fast led by Mrs. Schmidt. As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. The HCCEF strives to do this by providing financial assistance to students and families in Halton who are in need. Our Intermediate students will be fasting from food, social media, or television in an effort to raise funds for their fellow Halton students in need.
HCCF uses the funding to support HCDSB families in need by purchasing food, other basic necessities, such as eye-glasses, clothing, toys, and providing funding for educational programming and extracurricular activities. We have often drawn on this funding to support our St. Elizabeth Seton families.
It is not too late to donate or join Seton Ravenous Renegades for the fast on March 30-31. If you want to join or please consider donating to the Seton Ravenous Renegades at this link: https://www.canadahelps.org/s/AHRWw When we last checked we were just under $900 getting close to reaching our $1000 goal! Way to go team!
Spring is here!!!
It is lovely to see signs of spring and the sun shining. With the dawning of Spring, we know that the weather can vary greatly not only day to day, but by the hour. Please ensure that your child has proper attire for all types of weather including outdoor shoes and/or rain boots as our field can be quite muddy. Having children dress in layers is a practical way to make sure they are dressed appropriately for any outdoor weather conditions.
Elementary Teachers Job Action
As you may know, our school board is currently in local contract negotiations with the Halton OECTA Elementary Association. We have received notice from Halton OECTA that starting Monday, March 22, 2021, HCDSB elementary teachers will begin phase 1 of job actions.
All HCDSB elementary schools will remain open and student instruction will continue during this period of job action.
How Will This Affect Your Child’s Learning?
We are hopeful that this phase of job action will not impact on student instruction. All of our schools will remain open, and teachers will report to work during this period of job action. We will continue to focus on the needs of our students and families, and will do our best to minimize disruption and ensure a safe learning environment in each of our school communities.
For more information about the collective bargaining process, please visit the Labour Negotiations page on our website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of job action. As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect the labour laws that affirm the legal rights of unionized employees.
Voluntary COVID-19 Testing for Corpus Christi Family of Schools
As you are aware, the Province of Ontario requires school boards to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing sites for asymptomatic staff and students. The second round of testing for your school community will be available on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Who Can Be Tested?
- Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.
- Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).
During this second round of testing, voluntary COVID-19 testing will be available to:
- All students and their families
- All school staff and their household members
- All Child Care staff and their household members
- All Child Care families
About the Testing
The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.
LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.
LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:
- PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
- Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
- Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
- Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
- Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary
When and Where Will the Testing Take Place?
At HCDSB, the testing will be offered through a Family of Schools ‘hub’ model, where the secondary school will be the testing site for each secondary school and the associated elementary schools. The schedule will rotate to each of our nine (9) secondary schools over the course of a 3-week period, providing a testing site in Burlington, Oakville, and North Halton (Milton and Halton Hills) for one day each week.
The second round of testing for the Corpus Christi Family of Schools will take place as follows:
|DATE:||Tuesday, March 23, 2021|
|TIME:||2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|LOCATION:||Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School 5151 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, ON L7L 0E5|
The Corpus Christi Family of Schools includes:
- Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School
- St. Anne Catholic Elementary School
- St. Christopher Catholic Elementary School
- St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School
- Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School
Pre-registration will not be offered for the second round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.
If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at the host school during the designated clinic hours.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
UPDATE! Changes to Daily Screening Tool & Isolation Requirements
1. Updates to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool
The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until:
They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR
- They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR
- It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.
The new single-symptom screening criteria in the COVID-19 daily screening tool has now been applied and is in effect as of this afternoon.
Parents and guardians are reminded to complete theCOVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school or child care: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
2. Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household
The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.
The following isolation requirements now apply:
- All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual:
- Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR
- Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.
- If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:
- This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND
- All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member.
SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE – What is SEAC?
Did you know that there is a committee in each school board or school authority that provides important and relevant advice on Special Education? This committee is known as the Special Education Advisory Committee or SEAC. Each school board and school authority in Ontario must establish a SEAC.
Read more at https://www.hcdsb.org/category/seac-soundbytes/
Promoting Well-Being – Social-Emotional Learning
A great way to care for your child’s mental health during COVID-19 or at any other time is to focus on social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is how we develop skills to support our mental health and success through life.
Social-emotional learning skills help us:
- Manage stress
- Identify our emotions
- Stay positive and keep moving forward
- Nurture relationships
- Know and feel good about ourselves
- Plan and problem-solve\
Social and emotional skills are taught at school. Your child also learns the skills from you and other adults at home. And you can teach them on purpose too.
Activities to try at home that connect to key areas of social-emotional learning
Note: These activities are meant for elementary children. If you have a teen at home, take a look at our COVID-19information specific to secondary students.
Download a PDF file with all activities.
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