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School Weekly Update March 8, 2021

Lent is a good time for sacrificing. Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others.” ~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our community for following the Halton Public Health directives – updated information can be found at: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Information-and-Guidance

International Women’s Day

We celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8 around the globe! We can all choose to challenge by calling out inequality, bias and stereotypes and help to forge a more inclusive world! We can also choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. “From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge!” #ChooseToChallenge      

OAPCE – Ontario Association of Parents in Education

Vision: OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.

Mission: To Engage, Advocate and Enhance through the strength of Our Collective Voice.  Through our connection to home, school and church, OAPCE collaborates with local and provincial education partners to strengthen the parent voice.

Parent Engagement & Education Webinar Series – Wednesday March 10th – 7:00pm

Watch. Talk. Create. A March Break Family Movie Guide – Presented by Anthony Perrotta
For families looking for some stay-at-home March Break quality time, this webinar led by Vice Principal and Media Specialist Anthony Perrotta will provide a guide for essential at home watching for families with kids of all ages. With a media literacy and faith focus, Anthony will walk participants through his March Break recommendations all while encouraging families to embrace movies as an opportunity to watch together, talk together and create together.

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 Toolfor 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. 

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.   

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!

Graduate Photos

Grade 8 Graduates will have the opportunity to have their headshot taken on Friday, March 9 at St. Elizabeth Seton School. Strict health and safety protocols will be in place.

 

Alternatively, families can book a sitting at the Burlington location for Edge Imaging through the edge imaging:  edgeimaging.ca/popup

The School Code is SEA or type St. Elizabeth Seton and select the Burlington location. All are welcome and appointments are limited!

Promoting Well-Being Navigating COVID-19 with your teen

~Posted on January 25, 2021 by Carolyn Wilkie, RN

Parenting is tough, period…but during a pandemic, it’s even harder! If you’re living with teens, your parenting skills have likely been stretched a lot lately. Your teen may feel frustrated and disappointed about missed opportunities like milestone celebrations. So how can we support teens who want to test their independence during a very restrictive time?

Empower them!

  • Allow them to take control of the things they can.
  • Give them a chance to show you they can be responsible.
  • Listen to their thoughts and feelings. 
  • Show your teen their ideas are valued and respected, even if you don’t agree!

The more young people feel valued, the more likely they are to make good choices. This week take time to connect with your teen about their feelings around the pandemic.

Conversation starters:

1. Discuss how individual actions can affect larger community outcomes. 

Take it further:

  • What do they think about people not following public health restrictions?
  • Do they understand the importance of being truthful with public health if they test positive?
  • Reassure them that public health will not judge or punish them if they have been in close physical contact with non-household members.

Parent tip: Remind your teen that staying home and apart saves lives, and that they are an important part of the bigger picture.  These actions will help slow the spread of the virus and protect those most at risk.

2. How do they feel about the public health measures in place?

Take it further:

  • How does your teen feel about wearing masks in public spaces?
  • As a family, find ways to support each other’s safety.

Parent tip: Share the facts about COVID-19. If they ask, share evidence-based websites and guide them to trusted sources of information. Reinforce the great job they have been doing at slowing the spread of COVID-19 with proper hand washing, sanitizing, masks, and physical distancing.

3. Ask your teen about physical distancing. How are they staying socially connected?

Take it further:

  • What virtual activities can they can explore to lessen their feelings of isolation?
  • How can they use their time and talents to help someone else who is struggling with loneliness and isolation?
  • Acknowledge and celebrate milestones in new and creative ways.
  • When it’s safe to be together again, what are they excited to do?

Parent tip: Learn about different social media platforms and how they can be safely used to connect with friends and family. Visit Common Sense Media to learn about media and parenting.

4. Ask your teen how they are managing requests from friends to hang out in-person.

Take it further:

  • Do they feel pressured to hang out with classmates? Or worried about being disconnected from their friend group?
  • How have they been coping with requests to be together in-person?
  • What would stop them from saying “no” to friends?

Parent tip: Saying “no” takes confidence and practice. Brainstorm how they can respond to requests from friends. For example: 

  • “Sorry, I can’t come to the park, I’m not allowed because of the strict rules right now, but let’s play video games at 7 pm.”
  • “I need to stay healthy for my part-time job.”
  • “I worry I’ll pass COVID to my family.”

Remind your teen, you are also learning as you go.  No parent is perfect.  Everyone is trying to do their best in uncertain times.  However, one thing remains true, the days are much easier when we work together as a team.  Keep well and stay safe.

Worried about your teen? Connect with us. We would love to hear from you:

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000

~ https://haltonparentsblog.ca/2021/01/25/navigating-covid-19-with-your-teen/

Looking Ahead:

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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Elizabeth Seton

Mar
17
Wed
Funfetti Cookie Day
Mar 17 all day
St. Patrick’s Day- Civvies & Spirit Day!
Mar 17 all day

With a change in March Break, this year we will be at school and have the opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Staff and students are welcome to wear traditional green and we will learn more about our Saint St. Patrick. As a special treat we have ordered a nut-free prepackaged FunFetti cookie for students too.

 

 

Mar
19
Fri
Grade 8 Grad Photo Day- details coming soon!
Mar 19 all day

Great news! We were able to confirm today that Edge Imaging will be able to take our grade 8 graduate’s headshots for the graduation composite on Friday. March 19.

There will be strict protocols in place and details will be coming soon!

Students will require a white collared shirt or white blouse to wear. No sharing of clothing.

Time to book that haircut!!!

The photos will be offered to both our virtual and in-person graduates on-site. Alternatively, families can make an appointment at the Edge Imaging studio. March 19 will be the only date and no retakes as we are working on very limited timelines with strict protocols.

Mar
23
Tue
World Down Syndrome Day- Wear FUNKY Socks!
Mar 23 all day
Apr
5
Mon
Seton Spirit Wear Day!
Apr 5 all day

 

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