“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Victoria Day – No School
Monday, May 24th is Victoria Day! We hope that all of our families enjoy a safe and relaxing long weekend.
Thank you to our St. Elizabeth Seton community for participating in DressLOUDDay on Monday, May 17th to raise awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing community in our school!
Thank you, staff and students for persevering during this remote learning period. I am grateful to staff that working to try to keep the class motivated. It is often a challenge when staff do not see a face or hear a voice online. Where possible we do encourage students to try to demonstrate their presence in some capacity throughout the school day. It brings so much joy to me and all the educators to hear a students voice and see their faces when possible!
Thank you, parents for your support in monitoring your child’s online presence during remote learning. Staff have been directed to closely monitor attendance to ensure students have the opportunity to learn, be assessed and evaluated for success as we close in on the final weeks of school and final reporting period. If your child is struggling to engage, please connect with us so we can work together to find solutions together. We understand that every day can look different, and we all want what is best for each learner. Communication is key to ensure we all understand. Thank you for your collaboration and patience with these efforts during this challenging time.
Thank you, St. Elizabeth Seton Community for being an amazing school community to be part of! Please see my open letter of gratitude as I have decided to retire at the end of the school year. I am grateful for the honour and privilege to serve this community and work with each of you until June 29, 2021.
This weekend, we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost, which concludes the Easter Season. We crown our joyful commemoration of the Lord’s Resurrection wondering at the birth of His Church, universal and imbued with God’s Spirit. It’s a fitting day to do something special, as many consider it the birthday of our faith community and be “builders of unity.” On Pentecost last year, Pope Francis ended his homily with this beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit:
Holy Spirit, memory of God, revive in us the memory of the gift received.
Free us from the paralysis of selfishness and awaken in us the desire to serve, to do good.
Even worse than this crisis is the tragedy of squandering it by closing in on ourselves.
Come, Holy Spirit: you are harmony; make us builders of unity.
You always give yourself; grant us the courage to go out of ourselves,
to love and help each other, in order to become one family.
Pentecost in 2 Minutes – https://youtu.be/J5tr4pqWIo4
You’re Invited to a Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening!
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools.
Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details
The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel.
The information evening is open to all parents, students, and staff, and will feature a showcase with students and an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology devices and its impact on education.
Watch the session through this link on the day of the scheduled presentation. – You will see one of our very own @stbernhcdsb superstars!
Keynote Speaker ~ Carrie Anton
Keynote speaker Carrie Anton, gold medal Paralympian in Goalball, will speak to her experience in being one of Canada’s leading experts in assistive technology and accessibility.
To learn more about Carrie Anton, please visit her website.
Fifth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing
HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students. During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.
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).
NOTE: If you have been deemed a close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please do NOT attend one of ourVoluntaryAsymptomatic Testing hub sites, as you will be turned away.
Targeted COVID-19 testing is available to the following individuals:
- All school staff and their household members
- All students and their families
- 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
Pre-registration will not be offered for this round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.
If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at any 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.
SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY – YOUR OPINION COUNTS!
In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey.
About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey
School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.
The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.
Some important notes about the parent survey:
- The survey is completely voluntary.
- You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
- The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
- Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified.
Access the Survey Here!
Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/MZNKRVV
Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021
The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at: CollimoreL@hcdsb.org
Free Family Paint Nights
Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized three free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art. All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.
Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment. All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.
- Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season
Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session.
Promoting Well-Being – Bike Safety
Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.
Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.
As recommended by Parachute Canada:
- Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
- Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.
- Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.
- Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.
The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.
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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Elizabeth Seton
Tuesday, June 1st
We will launch Pride Month with HCDSB Rainbow Day – a day to love one another and celebrate our differences, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made.”
May 11, 2021
Sacred Heart of Jesus day– This is a special day of devotion to the sacred heart of Jesus. It is one of the most widely practised and well-known Catholic devotions, wherein the heart of Jesus is viewed as a symbol of “God’s boundless and passionate love for mankind.”
Monday, June 14th
We will hold a system-wide Pride Awareness Day – a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging.