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School Weekly Update May 31, 2021

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” ~ Micah 6:8

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

For more information on Indigenous History Month, and to see what’s happening across our board, please visit the HCDSB website.

We All Belong in Our Catholic School

June is designated as Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, our HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomedvalued, and respected

This June, and each day of every month, our Catholic schools are committed to nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools where all students can feel a true sense of belonging.

At St. Elizabeth Seton CES, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion and respect using our gospel values to “Follow the “Golden Rule!”  Staff and students are encouraged to wear rainbow colours on June 1st to celebrate our diversity.

We are committed to nurturing a safewelcoming, and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age.

To learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please take a few minutes to read Responding with Faith, Hope & Love.

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What’s Happening Across Our Board?

Rainbow Day 

We will launch Pride Month at HCDSB with a system-wide Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st – a day to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all wonderfully made.

Pride Awareness Day 

On Monday, June 14th, HCDSB will hold 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.

There are also a number of learning activities and events planned across our district throughout the month of June.

Upcoming Info Session – Building Positive Spaces

On Wednesday, June 23rd, HCDSB is co-hosting an information session for parents, students and staff, presented by the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Positive Space Network. The presentation will focus on how we can build positive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ members of our community. 

The event will be live-streamed on the HCDSB YouTube channel from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Youth Vaccination Program

Beginning Monday, May 31st, youth aged 12 years of age and over who live or attend school in Halton will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination through Halton Region’s online booking system

Halton Region Public Health will offer first doses to all youth aged 12 to 17 years of age in June, and second doses by the end of August. Appointments for the Youth Vaccination Program will be available at Halton COVID-19 vaccination community clinic locations administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. 

NOTE: Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

More Information

For more information about the Youth Vaccination Program in Halton:

Moving? 

If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Elizabeth Catholic School in September, please let the office know, you can call 905-331-7246. We are planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful.

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. 

McCarthy’s Uniforms

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, we are pleased to share an update on enhanced options for buying your school uniform in 2021. Our school uniform provider, McCarthy Uniforms, has three enhanced options for shopping:  Updated school e-stores, private appointments and a web-supported call-center. 

You are encouraged to shop early and utilize these alternative channels to avoid late-August line ups. Long wait times will be the reality this year, given that McCarthy’s must adhere to strict social distancing measures and simply can’t accept normal in-store volumes. In some cases, only five customers will be permitted in stores at any one time.

McCarthy’s has informed us that to support families during this time they have implemented an installment payment program (online only), introduced volume discount buying options and invested in a variety of web support tools to make online shopping easy & fast!  All school uniform products can be exchanged for up to a year and returned until September.

There are three ways to shop for your school uniform:

1. Your School E-Store
Did you know your school has a custom e-store, complete with fit videos, uniform guides and specialized advice? Visit your school store by ‘searching for your school’ on McCarthy Uniforms’ home page. McCarthy’s recently launched a handy web chat feature and have staffed their call-centre so that you can have the support you need if you need some help along the way !  Online shoppers can also now enjoy the industry’s first flexible payment plan (interest-free payments over six weeks !)
Shop online by ‘searching for our school’ at:  www.mccarthyuniforms.ca
  2. Private Appointments Available
When stores are permitted to reopen after June 14th, appointments will be made available for virtual or in store shopping. To manage your time, you can book an appointment on your home store, accessible on the website below.
Book a personalized fitting by choosing ‘book an appointment’ on your home store site accessible on:  https://www.mccarthyuniforms.ca/ (search for your school; appointment booking buttons are located on your school e-store)
  3. Your School Call Centre
Your call-centre is open for shopping !  By giving McCarthy’s a shout at 416-593-6900 or toll-free at 1-800-668-8261 Alex and his team would be happy to assist you with your school uniform purchase or questions ! McCarthy’s call centre is staffed with uniform specialists who know the ins & outs of our uniform policy.
Call McCarthy’s at: 416-593-6900 or 1-800-668-8261

School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) undertakes a School Climate Survey to gather input from parents, students in Grades 4-12 and staff in each of our HCDSB schools.

The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe Schools initiative, and provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents, students and staff feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

About the Survey

The School Climate Survey asks students, parents and school staff for their opinion on key areas that research has shown to be important in understanding school climate, and that have an impact on student outcomes – with a focus on safety, inclusion, and relationships. 

The survey measures include but are not limited to:

  • Social/Emotional Outcomes (e.g. social engagement, emotional health);
  • Physical Health Outcomes (e.g. risky behaviours);
  • Drivers of Student Outcomes (e.g. school context, classroom context).

Some important notes about the 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. 

Complete the Survey!

Starting the week of May 10, 2021, students in Grades 4-8 at our school will have the opportunity to complete the School Climate Survey during the school day. All parents and school staff have been sent a link to the survey directly through email.

We value your input and greatly appreciate your participation in the School Climate Survey!

Promoting Well-Being – Bring Peace into Your Home:

1.    Speak Kindly

2.    Forgive Quickly

3.    Work Cheerfully

4.    Pray Frequently

5.   Stand Firmly

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Wishing you great weekend ~ the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES

Looking Ahead:

Jun
1
Tue
Rainbow Day- Pride Month awareness launch day
Jun 1 all day
Tuesday, June 1st We will launch Pride Month with HCDSB Rainbow Daya 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.”
Jun
7
Mon
Seton Spirit Wear Day!
Jun 7 all day
Jun
11
Fri
Sacred Heart of Jesus Day~ A day of devotion for God’s Love for us!
Jun 11 all day

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.”

Jun
14
Mon
HCDSB Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day

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.

Jun
17
Thu
ALS Purple Shirt Day in Honour of Mrs. Puglia-Ribeiro (Mrs. PR)
Jun 17 all day

Dear St. Elizabeth Seton School Community,

This year Mrs. Carla Puglia-Ribeiro (Mrs. PR), Grade 1 teacher, with her husband Mr. Helder Ribeiro, family and friends are participating in the virtual Walk to End ALS on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Now more than ever, the ALS community needs our support to provide hope and help to families affected by ALS. They are joining thousands of others as part of a passionate and motivated community to “walk” in celebration of Global ALS Awareness Day. Please consider supporting them by making a donation directly to ALS for Carla’s Crusaders: https://bit.ly/3x2RcgD

ALS doesn’t stop, and neither will we. Your support is needed now more than ever!

Your support will help to:

  • create a better day-to-day reality for people and families living with ALSby providing community-based support throughout Ontario by offering in-home visits and support groups to families and people living with ALS, helping them to cope with the realities of the disease and navigate the healthcare system, as well as necessary medical equipment like hospital beds, wheelchairs, stairlifts and other items that increase safety in the home, at no cost to those who need them.
  • further scientific progressby investing in the ALS Canada Research Program, which funds promising ALS research. This program provides peer-reviewed grants to researchers whose work has the greatest potential to advance the field of ALS. There’s been more progress made in ALS research in the last five years than over the last century – we need to keep building on this momentum.

As a St. Elizabeth Seton Community, we would like to add a special ALS spirit day to honour Mrs. PR on Thursday, June 17. We are asking our school community to:

  • Wear purple to remind Mrs. P.R. how much she is loved and supported by our entire community.
  • Students and families are encouraged to share photos and make posters expressing their ongoing support and love.
  • Walk with your family, wearing purple on Sunday June 20th.

Please send participation pictures directly to Mrs. Moyer Gr. 3 teacher moyerg@eliz.myhcdsb.org by the end of the day on June 17 to prepare to share with Mrs. PR. You can also send photos to Mrs. Schmidt-SERT schmidte@hcdsb.org for Twitter:  #WalktoEndALS @SetonSt

In addition, the school will be honouring Mrs. PR with a few initiatives: a special plaque for above Mrs. PR’s room 105 has been designed & donated by parent  Mr. Glowaczewski-Digital Marking; a special Buddy Bench will be placed in the Grade 1 hallway for the start of school; and a special award will be presented to a Grade 8 Graduate this year recognizing Perseverance and Resilience (PR) with their Catholic faith, which is representative of Mrs. Puglia-Ribeiro and her battle with ALS.

We are stronger together and appreciate your support to honour Mrs. PR in our school community.

On behalf of St. Elizabeth Seton Staff

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