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School Weekly Update June 21, 2021

Just be a good person, love who you can, help where you can, give what you can.” ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Many words of Congratulation, Thanks, Welcome and Well Wishes!

Congratulations~

We celebrated the Class of 2021 with our graduation on Friday and we so pleased to see the smiles of our graduates and families. The sun did come out and a special day was had by all! Thank you to the parents for the assistance to decorate. A special thank you to Ms. Runions and her daughter Sadie who created the beautiful Graduation frame and photo opportunity for our students!

Thank You and Goodbye~

We extend our thanks and appreciation to our staff members who are moving on from St. Elizabeth Seton. They have been committed to the service of our students and contributed in many ways. They will always be a part of the Seton family but will be truly missed:

Bianca Bobadilla-DECE

Daniel Catapano- Gr. 7/8 LTO

Celine Condron-EA

Alex Deganis-Gr. 4 LTO

Meghan D’Angelo-Gr. 5

Victoria Giudice- Gr. 5 Virtual

Paige Kellner- Gr. 4 LTO

Angela Kombe-EA LTO

Yvonne Kuzniecov-EA

Laura Laratta- Gr. 3 Virtual

Brittany Robinson-Gr. 4 Virtual

Daniel Salamaszek- Gr. 7/8 Virtual

Elena Schmidt-SERT

Kathryn Stenhouse-OA

Laura Traina- Gr. 2

Kelly Williams- Principal, Retiree

I would like to express my gratitude once again for the amazing opportunity to serve the St. Elizabeth Seton Community. You will always be in my heart!

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.

Letter of Gratitude

Welcome~

We welcome Ms. Lisa MacLennan who is the new Principal effective September 2021. Ms. MacLennan comes with many years of experience as an administrator and is currently the Vice-Principal at St. Scholastica School.  She has worked with staff prior as our Family of Schools staff in the role of Itinerant Literacy and Numeracy Teacher. Please help me to welcome Ms. MacLennan in her new role in the St. Elizabeth Seton school community!

Thank You ~

All the parents who serve on our Catholic School Council. You give of your time to make sure that St. Elizabeth Seton students and families have the greatest opportunities.

All the parent volunteers that have served this school over the year in particular to make graduation special. Your support makes so much of what we do happen.

All parents and guardians for working collaboratively with our staff to nurture and educate your children, especially during periods of remote learning as we know how challenging it has been.

All the staff at St. Elizabeth Seton. You have such wonderful compassion and dedication to every student that walks through the door. You make a difference daily, demonstrating that the hands of God work in each one of you!

All the Seton Graduates Class of 2021. You have left your imprint and we extend our best wishes and prayers to you for continues success in your educational journey. We will miss you!

And of course, thank you to all our wonderful students! You are the reason we come to work every day. Your enthusiasm and joy of learning make it all worthwhile~ I will truly miss you all!

We hope that all our fantastic fathers and grandfathers have enjoy a relaxing and peaceful Father’s Day weekend!

Welcome to our last week of synchronous learning for this school year. It has been a very unique year in many ways!

National Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Educators have been encouraged to use some resources from our curriculum Department for age appropriate learning about theTk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation at the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

Please see the following links for resources to help process and support conversations with your own children.

https://youtu.be/1NYkEWRTqlE (appropriate for young children)

https://youtu.be/E3vUqr01kAk (appropriate for all ages)

Class Placement 2021-2022

As per HCDSB procedure, all parents of students entering grades 1-8 will receive an email on Friday, September 3rd, 2021 with details about their child’s class placement for 2021-22. You will also receive details about the first day of school procedures.

Parents of students entering JK and SK will receive a letter in the mail by the beginning of July. This will indicate their child’s class placement and time for their parent-teacher-child interview scheduled for either September 7-8 and their scheduled staggered entry for their first day of school.

New Outdoor Natural Classroom and Kindergarten Natural Playground Upgrade ~coming soon!

Facilities has confirmed that there will be an installation this summer for an outdoor classroom with some rocks, and trees for staff to use for learning. As well, the Kindergarten playground will get some updates. This will be exiting to see for September!

St. Paul the Apostle Parish Update and Thank you~

Our community would like to thank Father Ed, Father John, Mrs. Ouellette and the Parish team for their support and prayers for our staff and students this year! We wish farewell and thanks to Father Ed for his many years of leadership and service. Update~ we are pleased to hear that Bishop Crosby has appointed Father John Schnurr to remain at St. Paul the Apostle taking on the role of Pastor effective June 30th. We congratulate Father John on this appointment and look forward to working closely together next year!   

Visit the Parish Website for further updates.

IBM National STEAM Camp

Click here for information and registration links for IBM National STEAM Camp for students entering Grades 7-12. The camp will run virtually from July 19-23.

Halton Public Health Booking Vaccination Appointments for 12+

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

Click here for more information.

Term 2 Report Cards

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

As you know, on March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

 In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (LTO) (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly.

Picking Up Personal Belongings & Returning Tech Devices

A protocol has now been established for families to retrieve any personal belongings and return any borrowed items. 

The following items apply for curbside pick-up:

  • Personal belongings in lockers, desks and cubbies
  • Auto-injectors or other medications
  • School Yearbooks

The following items apply for curbside drop-off: 

  • Technology (devices) borrowed 
  • Special education equipment 
  • Textbooks and other learning materials

Please note that all devices (including SEA equipment) will need to be returned by the end of June, unless students are enrolled in a summer learning program and they require the device for learning.

Seton is holding curbside pick-up June 21-23 (as per class schedules) and drop-off on Monday, June 28th.

***Students will be allowed to accompany their parent to say farewell to their teacher June 21-23 if you wish. Health & safety protocols still apply, stay distanced between families while waiting your turn and wearing a mask is mandatory!

NOTE: Educators will provide asynchronous tasks for students on June 28th and June 29th. Special education students who are currently receiving instruction in-person will continue to do so until the last day of school – June 29th

HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic  Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021.  The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

Burlington Public Library Summer Reading Club

As summer arrives, Burlington Public Library is happy to announce that we are once again offering our free annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) this June, July, and August.

 SRC 2021 details below. Click here for more information. 

  • 10 Weeks: Mon June 28 to Sun September 5 
  • All ages: This year, we’re including everyone, from birth to adults. 
  • Online: We’re keeping it simple—all reading club activities are on our website. 
  • Flexible: Set your own goals and we’ll help you stay motivated. 
  • Weekly lists: Do one, do them all, do something else. You’ll find weekly lists of books, resources, and activity suggestions for every age group. 
  • Virtual Programs: Participate in our virtual programs for all ages. 

Moving for September?

If any families are moving and their child(ren) will not be attending St. Elizabeth Seton next year, please inform Mrs. Biso via email (Bisok@hcdsb.org) at the office as soon as possible.

Promoting Well-Being: How to have a summer filled with independent play

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside and make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 

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Wishing you wonderful Father’s Day weekend ~ the Staff of St. Elizabeth Seton CES

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