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School Weekly Update June 7, 2021

It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts.”

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Virtual School Survey

Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.   

You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.

Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

  1. Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
  2. Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

 Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
 
Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: research@hcdsb.org.

About the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School

  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021. 
  • Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.

A Note to Parents with Children in Secondary School

If you also have one or more children registered to attend an HCDSB secondary school, please note that we will once again be offering a hybrid learning model in our secondary schools for the 2021-2022 school year. More information about this hybrid model will follow in a separate email over the next week. Parents and guardians will have an opportunity over the summer months to select which learning format (virtual or in-person) their secondary school-aged children will attend.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September 2021. 

~ Halton Catholic District School Board

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/

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. 

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside…check!  Spending the day at the golf course…check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.

SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH ONTARIO –

“WITH CARE” Tip Sheet

How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned – https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tip-Sheet-How-Do-You-Know-If-You-Should-Be-Concerned.pdf

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

Looking Ahead:

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

Jun
18
Fri
Class of 2021 Grade 8 Graduation Day
Jun 18 all day

                        St. Elizabeth Seton Graduating Class of 2021

Dear Parents and Graduates,

You are cordially invited to the St. Elizabeth Seton Graduation on Friday, June 18, 2021 between 1-4 p.m.

Graduates and their families are asked to attend at your designated time for a walk-up Graduation celebration! Scheduled times will be shared with families separate from this invite and we thank everyone following the schedule. All visitors must do their daily COVID screening before attending. Please park in the north Kindergarten lot and proceed to the front drive to the Graduation Zone. In the event we have inclement weather, please enter at the back of the school into our gymnasium on the north side and exit out the south side.

There will be photo opportunities for you and your family as you walk along memory lane past your Kindergarten play yard to the front entrance of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School. We are so excited for you!

Our Intermediate staff will welcome one family at a time and ask graduates to come forward to receive your Graduation diplomas to make it official! This year we have purchased a Graduation composite for each graduate as a keepsake that will be inside your diploma cover. After each Graduate receives their diploma, families will be directed to continue along the front drive for more photo opportunities with your family. Staff can assist as needed!

We will ask each Graduate and family to move along from there back around to the parking area to allow the next family and graduate their time and space to move through the Graduation Zone.

A special Graduation video will be launched at 7 p.m. that same evening. We hope this will allow you some time to celebrate as a family in between and settle in together to enjoy the memories that will be shared in this special video prepared by our Intermediate staff. The video will be sent to the parent email on file at the school.

On behalf of all the staff, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our families and Graduates on your accomplishments! We are very proud of our Graduates for successful completion of Elementary School and becoming fine Catholic citizens that will always be recognized as part of the St. Elizabeth Seton school community.

A special thank you to the staff and parents that assisted to prepare for this special Graduation celebration.

Wishing you many blessings,

Mrs. Williams

Principal

 

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