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Weekly Update October 11, 2021

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We would like to wish all our St Elizabeth Seton Families a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Thankfulness is important when we are thinking about others.  Being thankful for what we have helps us to recognize the work others do to serve us.  Please keep our community in your thoughts and prayers over this coming Thanksgiving weekend! Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 11th.

UPDATES TO THE COVID-19 SCHOOL SCREENING TOOL

Please note, there have been some changes to the DAILY school screening tool such as:

  • Symptoms
  • Testing
  • Vaccination and Immunization Status
  • International Travel

Please click on the link below for the screening tool.

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

PIZZA

Just a reminder that we are selling pizza.  Please refer to CashOnline if you are interested in purchasing individualized pizza for your child(ren).

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL 2021-2022

A very special thank you goes out to all our school council members for coming forward to serve St. Elizabeth Seton students.  The following are our members:

Co-Chairs

Kristy Dickenson   

Marijana Shannon

OAPCE Representative

Andrew Nolan

Parish Representative

Rachel Hill Raymond

Community Representative

Paula Pimpinella

Parent Representatives

Jared Cyr

Fanny Deval

Alessandra Guest

Sarah Humby

Caitlin Norton

Liezil Rojas- Silva

Jennifer Whyte

Future Dates

  • Wednesday November 17th  
  • Wednesday January 26th  
  • Wednesday March 23rd
  • Wednesday April 27th  
  • Wednesday June 8th  

KISS-AND-RIDE

Thank you to everyone who has made our Kiss-and-Ride a great success!   Student safety continues to be our number one priority here at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Elementary School!  We still have a few things to remember when entering the kiss-and-ride.  As we enter into the rainy/snow season, the number of cars dropping off students will increase so we are asking all parents/guardians dropping children off, to please incorporate the following routines in your everyday practice.

  • If you are using the kiss-and-ride lane, please kiss your child(ren) and carry on your way to help everyone get to where they have to go as efficiently as possible.  If your child requires assistance with their items, please ensure you park in a spot and walk your child to the sidewalk.
  • If you are parking your car in a spot at the end of the day, please meet your child at the sidewalk. We have noticed that some parents/guardians are waving to their child (ren) but then turning to walk to the car before the child crosses the road.  The children are running across roadway to the parking spots without looking. 
  • Consider walking/biking to school especially on the days with inclement weather.  Rainy days with an umbrella can be very enjoyable and memorable as a family.
  • I have noticed a few parents on their cell phones (not hands free) while on school property.  This is against the law and not permitted on school property.  Please refrain from using your devices while you are driving.
  • Just as you would sit patiently in a busy drive through at McDonalds or Tim Hortons/Starbucks, we are asking for the same patience and respect for one another while in our kiss-and-ride zone. 

FALL GATHERINGS

https://elem.hcdsb.org/ourladyofpeace/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/10/Fall-Gatherings-2021-Parent-letter.pdf

DANCE-A-THON FUNDRAISER

We will be holding our (VIRTUAL) Halloween Dance-A-Thon on October 29th.  This will be our single major fundraiser this school year. We depend on the funds raised by our families to support us so that we can purchase special programs, technologies, and recess equipment for our students. No donation is too small, every little bit counts! Unfortunately, we are unable to have parents/guardians join us due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we will be live streaming the event throughout the day.  We will also invite all parents to each classroom (VIRTUALLY) as we go room to room so everyone can share in the festivities and see all the great costumes.  We will send out a schedule so that you know when your child’s class is going to be highlighted. 

All students will receive 3 tickets that they can place in the basket of their choice.  In addition to the tickets given by the school, parents/guardians can increase their chances of winning through the number of pledges. We will be sending out more information this week about the process for purchasing tickets. 

HALLOWEEN COSTUME SELECTION:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT OPTIONS

Advanced Placement Options (AP)

option 1:Oct 20 @ 3:30pm

option 2:Oct 20 @ 4:15pm

option 3:Oct 25 @ 3:15pm

option 4:Oct 25 @ 4:00pm

STA IB (International Baccalaureate) Information Night

https://secondary.hcdsb.org/sta/ib-programme/events/

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update October 11, 2021