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Weekly Update December 13, 2021

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

We are celebrating the third Sunday of Advent which symbolizes joy.  This Sunday is referred to as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday and it means we are halfway through Advent.  We light the pink candle on Sunday which is called the “Shepherd’s Candle” and is meant to remind us of the joy in the world.  While there are many different things in our lives we may find challenging, there are many things we can find around us to celebrate.  For example, the smile on a young child’s face when they accomplish something, a fond memory of a loved one, or something from our own childhood that warms our hearts.    

RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS 

On Wednesday, December 15th  your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

DAILY CONFIRMATION SCREENING

The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will only be in place for the first two weeks of school (January 3-14).  Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school.  Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (if a teacher chooses this option, this will be given to your child after the first day of school)

Thank you so very much for your patience and support as we continue to work towards keeping St Elizabeth Seton safe and open for our staff and students.   

JOY WEEK

This coming week, we will be celebrating Joy Week as a school community.  In addition to the many activities that staff have already scheduled for their class, our Christmas Committee have also planned some school-wide activities. 

Monday-School Craft Day-full uniform

Tuesday-Students wear Christmas accessories (headbands, antlers, hats, bells…) Full uniform

Wednesday-Christmas Cookies (peanut-free) and a reading of The Legend of the Candy Cane -full uniform

Thursday-Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Holiday Socks with uniform bottoms

Friday-Red, green, white- non-uniform

GIFTS AND TREATS

We understand that this is a time for celebration and sharing and we really appreciate your thoughtfulness. Please remember that students are not able to share food at any time due to the many life-threatening allergies in our school community. We are not able to distribute any treats/food sent into the school.

PIZZA DAYS

Just a reminder that pizza days will continue from January to March.  Beginning January 7, we will be having pizza days every Friday that students are in school.  School Cash Online will open on November 29 and the last day to order will be December 13.  Please ensure you have your orders in before the end of the school day on December 13 as we will not be able to accommodate late orders.

MILK PROGRAM

Is available on School Cash Online. This next session will begin on January 3, 2022, and continue to March 31.  Please submit your orders by December 13.

KISS-AND-RIDE

Please continue to be patient and drive safely through the kiss-and-ride. When possible, please find a spot to park when you arrive and greet your child with open arms at the fence. I had the great fortune to touch base with a few parents this past week about idling cars. As parents came up and parked, they noticed there was a class outside and they immediately turned off their cars. As the colder weather begins, please remember to turn off your car when you arrive to ensure we are not only considering the environment, but also the health of our children.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Just a reminder that school will be ending at 1:40 pm on Friday, December 17. 

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update December 13, 2021