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January 15, 2021 Update

From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us

– Pope Francis –

COVID-19 Safety Measures

On December 26, 2020, the Ontario Government Framework was paused and was replaced with a Province-wide shutdown. The current shutdown remains in effect.

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario Government declared a State of Emergency and issued a stay-at-home order, which comes into effect January 14, 2021. These actions were put in place to further reduce mobility and enhance enforcement of public health measures that limit the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order requires everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, including:

  • getting groceries or medicine from the pharmacy;
  • accessing health care services;
  • outdoor physical activity alone or with your household members; or
  • essential work.

Learn more about the impacts of the province-wide shutdown, state of emergency and stay-at-home order

Extension of Remote Learning

The Ontario government announced that teacher-led remote learning will be extended until January 25, 2021 for elementary students in Halton Region.

Families that were provided a device to support student learning may continue to use their loaned devices throughout the extended remote learning period.

Should you require a device, please contact Mr. Witter via email at witterm@hcdsb.org

Remote Learning Attendance

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning beginning at 9:10am and again after lunch beginning at 1:10pm. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

If your child arrives late to the synchronous session, is experiencing technical difficulties, etc., but has been marked absent and you are receiving notifications from the safe arrival system, please send an email to your child’s teacher as well as our school secretary Ms. Nieuwendyk so that your child’s attendance status can be updated.  Please do not call the school as a staff member may not be available to receive your call or retrieve a message.  You can reach Ms. Nieuwendyk via email at nieuwendykc@hcdsb.org

Teacher Absences

There may be times when one of your child’s teachers must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted in D2L.

Accessing Your Child’s Online Learning Platform

The access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace),  Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the HCDSB Learn at Home website here: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/remote-learning-platforms/

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2021. Learn more here: Kindergarten Registration

Upcoming School Calendar

Jan
18
Mon
Equity and Inclusive Education Virtual Liturgy
Jan 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Jan
27
Wed
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all day
Feb
4
Thu
Spirit Day – Rock Your “Bed Head”!
Feb 4 all day

Rock your “bed head” Day!

Students and staff are encourage to share their creative and cool bed head hair!

Waste Free Lunch Day
Feb 4 all day

According to the Recycling Council of Ontario, the average student‛s school lunch creates about 30 kilograms of waste per year. This means that the average school can produce over 8,500 kilograms of waste every year just from student lunches!

Often our lunches contain single-use plastics, which we put into the garbage. These end up sitting in our landfills.

Waste free lunch days are when we don’t make any garbage from our lunches/snacks.

How do we do this?

  • Use tupperware containers, thermoses, water bottles, reusable utensils (forks and spoons).
  • Make sure we recycle properly (pop cans, yogurt cups)
  • Make sure we compost correctly (food scraps)
Feb
5
Fri
Professional Development Day: Report Card Writing
Feb 5 all day
Feb
12
Fri
United Way – Local Love Day!
Feb 12 all day

Our school board has a long history of supporting the United Way of Halton and Hamilton through such initiatives as the Paint the Town Red Day.  This year’s campaign theme, “Local Love,” focuses on helping meet the needs of those right here in our community.  The past few months have tested all of us in ways we could have never imagined.  For our friends and neighbours who were already experiencing poverty and related issues—struggling to make ends meet or put food on the table – it has been an exceptionally difficult and, sometimes, heartbreaking time.

This year, on Friday, February 12,2021, St. Francis of Assisi will be taking part in the Local Love Day!  Staff & students are encouraged to wear red – or pink, white or any colour that they associate love with! –  head-to-toe, and to consider making an optional $2.00 contribution to the United Way through SchoolCashOnline.

Feb
15
Mon
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
National Flag Day of Canada
Feb 15 all day
Feb
16
Tue
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
Feb
17
Wed
Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins
Feb 17 all day
Witter, MarkJanuary 15, 2021 Update