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March 5, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Safety Measures

All students and staff are required to screen for symptoms of illness every day before coming to school using the COVID-19 school screening criteria.

The provincial direction is that staff and students with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

For any child that is directed to stay home by the school screening tool, siblings and those that live with the student should also stay at home until the specific child tests negative, is cleared by your local public health unit, or are diagnosed with another illness by a health care professional.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort.  By continuing to work together to follow Public Health measures, we can ensure a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for all.

Planning for the 2021-2022 School Year

Although we have not yet received direction from the Ministry of Education regarding what will be required of school boards during the 2021-2022 school year, our staffing process has already begun.  As the health situation in Halton and across the province continues to evolve daily, it is difficult to predict what September will look like. In light of this, the school board needs to plan for all potential scenarios.

The board has sent an email out to our parents and guardians to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year.

Specifically, the board needs to know if at this time you anticipate that in September 2021:

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

This information will help the board determine how many teachers will be required to staff the Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  

NOTE: We know that any decision you make today may change based on how the health situation evolves over the next few months. For this reason, you will be asked to confirm your decision in mid-June.

Please take a moment to complete this quick poll by clicking on the link here: CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY

Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions

School board staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents/guardians of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9, 2021 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and March 11, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Grade 2 and Grade 7 Sacrament Update

Families of students who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 7) are reminded of the recent communication that you should have received from our pastor Fr. David Walter. Should you have questions about the reception of the Sacraments this year, kindly contact Fr. Dave at the church by phone at 905-873-1887 ext. 6, or via email at dwalter@hamiltondiocese.com

Upcoming Events

Save the dates for these upcoming events, details can be found in our calendar:

  • St. John’s Bible Virtual Presentation (grades 6-8)
  • March Madness Spirit Week
  • Lenten Food Drive
  • Classroom Lenten Activity Days

Upcoming Calendar

Mar
15
Mon
March Madness Spirit Week
Mar 15 all day
Our intermediate students will lead our school in a Spirit Week, including an activity outside to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  All activities will have classes remain in their cohorts and ensure physical distancing measures are followed.
Mar
16
Tue
March Madness Spirit Week
Mar 16 all day

Our intermediate students will lead our school in a Spirit Week, including an activity outside to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  All activities will have classes remain in their cohorts and ensure physical distancing measures are followed.

Mar
17
Wed
Grade 8 Graduation Photos
Mar 17 all day
March Madness Spirit Week
Mar 17 all day

Our intermediate students will lead our school in a Spirit Week, including an activity outside to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  All activities will have classes remain in their cohorts and ensure physical distancing measures are followed.

Mar
18
Thu
March Madness Spirit Week
Mar 18 all day

Our intermediate students will lead our school in a Spirit Week, including an activity outside to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  All activities will have classes remain in their cohorts and ensure physical distancing measures are followed.

Mar
19
Fri
March Madness Spirit Week
Mar 19 all day

Our intermediate students will lead our school in a Spirit Week, including an activity outside to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  All activities will have classes remain in their cohorts and ensure physical distancing measures are followed.

St. John’s Bible Virtual Presentation – Grades 6, 7, 8
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A 45-minute introduction to the art of The Saint John’s Bible and the artists who created it. Includes an introduction to The Saint John’s Bible with short video, followed by an exploration of the material used to the create the Bible, the types of art, and the artists who created them. Accompanying activity has students create their own illumination inspired by The Saint John’s Bible.

You can learn more about the St. John’s Bible here:  https://hamiltondiocese.com/stjohnsbible/

 

Mar
22
Mon
Lenten Food Drive
Mar 22 all day

Our school will be holding a Lenten Food Drive to support the Georgetown Bread Basket.  Families are asked to consider donating an item by bringing it to school.  The items will remain in the classroom for 3 days to “quarantine” before being placed in our communal donation bin.  Items that are most needed at this time:

-Snack Bars
-Canned Carrots, Peas, Green and Wax Beans
-Pudding and Fruit Cups
-Canned Fruit
-Sugar
-Pasta Sauce
-Flakes of Ham, Chicken or Turkey
-Tomato Paste
-Peanut Butter
-Canned Pasta
-Instant Potatoes
-Juice Boxes
-Pasta or Rice Sidekicks
-Gluten Free crackers and snack bars

Mar
23
Tue
Classroom Lenten Activities
Mar 23 all day

Our students will participate in activities that focus on building an understanding of the Three Pillars of Lent:

  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Prayer
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 – Fasting
  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Almsgiving

Prayer: Prayer is conversation with God. It is essential for fasting and almsgiving because prayer gives us the strength to fast. Pope Francis said, “Lent is a privileged time for prayer.” In prayer, we draw closer in relationship with God. Relationship with God makes us grateful for the blessings we have received. Prayer is the cornerstone of our Lenten journey and is vital to all of our actions in life.

Fasting & Abstinence: Fasting and abstinence are old traditions in Judeo-Christian history and early Lenten practice. Found in the Scriptures, they offer a way of growing closer to God. Pope Francis reminds us, “Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else…”

The current regulations are as follows:
–  Individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by having only one full meal and two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
–  All over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

In addition to the above traditional forms, try fasting from social media, technology, gossip, and excessive screen time. Fasting reminds us of our hunger for God.

Almsgiving: Almsgiving (giving) is a response to God, one that we can come to through prayer and fasting. It is a way to live out our gratitude for all that God has given us, reflecting the realization that we are the Body of Christ, responsible for each other. Justice, mercy, and charity are integral elements  of our baptism that call us to be disciples of Jesus.

Lenten Food Drive
Mar 23 all day

Our school will be holding a Lenten Food Drive to support the Georgetown Bread Basket.  Families are asked to consider donating an item by bringing it to school.  The items will remain in the classroom for 3 days to “quarantine” before being placed in our communal donation bin.  Items that are most needed at this time:

-Snack Bars
-Canned Carrots, Peas, Green and Wax Beans
-Pudding and Fruit Cups
-Canned Fruit
-Sugar
-Pasta Sauce
-Flakes of Ham, Chicken or Turkey
-Tomato Paste
-Peanut Butter
-Canned Pasta
-Instant Potatoes
-Juice Boxes
-Pasta or Rice Sidekicks
-Gluten Free crackers and snack bars

Witter, MarkMarch 5, 2021 Update