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Weekly Update Sept 28 to Oct 2

Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Wednesday, September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.  On this day we are asking that all staff and students wear an Orange shirt as a visual symbol of our awareness of the need for ongoing reconciliation, to honour the Indigenous children who survived residential schools and remember those who didn’t.  Please note that uniform bottoms must be worn. 

Terry Fox Walk – Friday, October 2nd, 2020

This Friday, October 2nd we will be having our annual Terry Fox Walk. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Foundation, we will be having a Red & White Spirit Day. This will be a full civvies day. Students will be going on a walk around the neighbourhood during scheduled times with their cohort. We encourage families to donate directly to the Terry Fox Foundation this year instead of bringing a donation into school. Families do not need to donate in order to participate. If you wish and are able to make a donation, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/2HAQu69

School Self-Screening Tool

Parents or guardians (and students 18 years of age or older) must complete this new COVID-19 School Screening tool before leaving for school each day. Please use this screening tool moving forward. 

SUPERVISION BEFORE SCHOOL DAILY

A reminder that our warning bell rings daily at 8:40 am with a final bell at 8:45 am.  There will NOT be teacher supervisors on the yard as we have moved to a free entry process this year.  A reminder that no student should be on property prior to 8:30 am.  Once again, as mentioned above, when students arrive on property after 8:30 am daily, they must immediately enter the building and make their way to their class.  Teachers will be on supervision in the hallways to ensure students are not congregating in the hallways and adhering to all the safety measures.

Parent Communication

We have decided to not move forward with student agendas.  In order to communicate with staff, we ask that you please use emails, which can be found on the school’s website.  As well, classroom teachers will be communicating the use of D2L or Google Classroom and how to access it.  Please feel free to also call the school and a message will be relayed to the teacher, who will return your call in a timely manner. 

School Messenger App

Downloading and using the School Messenger App is the FASTEST and EASIEST way to report your child’s absence to the school.  If you have not downloaded this app already, we ask that all parents please do this before the start of this school year.  The instructions can be found by clicking on the following link https://bit.ly/2FdKOOd

Allergies and Anaphylaxis

As we begin our new school year, we remind all members of our community that we strive to minimize allergens that pose life-threatening symptoms for students. Keeping our students safe is paramount and we ask that parents carefully pack their children’s lunches.  We have several students in our school who live with severe life-threatening allergies to peanuts, nuts,  seafood and other foods (anaphylaxis). All snack and food items should be nut free, as well as any particular items that are identified by the classroom teachers (i.e. sesame seeds). Likewise, we ask that that no substitute nut spreads (peabutter, wow butter, etc.) be sent to school as they smell and look exactly like peanut butter. Please continue to choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks (from home and restaurants) to school, keeping in mind specific allergies in your child’s classroom. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending treats from home for the class.  Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of all students.  For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all elementary students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch periods. 

 Have a great week!!

Upcoming Events:

Sep
30
Wed
Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day
Oct
7
Wed
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
8
Thu
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
9
Fri
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion — Gr. 2 @ St. Matthew Parish
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
10
Sat
World Mental Health Day
Oct 10 all day
Oct
12
Mon
Happy Thanksgiving
Oct 12 all day
Oct
14
Wed
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
15
Thu
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
16
Fri
Confirmation Information Meeting
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm
Oct
21
Wed
Grade 8 Parent Information Night for IB Program at STA Oct 21
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
27
Tue
Dress Purple Day
Oct 27 all day

Students are encouraged to wear Purple to support individuals and communities who play important roles in supporting vulnerable children, youth, and families

Oct
30
Fri
Spirit Day — Halloween Costume
Oct 30 all day
Nov
2
Mon
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
4
Wed
Rescheduled First Communion (Current Gr. 3’s) @ St. Matthew Parish
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm
Nov
5
Thu
Loyola Grade 8 Parent Information Evening
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please visit the Loyola website to access the Virtual Meeting

https://secondary.hcdsb.org/loyola/

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update Sept 28 to Oct 2