Today is the First Sunday of Advent, a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of baby Jesus. We also wait for Jesus Christ to come again, so we light the first candle of our Advent wreath to symbolize the hope we have in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
International Day of Disabilities
Thursday, December 3rd is the International Day of People with Disabilities and is a day to respect each other and show someone that he or she is special. It is a day that our students can say a kind word to a friend and tell someone in their family that they love them. This is a time to celebrate being a child. We love our St. Joan of Arc students and we are all kids at heart. On Thursday, December 3rd, our students will participate in a full non-uniform day with one request – the kids are asked to wear something that makes them happy (for example your favourite colour, sports jersey, shirt, sweater, hoodie, spirit school shirt, jeans, track pants, etc) however, always in keeping with respect and our faith. We can’t wait to celebrate being special by wearing something that makes us as kids feel good.
St. Matthew Parish
Save the Date
Mark your calendars for our next Virtual Family Night – Christmas Edition! Thursday, December 10th @ 7:00 pm. More info will come out this week!
Change to Learning Environment Request Form Opens Monday, November 30th
As you know, the opportunity to switch between learning environments will be offered again after Christmas.
An email will be sent to let you know that if you wish to change your child’s learning environment, the online request form will be available as of Monday, November 30th, 2020.
Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe
As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:
- Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
- Maintain a physical distance of two meters (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
- Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.
Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool.
COVID-19 Test Results
If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.
If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.
Just a gentle reminder to all parents and guardians that masks are required when entering school property (fence line, parking lot, building). When waiting near the gates at the beginning of the day or at dismissal, please ensure that masks are worn until you enter your car off school property. These safety measures are in place in accordance with Halton Public Health and SJOA/HCDSB COVID-19 return to school policy and procedure. Remember we are all in this together!
Elementary Student Lockers
As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:
- Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY.
- Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
- To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
- Students are assigned an individual locker. Students are not to share a locker unless they live in the same household and are in the same class.
- Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.
Update Contact Information
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.
Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.
Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.
If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf
Halton Public Health Information
Self-Assessment Screening Tool
The Ontario government has released changes to the COVID-19 School Screening Tool used to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children. Please use the October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children tool before leaving for school each day.
Have a Great Week!