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Weekly Update Jan 25 -29

God of Light and Truth, Thank You for giving me a mind that can know and a heart that can love. Help me to keep learning every day of my life, for all knowledge leads to You. Let me be aware of Your presence in all things and at all times. Encourage me when work is difficult and when I am tempted to give up; encourage me when my brain seems slow and the way forward is difficult. Grant me the grace to put my mind to use exploring the world You have created, confident that in You there is a wisdom that is real.

Amen

Remote Learning Extended

The Ministry has not provided a date when our Halton schools are expected to reopen for full in-person instruction.  

What we know at this time:

  • Elementary and secondary students will continue to learn remotely until further notice
  • Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules. 
  • The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning.
  • Students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning will continue to receive in-person support during the extended remote learning period.
  • Child care centres will remain OPEN for the duration of these time-limited public health actions.  
  • All Before and After School Programs will remain CLOSED until in-person learning resumes.

Updates & Additional Information 
We will continue to share any new updates from the Ministry as they become available, in the following ways:

Bell Let’s Talk – Thursday, January 28th, 2021

In honor of Bell Let’s Talk, we want to shed some light on the importance of Mental Health, and why it is important to spread awareness and “talk” about Mental Health, and the impact it has on all of us. Talking is the best way to start breaking down the barriers associated with mental illness. Together, we can all help to end the stigma around mental illness.  

Here are five ways to spread the word:   

  • Language matters – pay attention to the words you use about mental illness  
  • Educate yourself – learn, know and talk more, understand the signs  
  • Be kind – small acts of kindness speak a lot  
  • Listen and ask – sometimes it’s best to just listen  

Talk about it – start a dialogue, break the silence.
Mental health affects us ALL, so let’s become a part of the conversation!   

Register your Child for Kindergarten
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.

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?
To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September 2021, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2021. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2021.

For more information on how to register your child:  Register Your Child

Grade 7 Confirmation

St. Joan of Arc Confirmation dates were scheduled for January 27, 28, and 29, 2021 have been postponed.  At this time, the Church will not be able to reschedule until sometime in the Spring/Summer this year as this will depend on COVID restrictions.  Please continue to visit the St. Matthew Parish Website at  www.saintmatthew.ca for additional resources for Confirmation.  Go to the tab on the top right-hand corner of the page entitled “Sacramental Prep”.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. 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/.

We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher 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. Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Social Studies/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.
 
We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  
Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Communication During Remote Learning

A reminder that if you have any questions or require assistance, please feel free to call the school or email our office staff:
Mrs. V. Freeze – freezev@hcdsb.org

Mr. N. Laratta – larattan@hcdsb.org

School Uniform Provider Change
The contract with our current school uniform supplier, ISW (InSchoolwear Inc.) will soon expire. In accordance with our purchasing policy guidelines, our Board undertook a Request for Proposal (RFP) process this year to select a uniform provider to serve parents and students for the next three-year term.  The contract was awarded to McCarthy Uniforms, which will be the sole uniform supplier for HCDSB schools commencing February 1st, 2021.

Halton Resources for Families

https://www.halton.ca/Repository/Where-to-Get-Help-in-Halton

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.  

Stay Healthy and Safe

Upcoming Events:

Jan
25
Mon
Remote Learning — Week 4
Jan 25 @ 8:45 am – Jan 29 @ 8:45 am
Schools Remain Closed — Remote Learning Continues
Jan 25 @ 8:45 am
Jan
27
Wed
United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan 27 all day
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
28
Thu
Bell Let’s Talk Day — Dress in Blue
Jan 28 all day
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Jan
29
Fri
Celebration of Confirmation — Postponed @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
1
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting — 6:30pm -8:00pm
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
5
Fri
PA Day — No School for Students
Feb 5 all day
Feb
12
Fri
Spirit Day — Paint the Town Red
Feb 12 all day
Feb
15
Mon
Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Feb
16
Tue
Shrove Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
Feb
17
Wed
1st Day of Lent
Feb 17 all day
Ash Wednesday
Feb 17 all day
Feb
23
Tue
History Comic Art Virtual Workshop –Gr. 2-6
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am
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