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Weekly Update Feb 8th – 12th

“The Lord looks for us where we are, he loves us as we are, and he patiently walks by our side. With his word, he wants to change us, to invite us to live fuller lives.” 

–Pope Francis–

Return to School Reminders

Masks

Students in Grades K – 8 are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors in school, including hallways and during classes, as well as on school vehicles.  Students will be required to wear masks outdoors during recesses where multiple classes are outside together.  Students will continue to remain in their class cohorts while outside at recess and to maintain physical distancing from each other.  As students will be wearing masks outside at recess, they will be asked to bring additional masks to school if their mask gets wet, damaged, or soiled at recess.  For students who do not have an extra mask, they can approach staff for an extra mask when needed.  Staff will provide daily opportunities for mask breaks (i.e., DPA activities outdoors with one cohort at a time and students can maintain physical distancing) with considerations made for appropriate mask storage and hand hygiene.

Self-Screening Tool

All staff and students are required to complete the daily screening prior to attending school.  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Congregating

It is important to ensure that students are not congregating before and after school.  Students are reminded to return directly home after school. 

Parents

A 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!

Indoor/Outdoor Shoes

Please remember to bring indoor shoes to school on Monday. Help keep the classrooms safe and dry during the winter months. 

Valentine’s Day

In lieu of exchanging Valentine cards this year, our Catholic School Council has purchased school safe cookies from Terra Cotta for Valentine’s Day. These cookies are prepackaged and individually wrapped.  Students will receive their treat on Friday, February 12th after last recess.  I would ask students to refrain from sending Valentine’s Day cards for classmates and teachers as there will be various opportunities for students to participate in Valentine’s Day activities in their class. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our practices to keep our students, staff, and families healthy and safe. 

Paint the Town Red Day

On Friday, February 12th we will be holding a Spirit Day in support of the United Way Local Love/Paint the Town Red Fundraiser.  On February 12th, students will be invited to wear as much Red as possible and asked to donate a Toonie.  Families are asked to donate a Toonie by means of our SchoolCashOnline system. 

Black History Month

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.  Throughout the month, SJOA will be participating in a variety of online activities presented by the SAIDAT SHOW.  Students will have the opportunity to listen about diversity and Black History through a series of video’s and activities that are both engaging and energetic. 

Fundscrip

Just a reminder SJOA families that Fundscrip is still available to all SJOA families and families.  With purchasing items online, you will have the flexibility of receiving your e-gift card and ordering your groceries with a few simple clicks.  The program is available to everyone who has already registered or by simply clicking on the link below.  Remember, for every purchase made, SJOA will receive a donation from Fundscrip. 

https://www.fundscrip.com/support-a-group/M4UMV8

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

Student Attendance

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. 

School Uniform Provider
We are pleased to announce that McCarthy Uniforms is our official school uniform provider. Many of you may be familiar with the reputation for quality and the time-tested McCarthy tradition that will provide our families with exceptional uniform products. In addition to a superior quality garment, this new partnership with also provide our families with more flexibility when ordering, improved availability, and reduced costs.

We encourage you to register to be notified of school uniform details, updates on your shopping options, and access to sales throughout the year. In addition to a custom website built specifically for our school, two retail stores will be available in the Halton Region. These school uniform retail spaces are being launched for the first time in Canada to maximize health, safety, and the customer experience. Both stores are located in SmartCentres for more convenience including ample parking and the ability to do other errands in the same complex. They’re both over 7000 square feet of space to ensure safe physical distancing measures are in place, in addition to multiple formats to shop including self-serve and 1:1 appointments. The stores will also feature integrated technology to allow for curbside pickup, order & ship, and more. And they’ll feature a made-in-Canada section featuring domestically manufactured navy and white options. 

Winter Water Safety

The safety and well-being of our students and families is always our greatest priority, and we work closely with our partners to share important information to help keep our community safe. As the province-wide lockdown continues and families are exploring ways to stay active outdoors, the risk of water-related incidents are increasing.

Conservation Halton and the four municipalities in Halton have issued some important reminders and water safety tips to help keep our families safe during the winter months. 

Some of these measures include: 

  • Keep family members and pets away from all bodies of water. 
  • Don’t follow pets or people on the ice or attempt to rescue – call 911 for assistance. 
  • Avoid recreational activities in or around waterways and check with your local municipality for alternative outdoor skating opportunities. 
  • Recreation of any kind is not permitted on stormwater management ponds. These areas can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all times. 

Please take a few minutes to share these important reminders with your children. For more information, please read the joint News Release.

Halton Resources for Families

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

Stay Healthy and Safe

Upcoming Events:

Sep
7
Tue
New to Kindergarten Orientation/Interviews
Sep 7 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Staggered Entry for Grade 1-8 Students — Surnames beginning with A-K
Sep 7 @ 8:45 am
Sep
8
Wed
New to Kindergarten Orientation/Interviews
Sep 8 @ 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Staggered Entry for Grade 1-8 Students — Surnames beginning with L-Z
Sep 8 @ 8:45 am
Sep
9
Thu
All Students in Grade 1-8 attending in-person instruction come to school
Sep 9 @ 8:45 am
Sep
21
Tue
International Day of Peace
Sep 21 all day
Student Achievement Evening — Virtually via MS Teams
Sep 21 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am
Sep
24
Fri
Catholic School Council Nomination forms due
Sep 24 all day
Sep
28
Tue
Catholic School Council Elections
Sep 28 all day
Sep
29
Wed
Terry Fox Walk
Sep 29 all day
Thanksgiving Treat Orders Due
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm
Sep
30
Thu
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Sep 30 all day
Oct
2
Sat
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct
4
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
5
Tue
World Teachers Day
Oct 5 all day
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