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Weekly Update Oct 25th to Oct 29th

School Mass

We are blessed to welcome Fr. Patrick who will be celebrating the Eucharist with us on Tuesday, October 26th @ 10:00 am.

Halloween Dance-a-Thon

🎃🎃🎃 Are your kids ready for some spooktacular fun? 🎃🎃🎃

Our annual Halloween Dance a Thon is returning this year on Friday, October 29th so please mark your calendars. 

This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are counting on you to make it the most successful one yet! Great prizes to be won, Nintendo Switch, pizza and cookie parties, gift cards, and more. 

Donations can be made using the link below.  Remember to choose St. Joan of Arc in the school drop-down menu.   https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/269/6/false/true

Halloween Spirit Day at SJOA

On Friday, October 29th, 2021, staff and students are encouraged to show their Halloween spirit by dressing up in costume or wearing orange and/or black.  Parents and students are reminded to be mindful of our Catholic learning environment and the well-being of our students when selecting costumes. As a result, we ask that students do not wear/bring masks, weapon replicas, costumes that violate our dress code, and any other costume that would be considered inappropriate or against our Catholic values.  Suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume:

  1. Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or traditions of the culture that I am borrowing my from?

Students will have the opportunity on this day to dance and participate in-class activities.  Should weather permit, students will have the opportunity to dance outside with their classmates.  All students are welcome to wear costumes.

Reminders

We would like to remind parents/family members that there are No Dogs Allowed on school property or on our playground as these areas are for students and staff only. We would also ask that parents/guardians please wear a Mask when on school property.  We strive to maintain this practice to ensure our students and staff remain safe. 

Mental Health Update

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child. Mental health professionals have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings, or the way they behave. For more information on how to better help support your child, you can check out this tip sheet created by School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) at the link copied below… 

https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tip-Sheet-How-Do-You-Know-If-You-Should-Be-Concerned.pdf

Parish information

Welcome Aboard! We’re pleased to welcome Cathie Orlanski to our parish staff as Pastoral Assistant – Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation. You may not know this, but Cathie’s been doing the job for several years (since well before the pandemic) as a volunteer, backing up the Pastoral Team with all the organization, recordkeeping, and documentation that make it possible for us to celebrate First Communion and Confirmation with more than five hundred young people annually. With some administrative duties added to this part-time position, it made sense to hire someone formally, and we were thrilled when Cathie applied. A dedicated and active member of the community, she’s also instrumental in our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society and our programme of volunteer screening. Our only real concern was that another parish might scoop her up before we had room on our team and in our budget!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

https://www.saintmatthew.ca/

Public Health Update

This Public Health Update for Schools contains information, updates, and resources from Halton Region Public Health on a variety of program areas.  Previous editions of the Public Health Update for schools are available on the School Years Program webpage.

SJOA staff thanks you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.  Halton’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information webpage includes information on:

  • frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in schools and childcare;
  • educational materials for parents; and
  • the Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) webpages.

Upcoming Events:

Oct
26
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Oct 26 all day
School Mass @ SJOA
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Oct
28
Thu
Cookie and Juice day
Oct 28 all day
Loyola Grade 8 Virtual Night
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

https://secondary.hcdsb.org/loyola/news/2021/10/grade-8-parent-night/

Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Dance-a-Thon
Oct 29 all day

Staff and students are encouraged to dress up.

Nov
1
Mon
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all day
Nov
2
Tue
All Souls Day
Nov 2 all day
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 2 all day
Nov
3
Wed
Council of Chairs
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
4
Thu
Christmas Wreaths Orders Due
Nov 4 all day
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 4 all day
Nov
9
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 9 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 9 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
10
Wed
Sub Day
Nov 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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