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Weekly Update Nov. 8th to 12th

Fundraising Update

Thank you to our parent community for their generosity as this year we raised $8180. All funds will be used to purchase new technology and outdoor equipment. These purchases would not be possible without your generous donations. Congratulations to all our prize winners this year. Follow us on Twitter to see pictures of all the winners @Sjoa5.

Wreath and Poinsettia Orders

This year, we will be supporting two small, local businesses – Zomer’s Greenhouses and Apaulo Farms. Orders can be made through school cash online.  Click HERE for prices.

Lunch Program – Begins on Tuesday, November 9th

We are so excited to be able to offer a lunch and milk program again at St. Joan of Arc. Our Catholic School Council has been busy behind the scenes trying to find the safest options for our students and staff.  As per the communication that was sent out last week, we will be using LunchBox this year to coordinate our lunch and milk orders. This will make it easier for parents/guardians, as you can log into your School Cash Online account, and order lunch and milk for your child(ren).  This new system will allow more flexibility as you are able to select the frequency of your orders, as well as cancel (within specific timelines).  In recognizing that there may be safety concerns around food handling, we have sourced vendors who will ensure that all food is prepackaged in individual containers (e.g. pizza in slice boxes, and subs pre-wrapped with the student’s name on them).  This will eliminate volunteers or staff needing to handle your child(ren)’s food. The best part – every item you order results in money going back to OUR SCHOOL!!  It’s a win-win situation!


The No Hate In Halton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will be launched on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in cooperation with the School Districts throughout our Region.

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, we will participate in a Virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy at 10:45 am. Donations for Poppies are welcome as all students will receive a poppy to wear on that day. Thank you to Mrs. Bento’s class for preparing the liturgy.  A link will be sent out to the community on Thursday morning.

 Bullying Prevention Week – Nov. 12th to 19th

Bullying prevention and awareness week is from November the 12th to November the 19th. Every year, HCDSB participates in National Bullying awareness week. By participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, our schools will be affecting positive change in student learning, achievement, and well-being by promoting a safer learning environment, which is essential to their success. Bullying prevention and intervention promotes the development of healthy relationships. The goal is to help ensure that all students have healthy, safe, respectful, and caring relationships with everyone in their lives. Students who foster these types of relationships will be less likely to bully others, more likely to support students who are bullied, and better able to reach their educational goals. Preventing bullying and creating a safe and accepting school climate is something we strive to achieve every single day in our school community! For more information about bullying and bullying awareness and prevention, you can visit the link copied below… 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/bullying-we-can-all-help-stop-it

Home/School Communication

If your child needs to contact you, they can do so, with teacher permission by coming down to the office to make the call. I kindly ask that parents/guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Parish information

By the grace of God and with no small amount of help from our parish volunteers and staff, we completed our “makeup” celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation this past Sunday. Taking a few days to catch our breath, Fr. Patrick and I were right back at it on Wednesday evening, hosting a ZOOM meeting with more than 200 Grade 7 students preparing for Confirmation next year. It was a refreshing change to prepare parents for an impending positive change in the pandemic restrictions we’ll face at these celebrations. It was also nice to debut a refreshed programme of sacramental preparation and a set of new resources. They seemed to resonate with the young people, and we’re looking forward to continuing the journey at meetings and retreats scheduled for the coming months. Grade 2 students will be here next week for in-person preparation for First Reconciliation…and some paper sheep-making. As part of our continued (and continuous) appeal for volunteers, we’d love to build a team of parishioners enthusiastic about working with young people to help with events like this. Reach out to myself or Fr. Patrick by phone, email, or after Mass if you’re interested. We’d love to have you!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

https://www.saintmatthew.ca/

Mental Health Update

It’s important to acknowledge that returning to school felt quite different this year, whether it was returning to in-person learning or remote learning. For more information on how to help support your child and/or children, you can check out the link copied below … 

 https://smho-smso.ca/blog/supporting-mental-health-and-wellness-during-the-return-to-school-tips-for-parents-and-families/

Mask Reminders

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 or you are 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!

Upcoming Events:

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
Nov
11
Thu
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 11 all day
Remembrance Day Liturgy
Nov 11 @ 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Pizza Day
Nov 11 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov
12
Fri
Poinsettia Orders Due
Nov 12 all day
Nov
16
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 16 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov
17
Wed
Sub Day
Nov 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov
18
Thu
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 18 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 18 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov
19
Fri
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 19 all day
Nov
20
Sat
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 20 all day
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Nov. 8th to 12th