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Weekly Update Dec 13th to Dec 17th

The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy

God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope, and love this Advent.
Amen.

Angel Wish Tree — St. Vincent dePaul Society

This year Saint Vincent dePaul is requesting if you are able, donations of grocery and gift cards from the following locations:

  • $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart
  • $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons

Please send all gift cards with your child this week until Thursday. Currently, we have collected over $1300 in gift cards.

Early Dismissal – Friday, December 17th

Friday, December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day – the day ends at 1:45 pm.

Purdy’s Chocolate

Thank you to all the families who purchased Christmas chocolate. Orders are ready for pick up between Monday, December 13th, and Thursday, December 16th. Please come to the front doors from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm to gather items.

Christmas Spirit Week (Non-Uniform) – Dec. 13th– Dec. 17th

  1. Monday December 13th Christmas Cheer (Red, Green, White)
    1. Tuesday December 14th Holly & Jolly (Christmas / Holiday sweaters)
    1. Wednesday December 15th Winter Wonderland (White and Blue)
    1. Thursday December 16thDeck the Halls with Hats (Santa hats, antlers, Elf hats, etc.)
    1. Friday December 17th‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Break (PJs)

Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners 

On Monday, December 13th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Parish information

Many thanks to Fr. Patrick, who has been ministering here since the summer months. With his reassignment to St. Benedict Parish, Milton coming closer and closer, we certainly wish him well as a community and assure him of our prayers. Fr. Patrick jumped eagerly into the role of Associate Pastor here and has proven himself a devoted, capable, and generous priest. Any community that receives him will be blessed indeed. He’ll be with us for one more weekend, giving us all an opportunity to express our gratitude, but moving day is December 13.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

https://www.saintmatthew.ca/

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Extended French Program (Begins in Grade 5)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

Attendance Matters

St. Joan of Arc School is dedicated to helping your child develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities.  The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them.

As parents/guardians, you have many responsibilities towards your child. One responsibility is to ensure that your child is in school every day, ready to learn. In fact, it is the law. The Provincial Education Act states that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years is required to attend school every day from the first school day in September until the last school day in June. Success at school helps children engage in learning while helping the child to build the routine of school attendance into their life.

How does our school respond to attendance concerns?
We recognize that the attendance profile for each child can be very unique.  However, when patterns or routines of non-attendance by a student are identified, we will proceed with the following interventions to support the student and their family:

  1. Teacher will discuss attendance with parent/guardian and student
  2. Teacher will refer attendance case to school Principal when 10 days absence has been recorded
  3. Principal will send a letter home to parent/guardian upon 15 days absent
  4. Principal will consult with school Social Worker upon 15 days of absent, and will encourage a meeting or phone conversation with parent/guardian
  5. Upon 20 days absent, Principal will send a second letter home and a habitual absence referral will be made to the school Social Worker

Our school also monitors the arrival patterns of students, as it is equally important for students to arrive at school on time, ready to learn at the beginning of the day. There are numerous advantages for your child that you can support by ensuring they arrive at school on time, including:

  • A typical school day starts with announcements and introductions to new lessons and concepts. Students who show up late may miss out on important details and be unprepared for future class events or key learning concepts.
  • Students who arrive at school on time have the opportunity to settle into the classroom, prepare their materials and focus their minds on the lessons to come.
  • Arriving on time for school ensures that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day.
  • When students show up on time to school every day, they develop the habit of being punctual with important commitments.

We will also send notice to families when we identify patterns of habitual tardiness.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter-like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Upcoming Events:

Nov
22
Mon
Angel Wish Tree Donations
Nov 22 – Dec 16 all day
Dec
12
Sun
3rd Week of Advent — JOY
Dec 12 all day
Dec
13
Mon
Christmas Spirit Week
Dec 13 – Dec 17 all day
Spirit Day — Christmas Cheer (Red, Green, White)
Dec 13 all day
Dec
14
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Dec 14 all day
Spirit Day — Holly & Jolly (Christmas / Holiday sweaters)
Dec 14 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-up
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Pizza Day
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
15
Wed
Spirit Day — Winter Wonderland (White and Blue)
Dec 15 all day
Purdy’s Chocolate Pick-up
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sub Day
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
16
Thu
Cookie and Juice day
Dec 16 all day
Spirit Day — Deck the Halls with Hats (Santa hats, antlers, Elf hats, etc.)
Dec 16 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
17
Fri
Spirit Day — ‘Twas the Day Before Christmas Break (PJs)
Dec 17 all day
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