Weekly Update #22
Monday February 17th – Friday February 21st, 2020
Valentine’s Cake Raffle: Our annual Valentine’s Cake Raffle was a huge success! Thank you to Mrs. Tassone and Mrs. Moschella for volunteering their time with us. Thank you to all the families who brought in baked goods and who purchased raffle tickets. We raised over $1700 to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton. Way to go, everyone!
Labour Negotiations Update
Our school will be CLOSED to students on Friday February 21st, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.
Although classes will be cancelled on Friday February 21st, our school office will remain open.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.
Please note that the scheduled Pita Pit Day for Friday will added to the end of the ordering cycle.
One of our staff members has a life-threatening anaphylactic allergy to scents. On more than one occasion, this staff member has had to leave work because of a strong perfume/cologne scent in the school. We have asked all students to refrain from using strong scented products, especially perfumes, colognes and body sprays, such as ‘Axe’. We appreciate your support in helping to ensure that students are not bringing such products to school. Thank you so much for helping us to ensure the safety of all staff and students at St. John Paul II!
Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is traditionally a time of fasting. As the final day before the fasting begins, Shrove Tuesday has traditionally been a day for using up eggs, sugar and fat so they will not go to waste during Lent. As a Catholic Learning Community, we continue this tradition. On Shrove Tuesday on February 25th, we will be enjoying pancakes together! We will be cooking and serving pancakes to students throughout the morning and would appreciate donations of the following:
- Paper plates
- Plastic forks
- Cooking spray
We are very grateful for the donation of both pancake batter and syrup from Sunset Grill! Please know that we will have a dedicated cooking station for the preparation of peanut free pancakes. If you would like to opt out of the pancakes or provide pancakes/food alternative from home for your child, please write a note in your child’s agenda to let his/her teacher know.
February – A Month Focused on Kindness
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, throughout the month of February we are focusing on and recognizing acts of kindness. With the support of Ms Jankowiak, our Child and Youth Counselor, we have classroom activities planned to promote kindness to self and others. Keep your eyes on Twitter where we will share photos throughout the month.
After School Sports
If your child is planning to stay after school to watch our girls or boys basketball team play a game, we need a dated note, signed by a parent, to give permission and indicate how your child is getting home after the game. Please know that there is no supervision for children at this time. The HCDSB Code of Conduct for all spectators is below:
SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Fair Play is the fundamental philosophy of the athletic program of the Halton Catholic District School Board. Spectators shall:
- Cheer only in a positive and encouraging manner
- Respect the decisions of the officials and refrain from vocal comment
- Not interfere with the competition
- Keep off the playing area
- Be courteous and respectful of fellow spectators, competitors, coaches and administrative officials
- Discourage poor conduct by other students/spectators
- Respect the facilities and obey the regulations with respect to Smoking, Drinking, and Garbage
Failure to comply with this code of behaviour may lead to ejection by the principal or the designate supervising the event.
HCDSB Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.
The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).
Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.
OCGE Focus for February
During the month of February our focus is on being a learner for life. We will focus on the following demonstrations of this expectation and encourage you to make connections to life at home as well:
- I AM A LEARNER FOR LIFE!
- I use my gifts and talents given to me by God.
- I always do my best.
- I build on my strengths and know my weaknesses.
- I set goals.
- I accept change.
- I am proud of the good things I do.
- I am thankful for the gifts of others.
- Because I am a learner for life, I can reach for my dreams by living my life like Jesus.
Winter is here and students need to dress appropriately for the conditions. Please remember that even though we may have sunny or mild days, the wind chill can be significant and students should be appropriately dressed for the outdoors. Board policy directs us to keep students indoors for recess at -20 Celsius (with the wind chill). Also, please remember that students need a pair of boots for outside recesses and “indoor shoes” as this helps keep the floor dry and the students safe.
School Closures/Bus Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather Conditions
Tune in to any local television/radio station or log on to the HCDSB or the Halton Student Transportation Services websites for news about school closures and/or bus cancellations due to inclement weather. Delays and cancellations are always shared by Halton Transportation on their website www.haltonbus.ca and on Twitter @haltonschoolbus. HCDSB shares bus cancellations and school closures on the board website www.hcdsb.org as well as on Twitter @HCDSB and Instagram at haltoncatholicdsb. When transportation services have been cancelled due to inclement weather, schools will remain open and operational for walkers. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will NOT be running in the afternoon even if weather improves. As always, it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to decide if conditions are safe for a child to walk to and from school
Please note that when bus transportation is cancelled and schools are open, all student absences, including bus students, must be reported through School Messenger online reporting. Thank you very much!
It is officially cold and flu season, and we know that these illnesses spread so quickly. Please do not send students to school if they are feeling ill. They should stay at home until they are able to participate fully in all school activities. Students cannot stay in at recess, as supervision is not provided for ill students whose parents have requested for them to stay indoors. Thank you for your co-operation.