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School Update – Oct 26 – 30, 2020

“Do one thing everyday that scares you” ~ E. Roosevelt

Halloween Dance-a-thon

Our Dance-a-thon is on Friday, October 30th. Communications regarding Halloween Activities were sent home last week.  We look forward to seeing everyone in either their costume or spirit wear.  Please continue to make a donation online and remember to include your child’s name in the notes to be eligible for prizes. It is sure to be a ‘spooktacular’ day. 

Outdoor wear

With the fall weather upon us and our windy playground, please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Please note that children in the K program may be outside during all types of weather, so please make sure to come prepared to play outside. 

COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines

Halton residents are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations listed below to protect themselves and each other from COVID-19. For more information visit halton.ca or call 311.

Trick-or-treating
 Stay home if you are feeling unwell or are self-isolating.
 Travel around your neighbourhood with members of your own household only. Do not travel in large groups.
 Limit the number of houses you visit.
 Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household.
 Wait for others to leave a house before approaching it.
 Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when physical distancing is a challenge. A traditional Halloween mask is not a replacement.
 Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
 Avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes with a bent elbow or tissue.
 Be respectful of households that are not handing out treats this year.
 Follow the regular safety measures when going trick-or-treating, such as wearing reflective materials, watching for traffic and using crosswalks.

St. Joseph’s Tips

Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky, and it’s surrounded by a few odd traditions like trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. Here are a few interesting facts about the unique holiday. For more fun facts visit https://www.factretriever.com/halloween-facts

  • “Jack o’lantern” comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack
  • Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death
  • Trick-or-treating comes from “souling”. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.
  • Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival
  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night
  • The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
  • The Guinness World Record for Heaviest Pumpkin is held by Mathias Willemijns from Belgium and his 2,624.6-pound pumpkin.
Snyder, SoniaSchool Update – Oct 26 – 30, 2020