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School Update – Nov 30th – Dec 4th, 2020

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking

International Day of People with Disability

The week of Nov 30th – Dec 4th, ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15 percent of the world’s population, or more than 1 billion people, are living with a disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect.  https://idpwd.org/ #HCDSBDiverseAbility

Each day a different themes will be highlighted:

  • Monday – Acceptance & Inclusion
  • Tuesday – Visible & Invisible Disabilities
  • Wednesday – Seeing Abilities
  • Thursday – Celebrating Differences
  • Friday – Removing Systemic Barriers

Giving Tuesday

A Canadian movement for giving and volunteering will take place on Tuesday, December 1st.  The “Opening day of the giving season”, is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.  It is about creating a national movement for giving at the start of the annual holiday season.  @GivingTuesdayCa

Joy Day

On Friday, December 4th, we will be celebrating JOY Day by getting into the spirit of Advent. Students are encouraged to wear Red and Green, Christmas sweater or any festive wear for the day. We will be celebrating with some festive music and arts and crafts.

Update Contact Information

If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office. Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe

As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trip outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19, and remember to complete the self-assessment tool each day before leaving for work: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking all staff and students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool.

St. Joseph Tips

With the first Sunday of Advent upon us, we reflect on the word “HOPE”.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ teaches us to find the hope and joy in the midst of a trial or hurtful situation.  Doing this keeps our mind on eternity instead of the temporary season of pain we may be facing. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” ~ Psalm 42:11

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