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School Update- Sept 20-24, 2021

Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is process, working together is success.

Henry Ford

A warm welcome to Ms. Saenz-Molina, our newest member of the St. Joseph School Community, who will be teaching our Grade 2/3 class this year. Ms. Saenz-Molina brings a wealth of experience and is excited to work in partnership with students, parents and our school community.

Daily Self-Screening

Starting this Monday, September 20, 2021 students are no longer required to present evidence of completing the self-screening process. However, for the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Wheel Chair Accessible Parking Spots

Thank you to our families for working together to ensure our parking lot runs efficiently, safely and is accessible to everyone at all times. Please ensure that our Wheel Chair Accessible Parking Spots always remain clear and accessible to families in need. Please be aware that Bylaw Officers are continuing to monitor our parking lot, are striving to enforce Bylaw Regulations and will issue tickets for any infractions.

Family Information Consent Forms

A friendly reminder to parents to please complete the Family Information/Consent form electronically as soon as possible: New Submission (hcdsb.org). If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child. The electronic form should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed using a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet. If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Red Cross – Kids Safety First Courses

Please see the attachment for more information regarding courses being offered.

Virtual Curriculum Night – Save the Date!

Our annual Curriculum Night will take place virtually, via MS TEAMS, on Thursday, September 30, 2021, and will provide families with an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, learn more about routines and procedures while also exploring the grade curriculum of study. Further details and a link to this event will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Bus Route Delay Information

Parents/guardians are encouraged to subscribe to receive bus route delay notification emails. To subscribe please visit https://www.haltonbus.ca/.  

A reminder to all students who ride the bus that masks are mandatory as is adhering to assigned seating.  

Family Paint Night

Families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.

The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.

For more information, visit the HCDSB website.

First Holy Communion

We wish our Grade 3 students many blessings as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this Saturday, September 25th at 11:00am and 1:00pm at Holy Cross Church.

Pets on School Property

For the safety of all students, pets are not permitted on school grounds.  If you are walking your pet, please plan to drop off and meet your child at the end of the day on our city sidewalks.

This also includes allowing pets in our fenced-off play area before and after school.  Please be respectful that students do use this area and for health and safety concerns it should not be used as a leash-free area.

Kindergarten Playground Refurbishment

Our Kindergarten playground refurbishment project begins this Monday, September 20th. Upgrades will include a new outdoor classroom, pergola for shade, expanded sand area, a log tunnel and much more! Please follow our Twitter account for pictures showcasing this amazing transformation!

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium. Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit www.studyinsuredstudentaccident.com or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

Lunch Time Supervisor Positions

Our school continues to be in search of lunchtime supervisors to help supervise our main school area and our kindergarten area.  This is a paid position. If you are interested and are available Monday to Friday, from 11:30am-1:30pm daily, please contact the school office for more details.

Catholic School Council

In accordance with the Ontario Education Act Regulation 612schools must hold elections for School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. Nomination forms were sent home last week to all families and are due this Friday, September 24th. The term of office is one year, and we encourage every parent to consider volunteering to be part of St. Joseph’s Catholic School Council. Home-school collaboration is essential to maintaining a vibrant school community that considers the voice of all its’ stakeholders.

Meetings will be held virtually via Teams online and will begin at 6:30pm. Our first Council Meeting will take place on Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm.

Looking forward to working in partnership to ensure a safe and successful school year for all members of our St. Joseph School Community.

We continue to draw on our faith to guide us as we navigate these challenging times.

S. MacLeod

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MacLeod, StephanieSchool Update- Sept 20-24, 2021