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School Update October 18 – October 22

In October, a maple tree before your window lights up a room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.

John Burroughs

Canadian Library Workers Day – Friday, October 15th

A world of thanks to our outstanding Library Technician, Mrs. La Selva, for her ongoing investment in supporting student learning and promoting such a love of reading in all members of our St. Joseph School Community. We are incredibly grateful!!

Hot Lunches are Back!

We are excited to introduce Pizza and Pita lunches at school!

Pizza lunches will be provided by Twice the Deal Pizza on Wednesdays and will begin on Wednesday October 27th. Pizza orders can be placed for Term 1 using www.schoolcashonline.com. The last day for pizza orders is Wednesday, October 20th.

Pita lunches will be provided by Pita Pit on Fridays for Term 1 and will begin on Friday October 29th. Cash and Cheque payments accepted (all cheques made to Pita Pit). The last day for pita order submissions is Friday, October 22nd.

Please note that all mandated health and safety protocols will be adhered to by our food providers and when distributing food to our school community. Unfortunately for both pizza and pita, we cannot accept orders past the stated due dates.

School Cash Online

Paying school fees online is fast and easy and can be done from any computer or smartphone.  Getting setup up is three simple steps:

  1. Create Your Profile: Go to https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com Click on “Register”.
  2. Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.
  3. Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.

School Pictures – Save the Date!

We have booked school pictures for Tuesday, November 2nd for our students in Grades K-8. We will only be taking individual photos at this time.  

To ensure the continued safety of our students, all infection, prevention, and control measures that are required by Halton Public Health will be in place, including:

  • Students will be photographed standing to avoid common touch points
  • Any common touch points areas will be disinfected in between students
  • Photographers will be wearing PPE at all times
  • Photographers will maintain a minimum of 2 metres of distance between students and staff members
  • Photographers will complete a self-screening prior to entering the school and will present proof of vaccination
  • Students may remove their mask only for picture taking, and will sanitize their hands before and after having their picture taken
  • Online order processing will be offered to parents for viewing and ordering photos

Halloween: Things to Consider

Costume Selection

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion, and empathy for all individuals. As we celebrate our Halloween Dance-a-Thon, students are invited to wear a costume, or orange and black clothing. 

As students select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  1. Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

Please remember that this Halloween, due to COVID-19 safety protocols within the school, costume props and masks cannot be brought or worn to school this day. While we want to enjoy the day, we still must follow Public Health protocols by wearing masks and exercising appropriate hand hygiene. If you have specific questions about the day or the costumes, please connect with your child’s teacher.

Halloween Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

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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