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School Update Nov 29– Dec 3

Advent is a time of waiting for our Lord, who will visit us all in our own hearts. The Lord is coming! Let us wait for him!

Pope Francis

The Season of Advent

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. Advent is a period of preparation extending over the four Sundays before Christmas. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. On our Advent wreath we light the first candle, which is purple, symbolizing hope.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Students 5-11 Years Old

First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.

Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.

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Advent Initiatives

During the blessed season of Advent, as we await the birth of our Lord Jesus on Christmas Day, the St. Joseph School Community focuses on giving instead of receiving. This year we will continue many of the ‘giving’ traditions we have done in past years.

Angel Tree

We will be collected new and unwrapped toys, games and gift cards for children and teens in the Acton community.  Students will be able to take a paper angel from our Christmas Tree in the front hall which will indicate the age and gender of a child who will receive the gift. Permission forms must be signed by parents in order for students to take an angel. All donations will be delivered to the Acton Salvation Army who distributes the gifts. The last day to donate gifts is Friday, December 10th

Food Drive

Our usual Christmas Food Drive, which benefits St. Vincent Charities of St. Joseph’s Church, has been reimagined this year to accommodate Covid Restrictions. The volunteers at the Church will be giving families who qualify gift cards to grocery stores in Acton, to help with their Christmas food needs. To help support this initiative, we will be collecting donations through our School Cash Online Program and forwarding the funds to St. Vincent Charities to help with the purchase of these gift cards. Donations in the amounts of $2, $5, $10 and $20 will be available and we appreciate your anticipated support. At this time, we will not be collecting canned or packaged food.

Christmas Cards for the Canadian Armed Services

We continue to collect Christmas cards to be sent to Canadian Forces members who are serving overseas or away from home. The deadline for the drop-off is Friday, December 10th. Send your best wishes for a blessed holiday season to those who work hard to protect our freedom and help those around the world.

Joy Week

Joy Week is coming to St. Joseph’s! Watch for details on all the fun activities we have planned for December 13th-18th

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

It’s here! Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will begin tomorrow! 

Our very own shopping site will be open from November 29th – December 5th, 2021.

Shopping Link: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5169037

All books purchased through the Book Fair will be delivered to the school and distributed to students to bring home. 

If you are purchasing books for Christmas, please email Mrs. La Selva (laselvak@hcdsb.org) to have your books set aside for a scheduled pickup. 

Thank you for supporting a love of literacy in our students. 

Acton Legion Remembrance Day Contest

In November, the students participated in the Acton Legion’s Annual Remembrance Day Contest.  We are proud to announce that St. Joseph’s School had many winners in all categories – art, poem, and essay. We are thankful to our amazing staff for facilitating this very important initiative and to the parents for their support.  There will be a ceremony for the winners in January 2022.

Grades 7, 8, and 9

Colour Winners:

1st Abby W. – Mr. Batic’s Class

2nd Juliana J – Mrs. Bekanovic’s Class 

 Honourable Mention: Emilia S. – Mr. Batic’s Class

Black and White Winners: 

2nd Alia T. – Mrs. Bekanovic’s Class

3rd Gabriel D. – Mrs. Calderwood’s Class

Honourable Mention: Ciara G. Mr. Batic’s Class

Grades 4, 5, and 6. 

Black and White Winners:

1st Tess J. – Mrs. Tymczyna’s Class

Colour Winners:

2nd Emma F. – Mrs. Chamagua’s Class

Grades JK, SK, 1, 2, and 3. 

1st Lily V. – Mrs. Dysselhof’s Class

2nd Lucas O. – Mrs. Dysselhof’s Class

Honourable Mention: Avery Rose A. – Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Well’s Class

Poems: 

1st Austin F. – Mr. Batic’s Class

2nd Sophia A. – Mrs. Tymczyna’s Class 

3rd Tyler M. – Mrs. Chamagua’s Class

Honourable Mention: Miquaes N. – Mrs. Chamagua’s Class

Essays: 

1st Autumn B. – Mrs. Bekanovic’s Class

2nd Alexandra R. – Mrs. Chamagua’s Class

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support

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

Daily COVID Screening

Parents/guardians/students must complete the Ontario School Screening Tool each morning prior to or upon arrival for each student.

Screening Tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Students only attend school if a “✅” is obtained.   Students with COVID-like symptoms or who receive an “X” indicating “Do not go to school” must remain home and isolate as instructed.

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 Nov 29– Dec 3