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School Update Dec 20- 24

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.

Mother Teresa

Advent

The fourth and final Sunday of Advent in 2021 takes place today, on Sunday, December 19th. Advent is the season in which believers eagerly anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. Reading, prayer, and reflection are ways we can cultivate a sense of holy anticipation this Advent. The fourth Sunday of Advent we meditate on the peace that Jesus brings our hearts and our world. Scripture is the place we can find the promises of God. Let us meditate on these truths and allow them to comfort our hearts this Advent season! (Crosswalk.com)

We have so much to be THANKFUL for:

THANK YOU to the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph’s Church for their generous donation of winter jackets, snow pants and boots. We appreciate your generosity! The community spirit in Acton is incredible.

THANK YOU to all our families who donated to our Angel Tree and Virtual Food Drive. Together we collected over 150 toys for families in Acton to be distributed through the Salvation Army Church. As well we raised $232.00 through our virtual food drive which was donated to St. Vincent Charities to support their Christmas Food Hampers.

THANK YOU to our Catholic School Council for organizing and printing the Christmas photos in the gym. The pictures turned out great and the students were thrilled to receive their photo.

THANK YOU to our Joy Week Committee. What a fun week we had! It was so nice to see the St. Joseph Spirit alive in the school.

THANK YOU to our wonderful family community for all of your support and kindness during the first 4 months of school. While we don’t know what the future holds for us in January, together we will persevere and show our true Laker Spirit.

On behalf of the staff of St. Joseph’s School, we wish our whole community peace, happiness and love this Christmas. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2022!

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Winter Break Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for In-Person Students

On Tuesday, December 14th, your child took home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all

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Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students, and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. Families who travel internationally during the Christmas Break must follow federal testing and quarantine requirements upon their return. Please be reminded that although unvaccinated children under the age of 12 who travel internationally with a fully vaccinated adult are exempt from federal quarantine, they are not permitted to attend school or child care for 14 days following their return.

Daily Screening Verification

Following the Christmas Break, students (K-Grade 12) will once again be required to provide confirmation that they have taken and passed the daily COVID-19 school screening upon arrival at school. This confirmation of a “pass” screening result can be the green checkmark from the online screening, or a parent/guardian signature on the attestation calendar. Screening verification will begin on Monday, January 3, 2022, and will be in effect for a minimum of two weeks. Screening verification will be required any time there is a pause in learning, e.g., March Break, as an added measure to protect our students and staff from COVID-19.

Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds

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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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 Dec 20- 24