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School Update Dec 6– Dec 10

The days are coming, oracle of the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Jeremiah 33:14

Advent

Sunday, December 5th is the second Sunday of Advent.  After a chaotic year, there is comfort to be found when we pause to read, pray, and reflect over the course of the Advent season…a time when believers eagerly anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. The second Sunday of Advent gives us the opportunity to prepare our hearts in faithful waiting, celebrate the birth of Jesus, and ready ourselves for his second coming. (Crosswalk.com)

Reminder: Please continue to complete the Daily COVID Screening

We thank you for your support and ask you to continue to be vigilant in screening your children for symptoms of Covid each day.

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

The Screening Tool can be accessed using this link: 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.

Early Dismissal and Christmas Break

Please note that students will be dismissed at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 17th.  Buses have been notified and will pick students up at that time.   We return to school on Monday, January 3, 2021.

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 distribute 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 those in the Canadian Armed Services – We are collecting Christmas cards to be sent to Canadian Forces members who are serving overseas or away from home. The deadline for the drop-off is 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.

Christmas Spirit Week – December 13-17th

Monday Dec. 13thAdvent Liturgy & Door Decoration Gallery Contest Kick-Off

Tuesday Dec. 14thDress Like an Elf” Day (Red/Green/Hat/Hair Accessories) & Christmas Photo-Op

Wednesday Dec. 15thChristmas Sweater Day & School-Wide Bingo

Thursday Dec. 16thJoy Day (School-Wide Craft with HolidayTreat) & Door Decorating Contest Judging

Friday Dec. 17thCozy Clothes/PJ Day 

Book Fair

This is the last weekend to support our Scholastic Book Fair! Our goal is to sell over 100 books and we are ALMOST there! Click on the link below to shop:

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!

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. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

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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Indigenous Family Paint Night

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

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

Big Spirit Moon Paint Night

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

6:30 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:

Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

Inclement Weather Information

With the winter weather upon us, it is imperative that students come appropriately dressed to go outside for recess. Please find below the HCDSB policies with regards to outdoor time in the winter months.

Administrative Procedure VI-39

EXTREME COLD: Temperature with or without wind chill

  1. Warmer than -15ºC: Students may remain outside for all outside activities
  2. Between -15º and -20ºC: students may remain outside for no longer than 20- minute intervals at a time
  3. Colder than -20ºC: students must remain inside
  4. when the temperature or wind-chill reaches -20C (twenty degrees below zero, Celsius), students will be granted immediate entry to school upon arrival, and students will remain indoors during nutrition breaks. When temperatures thresholds are in effect, students are required to keep their outdoor coats/jackets with them throughout the instructional day, in case of a need to evacuate the school.

Emergency School Closure and Bus Cancellations

Another result of winter weather is the potential for school closure during storms, etc. All information regarding closure will be sent out on the Halton Catholic District School Board website, the HCDSB Twitter account and by television/radio commencing at 6:30 a.m. on the following media outlets:

CHCH TV Morning Show                 CITY TV / CP 24

CHFI (98.1 FM)                                  WAVE (94.7 FM)

Y108 (l07.9 FM)                                 95.3 Fresh FM

Virgin Radio (99.9)                            K-Lite FM (102.9 FM)

CBC Radio 2 (99.1 FM)                            CIMJ (106.1 FM)

Easy Rock (97.3 FM)                         Classical(96.3FM)


CFRB Newstalk 1010 (1010 AM)    CHML (900 AM)

CJOY Greatest Hits (1460 AM)                680NEWS

CKOC Oldies 1150 (1150 AM)                CHAM (820 AM)

CHWO Zoomer Radio (740 AM)

Information will also be available from Halton Student Transportation Services at www.haltonbus.ca

If for any reason, there is an early school closure, your child will be dismissed in the manner you have indicated on the Emergency School Closure Form:

  1. The walkers for whom we have received written permission will be automatically dismissed.
  2. Bus children for whom we have received written permission will be dismissed when the bus arrives.
  3. We will call parents, who have so indicated, through our phone system and they can come and pick up their children at the specified location area.

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 6– Dec 10