Dear St. Luke Parents & Guardians,
This month we continue to celebrate diversity, strength and inclusivity! June is the month traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which for Catholics is a sign and symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for all humanity. What a wonderful note on which to end this most challenging of school years. You are loved!
During the month of June, Canadians mark National Indigenous History Month in recognition of the rights, histories, and extraordinary achievements and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. It is important to acknowledge and reflect on the unique cultures and perspectives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and to learn about Indigenous history because by doing so, we demonstrate our recognition of the significant role of Indigenous Peoples in shaping our country historically. Teachers will share and incorporate these observations into classroom activities throughout the month and on recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st as an opportunity to come together in solidarity.
The month of June is also designated as Pride Month in Canada, which for the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community is a sign and symbol of love and inclusion. In honour of this month the HCDSB has designated 2 system-wide days of recognition: Rainbow Day on June 1st & Pride Awareness Day on June 14th. The HCDSB focus is on raising awareness and will journey with the 2SLGBTQ+ community in creating spaces of welcome in a search of dignity and justice for all.
Tuesday, June 1st is Rainbow Day: Today the HCDSB launches Pride Month with a system-wide Rainbow Day to love and celebrate one another, just as God loves and celebrates each one of us because we are all “wonderfully made”. As we begin our journey of awareness, learning and ally-ship, staff and students are invited to dress in your brightest rainbow colours today and show your #HCDSBPride! Rainbow Day Liturgies will also be held in our JK-Grade 4 classes and in our Grade 5-8 classes. Specific classroom liturgy times will be communicated by your child’s teacher should you wish to watch along with your child.
ACTION NEEDED! HCDSB September Learning Environment Survey: The HCDSB will be sending an email to all families in the coming days regarding a survey to indicate your intentions for September, as to whether your child will return for in-person learning or virtual. Whether your child will be coming to school or staying at home, we strongly encourage you to please take a few moments to complete this survey when you receive the link, as this information is crucial in helping us to best organize our school for September. Having as accurate an account of these students as possible is an essential part of a smooth start by minimizing the need for last minute class reorganizations. The survey will be open from June 1 through June 12. Thank you for providing your valuable input!
Friday, June 4th is a PA Day: There is no school for students today.
Kindergarten Registration Reminder: If you have a child turning 4 years of age by December 31, 2021, it’s time to register for Kindergarten! We are in the process of planning for the 21/22 school year year and knowing our enrolment numbers and needs is essential as we make preparations. Please click here for more information on registering your child, if you have not already done so. *Please note: we recognize that some parents may be hesitant to register their child due to the ever changing dynamics of the current COVID-19 situation. However, we strongly encourage you to still register your child at this time, safe in the knowledge that you can still make changes in the fall, if you deem necessary. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Mrs. Rosati at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Are You Moving?: If you are moving out of the St. Luke attendance boundary and your child will not be returning to St. Luke in September, we ask that you please notify Mrs. Rosati via email at email@example.com as soon as possible. If you are moving out of St. Luke’s attendance boundary, but still wish to have your child attend St. Luke, please contact Mrs. Rosati who can provide you with information on completing the required Cross-Boundary Request Application.
Daily Attendance Reminder for Parents Things to remember:
- Please ensure you are reporting your child’s absence or late log-in using one of the 3 methods available on the School Messenger Absence Reporting System.
- Absences and/or late log-ins cannot be submitted by calling the school directly or advising your child’s teacher.
- This is an automated system and parents/guardians will be called and emailed if your child is not online when morning and afternoon attendance is taken by the teacher, unless you have reported the absence using this system.
- Please enter absences prior to 8:30 a.m. for full day or morning late arrivals and prior to 12:30 p.m. for afternoon absences or late arrivals.
- If you receive a call/email, please go to School Messenger Absence Reporting System and submit your child’s absence/late arrival.
- If the Absence Reporting System is down, please email Mrs. Rosati at firstname.lastname@example.org to report your child’s absence or late arrival.
Families Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Please call the Help Desk at 905-632-6314 Extension 500 or email email@example.com. If, after troubleshooting your issue with the Help Desk, it is determined that you require an alternate device from the school, please contact Mrs. Sofia Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that making arrangements to accommodate technology requests may take some time and your patience and understanding are appreciated.
Staff Contact List: Please note that a Staff Directory with contact emails is available on the school website under ‘contacts’. If you need to contact school administration or a specific staff member, we ask that you please do so via email. Please avoid calling the school directly, as staff is working remotely.
Voluntary COVID-19 Testing for Schools: The HCDSB continues to offer voluntary, targeted testing for asymptomatic staff, students and their household members. Please click here for more information and for testing sites and schedules.
“Announce it, and let it be announced to the whole world, that I set neither limit nor measure to my gifts of grace, for those who seek them in my Heart.” – Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Take care; stay well and thank you as always.
Mrs. Sofia Starr (on behalf of the entire staff of St. Luke CES)