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Week-at-a-Glance November 22-26

This week we launched our 2nd annual Joy of Giving Christmas Gift Card Drive! After consultation with our partners at the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Acts of Kindness Network, it became clear that families so appreciated Christmas gift card donations. Gifting these cards to families in need provides them with the autonomy to not only choose what is needed or wanted, it allows for them to feel the joy of shopping for their own family and children at Christmas. Whether their gift card is for the retailer that has the perfect gift, or the supermarket to provide a beautiful holiday meal, your generosity spreads joy far beyond its monetary measure. Your response to last year’s drive was outstanding and we hope you will consider supporting this worthy cause once again. All Christmas gift card donations can be sent to school with your child where they will have the opportunity to place it in the mailbox of our Joy of Giving Snowman! Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 6th to allow time for distribution and shopping!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

LUNCH TIME SUPERVISOR: St. Luke is in need of an additional lunch time supervisor. This paid position is Monday through Friday (Holidays and P.A. Days excepted) from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If you might be interested and would like more details, please contact Mrs. Sofia Starr via email at sofiastarra@hcdsb.org or phone the school at 905-829-1700.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: The holidays are quickly approaching and we know that families may be making plans to travel out of the country in the coming weeks. If you are making plans for international travel with your unvaccinated children, please make sure to keep up to date on the specific quarantine requirements your child(ren) will need to follow upon your return to Canada. At present, these requirements include not attending school or daycare for another 14 days once you have returned. Please continue to monitor the ‘Travel, Testing & Borders’ pages of the Government of Canada website https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#children to help inform your decision making. https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

OUTDOOR COHORTING: We have received several questions regarding Halton’s recommendation to maintain cohorting outdoors during recess. 
 
Cohorting is a protective strategy used in combination with masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (properly covering coughs and sneezes). Prolonged close contact outdoors, especially without masks, can increase the risk of COVID-19. Maintaining cohorts will reduce the number of students that have to be dismissed after exposure to a positive case and ultimately reduces the risk of a large outbreak within a school or school closure.
 
We understand that remaining in cohorts outside has been difficult for some students. While masking outdoors has been removed for students, we need to remain vigilant in protecting those not eligible for vaccination. Also, while most of our reported cases are unvaccinated, cases among vaccinated individuals are occurring. At this time, Halton Region Public Health is recommending ongoing cohorting at recess.  This is re-assessed on an ongoing basis. The HCDSB will continue outdoor cohorting for its elementary schools until at least January. This means that children will remain in their classroom cohorts when outdoors during recess times throughout the day, regardless of the size of their school. This system-wide decision was made in consultation with Halton Public Health and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

COMMENCEMENT OF INTERSCHOOL SPORTS: The HCDSB has announced interschool sports can resume in elementary schools! With the guidance of Halton Public Health, the Interschool Athletics Council has developed protocols and guidelines to help keep our students and staff healthy and safe that are in keeping with current Ministry of Education directives.

Important Notes & Key Considerations

  • There is no requirement for elementary students to be vaccinated in order to participate in Interschool Sports. 
  • Interschool Sports will involve mixing of cohorts. Students who choose to participate may be interacting with students from different classes/cohorts.  
  • While the use of masks will be encouraged for indoor sports where they can be worn safely based on the activity, students will not be masked at all times.  
  • At this time, no spectators or volunteers will be permitted inside our elementary schools during indoor Interschool Sports games.  Consultation with Halton Public Health will continue and we hope that a cautious and measured approach will eventually allow for greater participation by spectators and volunteers.   

Monday, November 22

  • DAILY COVID-19 SCREENING: Elementary students and staff are required to complete and PASS COVID-19 screenings EVERY morning prior to attending school using Ontario’s updated School Screening Tool.  Please Note: Children must stay home, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Joy of Christmas Gift Card Drive Continues: Click here for more information! All gift card donations must be handed in by Monday, December 6th.
  • Parent/Teacher Virtual Interview Schedules: Your virtual interview day and time(s) will be sent home with your child today on bright orange paper. Be sure to look for it!
  • Intermediate Girls Volleyball: Team practice at lunch today.

Tuesday, November 23

  • Photo Retake Day: Photo retakes will take place today. If you wish to have your child’s picture redone, please send your original picture proof package in with your child, for the photographer’s reference and to let your child’s teacher know that they need a retake . If you do not have the proof package, please send a note to your child’s teacher to advise that it is your intention that they have their picture redone today.
  • Intermediate Boys Volleyball: Final team tryouts at lunch today.

Wednesday, November 24

  • Grade 7 Intramurals: Grade 7 students participate at lunchtime every Wednesday.
  • Progress Reports: Progress reports will be emailed to parents/guardians today.
  • Pizza Day

Thursday, November 25

  • Grade 8 Intramurals: Grade 8 students participate at lunchtime every Thursday.
  • Parent/Teacher Interviews: Scheduled virtual interviews will begin at 3:10 p.m. today. Please refer to the orange interview sheet sent home with your child on Monday.

Friday, November 26

  • P.A. Day – Parent/Teacher Interviews: Scheduled virtual interviews continue today. Please refer to the orange interview sheet sent home with your child on Monday. NO CLASSES FOR STUDENTS TODAY.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, November 29 – Pizza Session #2 Opens for Purchases via School Cash Online

Monday, December 6 – Christmas Gift Card Donations Due

Friday, December 10 – Joy Day!

Sunday, December 12 – Session #2 Pizza Orders due by Midnight

Friday, December 17 – Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31 – Christmas Break

Take care and stay well,

Annalise Sofia Starr (on behalf of S.t Luke CES)  

Rosati, KarlaWeek-at-a-Glance November 22-26