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Weekly Update – Sept 27, 2021

“Every baby matters. Every child matters. Every kid matters. Every student matters. Every story matters.” ~ unknown

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Canadian government designated September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Students are encouraged to wear an Orange T-shirt. Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project. The event is designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Daily Self-Screening

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Rowan’s Law Day

Last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety. Please join us in remembering Rowan Stringer by promoting concussion safety and show your support for #RowansLawDay by sharing your stories and learning the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.

Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a child has a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, can worsen concussion symptoms and delay the student’s recovery.

Bike Registration Program

Bicycle Registration Program Launches in Halton

Learn more at

  • The Halton Regional Police Service has partnered with 529 Garage to introduce its bicycle registration app to residents of Halton. 529 Garage is an application that connects you, other cyclists, police, and local bicycle shops in the event your bicycle is stolen.
  • Registration is easy – simply download the app, input your contact information and bicycle serial number, and upload photos of yourself and your bicycle. Registrations can also be made on the 529 Garage website if you do not have a smartphone or tablet.
  • Once you have registered your bicycle on the app, if it is stolen or goes missing, you can notify 529 Garage and they will issue an alert from the app that is sent to other local cyclists and bike shops alerting them to the missing bicycle.
    Once an alert for your bicycle has been posted, the app will also direct you to the HRPS online reporting tool where you can report it to police.
  • By registering, if a bicycle is recovered, it is easier for police to identify and return the bicycle to the proper owner.
    Additionally, 529 Garage Decals will also available to be placed on your bicycle after you have registered. These tamper proof decals act as a visual deterrent letting would-be thieves know that your bicycle has been registered. Decals are available through the 529 Garage app.

Red Cross – Kids Safety First Courses

Please see the attachment for more information regarding the courses being offered.

St. Marguerite Tips

A known story of hope and resilience, in Canadian history, is that of Terry Fox. A truly epic story of a fearless, self-less 21 year old trying to change the world. If Terry’s story doesn’t help you believe in the power of youth and the next generation, nothing will. Our Terry Fox kick-off day will be on September 29th with our school walk on October 15th.  Families who wish to donate are able to do so on Cash Online.  More details to follow.

Here are some videos about the Marathon of Hope –

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