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School Update – Nov 22, 2021

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have” ~ Vince Lombardi

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be available on Wednesday, November 24th and our virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.  All parent-teacher interviews will be held virtually.

Fundraiser

November is the Month of Giving which is a perfect time to reflect and be thankful for what we have and to give back to our community. 

Please donate online at:  GIVE BACK HERE

At St. Marguerite, our priority is making sure students have the tools they need to learn and grow. Your gift will help purchase digital technology (i.e. iPad, smartboard, accessories) and/or recess/gym sports equipment.

Important: Please do not forget to select our school, St. Marguerite d’Youville, from the drop-down list. Feel free to add your family name in the message section

Angel Tree

Our Angel Tree campaign will run from Nov 22 – Dec 10.

Like last year, the major Christmas giving event for our school will be the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP). The SSVP at Mary Mother of God currently serves 105 families and 150 children in need that live within our parish boundary.

This Christmas more than ever our most vulnerable neighbours are in need. Together we can make a big difference by sharing our Christmas to bring some joy into their homes. For many of these families, your donation may be the only gift they receive.

We are asking the students and families to support these neighbours by:

1. Donating Online · CanadaHelps – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/society-of-st-vincent-de-paul-mary-mother-of-god-parish/

· Monetary donations will be used to bulk purchase Wal-Mart gift cards

· Consider a gift of $50 to support an adult, or a gift of $80 for a child, or a gift of $100 to feed a family at Christmas

2. Colour your Angel for the Angel Tree: Have your child colour the Angel that came with this letter and bring it to school to put on the Angel Christmas Tree that is on display in the lobby

3. Pray: Please add a special daily prayer of protection for all of the families SSVP serves

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents/guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

St. Marguerite Tips

Promoting Well-Being – 10 tips for non-sporty parents  ~ Sara Smeaton  

Encouraging sports doesn’t always come naturally to a lot of us who are “rather curl up on the couch with a book” types, but when asked if we want our kids to be active for life, of course, the answer is an emphatic yes! So, here are my top tips for non-sporty parents to get you and your kids started down the road to physical literacy.

  1. You are probably sportier than you think. Do you walk, do yoga, garden? Can you remember what activities you enjoyed as a kid? Even if you weren’t a team sports guy or gal chances are that you liked something, maybe dance, karate, swimming, wall ball, or skipping?
  2. See it as a growth opportunity. Maybe you’ve looked at yourself one way all your life but it’s never too late to change your own perceptions.
  3. Introduce them to lots of different activities. Something’s got to stick! Your kids may or may not gravitate to team sports, especially when they are little, but you can help them find an activity they like that will give them confidence to try more and more.
  4. Encourage their interests. Sometimes catching the wave of enthusiasm can be a tricky maneuver. Pay close attention and be ready to jump in when they perk up at a certain activity, sport or game.
  5. Read kids books on sports with your children, or watch kids movies about sports. Do you have a little reader? Find some sports-themed books to stir their interest. And check out our list of 10 sports movies to watch with kids.
  6. Appoint someone as your kids’ “sports godparents”. Do you have a friend or family member that loves to toss the ball around or shoot hoops? Ask them to spend some time with your children; they’ll all probably end up having a blast!
  7. Start a group of like-minded non-sporty parents. You might be surprised how many of your friends feel the same way you do. Make a date with another family to go bowling, skating or for a group hike.
  8. Make a game out of it! Have all the family members earn “Physical Activity Points”: i.e., 10 points for walking to school, 15 points for biking, 20 points for dance class, 20 points for mom’s spin class etc. Then reward the family with a group outing somewhere fun on the weekend if the family achieved its goal.
  9. Set a good example. Spend some time each day walking, biking, etc. Just focus on being active and let your kids see you doing it.
  10. Don’t stress about it. Physical activity is about having fun and being healthy; don’t let this become another item on your “ways I’m failing as a parent” list.

And remember, knowledge is power. Equip yourself with the information you need to help your kids be successful in sports. You’ll find great information and tips by looking around Active for Life.

~https://activeforlife.com/10-tips-for-non-sporty-parents/

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