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School Update – January 3, 2022

“For last years words belong to last years language, and next years words await another voice” ~ T.S. Elliot

EpiphanyJanuary 6th

The epiphany, or showing, of Jesus, teaches us that Jesus’ coming into the world was important to the whole world and that the Good News of Jesus Christ is meant for everyone! The word epiphany comes from the Greek Epiphania,  meaning “revelation.” It is celebrated on January 6th.

At Epiphany we recall the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus: “And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9–12)

Expectations for Elementary Schools

  • There will be no instruction for elementary school students on Monday, January 3rd and Tuesday, January 4th. 
  • In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Wednesday, January 5th.
  • Students MUST complete the daily screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ and show teachers thier results. ONLY come to school if you passed the screening.

COVID Protocolssymptomatic individuals

Symptomatic individuals – are advised to self-isolate as soon as possible after symptom onset.

  • If the individual is fully vaccinated OR is a child under the age of 12 years old, they should self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms), whichever is longer in duration.
  • If the individual is not fully vaccinated and is 12 years old or older, or if they are immune compromised, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from symptom onset AND until their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms) and they are afebrile, whichever is longer in duration.

    The symptoms include:
  • Fever and/or chills; OR
  • Cough; OR
  • Shortness of breath; OR
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell; OR

    Two or more of:
  • runny nose/nasal congestion
  • headache
  • extreme fatigue
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches/joint pain
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform

Students have access to virtual platforms that are used throughout the year. Please make sure to have all usernames and passwords available at all times for students to access curriculum at home when needed.

Mental Health Supports

The holidays can be a very stressful time for many families, and living through a pandemic has created additional challenges for many in our community. School Mental Health Ontario has posted a number of excellent resources to help students, families and staff navigate through this difficult period: www.smho-smso.ca.

Updates and Additional Information 

We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly via email, as well as post updates through our social media channels: 

St. Marguerite Tips

New Year’s Day provides us with the chance to celebrate having made it through another 365 days. It can mean fresh starts, the beginning of something new, and being able to change something with yourself.

Here are some ways that people celebrate the New year:

  • In North America, we wait for the ball to drop and celebrate with music and fireworks. Usually toasting each other with cheer.
  • Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Japanese eat soba noodles. The Toshikoshi soba, which translates to a “year-crossing” buckwheat noodle dish, has lots of symbolism.
  • In Spain, with 12 seconds remaining until the New Year, people eat 12 green grapes to bring good luck in the coming year. It’s thought to be bad luck if you can’t eat them all by the final midnight chime. 
  • The French usually ring in the New Year with a huge feast, commonly know as le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. The meal is full of traditional, decadent eats, including foie gras, oysters, lobster and escargot.
  • Italians love lentils for their coin-like shape, symbolizing luck and prosperity. A New Year’s Eve dinner usually features this legume to bring on luck in the coming year.
  • Colombians place three potatoes—one peeled, one unpeeled, and one half-peeled—under their beds. At midnight, they pull out the first potato they touch. Each potato represents what the future will bring.
  • Filipino culture celebrates the New Year by serving 12 round fruits. The round shape symbolizes coins, which represent prosperity and wealth for each month of the upcoming year.
  • Danes eat a tower of marzipan doughnuts called kransekage, meaning “wreath cake.”
  • Irish have a tradition of banging bread against the walls of their houses on New Year’s Eve. The idea is that bad luck and evil spirits are chased away and good luck is invited in. 
Snyder, SoniaSchool Update – January 3, 2022