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School Update – Jan 10, 2022

“Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day” ~M. Josephson

Distance Learning Support

Our goal is for all students to successfully complete this school year and we will do all we can, in light of the circumstances, to create teaching and learning conditions that will help students.

Now, more than ever, the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we are committed to keeping the lines of communication open. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about their learning. All of our staff emails are listed on our school website under Contacts → Staff Directory.

Digital Citizenship

As Digital Citizens, users recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, in which they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Students are required to demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our code of conduct. We are committed to working with you to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all members of our school community.

Students should review the following:

  • Treat other students and school staff with dignity and respect.
  • Represent only themselves online. Students should never pretend to be someone else or allow someone else to pretend to be them.
  • Complete all work assigned to the best of their ability while adhering to rules around plagiarism.
  • Always protect their password(s) and schoolwork so others cannot take advantage.
  • Use appropriate and encouraging language when posting opinions, critiquing others and chatting on school platforms.
  • Immediately contact the teacher if they are having issues with class platforms (e.g., password no longer working, difficulty submitting work, concern about cyber-bullying, etc).
  • Notify their teacher should they feel their work has been compromised, copied or used without their permission.
  • Be aware that inappropriate behaviour online could result in disciplinary action as per our Progressive Discipline policy
  • Follow the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations while engaging in distance learning

New Kindergarten Registration

Registration is open!! Parents registering Kindergarten students for September 2022 can register them at https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/Tax/Pages/How-to-Register.aspx

*Required Documents to Complete Online Registration

Parents can upload the required documents directly through the online registration portal.

  1. Birth Certificate 
    • Year 1 Kindergarten – children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.
    • Year 2 Kindergarten – children are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2022.​
  2. Student OR Parent Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate
    IMPORTANT: If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal ​certificate. Please refer to the ​Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
  3. Proof of address 

NOTE: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program at an HCDSB school are not required to register for Year 2. Placement in Year 2 will be processed by the school unless otherwise stated.

Request to Change Learning Environment

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, we will now offer two (2) opportunities for families to request a change to the learning environment for elementary students.

  1. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

The requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL: 

  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
  • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual School) will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 
  1. The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

St. Marguerite Tips

The New Year is a great time to set some goals, both short and long-term. Discussing goals is a great way to connect with your child and working together to help achieve provides them with extra support.  (www.verywell.com)

  • Some ideas for resolutions for pre-schoolers are: I will clean up my toys or I will wash my hands.
  • Ideas for school-aged kids could be to drink more water, try a new sport or a new activity, stay active at least three times a week or make a new friend. 
  • For teens, some suggestions could be to wipe negative “self-talk” or to find a new way to deal with stress. 
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