When everything seems to be changing, we can rely on God’s constancy.
– Hebrews 13:8
This past week we have had to restructure 12 of our French Immersion classrooms. It is never ideal to have to restructure classes after instruction has begun; however, this school year is different than what many of our students and staff members have previously experienced. Change is never easy, and we know that class changes can sometimes be difficult for our students. However, what doesn’t change is the commitment of our school staff members to provide an environment where all students can feel safe, be happy, and learn. There will be no negative impact on your child’s learning progress as all grade level teachers have been following the same sequence of instruction to ensure the continuity of learning this year. The staff of St. Mary prioritize the importance of positive relationships with students and their parents/guardians, therefore, we are confident that the transition to our updated classroom assignments will be a positive one.
When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Each morning, you must use the Daily School Screening Tool with your child(ren). You will be asked to monitor any of the following symptoms:
- Fever and/or chills
- New or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes such as asthma)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose (not related to other known causes such as seasonal allergies)
- Decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste
- Headache that’s unusual or long-lasting
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise (not related to other known causes such as insomnia, anemia)
As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ministry of Education and Halton Region Public Health to ensure all protocols are in place and followed in our school.
Grade 3 First Communion
Congratulations to our Grade 3 students who will be celebrating the sacrament of First Holy Communion this week at St. Matthew Parish.
Students are now able to put ONE book from the St. Mary Library on hold every week and Mrs. Shaver will deliver the book to their classroom. Please watch the following presentation that describes how to log in, search for a book and place a hold:
Note that the schedule for picking up library returns and delivering holds is as follows: every Tuesday for rooms 201 – 215; every Wednesday for rooms 101 – 112; every Thursday for portables 1 – 10. For now, as per HCDSB covid protocols, these school library books are to remain in the student’s classroom; they do not go back and forth to home every day.
Virtual Curriculum Night – Oct 27th
Our Curriculum Night will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 27th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents will receive a Microsoft TEAMS meeting invitation from the classroom teacher. More details will be forthcoming.
Hallowe’en Spirit Day- Oct. 30th
Hallowe’en is around the corner! Trick or treating may look a little different this year, but at St. Mary, we would like to show our spirit. Students may choose to wear Orange and Black or a costume on Friday October 30th. We will continue to plan fun activities to mark the day and to create those special memories.
Hallowe’en Costume Selection
The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity. Hallowe’en is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Hallowe’en. A clown, a banana, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.
In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Hallowe’en costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.
The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume. Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:
- Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
- Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx
Hallowe’en Candy and Treats
A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school. Thank you for your understanding.
Fundraising at St. Mary
St. Mary is a wonderful place to learn and grow. Teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to ensure the needs of each child are being met, with the goal of preparing students for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society. To aid in fulfilling this goal, we rely on our major fundraiser, where 100% of your donation goes directly to programs and tools for your child. Continuing to make St. Mary one of the top elementary schools in the province is a priority for us.
Any donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference, and all donation amounts are confidential.
As the focus of St. Mary Catholic School is on developing the whole child, your participation enables us to focus on two main objectives:
- Support initiatives that enhance our children’s education and increase school pride
- Teach our children the value of investing in their school community and in their future
In the past years, your generous donations have allowed the school to fund many school initiatives across all grade levels. Your support has enabled our school to purchase technology, physical education equipment, materials for clubs, and other school initiatives. This year’s fundraiser will focus on purchasing technology for the school (for example: IPads, Laptops, Smartboards), and Virtual Assemblies for our students that will focus on well-being and new educational experiences or needs that may arise during this uncertain year.
Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:
- At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
- Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Mary
- A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.
Donations made before October 30th, 2020 will allow us to plan activities for the school year however all donations will gladly be received throughout the year and the link will remain open. Thank you in advance for your contribution!
St. Mary Tips
Mindfulness is the practice of accepting what is -without automatically trying to change it.
Explain to your child that we can’t always control what happens to us, but we do have a say in how we respond to it.
We can still choose our attitude.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through these challenging times.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito