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Weekly Update- May 17-21st, 2021

“Kind Words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

Thank You!

A continued thank you to everyone for your support during remote learning! We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone ~ staff, students, and families. We are grateful to our staff for the many extra hours of work they put in to create engaging and relevant content for the online environment. We are grateful to our students for showing up and demonstrating their own resiliency in learning this way, and to all of our families who support their children any way that they can to keep the learning happening!

Spirit of Inclusion Award Recipient

Congratulations to Elysia Addison in Grade 8 who is this year’s Board recipient of the Spirit of Inclusion Award for our school. Elysia enjoys sharing her talents and skills with others!  Elysia gathers much joy in the presence of others and imparts this joy to the individuals in her surroundings. We are so proud of you!!!! Elysia will be formally recognized as part of our Grade 8 graduation ceremony. 

Kindergarten Orientation Meeting- May 20th

Parents of new kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year are invited to attend a Virtual Parent Information Meeting to learn everything you ever wanted to know about kindergarten taking place on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 6:30 pm. A link to this meeting will be sent out to all the families of new Kindergarten Students who have registered to start Kindergarten at St. Mary this Fall.

Virtual Book Fair- May 22-30th

St. Mary School is pleased to host a Scholastic Virtual Book Fair running from Saturday May 22nd to Sunday May 30th.  Watch your email for a link to access the book fair.  Our school will earn 20% of the net sales from the virtual book fair which will be used for future literacy and numeracy initiatives.

Orders placed online will be shipped directly to your home with free shipping on orders over $40 (a $6 shipping fee applies to orders under $40).  There will be a special family event on Wed May 26; orders placed that evening between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm will qualify for free shipping with no minimum order amount.

Please consider supporting St. Mary School by stocking up on books for your summer reading pleasure.

School Climate Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we want our school communities to be safe and welcoming places. School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. The survey will be available online from May 10, 2021 through May 24, 2021. Parents are encouraged to check their email inbox, as they would have received an email invitation to complete the survey online. 
This voluntary survey is completely confidential, and respondents will remain anonymous. The survey asks parents to share their thoughts on their child(ren)’s school environment.

If you have any questions or you would like more information about the survey, please contact Research and Development Services at research@hcdsb.org. We value your input and greatly appreciate your support!

HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners

Attendance during Remote Instruction

In the event that your son/daughter is unable to attend remote instruction for any reason, please report their absence using School Messenger. Staff will take attendance twice daily as always – at the start of the day and after lunch. Please note that if your child is late signing on, you will receive a notification from the school. We appreciate your help with ensuring this information is reported accurately and efficiently. Each grade level will follow their regular scheduled recess and lunch time breaks.

Looking Ahead-2021/2022 Student Class Placement

Although we are not in the building, preparations are now being made to ensure that our school is organized for the 2021/2022 school year. Normally our teachers would ask your child/ren who are their LEARNING FRIENDS that they would like to have in their class next year. Every effort is then made to ensure that your child is placed in a classroom with one or two LEARNING FRIENDS.

This year, we are asking for your help to complete this form together with each one of your children, so that we can collect this valuable information. Please ensure that you complete one form per child by May 21, 2021.

Teachers will be working hard on student class placements in the coming months.  As you can appreciate, many hours of meetings and consultations go into the class building process to ensure the appropriate placement of all students.  When building a class, teachers look at the following criteria to develop heterogeneous groupings:

  • Balance of ability (academic skills)
  • Balance according to gender
  • Learning style (how the learner learns)
  • Teaching style (how the teacher teaches)
  • Social blending (who gets along with whom)
  • Parental input (re: learning style of student only)

Please note that parental input is important to us but must be weighed with the other criteria. Specific teacher requests cannot be considered.  Rather, if necessary, parental input, in the form of an email to the Principal, should focus on the learning style of the student and the type of environment in which he/she learns best. Emails should be sent to Ms. Dobbie no later than Friday, May 21, 2021 dobbiek@hcdsb.org

Remember, once again, that as a staff, many discussions and reflections are put into the class building process.  We will have over 800 students in September.  We do our very best to develop classes that will be formed in order to maximize opportunities for each child to learn and be successful!  Your trust in our professional judgment is appreciated!

Victoria Day – May 24th

A reminder that Monday, May 24th is a holiday. Please enjoy this time with your families

Summer School

Please see the information flyer below for signing up any students in grade 6-8 for summer school. Information was sent to parents earlier, and a reminder email will be forthcoming from the Board.

Moving?

If your child(ren) will not be returning to St. Mary in September, please email Mrs. DaSilva at DaSilvaO@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information is helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year. We appreciate your help and support.

St. Mary Tips

We thank you for your continued attention to crucial Public Health Measures at this critical point in the fight against COVID-19:

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.

K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod

Principal/Vice Principal

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MacLeod, StephanieWeekly Update- May 17-21st, 2021