“Love of God and love of neighbour should be the two cornerstones of our lives.”~ Pope Francis
Victoria Day – May 24th
A reminder that Monday, May 24th is a holiday. Please enjoy this time with your families
Remote Learning Expectations
As the weather outside starts to improve, we wanted to remind parents and students of the expectations we have with respect to remote learning. Students should be reminded that work must continue to be completed and submitted for feedback/assessment, just as it was during our time together in person. Wherever possible, we recommend that students find a quiet and comfortable workspace. A table, countertop or desk is more conducive to a successful live learning session than a bed or couch. We also ask that our students remember to mute their microphones unless they are sharing something with the class, that they use the “Hand Up” feature if they would like to share something or ask a question and that the chat box only be used to engage in discussion/asking questions about the topic. Thank you for your help with this!
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.
HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners
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. Here is the link to access the book fair: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5160214. 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.
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.
Special Education Assistive Technology- May 26th
The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel.
The information evening is open to all parents, students, and staff, and will feature a showcase with students and an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology devices and its impact on education. Watch the session through this link on the day of the scheduled presentation.
Keynote speaker, Carrie Anton, gold medal Paralympian in Goalball, will speak to her experience in being one of Canada’s leading experts in assistive technology and accessibility.
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.
TVO Best Teacher Ever Contest 2021
TVO’s Best Teacher Ever Contest is accepting entries now until June 18th 2021. This is an incredible opportunity to showcase amazing teachers! Students can view the promo video by clicking the link below and can access the contest by following the link. Winners could win a tablet for their teacher and a pair of wireless headphones for themselves! Students and Staff can access the promo link Promo and the contest link https://www.tvokids.com/school-age/contests/best-teacher-ever-contest for further details.
St. Mary Tips
Anxiety makes us overestimate risk and underestimate our ability to cope. The goal is to help your child realistically evaluate risks based on available information.
Worry will not help them but being confidently prepared and “armed” with correct, timely information may.
-Help them to create a reminder for themselves of what they can control.
-Limit exposure to unnecessary anxiety provoking information/activities. This likely meanslimiting exposure to social media, newscasts, and the newspaper.
This may be more difficult with older children/teens however, this may be an ideal time to work with your child/teen to practice healthy management of information, an especially important skill for those who are dealing with anxiety. https://cmho.org/
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