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Weekly Update- June 21-25th, 2021

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. ” ~ Proverbs 20:7

Happy Father’s Day to all our amazing fathers, grandfathers, and father figures!  

Medical Perils – Returning Students

Parents of students with medical conditions and allergies will be contacted to coordinate the return of any auto-injectors and medications left at the school.  Student Plans of Care as well as any medications that remain at school can be picked up at the main office up until the last day of school between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  

National Indigenous Peoples Day

We are encouraging our school community to wear orange on Monday, June 21st to honour and recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Graduation for our Grade 8 Students

This is an exciting time for our Class of 2021 Graduates. Please keep our graduates in your prayers as we will celebrate them this week! To help celebrate this important milestone, the following events will be taking place this week:

On Monday, June 21st, @9:00am, students will participate in our Virtual Graduation Mass and Blessing with Father Allen and our Loyola Family of Schools. The Mass will be live-streamed on the St. Matthew parish YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/lgueCsCkQuA.

On Thursday, June 24th @ 6:30pm our Virtual Graduation Liturgy and Ceremony will take place.

On Friday, June 25th we will be hosting our Graduation Curbside Pick-Up Event during the school day to honour our Graduates and their accomplishments. Information has been emailed by your child’s classroom teacher regarding allotted timeslots to attend our Curbside Event and important guidelines to follow.

Term 2 Report Cards

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

As you know, on March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly.

Last Day of Synchronous Learning

The last day of synchronous learning will be this upcoming Friday, June 25th. Asynchronous work activities will be posted for students for both Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th in order to accommodate the drop off of school issued technology, textbooks and school resources, and the pick up of student personal belongings that remain at school.

Students’ Belongings Pick-Up and Return of Technology and School Resources – June 28th and 29th

A protocol is being finalized for families to retrieve any personal belongings and return any borrowed items. Two days have been set aside at all of our elementary schools for this purpose of curbside pick-up and drop-off: Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th.  Further details will be emailed outlining St. Mary’s Plan and important protocol to follow on these two days. We appreciate your support and assistance in gathering all school/class resources and borrowed items.

The following items apply for curbside pick-up:

  • Remaining Personal belongings in lockers, desks and cubbies 
  • Auto-injectors or other medications

The following items apply for curbside drop-off: 

  • Technology (devices) borrowed 
  • Special education equipment 
  • Library books
  • Textbooks and other learning materials

Please note that all devices (including SEA equipment) will need to be returned by the end of June, unless students are enrolled in a summer learning program and they require the device for learning. There will be designated drop off bins at the front of the school for technology and/or library books.

HCCF Golf Tournament

Being outside……check!  Spending the day at the golf course…..check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…..check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918.

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from Public Health, this decision may be reconsidered and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/

HCDSB Strategic Plan Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021. The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by Senior Staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

 


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

K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod

Principal/Vice Principal

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