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Weekly Update – September 27th – October 1st, 2021

Education is about two things – teaching young people to create opportunity for themselves and teaching them to do that work responsibly – with respect to our environment and to the myriad communities of people that share our planet” –  Cornelius Minor 

This week was a busy week at St. Mary.  We had our practice fire drill – the students did an excellent job.  We also had our virtual school Liturgy led by Ms. Pigon’s grade 8 students.  The students continue to do a great job with wearing their masks inside the building and following Covid protocols.  We are very proud of their transition back to St. Mary! 

Virtual Curriculum Night 

On Wednesday, September 29 from 6:30-7:30 PM, we will be having our Virtual Open House. Please join us as we begin in prayer together as a community followed by a brief presentation by administration.  Then meet your children’s educators and view individual presentations to find out more about what the learning in your child’s classroom will look like this school year. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn about classroom routines and expectations. 

The introductory session will be conducted through Teams, and the link will be shared through email by your child’s teacher. Educators will provide more information about how to access their presentations on their digital platforms next week.  For the link to the admin address, go HERE. 

We are looking forward to seeing you then! 

Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021 

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story. 

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries. 

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions. 

Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day  – September 30th  

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.  Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations. 

On Thursday, September 30, we encourage our staff, students, and parents to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of survivors. 

Daily School Screening  

Please continue to complete the Daily School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ BEFORE students come to schoo every morning. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe!  Any student or staff with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 MUST Stay at home  / Self-isolate / Be referred for testing for COVID-19.  

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ 

Catholic School Council 2021-2022 

A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council: 

Monika Willand

Alexandra Power

Angela Spehar

Natalie Cambone

Andres Masmela

Kriss-Ann Cousley

Christian Howard

Anna Rzeczkowski  

Tamara Adamao

Ifeanyichukwu Uzoka 

Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4th @ 7:00 pm via Microsoft Teams. All parents are welcome to attend. A link will be emailed out on the day of the meeting.   

Dress for the Weather 

We will be outside for recess under all but the most extreme weather conditions. Please dress your children appropriately for the weather. In light rain, we will still be outside for recess. 

Friday, October 8th – PA Day

Staff will be taking part in Faith Day activities. There is no school for students.  

Monday, October 11th – Thanksgiving Holiday

There is no school on Thanksgiving Day. 

Bike Registration Program 

The Halton Regional Police Service has partnered with 529 Garage to introduce their bicycle registration app to residents of Halton. 529 Garage is an application that connects you, other cyclists, police, and local bicycle shops in the event your bicycle is stolen.  For more information download the flyer:  Bike_Registry_May_2021Download 

No Dogs on School Property 

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet. 

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours. 

Terra Cotta Cookies 

We will begin selling Terra Cotta Vanilla Pumpkin Cookies for the month of October.  We will post this on SchoolCashOnline.  Cookies will be $2.00 each and delivered to the classes on Friday, October 15, 22, & 29. 

Thank you and Good Bye  

My last day at St. Mary will be on Thursday, September 30th.   I’d like to thank all of the staff and students at St. Mary – this is a wonderful place and I have thoroughly enjoyed my five weeks with everybody.  Mrs. Cascone-Brown (retired principal) will be coming in until Ms. Dobbie’s return. 

Liz MacIntyre – Acting Principal

Sneyd, RoryWeekly Update – September 27th – October 1st, 2021