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Weekly Update October 11-15

“Talk with each other much about the Lord”

Ephesians 5:19

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a blessed thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy your holiday on Monday October 11, 2021. While you are gathering with your family perhaps you can gather some donations for our Major School Fundraiser: Halloween Dance-a-thon.

Halloween Dance-a-thon

Our students will be participating in our annual Dance-a-thon Fundraiser tomorrow,  Friday October 29, 2021.  Our goal is to raise $23,000 which is approximately $30 per student.  This is our school’s only major fundraiser for this year, and all funds will be used to support school goals in service of your children such as:

  • additional technology equipment, such as SMARTboards,
  • curriculum resources
  • innovation projects
  • outdoor play equipment
  • support for liturgical celebrations and faith initiatives
  • for more information, please read the letter that went home with each student earlier this week.  To make a donation to St. Mary School, please either scroll to the bottom of our homepage and click on the “Make a Donation” tab or click here for a quick link.  Please be sure to specify “St. Mary” as your fund destination.

We thank you in advance for your generous support as we work together to reach our goal!

All students are encouraged to wear costumes.  Students may decide not to wear a costume and are welcome to wear black and orange as an alternative or their school uniform.

Safe School Costume Considerations:

Costumes must NOT:

– No Masks

– No weapons or replica weapons;

Costumes MUST:

– Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom.  This is especially important for students from Kindergarten to grade 2.

– Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

The dance-a-thon will be held outside. We will move inside if the weather is inclement. We thank you for your ongoing support.

An Important Letter from Dr. Meghani-Fall Gatherings

As we head into this Thanksgiving long weekend, it continues to be important that we work together to follow public health measures so that we can ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all students, families and staff in our school community.

Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region has provided the following letter to parents and guardians: Fall & Winter Gatherings 2021.

As Dr. Meghani noted in her message, we must remain vigilant as we look forward to celebrating the many holidays, seasonal gatherings, festive occasions, and other events in the fall and winter months to help keep our community safe. 

Please continue to follow the advice of our Public Health professionals to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protect your loved ones. 

Appropriate outdoor wear

With Fall comes a variety of weather conditions that can change drastically throughout the day.  Our outside playground tends to be windy and cool. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. 

Daily Self Screening

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Help Us with Pick Up and Drop off

Please make your arrangements for early pick up at least the day before. Please minimize the calling into the office and calling into classes to ask for your child to come down. This disrupts the learning environment.

When you pick up your child during the day for appointments at the front of the school, please press the buzzer to let us know you have arrived. We are concerned about our children’s safety and need to be sure who has picked them up.

Thank you to our parents who use school messenger to report your child’s absence.

We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and we work towards smooth transitions and keeping everyone safe.

From the Special Education Department

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. It is a month to bring awareness to help stop the stigma. Learning Difficulties(LDs) are very common and affect approximately 10% of Canadians, which means that 1 in 10 students in a classroom may have learning disabilities.

Such difficulties reflect impairments in what we call ‘psychological processes’; for example:

  • Phonological processing (identifying and manipulating speech sounds)
  • Working memory (holding information in mind while also using the information)
  • Processing speed (speed of taking in, using or pulling out information)
  • Language processing (understanding and expressing information using words)
  • Visual-spatial processing (perceiving or organizing visual information)
  • Executive functions (planning and organizing)
  • Visual-motor processing (carrying out hand-eye activities)
Cascone-Brown, KellyWeekly Update October 11-15