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Weekly Update September 27-October 1, 2021

“May the light of our faith shine in all that we do and say each day.”

Feast of St. Michael

Wednesday September 29, 2021 we will celebrate our school saint. On Thursday September 30, 2021 grade 1-8 students will attend St. Michael Church for a Liturgy of the Word. All safety protocols will be in place, cohorts will remain together and masks will be worn.

Daily Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms

All students (K-Grade 12), staff and visitors are required to complete the https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  daily before the start of school as directed by the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health Services.

School Start & End Times

No students are allowed on school property until 8:35 a.m. If students arrive early, there are to remain in the orange pylon area in the Church Lot and are not to enter the school yard. Students are not supervised until 8:35 a.m. We end the day at 3:20 p.m. Students who are walking home are to leave the property immediately and head home. 

Family Information / Consent Packages are found online.  Please complete the online form a.s.a.p https://laserfiche.hcdsb.org/Forms/parent_consentsThis is to replace the paper copies that used to be completed during the first week of school.

Student Safety at Entry and Dismissal

While we know that you want to ensure that your children enter and leave school safely, please remember that we need to avoid congregating. Please leave school property immediately after dropping off and picking up your child.

NO parents are access the schoolyard blacktop, (playground). If you bring your child from the back of the property, remain on the grass. If you come from the parking lot areas, remain at the orange pylons or sidewalk of kindergarten gate. 

While we love our four-legged friends, some children are afraid of dogs, some children have allergies, and some dogs can be unnerved by our busy parking lots. Therefore, DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED school property unless they are service dogs. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on Thursday 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

Rowan’s Law Day

Wednesday September 29, 2021 has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety. Please join us in remembering Rowan Stringer by promoting concussion safety and show your support for #RowansLawDay by sharing your stories and learning the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

Parking Lot Safety

Student safety when coming to school and going back home is very important to us! A reminder of the following safety tips and school regulations:

  1. Do not use the driveway in front of the school during the morning arrival or after school dismissal. It is reserved for buses or after school program & buses.
  2. If you drive your child to school, please park in a spot and walk your child to the orange pylon safety area. Park only in designated spaces as we do not have a Kiss N’ Ride 
  3. If you cannot maintain a 2m distance between yourself and others at pick-up, please wear a mask. 
  4. If you drive to or from the school, please remember be patient and courteous, drive slowly and be vigilant for pedestrians/children.

Riesberry, JulieWeekly Update September 27-October 1, 2021