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Weekly Update for September 27, 2021

Good afternoon,

As we begin a new week, listed are a few important informational items and upcoming dates. 

Kiss & Ride

Our school Kiss & Ride continues to run smoothly thanks to all of you! Please be reminded of the following:

  • Please pull right up to the Kiss and Ride sign before letting their children out.
  • Do NOT park in this area. 
  • Students should NOT be released before vehicles are in the designated Kiss & Ride area.
  • Additional parking is available at Kinoak Arena, families are permitted to park there and walk to the school.

Curriculum Night

We would like to thank all of the families that attended our virtual Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 22ND. A special thank you to our teaching staff for preparing and hosting meeting for their families.  If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher to introduce your self and obtain any pertinent information that was shared.

Lunch Supervisor – St. Nicholas 2021-2022

We are currently looking for Lunch Supervisors for both our main school area and our kindergarten area – this is a paid position. If you are interested and are available Monday to Friday – 11:50-12:50pm and have a current Vulnerable Sectors Criminal Reference Check – please contact our main office 905-827-4231.

Family Information Packages – Family Information/Consent Electronic Form!

As was communicated earlier this week – parents are asked to please complete the Family Information/Consent form electronically.  The form may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration.
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-AssessmentPlease note, we no longer require confirmation of the screening results.

  • Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC) 
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19 
  •  If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted. 

Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they CANNOT come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  ​ 

Bus Route Delay Information

Buses have been inconsistent with their arrival and departure times. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to subscribe to receive bus route delay notification emails. To subscribe please follow this link https://www.haltonbus.ca/.  A reminder to all students who ride the bus that masks are mandatory as is adhering to assigned seating.  

Toonie for Terry! St. Nicholas Terry Fox Walk

St. Nicholas hosted the Terry Fox Walk on Friday September 24th.  Students/staff walked the school grounds that day, in cohorts and completed a “41” active challenge. Thank you for the generous donations made by families via our School Cash Online program. All funds collected will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. Thank you to Mrs. Bilaver, Mrs. Iannace, the Grade 6 FE & Grade 8FE students for organizing and promoting this yearly initiative!

St. Nicholas Catholic Parent Council

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday September 28th @ 6:00pm. The agenda is provided for your perusal St. Nicholas CPC Sept. 28, 2021. We will meet virtually through Teams. Our meetings are open to all members of our community. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email Mrs. Spotswood at spotswoodc@hcdsb.org by Tuesday September 28th @ 4:00pm.

Orange Shirt Day

In honour of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, we will be hosting Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. We recognize the harm residential schools caused to our Indigenous people and we honour those that survived and remember those that did not. We recognize the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma caused by residential schooling and we wear an orange shirt in support of those who have been impacted by the harm of residential schools. For more information: www.orangeshirtday.org.

Concussion Protocol 

As part of Rowan’s Law Day (Concussion Safety – 2019), the last Wednesday of September, each year, will be designated as Rowan’s Law Day; a day to help increase awareness around concussions. A concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information can be found on the Board`s website https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/your-childs-health/medical-conditions/concussion-protocol

School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12

The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years.

Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.

The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

  •       Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  •       Meningococcal Disease
  •       Hepatitis B

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

Book an Appointment

To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful safe weekend.

Mr. Agro and Mrs. Spotswood

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Spotswood, ChristineWeekly Update for September 27, 2021