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Weekly Update November 22-29, 2021

Good afternoon,

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

Progress Reports/Initial Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24 – interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26.

Parent-Teacher Interview Communication

In keeping with the reporting procedures for the Halton Catholic District School Board, parent-teacher interviews will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams. Families that requested an interview will receiveconfirmation of an interview date, time and Teams link via email no later than Tuesday November 23rd.

St. Nicholas Christmas Shop – NO CASH EVENT 

Our Annual St. Nicholas Christmas Shop will be here soon and for the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers, we are no longer permitted to bring cash into the school. To address this and still provide the same level of shopping experience to the students during Christmas Shop, we will be using Cash online to submit payment. Christmas Shop will appear under each student as an item to purchase. This will be set up during the week of November 22nd and will be closed on Sunday December 5th in order to be ready for the opening of the Christmas Shop on Monday December 6th.

 Additionally, a shopping form will be sent home where your child can indicate who they are buying for, the name to go on the tag as well as their budget. This form will come back to the school on the day of your child’s shopping day (or earlier if requested by the teacher). 

Keeping Christ in Christmas

Christmas season is OFFICIALLY in full swing! Don’t forget that HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest is open for submissions. To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of all students, staff and school communities, HCDSB will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website: www.HCDSB.org

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Reporting an Absence

The purpose of the Safe Arrival Program is to ensure that your child arrives safely at school.

When your child is going to be absent or late, please report the absence by 9:00 am. To report an absence or late arrival, use: School Messenger Mobile App, the website: go.schoolmessenger.ca or call the toll-free number 1-844-445-4505.

We are concerned when your child is not at school and we have not received notification. We will attempt to confirm the whereabouts of your child using School Messenger.  If there is not a confirmation response to the School

Messenger by 11:00 a.m., secretarial staff will call the home/workplace/emergency contact numbers (please keep us up-to-date). If an absence continues to be unexplained, the Board policy requires that the Principal determine whether the police department should be made aware of the unaccounted absence.  The police will attend the home to confirm your child’s absence.   Please help us to save valuable time and ensure the safety of your child(ren) by calling or emailing in all absences.

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-Assessment

  • 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.

Wishing all of our families a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Agro and Mrs. Spotswood

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Spotswood, ChristineWeekly Update November 22-29, 2021