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Weekly Update December 13-17, 2021

Advent Prayer & Reflection

In this third week of Advent, we light three candles of our Advent wreath. The third candle is the pink candle signifying “Joy” as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus. 

The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify Joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. This candle is also known as the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website

St. Nicholas Christmas Shop

The St. Nicholas Christmas Shop was an amazing success bringing in just over $5000.00!!!  Many thanks to Ms. Estriga and her team of parent and student volunteers.

Angel Tree – St. Nicholas 2021

We are extending the gift card donations to Monday December 13th.  Thank-you to the students and their families for the gift card donations and support for our Angel Tree! St. Nicholas school continues to make a difference this holiday season!

Winter Break Rapid Antigen Screening Kits for In-Person Students

On Wednesday December 15th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all.

Early Dismissal Day

Families are reminded December 17th is the final day of school before Christmas Break. The school board has confirmed that this will be an early dismissal day for students. St. Nicholas students will be released 90 minutes early this day. Our school dismissal time is 1:50 pm, bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly.

Winter Weather

The winter weather has arrived! Students are reminded to please dress for all winter conditions. Students should have hats, gloves, and boots to enjoy the outdoors.  All students need winter boots, and our Gr. 1-3 students will also require snow pants. Thank you for your understanding and support.

COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year old

First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking

system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.

Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on

Book an appointment

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

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: 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 December 13-17, 2021