Celebrating Advent as A Family
One of the most common ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. The four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The increase in light from week to week is meant to symbolize the coming of the light of the world. The second Sunday of Advent, December 5th, symbolizes Peace & the prophecies of a coming of a Saviour.
St. Nicholas Christmas Shop
The St. Nicholas Christmas Shop will open on December 6, 2021. Please ensure your child has their green shopping form completed, and payment submitted through cash online. Each child will receive a ticket the day of their shopping trip indicating the amount of money they have to spend, and this will be used as the payment. To have this prepared, all cash online submissions must be done no later than 9pm Sunday December 5th.
Angel Tree – St. Nicholas 2021
A heartfelt thank-you to our students and families for all the gift card donations and support for our Angel Tree! St. Nicholas school continues to make a difference this holiday season! Just a reminder that all gift card donations are asked to be submitted no later than Thursday December 9th.
Virtual Advent Liturgy
Our virtual Advent Liturgy took place on December 2, 2021. Thank you to our Gr. 5 students and staff for organizing and virtually leading our beautiful liturgy. Thank you as well to Fr. Ranjan presiding.
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 halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- Read Halton Region’s November 22 media release to learn more.
- Find resources and information for parents and children from the Halton Heroes! Get colouring pages, word search, maze, videos and more!
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: 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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