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Weekly Update Oct. 19- 23

COVID-19 CARE

Public Health Protocols

Halton Region Public Health is working closely with our board and school to implement provincial standards for reopening schools safely during COVID-19. Public Health provides up-to-date guidance and support on the safe reopening and operation of schools to protect students, families, school staff and visitors to schools during the pandemic. To learn more and review the most up-to-date protocols, please visit: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Reopening-of-Schools

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort.  Working together to follow Public Health measures, we can ensure a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for all. We express our sincere thanks to our school community for the the support and trust that you place in us each day. Special thanks for respecting physical distancing, avoiding the use of the school parking lot, avoiding congregations and modelling physical distancing when waiting to pick up your children. Your partnership is appreciated and valued.

School Reorganization

As shared this week through personal phone calls to the parents of the students involved and via email to our school community, as of Monday, October 19, 2020, some of the grade 4 – 8 classes at our school have been reorganized. These changes have been made, and students have moved into their new rooms as of Friday.  If your child is making a change, October 19 should have a smooth start to the morning as students know where their new class lines up and who their new teacher is.

Our reorganized classes are below:

Grade 4     Mr. O’Neil (Change from a 4/5 to a 4)  Room 103

Grade 5/6  Mrs. Hurley   Room 105

Grade 6/7  Mrs. Boss     Room 101

Grade 7/8  Mrs. Schroeder   Room 102

These classes fit the parameters of the HCDSB.  Mrs. De Meo was seconded to the Virtual School, however, with her background and skill set, she will now be one of our Kindergarten Teachers. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through a very different school year.  By continuing to work together, we can ensure that are students continue to be capable, confident and competent in a safe learning environment.

Curriculum Night

Thursday October 22, 2020 6:30-8:00

A link will be sent to you through your child’s D2L or Google Classroom link. 

Last week I sent a link to Parent’s and Guardian’s to ensure all your questions were answered. The link will be live until October 19.  If you have any questions that you would like to ask your child’s teacher, please ensure that you respond to:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fas3Jb0likmmQnwTV3nm0qq13wgXaNNKo5QhD58CVJtUMjVRSVcyTlZYQUhFUElYN0NHU1k3RFJEMCQlQCN0PWcu

Catholic School Council

In accordance with Ministry of Education Regulations, the following nominees have been acclaimed to a position on the St. Patrick Catholic School Council for the 2020 – 2021 school year:

Emily Belita, Jenn Boere, Lana Guschin, Andrea Naismith, Christine McLaughlin, Trish McLaughlin,  Joanna Szulimowski

Our Catholic School Council will have its first meeting on October 19, 2020. You can learn more about the role of our Catholic School Council here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/about-our-school-council/

Hallowe’en Costumes

We look forward to celebrating Hallowe’en with our students on October 30, 2020. While our observance of Hallowe’en make look different this year, we still invite our students to wear a costume, or orange and black clothing, on this day. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols within the school, costume props and masks cannot be brought or worn to school this day. While we want to enjoy the day, we still must follow Public Health protocols by wearing masks and exercising appropriate hand hygiene.

At St. Patrick School we strive to ensure that our students see themselves and their classmates reflected in their studies. Our students and families should expect their interactions within our school community to leave them feeling accepted for who they are. We encourage everyone to reflect critically and be mindful of cultural appropriation as you select a Halloween costume. Please review our full website post on Hallowe’en costume expectations here: 

Hallowe’en Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school.  On Friday October 30, all students will be participating in BINGO.  Students will be receiving a Terra Cotta Cookie at the end of the BINGO games as a Hallowe’en treat from the school. Thank you for your understanding.

An Evening with Bishop Crosby

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020 members of our school community are invited to join this wonderful evening in support of the Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation (HCCEF).

Highlights of the evening include:

  • A Reception with friends at your virtual “table”.
  • Musical Entertainment by HCDSB students
  • Recognition of Bishop Douglas Crosby’s 10th Anniversary of his installment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton
  • Keynote address by Bishop Crosby

The HCCEF is an independent charitable organization, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2012 it has partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to support our students and families in need. The HCCEF does not receive any direct funding from HCDSB. On behalf of our school community, our Catholic School Council has made of donation of $500.00 to the HCCEF.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://trellis.org/hccef-evening-with-bishop-crosby-virtual-edition

Comuzzi, Mary-CatherineWeekly Update Oct. 19- 23