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Weekly Update Oct. 26-30

Thank you to Our:

Catholic School Council for attending our first school meeting.

Parents who attended our first virtual St. Patrick Catholic School Curriculum Night.

Grade 6/7 Class who was our leaders in morning prayers.

The Use of Technology at School

When relevant to curriculum and instruction, teachers may permit the use of any board owned or personal electronic device in a manner that meets the current policy as a classroom learning device, and to develop competency with the following learning strategies:

  • Becoming a Digital Citizen;
  • Understand Technology Operations and Concepts;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Research and Information Fluency;
  • Communication and Collaboration;
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

In the event that a student needs to contact their parent, they can do so, with teacher permission and supervision, using their own cell phone. However, we kindly ask that parents / guardians refrain from attempting to contact their child during the day through their child’s cell phone. In the event of a family emergency, the appropriate method to contact your child during the school day is through the school office.

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Wednesday November 11, 2020 we will participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:45 am.

Daily Screening & Symptoms Protocol

Parents and guardians are reminded to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your children and to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools each morning before sending your children to school.

What to Do If Your Child Has COVID-19 Like Symptoms
When a child is sick with new or worsening COVID-19 like symptoms, parents and guardians must follow one of the following three options:

Have your child tested for COVID-19 and keep them home to self-isolate until the test results are revealed; test results will indicate the next steps.

OR

If your child has an alternative diagnosis provided by a health care provider, they may return to school once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

OR

Keep your child home to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. They may return to school after the 14-day period once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool will be updated soon to include these new revisions.

In the meantime, you are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:

October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children

Safe Arrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

SafeArrival enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Promoting Well-Being – Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

  • The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:

Meditation

  • No time to exercise? Can’t be bothered to write your feelings down? Mediation may be what the doctor ordered, and the benefits may be seen in a mere 5 minutes! The good news is that meditation is free; the bad news is it takes some time to hone the skill. This is especially true if we can’t stop thinking about our “To Do” list or picking up the kids from school.

Once we are able to focus on the present, focus only our breathing, and calm our minds, we will benefit from the emotional and physical health effects of this ancient practice. From reducing negative emotions and gaining a most positive perspective to managing chronic anxiety, pain, and sleep problems, meditation may be the panacea of good health.

https://www.activebeat.com/diet-nutrition/12-free-ways-to-enhance-your-well-being/2/

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: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpatrick/2020/10/equity-and-inclusive-education-halloween-costume-selection/

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 schoolThank you for your understanding.

Student Agendas we are beginning a new practice.

Agendas have been distributed to each classroom. The agenda is a tool used to support each student’s personal organization. The agenda has been previously used as a communication tool between home and school, however, parents / guardians are asked to begin using the class D2L site or Google classroom, phone messages, or email to communicate with your child’s teacher rather than the agenda. The full transition will begin on November 2, 2020.  This safety practice is in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your understanding is appreciated.

Comuzzi, Mary-CatherineWeekly Update Oct. 26-30