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Weekly Update: September 27, 2021

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

~ Ephesians 4:32

Thank you to our students and staff for doing such a wonderful job transitioning through our reorganization last week.  You are all a shining example of resilience and strength.

Thank you to students and staff for all of your continued efforts in stressing the importance of physical distancing during outdoor mask breaks.

Thank you, parents, for all your support in ensuring that you and your child are wearing a mask when entering the school yard each morning.

Thank you to our parents for ensuring that their child has all the belongings that they will need for the day prior to coming to school (lunches, water bottles, snacks & clothing).

Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Orange Shirt Day

“Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.”

On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.

Here at St. Patrick, we look forward to observing this day with our students with an Orange Shirt Civvies Day. We invite students and staff to wear orange shirts, and ask that students please wear uniform (navy blue) bottoms.

Terry Fox School Run/Walk

We are excited to announce that our school will be proudly taking part in the 2021 Terry Fox School Run/Walk, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 1.  While this year’s event might still look a little different form previous years, we are excited to share that we have developed a safe way for all of our staff and students to take part, while following all Covid protocols.  We hope that we can continue to show the great strength and resiliency of our school community with your support of one of our greatest Canadian heroes, Terry Fox. We are asking each student to bring a “Toonie for Terry” on the day of the walk to help support cancer research. You are also able to make your donation through School Cash Online.  Students are invited to wear red and white on Friday, with uniform (navy blue) bottoms.

We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Terry Fox event. Please join us to support cancer research while building incredible school spirit for all of our students.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Virtual Curriculum Night

We are excited to invite you to join our 2021-2022 Virtual Curriculum Night taking place this Wednesday, September 29th via Microsoft TEAMS. The evening will begin with our Principal’s Address and first session starting at 6:30pm, followed by a second session at 7:00pm.  Sessions will be approximately 10 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period.

Homeroom teachers will send TEAMS invites for these sessions either via email or posted on their D2L platforms.  As in previous years, the focus of Curriculum Night will be on the classroom program and delivery, class norms and routines, expectations of students, and parent-teacher communication. We ask that you respect the privacy of all students by not discussing any confidential or personal matters with staff during the virtual meeting. Rather, we ask that you use this time to learn more about your child’s classroom experience. For all other individual matters, we ask that you contact your child’s teacher directly.

Return to School Plan Wearing of Masks at School 

  • Medical masks will be worn by all school staff.   
  • All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. All considerations for mask exemptions must be reviewed and discussed with the school principal.
  • Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway, while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding wear they will keep their mask when they are outside (i.e. pocket, pouch, Ziploc bag) Upon entering the building, after outside recess & lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal.

We ask that parents take some time to review and practice this routine with your child.

Family Information and Consent Form

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required. If you need your child’s OEN – please call Mrs. McCormick at the school.

Information Access and Protection of Privacy
The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

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Friday October 8, 2021

Friday October 8 is PA Day and there is no school for students.  Staff will be taking part in Faith Day activities on this day.

Monday October 11, 2021

Monday October 11th is the Thanksgiving Holiday and there is no school on this day. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

As we near the end of our first month back in school and out of the transition period, kids and youth might be feeling more stress as they try to navigate the new pace of the school day.

Check out Helping Stressed Out Kids and Helping Your Teen with Stress Tip Sheets here courtesy of Kids Have Stress Too!® and share them with the kids and youth in your lives.

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