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Weekly Update: October 12, 2021

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

Thank you to our wonderful St. Patrick community – staff, students, parents and extended family.  We are so thankful for all you do every single day!

Thank you to Mrs. Kehl and her Grade 3 class for leading our virtual Thanksgiving Liturgy on Thursday.

Thank you to Father Pinto and Elaine Siega from St. Patrick Parish for leading our Grade 3’s as they received the sacrament of First Holy Communion.

Congratulations to our First Communicants

Congratulations to all of our Grade 3 students who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion over the last few weekends!  We know you waited a little longer to receive this sacrament in a safe way.  We hope this was a special day for you and we pray that you receive all of God’s many blessings on your faith-filled journey.

Lunch Time Supervisors

We are looking for a few more Lunch Time Supervisors to join our staff.  This is a paid position, and can be part time (1-4 days per week), or full time (5 days per week).  If you have a valid Vulnerable Sector Screening Check and are able to assist us, or if you are interested in learning more about the role, we invite you to please contact the Main Office for further information.

Picture Day is Coming!

We are waiting for our photographer to confirm a date for Picture Day this year.  We understand that the photographer sent out an automated email saying that Picture Day would be on October 18thPlease note that the photographer has noted that there may be a change to this date.  We will let you know as soon as we receive confirmation of the actual date.

Dressing for the Weather

With the fall season upon us, the weather can change drastically throughout the day.  We recommend dressing your children in layers, to ensure that they have appropriate clothing to participate fully in all learning activities.  In addition to outdoor recess times, Physical Education classes along with additional outdoor learning periods continue to primarily take place outdoors.  

Return to School Plan Daily Self Screening

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. The province will continue to provide a screening tool for use by all school boards and may update this throughout the school year. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school:

Please be advised, under the Direction of Public Health, if your child and/or an individual living in your household has acknowledged that they are experiencing at least one (1) COVID-19 symptom:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.

Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.

Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.

Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:  

tests negative for COVID-19; OR

are cleared by your local public health unit; OR

are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Reminder about Lunch and Snacks

We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

Hot Lunches are back!

Our Pizza Lunch program will resume in the next few weeks.  Correspondence and order forms with pricing, dates, and more detailed information will be sent out this week.

Halloween Dance-A-Thon and Fundraiser – Friday October 29th

All students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on this day, or black and orange if they prefer.  More information about our fundraiser will also be sent out this week.

Costume considerations at school:

Costumes should:

  • Allow for movement without risk of tripping
  • Allow for a totally open and unimpaired view of the surroundings
  • Allow for normal breathing; there are no masks as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;
  • Be modest and in keeping with the values of this Catholic school
  • Not represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;
  • Not include weapons of any kind or REPLICAS of weapons.  The Safe School Policy of this school board makes it an offence, with serious consequences, to bring any weapons or replicas to school.   
  • Allow students easy, independent access to the washroom.  This is especially important for students in the younger grades.
  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  1. Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture, or religion?
  2. Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  3. Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  4. Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  5. Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?


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