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Weekly Update: October 18, 2021

 God’s love is unbounded: It has no limits.

~ Pope Francis

Thank you to our Catholic School Council for the hard work, dedication and quick turnaround in pulling together hot pizza lunches and the Halloween Danceathon fundraisers for our wonderful school community. 

Thank you to parents that have contacted our Main Office regarding the Lunch Time Supervisor position. We are still in need of a few more supervisors, and encourage you to contact us for more information if you or someone you know are interested in filling this role.

Uniform Reminder

A reminder that as per Policy II-41, students at St. Patrick School are expected to be in uniform during the school day.  The current uniform provider for all HCDSB schools is McCarthy Uniforms, the sole uniform supplier for HCDSB schools.  As such, students are not permitted to wear non-uniform hoodies or sweatshirts in class during the school day. 

Important Reminders for Parents:

  • Students may continue to wear ISW uniform pieces and until they and/or younger siblings outgrow the items of clothing.
  • A new change to our Board Policy II-41, School Uniform Dress Code/School Dress Code, which came into effect on January 1, 2021, stipulates that for elementary school uniformsparents and guardians will no longer have to purchase bottoms from the Board authorized school uniform vendor.
  • All bottoms, regardless of where they are purchased, must be solid navy blue in colour, and free of logos and brand names. 

Picture Day – Monday October 18

A reminder that Monday October 18th is Picture Day.  Remember to bring your smiles to school with you!

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.  

Pizza Lunch is back!

We are excited to announce that our Pizza Lunch program is back!  Order forms went home on Friday and payments can be made through School Cash Online. All orders and payments are due by Thursday October 28th.

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

We’re so excited for our upcoming Halloween Danceathon fundraiser on Friday October 29th.  All students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on this day, or black and orange if they prefer.   

This will be our major fundraiser this school year. We depend on the funds raised by our families to support us so that we can purchase special programs, technologies, and recess equipment for our students. No donation is too small, and every little bit counts! Some things we are hoping to use our fundraising dollars for this year include new technology for our classrooms, sports teams uniforms, and more equipment for outdoor recess.

Costume considerations:

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.

A reminder that another person’s culture should never be our costume.  We encourage everyone to reflect critically and to be mindful of cultural appropriation and of creating welcoming, safe school environments. 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?

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)


Take 15 minutes just for you

We understand that things are tough right now. More than a year into the pandemic and we’re all feeling the effects. Many of us are struggling with burnout, loneliness, and depression. Balancing the tasks of everyday life – work, parenting, caregiving – has now become more stressful and exhausting. And the idea of taking even a few minutes to practice healthy coping techniques can feel like just another chore.

But looking after yourself is especially important when you’re struggling. Self-care is about self-preservation. It’s a necessity, not an indulgence.

A self-care task should not be big or complicated – in fact, when energy and resolve is low, it’s important to make it as simple as possible. This is what we’re offering here – simple 15 minute ideas to help you feel better. Take 15 Minutes Just For You Booklet

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