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Weekly Update: October 4, 2021

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

~ Brad Henry

On Tuesday October 5th, we celebrate World Teacher’s Day.  The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future”.  The United Nations (UNESCO) presented this theme for teacher’s day in respect of their determeined and diligent efforts in the crucial stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.  You can learn more here: World Teachers’ Day.  Thank you to our wonderful St. Patrick teachers for opening the minds and touching the hearts of the students entrusted to us!

Thank you to Mrs. Langdon, Mrs. Kehl and Mrs. Repa for organizing our Terry Fox Walk last week.  Thank you to our families for your generous donations to cancer research.

Thank you to our students and teachers for your recognition of Orange Shirt Day and for all of the work you are doing this school year in commitment to reconciliation.

Thank you to all who joined us for Virtual Curriculum Night this past Wednesday evening!  

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)!

PA Day

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Once again this year, we will be supporting St. Patrick’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul by holding our Thanksgiving Food Drive. We are asking that you would please help us with most needed items:

  • jam, pancake mix/syrup                                                   
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • canned pasta (i.e. Alphaghetti, ravioli, etc.)             
  • pasta sauce
  • coffee/tea/hot chocolate                                                   
  • canned fish and meat
  • canned soup/stew     
  • cereal/instant oatmeal
  • macaroni and cheese  
  • pasta and rice
  • toilet tissue, Kleenex, toothpaste, soap                      
  • laundry detergent, dish soap
  • juice (especially juice boxes for school lunches)             
  • cookies/crackers
  • school snacks (i.e. NUT FREE cereal bars, pudding cups, fruit cups, etc.)

Donations are being collected next week from Monday October 4th until Thursday, October 7th.  We are very thankful for any and all items received…every little bit helps!!!                          

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

Catholic School Council

Our first Catholic School Council meeting will be held virtually on Monday October 4 at 6:30 pm via Microsoft Teams.  Thank you to all parents/guardians who have kindly volunteered their time to serve on our 2021-2022 Catholic School Council. The link to our meeting will be emailed out on Monday.

Dressing for the Weather

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

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)


Positive thinking is a powerful tool that can improve your health, help you manage stress, overcome challenges, and make better choices.  The idea is that by changing your thinking, you have more control over your emotions and your actions. Positive thinking skills often start with positive-self talk, which means using the voice in your head to say positive thoughts about yourself or a situation.

Some examples of positive affirmations include:

  • There is no one better than myself
  • I am enough
  • I get better every single day
  • I am an amazing person
  • All of my problems have solutions
  • Today I am a leader
  • I forgive myself for my mistakes
  • My challenges help me grow
  • I choose my own attitude

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