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Weekly Update: November 15, 2021

Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.

~ St. John Paul II

Thank you to Mr. O’Neill and the Grade 6 students for your wonderful work on a beautiful Remembrance Day Liturgy. 

Thank you to Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Miles for your work starting up Student Council.

Thank you to Mrs. McCormick for organizing all of our pizza lunches.

Everyday Counts

It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time.  Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently.  Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning and Parent-Teacher Interviews

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be sent home electronically on November 24th.  Virtual or telephone interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25th & 26th. More information will be emailed to families with instructions on how to schedule interviews.

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 DPA and additional learning periods continue to primarily take place outdoors. 

Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying Awareness Week is November 15- 19, 2021 – the theme this year is REBUILD, RESTORE and RENEW together.

During this week students from JK to grade 8 will participate in a PEACE WALK. Classes are welcome to check out the stations located around the outside of the school. The 8 stations posted have different activities to promote kindness, self-awareness, inclusivity etc.

Spirit day (ODD SOCK DAY) will be on Friday November 19. Students are asked to wear odd socks to celebrate that we are all different.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

Megan’s Day – November 25th

Megan T. was a student of St. Patrick School when she tragically passed away in a car accident three years ago. Families new to our school may have noticed the garden in her honour at the front of the school near the Kindergarten Yard. Please join us as we remember Megan on what would have been her 11th birthday – November 25th. On this day, we ask that you wear purple (purple shirts or a touch of purple) as this was Megan’s favourite colour. We continue to hold Megan, her family and friends in our prayers.

Catholic School Council

Our virtual Catholic School Council is scheduled to meet this on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 6:30pm. A TEAMS Meeting link will be sent to all council members.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wednesday November 17, 2021

  • Reception at 6:30pm
  • Main Event at 7:00-8:30pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census.

This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school, and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child.

For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022.

Keeping Christ in Christmas Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

For more information, please click here.

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.

Return to School Plan COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

  

Ten Strategies to Help You Manage Your Stress

  1. Aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Research has shown that getting five hours, or less, of sleep a night can create health problems in the longer term. Getting enough sleep also helps you to better deal with the stresses of everyday life.
  2. Prioritize so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. Regularly review and analyze the tasks that you perform at work and at home and try to determine which ones are necessary and which ones can be eliminated or reserved for a later date.
  3. If you regularly commute long periods of time to work and back, try to reduce your stress levels on the road. You might try leaving a bit earlier and taking the back roads to enjoy the scenery or avoid traffic congestion; listening to your favourite CDs (books or music); carpooling with others or taking public transit so that you don’t always have to drive; and keeping your car clean, comfortable and stocked with healthy snacks and beverages.
  4. Take care of your physical well-being. Eat to stay strong and healthy. Doing so fuels you with the needed energy for life’s everyday challenges. Consider decreasing or discontinuing your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a drug that creates a stress reaction in your body, and can cause you to feel nervous and have problems sleeping. Exercise regularly: endorphin production following physical activity is nature’s gift to you for stress management!
  5. Utilize all of your vacation time. Everyone needs some time off to de-compress. Even if you are not going away, try having a picnic lunch by the water, setting up a hammock in a shady spot in your back yard to read, or visiting a spa for the day. If you do go away, try coming back a day early so that you have time to get organized and unpacked before you start work again.
  6. If you get sick, stay home. If you need to, take the time you need to get better.
  7. Plan ahead. It can go a long way towards reducing stress and anxiety. This might mean planning your menu for the week or even making your meals for the week on the weekend and keeping them in the freezer, or writing down your tasks for the next day, the day before. It also means keeping your financial life on track, by deciding what you want for you and your family, getting professional advice from a qualified financial advisor and gathering the resources you require to achieve your long-term goals, while also planning for the unexpected.
  8. Set firm boundaries between your work and non-work time. You can choose not to respond to that e-mail you received at one in the morning! Build in a time buffer within your work and/or home schedule on a regular basis where you schedule NOTHING, so that you may use this time to regroup, relax, or take care of unexpected things.
  9. Write down 3 things you are thankful for each day, even if you find it hard. It will help you focus on the positive instead of the negative. In other words, count your blessings, not your troubles. If you can manage it, volunteer in your community for an organization or people in need. It may help you to put things in perspective when you see how others can have even more serious sources of stress in their lives.
  10. Create a strong support system. Develop meaningful relationships with co-workers, your family, your friends, and your higher power. Discuss stress management techniques with your loved ones, and how you can implement them in your everyday lives.

Excerpt taken from Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada

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