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Weekly Update: November 8, 2021

 “Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world.”

~ Roald Dahl

Thank you to our AMAZING school community for your generous support of our Danceathon fundraiser.  We have raised a total of $11,138.00! WOW!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Our Catholic School Council will meet next week to determine a plan for these funds.

Thank you to our Pizza Day volunteers!  We couldn’t do this without you. We appreciate your help with making sure these days area a success for our students.

Thank you to Mrs. Colalillo and her Grade 2 class for organizing a beautiful virtual All Souls Liturgy!  We always appreciate the opportunity to gather together in prayer.

Daily Attendance

Punctuality affects a student’s academic performance, particularly if they consistently miss the same subject every morning.  Encouraging your child to arrive prior to our 9:00 a.m. bell in order to avoid being late promotes student success and helps eliminate additional stress to the student during their school day.      

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. 

Remembrance Day Liturgy

On Thursday November 11, 2021 we will participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Liturgy beginning at 10:30 am. All students will receive a poppy to wear on that day – donations are welcome. Thank you to Mr. O’Neill’s Grade 6 Class for preparing the liturgy.

Progress Reports/Communication of Learning

Progress Reports for Gr. 1-8 and Communication of Learning for Kindergarten students will be going home on November 24.  Interviews for all students are scheduled for November 25 & 26. Interviews will be virtual this year. More information will be shared regarding interviews later in the week.

No Hate in Halton    

We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launched during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate-motivated incidents.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wed. Nov. 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/

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/

  

How to Talk With Your Child When you Feel Concerned They may be Struggling With a Mental Health Problem

It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will, therefore, make things worse. Research tells us that this is not the case. Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behaviour etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation.

Here are some tips to help you talk to your child about mental health:

  • Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
  • Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
  • Start the conversation with describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions etc.e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
  • Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
  • Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
  • Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with“Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
  • If your child tells you anything that makes you worried ( e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.

Excerpt taken from: www.smho.ca

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