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Weekly Update: January 10, 2022

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

~ Socrates

Reporting Student Absences

Although we have made the switch to Teacher-led Remote Learning, we must still continue to track students’ attendance. If your child is away, please report the absence through the Safe Arrival Program prior to the start of the school day. If your child is away for multiple days, please connect with your child’s teacher to ensure that there is a plan for missed work. 

Hat Day – Friday January 14, 2022

Please join us this Friday as we show some school spirit, virtually, with a Hat Day. Students are invited to log on to their classes wearing their favourite hat (or hats!) to class.

Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council Meeting will take place virtually this Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. If you would like a link to attend the meeting, please email Ms. Comito at

Important Update Change in Learning Environment  

Given the Province’s temporary move to Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopening in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, HCDSB has revised the plan to provide greater flexibility for families. Families will now be offered two (2) opportunities to request a change to learning environment for elementary students. The first opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students is now available. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14thThe requested changes will come into effect on Monday, January 24, 2022, or once schools re-open for in-class instruction if the period of remote learning is extended.  


  • If schools resume in-person instruction on January 17th, families who wish to keep their children home until the switch occurs on January 24th will be able to access asynchronous resources for their children through their current class on the D2L platform during the week of January 17-21.  
  • Parents/guardians requesting a change for their children to the virtual elementary school will be asked to choose whether they want to keep their children enrolled in virtual learning until the final change in Learning Environment opportunity after Easter OR until the end of the school year. 

The final opportunity to request a change in learning environment for elementary students will be released after March BreakThe requested changes will come into effect after Easter on Tuesday, April 19th.

Request to Change Learning Environment
If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent directly to your child’s secondary school.

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Next Steps:
Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process.

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th
  • If in-class instruction resumes on January 17th, your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 17-21. Asynchronous instruction will be posted for students, should parents/guardians decide to keep their children home while awaiting the switch to the virtual school.

Health and Phys. Ed. Parent/Guardian Remote Learning Information and Checklist

Earlier this week, parents were sent a Health and Physical Education information sheet and checklist for your child(ren) before and while they participate virtually. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to review this checklist, please click on the document below.

Kindergarten student outdoor playground Register Your Child for Kindergarten!

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another.

To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2022, your child must be four years old by December 31, 2022. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31, 2022.

For more information, including a link to register your child, please click here.

Pizza Days

Please note, if you ordered Pizza for your child we will be extending the Term 1 Order to make up for any missed days. Pizza Orders will resume once our students have returned to in person learning.

Helping children express and manage emotions

Learning to manage emotions happens over time and we as parents and caregivers play a vital role in nurturing the emotional development of our children. There are things caregivers can do to help children deal with their feelings:

Mindfulness activities for young children

  • Blowing Bubbles: Children breathe in deeply and blow out slowly as they attempt to make bubbles. Encourage them to watch the slow, gentle movement of the bubbles as they blow.
  • Blowing on a Pinwheel: Children breathe in deeply and blow out slowly as they attempt to move the pinwheel. Encourage them to watch how the pinwheel turns with their breath.
  • Blowing on a Cotton Ball: Children breathe in deeply and blow out slowly as they attempt to move cotton balls placed on the palm of their hand. Encourage them to watch the movement of the cotton balls as they breathe.
  • Smell the Flowers!: Children breathe in to smell the flowers and slowly let their breath out.
  • Rock the Teddy Bear!: Have children lie on their back and place their favourite teddy or ‘cuddly’ toy on their tummy. Encourage them to rock the ‘teddy bear’ to sleep by taking deep breaths (belly breathe) in and slowly breathing out – Remind the children to be gentle so that they don’t wake the teddy bear!
  • Sparkle Jar: Mindfulness Jars can be used as a focal point for mindfulness/meditation or to calm down when children are feeling agitated or stressed. Sparkle Jars are east to make(external link). Have children shake the jar, take a deep breath and slowly let their breath out… Encourage them to watch the glitter gradually float to the bottom. Focusing on the glitter can help slow down their breathing and thought process, helping them to feel more relaxed.


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Comito, DianaWeekly Update: January 10, 2022