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St. Paul Weekly Update Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

“Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

Welcome to our First Week of Advent where we light the candle of HOPE –

Jesus, you came to us as a baby, helpless and small. Help us to see a call to quiet and stillness in your smallness. Stay close to our hearts today, as we go about our busy lives, and give us the gift of your peace.

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Please see below for important information items for this week.

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HCDSB Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities:

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd and throughout the week (November 30 – December 4, 2020).

This year’s theme is “Not all disabilities are visible”  We will be featuring daily announcements to continue to promote awareness, understanding and inclusivity!

Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities.

Spreading the Word Through #HCDSBDiverseAbility

Here are some of the themes and topics that will be recognized:

  • Viewing disabilities (both visible and invisible) through a different lens
  • Promoting meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our schools (i.e., building friendships and fostering independence)
  • Celebrating intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health related to disabilities
  • Removing systemic barriers

HCDSB Ability Allies

HCDSB staff are celebrating disabilities and sharing how they promote acceptance and inclusion in our schools and across our Board.  

Click here​ to see a variety of videos from our HCDSB Ability Allies.

CHANGE TO LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:

As you know, the opportunity to switch between learning environments will be offered again after Christmas.

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment, the online request form will be available as of Monday, November 30th, 2020.

You will receive an email from HCDSB on Monday afternoon with a direct link to the online request form to change your child’s learning environment.

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION:
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.

Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

STUDENT LOCKERS:

Great News – Lockers are now open for students!

As the winter months are quickly approaching, here are a few reminders about locker use and protocols in place this year:

  • Students can use lockers to store OUTERWEAR ONLY. 
  • Personal items such as backpacks, textbooks, writing tools, lunches, etc., will continue to be kept in the classroom at all times.
  • To ensure students spend minimal time at their locker, locks are NOT PERMITTED on student lockers.
  • Students are assigned an individual locker. Students are not to share a locker unless they live in the same household and are in the same class.
  • Physical distancing protocols are in place at each school to avoid congregating in the hallways.

KEEPING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY HEALTHY AND SAFE:

As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool. 

COVID-19 Test Results

  • If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.
  • If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE:

It’s that time of the year again for the St. Paul community to come together to support families in need. Please consider donating non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. We will continue to follow public Health guidelines as items come in. Students will be directed by their teacher to drop off items in our gym. All food items will be stored in our gym until the pick up date. Suggested items – salmon, cereals, tea, cookies, Kraft dinner, tetra packs, canned fruit.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2020:
We are well into our preparations for the Christmas Concert!  Each class has been practicing diligently with Mrs. Sheldrick and their classroom teachers to showcase their skills in various ways.  We are entering our final week of practices and are looking forward to recording our songs the week of Dec. 7th.  On the day of their concert recording, students are invited to wear red and/or green, as well as any Christmas accessories they have!

The schedule is as follows:

Dec. 7 – Mrs. Volpini, Mr. Petrucelli, Mrs. Desrochers

Dec. 8 – Mr. Jefferies, Mrs. Tilley, Mrs. Coughlan

Dec. 9 – Mrs. Murray, Mr. Cataldo, Mrs. Densmore

Dec. 10 – Mr. Stoneburgh, Mrs. Ferrraro, Mrs. Byrnes

Dec. 11 – All FDK Classes


The Concert will be made available for viewing the week of Dec. 14th!

Thank you for your continued support.

GRADE 8 GRADUATION HOODIES:

The St. Paul graduating class of 2021 will have the opportunity to order their graduation hoodies. Last day to order is December 1st.

Have a great day!

N. Costa

Nov
29
Sun
Advent Begins
Nov 29 all day
Dec
1
Tue
Grade 4 CCAT Testing – Virtual Students
Dec 1 all day
Dec
7
Mon
Christmas Concert Recording Week
Dec 7 – Dec 11 all day
Red/Green Day – Mrs. Volpini, Mr. Petrucelli, Mrs. Desrochers
Dec 7 all day
Dec
8
Tue
Red/Green Day – Mr. Jefferies, Mrs. Tilley, Mrs. Coughlan
Dec 8 all day
Dec
9
Wed
Red/Green Day – Mrs. Murray, Mr. Cataldo, Mrs. Densmore
Dec 9 all day
Dec
10
Thu
Red/Green Day – Mr. Stoneburgh, Mrs. Ferrraro, Mrs. Byrnes
Dec 10 all day
Dec
11
Fri
Red/Green Day – All Kindergarten Classes
Dec 11 all day
Dec
17
Thu
Civvies Day – Ugly Sweater Day
Dec 17 all day
Dec
18
Fri
Christmas Civvies Day – Thank you for all the Food Donations!
Dec 18 all day
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