Please see below for some important information and updates as we begin this week.
Daily Self Screening:
All staff and students must continue to 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.
Proof of a pass on the screening tool is no longer required to be shown each morning but the screening tool MUST continue to be used at home each day prior to coming to school.
St. Raphael Parish Update:
Due to the school closure in the Spring, the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation have been rescheduled for this Fall. Our Grade 3 students and our Grade 8 students are preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, respectively. A special thank you to Father Francis for organizing this once again. Please contact the Parish if you have any questions.
- First Holy Communion: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sacrament-of-first-holy-communion-tickets-170006208145
- Confirmation: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sacrament-of-confirmation-new-schedule-tickets-169995016671
Parish Bulletin: Click HERE for the Parish Bulletin.
Wearing of Masks at School:
Students are doing a wonderful job with mask wearing at school. See below for some reminders as we head into October.
- All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school.
- Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway, while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding where they will keep their mask when they are outside (i.e. pocket, pouch, Ziploc bag) Upon entering the building, after outside recess & lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal.
Family Information/Consent Form:
Beginning this year, we will be collecting this information electronically, and are asking parents/guardians to complete the form online. Thank you to those families who have already submitted.
Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. If you already submitted a consent form, no further action is required.
If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child.
Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child. You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card. Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration. The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Information Access and Protection of Privacy: The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.
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Catholic School Council:
A very special thank you to the following parents for volunteering their time to serve our community as members of our Catholic School Council:
- Andreina Bordon
- Cathy Kirin
- Stephanie MacMillan
- Karen McGregor
- Becky Neild
- Jade Simpson
- Tenessa VanHeukelom
- Gina Vono
Our first council meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 4th @6:30pm via Microsoft Teams. A link will be emailed out on the day of the meeting.
Meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page. All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.
Rowan’s Law Day – September 29, 2021:
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.
In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.
Orange Shirt Day:
On Thursday, September 30th, 2021 Canadians are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and continuing the dialogue about residential schooling. The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters”.
This annual event started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that continues to impact many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.
Virtual Curriculum Night – Thursday September 30th:
Once again we will be holding a Virtual Curriculum Night, which will be held on Thursday, September 30th between the hours of 6:30-7:30pm.
Please note, this event will be held virtually as directed by Public Health. Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.
- 6:30-6:40 pm Principal’s Message – Link to live meeting will be emailed to all families
- 6:45-7:05 pm Session #1 – Presentation and Q & A – Link will be posted on D2L and emailed to families
- 7:10-7:30 pm Session #2 – Presentation and Q & A – Link will be posted on D2L and emailed to families
Drop-Off and Pick-Up:
We kindly ask that only one parent or guardian come onto school property (Gates or Back Field Area) to drop off and pick up their child(ren) in order to avoid congregating/congestion in the parking lot. Parents and guardians are asked to remain off the school blacktop unless they are picking up/dropping off their Kindergarten child from room 7.
Water Fountains and Reusable Water Bottles:
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PACK REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES!!!!!!!!!
Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.
- Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students.
- All water fountains will be wrapped and/or made inoperable.
- Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.
School-based Immunization Program Gr. 7-12 – 2021-2022:
The Ministry of Health has provided a school-based immunization program for students (Gr. 7-12) that is delivered by the local health departments. Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive these vaccines over the past two school years. Halton Region Public Health will be offering the school-based vaccines by appointment to eligible students in Grades 7-12 (born in 2004-2009) at community clinics throughout Halton. There will also be appointments available for students born in 2002-2003 to catch-up on vaccines that they may have missed.
The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
- Meningococcal Disease
- Hepatitis B
Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.
Book an Appointment – To book an appointment, or learn more about clinic eligibility, locations, and schedules, visit Halton’s Grade 7 School-based Immunizations web page or call 311. Please bring any immunization records you may have for your child to the appointment, where Public Health staff will fully assess their vaccination history and obtain consent.
Important Letter to Parents from Bishop Crosby – HPV Vaccination – Below you will find a letter to parents from His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese, in regard to the HPV vaccination. Please take a moment to read Bishop Crosby’s letter and carefully review all of the information available to assist you in your determination as to whether or not you wish your child to participate in the voluntary HPV vaccination program.
Additional Information – For more information about the school-based immunization program, you may contact the Halton Regional Health Department by calling 311, or visit their website at: www.halton.ca/immunize
Promoting Well-Being – 5 Ways to Wellbeing:
- Be Active: Physical activity improves your fitness level and can enhance your mental wellbeing.
- Connect: Having strong, healthy relationships can improve your sense of belonging and connectedness.
- Give Back: Helping, sharing and just generally being nice to others promotes a sense of self-worth, strengthens community and helps you maintain a positive attitude.
- Learn: Learning something can increase your confidence and can also be a lot of fun.
- Take Notice: Being mindful of your surroundings and your experiences enhances self-knowledge and self-understanding which contribute to fostering positive mental health.
Have a great week.
N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff
Every Child Matters – September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually. We come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.