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St. Paul Weekly Update: September 20-24

Looking forward to another great week at St. Paul school. See below for some important messages/information items as we begin the 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.

Thank you to all the families who provided proof/screening log signatures of the Daily Covid School Screening last week. Proof of a pass of 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. 

Parish Bulletin: Click Here for the Parish Bulletin.

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.

Technical Issues: If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Catholic School Council Nominations:

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Please email Mr. Costa at costan@hcdsb.org and a nomination package will be sent to you electronically.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be posted on our school website. This year, if required, elections for our 2021/2022 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

  • Nomination Forms Due: Friday, September 24th
  • Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 28th
  • Council Elections (if needed): Thursday September 30th
  • First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm

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.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online. 

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.

Family Paint Night in Recognition of Orange Shirt Day:

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day. The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting the following art supplies.

WHEN? – Wednesday, September 22, 2021 –  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel. For more information, visit the HCDSB website. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

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.

NO Dogs On School Property:

Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please be advised that from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm our students may be out and about with the YMCA and after-school activities in the yard, so we ask your cooperation in not walking your dog through the property during these hours.

Water Fountains and 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.  

Safe And Caring School:

School staff will review the school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning at school. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda for gr. 1-8. We would ask you to review and discuss this with your child(ren) during the first few weeks of school. Safe and Caring School Virtual Assemblies will take place in the coming weeks.

Medical Perils:

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any medication needed so we can update our files.  Please be aware that ALL HCDSB Schools strive to be a NUT FREE environments. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

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

Enjoy the last official weekend of Summer!

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

Sep
24
Fri
Catholic School Council Nominations Due
Sep 24 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sep
29
Wed
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day
Sep
30
Thu
Orange Shirt Day – Uniform bottoms please
Sep 30 all day

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.

Virtual Curriculum Night
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Oct
3
Sun
First Communion – Rescheduled Grade 3’s
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oct
4
Mon
Catholic School Council Meeting
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
7
Thu
Picture Day – Grades K-8
Oct 7 all day
Oct
8
Fri
PA Day – No School for Students
Oct 8 all day
Oct
10
Sun
First Communion – Rescheduled Grade 3’s
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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