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St. Paul Weekly Update: Jan. 10-14

Thank you all for a great start to this round of remote learning.

Thank you Mrs. Lord(school Secretary) and Ms. Veenendaal (Library Technician), for all of your support/help in distributing over 80 devices and problem solving tech issues.

Thank you to all the educators for a smooth transition back into remote learning.

Thank you to all parents/guardians and any other family members supporting our students at home during this remote learning period.

Finally, thank you to all our students displaying amazing resiliency. We appreciate your continued efforts in always trying your best no matter which learning environment we are working in.

Please see below for some important info items as we begin week two of remote learning.

ST. RAPHAEL PARISH UPDATE:

Please take a few moments to read the bulletin for St. Raphael Parish for this week: January 9, 2022.pdf (parishbulletins.com)

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE:

For the St. Paul School Virtual Daily Schedule click below. Our morning virtual announcements will begin each day at 8:40am. You will find the link to these announcements on your child’s D2L or Google Classroom platform.

Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/remote-learning/

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:

STUDENT ABSENCES:

We are still mandated by the ministry to continue tracking students’ attendance. If your child is away, please report the absence through the Safe Arrival Program. 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. 

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line at 1-844-445-4505

Click on the FAQ for more information about how to use the new SafeArrival student attendance management system.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority, and SafeArrival enhances our existing student attendance procedure by making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

PIZZA DAY UPDATE:

We will continue to keep the pizza day ordering window open on schoolcashonline. We will adjust the dates for pizza once we return to in-person learning.

CHANGE IN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY NOW OPEN:

Planning on switching your child’s learning environment (from in-person to virtual or vice-versa beyond the Government mandated period) 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 14th. The 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.  

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.

Click HERE to access the link to the form.

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

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR FAMILIES REQUESTING A CHANGE TO THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL: 

  • 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 (St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Elementary Virtual 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.

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.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic

During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to all of the changes that have happened over the past many months as a result of COVID-19.  So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time.  Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year.  All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time.  

And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic.  Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.

  • How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves? 
  • How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support? 

Select this link for answers – https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/

Have a great week!

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Jan
18
Tue
HCDSB Family Paint Night
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Little Spirit Moon – Moses Lunham   https://www.youtube.com/c/GrandmothersVoice/featured
Jan
26
Wed
Pajama Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Jan 26 all day
Feb
23
Wed
Wacky Hair Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Feb 23 all day
Mar
23
Wed
New Kindergarten Registrations – Special Education Session
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mar
30
Wed
Career Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Mar 30 all day
Apr
27
Wed
Disney Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Apr 27 all day
May
25
Wed
Wear Your Favourite Colour Day — Non Uniform/Civvies Day
May 25 all day
Jun
22
Wed
Just Be You Day – Non Uniform/Civvies Day
Jun 22 all day
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