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Parent Weekly Update-Week of May 24th, 2021

 “Faith in action is love – and love in action is service”.        

                       St. Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you to our new Kindergarten families for joining the Virtual Orientation this week.

Thank you to our Kindergarten Team for their Virtual Kindergarten Orientation presentation on Wednesday evening, what an informative event for our new parents.

Thank you to our staff and students for persevering during this remote learning period.

Thank you parents, for your support in monitoring your child’s online presence during remote learning. Students should not be on their phones during the school day and lessons, just as we would expect at school.

Thank you to our @stpetersmilton community for your commitment to treating everyone with dignity, kindness and respect each and every day.

VICTORIA DAY – MONDAY, MAY 24

A reminder that Monday, May 24th is a holiday.  Wishing all our families a Happy Victoria Day!

BOOK CHARACTER DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 28

This Friday, May 28th is dress as your favourite book character day.  Looking forward to seeing that Panther spirit this Friday!

YOU’RE INVITED TO A SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE EVENING!

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to host an information evening about the benefits of Special Education Assistive Technology in our schools. 

Special Education Assistive Technology Showcase Evening Details

The information evening will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the Board’s YouTube Channel.

The information evening is open to all parents, students, and staff, and will feature a showcase with students and an opportunity to learn more about assistive technology devices and its impact on education.

Keynote Speaker ~ Carrie Anton

Keynote speaker Carrie Anton, gold medal Paralympian in Goalball, will speak to her experience in being one of Canada’s leading experts in assistive technology and accessibility. 

To learn more about Carrie Anton, please visit her website.

FIFTH ROUND OF VOLUNTARY, TARGETED COVID-19 TESTING

HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students. During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.

Who Can Be Tested?

  • Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  
  • Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 

NOTE: If you have been deemed a close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please do NOT attend one of our Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing hub sites, as you will be turned away

Targeted COVID-19 testing is available to the following individuals:

  • All school staff and their household members
  • All students and their families
  • All Child Care staff and their household members 
  • All Child Care families

About the Testing 

The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs. LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.

LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:

  • PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
  • Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
  • Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
  • Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
  • Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary

Get Tested

Pre-registration will not be offered for this round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.

If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at any host school during the designated clinic hours.

More Information

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.

COIN FRANÇAIS

Salut tout le monde! On espère que vous allez bien! Cette semaine, on aimerait souligner un programme gratuit que l’organisation Canadian Parents for French (CPF) offre. 

Les programmes Franco-Fun sont financés par le gouvernement de l’Ontario. Les programmes s’adressent aux élèves du français langue seconde (FLS) de la 1re à la 8e année. Inscrivez-vous aux sessions gratuites de deux semaines; les enfants se rencontrent pendant 45 minutes chaque jour pendant la semaine. Dirigés par des enseignants nouvellement diplômés ou des candidats enseignants, les enfants participeront à des jeux et activités amusants et interactifs, discuteront avec de nouveaux amis tout en développant leurs compétences en communication en français. Un effort sera fait pour placer les élèves en groupes de 8 à 12 en fonction de leur niveau et de leur programme de FLS.

Franco-Fun programs are funded by the government of Ontario. The programs are for French Second Language (FSL) Ontario students in grades 1 to 8 in French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French. Register for the FREE virtual two-week sessions; kids meet for 45 minutes every day during the week. Led by newly graduated teachers or teacher candidates, kids will participate in fun, interactive games and activities, chat with new friends while building their French communication skills. An effort will be made to place students in groups of 8-12 based on their grade and FSL program.

https://on.cpf.ca/en/franco-fun/

SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY – YOUR OPINION COUNTS!

In an ongoing effort to promote safe, inclusive, and accepting schools, we are writing to invite you to complete the School Climate Parent/Guardian Survey

About the Parent/Guardian School Climate Survey
School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/MZNKRVV

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

For more information about the School Climate Survey for Parents, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions – see attached.

Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at: CollimoreL@hcdsb.org

We value your input and greatly appreciate your participation in the School Climate Survey!

Halton Catholic District School Board
802 Drury Lane, Burlington ON  L7R 2Y2
comments@hcdsb.org

FREE FAMILY PAINT NIGHTS

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session.                       

PROMOTING WELL-BEING-Bike Safety

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As recommended by Parachute Canada:

  • Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule.
  • Be prepared. Know the rules of the road.
  • Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle.
  • Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together.

The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.

STUDENT CORNER

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GENERAL INFORMATION

We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email.

Updates will also be posted on the Return to School Planwebsite and through the Board’s social media channels:   

You can also review our FAQsonline for more information about the return to school.

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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update-Week of May 24th, 2021