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Parent Weekly Update – Week of October 11th, 2021

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings“.

Thank you to our incredible St. Peter CES staff for all they do, every day.

Thank you to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church for their support of our school community.

Thank you to the St. Peter CES community for your participation in the Terry Fox Walk. We were able to donate $800.00 dollars to cancer research on behalf of our students and staff.

Thank you to all the amazing parents and guardians who have committed to our St. Peter Catholic School Council for this year. We look forward to working together to continue the wonderful work shared about our fabulous school community.

HOLY ROSARY PARISH NEW

Follow Holy Rosary Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Sports equipment (nerf, foam) is now being used by students during outdoor recess.  Students remain in their zones but can engage in safe, non-competitive games.  So far, they have been terrific at following our guidelines.  Well done students!

RECESS

Our goal is to get students outside a much as possible.  Sometimes, portions of the field are wet, and in some areas muddy.  The students have done a great job of avoiding these areas and they are to be commended.  To reduce the amount of mud/dirt brought into the classrooms after recess, it is important that all students have indoor shoes. 

NEW DAILY SELF-ASSESSMENT of COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Please ensure that you conduct the daily self-assessment BEFORE students arrive at school. Staff is to monitor self and students for signs/symptoms of COVID-19.  All Staff and students who are experiencing new or worsening symptoms consistent with COVID- 19 must go home/stay at home and seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested for COVID-19. Take the Daily Self-Assessment and follow the recommendations shared previously. Students with any symptoms must remain home. Students must be symptom-free for 24 hours to be able to return to school.

GRADE 7 AND 8 FAMILIES~ School-based Immunization Program 2021-2022

Due to pandemic-related disruptions, students have missed the opportunity to receive vaccines over the past two school years. As a follow up to the email you received, we are writing to remind you that these vaccines will not be provided at school this Fall. Instead, 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. The following vaccines will be offered at community clinics:

•                 Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

•                 Meningococcal Disease

•                 Hepatitis B

Read more in the letter to all parents from Halton Region Public Health: (attachment).

https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/10/Halton-Region-Public-Health-Parent-Reminder-Letter.pdf

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: Attached

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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

Please note: COVID-19 vaccines are separate from the School-Based Immunization Program.

IMPORTANT: PARENT CONSENT FORMS

Thank you to all our families who have successfully completed the electronic consent forms. Please note, we still have families who have not completed the electronic consent form. If you have more than one child, the browser needs to be refreshed before completing each form. Please look for a note in your child’s agenda if their consent form is outstanding.

Complete the Family Information/Consent Electronic Form

Parents are asked to complete the form, which may be accessed HERE. The form should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

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.

LOOKING AHEAD

Sunday, October 10 is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time and our readings from Scripture will be: Wisdom 7:7-11 Psalm 90 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30

The text of the First Reading is exquisite in its form and content. Wisdom, a divine attribute of God, is personified in this book of the Old Testament, allowing all who read and meditate upon these words the opportunity to better glimpse how God guides our understanding. “Beyond health and comeliness, I loved [Wisdom], and I chose to have her rather than the light.” We all yearn to see the world and the human condition from God’s divine point-of-view. The Book of Wisdom beautifully expounds the why of this mission.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY

The HCDSB has approved Picture Day. We will be working with our provider to set up dates as soon as possible. Stay tuned for more information!

THANKSGIVING DAY

Monday, October 11 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

REMINDER ABOUT LUNCH AND SNACKS

We have several children in our school who live with a severe life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts (anaphylaxis). Please choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks to school. Please be extra vigilant to avoid sending those treats that contain nuts or traces of nuts. (REMINDER: Alternate “peanut butter” spreads are difficult to differentiate from the real product and make monitoring student safety a challenge. Please do not send “peanut butter” look-alike products to school.) Thank you for your continued cooperation in ensuring the safety of our anaphylactic students.

SafeArrival STUDENT ABSENCE REPORTING

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

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


SafeArrival
enhances our existing student attendance procedure, 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.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful.  

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

Mental health is an essential component of overall health. Learning about mental health from a young age and developing skills to support positive mental health throughout their lives will help students to be healthier and more successful.  

The SMH-ON read aloud videos can be enjoyed at home, or classroom use, as part of integrated learning supporting the Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum lesson plans, the virtual field trip series, or can be adapted in your own planning.

See a selection of Read Aloud books at – https://smho-smso.ca/blog/online-resources/student-mental-health-ontario-read-aloud/

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 Plan website and through the Board’s social media channels:  

Twitter: @HCDSB

Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB 

Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board 

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

TWITTER

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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update – Week of October 11th, 2021