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Parent Weekly Update – Week of October 18th, 2021

“Let us never forget to pray for each other. Prayer is our greatest strength.”

~ Pope Francis

Thank you for your support with our Halloween event, we appreciate all the prizes and involvement.

Thank you for your support with our Terry Fox event, the staff and students did a great job celebrating a true Canadian HERO.

Holy Rosary Parish News

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:

Everyday Counts

It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time.  Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently.  Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other materials
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

All students have been provided with an approved mask by the school board. However, an additional mask will be provided should a student arrive at school with a non-approved face covering.

As a reminder, the mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

LET’S SCARE HUNGER

Our Student Parliament is at it again.  The team is working together to help scare hunger out of our Community. They are asking that students bring in food donations until the end of the month.  All food donations will go to families in need in our St. Peter community. Any canned, dried or boxed food would be greatly appreciated, especially soups and stock.  The most class donations will win a prize.  Helping our community, working together and having fun all at once. 

Go Panthers Go!

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.

School Photographs

Our school board, based upon consultation with Halton Public Health, has shared that schools can now begin to book school photography sessions.

To ensure the continued safety of our students, all infection, prevention, and control measures that are required by Halton Public Health will be in place, including:

  • Photographers will be wearing PPE at all times
  • Photographers will disinfect any common touch point areas in between students
  • Photographers will maintain a minimum of 2 metres of distance between students and staff members
  • Students will be photographed standing, when possible, to avoid common touch points
  • Students may remove their mask only for picture taking, and will sanitize their hands before and after having their picture taken

No group class photos will be taken, a composite photo will be compiled using each individual student’s photo.

The order process for parents will be conducted online and in a paperless manner

Our school photograph day will be Tuesday, October 26, 2021, and Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

SAVE THE DATE – Halloween Spirit Day – Friday, October 29th

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

All students are welcome to wear costumes. Students may decide not to wear a costume. Anyone choosing not to wear a costume may decide to wear orange and black as an alternative. This event is a fulfilled for students to enjoy Halloween.

Costume considerations to be safe at school

Costumes must not

  • Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;
  • Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
  •  Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;
  • Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;
  • Be revealing or suggestive;
  •  Include weapons or replica weapons;
  •  Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must

  • Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.
  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

St. Peter CES HALLOWEEN PRIZES

It has been a while since we have been able to continue with school social events due to the pandemic. Your St. Peter Parent Catholic Council is hoping to slowly bring back the social events to all students. We have organized a scaled down St. Peter School Halloween Fundraiser. 

Please see the flyer attached and we thank you in advance for your continued support and generous donations.

https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2021/10/Halloween.pdf

God Bless,

St. Peter Parent Catholic Council

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 WellBeing – Resources to support youth and parents during COVID-19

By Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 13.Aug.2021

Created for youth, by youth in collaboration with clinical experts to support mental health

As we enter the back-to-school season, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

·         Helping Children with Anxiety – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-children-anxiety-pdf.pdf  

·         Tips for parents’ wellbeing – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-parents-wellbeing-pdf.pdf

·         Talking to children about covid-19 – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-talking_to_kids-pdf.pdf

 

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 18th, 2021