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Parent Weekly Update – November 15th, 2021

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:14

Thank you to Ms. Silva for organizing our beautiful Remembrance Day Liturgy.

Thank you to our amazing Student Parliament members and Mlle. Callaghan for leading our Bullying Prevention Week initiative.

Thank you to all Catholic School Counsel members for their guidance of St. Peter CES.

Thank you to Ms. Champoux for all her work organizing the pizza orders.

Thank you to Grade 8 staff and students for the intramural volleyball start up.

Holy Rosary Parish News

Follow Holy Rosary Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish!

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

Pope Francis has declared November 14th, 2021 the fifth World Day of the Poor, a day in which we are encouraged to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and to give generously what we can.

As stated by Pope Francis in his address this year, “The poor are not people ‘outside’ our communities, but brothers and sisters whose sufferings we should share, in an effort to alleviate their difficulties and marginalization, restore their lost dignity and ensure their necessary social inclusion.”

We are slowly seeing the light at the end of the very long tunnel of this pandemic. As we emerge into better times, let us not forget those whose struggles continue. According to the Food Banks Canada latest report, “low and stagnant incomes, rising food costs, and an unrelenting housing market driving up market rents across the country have created a level of need not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 recession.” Sadly, one third of food bank users are children (Hunger Count 2021: A Tale of Two Trends).

In the coming weeks, the SSVP invites you to consider your own good fortune and how this good fortune allows you to assist persons in need. We hope that you will consider donating and volunteering not just in honour of the World Day of the Poor, but year-round to help your friends and neighbours in need.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

Parent-Teacher Conference Information

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews at the school on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th.  This year’s parent-teacher interviews will be held virtually and parents will be able to schedule Parent-Teacher Interviews online through a link shared by the classroom teacher. 

You will be able to make appointments beginning Monday, November 15th until Friday, November 19th. Teachers will be sharing information regarding interviews shortly.  Virtual interviews will be 10 minutes in length.  Teachers will send parents a link prior to your scheduled interview time. 

Pizza Day

Pizza delivery is scheduled to begin this Thursday, November 18th, 2021. Thank you for all your continued support.

Expected Uniform Attire

McCarthy’s is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from McCarthy’s is the expectation for students, especially with sweaters and tops. Jogging pants, jogging shorts, and legging are not uniform items. Although pants do not necessarily have to be purchased from McCarthy’s, they must be navy blue dress pants. Please contact the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

HCDSB Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

Students are encouraged to participate in this Board wide contest. Entries are due by Friday, December 3rd, 2021.

Panthers Intramurals

Congratulation to Mlle.  O’Brien’s class for winning the Grade 8 volleyball playoffs this week! We look forward to the Grade 7 volleyball teams will be starting this week!

“Go Panthers Go”

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

Bullying Prevention and Awareness week begin on Friday, November 12th – Friday, November 19th.

  • Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance – Pepler & Craig (2014)

Types of Bullying:

  • CYBER: The targeting of someone using technology, it is quickly outpacing the traditional forms of bullying.
  • SOCIAL: Sometimes referred to as Relational Bullying. This involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationship.
  • VERBAL: Saying or writing mean things
  • PHYSICAL: Involves hurting someone’s body or possessions
Critical QuestionTeasingAggressionBullying
Is this behaviour reciprocated?Usually The teasing is shared equallyUsually Not There is usually only one aggressorNo There is a person who bullies and a person who is victimized
Do both people look like they are having a good time?Usually It takes place within a strong, positive, relationshipNo One person is the aggressorNo One person is in distress or being harmed
Is the behaviour fun?Usually Both people enjoy the banterUsually Not It can alienate and be embarrassingNo The person bullying intends to cause fear
Has this happened before with these individuals?Yes It occurs when there is a familiarityPossibly It may be a one-time eventYes Bullying is typically repeated behaviour
Is there a power differential?No It illustrates closeness and affectionPossibly It can happen within a weak relationshipYes There is always a power imbalance
Throughout this week, we as a school community, will be discussing strategies to promote a safe school environment!

Promoting Well-Being – Anxiety 101: What You and Your Child Need to Know About Anxiety

  1. Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It alerts us to threats, protects us from danger and helps us reach important goals. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when encountering a bear on a hike, or before taking an important exam.
  • Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary and will eventually decrease. The sensations we experience in an anxious situation are designed to alert and activate us. They are normal and part of our body’s natural response mechanism. Our body is smart enough to know when to “amp up” and when to “calm down.”
  • Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive. We need some anxiety.
  • Anxiety is part of life. Trying to eliminate anxiety from your child’s life is almost impossible, and even if it were possible, we are not sure you will have created a life worth living for your child. As a result, this website has been designed to provide you and your child with information, tools, resources, and more, to help your child become an expert on coping with anxiety. Since anxiety is everywhere, one of the greatest gifts you can give your anxious child or teen is the confidence and skill to tolerate anxiety whenever it occurs, and to continue living his/her life anyway!
  • Anxiety can become a problem. Small doses of anxiety in certain situations are useful. However, when your child is worrying much of the time, avoiding fun activities, or refusing to go to school because s/he is scared or worried, anxiety has become a problem. Think of anxiety like fog: if it covers everything, makes it hard to see, stops you from doing what you usually do, and generally gets in the way, then it has likely become a problem.

For more information on how to explain anxiety to your child, see “How to talk to your Child about Anxiety”~ https://www.anxietycanada.com/articles/anxiety-101-what-you-and-your-child-need-to-know-about-anxiety/?_ga=2.265773519.1902247625.1636482992-1750121001.1636482992

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.

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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update – November 15th, 2021