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Weekly Update for Week of January 20th, 2020

Dear St. Scholastica Families,

I hope that you have all had a great week. Please be sure to review the following updates for this upcoming week found below:

ONTARIO ENGLISH CATHOLIC TEACHERS ASSOCATION (OECTA) LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.

Although classes will be cancelled on Tuesday, January 21stour school office will remain open for Advanced Kindergarten Registration on January 21st.  

Please note that there may be picket lines present at our school location, which may impact traffic flow and cause potential minor delays in our school parking lot.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

A reminder to our families (and any neighbours, family members or friends who are moving into our catchment area), that Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will take place on Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd . This registration is for NEW Kindergarten students to our school community. If your child is already a Year 1 (JK) student with us, you do not need to register them for Year 2 (SK) – this is done automatically. For more information about Kindergarten registration, please click on the link below:

https://www.hcdsb.org/Programs/EarlyLearning/Pages/default.aspx

 VOLUNTEER SURVEY

Earlier this week I sent out a survey to families about volunteering at our school. We are looking for parent volunteers for a number of upcoming events so if you haven’t already gone in to visit this survey, please click the link below to do so. This survey will remain open until Friday, January 31st.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fas3Jb0likmmQnwTV3nm0rY4cqU3B9RBpHRYAvlCc0xUQTJBV1U5N0lISEM4MjUwMkFRRFdKMFhZUi4u

FUN-TASTIC FRIDAYS AT THE MILTON SPORTS CENTRE

Please find a flyer attached below regarding the Fun-tastic Fridays program for 9 to 13 year old students. This program is held select Friday evenings, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Milton Sports Centre.

Funtastic Fridays Flyer

 PROMOTING WELL BEING – What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school.

Family Literacy Statistics

  • Children spend five times as much time outside the classroom as they do in school, so parents and caregivers need the tools to support their learning (The Read-Aloud Handbook, Jim Trelease, 2006).
  • Children whose parents are involved with them in family literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests (The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions On Children’s Acquisition of Reading: From Kindergarten to Grade 3, Conducted by Monique Sénéchal for the National Center for Family Literacy, 2006).
  • One year of parental education has a bigger positive impact on whether a son or daughter will attend a postsecondary institution than an extra $50,000 in parental income (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, 2011)
  • A mother’s reading skill is the greatest factor to affect her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, like neighborhood and family income (National Institute of Health, 2010).
  • Parents’ reading habits play a large role in determining how often kids read: 57% of kids who are frequent readers have parents who read books 5–7 days per week, compared to only 15% of kids who are infrequent readers (Kids and Family Reading Report – Scholastic, 2017).
  • Almost 40% of Canadian youth do not have suitable literacy skills (TD Canada Trust, Literacy Matters: A Call to Action). 

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SOME CALENDAR EVENTS COMING UP:

Jan
20
Mon
Pita Pit Lunch Day
Jan 20 all day
Jan
21
Tue
New Kindergarten Registrations (for new Kinder students starting in the Fall of 2020)
Jan 21 all day
Jan
22
Wed
Kidssentials Lunch Day
Jan 22 all day
New Kindergarten Registrations (for new Kinder students starting in the Fall of 2020)
Jan 22 all day
Jan
23
Thu
Pizza Lunch Day
Jan 23 all day
Jan
27
Mon
HCDSB Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Pita Pit Lunch Day
Jan 27 all day
Jan
29
Wed
Grade 6-8 Trip to the Raptors 905 Game Today
Jan 29 all day
Kidssentials Lunch Day
Jan 29 all day
Jan
30
Thu
Pizza Lunch Day
Jan 30 all day
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update for Week of January 20th, 2020