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Weekly Update for Week of October 19th, 2020

Birthday Book Club

A huge thank you to all the parents who donated money to our school library last year.  To thank you for your donations, we were placing a nameplate on the inside of one of our new library books to acknowledge your generous donation during your child(ren)’s birthday month.  Unfortunately, last school year was cut short and to honour those who did not get recognized, a book has been chosen for them according to their book preferences.  The nameplate has been applied and the children will be given this book to enjoy in class next week.  Once again, thank you for your support!  

Catholic School Council

We will be hosting our first Catholic School Council meeting (virtually) on October 26, 2020, at 6:30.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending.

Transition Day for a Change in Learning Environment

Monday, October 19th, 2020 is the first day for students to either return from virtual learning or leave us temporarily to move to the virtual learning family.  We welcome all our returning students and wish all the best to our students moving from face-to-face to the virtual learning environment.  We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Virtual high school meetings for Parents/Guardians of Grade 8 students

St Francis Xavier Grade 8 parent and student meetings:

October 21, 2020-International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Information Night. Please visit St. Thomas Aquinas’ website for further details.

Please contact St. Francis Xavier for more information. The following link provides information about the program. https://www.hcdsb.org/Programs/Pages/International-Baccalaureate-Programme.aspx

October 27, 2020-Advanced Placement (AP) Program Information Night. Please visit Bishop Reding’s Website for details.

The following link provides information about the program.  https://www.hcdsb.org/Programs/Pages/Advanced-Placement-(AP)-Programme.aspx

November 4, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm-Grade 8 Virtual Tour Day Details to follow.

November 5, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm-Grade 8 Virtual Parent Night. Details to follow.

HALLOWEEN AT ST. SCHOLASTICA

Halloween takes place this year on Saturday, October 31st.  We are excited to celebrate Halloween together as a Catholic school community once again this year. 

The Catholic Register reminds us that Halloween actually derives from “All Hallows’ Eve,” which is another way of saying the night before All Saints’ Day. “Hallow” is an old English word for “saint” and it is often used to describe something becoming holy. Therefore, Halloween is meant to be preparation for All Saints’ Day, which is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Unlike the costume tradition, the focus of this time of year is to appreciate the saints; the heroes of Christianity. There are still ways to do this while embracing Halloween’s modern traditions as well.

At St. Scholastica we will be helping the students see the connection between the fun of our modern-day Halloween observances and the day’s connection to our Catholic Faith.  We will always be making sure that students know the true reason for this day in October. 

On Friday, October 30th, we will be allowing all students in Grades K-8 to wear costumes to school (NO WEAPONS PERMITTED) as we will be having a virtual costume parade.  For safety reasons, Halloween masks are not permitted.   Please note, all students must still wear their personal non-medical masks, as outlined in the Return to School Protocols.  Parents who wish to watch the parade virtually, are asked to click on the link that will be placed on our website.  Throughout the day, teachers will be planning fun activities and having discussions, linking this day to our Catholic Faith traditions. 

As the students will be receiving lots of treats when they go out to “Trick or Treat” on the evening of Saturday, October 31st, we would like to ask that parents continue following our COVID-19 protocols and NOT SEND TREATS INTO SCHOOL for classmates/friends.  We are looking to ensure that we follow the protocols outlined by Public Health and HCDSB.  This will already be an exciting and stimulating day for our students and in order to keep this day fun AND orderly, we ask that these not be sent in. 

If your child will not be at school on Friday, October 30th you are asked to follow our same “Safe Arrival” attendance reporting procedures.  Alternatively, if your child will be at school but you have cultural beliefs that have you wishing that your child not participate in our Halloween parade, please be sure to have a direct discussion with your child’s classroom teacher. 

If Your Child/ren are Feeling Sick

Please ensure that if your child is exhibiting any symptoms related to cold and flu to please keep your children home until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.  For example, if your child has a sore throat and or runny nose, please call in their absence and keep them home until they are feeling well.

COVID-19

Please continue to use the self-assessment tool (below) each morning with your children to ensure that we continue to keep St. Scholastica open.  Our success so far is a testament to your commitment to following social distancing guidelines and the Public Health recommendations for gatherings.  

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

French Immersion

Registration opens in November. All parents will be sent an email directly from HCDSB regarding the specifics around registering for Early French Immersion closer to the date.

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update for Week of October 19th, 2020