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Parent Weekly Update for Week of April 5th, 2021

Fundraiser Fridays

Your Catholic School Council has organized 5 dress-down days as a fundraiser this year.  Due to the challenges around protocols, we have not been able to hold our typical fundraising events so please consider donating to the Fundraiser Fridays.  Cash online has been set up for you and you should be receiving an email from school cash online as an alert about this item.  If you would like for your child to participate, please go to cash online, and make your donation (A Toonie for each day).  Students who donate are permitted to wear non-uniform on the following dates:

Friday, April 9th

Thursday, April 22rd

Friday, April 30th

Friday, May 7th

Friday, May 14th

If you haven’t already signed up for online payments, we have included the steps below to help you get set-up for school cash online.

  1. Create Your Profile: Go to www.stscholastica.schoolcashonline.com and click on “Get Started Today.”
  2. Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.
  3. Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.

Public Health

As cases continue to increase, we are asking that you continue to keep your child and siblings home if anyone is symptomatic.  Please follow the link below each morning and complete the form to see if your child is well enough to attend school.  As you know, we have four classes currently closed; following these measures will help us to keep other classes open. 

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Happy Easter from St Benedict Parish

Dear parishioners of Saint Benedict Parish,

The scriptures tell us on this day of the Resurrection of Jesus: “(The women) went to the tomb…and found the stone rolled away…and they did not find the body of Jesus.  They saw two men in dazzling clothes and the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?  Jesus is not here – He is risen!’” (Luke 24).  Our faith tells us that Jesus is alive and well in our world.  We must have the ability to recognize Jesus when he comes into our lives, day by day.  God blesses us with the gift of Jesus in our lives – He is a gift we can never take for granted. This is a truly wonderful day to ponder on the blessings we have received.  The gifts of our families and those who love us.  The gifts of our health and laughter.  The gifts of our faith and traditions.  These are all things that we often take for granted and today is a day to thank Jesus for the gift of life itself.  

Due to this pandemic and the protocols implemented by Halton Public Health, the Province of Ontario and the Diocese of Hamilton, all Holy Week and Easter Masses at Saint Benedict Church were designated as by reservation only.  All spaces have now been filled so if you did not register earlier in the week, unfortunately you will not be able to enter the church without a receipt of registration.  If you were unable to get reserved spot, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby OMI, the Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese has granted a dispensation for all Catholic in the diocese unable to attend Mass due to the COVID situation.  You may be interested in watching Mass on television or online.  Holy Rosary Parish in Milton offers Mass everyday online through their parish website: www.holyrosaryparish.ca 

Finally, it is my wish that the blessings of the risen Lord be with you and your families on this special day!  May God Bless You!

Have a great weekend!

 Father Jim Petrie

No school Monday

St. Scholastica staff would like to wish all our families a Blessed and Holy Easter Weekend.  Please note that on Monday April 5, we are observing Easter Monday so schools will be closed.  Please continue to follow the guidelines outlined by Public Health around gatherings.

Spring Break

The spring break originally scheduled for March, will be April 12-16th.  Schools will all be closed. Please continue to follow the guidance from Public Health and stay home, gather only with people in your home and engage in essential activities (work, school groceries…).

Mental Health Update

Finding Your Happy Place

We are sure by now you have heard about the practice of mindfulness.  It’s a hot topic in the mental health and education fields right now.  Mindfulness is simply allowing yourself to focus your attention on the present moment.  There are many different strategies to assist in the practice of mindfulness.  Our topic today is my all-time favorite mindfulness coping strategy!  When we are asked to think of a happy place, we immediately go to that place in our minds where our worries disappear, and our body is calm and relaxed.  Take a minute to go there.  One happy place might be sitting on a dock swing overlooking a lake surrounded by mountains on a beautiful summer day.  When we close our eyes, we can feel the light breeze whispering through the trees and make small waves on the surface of the lake. We can hear the singing of a loon and the sound of the water crashing against the bottom of the dock.  The smell of the fresh, clean air surrounding us.  We can picture the green mountain peaks surrounding the crisp lake water.  Our minds are at peace and our bodies at rest as we rock back and forth on the swing.  There are no worries in this place. 

Can you picture your own happy place?  What do you feel?

Practicing mindfulness has profound implications for our wellness.  With just a few minutes of practice each day, you will be calmer and in a better place to tackle that endless to-do list.  So, let’s do it!  Throughout this week and weekend spend 10 minutes each day envisioning your happy place.  Picture it fully in your mind.  First focus on how it looks.  Allow your mind to transport you there.  Next picture how it feels.  Soak into the feeling for a minute or two.  Then envision the sounds.  Is it quiet or do you hear the sounds of nature around you?  Focused attention can be a challenge with the constant external interruptions, not to mention the endless loop that plays in our minds.  When a thought pops into your head that takes you away from your happy place, recognize it and then push it away.  Envision that thought as a bubble that is passing through and just release it from your mind and go back to the mindful practice of envisioning your happy place.   

Describing your happy place can be therapeutic as well!  This week your challenge is to tell someone about your happy place.  Don’t forget to describe it in a way that allows them to picture it in their mind and experience it with their senses.  Maybe they will want to connect with their happy place too.

Autism Awareness

This year, St. Scholastica will be celebrating Autism Awareness Day on April 6! As a school community, we are participating in the Autism Ontario initiative, “Raise the Flag”.  The purpose of this campaign is to unite schools and communities across the province in celebration of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss barriers that should be removed in order to make the world a more inclusive space. On Tuesday April 6, we encourage students to wear a blue or red shirt (with uniform bottoms) in support of Autism Ontario and to represent the diversity of the autism spectrum. For more information, please follow the links below:

https://www.autismontario.com/

April is Earth Awareness Month

This time of year exposes a great deal of litter that has been hiding under the snow.  If you are looking for an activity to do with your family, you might consider walking around the community and/or school and picking up litter.  Please remember to scoop up after your dog especially on the school property where the kids play.

“We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.” Pope Francis Laudato si

MacLennan, LisaParent Weekly Update for Week of April 5th, 2021