This week is Catholic Education Week. Our theme this year is “Nurturing Hope”. This reminds us that Catholic education is a call to service. Regardless of our position or our responsibilities with Catholic education, our role is a call birthed in Baptism, to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of those students and their families whom it is our privilege to serve. Your child’s class will be celebrating Catholic Education Week in their class engaged in various activities throughout the week.
We will be holding a school-wide liturgy on Tuesday, May 4th at 1:30. A special thank you to Mrs. Hohnjek, Mrs. Prince, and their students for preparing the liturgy.
Wednesday, May 5th, there will be a province-wide virtual Catholic Education Week Mass, which will be celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins on Wednesday, May 5th at 11:00 am. Please follow the link provided if you would like to watch the live event: http://www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live
Thursday, May 6th, St. Scholastica will be participating in HCDSB’s Walk with Jesus event. This day begins with a board-wide liturgy beginning at 10:00 am to which all classes will be listening.
We All Belong in Our Catholic School
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
At St. Scholastica, we continue to believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with care, compassion, and respect.
We are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment for all of our students – regardless of their race, gender identity, gender expression, disability, sex, sexual orientation, creed, or age. As a school, we will continue doing all we can to ensure the 2SLGBTQ+ members in our community experience a positive sense of belonging and well-being.
Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian origin continue to make to Canadian life. Please see our Equity and Inclusion tab in our One Note for resources you can use in your classroom. There are also resources to help address the rise in anti-Asian racism in our communities. As always, please review resources before using them with your class.
Mental Health Awareness Week- Get Real About How You Feel
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. We will be sending out resources to you each day this week to support you and/or someone you know who might be struggling with mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please reach out to us or a community support system. Please click on the link below for more information:
Individuals (16+) living in the Milton L9E postal code areaare now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Starting Friday, April 30, Halton residents who are 16 years of age and older living in the Milton L9E postal code area will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the online booking system: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics#book
- Please note that individuals must have had their 16th birthday at the time of the first dose.
- Appointments for residents 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be limited to our hospital clinic locations (Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital), to ensure they receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine in Canada approved for individuals 16 and 17 years of age.
- Residents are required to provide proof of residency at their vaccination appointment.
- The Provincial government has deemed the Milton L9E postal area as a “hot spot” https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61009/ontario-moving-to-phase-two-of-covid-19-vaccine-distribution-plan due to high rates of COVID-19.
Fourth Round of Testing
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you know, for the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students.
During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.
Who Can Be Tested?
- Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.
- Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms).
NOTE: If you have been deemed a close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please do NOT attend one of our Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing hub sites, as you will be turned away.
Targeted COVID-19 testing is available to the following individuals:
- All school staff and their household members
- All students and their families
- All Child Care staff and their household members
- All Child Care families
About the Testing
The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.
LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.
LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:
- PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
- Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
- Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
- Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
- Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary
Pre-registration will not be offered for this round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.
If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at any host school during the designated clinic hours.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.
Halton Catholic District School Board