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Weekly Update: September 20th-24th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We had an amazing second week and we have much to be thankful for at St. Scholastica. A huge thank you goes out to all our families for helping make the start of the year fantastic, especially at morning drop off!

It has been wonderful to see the positive communication and the trust and faith you have in our dedicated teaching and support staff.

Please refer to the information updates below:

MANDATORY DAILY SELF SCREENING UPDATE

Parents and guardians must continue to perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE arriving at school using the https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

NEW THIS WEEK…Parents will no longer be required to provide daily confirmation to the teacher that the COVID-19 screening has been completed.

To be clear, parents and guardians must still continue to do the daily screening, they will no longer have to confirm that it has been completed to their child’s teacher.

OPENING SCHOOL LITURGY (VIRTUAL)

We are excited to welcome Fr. Jim from St. Benedict Parish to join us in our Opening Liturgy this year on Monday, September 20th! The liturgy will be led by Mrs. Leung and Ms. Fernandez’s Grade 2 classes and Ms. Florio’s Grade 2/3 class.

Families are welcome to join our prayer community at 9:45 a.m. The school will email a Microsoft Teams link on Monday morning.

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS FOR PARENTS

  • Parents are reminded that they are to be off the yard at drop off and pick up time.  If walking through the park and field to drop your child off, please stand back closer to the paved pathways that line the perimeter of our field area.  All parents should be behind one of our black chain link fences or closer to the paved paths at the back of our field (if walking through the field)
  • Parents are reminded again about our parking issues.  PLEASE consider parking elsewhere and walking your child.  Respect the signs on the street that indicate no stopping areas
  • During the school day there are to be no parents or families in the school yard at our recess times or using our school yard property throughout the school day
  • Dogs are not allowed on School Property as per HCDSB Policy

MEDICAL UPDATE

Please ensure that you have sent in an extra EpiPen for your child with anaphylaxis.  Our procedures require that all students who are anaphylaxis MUST have two EpiPens at school.  One must be worn by the student and the other EpiPen will be stored in the office in their student file.   Please look at and record the expiry dates so that you can provide a new one should it expire within the school year. 

BUSSING

We are in the process of finalizing our bus numbers for this year. If your child(ren) are bus eligible but do not take the bus daily (i.e. parent pickup, after-school program) please contact Mr. Cochrane (cochraned@hcdsb.org) and complete the Halton Transport electronic Opt-Out form.

For information on bus delays, make sure that you sign up for RSS or email notifications from www.haltonbus.ca

GRADE 1-8 STUDENT AGENDAS

Student agendas have been provided to all Grade 1-8 learners. Earlier this week a notification will come to you to indicate that the agenda has been placed as an item for payment on our School Cash Online system. All parents are asked to submit the $8 fee for the student agenda using this cashless collection service. We are asking that all payments for the student agendas be made by September 24th

REPORTING YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE

If your child is going to be absent or late, we ask that you please report this to the school.  When a child is absent from school, our main office staff conduct their “Safe Arrival” program.  Any undocumented absences will warrant a phone call to parents to determine the whereabouts of the missing child.  If a parent can not be reached, the emergency contact people listed on file will be contacted.  If parents OR emergency contacts can not be reached in an appropriate amount of time, the school will call the police and initiate a missing child protocol. 

This year, we have updated our Student Information System to PowerSchool, which offers an improved database system for our school board.

All parents and guardians new to HCDSB who will be reporting their child’s absences through the SchoolMessenger website (go.schoolmessenger.ca) or mobile app are required to sign up to create a new account. 

NOTE: Parents and guardians who have existing accounts through SchoolMessenger are not required to set up a new account in order to report absences this school year.

Click here for instructions on downloading the School Messenger App and reporting your child’s absence.

As per our earlier communications, it is very important that you take the time to register and familiarize yourself with this new system in order to ensure prompt and efficient notification of your child’s absence. Parents must report absences in advance using SafeArrival instead of calling or emailing our school office. The new student attendance management system is available 24/7 and will allow you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways – If you prefer to call in, please call 1-844-445-4505 and follow the prompts….DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE NUMBER.

OPTION #1 – SchoolMessenger app (free)

1. Parent provide email address to the school.

2. Parent downloads the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at https://go.schoolmessenger.com).

3. Tap Sign Up to create account.

4. Select Attendance from the menu, and then select Report an Absence.

OPTION #2 – Web and Mobile Web: go.schoolmessenger.com

1. Parent provide email address to the school.

2. Go to the website.

3. Click Sign Up to create account.

4. Select Attendance from the menu, then select Report an Absence

OPTION #3 – Interactive Toll-free Phone: 1-844-445-4505

1. Call the toll-free, interactive telephone line at 1-844-445-4505.

2. Follow the instructions to report an absence.

Your co-operation regarding this matter is greatly appreciated.

PIZZA DAY RETURNING!

We are pleased to be able to offer parents the option to purchase Pizza lunch for students for Thursdays throughout the school year! Pizza is payable through SchoolCash Online until October 5th,2021.

Click here for more information on ordering.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

Are you interested in being a member of our Catholic School Council?

Our Catholic School Council is a group of elected parent representatives who work, in conjunction with the school Principal (and where appropriate the HCDSB) to promote the best interests of the school community and focus on student achievement and care of physical assets. The objectives of the Council are to connect home, school, the church, and community by establishing and maintaining good communication and participation in education among these stakeholders. Catholic School Councils are not a place for parents to vent a personal agenda but for members to work together to focus on student achievement, care of physical assets and parent/school connections for the WHOLE school community.

If we are permitted to host events at school this year, our Catholic School Council will reach out for volunteers to support students and staff with special event days and fundraisers. In order to volunteer for various events running in the school, you do not need to join the Catholic School Council in order to do this. 

Those interested in joining the Catholic School Council must understand that this is an elected position and that the goals of the Catholic School Council are those as outlined above.

If you would like to be considered for the Catholic School Council, please contact the Principal (sweeney-hurde@hcdsb.org) so that a Catholic School Council nomination package can be sent to you.

ELECTRONIC FAMILY INFORMATION FORMS (**NEW FOR 2021-22)

In a September 9th email, parents and guardians were asked to complete the Family Information Form online.  You can access this form  HERE.  The electronic form replaces the hard copy paper forms sent home annually and should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Please confirm this important information as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance!

Important Notes Before Completing the Form:

  • If you have more than one child enrolled in an HCDSB school, please complete a separate form for each child
  • Only one parent/guardian is required to complete a form for each child
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this form. The OEN can be found on a recent report card
  • Please ensure you are submitting your child’s preferred name or the name you provided at registration
  • The form can be completed using a computer, smart phone, or tablet.

* If the child you are completing the form for is a new JK/Year 1 student, Kindergarten teachers have provided you your child’s OEN number

* If the child you are completing the form for is new to the Province of Ontario, please phone our main school office to get assistance with accessing their OEN number

Information Access and Protection of Privacy

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is committed to protecting the right to privacy for students, staff, and families. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act and in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). For more information, visit our HCDSB website.

Technical Issues

If you experience a problem submitting a form, please use a different browser or different device. If you have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, please send an email to records@hcdsb.org

CURRICULUM NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE

Parents and guardians are asked to save the date for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 30th. Curriculum Night presentations will be virtual this year. Teachers will conduct 2 presentations for parents with multiple children in the school. Presentation #1 will be at 6:00 p.m. and Presentation #2 will be at 6:20 p.m. Your child’s teacher will communicate information on how to access the presentations.

ST. BENEDICT CATHOLIC MOM’S GROUP

Saint Benedict Parish is launching Catholic Moms Group geared towards uplifting the vocation of motherhood. Mothers are invited to be a part of an encouraging and supportive community of women and explore your faith life.

Click here for more information.

WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY

October 6th marks World Cerebral Palsy Day. People around the world are asked to come together to celebrate and support those living with CP, embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone!

Cerebral Palsy affects more than 17 million people worldwide. We support the call to ensure that children and adults with CP have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in society. 

We will celebrate World CP Day as a school community on Wednesday, October 6th. Students are invited to wear green tops. Uniform bottoms are required on this day and only those students who wear an green top may be out of uniform (top half of their body).

You can show your support on social media by using the hashtags #MillionsOfReasons and #WorldCerebralPalsyDay!

Yours in Partnership,

Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal

Mr. D. Cochrane– Vice Principal

Sep
20
Mon
Opening School Mass (Virtual)
Sep 20 @ 9:45 am
We are excited to welcome Fr. Jim from St. Benedict Parish to join us in our Opening Mass this year on Monday, September 20th! The mass will be led by Mrs. Leung and Ms. Fernandez’s Grade 2 classes and Ms. Florio’s Grade 2/3 class. Families are welcome to join our prayer community at 9:45 a.m. The school will email a Microsoft Teams link on Monday morning.
Sep
29
Wed
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 29 all day

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, our school will be recognizing Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussion safety, and to share Rowan Stringer’s story.

In May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of head injuries sustained in a game of rugby. In March 2018, the Ontario government passed Rowan’s Law, designed to protect athletes and to educate about the dangers of head injuries.

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, and on September 29th, we hope to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. Together, we can help our students prevent, recognize and respond to concussions.

Sep
30
Thu
Curriculum Night (Virtual)
Sep 30 all day

Parents and guardians are asked to save the date for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 30th. Curriculum Night presentations will be virtual this year. Teachers will conduct 2 presentations for parents with multiple children in the school. Presentation #1 will be at 6:00 p.m. and Presentation #2 will be at 6:20 p.m. Your child’s teacher will communicate information on how to access the presentations.

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