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Weekly Update: September 27th-October 1st

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited for another week of learning, playing and praying together at St. Scholastica! Thank you to all the parents who are staying behind the fence and wearing masks at pick up and drop off times when exiting their vehicles. Our students are showing great resilience around wearing masks and your modelling is so helpful. School, classroom and Covid-19 routines are in full effect and we appreciate all the support we have received from our amazing families!

Please refer to the information updates below:

MANDATORY DAILY SELF SCREENING

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/

NEXT STEPS IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT PASS SCREENING OR DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL

  • Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.
  • Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home.
  • Siblings or other people in the home who are not fully vaccinated must stay home until your child:
    • tests negative for COVID-19; OR
    • are cleared by your local public health unit; OR
    • are diagnosed with another illness.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

  • Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:
    • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
    • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
    • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests POSITIVE:

  • Your child can return to school/childcare only when cleared by Halton Region Public Health.

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

  • Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:
    • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
    • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
    • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. After the 10 days, they can return to school only when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
    • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

ROWAN’S LAW DAY– September 29th

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.

CURRICULUM NIGHT – Thursday, September 30th

Parents and guardians are invited to attend our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 30th. Curriculum Night presentations will be virtual this year. Please expect an email from the school on Thursday morning with opening items such our Land Acknowledgement and a message from Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd and Mr. Cochrane. 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.

ORANGE SHIRT DAY 2021

St. Scholastica is celebrating Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. Students are asked to wear an Orange shirt on this day in support and solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Uniform bottoms are required on this day and only those students who wear an orange shirt may be out of uniform (top half of their body).

We are all aware of the pain and suffering happening in our Indigenous communities around Canada. We hope to have our school community in solidarity to show support for Indigenous Peoples. September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and wellbeing, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

In Honour of Phyllis Webstad who went to the Mission for one school year in 1973/1974. She had just turned 6 years old. She lived on the Dog Creek reserve with her grandmother. They didn’t have much money, but somehow managed to buy a new outfit to go to the Mission school. It was a shiny orange shirt.  When she got to the Mission, they took away her clothes, including the orange shirt.  She never wore it again and never got it back.

 “The color orange has always reminded me of that and how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and how I felt like I was worth nothing.  All of us little children were crying and no one cared.”  -Phyllis Webstad

For anyone who has purchased an orange shirt from Restyled + Redesigned, the shirts will be delivered to the school on Tuesday, September 28th in time for Thursday, September 30th!

50% of the proceeds of shirts purchased are donated to STE (Save The Evidence). The remaining 50% covered the cost of t-shirt, dye and ink.

Wear an Orange shirt on September 30 to show your support!!

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.

LUNCHTIME INFORMATION:

  • Recycling at Lunchtime

Students are required to bring home any recyclable waste from lunchtimes. Families are encouraged to make use of reusable containers when sending lunches and snacks.

  • Anaphylaxis Allergies and Student Lunches

Our school’s anaphylaxis protocol conforms to Sabrina’s Law and the Halton Catholic District School Board Medical Conditions Policy and the Anaphylaxis Procedure. The protocol is designed to ensure that students at risk are identified, strategies are in place to minimize the potential for accidental exposure and staff and key volunteers are trained to respond in an emergency situation.

To provide the minimized allergen environment required by the legislation, we need the support and cooperation of you, the parents/guardians, your children and the school community.

For the peanut/tree nut life threatening allergy:

Students and staff are requested to refrain from bringing to school lunches and snacks containing peanuts and tree nuts and products that may contain peanuts/ tree nuts such as donuts, granola bars, etc. We ask everyone to read food labels, checking for peanut/nut ingredients prior to bringing them to school. We request students who eat peanut butter at home to wash their hands thoroughly before attending school.

HCDSB has had  a  consistent  policy  of  requesting  parents/guardians  to refrain  from  sending  look-a-like  products  to  peanut  butter  into  the  school since  2003.  Products such  as  ‘No Nuts  Golden  Peabutter’,  Sunbutter,  (made  from  sunflower seeds),  Freebutter  (made  from  soy)  and SchoolSafe  Soy  Butter  better  known  as  WOWBUTTER  (made  from  non-GMO  toasted  soy,  soy  oil,  granulated cane  sugar,  monoglyceride  –  from  vegetable  oil)  and  sea  salt).

It is impossible  to  differentiate  between  these  products  and peanut  butter;  in  fact,  these  products  are  almost identical  in  colour,  consistency,  smell and  taste  to  peanut  butter.

As a school, we can never guarantee an allergen free environment but have strategies in place to provide a “minimized allergen environment”. One way in which that occurs is reminding parents and students to avoid sending/bringing products into the school that contain these ingredients (or may contain). We are asking parents and students to refrain from sending/bringing these products into the school, whether they be food items from your home or those from a restaurant.

BUSSING

If your child rides the bus, please ensure that you have reviewed proper safety measures with your children.  Some things to consider:

  1. For your children…if the bus arrives and your parents are not there to pick you up, please stay on the bus and let the driver know. You will be taken back to school where your parents can meet you.
  2. Parents, please arrive 5-10 minutes early at your child’s stop, as it will take a couple of weeks to streamline, only to be impacted by weather/snow/rain…
  3. Should any problems arise, and you are unable to reach anyone at school, please contact https://www.haltonbus.ca/.
  4. Register for email or text alerts for bus delays at www.haltonbus.ca.

LIBRARY UPDATE

Our school Library is back up and running with regularly scheduled class visits beginning this past week!

Click here for an update with some specific Library information from Ms. Chorley!

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.

WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY

St. Scholastica is celebrating World CP Day on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021! Students are asked to wear a GREEN shirt on this day in support and recognition of those living with cerebral palsy, to embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone.  Uniform bottoms are required on this day and only those students who wear a green top may be out of uniform (top half of their body).

As cerebral palsy affects more than 17 million people worldwide, there are millions of reasons to show your support on October 6th. Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. It is a permanent disability that affects movement and its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement. CP is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure. 

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with Cerebral Palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 75 countries. The vision is to ensure that children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society. It is only together, that we can make that happen. For more information, please visit https://worldcpday.org.

Wear a GREEN shirt on October 6th to show your support for World CP Day!!

UPCOMING PA DAY – Friday, October 8th

Please note in your calendars the upcoming PA Day on Friday, October 8th. There will be no school for students on this day.

Yours in Partnership,

Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal

Mr. D. Cochrane– Vice Principal

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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.

Orange Shirt Day
Sep 30 all day

September 30 is recognized as Orange Shirt Day, staff and students are asked to participate by wearing orange shirts. This day acknowledges the residential schools in Canada and honours those who survived.

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