Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are excited for another week of learning, playing and praying together at St. Scholastica!
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/
HALLOWEEN DANCE-A-THON FUNDRAISER – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
It’s that Spooky time of year, and we have a scary new lineup of activities for a new ‘FUN’RAISER – the Halloween Dance-a-Thon. This event will take place onFriday, October 29th and students will be able to come to school dressed in their Halloween costumes (no scary masks or weapons please). All students must wear their cloth facial mask with their costume on this day as per our COVID protocols.
We will showcase everyone’s costume with a virtual Halloween costume parade before each class is given their individual time to go to the gym to have a short dance party! All COVID safety protocols will be in place for this dance event.
After each class has their time in the gym, each class will go back to their classroom for a special allergen safe Halloween treat and some fun Halloween activities.
HALLOWEEN AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
Halloween takes place this year on Sunday, 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 29th, we will be allowing all students in Grades K-8 to wear costumes to school (No scary masks or weapons) as we will be having a virtual costume parade. Please note, all students must still wear their personal non-medical masks, as outlined in the Return to School Protocols. The Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to parents so they can view the parade virtually. Throughout the day, teachers will be planning fun activities and having discussions, linking this day to our Catholic Faith traditions. As noted above, students will also participate in the Halloween Dance-a-Thon this day!!
As the students will be receiving lots of treats when they go out to “Trick or Treat” on the evening of Sunday, October 31st, we would like to ask that parents continue following our COVID-19 protocols and NOT SEND TREATS INTO SCHOOL for classmates/friends on October 29th. 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 29th 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 well in advance of October 29th. In this case, please consider having your child wear orange and black instead of their school uniform.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONSIDERATIONS
In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage you to consider the following to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:
- Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or part of my background?
- Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
SECRET PATH WALK – OCTOBER 17TH-22ND
Secret Path Week is a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack, and takes place annually from October 17th – 22nd. We call on all people in Canada to use Secret Path Week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “Do Something” by creating a reconciliACTION and furthering the conversation about the history of residential schools. A reconciliACTION is a meaningful action that moves reconciliation forward. ReconciliACTIONs aim to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation to create awareness, share, and learn. Our school will be participating by walking around our school field or around the block to have to time to reflect on the children who didn’t make it home from residential school and all the survivors of residential school.
EQUITY INITIATIVE AT ST. SCHOLASTICA
At St. Scholastica, we are so blessed to be part of a diverse community and we would like to acknowledge and show respect for our diversity. Our goal as educators is to create a brave space to have important conversations with our students about what is happening in the world and how our society reacts. Last year, we started an equity initiative called Virtual Bulletin Boards. We have been sharing resources that will help facilitate conversation about anti-black racism and anti-racism through lessons and books on the Virtual Bulletin Boards. We are committed to embracing conversations around different forms of oppression and working through what our students understand. Our Virtual Bulletin Board for this month will be focused on identity and understanding the many great parts of ourselves. Our many identities help make us who we are, and we should learn to embrace them and understand them. We hope that this helps children understand who they are to give them direction in life and empower them.
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
– Pope Francis
11TH ANNUAL HCCF EVENING WITH BISHOP CROSBY – VIRTUAL EDITION
The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) Evening with Bishop Crosby is always such a wonderful gathering of the Halton Community. Join in online on November 17, 2021, for an evening of entertainment, stories that will warm your heart, a keynote address by Bishop Douglas Crosby, and a few special surprises…and you will be helping to raise much needed funds to help students in need.
For more information about the Evening with Bishop Crosby, please contact Marc Clare, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-802-0918
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
Our St. Scholastica Catholic School Council will hold their commissioning meeting on Monday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.
Yours in Partnership,
Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal
Mr. D. Cochrane– Vice Principal