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Weekly Update: October 25th-29th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There is lots of excitement in the air this week as we prepare for our Spooktacular Halloween Dance-a-Thon on Friday! Pledge forms for the Dance-a-Thon are due on Thursday. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

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.

Click here for more details about the Halloween Dance-a-Thon!

Click here for your Pledge Sheet and instructions on donating using School Cash Online or using the St. Scholastica donation option from the school’s website.

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. 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 CANDY AT SNACK TIME

After the excitement of Halloween Trick or Treating on Sunday, bags will be full of candy and treats. If your child is bringing any of these treats to school for a personal recess or lunch snack please keep in mind our students who have life threatening allergies.

Please Note: St. Scholastica is an allergen reduced environment and even at Halloween, we must adhere to HCDSB protocol around foods coming into the school. Please monitor any foods coming in for snack following Halloween to ensure that they comply with the information below:

‘Products that contain or ‘may contain’ peanuts and tree nuts are not to be brought onto school site.’

HCDSB Anaphylaxis Protocol

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?

PHOTO RETAKES – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

Photo retake day is scheduled for November 11th. Retakes will be paused during our Remembrance Day Liturgy that morning and resume after.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL

We are happy to announce the following Catholic School Council members who have been appointed to represent the St. Scholastica community for the 2021-22 school year:

Co-chairs – Natalia Gorska-Anderson & Elaine Cowan

Secretary – Deepa Dey

Parish Representative – Tanya Palermo

Community Representative – Francine Fonseka

Parent Representative – Natashiea Adams

Parent Representative – Kristina Farris

Parent Representative – Lisa Paulo-Alberto

Parent Representative – Kristina Stajduhar

Parent Representative – Justene Thrasher

Teacher Representative – Michael Fabiani

Support Staff Representative – TBD

Vice Principal – Darren Cochrane

Principal – Erin Sweeny-Hurd

Our next meeting will be held on November 15th at 7:00 pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend.

(ASN) at ROCK COMMUNITY PRESENTATION FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Access and System Navigation (ASN) at ROCK was created to help simplify the process and connect children, youth, and families with community-based mental health support and services in Halton with One Call, All Access.

Click here for information about this presentation which will focus on:

  • How to access mental health services for your child/youth
  • Service and program offerings available within the Halton Region
  • What to expect during the intake process

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 – clarema@hccf.ca , 905-802-0918

Click here for more information about the Evening with Bishop Crosby

Click here for information on HCCF and how they support HCDSB students in need

Yours in Partnership,

Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal

Mr. D. Cochrane– Vice Principal

Oct
27
Wed
Kidssentials Lunch
Oct 27 all day
Oct
28
Thu
Dance-a-Thon Pledges Due
Oct 28 all day
Pizza Day
Oct 28 all day
Oct
29
Fri
Halloween Dance-a-Thon
Oct 29 all day

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 on Friday, 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.

Click here for more details about the Halloween Dance-a-Thon and including amazing prizes!

Click here for your Pledge Sheet and instructions on donating using School Cash Online or using the St. Scholastica donation option from the school’s website.

Oct
31
Sun
Happy Halloween!
Oct 31 all day
Nov
1
Mon
All Saint’s Day
Nov 1 all day
Indigenous Awareness Month Begins
Nov 1 all day

November is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff of St. Scholastica will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Stay tuned to upcoming Parent Weekly Updates for more information about how staff and students at St. Scholastica are observing this important learning opportunity!

Cochrane, DarrenWeekly Update: October 25th-29th