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Weekly Update: January 10th-14th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we begin a second week of virtual learning, we would like to acknowledge the hard work of our St. Scholastica staff for pivoting quickly and creating an engaging learning environment. We also want to recognize our hard-working students for their dedication, flexibility and energy in learning remotely! Finally, thank you to our parents and guardians whose dining rooms, kitchens, basements, closets and more became classrooms. Thank you for inviting us (virtually) into your homes and for your collaboration in making 2022 a great year for learning!

Please refer to the information updates below:

REMOTE LEARNING CONTINUES UNTIL JANUARY 17, 2022

Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/remote-learning/

 The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:

Technology Support for Students 

Having Tech Issues? Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners 

Supplemental Learning Resources

The Ministry of Education’s learning portals, TVO Learn and TFO IDÉLLO, apprendre à la maison, provide supports for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. 

 Faith & Well-Being Resources
We recognize that this period of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff. 

Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:  

Updates and Additional Information 
HCDSB will continue to share information and updates with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on the HCDSB website and through social media channels: 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

 We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

 Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

CHANGE TO LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS – REQUEST FORM NOW OPEN

The online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment (i.e. virtual or in-person) is now open.

Click here for more information and to complete this form. The online request form will be open from Wednesday, January 5th until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14th

As you know, as per Ministry of Education direction, we have moved to remote learning for all students until at least January 17, 2022.

NOTE: Any requested changes will come into effect on January 24, 2022, however, if the Ministry of Education extends the remote learning period, the requested changes will come into effect once schools re-open for in-class instruction.

NEW YEAR/EPIPHANY LITURGY

St. Scholastica students will take part in a virtual New Year/Epiphany liturgy using Microsoft Teams that will take place at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11th. Thank you to our Grade 3 and 3/4 students for leading us in prayer!

Look for an email from the school on Tuesday morning with details on how to access.

KIDSSENTIALS/PIZZA UPDATE

Kidssentials has credited the accounts for those who have ordered for the first 2 weeks of the new year. If you have any questions about your order, please reach out to the Kidssentials office directly at (905) 855-1914.

Session 2 of Pizza will begin on the Thursday of the first week in which we return to in-person learning for those who have ordered. Session 2 will continue to be 10 weeks in duration.

ST. BENEDICT PARISH CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Click below for this week’s Children’s Liturgy link from St. Benedict Parish.

January 9, 2022

CYC CORNER

We thank our Child and Youth Counselor, Mrs. Pipe for sharing the resources below in support of our Stormie families!

Self Care

Self-care is an important part of wellness and even more important when we go through difficult and stressful times in our lives. Take time to look after yourself so that when difficult situations happen, you will have the necessary energy, resources, and strategies to help you get through it! Click the link below to review some simple steps around Self-Care for Students, parents and families.

Self-Care 101 (smho-smso.ca)

Protecting Your Wellbeing

Personal wellness looks different for everyone. There is no one way to maintain balance in the face of the challenges we are facing together. Taking time for you, to engage in self-care practices and maintain connections that help you to feel well, is so very important, and sets an excellent example for our students and children. This tip sheet offers basic self-care reminders that may be helpful during this time.

Take Care of Yourself (smho-smso.ca)

Yours in Partnership,

Mrs. E. Sweeney-Hurd – Principal

Mr. D. Cochrane– Vice Principal

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New Year/Epiphany Liturgy
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am
St. Scholastica students will take part in a virtual New Year/Epiphany liturgy using Microsoft Teams at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 11th. Thank you to our Grade 3 and 3/4 students for leading us in prayer! The Teams link will be sent to parents via email that morning.
Jan
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Wed
Kidssentials Lunch
Jan 12 all day
Jan
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Pizza Day
Jan 13 all day
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