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School Update – Week of November 15th

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,

but their echoes are truly endless.

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Co Vid 19 Safety Measures

At St. Teresa of Calcutta School, we review with our students each day the importance of the following:

  • Hand hygiene by using soap and water for 20 seconds, regularly during the day, before/after eating, after washroom use, and before/after outdoor play.
  • Respiratory etiquette by wearing our masks so that they fully cover our nose, mouth and are tight to our chin.
  • Maintaining physical distancing by respecting the personal space of others

Kindly ensure that you remind your child of the importance of complying with the safety measures that are in place when they are at school.

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Book of Remembrance

As a school community we commemorated Remembrance Day on November 11th. Thanks to our grade eight students and their teachers Ms. DeSousa and Mr. Mount for leading us. Thank you to the many parents who joined us! If you would like us to include the name of a deceased family member in our daily prayers for November, please add this information in our Book of Remembrance.

Progress Reports – Interviews

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. On November 24, 2021 the Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8, and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home electronically to all families.

Parents / Guardians, you have the right and responsibility to participate actively in your child’s education. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students during the evening of Thursday November 25, 2021, and during the day on Friday November 26, 2021.  This year you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online or via phone call. A School Messenger email with links to book your interview times will be sent out this Thursday evening. Please look for it!

Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

The third week in November is the designated Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This year’s theme is Restore, Rebuild and Renew.

From November 12-19, 2020, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will join school boards around the province in enhancing awareness and understanding about bullying, and the factors that contribute to safe, caring and inclusive schools.

This week, and every week, we work to ensure that our school is safe and welcoming for all, cultivating a positive sense of belonging and well-being. Ms. Paul, our school’s Child and Youth Counsellor is working with our student government on the following school-wide activities:

  • We will be making a bullying awareness and prevention paper chain in rainbow colours showing our inclusivity and a visual message that we are all united against Bullying.  
  • The second activity is puzzle pieces.  Each student will get a puzzle piece and write something about themselves on it.  The Student Government will put the puzzle pieces together as a mosaic, showing that we are all connected and display it in the school.
  • Our C.Y.C. has also shared the following resource with our classroom teachers this week.

Raising Financially Fit Kids

Thank you to our Catholic School Council Chair, Ms. Lisa Ryce for coordinating this webinar which took place last Wednesday evening. It was certainly a “timely” topic that fits in well with our curricular focus on increased financial literacy. This seminar provided some practical tools for parents. If you have any questions, or if you missed it and you would like some information please email stcschoolcouncil@gmail.com.

Milk Program

Once again we are are excited to start offering the milk program for all students in kindergarten to grade eight. We will be offering 250 ml of cold fresh milk, you can choose between 2% white or chocolate milk. Orders can be placed via SchoolCashOnline. Deadline is NOV. 25th 2021 (NO LATE ORDERS ACCEPTED)
Milk Program will be as follows; November 29th 2021 to April 1st 2022 which will be delivered at lunchtime 3 days per week (i.e., Monday, Wednesday and Friday). PA days are excluded.

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census.

This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school, and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child.

For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

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