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School Update – Week of December 13th

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God”

-Pope Francis

The Third Sunday of Advent, December 12th

The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical color for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus, as well as the joy that the faithful have reached the midpoint of Advent.

Advent & Christmas Celebrations

Junior Liturgy (Virtual) – Monday, December 13th @ 10:45am

SPIRIT WEEK

Monday, December 13th – Christmas Socks

Tuesday, December 14th – Red and Green Day

Wednesday, December 15th – Christmas Accessories Day

Thursday, December 16th – Christmas Sweater Day

Friday, December 17th – Pajama/Comfy Clothes Day

Winter is here!

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Rapid Antigen Screening Kit 

During the week of December 13th – 17th, your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school. These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all.

Winter Break Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Promoting Well-Being – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities

Information for parents on helping kids stay safe while skating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or tobogganing.

Tips by SickKids Staff

Key points

  • Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
  • Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
  • Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.

Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.

COVID Safety Reminder

To support health and safety on school premises, we ask the following:

  • All adults accessing the school wear a non-medical mask when distancing cannot be maintained (ie. drop off and pick up times)
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted access to the school yard
  • Do not congregate at drop off/pick up locations around the school

Early Dismissal Friday

Please note that school ends at 1:20pm this Friday, December 17th.

Upcoming Events

Dec
12
Sun
Third Sunday of Advent
Dec 12 all day
Dec
13
Mon
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WEEK
Dec 13 – Dec 17 all day
Spirit Week – Christmas Sock Day
Dec 13 all day
Junior Advent Liturgy (Virtual)
Dec 13 @ 10:45 am
Dec
14
Tue
Spirit Week – Red & Green Day
Dec 14 all day
Dec
15
Wed
Spirit Week – Christmas Accessory Day
Dec 15 all day
Dec
16
Thu
Spirit Week – Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 16 all day
Dec
17
Fri
Spirit Week – Pajama/Comfy Clothes Day
Dec 17 all day
Dec
18
Sat
Christmas Break
Dec 18 2021 – Jan 2 2022 all day
Dec
19
Sun
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Dec 19 all day

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