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Weekly Update: November 18, 2019

“Praying means knocking at the door of a friend. God is our friend.” – Pope Francis

Progress Reports

This Wednesday November, 20th students will receive their Progress Reports.  Thank you to all our staff for all the hard work in preparing these reports to support our students. The primary purpose of all assessments and reporting is to improve student learning and their experience here at school.  We look forward to meeting with our families in interviews!

Parent Teacher Interviews

A reminder that parent-teacher interviews will be held on Thursday November 21st and Friday November 22nd. Once again this year, we are using an online scheduling system.  Although the website will be open for bookings until noon on November 18th, parents are asked to log in and book your time slot(s) at your earliest convenience so that your preferred date and time are secured.  For more information, including log in instructions, please click StTimothy parentInterview Parent Communication Fall 2019

P.A. Day – Friday November 22, 2019

A reminder that there will be no school for students this coming Friday November 22nd due to Parent-Teacher Interviews.

Scholastic Book Fair

We will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair in our School Library.  The fair will be held from Monday, November 18th until Thursday, November 21st.   We are open every day from 9 am to 3:30 pm and will stay open until 8 pm during interviews on Thursday.  The Book Fair is an ideal way to encourage reading and add extra income to the school library budget!

Parents are welcome to visit throughout the week and browse the large selection of books and other fun materials.  We are able to accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, Cash and Cheques.

You are under no obligation to buy anything, however, if you wish your child to purchase a book or two, please send money on their specific book buying day.  Students will have a chance to view the fair and will be coming home on Monday with their wish lists.  Books range in price from $6-$15. We look forward to seeing you all at the Book Fair!

Christmas Family Night- SAVE THE DATE!

This year our school community will be invited to participate in a Christmas Family Night on December 12, 2019. More details to follow in the near future.

Winter Safety in the Snow

The winter weather this year has come early. Cold weather, ice, and snow can be fun but also dangerous for children. The following considerations below will help our students enjoy winter activities safely. As a school community, we are daily  reminding students about safety. Please take some time as families to review the following Winter Safety rules from the Canadian Paediatric Society below:

Clothing

  • Dress your child in layers of clothing that can be put on and taken off easily.
  • Wear a hat because a lot of body heat is lost through the head.
  • Keep ears covered at all times to prevent frostbite.
  • Wear mittens instead of gloves so that fingers can be bunched together for warmth.
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots that are roomy enough for an extra pair of socks and to wiggle toes.
  • Remove wet clothing and boots immediately after playing.

Winter play

Active games, making snow angels and building snowmen will help to keep your child warm. Teach your children a few important rules to go along with winter play.

  • Students must wear snow pants, boots and proper winter gear if playing on the school field
  • Take extra caution when crossing roads. It might be hard for drivers to see you playing if they have snowy or frosty windows. Icy roads can also make it difficult to stop.
  • Snowballs should never be aimed at people. They are especially dangerous when the snow is hard-packed or icy.
  • Building forts and tunnels can be fun, but this activity should always be supervised by an adult. Forts and tunnels can collapse and suffocate you. We will not build snow forts at school for this reason.
  • Don’t eat snow, which can be dirty.

Thank you for your cooperation in supporting and ensuring student safety.

Update from Notre Dame

Notre Dame’s STEAM club as a member of this year’s executive team. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and our upcoming STEAM day focuses on these areas, showcasing fun and interactive activities for elementary students to explore what we do before coming into secondary school. The event will take place on Saturday, November 30 2019 from 9:45 am to 12:00 pm at Notre Dame CSS in Burlington. It will include refreshments, 12 club led activities as well as a seminar and Q&A panel for parents focusing on ways to bring STEAM into their homes, hosted by the STEAM executive.

Bullying Awareness Week

November 18th-21st is Bullying Awareness Week. As a school community, we have activities planned for each day to support this message that we will treat all people with Dignity, Kindness and Respect. Please see below for more details.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week (November 18th – 22nd) Theme: “Kindness Is Contagious”

Monday:

Create a class motto, hashtag or quote related to kindness.

Tuesday:

Members of the F.I.A.T (Faith in Action Team) will read stories to K-2 classes. Videos will be shared to be shown in the Grade 3- 8 classes.

Wednesday:Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day- Students will be able to wear pink shirts with uniform bottoms to stand in solidarity against bullying.

Thursday: Random Acts of Kindness Week

Students who are “caught” doing a Random Act of Kindness (R.A.K) will receive a R.A.K. award from staff or fellow students.  When students earn a R.A.K award they will have the opportunity to hang their R.A.K award in a designated spot in the foyer.

Parent Email Communication 

This week school and board emails sent through the parent notification system began going to the Spam/Junk folder for many of our parents and guardians. Email going to Spam/Junk does happen from time to time as email providers continuously update their algorithms to combat spam. The IT department have spent a great deal of time this week trying to find a workaround solution to the problem.  They were able to resolve the issue for some, but not all.

The board provided instructions on how to add ‘notifications@hcdsb.org’ as a ‘safe sender’. The instructions are posted on our board website, accessible from a button on the landing page.

Here is the direct link: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

Any questions or comments from parents still having difficulty receiving school/board emails, please contact our IT Services at 905.632.6300, ext. 500.

Lunchbox Orders- Update

Winter is here! In the event of  a school closure or bus cancellations due to inclement weather, here is what will happen with our Lunchbox Orders delivery:

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: November 18, 2019