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Weekly update: September 13-17, 2021

When everything seems to be changing, we can rely on God’s constancy ~ Hebrews 13:8

We’ve had a great start — let’s keep the momentum going!

The first week of school is always exciting, as we catch up with old friends, meet new classmates, and new teachers. It is also a week when we learn new routines and expectations both in individual classrooms and in all areas of the school, including our playground.  Students, staff, and parents did a great job this week learning new routines and rules in and around the school, while remaining in their cohorts throughout the day. Health and safety protocols were (re)introduced and practiced throughout the week and will continue to be a priority as we move into Week #2. Way to go!

As always, we are reflective learners who seek to improve our practices.  A few key reminders to share, based on observations and input from parents and staff:

  • Only one parent or guardian to drop off and pick up children.  Parents are reminded to MODEL and encourage social distancing expectations by not congregating on the fence and must leave the school property immediately after their child has been directed into the correct doors.  We have been reminded by Public Health to ensure we do not have large groups of people congregating. 
  • By the Kindergarten gate, please stand behind the painted yellow lines.
  • NO PETS on school property.   Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.
  • All families should now have their bright orange screening tracker (inside their child’s agenda).  Before coming to school, please complete the COVID screener and record the results on the tracking sheet. If you forget, please take a screenshot of the screener and send it to your child’s teacher.  Students will be sent to the office if they do not have the screener completed.
  • Please be aware that St. Timothy CES strives to be an allergen safe environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a serious reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter. Your support and attention to this matter is greatly appreciated as we have many students with life threatening allergies. 

Family Consent Forms – An important message from our IT department

As you know, this year, we have switched to an electronic Family Information/Consent Form: this was sent to parents on Tuesday, September 7th.  Parents are asked to complete the form as soon as possible, which may be accessed HERE.

Please note that our Board’s IT department has alerted us to some changes to the original message to address some technical issues parents were experiencing:

  • Parents must ensure they are submitting their child’s preferred name or the name they provided at registration.
  • Parents experiencing technical issues are encouraged to try using a different browser or device.
  • If parents have tried a different browser and device and are still experiencing issues, they may send an email to records@hcdsb.org

Thank you for your kind patience with technical glitches, everyone! Please reach out if you have any questions. 

September Letters: ‘Duty to Report’ and ‘Attendance Letter’

Please take a moment to review the following letters.  The ‘Duty to Report’ letter outlines our staff’s responsibility to ensure child safety when information is disclosed. The ‘Attendance Letter’ reiterates the importance of attending school. If absences are acquired during the school year, this letter provides some guidance to help support procedures with our school. If you have any specific questions about your child’s day, please reach out and connect with their classroom teacher.  We are all here to support students and their families.

Mark your calendars – Uniform Swap & Sale Wednesday, September 22nd!

St. Timothy Catholic School Council is pleased to host their annual “Uniform Swap & Sale” event on Wednesday, September 22nd.  At this physically distanced event, parents will have opportunity to purchase donated uniform items for $5.00, and to swap out outgrown items.   We will have an a.m. and a p.m. opportunity available.   More details to follow. 

And speaking of Council… Council Nomination packages are ready!

Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We encourage parents to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy, and to address the challenges the community will face in the future.  Nomination forms will be available electronically: please call the main office to request one.

If Elections are required, then the names of candidates and a one-page information biography sheet, if available, will be shared electronically within our own parent community, but not posted on the school website, in order to maintain privacy.  This year, elections for our 2019/2020 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

Nomination Forms Due:   Friday, September 17th 

Profiles Due (if required): Wednesday, September 22nd

Council Elections (if needed): Monday, September 27th

First Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:30 pm

To begin, meetings will be held “virtually” (using Teams). Dates & times will be posted on our school web page.  All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  

Code of Conduct Assemblies

This week, school staff will review school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning.  The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda for gr. 1-8 and on our website.  We would ask that you review and discuss this with your child(ren) and reinforce the importance of working collaboratively towards our common goals: Student Achievement and Well-being.

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium.Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit www.studyinsuredstudentaccident.com or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

St. Timothy Tips:

Resources to address Back to School Anxiety

  • Why do some kids become anxious about starting school again?
  • How can parents help their children overcome back to school anxiety?
  • What are signs that an anxious child might need more support?

Please use the following link to learn more: Back-to-School Anxiety | Child Mind Institute

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl/ Susan Jack
Principal/Vice Principal

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Toltl, Anna MarieWeekly update: September 13-17, 2021