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Weekly Update: September 20-24, 2021

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children”

~ Charles Swindoll

COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

Thank you, parents, for completing the self-screener every morning before school.  Although we are no longer collecting the Confirmation of Screening, it is extremely important that parents continue to use the COVID-19 School Screening Tool with their children BEFORE they come to school each day. Staff are also required to do this assessment daily before coming to work.  All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19.

If a child experiences symptoms at school, including any of the following:

  • Fever and/or chills
    Temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius/100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    Continuous, more than usual, making a whistling noise when breathing (not related to asthma, post-infectious reactive airways, or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Shortness of breath
    Out of breath, unable to breathe deeply (not related to asthma or other known causes or conditions you already have)
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    Not related to seasonal allergies, neurological disorders, or other known causes or conditions you already have

  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
    Not related to irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, menstrual cramps, or other known causes or conditions you already have

parents will be called to pick up their child.  Please ensure that the contact information that the school has on file, including an Emergency contact, is accurate.

What should you do next?

Seek medical advice for your child, and have your child tested for COVID-19 as appropriate or advised by your health care provider.  Your child must stay home and not leave except to get tested or for a medical emergency.  Siblings or other people in the home who are fully vaccinated do not need to isolate and can leave the home for school.

When can your child(ren) return to school?

If your child gets tested for COVID-19 and tests NEGATIVE:

Your child can return to school/childcare when ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they have had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)
  • they were not in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19

If your child does not get tested for COVID-19:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • a doctor diagnosed them with another illness
  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

If you do not seek medical advice:

Your child must isolate for 10 days. They may be able to return earlier if ALL the following apply:

  • they do not have a fever (without using medication)
  • it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (or 48 hours if they had nausea/vomiting/diarrhea)

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Working together, we will ensure a safe, healthy and happy school experience for all.

Uniform Swap & Sale — Wednesday, September 22nd!

As previously noted, 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 per item, or to swap gently used, outgrown uniform pieces. 

We will have an a.m. opportunity, from 9:00 until 10:00 and a p.m. opportunity, from 3:45 until 5:00, to accommodate various schedules.  Please line up, as per the signage, outside of Door 9, to participate in the Swap & Sale, and kindly follow the direction of Council members.  A special thank you to Council Members for volunteering their time to support this event.

Please note that although McCarthy’s is the Board’s current authorized Uniform Vendor, ISW uniform pieces will still be accepted for swapping.  A few key reminders:

  • The uniform colours at all elementary schools will consist of a combination of navy blue and white only. 
  • Any clothing item worn under uniform pieces, but still visible, must be in compliance with school dress codes, and generally, will be in the school uniform colours or white.
  • Bottoms may be purchased from the Board’s authorized uniform vendor, or another source of the parent’s choosing.  All bottoms, regardless of source, must be navy blue, and must match the school uniform dress code.
  • Students will be expected to observe all aspects of the dress code.  School staff and parents will be expected to support its consistent implementation.

Learn more about school uniforms here: School Uniform Dress Code Policy

Save the date — “Virtual” Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Curriculum Night at St. Timothy will be held on Tuesday, September 28th.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will take place virtually this year.  Parents will have an opportunity to view a presentation from their child’s teacher, followed by a Q & A format.

We will begin at 7:00 with a Welcome, Prayer and Principal’s Message. This will be followed by 2 presentation times for each teacher.  The times are as follows: 7:00 – 7:30 pm or 7:40 – 8:00 pm.  Details will be shared by your child’s classroom teacher with the links to connect virtually in the coming days.

Rowan’s Law Day — September 29th, 2021

In 2018, a new law called Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario.  Rowan’s Law helps protect people who play sports, or play active games in schools, by supporting teachers, parents/guardians, and coaches to learn about preventing concussions, and by helping people who get concussions to recover. Thanks to Rowan’s Law, all sports organizations and schools in Ontario have new rules in place around concussions.  We will celebrate Rowan’s Law Day on September 29th, 2021 through special lessons and announcements.

One of the strategies that we have implemented to address concussion safety is the re-working of our Duty Schedule to create a third recess slot that reduces crowding.   Another strategy that we would like to explore this year is the use of “soft-core” balls.  While injuries can never be completely eliminated, we would aim to reduce them (or at least reduce the severity of injuries) by moving towards the use of playground equipment that is better suited to non-regulation spaces where hundreds of children play together.   We would respectfully ask that regulation balls be kept for park or home use.  Your support with this initiative is most appreciated.  We remain committed to doing everything we can to keep your children as safe as possible while they are in our care. 

Orange Shirt Day is coming up – September 30th!

In honour of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, we will be hosting Orange Shirt Day on September 30th. We recognize the harm residential schools caused to our Indigenous people and we honour those that survived and remember those that did not. We recognize the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma caused by residential schooling and we wear an orange shirt (with uniform bottoms) in support of those who have been impacted by the harm of residential schools.

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual Family Paint Night in recognition of Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create the painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session by collecting specific art supplies ahead of time.

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel.  For more information, visit the HCDSB website. If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

Toonie for Terry!  St. Timothy Terry Fox Walk – Red & White Day

St. Timothy will be hosting a Terry Fox Walk on Friday October 1st – students/staff will be walking the school grounds that day, staying in cohorts and respecting social distancing protocols. Families can make a $2 online donation using our School Cash Online program.  All funds collected will be forwarded to the Terry Fox Foundation. Students are encouraged to wear Red & White on October 1st as we honour the great Canadian Terry Fox! We thank all our families for their support with this important initiative.

St. Timothy Tips:

Resilience is a learned skill. Resilient children are able to cope with stress, particularly after a traumatic life event.  Key points:

  • Resilience is the ability to cope with, and adapt to, stress brought on by a difficult life event.
  • Some children develop resilience through natural process, while others require assistance.
  • Factors that influence the development of resilience in children include general health and well-being, temperament, and parenting styles and behaviours.
  • Parents and caregivers play a key role in the development and nurturing of resilience in children.

Learn more by clicking the following link: Resilience (  (Source: SickKids staff)

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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