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Weekly Update: November 1-5, 2021

“We too can be saints in our family, in our neighborhood, wherever we live and work. Be a person who listens to what people need, communicating not only to grieve or tell others about your own problems. Listen in order to intercede and help out.” ~ Pope Francis

Hallowe’en Spirit Day at St. Timothy’s

Friday was a fun-filled day at St. Timothy’s as we engaged in several Hallowe’en themed activities. Students enjoyed special crafts and artwork, a pumpkin patch, and great music during their dance themed DPA. A BIG SHOUT OUT to our staff for organizing a fun & engaging Halloween Spirit Day & Dance-a-thon for our students! A very special thank you to our Spooky Story authors, and to our Grade 7 Tech team, for your special contributions to the day. We value these opportunities to build community and to create collective memories!

We have raised nearly $2000.00! Thank you to our families for donating – every donation is appreciated! Please know that the link remains open all week and any contribution is gladly accepted.

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account: 

1. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/

2. At the top right-hand corner, click on items, then select “Make a Donation”

3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Timothy Catholic Elementary School.

Please note that tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more.

November 1st and 2nd: All Saints and All Souls

We begin this week with 2 very important days in our Liturgical calendar. For this week, we will engage in learning about St. Timothy on Monday, and we will enjoy a school-wide Liturgy to mark All Souls Day on Tuesday. We invite you to consider joining us in prayer, from wherever you may be.

We Are All Treaty People

As part of Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Ontario has designated the first week of November each year as Treaties Recognition Week. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships. As a school, we acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation for being stewards of this traditional territory through our daily announcements. 

Catholic School Council – Virtual meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd

Our next (virtual) Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd. Thank you to all the parents who have put their names forward to represent our school community, this year! As always, all parents are welcome to attend. Please email Mrs. Davoren at Davorenj@hcdsb.org to request the TEAMS link.

Pizza Days begin this Thursday!

We look forward to our first Pizza Day of 2021, this Thursday, November 4th. Thank you to all our Parent Volunteers who will be helping with the distribution of pizza to our students! A special thank you to Mr. Luke Lillicrop of the Catholic School Council for organizing the schedules for our Volunteer team.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Please mark your calendars for this special upcoming event: Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 – Reception at 6:30pm; Main Event at 7:00-8:30 pm.

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.  Please note that we always have student masks on hand and are pleased to provide a fresh mask as needed.

St. Timothy Tips:

Halloween Safety Tips from Halton Police

  • Parents, and trick-or-treaters, before heading out to collect candy make sure that children are wearing a bright costume, or something bright in general, for better visibility.
  • Instead of a face mask, try face paint. 
  • To prevent tripping and falling, make sure costumes fit properly.
  • Also, to improve visibility, have children carry a glow stick. They will be able to see easier and people will be able to see them easier as well.
  • Obey all traffic signals and cross streets at the corners.
  • Always utilize sidewalks.
  • Parents are also reminded to check their children’s candy for tampering. Although it is rare, it can happen. 
  • Drivers are reminded by police to slow down and watch for trick-or-treaters. 

Wishing you a safe and fun-filled evening! ~ http://www.halton.ca

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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