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Weekly Update: October 18-22, 2021

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
~Romans 15:13

Picture Day is Tuesday!

As previously noted, Tuesday October 19th has been slated as our school’s Picture Day. Individual photos will be taken for all of our staff and students. Please rest assured that LifeTouch has confirmed that they have a vaccination disclosure policy in place and have advised that the photographers scheduled for school photo days will be able to provide Administrators with validation of their vaccination status. As with any visitor to the school, photographers are required to complete the Visitor protocols in the HCDSB Return to School Plan. In addition, Principals or Vice-Principals are required to confirm the vaccination status of the photographer(s) scheduled for the day.

Pizza Lunches: time to order!

We are very excited to announce that we are ready to launch Pizza lunches once again at St. Timothy. Pizza day will look a little different than in the past. We will be partnering with Gino’s Pizza to provide students with an individually sealed boxed pizza slice. Each box will contain two regular sized slices. We feel that this packaging will allow for safe handling and distribution. The cost of each box will be $3.00. For this first session of pizza, we will be offering cheese pizza. Pizza day will run every Thursday from November 4th, 2021 till December 16th, 2021.

Orders must be placed on school cash online. SchoolCashOnline.com: Welcome.  Orders can be placed beginning today. ALL ORDERS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN October 27th. UNFORTUNATELY LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. THANK YOU! We will need some support from volunteers to deliver pizza to classes. Volunteers must be double vaccinated OR must show a negative COVID test within 48 hours (at parent cost), before entering the building.  If you are interested in volunteering from 12:00 – 1:10 on Thursdays and have a Police Check with Vulnerable Sector on file, please reach out to Mrs. Davoren (davorenj@hcdsb.org) so that we can begin to develop a running list of Volunteers. 

Extra-curricular Re-launch continues!

We are pleased to re-introduce extra-curricular activities taking a measured, staggered approach, following the guidance from our Board Return to School Plan, which is informed by Public Health. This coming week, we will continue to expand our extra-curricular offerings by launching the St. Timothy Running Club for Junior students (Grades 4-6). Participating students will be required to present a completed Intramural Permission form which have been distributed to students in class.

A special shout out to Mrs. Fraser, Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Balardo, Mrs. Young and Mrs. McCormick for volunteering to support the launch of our Junior Running Club.

We are also very excited to announce that our Faith in Action Team (or “FIAT” Team) is back in action for the 2021-2022 school year! The FIAT Team takes on causes in our school, the community, and the world. In the past, this social justice group has raised money to build wells in countries that don’t have access to clean water, bought goats for families around the world, collected canned goods, organized Bullying Awareness campaigns, and led the school in activities for Bell Let’s Talk Day. Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 who are seeking to be leaders in our school and who want to make our school, our community, and our world a better place, are encouraged to come to Monday’s meeting for more information. Students who are interested should be able to commit to at least one meeting a week, including some lunch times. Thank you to Mrs. Scozzaro and to Mrs. Cadet for organizing this opportunity for students to demonstrate leadership through service.

Coming soon: St. Timothy Games Club and Lego Club. If you have gently used games that your family has outgrown, or perhaps duplicates, consider donating to our Games or Lego club. We are seeking:

  • Tubs of LEGO
  • Chess and checkers
  • Connect 4
  • Pictionary
  • Bananagrams or Scrabble
  • Pictionary
  • Headbandz
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Scattergories

and decks of cards. Stay tuned for further details!  Thank you, Mrs. Dunning, Mrs. Fiorillo, Mme Hawken and Mrs. Kerr for organizing this opportunity!

Hallowe’en Spirit Day: Fall Donation Fundraiser time!

This year we will be having a Hallowe’en Spirit Day in which all of our students & staff are invited to wear their Halloween Costume or Orange & Black. Staff are planning special activities for ALL of our students and our day will end with a school wide raffle ~ complete with prizes!

Our goal is to have 100% of our families participate in our fundraiser! Last year, we were able to raise close to $6,000 through this fundraiser. We are hoping that we can meet or surpass this goal, however we appreciate that each of our families may have different financial circumstances.  ANY donation amount is welcome! Even the smallest donation makes a difference, and all donation amounts are confidential. Please note that tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more. 

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.

The link will open on Monday, October 19th and close on Friday, November 5th.

Equity and Inclusion Education: Hallowe’en Costume selection

We look forward to celebrating Hallowe’en with our students on October 29th, 2021.  As noted in our previous Weekly Update, while our observance of Hallowe’en make look different this year, we still invite our students to wear a costume (or orange and black clothing), on this day. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols within the school, costume props and costume masks cannot be brought or worn to school this day. While we want to enjoy the day, we still must follow Public Health protocols by wearing our usual masks and exercising appropriate hand hygiene.

Halloween is a great time to have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities from which to choose: a wizard, a clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, even a velociraptor!  However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

St. Timothy is a place where students not only learn about diversity but also experience it. We strive to ensure that our students see themselves and their classmates reflected in their studies. Our students and families should expect their interactions within our school community to leave them feeling accepted for who they are.  As you select a Halloween costume for your child(ren), we encourage you to reflect critically, to be mindful of cultural appropriation and to support the creation of a welcoming school environment for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx.  To learn more about Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan, click here.

St. Timothy Tips:

As we continue to adjust to changes in routines, we understand that some parents and families may be experiencing stress or anxiety. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health hospital and research centre and has compiled resources informed by clinical and research expertise about youth mental health, many of which have been co-developed by youth, for youth. We hope these will be helpful in starting discussions at home about mental health and the pandemic and can provide support for your families and children.  If you or a loved one are concerned about your child’s mental health, please see a family doctor. 

For more information about COVID-19, or resources related to managing mental health during the pandemic, visit the CAMH COVID-19 Hub.

Resources for Parents:

Helping Children with Anxiety – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-children-anxiety-pdf.pdf 

Tips for parents’ wellbeing – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-backtoschool-parents-wellbeing-pdf.pdf

Talking to children about covid-19 – https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/camh_covid19_infosheet-talking_to_kids-pdf.pdf

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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