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Weekly Update: November 15-19, 2021

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” ~ Charles Glassman

Final results of our fall fundraising initiatives: thank you for your support!

Our final total from our Fall Donation Fundraiser was $3035.00 – a tremendous result! Thank you to our families for donating – every donation is appreciated! As previously communicated in our Weekly Updates, the funds will be used towards:

  • classroom technology
  • class presentations by special guest speakers
  • materials to enhance program delivery (especially in Science and Physical Education)
  • materials to support Extra-Curricular activities (examples include Games Club, LEGO Club, FIAT events, fees and/or royalties, etc.) 

In addition to the Fall Donation Fundraiser, our Indigo Library fundraiser was a huge hit. Together as a school community we spent 6,558.35 which gives St. Timothy a Donation Amount 20% Gift Card of 1,311.67 for books and resources for our school. This was an amazing response considering we were not allowed to set up a table or bring in a choir to promote this year due to Covid restrictions. Thank you so much for your support and thank you again to Mrs. Buttery for spearheading this initiative.

#NoHateInHalton: Anti-Bullying Week

This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is One Kind Word. Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underscored how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week taking place from November 15 to 19.  Our FIAT team will be leading us throughout this week, as we as a school community, will be discussing strategies to promote a safe school environment! Thank you, Mrs. Cadet, Mrs. Scozzaro and Mme McLeod, for your leadership with the FIAT team.

Parent-Teacher Conference Information

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 25th from 3:50 – 8:00 pm and Friday, November 26th from 8:50 am – 1:30 pm. This year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions printed further down the page.

You will be able to make appointments from November 15th beginning at 3:20 p.m. to November 19th at 12:00 noon.

Instructions

1. Go to the St. Timothy scheduling webpage at https://sttimothy.parentinterview.com

2. Enter the Parent Code (printed below) and click “Sign In”

     Please make a note of your Confirmation #

3. Fill in your contact information and click “Continue to Make Appointments”

4. Click on the name of a teacher with whom you wish to schedule an appointment

5. Click on “Available” for a time at which you wish to meet to have your meeting

6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have scheduled all the teachers you wish to meet

7. Click on “My Schedule” (top left of the page)

8. Print out, email or copy down your schedule

The Parent Code for this term has been shared out with parents through the School Messenger system and will not be posted on the school website in order to ensure privacy. Do not share this code with anyone outside your school community

Should you wish to delete an appointment you have made, click on “Delete” beside the meeting you wish to have removed from your schedule.

If you misplace your schedule, you may use your Confirmation # to retrieve your schedule from the website at any time. If you need help using the service, please email support@parentinterview.com

We look forward to speaking with you and to goal setting as a team!

Virtual book fair – November 15th to 28th

A note from Mrs. Buttery:

Dear families,

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 15th to 28th. When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166525

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

•          SAVE it to your browser

•          WATCH videos of popular new titles

•          PREVIEW our Featured Books

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair! Happy reading!

Spirit Wear for St. Timothy’s!

We have many new staff members at St. Timothy’s who are seeking St. Timothy Spirit wear. We thought perhaps the whole school would like the opportunity to participate!

Long sleeve and short sleeve tees, skull caps and pace hoodies in red or black – featuring our school logo – will be available for purchase. School Cash-on-line will be set up to receive your orders on Tuesday, November 16th and will remain open until Monday, November 22nd. Grade 8 students should note that they will also have the special Grad Hoodie option. Further details will be shared directly with those classes shortly.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

World Diabetes Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of diabetes as a global public health issue and what needs to be done, collectively and individually, for better prevention, diagnosis, management, and education of the condition. Please support us in recognizing World Diabetes Day on Monday, November 22 by showing your support by wearing blue tops with uniform bottoms. Students will learn about diabetes through our announcements throughout that week. A special thank you to Mrs. Trupcevic for preparing those learning opportunities for us!

A gentle reminder, as previously shared, that throughout the year, we will acknowledge several Spirit Days in order to raise awareness around national events, or around particular challenges that St. Timothy’s students, families, and staff are facing. Our hope or intent is to show support and to develop empathy. However, it is important that our families never feel pressure to purchase new items, and never stress over a Spirit Day. Please note that uniform is always appropriate and welcome. On Spirit Days, students may choose to wear an accessory, a nail colour, a wrist band, or a ribbon, rather than an actual shirt. The colour is merely an external show of support, but our student’s prayers, positive comments, kind interactions, almsgiving, and open hearts and minds are most deeply valued.

Bus updates

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. In accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton.

The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m. Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca.

A gentle reminder to our bus families that students have been assigned specific seats on the bus, and that the seating plan must be followed in the event that contact tracing is required. Students are directed to their seat in the afternoon and attendance is taken; in the mornings, we rely on parents to remind children of their assigned seat and of the importance of respecting this protocol. Seat assignment information is available through the parent portal, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation. For Parent Portal instructions, pleaseclick here.

If your child NOT be using transportation services, complete our Opt Out Form. This will help HSTS keep updated bus lists. Eligible students can opt back in for transportation.

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries until Friday, December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY

To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this year. Student work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page.

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.

Deadline for Entries: December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email the Board lead for this project at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.org  or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook. 

We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

A quick note about Pizza lunches

Please note that in the event of absenteeism, pizza can be picked up later in day on Thursday, or anytime on Friday by parents or siblings.  Beyond that, we do not have the capacity to store food and it will be thrown out.  Classes (and individuals) that are isolating, please rest assured that your missed pizza days will be rescheduled.

St. Timothy Tips:

Acts of kindness help students engage in more compassionate ways with each other and appreciate the value of helping others. Through acts of kindness, students can build more positive relationships with their classmates. Check out some ideas offered by the experts at School Mental Health Ontario! https://smho-smso.ca/emhc/healthy-relationship-skills/acts-of-kindness/

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: November 15-19, 2021