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Weekly Update: November 22-26, 2021

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” —Joseph Joubert.

Tuesday is Photo Re-take Day!

Tuesday November 23rd has been slated as our school’s Picture RE-take day. Please be reminded 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.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

As previously noted, St. Timothy’s will recognize World Diabetes Day on Monday, November 22. Students are invited toshow support by wearing blue tops with uniform bottoms. Alternatively, an accessory, a nail colour, a wrist band, or a ribbon, rather than an actual shirt are all options. 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. Together, we will learn about diabetes through our announcements throughout that week. A special thank you to Mrs. Trupcevic for preparing those learning opportunities for us!

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Conferences this week!

Progress Reports will be sent home electronically by the Board Office on Wednesday, November 24th. Please look for communication via Board Email with instructions on how to access them.

As previously shared, we will be holding our virtual Parent-Teacher Interviews in the evening on Thursday, November 25th and during the day on Friday, November 26th. If you did not have time to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online, please reach out to your child’s teachers, as soon as possible.

Virtual Book Fair – ends on November 28th

A gentle reminder that the Virtual Book Fair continues this week. When you are ready to shop, you can visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

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

Happy reading!

Spirit Wear for St. Timothy’s!

Thank you for your interest in the Spirit Wear options!  A few parents have asked for the option of the “Blazers” logo on the Spirit Wear as opposed to the St. Tim’s school logo.  We are pleased to provide that additional option and are working with the vendor to provide pictures of that option. Shopping is more fun when there are more choices! 

For the moment, the Spirit Wear link on School Cash-on-line is paused. We shall provide the additional options shortly, then open the link up again.  Naturally, the deadline will be extended as well.

For any families who have already purchased, please don’t fret! You will be welcomed to change the order. Once you see the additional options, please let us know if you would like to change, and we will refund your original purchase.

Again, we thank you for your interest in this initiative and look forward to sporting our Spirit Wear to show pride in our school.

Lunchbox orders

As previously shared, St. Timothy’s is pleased to launch Lunchbox Subway sandwich orders! Place orders through School Cash-on-line until noon today (Sunday November 21st.)  Our first “Sandwich Tuesday” is November 23rd. Please review the attached for further details:

A gentle note to look for “the blue message bar” on School Cash-on-line when ordering Subway sandwiches.

Advent is coming up!

It is hard to believe that next Sunday is already the first Sunday of Advent! Recognizing our call to support those in need, especially over the holiday season, schools and community partners are invited to engage in charitable drives that are keeping with COVID-19 restrictions.

As we enter the season of Advent, we have much to be grateful for as a school community. We recognize that families in our community may require support this Christmas due to a number of circumstances. In past years, we have partnered with St. Vincent de Paul Society to provide this support. Due to COVID-19, St. Vincent de Paul Society has asked for a pause on our partnership as they try to manage their organizations’ needs this year.

Therefore, we are asking for your support as we assist our families who need a helping hand. We are kindly requesting donations of gift cards from various retailers. In order to ensure a variety of options, we would ask that each division have a particular target:

  • Kindergarten families — Walmart
  • Primary families — President’s Choice (Fortino’s, Superstore, No Frills)
  • Junior families — Food Basics
  • Intermediate families — Fresh Co

Of course, all gift cards are welcome in ANY amount. Every gesture is appreciated.

Gift cards can be sent to the school from November 29th to December 9th. Gift cards will be quarantined in accordance with Halton Public Health guidelines prior to distribution.

Any families requiring assistance for Christmas are asked to reach out to Mrs. Toltl via email at toltla@hcdsb.org.

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021. A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.

A note about the Random Selection Process:  Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022.

St. Timothy Tips:

As children reflect on their achievements in school thus far, here are a few goal-setting tips to help them set themselves for success. To set effective goals, children are encouraged to:

  • Set specific goals that are measurable
  • Set challenging yet attainable goals
  • Set realistic goals that can make a difference in their daily lives
  • Write their goals down as a reference for monitoring their achievement
  • Celebrate their achievements…even the baby steps along the way!

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 22-26, 2021