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Weekly Update: January 10-14, 2022

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” ~ Isaiah 43: 1-3

Remote Learning continues

Thank you to all our parents who helped us launch the remote learning that began last week. We truly appreciate your on-going support and patience during this model of instruction.  At this time, we are scheduled to return to the building on Monday, January 17th, 2022.  We will share out information promptly should there be any update from the Ministry of Education. 

A gentle reminder to please take special care of devices that went home to support our students during remote learning. Please know that this equipment is instrumental in supporting all of our students during in person learning and we need to ensure that our students will be able to successfully utilize this equipment upon their return to in person school.  Thank you for your attention & support with this!

Supports and options

We understand just how challenging this past week has been for everyone.  While we know that virtual learning cannot fully replace the in-school experience, we want to ensure that our families have the supports they need so that students can fully engage in learning at home. We have distributed technology to families and tech support is available: Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners.    As well, HCDSB can support any family needing internet connectivity.  

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Ideally, we would like to keep our students connected to their classrooms and engaged with their peers. If you are experiencing challenges, please reach out to your teachers first to discuss strategies for support.

In some cases, where a child is experiencing extreme difficulty coping with the demands of online learning, parents may request to adapt their child’s schedule and to participate in more asynchronous learning. These requests must be submitted in writing directly to the Principal for approval. There is a form that must be completed.

As per Director Daly’s message to parents, please be aware of the following supports that are available:

Student Attendance

Attendance continues to be an integral part of student success. While students are participating in Remote Learning, they are expected to be in full attendance and participating in their classes. Educators will be taking attendance twice daily (as we regularly do in the mornings and the afternoons). If you know that your child will be away, please report absence in the Safe Arrival System. If your child is marked absent by the educator without you reporting the absence, you will receive a notification. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted on D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Science/Arts class will proceed, and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Optional lunches

As previously communicated, our optional lunch programs are paused until we return in person.

Lunch program dates scheduled up to and including January 14 will be cancelled.  The lunch schedule will resume delivery the week of January 17. Parents who have orders placed will receive a credit for their cancelled orders.  An email notification will be sent to parents when the cancellation is complete, and the credit is applied to their account.

Pizza lunches will resume upon our return to in-person learning, unless otherwise advised.  In the event of cancellation, orders will be refunded.  Please reach out to the office if you require an immediate refund on orders placed.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning Setting

Please see the attached document regarding information and a checklist for parents/guardians whose child/ren will be participating in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning setting. Remote-HPE-Parent-Guardian-Information-and-Checklist

Maintaining our school spirit even while apart

For the month of January, our Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation Focus is Self-Directed, Responsible, Life-long Learner.  How very fitting for this remote learning period, where we need to be particularly open to new learning and to learning in new ways! ​ We continue to explore this Catholic Graduate Expectation in our Daily Virtual Announcements and in our virtual classrooms. 

We are aiming to maintain our sense of community through shared prayer, and by inviting students to contribute meaningful messages/quotes for our Virtual Announcements.

To support our connection with each other, and to continue to develop our bank of shared memories, we invite all to participate in the following events:

Monday, January 10thTuesday, January 11thWednesday, January 12thThursday, January 14thFriday, January 15th
Backwards Day: Today you get to wear a hat and/or your clothes backwards.Beach Day: Dress like you’re heading to the beach.Jersey/Hoodie Day: Wear your favourite jersey or your team/club/ troupe/ squad swag.  Colour your World Day: Wear anything colourful (tie-dye/neon/ brights) and/or fun accessories.Fancy Friday: Wear a bowtie or a little sparkle.
I build on my strengths and weaknesses and I set goals.    I can accept change.I use my gifts and talents given to me by God.I am thankful for the gifts of others.I always do my best and am proud of the good things I do.

Advanced New Registrations for 2022-2023 School Year

To facilitate planning for the 2022-2023 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Timothy School (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website:  Online registrations are now open. Once you’ve registered online, the office will contact you for further instructions to complete your registration.

We look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students and their families in the Fall 2022!

Change in Learning Environment

Information regarding changing your child’s learning environment from in-person learning to the virtual school or vice versa, went out to parents this week centrally from the Board. If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from in-class instruction to the virtual school, or vice versa, please complete the online request form below. Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to make a change to the learning environment that your child was in prior to the Christmas break. If you want your child to remain in the same learning format they were in before the break, no further action is required.

Important notes before you complete the online form:

  • Please submit a separate form for each child.
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM HERE

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Parents and guardians who complete the Online Form will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Wednesday, January 19th. The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 24, 2022, or once in-school instruction resumes, if it extends beyond January 24th

Please note, if you do request a change of learning environment to the virtual school, your child will be demitted from St. Timothy’s and registered at the virtual school St. Clare of Assisi and they will have a different classroom teacher(s). You will no longer be receiving any messages or communication from our school as you will be registered with the virtual school (this is different from the process last year).

Catholic School Council Meeting – Tuesday, January 11th

Our Catholic School Council will meet virtually on Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m.  Any parents who wish to attend this meeting are welcome to request the TEAMs link from the office.

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Promoting Well-Being: How to support your child’s mental health through the pandemic

During these changing and challenging times, you may be worried about your child or teen’s mental health and well-being, especially as the pandemic persists over time. Many children and youth have struggled to adjust to all of the changes that have happened over the past many months as a result of COVID-19.  So, you may notice that from time to time your child or teen may seem worried, sad, lonely, or unsettled. They may be confused or angry that usual activities continue to be disrupted or they may be disappointed to miss something that they were looking forward to for a long time.  Many students are concerned that they have missed important schoolwork and feel nervous about what will happen this school year.  All of these feelings are to be expected at this uncertain time. 

And we know that some students and families/caregivers have experienced significant hardship and loss throughout the pandemic.  Perhaps your child or teen has had more to carry than others, and you wonder if they are okay.

How can you help your child or teen to maintain good mental health as the pandemic evolves?  How will you know if your child or teen is experiencing a mental health problem that requires more support?  Select this link for answershttps://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/parents-and-families/

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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