“Like the Magi, may we also journey and be attentive, untiring and courageous on the path to find the invisible God who was born among us.” ~ Pope Francis
Happy New Year to all our St. Timothy families! On Wednesday, January 5th, we look forward to welcoming our students back to a New Year filled with hope and promise!
Updates regarding COVID-19 Safety Measures
Please continue to monitor your emails for updates from the school and the Board, as the situation continues to evolve. A few key reminders:
- The province will be updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5th, as well as updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
- The province will be supplying three-ply cloth masks for students in January. These masks will be distributed to families once we have received them from the Ministry.
- Families who have travelled outside of Canada over the Christmas break are reminded to monitor updates to federal travel directives and mandatory isolation periods for students. Please refer to the Government of Canada’s instructions for travelers for more information.
For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8C)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- Individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool
The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
Please take time to complete your child’s Daily COVID 19 screening each morning. We are asking all parents to confirm screening by initialing the log each day ~ please see the pink tracking sheet in your child’s agenda. This needs to be completed by a parent daily until further notice as per the Ministry of Education Update: Return to School – January 2022. Thank you for your support and patience!
First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight-week interval. Appointments are dependent on pediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.
Appointments are available at the Region’s new pediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
Winter Weather upon us!
Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 15-minute intervals. Once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside.
As winter settles in, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather.
Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.
Flip-Give for St. Timothy!
If you are enjoying some post-holiday shopping for deals, please consider downloading the Flip Give app and using the St. Timothy Code to earn rewards for the school. Flip-give is an app that receives a commission when used and shares the profits with the school. The school earns cash back on every purchase you make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws. Please note that you may also purchase gift cards through Flipgive and the school would receive cash back.
Join our team now using this link: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=KGK9SW
This is the St. Timothy code: KGK9SW
Please consider downloading the app for Flip-give, entering our code, and supporting the school, each time you make an on-line purchase that you would normally make anyways. There is nothing additional to purchase, and your participation is anonymous. We thank you for considering this option!
Looking ahead to the New Year – Optional Lunch orders
Unless otherwise directed, we will aim to continue our optional lunch programs: Subway sandwiches on Tuesdays (starting January 11th) and Pizza on Thursdays (starting January 13th).
Please note that Subway sandwiches through Lunchbox can be ordered on Cash-on-line: look for “the blue message bar” on School Cash-on-line when ordering Subway sandwiches. Orders for any given Tuesday must be placed by noon on the previous Sunday. For Pizza, orders can be placed on School Cash-on-line anytime until midnight today: Sunday, January 2nd.
Please note that there is no pizza lunch on January 6th, 2022.
A warm hello – Welcome Mr. Naia!
St. Timothy is pleased to welcome our new Custodian, Mr. Naia.
St. Timothy Tips:
Promoting Well-Being – Take 15 minutes just for you and your spiritual health…
Spiritual wellness is about connecting with what is meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit. “Research shows that spirituality is linked with physical well-being, and spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges,” says Tara McKendrick, CEO of CMHA Niagara. “Try exploring radical self-compassion, perhaps through learning simple meditation techniques that provide your mind a rest from doing.”
Other ways to enhance your spiritual wellness include:
- Spending even 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature can be beneficial.
- Creativity can be an effective tool for enhancing our spiritual growth and help us to express our emotions. Try painting, drawing, writing, poetry, knitting, or practicing a musical instrument.
- Write down three things that you are grateful for and why. Or take the time reach out to people that you love and tell them you appreciate them.
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
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