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Weekly Update – October 12th

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever

Psalm 107:1

Thanksgiving Liturgy – Oct. 9th

On Friday, October 9th, we had a special Thanksgiving Liturgy with our students. Due to our current situation, we couldn’t gather as an assembly, therefore we broadcasted our Liturgy into the classrooms through TEAMs. Thank you to Father Con, Lynette, and our parents who joined us!

Even though we are living during a pandemic, as Canadians and as Catholics we have so much to be thankful for. We are especially grateful for our Health Care System and our Education System. We are grateful for our faith and the many blessings bestowed upon us.

This Thanksgiving, please follow the guidelines of our Public Health Units. We must all continue to make sacrifices to ensure that we are able to keep schools open.

Thanksgiving Day – Oct. 12th

We would like to remind our parents that Monday, October 12th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving!

School Council 2020-2021

Our Catholic School Council held its first meeting on October 5th, 2020. The following members have been appointed/elected to represent our school and parent community for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all of our parents and staff for volunteering their time to be part of our council this year.

School Council 2020-2021 Members:

  • Regina Dykman – Chair
  • Sonia Guglietti – Parish Representative
  • Gina Millington – Community Representative
  • Carolyn Holmes – Parent Representative
  • Siobhan Kukolic – Parent Representative
  • Sharon Moore – Parent Representative
  • Jane Pustai – Parent Representative
  • Jasmin von Horsten – Parent Representative
  • Gabriella Van Hooydonk – Support Staff Representative
  • Ashleigh Stone – Teacher Representative
  • Penny Uniacke – Principal

Hallowe’en Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

This year our fundraiser will look a little different as we have to adhere to the Public Health safety protocols during COVID-19. In order to fundraise in a safe environment, school council has decided on a Read-a-Thon fundraiser. The Dance-a-Thon and Pizza orders held in previous years raised most of our funds to support our students during the school year. Both of these events are not taking place this year due to safety protocols, so we are relying on the generosity of our parent community for this Read-a-Thon fundraiser to help support the learning needs of our students.

We will be having our Fundraiser Read-a-Thon on October 30th. Students will do a read-aloud of a Halloween story that will be recorded and shared on their classroom platforms (D2L) for parents to view. Please see the Fundraising Flyer below for more details on the event, what we will be fundraising for, and to access the pledge form. Thank you for your generosity in supporting our school and students!

When Should I Keep My Child Home?

Each morning, you must use the Daily School Screening Tool with your child(ren). You will be asked to monitor any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • new or worsening cough (not related to other known causes/conditions)
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to other known causes such as asthma)
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose (not related to other known causes such as seasonal allergies)
  • decrease or loss of sense of smell or taste
  • headache that’s unusual or long-lasting
  • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise (not related to other known causes such as insomnia, anemia)

For more information on when your child can return to school if they have these symptoms, please see this flowchart from Halton Public Health:

Fire Drill – Oct 15th

We will be having our final fire drill on Thursday, October 15th. In keeping with the public health protocols, the Fire Marshall has sent school boards the protocol for conducting drills during COVID-19. Each class/cohort will perform the drill separately to ensure physical distancing is maintained according to public health guidelines. A one time alarm will ring and then each class will be prompted to conduct the drill through the PA system. If there is an actual fire alarm outside of our drills, all students would evacuate according to our fire & safety plan.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Our Yearbooks have arrived and they look fantastic! Thank you once again to Mr. Northcott for all his hard work in creating this keepsake. There are still yearbooks available for purchase; don’t miss out on this wonderful look back on our unique year at St. Vincent. The cost is $27. If you’d like to purchase one, please email Mrs van Hooydonk at the office.

Curriculum Night Presentations
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Confirmation (for Mr. Daly’s Grade 8 students) at St. Andrew
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Halloween Read-a-Thon
Oct 30 all day
Confirmation (For Ms. Zarafonitis’ class) at St. Andrew
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Virtual School Council Meeting
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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