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Weekly Update – October 19th

When everything seems to be changing, we can rely on God’s constancy – Hebrews 13:8

Curriculum Presentations – Oct 22nd

Parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom virtually through Microsoft TEAMs and/or D2L for information on the curriculum being taught in their child’s class. We will begin at 6:30 PM with a welcome and prayer from Ms. Uniacke on Microsoft TEAMs and then afterward you can begin accessing your child’s curriculum information through either Microsoft TEAMs or D2L.

A Microsoft TEAMs link to the curriculum night welcome and prayer will be emailed to parents prior to Oct 22nd. We ask that your video cameras and microphones are turned off before joining the event. Links to join the virtual classroom presentations will be posted on your child’s D2L classrooms and/or will be communicated to you by the classroom teacher prior to Oct. 22nd. We look forward to engaging with our parent community during this event!

Hallowe’en Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

Thank you to those who have already donated to our 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!

Hallowe’en Costume Selection

On October 30th for our Halloween Read-a-Thon fundraiser, students will be allowed to wear costumes. The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a banana, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

Lunches & Water Bottles

Thank you to parents for ensuring you are sending a lunch and a water bottle with your child as we cannot have drop-offs of these items. We would also appreciate your co-operation in ensuring your child has their own utensils for their lunch. We cannot provide nor share these items for safety reasons.

Dress for the Weather

We will continue to encourage outdoor play and learning as much as possible this year, so please send your children to school prepared for the cooler weather.

Poinsettia and Wreath Kerr Street Ministries Fundraiser

Once again, we are having our wreath & poinsettia fundraiser to support Kerr Street Ministries. These beautiful, 100% Canadian Greenery Wreaths and festive Poinsettias are available plain or complete with red berries.  This year we also have a beautiful table centrepiece to offer. These full poinsettias come in three sizes with various colour options (red, white, pink, tricolour, red glitter).

Order and information forms can be found here:

Please return orders to the school by Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Please pay by School Cash Online or cheque payable to St. Vincent School

Wreaths and Poinsettias will be delivered to Mrs. Holmes’ house on November 25th. Social distancing protocols will be in place. When you place your order, you will be given information on how to contact Mrs. Holmes to pick up your orders on November 25th.

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.

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

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