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Weekly Update – Jan 17th

Let us look to our hands, often so empty of love, and today let us try to think of some gift we can offer freely

Pope Francis

Return to School

We look forward to greeting our students on Monday! Thank you to our staff, parents, and students for working together during remote learning. A reminder that students must provide proof of passing the self-screening daily – see below for more information. Please continue to follow public health and government guidelines on safety protocols. For more information on these safety measures, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 website.

Daily Conifrmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place until further notice under the direction by the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 
  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (if a teacher chooses this option, this will be given to your child after the first day of school)

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

School Re-opening Protocols

The School Board sent parents an update outlining the protocols and reminders for when students return to in-person learning on Monday, January 17th. To review this communication please click below:

Some important information to note:


  • We received the three-ply cloth masks for students and they will be distributed on their first day of return (Monday). Students may choose to wear the three-ply cloth masks, or their own masks.


  • The Ontario government has updated screening requirements through their School Screening Tool for students and staff.
  • There are significant changes to the new school screening tool that apply to symptomatic individuals and their household members. Please continue to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms and completing the COVID-19 School Screening Tool each day.
  • As was done at the start of this school year, students attending in-person instruction will be required to show daily proof of confirmation of screening. This measure will be in place until further notice.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

  • The Ontario government will be providing 2 rapid antigen tests each for students and staff.
    • We have not yet received these test kits, but once we do, they will be distributed to schools with additional instructions.  

Measures to Avoid Further School Closures

School boards have also been directed to consider a number of steps to avoid and minimize school closures, in recognition of anticipated increases in absences.

This may include:  

  • combining classes and assigning students to different classes to ensure adequate supervision;
  • introducing rotating, planned remote learning days, if needed.

Technology Return

Families that borrowed technology from our school during remote learning are asked to please return the devices to the office on Monday, January 17th. Thank you!

Family Paint Night – January 18th

The HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free online paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham. This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students, and family members to come together in community, to be creative, and learn more about Indigenous art. All information for the paint nights, pictures, and supplies are posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment. All sessions will be on the Grandmothers Voice YouTube Channel and start at 6:30 pm – 8 pm. The session on January 18th will be on “Little Spirit Moon”. Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions and explain the importance of Little Spirit Moon.

Student Census

The HCDSB Student Census is an online survey that collects identity-based information about our student population. When linked to other student data sources, the identity-based information can help the HCDSB know more about our students and their experiences in school. This data will help our Board create and promote a more equitable and inclusive learning environment. At the elementary level, for Kindergarten to Grade 8, parents and guardians will be able to complete the Student Census Survey with or for their children. However, participation in the census survey is voluntary.

The Student Census Survey is available from February 28 through April 4, 2022. More information about the survey can be found here.

New Year Liturgy – Jan 27th

Our Peace Ambassadors will be leading us in a virtual New Year Liturgy on January 27th at 1:00 PM. A Microsoft TEAMs link will be shared next week closer to the date. Thank you and we look forward to celebrating the new year as a community!

Back to School Routines

As we prepare to return to in-person learning, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pickups or forgotten items. Writing a note in their agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!

We will also be sharing our Code of Conduct presentations with students this month to remind them of these important routines and expectations.

Appropriate Outdoor Wear

It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget those indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats!

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. Vincent School (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: New Registrations 2022-23 School Year. Online registrations are now open. Once you’ve registered online, the office will contact you for further instructions to complete your registration.

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