Weekly Update February 15 - February 19, 2021

posted Feb 14, 2021, 9:31 AM by Barry Oliver
Ministry of Education Update
On Thursday, February 11, 2021 the Ministry of Education provided an update regarding the March Break.  The government has decided to shift this year’s March break by four weeks from the original date of March 15-19 to a new date of April 12-16.

Lenten Activity
Please see the following letter for information regarding our 2021 Lenten project.  The letter will be sent via school messenger on February 16, 2021.

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. our Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be celebrated with Father Jonathan.
It will be presented on the Holy Redeemer Church Facebook pageYou can access it via the church website, holyredeemer.ca, by going to ‘Our Parish’ at the top and clicking on ‘Mass Schedule’ OR by directly going on Facebook. The following update was provided to OCSB: this year, due to the on-going COVID-19 considerations, ashes will not be applied to the foreheads of students or staff during the service.  

Report Cards
The Parent Portal will go live on Thursday with report cards.  FSL pathway letters will be sent to Grade 3 and Grade 6 Parent(s)/ Guardian)s) via school messenger on Thursday. A  Report Card letter will be also be sent to all Parent(s) / Guardian(s) by school messenger on Thursday.  Please note:  This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment as required by the provincial public health guidelines. The pandemic may have resulted in the need for possible adaptations to curriculum and assessment practices. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress. 

Reminders
We ask Parents to remind our students of the importance of hygiene (washing hands), social distance and mask wearing each day.  We make this a priority each and everyday at school to say these gentle reminders, as the importance of these practices can never be taken for granted.

Bus Lanes
Just a reminder that Bus lanes are off limits to parking, drop off and pick up during the hours of 8:00-8:45 AM and 2:30-3:15 PM. We also remind parents not to enter our parking lot at this time.  This area is an area that we see a great deal of foot traffic with our students and parents who are walking to school.  We ask that you park your cars away from the school and walk to the school using our crosswalk.

Screen Tool
Please continue to use the screening tool for students each and everyday.  It is located on our website.

Bussing
Just a reminder to check the OSTA website each morning for cancellations.  If they are not running in the morning alternative methods of transportation will need to be made for both before and after school.  As a reminder please be ready for your pick up site at least 5 minutes before your arrival time, and please be ready to board the bus upon arrival to your stop.  This will assist our Bus drivers with their schedules.  

Masks  
The Provincial Government is now mandating the wearing of masks for all students in Grade 1-12 effective January 25, 2021.  This is a new mandate for students in grades 1-3.  OSTA will also require masks on students in grades 1-12 who take OSTA transportation.  The new expectation is that everyone wears their masks outside.  
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