Weekly Update November 23 - November 27, 2020

posted Nov 22, 2020, 10:27 AM by Barry Oliver   [ updated Nov 25, 2020, 4:37 AM ]
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.

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

Bus Driver Concerns
Concerns have been raised by our Bus drivers when approaching our school entrance.  When they pass by the OC transportation Bus stop, cars that are parked in this area make it very difficult for them.  We ask that this area be clear to alleviate these difficulties.  We ask that parents park a block away and walk over to the school.  Thank you.

Winter Rules for Yard
We will be reviewing expectations with our students as the winter weather now approaches. In terms of snowball throwing, these rules have never changed.  Students must always keep the snow on the ground, and the need to understand the risks involved with this type of behaviour.  Failure to follow this rule will have a student sent to the office where progressive discipline will apply. The use of snow hills has always been a concern, however OPHEA  (Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education) guides a schools practice around sledding and tobogganing down hills.  A part of this guideline requires students to wear properly fitted CSA approved hockey helmet or sport helmet.  It also speaks of the suitability of terrain (only snow not ice) and if that condition of slope changes to ice then then the conditions are unsafe, and the activity must cease.  A school has ways of approaching activities such as skating, swimming and even sliding down icy hills that are different from the way they may be approached after school.  We are required to follow OPHEA guidelines and practices, and it is for this reason that this activity is very difficult to accommodate in a school setting. It is because of  these  guidelines students will not be able to slide down hills during recess time.

Lenten Project
This year we will be asking our Holy Redeemer Community to support the PJ Patrol and also the collection of toiletry items.  Information regarding this initiative will be communicated to our Holy Redeemer Community, Friday November 27, 2020.

Remembrance Day Liturgy
It was brought to our attention that some of our families were interested in viewing this Liturgy.  We are in the process of sending out permission forms to release this video to our Holy Redeemer Community. 

Snow Suit Donations 
We are looking for direction from the OPH regarding the donations of New/Gently Used Snow suits/jackets.  Once we receive this information, we will update you on this process.

Masks
We appreciate everyone adhering to the mask policy at school, everyone has adapted quite well.  We are noticing students are forgetting or losing their masks more often.  As we are happy to be able to give out masks for use at school, our concern is that we will start to run out of these masks.  We ask that you label masks and provide extra masks.  If students are using disposable masks we ask that you provide them with a few extra in a labelled bag.  Thank you for your assistance with this.
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