NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christmas Week at Holy Family
Please see the attached regarding Christmas Spirit Week starting Monday here at Holy Family. We are continuing our fundraising efforts to support the Be An Angel Program & St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive by asking for a $1 a day donation. This is not mandatory to participate, but if you are able to help it is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made on School Cash Online: https://peterboroughcatholic.schoolcashonline.com/
As you may already know, each class has been working on decorating a gingerbread house as a fun Christmas activity. The final creations will be displayed on tables along the glass wall at the back of the building for viewing.
Also, don’t forget to check out our Daily Advent Calendar Experience. The links to the videos can be found on our Twitter page @holyfamily137
Finally, a reminder that Christmas Break is from Monday, December 21st to Friday, January 1st with school resuming on Monday, January 4th.
Looking forward to a fun week ahead before a much needed break for all!
Fall Photos for Virtual Learners and Retakes
Edge Imaging has set up a popup location for Holy Family virtual learners to have their school photo taken. Appointments can be made online at Edge Imaging for November 26 - 28, 2020. Those students attending school in-person who wish to have a retake of their photo may also make an appointment.
The popup site is located in Courtice, ON at 2301 Trulls Rd.
To make an appointment visit the link above, scroll down the page to School Day Photography and click on Book now: Durham (Courtice). Then enter the school name (KHF - Holy Family School Bowmanville) and submit. A calendar will pop up and available times will be listed.
Appointments and dates are limited but more will become available when possible so be sure to check back often.
Progress Reports & Conference Booking
We have successfully completed our first quadmester and are eager to start the new quadmester tomorrow. Please see the details below for an update on Progress Report distribution and Parent Teacher Conference booking.
As of November 17, 2020, Progress Reports will be available through our Parent Portal under the Personal menu in the Multimedia section.
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 19th by phone or Google Meet and the booking system will be open from 9AM on Saturday, November 14th until Wednesday, November 18th at 11:30PM.
To book your appointment, go to our school appointments website: holyfamily.schoolappointments.com and register an account. New accounts are required each year.
If you require assistance with these processes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted by school personnel.
Thank you for your ongoing support, Marie-Claude Charette, principal
Transition to Quadmester 2
As we approach our first transition point, we are doing everything we can to accommodate parental requests for transition between our physical and virtual schools. There will be some reorganization to our school and some classroom reassignments. This is unavoidable given the nature and number of the changes that are being accommodated across the system. Of course, readjusting to a new class or teacher takes a bit of time, but just as has occurred in previous years, when these changes occur the adjustment period is relatively short.
Following the last board wide survey, our school received an updated staffing allocation which required a reduction of one classroom and this has impacted our primary division classes (grades 1-3/4).
Parents and guardians, we acknowledge that this is not welcome news and we appreciate your efforts to reassure your child that all will be well. Teachers are carefully considering the options available and are making placement decisions in the best interest of each student.
To reduce feelings of worry over the PA Day, we are planning a transition visit to the new class on November 11th. Students will meet their teacher, their classmates and see the classroom. The PVNC Homeroom Lookup program will be available to you on our school website during the afternoon of Thurs. November 12, which is now the date of our PA Day. On November 13th, when students return to school, they will know where to go and will be ready for their new placement.
During this particular year, parents and staff may be concerned about the impact on cohorting and our other safety measures. In fact, all of the safety measures remain more important than ever:
- completing the COVID school self-assessment daily and following its direction when staying home is indicated;
- physical distancing as much as possible
- wearing a mask if in Gr. 4 - 12 unless exempted from doing so
- washing hands frequently
- coughing or sneezing into a sleeve.
The strategy of cohorting is primarily to assist in contact tracing should there be a positive case in a school. What this means is that during the two weeks following the transition date of November 13, if there is a positive case in the school, the cohort of students and/or staff required to self-isolate may be larger than normal, because a change of cohort and therefore more contacts would possibly have occurred.
This has been discussed with local public health agencies and the Ministry of Education and is in line with their advice.
For your planning purposes, parent conferences will be held on the evening of November 19th, by your child’s current teacher, to review progress reports. New teachers will reach out to introduce themselves and we encourage all families to communicate with the new teacher to discuss any emerging concerns.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
Marie-Claude Charette, Principal
Preparing for Rainy Weather
We are settling into some new routines and have been blessed with cooperative weather to this point. We know that Mother Nature might have other plans going forward and we want to be prepared to meet any challenge. As we work to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic we will be taking advantage of every opportunity to spend time outside. This means that even in rainy weather, students will go outside for up to 40 minutes. We'd ask that you ensure your child comes to school prepared for any weather. Rain coats, rubber boots, hats, umbrellas should be worn to school when rain is expected. Please monitor the forecast daily.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
Mme Charette & Mme Matthews
*NEW* End of Day Pick Up Procedures
In an effort to keep our staff, students, and the Holy Family community safe at this time, we will be amending our parent-pick up protocols.
If you are picking up your child(ren) in grades 1-8, we are asking that one parent/guardian from each family be present at the end of the day, and we are asking that you wait on the field area at the south side of the school. There is no change to the kindergarten pick up.
Students in grades 1-8, will be walked out of the building, and will await for pick up on the south side of the school. **Students in Mrs. Furlani and Mrs. Kearney’s class will be lined up on the North side of the school as previously communicated by the teachers.
At the end of the school day, those students that take the bus will be escorted to their designated bussing area.
We will be setting up pylons outside of the East doors to create a safe space for our students that are boarding the bus. Parents/guardians are required to avoid this area.
We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this time.
Yours in partnership,
Marie-Claude Charette & Nicole Matthews
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
Whether your child is planning to attend in school or online, we are excited to be together again. The information that we will share in this letter will help prepare students for returning to the school. Those who will be attending the virtual classrooms can expect further information from the staff of the virtual school. This will include a questionnaire regarding those in need of devices to access the online classroom.
Many things will be different for your child/ren this year and we need to be working together for a successful transition. Please take some time to read this carefully and to prepare your child/ren for the new routines.
All students in grades 4 to 8 must arrive wearing a mask and students in K-3 are strongly encouraged to do so.
- On Thursday, September 10th & Monday, September 14th we will welcome students from senior kindergarten to grade 8 whose last names begin with A-K
- On Friday, September 11th & Tuesday, September 15th we will welcome students from senior kindergarten to grade 8 whose last names begin with L-Z
- On Wednesday, September 16th all students from senior kindergarten to grade 8 will attend school.
- Our junior kindergarten students will follow a different staggered schedule which will be communicated separately to those families. The staggered schedule will include visits on Sept. 21 & 22 and small groups beginning on Sept. 23rd & 24th. All junior kindergarten students will attend fully as of September 25th.
First Day Arrival: Kindergarten to grade 3 students will meet their teachers on the yard (consider a label with your child’s teacher’s name for young or shy students so that we may assist in directing them). Students in grades 4-8 will proceed directly to their classroom.
After their first day: All students will proceed directly to their classrooms upon arrival.
We will maintain the Kiss & Ride from 9-9:15 however, we ask for your cooperation in ensuring an efficient movement of vehicles. Staff may open vehicle doors but we understand that some families may prefer that we do not touch the doors. Please print the desired sheet and place it on the dash of the vehicle. All students must be able to manage disembarking independently. Should a student require assistance to disembark, you must park at a distance from the school and walk the student to the property. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain physical distance.
In addition to our entry changes, we must now also stagger our dismissal. Some students will be exiting the building up to 15 minutes before the end of day bell and it will be important that they are dressed for the weather (raincoats/ umbrellas/mittens/hats/etc.)
Visitors/parents/guardians will not be permitted in the school this year. Please contact us through the office, (905-623-6255) and we will be happy to set a phone meeting with you.
Due to this restriction on visitors, hot lunches will not be offered and it is important that all students bring lunch with them if they are eating at school. Students will need to remain seated at their own desks during the lunch period as they will be removing their masks.
In light of this we also are looking for your support in booking your appointments and extra-curricular obligations to before and after school to avoid repeated disruptions of the class. If you are picking your child/ren up at the end of the day, you will need to wait outside to meet them.
Who will my teacher be? We know students are eager to learn who their teachers will be. As in past years, you will be able to access the School Look Up utility through the PVNC website on Wednesday, September 9th. You will need your child’s OEN in order to view the information. The OEN can be found on your child’s report card.
Other changes to expect:
For the time being, we are asking that students in grades 1 to 8 arrive to school wearing footwear that is appropriate for phys ed. We will NOT have designated indoor shoes. (This will be reviewed by each class as the weather changes).
Students are to minimize sharing materials therefore we are requesting that each student supply their own pencil case. Teachers will be in touch with families to let you know what basic tools each student will need.
We will collect any borrowed devices from students who are returning to in-school learning on their first day of attendance. Please package the laptop/iPad & cord together and label it with the student’s full name. There will be a bin in the main foyer for drop off of devices. Any students who have registered for PVNC online learning and still need the borrowed device may keep it.
Our school board does maintain an open Bring Your Own Device policy and students may wish to bring their personal devices for use at school. The school can not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal devices. All school devices must be thoroughly cleaned and isolated between uses and therefore we will have limited access to school devices. For families wishing to purchase a Chromebook, the Board has a partnership with Staples who offer Chromebooks at BYOD program discounts. While the current models in the link below might be out of date or no longer available, the program is in place. Families can take the flyer into the selected Staples stores to obtain the discount.
Beneath the masks, we are smiling in anticipation of your return to learning!
Have a fantastic weekend,
Mme Charette, principal & Mme Matthews, vice-principal
On behalf of all the staff at Holy Family