by Jamie Wilson
NDDHS Minister of Communications
Last week we happily resumed school in person after being virtual for a month. We made it to school for one whole day before we were greeted with our first snowday of the year on Wednesday. Doing work from home again for a day, after just going back to school the day before, put into perspective how thankful I was to be learning in person again. Many other students agree, and we all hope that we can continue this way as long as it’s safe.
We ended our first week back with a fun spirit day on Friday. The day was Funky sock Friday, and many students showed their school spirit by fancying up their feet. We hope to fill the remainder of this school year with many more exciting spirit days.
Speaking of which, we have another spirit day coming up this Friday, February 12th to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Wear your Valentine’s colours of pink, red, white, and purple. We would like to wish a happy upcoming Valentine’s Day to all the people who we love and appreciate. Including, but not limited to, our teachers and staff here at North Dundas, frontline workers everywhere, and our families and loved ones.
Classes back in session for new quadmester, February 3
Students at North Dundas started new classes yesterday as we welcomed the beginning of the third quadmester. In person classes have also resumed as of yesterday, and we are happy to see everyone for the first time since December. As this is the first time we are returning to the school in the new year, it is important to remember our simple rules that help keep everyone safe. All students are required to complete the daily COVID-19 screening prior to coming to school; masks must be worn in the school and on school transportation; and, hand sanitizing needs to be done each time students enter the school. The only change to our routine is that the cafeteria food service is no longer available.
To welcome the new quadmester in fun way, we are having Funky Sock Day. Everyone is encouraged to put on their best pair of socks this Friday, February 5th. They can be colourful, tie-dyed, have a cool pattern, or be covered in your favourite animal! We hope this fun spirit day will lead us into our new classes with some great school spirit and cozy feet; we cannot wait to see your socks North Dundas!
Wednesday, January 27th was Family Literacy Day across Canada. This is a national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Though the day has passed, this message will always hold true. Hopefully, you can take some time to read an inspiring story or share funny family stories with loved ones. Taking some time to listen, laugh and share some family time is not only a wonderful way to appreciate the importance of literacy but it is also uplifting and has the power to affect our mental well-being in a positive way.