On March 31, 2017 Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector, announced a voluntary recall, in consultation with Health Canada, of one lot of EpiPen 0.3 mg (epinephrine) and one lot of EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors distributed in Canada. The recall is being conducted as a result of the receipt of two previously disclosed reports outside of Canada of failure to activate the device due to a potential defect in a supplier component. The potential defect could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency (failure to activate or increased force needed to activate) and have significant health consequences for a patient experiencing a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Patients should keep their existing product until their replacement product can be secured.
- Pfizer link http://www.pfizer.ca/node/7651 (or the information contained) to all parents of anaphylactic students in the school.
- Ensure all anaphylactic students have two (2) epinephrine auto-injectors at school at all times. In other words, until the EpiPen® auto-injectors have been replaced with alternatives, please allow these devices to remain in use, in the event of an emergency.
Please see the Christ the King February News Letter Here
Course Selection Due March 3
Students are in the process of selecting their courses for next year. They are selecting their courses using the site www.myBlueprint.ca/hcdsb. If students have forgotten their login information, they may choose Christ the King Catholic Secondary School from the drop down menu and then click “create account”. From here they will be prompted to enter their OEN number (found on their Timetable) as well as their Date of Birth. This process will allow them to enter their MyBlueprint accounts.
Students must submit the Course Selection 3 page print-out with all the signatures and the voluntary $65 activity fee by Friday March 3rd.
Grade 9 Course Selections will be submitted to their period 1 teacher.
Grade 10 Course Selections will be submitted to their period 2 teacher.
Grade 11 Course Selections will be submitted to their period 4 teacher.
Raising awareness of the Special Education process at HCDSB
Special Education Board Resources
As parents, we always worry about how our children with special needs will be supported when we are not with them, and school is no different.
When our exceptional children enter the school system, we want to ensure that they have the best resources and tools available to help them maximize their learning opportunities and educational experience. The HCDSB places great emphasis on supporting all students, and this includes a dedicated focus on students with special needs. Students benefit from a team of educators focused on special education, including Special Education Resource Teachers, Special Education Consultants, Itinerant teachers, psychologists and social workers, speech pathologists, audiologists, educational assistants and many more professionals in addition to their classroom teacher. For those students who require it, specialized equipment and technology is made available. Examples may include FM Systems, computer hardware and software, seating systems, and writing aids. In cases where required, specialized transportation is also provided.
In the same way that some children require special resources and support, some children benefit from specialized learning environments, and as such there are different placements that are available for educators and families to consider, that best meet the needs of the student. There are options that range from placements where students remain in a regular classroom with supports or withdrawal assistance to Special Education classrooms with full time or part time integration.
In order to determine what support resources or classroom placements would best benefit their child, meetings are scheduled with the school team and the student’s parents or guardians to discuss and evaluate the needs of the student. Parental input in this process is vital and the more information that can be shared with the school team, the better, so that they may be able to properly assess which resources would best meet the needs of the student. Once it has been decided what that student will require, a referral is sent in to request the applicable resources. In some cases, the local CCAC (Community Care Access Centres) will also be included in the discussion because they coordinate in school support for special education students in the areas of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and in some cases additional Speech and Language Therapy.
What is the Grade 10 Parent Information Night?
The night will be about providing guidance to grade 10 families for their critical choices for grade 11 and 12 courses and programs.
Report Cards will be distributed in homeroom classes on Friday, February 10th
Out of Many, One People
This year’s theme, “Out of many, one people”, comes from Jamaica’s motto. A rich tapestry of cultures forms the people of Jamaica: West African, European, South American, Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern people. Underlying diversity we can experience a fundamental unity. As Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians, “All the members of the body, though many, are one body”. We are diverse not only in ethnicity, but in personality, viewpoint, vision, interests and skill set. During Black History Month we will explore the beauty and diversity of the human experience with the conviction that when we embrace diversity, we are stronger together.
How are we celebrating Black History Month?
- Through morning music, prayer and announcements
- Posters reflecting our theme
- Black History Presentation on February 24 featuring musicians Jerry Jerome and the Cardells, inspirational speaker Chris-Beth Cowie of Empowered for Excellence and contributions by CtK students
As a result of a recent statement made by McDonald’s Restaurant that all products on their menu may contain or come in contact with peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens, we want to remind our community of our current Anaphylaxis protocol (click on for link) to peanuts and tree nuts.
As a school, we can never guarantee an allergen free environment but have strategies in place to provide a ‘minimized allergen environment’. One way in which that occurs is reminding parents and students to avoid bringing products into the school that contain these ingredients (or may contain). We are using this opportunity to ask parents and students to refrain from bringing these products into the school, whether they be food items from your home or those from a restaurant.
Grad Photos will run from February 13–March 10. Please come to the main office to pick up your brochure to book your appointment