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Weekly Update: December 7th

“This Advent, make yourself, small, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

A very special thank you to all of our families who supported our Kindness Club & Mission Club with our Drive By Donation~ Both Children’s Aid Society & the Good Shepherd Center are very appreciative of your generosity!

Thank you to all of our parents for your support in our school parking lot, before and after school! We greatly appreciate your patience & help in keeping ALL of our students safe!

Thank you parents, for ensuring that your child(ren) is prepared to play outside and enjoy our winter weather!

Thank you to our Gr. 7 & 8 Ambassadors in Mrs. Ciarloni & Mr. Murray’s class for our First Ever Virtual Addition of our School Newspaper, “The Messenger” . We hope you enjoy learning about our wonderful community!

Gentle Reminders:

Celebrating Advent as A Family

One of the most common ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The increase in light from week to week is meant to symbolize the coming of the light of the world. The second Sunday of Advent, December 6th, symbolizes Peace & the prophecies of a coming of a Saviour. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).

Our School Advent Liturgy will be on Thursday, December 10th  @ 11:20 am, followed by our OCGE Recognition for students who are ‘Reflective, Creative, Holistic Thinkers’! Parents are welcome to join us virtual via teams~ please look for a Teams invite during the week of December 7th.

Special Christmas Surprise

Our staff are working together to create a special memento for our families in lieu of our annual Christmas Concert, and we need your help! Thank you for having your child in KDG- Gr. 4/5 dressed in festive clothing on Friday! We kindly request that on Monday, December 7th that our students in gr. 5-8 wear red, green or festive wear~ thank you for your support with this!

Charitable Donations

A very special SHOUT OUT to our community for your kindness & generosity!!! Both The Catholic Children’s Aid Society & The Good Shepherd Centre were extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from our community!

“Can you see the face of love? If everybody is masked, can you still see the Face of Love?…There’s no doubt it’s a very different kind of year & COVID-19 has changed our lives in so many ways. But what if He is teaching us how to truly love each other, as He loves us?

Christ’s human Face of Love shows us what matters most during times like these – and love is something that no mask can hide

The Good Shepherd Centre

THANK YOU Canadian Martyrs Community for showing your LOVE to others in need!!!

Change to Learning Environment – REQUEST FORM

The online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020. 

Request to Change Learning Environment 

If you wish to change your child’s learning environment by switching from remote learning to in-class instruction, or vice versa, you are asked to complete an online request form.

 Important notes before you complete the online form: 

  • You are asked to submit a separate form for each child
  • You will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to submit this request. The OEN can be found on a recent report card. 
  • This online request form applies to elementary students ONLY. Requests for changes in the learning environment at the secondary school level should be sent to directly to your child’s secondary school Principal. 
  • This form does not apply to homeschooling. If your child is currently being homeschooled and you would like to request a change to either in-class instruction or remote learning, please contact your Family of Schools Superintendent. 

NOTE: Please do not complete this form unless you want to change your child’s current learning environment – i.e. your child is currently attending in-class instruction and you want to switch to remote (online) learning in a virtual classroom. 

CLICK HERE to access the online form to request a change to your child’s learning environment.  

Next Steps

Once the online form has closed, our staff will begin to work through the rescheduling process. 

  • Parents and guardians will receive confirmation of the changes to their children’s learning environment by Friday, December 18, 2020.
  • The changes to your child’s learning environment will come into effect as of Monday, January 11, 2021.  
  • Your child’s current placement (in-class or virtual) will continue to be in place for the week of January 4-7, 2021.

Additional Information

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about in-class instruction in our HCDSB elementary schools.
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about remote learning in our HCDSB Virtual Elementary School.
  • We will keep sharing information with parents directly via email, as well as post updates on our Return to School Plan website and through our social media channels: 
  1. Twitter: @HCDSB
  2. Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB 
  3. Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board 

Gr. 7 & 8 Immunizations
Public Health will be offering immunization catch-up clinics by appointment only for Grade 7 and 8 students who have missed their vaccines. Appointments will be available in December for students attending school in Burlington.

Please review the following letter from Halton Region Public Health for more details and to book an appointment for your child:

To learn more about immunizations, visit or call 311.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy & Safe

As you may know, Halton Region is in the Red Level (Control) of the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments.
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household.
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family.

Checking for Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Please continue to check for symptoms of COVID-19 in your children, and remember to conduct a self-assessment for each child every day before sending your children to school:

NEW! Halton Region Public Health is now asking students to conduct a daily self-assessment EVERY day, even on weekends. Please follow the instructions on the school screening tool. 

COVID-19 Test Results 

If your child has been tested for COVID-19,they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do NOT send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.

Ifany member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

Update Contact Information
If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.

Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

Not Receiving Emails from us or HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions:

Inclement Weather

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?
Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Promoting Well-Being: Feeling Good About the Inside & Out

With messages from media that put pressure on young girls to be thin and on boys to be strong and muscular, there can be a lot of questions from parents and children as to what is a healthy body.

Children of all ages, shapes, and sizes need parental support and positive role modelling to help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

Tips to help your children eat healthy, be active and feel good about themselves:

  • Use Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide for shopping and meal planning.
  • Help children recognize their hunger cues: eat when hungry and stop when full.
  • Encourage children to be active every day. Health Canada recommends 90 minutes of physical activity per day for children.
  • Try to be active as a family. Choose structured and unstructured activities that are fun.
  • Recognize that healthy bodies come in a variety of weights, shapes and sizes.
  • Let your child know that gaining weight is part of growing, especially during puberty.
  • Be aware of your own attitudes about food, weight and exercise. Be a good role model, your children are watching!

Check out our Halton Parents blog: Mars, Venus, Sugar and Spice and Puppy Dog Tails


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Looking Ahead:

Gr. 4/5 to Gr. 8 – Wear Red, Green or Festive Colours
Dec 7 all day
Advent Liturgy
Dec 10 @ 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Joy Day/ Christmas PJ Day
Dec 16 all day
Christmas / Festive Wear Day!
Dec 17 all day
Flannel Friday
Dec 18 all day
Early Release Day @ 2:00pm
Dec 18 @ 7:19 pm – 8:19 pm
Christmas Break
Dec 21 2020 @ 12:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 11:45 pm
Welcome Back!
Jan 4 all day
School Fundraiser – Little Caesar’s Pizza
Jan 18 – Jan 31 all day
Return to In- Person Learning
Jan 25 all day
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