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Weekly Update: February 15th

“Real Love is about LOVING and LETTING yourself be LOVED”

 Pope Francis


A special congratulations to the following students for being Self-Directed, Responsible, Life Long Learners; Halo T., Robyn L., Nethum K., & Abby P! Thank you for sharing your gifts & talents with our community!

Thank you:

Thank you to our students, parents & staff for a GREAT return to school ~ we are blessed to live & work in such a caring & kind community!

Thank you to our students in Ms. Makariak’s & Ms. Dobson’s class for leading us in prayer for our Friendship Liturgy!

Thank you to all of our families that were able to donate a toonie to our “Local Love Day” in support of United Way! Please note, Cash on line will be available for donations until Tuesday, February 16th.

Thank you to all of our students & staff for your support in our “Red, White & Pink” Day!

Gentle Reminders:

From Director Daly:

On Thursday February 11, 2021, the Ontario government provided an update on the timing of March Break for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement indicated that March Break will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021, as a health and safety precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities. 

This means that all HCDSB elementary and secondary instruction will continue as scheduled from March 15 through 19, 2021. 

Read the Ministry’s News Release here. 

Before and during this week-long break, families are advised to stay home as much as possible, and to continue to follow the direction of our Public Health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe. 
As always, we will contact parents and guardians directly, should there be any additional updates before the week-long break in April. We will provide new information as it becomes available. 

I recognize that this continues to be a challenging school year for our students and families, but I want to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we adjust to the current requirements.

I continue to hold all students, families and staff in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you and your family a safe and restful Family Day weekend.

~ Director Daly

Monday February 15th is Family Day ~ Enjoy Some Special “Screen Free” Time Together!

Valentine’s Day Cards will be sent home on Tuesday, February 16th after they have been quarantined. Thank you for your support & understanding!

Pancake Tuesday- February 16th

This year all of our students will receive a nut free heart shaped cookie in lieu of our traditional Pancake Feast ~ A Special Thank you to our Catholic School Council for your support with this!

Ash Wednesday- February 17th

The Hamilton Diocese has prepared a wonderful resource for families to celebrate Ash Wednesday.  The resource includes a video of Bishop Crosby reading the Gospel along with a short reflection by Bishop Crosby.   Please share this with your community and encourage them to celebrate and pray with their families at home.  The resource is found at this link:

Parents are welcome to join us for our school Liturgy at 1:10pm on Wednesday, February 17th ~ a Teams invite will be forwarded prior to the liturgy.

School Parking Lot

Please be advised, that if you need to walk your child to their area in the morning or pick them up after school, we kindly request that you park your car. Our school parking lot has become very congested due to the increase in parents driving their child(ren) to school. Please note, that Bi Law Officers may be coming by the school on a regular basis and they will ticket cars in the Kiss n’ Ride who have left their vehicle. Thank you for your understanding & support in keeping all of our students, parents & staff safe!

PINK Shirt Day – Wednesday February 24, 2021

This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.

Please Do Not Congregate Before or After School
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have received Ministry direction to continue to follow physical distancing measures both inside our schools and in outside areas. School staff will be monitoring to ensure that children are not gathering in groups before school starts and after school. Please review with your children about the need to follow physical distancing guidelines and remind your older children to refrain from congregating in groups before and after school. As a reminder, parents are also asked not to gather during drop off and pick up times, and to refrain from carpooling if physical distancing and the use of PPE (masks) cannot be maintained.

Mental Health Supports
We recognize that the shift from remote to in-person learning can be a very stressful time for many families. As a reminder, parents are welcome to visit our website for Mental Health & Well-Being resources and support. School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of excellent resources to help our HCDSB community navigate through this difficult period:

New to KDG ~ Ready, Set, Go! Virtual Information Sessions 

This March, HCDSB staff are hosting: Ready, Set, Go! virtual information sessions for parents of children starting kindergarten in September 2021!

Ready, Set, Go! is an interactive presentation offered to help parents better prepare their children for kindergarten.  

Two sessions will be offered: March 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and March 11th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  

Topics will include: 

  • How to prepare your child emotionally and physically for school 
  • The importance of learning through play 
  • Being able to manage your child’s stress  
  • Fostering secure relationships 
  • Packing healthy lunches 
  • A checklist for starting school 

For more information about the Ready, Set, Go! virtual sessions, visit the Board’s website on the Kindergarten page. A link for parents to tune into the live sessions will become available on the Board’s website on March 9 and March 11, 2021. We hope you are able to join us!

Promoting Well-Being – List of Feeling Words From A to Z

By Amanda Morin

Parents will often ask their kids to express themselves with words – “Use your words!” is a common playground refrain – but it’s not always easy for children. They are still exploring feelings and are sorely in need of emotional vocabulary to hang these feelings on. 

Helping our kids expand their emotional vocabulary not only aids them scholastically, but it also helps them better understand the subtlety of emotions and how words like “happy” and “elated” or “indifferent” and “disinterested” differ.

By teaching our children the feeling words appropriate to their age – and encouraging them to use them when expressing themselves – we aid in their emotional growth now into their teen and adult years.



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Looking Ahead:

Family Day
Feb 15 all day
Ash Wednesday
Feb 17 all day
Term 1~ Provincial Report Card
Feb 24 all day
School Uniform Meeting @7pm via Teams
Mar 3 all day
School Uniform Vote March 4th-11th
Mar 4 all day
Winter Carnival – Red, White & Black Spirit Day
Mar 11 all day
School Uniform Vote Announcement – March 15th
Mar 15 all day
Spirit Day- St. Patrick’s Day!
Mar 17 all day
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 18 all day
Gr. 8 Grad Pictures
Mar 19 all day
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